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MA Data Science program is a result of continuous joint efforts from lecturers from CSE Department @ VFU, teams from software companies ADASTRA, Ontotext and AltScale and individual experts from other companies. The disciplines are related both to modern trends in Data Science in general and to the needs of software companies.

  • Galina Momcheva

    Galina Momcheva

    Assoc. Prof. Galina Momcheva, PhD
    Head of Department of Computer Science and Economics @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests:
    Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Data Mining Algorihms, Machine Learning, Data Visualizations, SNA

    Role in the Master's program:
    Head of MA Data Science;
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Machine Learning;
    • Programming;
    • Data Visualization;
    • Data Mining Algorithms;
    • Semantic Data;
    • Social Network Analysis;
    • Natural Language Processing.

  • Veselina Spasova

    Veselina Spasova

    Assist. Prof. Veselina Spasova, PhD
    Scientific Secretary Faculty IEA @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests:
    Databases, Business Intelligence, Software Architectures.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Machine Learning;
    • Business Intelligence;
    • Database Systems;
    • Information Management;
    • Data Quality;
    • Natural Language Processing.

  • Georgi Georgiev

    Georgi Georgiev

    Head of Text Analytics @Ontotext AD. Georgi Georgiev (PhD) is a leading expert in technical programme and project management, semantic technology, big data, text analytics, author of more than 60 research and industry publications about machine learning, algorithms, analytics and semantic technology, and big data.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Machine Learning;
    • Data Mining Algorithms;
    • Natural Language Processing.

  • Marin Dimitrov

    Marin Dimitrov

    CTO at Ontotext
    R&D / innovation projects management in the area of Open Data, Text analytics, semantic graph / RDF Databases, Semantic technologies & Linked Data, Cloud Computing and Big Data

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Semantic Data;
    • Linked Data Lab.

  • Radka Kalcheva

    Radka Kalcheva

    Head of Information Technology Dept. at Public Library Varna. She is responsible for Europeana/LoCloud projects and also for specification, purchase and implementation of new hardware and software at the Library.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Semantic Data;
    • Linked Data Lab.

  • George Sharkov

    George Sharkov

    George Sharkov, PhD, PMP. National Cybersecurity Coordinator (and adviser @ MoD) at Government of Bulgaria, Director ESI CEE

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

    Subjects:
    • IT Security

  • Vladimir Alexiev

    Vladimir Alexiev

    Data and Ontology Management, Ontotext AD. Vladimir Alexiev has MS and PhD degree in Computer Science, Project Management, and Professional (PMP) certification.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Semantic Data;
    • Linked Data Lab.

  • Andreas Christoforides

    Andreas Christoforides

    BEng, CCNA, MCTS, CEH, CHFI, NSA, CTP Cyprus Information Technology and Services. Project Management, Leadership and Team Management, Process Improvement and Development.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

    Subjects:
    • IT Security

  • Konstantin Kosev

    Konstantin Kosev

    Head of Technological Institute @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests:
    programming, computer architectures

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Programming;
    • Data Centers.

  • Zdravko Slavov

    Zdravko Slavov

    Prof. Zdravko Slavov, PhD is a professor of mathematics and statistics @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests:
    application of mathematics in economics, finance, insurance, politics, technology and analysis of statistical data; theory of decision-making.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Data Analytics Methods

  • Ivan Pavlov

    Ivan Pavlov

    Project Manager and Solution Architect @ADASTRA

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Information Management;
    • Data Quality

  • Stoyan Nenkov

    Stoyan Nenkov

    Assist. Prof. Stoyan Nenkov is a lecturer of mathematics and statistics @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests:
    statistics and analysis of statistical data; mathematics of games and gambling.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Data Analytics Methods

  • Vladimir Dimitrov

    Vladimir Dimitrov

    His interests include Grid and Cloud computing, database systems, formalization and verification of distributed systems. Vladimir Dimitrov is one of the key initiators for Bulgarian segment of the European Grid. His recent research and publications are on the usage of Z-notation and CSP for formal specification and verification of distributed systems, such as distributed business processes and MapReduce framework. Vladimir Dimitrov is a fulltime professor at University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a member of editorial board of ITProfessional and Transactions on Cloud Computing.

    ✔ Wiley: Encyclopedia of Cloud Computing

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Big Data Analytics

  • Rosangela Sviercoski

    Rosangela Sviercoski

    Rosangela Sviercoski, PhD, is a professor in Applied Mathematics with publications in computational methods in environmental sciences, data analysis, information and technology, stochastic/network modeling. Worked at the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies - BAS, under FP7-program as Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow. Before that, she worked in the USA, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Texas A&M University.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Data Analytic Methods;
    • Data Visualization;
    • Programming;
    • Big Data Analysis.

  • Teodora Bakardjieva

    Teodora Bakardjieva

    Prof. Teodora Bakardjieva, PhD is the Vice Rector of International Affairs, Projects and Technological Development @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests: IT, IT Security, Computer Networks and Communications; Project Management; EU Project Funding

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Distributed and Cloud Computing;
    • IT Security.

  • Rossitza Marinova

    Rossitza Marinova

    Prof. Rossitza Marinova
    / Computational and Applied Mathematics /
    Place of work: Concordia University of Edmonton, partner of Varna Free University since 2014
    As faculty member at Concordia University of Edmonton, Prof. Marinova's responsibilities include teaching and research in areas of Mathematics, Computing Science, and Information Technology.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Programming

  • Dilian Popov

    Dilian Popov

    Founder of IT companies in cloud infrastructure, cloud integration and migration, telecom, internet marketing, BPO and consulting sectors. Direct experience with Cloud, VoIP, SIP, real estate, derivatives, financial consulting and alternative forms of funding.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Data Centers;
    • Distributed and Cloud Computing.

  • Nikolay Mitev

    Nikolay Mitev

    Entrepreneur @BeLean Ltd GWT, App Engine, Android development, Project management, Team management;
    Software development: C#, ASP.NET, MS SQL Server; SCRUM Master

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Distributed and Cloud Computing;
    • Big Data Analytics;
    • Database Systems.

  • Evgeniya Rakitina-Qureshi

    Evgeniya Rakitina-Qureshi

    Assoc. Prof. Evgeniya Rakitina-Qureshi PhD is a lecturer in IT @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests: Web Standards and Technologies (HTML, CSS, XML); Video Production

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Big Data Analytics

  • Antonina Ivanova

    Antonina Ivanova

    Antonina Ivanova is an assistant professor in Computer Science and PhD student @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests: Social Network Analysis

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Social Network Analysis

  • Ivo Arhipov

    Ivo Arhipov

    Database Administrator @ SG Expressbank

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Database Systems

  • Peter Todorov

    Peter Todorov

    Network Administrator with Data Centers Administration Experience

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Data Centers

  • Nikolay Dimitrov

    Nikolay Dimitrov

    Nikolay Dimitrov is an assistant professor @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests: Multimedia, Cryptography

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Cryptography

  • Nacho Nachev

    Nacho Nachev

    Programmer in Python @ AltSale

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Programming

  • Ivan Stanev

    Ivan Stanev

    Assoc. Prof. Ivan Stanev, PhD
    Areas of research interests: Automated Programming,
    Knowledge Based Automated Software Engineering, Software Architectures, Natural Language Processing. He is lecturer at Department of Computer
    Informatics @ University of Sofia

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Distributed and Cloud Computing;
    • Information Management;
    • Natural Language Processing;

  • Mariya Bruseva

    Mariya Bruseva

    Assoc. Prof. Mariya Bruseva, PhD is a lecturer in Computer Science @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests: Modelling, Decision Theory, Programming, Programming Techniques, Risk Management.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Data Mining Algorithms;
    • Risk Management.

  • Dr. Yassen Assenov

    Yassen Assenov

    Computational Epigenomics is a research group within the department of Epigenomics and Cancer Risk Factors in the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany. Yassen's main interest is in the diagnostic potential of methylation and other epigenomic data. He also likes to integrate heterogeneous repositories and to experiment with data visualization techniques.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Data Visualizaion;
    • Machine Learning;

  • Eddy Chakarov

    Eddy Chakarov

    Assoc. Prof. Eddy Chakarov, PhD is a lecturer in Mathematics @ VFU.
    Areas of research interests: Mathematical Modelling, Cryptography, Court Management Software Systems

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer

    Subjects:
    • Cryptography

  • Peter Pavlov

    Peter Pavlov

    Senior Consultant with hands-on experience in BIS and ETL on international projects

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Information Management

  • Silviya Takvoryan

    Silviya Takvoryan

    Certified Consultant in Microsoft technologies, with extensive experience in Business Intelligence

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

    Subjects:
    • Business Intelligence

  • Lyoubomir Ovtcharov

    Lyoubomir Ovtcharov

    CEO Adastra Bulgaria

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

  • Veselin Berov

    Veselin Berov

    Project Manager

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

  • Zahari Barbov

    Zahari Barbov

    IT Business Consultant, Certified Associate in Project Management

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

  • Diana Nedeva-Gercheva

    Diana Nedeva-Gercheva

    Senior Consultant with profound knowledge in Business Analysis and ETL on international teams

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

  • Milka Racheva

    Milka Racheva

    HR Manager

    Role in the Master's program:
    Negotiator & Marketing

  • Sava Vladov

    Sava Vladov

    VP Business Development

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

  • Ilian Uzinov

    Ilian Uzunov

    Sales Director CEMEAA at
    Ontotext / CEO at Sirma Media Jsc.

    Role in the Master's program:
    Negotiator & Marketing

  • Anton Andonov

    Anton Andonov

    CTO at GarGarage

    Role in the Master's program:
    Lecturer & Consultant

  • Nick Shopov

    Nick Shopov

    DWH Consultant with international experience in the Finance sector and focus on Big Data

    Role in the Master's program:
    Consultant

Our Partners

Varna Free University and software companies: ADASTRA, Ontotext, AltScale (partners of MA Data Science program) have their successful experience in collaboration (October 2015) in establishing and providing first competition in data querying QUERYADA. After successful experience with huge support of Oracle Academy the members of the joint team strongly believe in fruitful future collaborations.
They say that this MA program in Data Science can be The master degree program of the region. If you are a software company you can contact us to join our team! If you represent an university you can think of a possibility for JMD program!