A discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence

  The future of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of this technology on different areas of human activity were discussed at an international seminar held at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences on 30 November. The Vice-President of BAS Corr. Memb. Stefan Hadjitodorov and the Ambassador of Spain H.E. Alejandro Polanco opened the forum. The extremely rapid proliferation of systems based on Artificial Intelligence requires a good analysis of their capabilities and limitations, understanding of the legal, organisational and managerial issues involved, and optimisation of the relationship between their development and deployment in practice. Well-known Bulgarian and Spanish analysts participated in the discussion. Prof. Kiril Simov from the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of BAS outlined the history, principles, possibilities and limitations of Artificial Intelligence. [...]

Virtual interactive models of authentic folk costumes and three-dimensional models of archaeological sites were shown by scientists to Commissioner Iliana Ivanova

Scientists from the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of BAS presented the possibilities of state-of-the-art tools for 3D digitalization to the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Iliana Ivanova. 3D models obtained by laser scanning, close-range and aerial photogrammetry methods were demonstrated. The scientists also showed the Commissioner virtual interactive scenes with models of authentic folk costumes from the collection of the National Ethnographic Museum as well as three-dimensional models of archaeological sites. During the visit, the researchers also presented how the laser scanning and computed tomography systems work, as well as the results of research conducted with them. The scientific infrastructure is part of the 3D Digitization and Microstructural Analysis Laboratory of the Center of Excellence in Computer Science and Information [...]

Open Days on Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Institute of Robotics of BAS

  New laboratory for experimental surgical robotics A scientific session on the future of minimally invasive surgery with the participation of leading scientists was held at the Institute of Robotics of BAS. The event is part of the Open Days initiative, which took place on 6 and 7 November and was organized by the management team of the Centre of Competence at the Medical University - Pleven. Acad. Chavdar Roumenin from the Institute of Robotics of BAS opened the session by stressing that the territory of innovation - this is medicine which is perhaps the most intensively developing field. He presented the joint research activities of the project and the partnership between the institute and the medical universities in Pleven and Varna. Acad. Grigor Gorchev, [...]

New supercomputer Hemus presented by IICT-BAS

A unique infrastructure complex opened its doors   A new infrastructure complex with state-of-the-art technologies for digital transformation and high-performance computing was inaugurated today by Prime Minister Acad. Nikolai Denkov, the President of BAS Acad. Julian Revalski and the Director of the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of BAS (IICT), Corr. Memb. Svetozar Margenov, who heads the Centre of Excellence. The new Bulgarian Hemus supercomputer is part of the complex which includes a data storage system, local application development centres and digitisation facilities. The supercomputer will support the work of hundreds of Bulgarian scientists who will be competitive with their colleagues from abroad in the use of large-scale high-performance equipment, said the President of BAS Prof. Julian Revalski. He stressed that the fields it [...]

120 years since the birth of John Atanasoff

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences celebrated the 120th anniversary of the birth of John Atanasoff, who created the first digital electronic computer, with a scientific session held at the “Prof. Marin Drinov" Hall of the Academy. The President of BAS Prof. Julian Revalski, Full Member of the Academy, opened the event by stressing that John Atanasoff's invention was undoubtedly the greatest in technological terms of the 20th century. In 1983, John Atanasoff received the highest title for a foreign scientist and was elected a foreign member of BAS, said Acad. Revalski. We can only be proud that Bulgarian blood flowed in his veins and that his paternal lineage is Bulgarian, and that Bulgaria thus contributed to this great invention, which led to extraordinary progress not [...]

Honorary medal “Marin Drinov” on ribbon for Corr. Memb. Svetozar Margenov

The Governing Council of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences awarded with an honorary medal "Marin Drinov" on a ribbon Corr. Memb. Svetozar Margenov, Director of the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of BAS (IICT). The award was presented by the President of the Academy Prof. Julian Revalski, Full Member of BAS, at an official celebration. The honour is awarded for the contribution of Corr. Memb. Margenov to the development of Bulgarian science, as well as on the occasion of his 70th anniversary. Corr. Memb. Svetozar Margenov is a scientist with international reputation and recognition in the field of numerical methods, mathematical and computer modeling and parallel algorithms. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, including 2 [...]

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