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Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics

IMI-BAS_logoThe Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), being the coordinator of research in Bulgaria, intends to establish a network of scientific Open Access centres. IMI-BAS will be the key point repository in the Bulgarian network providing support for academic researchers.

In addition, the BAS will coordinate the Open Access initiatives in Bulgaria. BAS and IMI-BAS are publishers of several research journals. IMI-BAS is also the owner of several (old) journals of Mathematics (several thousand scanned pages), being the unique place to collect PhD dissertation in the fields of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Furthermore, workshops, training actions, communication events on the use of the infrastructure for scientific communities will be organised by IMI-BAS together with the Bulgarian Information Consortium (BIC) and Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University. This will raise the awareness amongst possible content providers and advise them on the use of the repositories.

People in the BAS have experience from projects such as EU FP7 INF 211983 MONDILEX (2008–10): Conceptual Modelling of Networking of Centres for High-Quality Research in Slavic Lexicography and Their Digital Resources, FP6 INCO-CT-20030003401 HUBUSKA “Networking Centres of High Quality Research on Knowledge Technologies and applications” (2004−07) and MTKD-CT-2004-509754 KT-DigiCult-BG “Knowledge Transfer on the Digitisation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage to Bulgaria” (2004−08).

The Institute for Mathematics and Informatics (IMI) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) was established in 1947. Since than it has been a leading Bulgarian centre for research and training of highly qualified specialists and exercising an efficient, long-range, consistent policy related to the fundamental trends in the development of mathematics, computer science and information technologies. IMI has a total staff of 238 (175 researchers, incl. 105 full and associate professors) in 21 departments.

IMI–BAS has close connections with other research, education and decision making centres from Bulgaria and abroad thus keeping track of the most recent trends and relevant problems. The main output of the research conducted at the IMI–BAS is a large number of original publications (about 250 scientific papers annually, some 160 of them in refereed journals and proceedings of prestigious international conferences). IT resources (including computer clusters, high-speed Internet connection, scientific databases, multimedia digital libraries). In 2007 in cooperation with Intel Education Bulgaria in IMI was established Intel Technology Innovation Centre for Advanced Software Engineering for work with multicore processors. The equipment of the Centre includes 4 multicore servers and 35 workstations.

The scientific work is carried out on 115 projects, grouped into 25 projects funded by BAS, 23 projects sponsored by the Bulgarian National Science Fund, 71 projects within international programmes. Seven scientific and methodological journals are published by the IMI or with its cooperation. Thanks to the high professionalism of its staff, the IMI is integrated into the global scientific community and enjoys well-deserved repute. Each year the Institute welcomes over 200 renowned foreign scholars, organises more than 10 scientific conferences, seminars and schools.

In the frames of Inter-Academic cooperation IMI has 29 bilateral projects with research institutions in the fallowing countries: Belgium (1), Germany (4), Italy (2), Israel (6), Hungary (5), Russia (6), Romania (2), Poland (1), Serbia (1), France (1), China (1), Japan (1). IMI’s research and training programmes are especially welcoming to interdisciplinary endeavours. IMI is developing Information technologies with respect to the global information society, software technologies, e-learning applications, human language technologies, digital libraries for presentation and preservation of digital cultural content, data protection and risk management, intelligent content management, semantic web services, semantic information processing (with the close cooperation of the Institute of Information Technologies). IMI promotes professional training and life-long learning with important social impact.

Contact persons

  • Peter Stanchev
  • Milena Dobreva
  • Radostina Todorova