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Regional Coordinators

Prof. Sotir Sotirov

Burgas University

Prof. Sotirov

Prof. Sotirov received his M.Sc. Degree in engineering from the Technical University – Sofia, Bulgaria in 1995 and his PhD in Informatics from the Burgas University “Prof. Assen Zlatarov” – Burgas, Bulgaria, in 2006 , where he is currently taking the position of the Head of the Department of Computer System and Technologies.

Prof. Sotirov had been involved in various professional activities - member of the organizational committee of the International Workshop on Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets and Generalized Nets, Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, since 2007;member of the organizational committee of the International Workshop on Generalized Nets, Sofia since 2004;referee of the International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Systems, since 2008;member of the editorial board of the Annual of the Informatics section to the Union of Bulgarian Scientists, since 2008; referee of the International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems, Dortmund, Germany, in 2010; co-organized and co-chairman of the International Workshop on Generalized Nets, Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets and Knowledge Engineering, London, 2010; Prof. Sotirov has more than 83 publications (33 in Bulgaria, 42 abroad), among which:25 publications in thematic journals and special editions,5 publications in IEEE conferences, 1 monograph, 28 conference communications, published in proceedings,4 tutorials for course exercises (2 in coauthoriship),2 course books.

At present, Prof.Sotirov also acts as the representative of the Burgas University, in Cluster Aero-Space Technologies, Research and Applications (CASTRA), a non-profut non-government organization in Bulgaria, combing the expertise, capacity and resources of 23 (at this time) organizations in Bulgaria – SME's, Universities and R&D centers with activities related to the aero-space filed and its applications to the benefit of the society.

Contact: ssotirov(at)

Dr. Vesselin Vassilev

Space and Solar-Terrestrial Research Institute (SSTRI)

Prof. Vassilev

Dr. Vassilev received his M.Sc. diploma engineering degree in Applied Physics - Microelectronics and Optoelectronics from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1994. His M.Sc.thesis work was in the field of modelling the quantum properties of semiconductor structures. In 2004, Vesselin received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium being at the same time affiliated to the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC), Belgium, the worlds leading independent R&D centre in the field of semiconductor technologies and applications. Vesselin's Ph.D. research area was in the field of modelling and design of protections circuits against Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) events in semiconductor devices and circuits. In the 2005-2009 Dr. Vassilev was part of the product reliability team of Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, USA, providing solutions and support to the wirelesses products groups at TI in the area of ESD design for state of the art advanced integrated circuits. In 2009 Dr. Vassilev established the start up company Novorell Ltd., which provides Electronic Device Automation (EDA) software tools and consultancy services to companies worldwide in the areas of ESD design reliability solutions for the nowadays integrated circuits and technologies. In 2010 Dr. Vassilev initiated the establishment of Cluster Aero-Space Technologies, Research and Applications (CASTRA), a non-profit non-government organization in Bulgaria combing the expertise, capacity and resources of 23 (at present time) organizations in the country - such as SME's, Universities and R&D centres with activities related to the aero-space filed and its applications to the benefit of the whole society. At present , Dr.Vassilevs serves as the CASTRA's CEO and is also affiliated to the Space and Solar-Terrestrial Research Institute (SSTRI), part the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - the leading space research organization in Bulgaria, successfully executed in the past two human space flight programs and a numerous international space projects.

Dr. Vassilev is an author and co-author of more than 50 publications in his research fields and co-author of 2 patents. In 2010 Dr. Vassilev served as the General Chair of the Electrostatic discharge/Electrical Overstress Symposium, organized by the international Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA)- the worlds leading independent professional organisation focused at the problems of electrostatic events in semiconductor technologies and circuits. Dr. Vassilev is presently a reviewer for several international journals and and alos serves as guest editor for the journal of Microelectronic Reliability in the fields of the ESD reliability topic.

Contact: vesselin.vassilev(at)

Regional seminar schedule

February 28, 2012
hide detail Time:10 am - 1:30 pm
Location: University of Sofia, Faculty of Physics, room A315
Contact: Vesselin Vassilev
Agenda of the seminar:
10.00-10.30 Micro and nano-satellite development and applications-Overview (Dr.Vesselin Vassilev)
10.30-11.00. The MIC2 contest and how students can join (prof.P.Dankov)
11.00-11.15 Satellite communication systems and energy balance (prof.M.Gachev)
2. 11.25-11.50: Space weather and its impact on the space infrastructure (prof.Y.Shopov)
3. 11.50-12.15: Plasma thrusters for small satellites (prof.J.Kisiovski)
4. 12.15-12.40: Nano-materials for space technology applications (prof.T.Spassov)
5. 12.40-13.05: Remote sensing through UAV systems (prof.A.Philipov)
6. 13.05-13.30: Hands-on exercise - Innovative and creative thinking (prof.N.Neshev)

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