CV

CURRENT POSITIONS

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D.: University of Twente, The Netherlands, September 2001 Task-based Approach to Information Handling Support for Web-based Education
  • M.Sc: Sofia University, Bulgaria, September 1996 AI Specialization, Computer Science

WORK EXPERIENCE (ACADEMIA)

WORK EXPERIENCE (INDUSTRY)

  • Tagasauris Inc, NYC, NY (2013 – present), Chief Scientist
  • IBM Research
    • 2012 – Watson Group, Yorktown, NY, visiting researcher
    • 2013 – present, Center for Advanced Studies, Amsterdam, visiting researcher

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (SELECTED)

  • Conference Chair: European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2010)
  • Program Chair: Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP2016)
  • Program Chair: International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2011)
  • Program Chair: European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2009)





  • Workshop Proceedings Editor for more than 15 workshops and tutorials at international conferences:
    • Augmenting Intelligence with Humans-in-the-Loop, WWW2018 Conference
    • Understanding Events Semantics in Cultural Heritage, (EVENTS-CH) Workshop Series
    • Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage (PATCH) Workshop Series
    • Ontologies and Semantics for e-Learning (SW-EL) Workshop Series

ADVISORY & BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

  • President User Modeling Inc (2017 – present)
  • Vice-president Semantic Technology Institute International (2014 – 2016)
  • Area Chair: Creative Industry, Amsterdam Data Science (2015 – present)
  • Working Group: Cultural Heritage Advanced Technologies (CHAT) (2013-2014)
  • Advisory Board member: IRL (Irish Record Linkage) (2015)
  • Advisory Board member: EuropeanaTech (2015)
  • Advisory Board member: User Modeling Inc. (2010 – 2013)
  • Steering Committee: European Semantic Web Conference (2010 – 2013)
  • Advisory Committee: CATCHPlus 2009 (Dutch National Research Funding Organization); and Program Working Group: CATCH2 2009 (Dutch National Research Funding Organization)


  • Review panel for various funding agencies, e.g. National Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) Creative Industry, Smart Culture, DFG German Graduate Schools, FWF Austrian Science Fund, Research Council of Canada, etc.
  • EU Project Reviewer: for various EU projects

  • I have served on more than 30 program committees as regular and senior PC member for peer-reviewed conferences and workshops. A selection of the conference PC memberships is included below: International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP), European Conference on Interactive TV and Video (EuroITV), International EKAW Conference (EKAW), International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), User Modeling Conference (UM, UMAP), Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), IEEE/ACM WI: Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technologies Conference, IFIP AI, Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations, ACM SAC, ICAI: Artificial Intelligence

 

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