Prof. Boyan Bonchev, Ph.D.  

Boyan Bontchev has obtained his MSc in Computer Engineering at Technical Uiversity of Sofia in 1988 and a PhD degree in Parallel Processing at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) in 1993. He has specialized in RWTH, Aachen and University of Vienna and, next, followed a career of software engineer and project manager at many private entities in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria. Since 2001 he runs as managing Director of Bonea Ltd. In 2003 he became Assoc. Professor at Dep. of Software Engineering at Sofia University, and in 2012 was promoted to Full Professor. Since 2013 he is Director of the Centre for Distant E-Learning at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University. He was Marie Curie research fellow at Brainstorm Multimedia (Valencia, Spain) responsible for the ADAPTIMES (ADAPTIve player-centric serious video gaMES) project (2015-2016). He has participated in many research and industrial projects, both national and international - in the scope of EC FP5/6/7 - in the field of adaptive e-learning platforms, edutainment, serious games, and semantic Web. Dr. Bontchev was project evaluator for FP7 PEOPLE Programme and for many Bulgarian research project calls of National Science Fund, Plovdiv University and Sofia University. He was member of Scientific Committees of many international events and runs as invited speaker at European conferences. He was a Marie Curie Fellow at Brainstorm Multimedia, Valencia, Spain, within the ADAPTIMES project (FP7-PEOPLE).  Dr. Bontchev is author of more than 100 scientific publications.



 Prof. Dimitrios Kotzinos

Dimitrios Kotzinos is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cergy – Pontoise, member of the ETIS Lab and head of the MIDI team of the lab. He holds a Ph.D. on the topic of ”Application of digital map technologies on developing internet based Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS)” and a M.Sc. in Transportation, where he studied networks and their applications in transportation systems. His main research interests include data management algorithms, techniques and tools; development of methodologies, algorithms and tools for web based information systems, portals and web services; and the understanding of the meaning (semantics) of interoperable data and services on the web and in this capacity, he is also interested in applications in the cultural domain. He also participates in the French Laboratory of Excellence in Cultural Heritage (LabEx PATRIMA). Recently he has started working on studying the formation and evolution of discussions in online social networks. Dimitris has published over 50 papers in various journals, books, conferences and workshops and serves as a program committee member and reviewer for various conferences and journals.

  Svetla Baykoucheva, Ph.D.

Svetla Baykoucheva holds the position of Librarian IV (the highest rank for faculty librarians) and serves as the Chemistry and Life Sciences Librarian at the University of Maryland College Park. Her education includes a BS and an MS in Chemistry, a PhD in Microbiology, and a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science. For more than 20 years she performed interdisciplinary lab-bench research in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and immunology. For eight years she served as manager of the Library & Information Center of the American Chemical Society in Washington, DC. In 2005 she moved to the University of Maryland College Park to become head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library. Her current responsibilities include providing scientific information to researchers and students, managing science collections, and teaching information literacy. She has published more than 40 articles in refereed scholarly journals and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences. One of her recent articles is devoted to teaching information literacy and bibliographic management in small and large (with >800 students) chemistry courses. Her book, “Managing scientific information and research data”, discusses new models of scientific publishing, ethical standards in research, evaluation of academic impact, eScience, and science information literacy. 

 Olga Kirillova, Ph. D. Expert in SCOPUS, Member of the Advisory Council on the Formation of Database Content, SCOPUS (CSAB), Member of the Advisory Board of Elsevier in Russia, President of the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers of Russia, Editor-in-chief of the journal "Scientific Editors and Publishers".