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From: Patrick Schouller 
Subject: LE Department of Information Technologies (DIT)University of


    Department of Information Technologies
Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics
University of Sofia

P.B. 48; 5, J. Bouchier; Sofia 1164; Bulgaria
     Tel: +359-2-6256 511, tel./fax: +359-2-656157

The Department of Information Technologies (DIT) is one of the fourteen
departments of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of
Sofia. The Department was founded in 1995 as a successor of the Laboratory
for Educational Computing. The activities of the Department involve
teaching, research and development.
The main areas covered by the DIT are:
 Research and Development in Advanced Information and Communication
Technologies: Networked Multimedia, WWW Data Bases, Artificial Intelligence,
Intelligent Agents, Computer Supported Co-operative Work Systems, Virtual

 Application of Advanced Information and Communication Technologies in:
Education and Training, Electronic Commerce, Business and  Management,
Telework, Social Sciences

Teaching Activities

The Department offers a number of BSc courses and three MSc programmes:

M.Sc. Program on Information and Communication Technologies

The overall goal of the Program is to provide theoretical and practical
expertise of informatics specialists for the efficient application of the
modern educational, communication and information technologies (ECIT) to
problems arising in real-word organisational and institutional settings.

M.Sc. Program on Artificial Intelligence

The basic aim of the program is to give the students both theoretical
knowledge in the field of AI and practical skills in applying the AI
techniques in a wide range of IT areas. More specifically the program offers
training in the following sub-areas of AI: Foundations of AI, Knowledge
Representation, Planning and Search,  Natural Language Processing, Vision -
Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Knowledge-Based Systems (Expert Systems,
Intelligent Tutoring Systems etc.)

M.Sc. Program on Management Information Systems
(at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Sofia)

The purpose of the program is to give systematic knowledge in the area of
Information Technologies and their application as well as to improve the
qualifications of managers to work in the changing Information Society. The
Program includes the following courses: Business Information and
Communication Technologies; WWW-Based Multimedia Databases; Business
Telecommunications; Decision Support Systems; Business on the Internet;
Multimedia and Internet Applications; Quantity Methods in Marketing Research
(Applied Statistics); Information Resource Management

Over 120 graduate students are studying in the M.Sc. programs.

Members of the Department have international reputation in the above
mentioned areas. They have been invited as researchers, academic visitors,
lecturers in educational institutions world-wide: University of Twente, The
Netherlands, University College - Dublin, St. Patrick's College - Dublin,
Dublin City University -Ireland, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside -
UK, University of North Texas, University of Hartford, University of US
Virgin Islands, Syria, Egypt, etc. Some of them are members of programme
committees of international conferences.

Research Activities

The Department is involved in a number of national and international
educational and research projects within the framework of the TEMPUS, PECO
and INCO-Copernicus European programmes, including:

 INCO-Copernicus Project 977041 MALL2000 - Mall for On-line Business beyond
the Year 2000 - http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/mall2000/
 Copernicus 1445 project "Flexible and Distance Learning through Telematics
Networks: A Case Study of Teaching English and Communication and Information
Technologies" (http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/Cop1445/)
 INCO-Copernicus Project PL961125 under EC Directorate General XIII
Multimedia Applications for Educational Telematics Networks (MATEN). ( a
continuation of COP1445) - http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/MATEN/
 European Telework Development - ETD, Bulgarian Entry -
http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/etd/; http://www.eto.org.uk/)
 INCO-Copernicus Project No PL961125 under EC Directorate General XXIII:
Intelligent Learning Environment for Course Telematics - INTELLECT -
 INCO-Copernicus Project No 960106 under EC Directorate General III:
Multimedia Authoring Environment for Children (MATCh) -
 INCO-Copernicus Project 977074 LarFlast under EC Directorate General III -
Learning Foreign Language Terminology - http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/larflast/
 National Science Fund Project: "Advanced Information and Communication
Technologies in Education: Application of Artificial Intelligence Methods;
Multimedia and  Distance Learning"
 VALUE - a Virtual Almanac for Logo Users and Educators -
 PHARE Multi-Country Programme in Distance Education (1998-1999): "DEMAND:
DEsign, implementation and MANagement of telematics based Distance education
- http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/DEMAND/
 PHARE TEMPUS CME 02527-96 Project: Institutional Internationalisation
Policies of Bulgarian Institutions -
 PHARE TEMPUS JEP: "Transferring Knowledge Based System Skills to Bulgaria".
 PHARE TEMPUS SJEP-07312-94 (1994-1997):"Development of an Inter-University
Management Centre".
 UNESCO Project BUL/003/86: "New Information Technologies in Education"
International Program: "Children in the Information Age
 IEA Network for Central and Eastern Europe (IEANCEE) Project (1992-1996),
sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, the Netherlands Government, OKI-EK-Hungary
 National Science Fund Project: "Approaches, Methods and Models for
developing Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Learning Environments"
 IBM Educational Initiative for Bulgaria (teacher training)

As a result of the research a number of WWW-based distance learning courses
were developed:

 Business English (http://sparc10.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/BEC/)
 Business on the Internet (http://iea.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/business/)
 Telematics and Distance Education
(http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/~iliana/TDO/TDO97/) - under
 Design and Development of Internet Applications
 Information and Communication Technologies
 Intelligent Tutoring Systems (http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/ITS/)
 Multimedia (under development)
 Human - Computer Interaction (under development)
 Business Data Communications (http://www-it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/BDC/index.htm)

National and international conferences, seminars, workshops and memberships

Members of the Department participate actively in a number of international
organisations and associations, including:

 IFIP WG 3.3 "Research on Educational Applications of Information
 IFIP WG 3.5 "School Education",
 IFIP WG 3.6 "Distance Education",
 Prolog Education Group (PEG),
 ECAI (European Committee of AI)

In 1997 and 1998, The Department of Information Technologies organised
following conferences:

 The Eighth International PEG Conference "Meeting The Challenge Of The New
Technologies" (May , 1997)
 The IFIP WG 3.3 Working Conference "Human Computer Interaction and
Educational Tools" (June, 1997),
 The 38th General Assembly Meeting of the IEA together with the Foundation
for Research, Communication, Education and Informatics INCOBRA in Sofia, the
Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, the Bulgarian National
Institute of Education and Science in co-operation with the IEA Secretariat
(September, 1997)
 Twenty-third International Conference "Information Technologies and
Programming" - Main subject: "The Information Society" in association with
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
(June, 1998)
 National annual seminar for in-service teachers of Informatics in
association with IBM Teacher Training Centre

In 1999 the Department will host the EUROLOGO'99 Conference - an issue of
the biannual European Conference on Logo, Learning and Education.

Senior Staff of the Department of Information Technologies

       Roumen Nikolov, Associate Professor, Ph. D., (Head of Department),
e-mail: roumen@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

       Bojidar Sendov, Associate Professor, Ph. D., (Deputy Dean of FMI)
e-mail: bojo@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

       Darina Dicheva, Associate Professor, Ph. D.
e-mail: darinad@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

       Zdravko Markov, Associate Professor, Ph. D.
e-mail: markov@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

       Krasen Stefanov, Chief Assistant Professor, Ph. D.
e-mail: krassen@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

Iliana Nikolova, Chief Assistant Professor
e-mail: iliana@fmi.uni-sofia.bg

Sofia University

The Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" is the first school of higher
education in Bulgaria. Its history is an embodiment and a continuation of
centuries of cultural and educational tradition in this country. It was
founded in 1888.

Today the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" is the largest and most
prestigious educational and scientific centre in the country. The choice of
academic staff demonstrates a desire to establish an academic tradition in
Bulgaria and create a university elite. It also shows ambitions to reach
European standards by appointing prominent foreign scholars.

Now it has over 25000 students studying 76 profiles in 16 faculties -
Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Classical and Modern
Philology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of
Education, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Faculty of History, Faculty of
Journalism and Mass Communication, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Mathematics
and Informatics, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Physics, Faculty of
Pre-school and Primary School Education, Faculty of Slavic Studies, Faculty
of Theology.

University of Sofia participates in European programs as Tempus, Socrates,
Erasmus, Copernicus. Today it has contacts and exchange students and
lecturers with universities in Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Great
Britain, Belgium and Greece.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics has its origins in the Department
of Physics and Mathematics and was established in 1889 as a subdivision of
the first Bulgarian Higher School. At that time the Department covered the
preparation of teachers for the Bulgarian educational system in subjects
like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and later - the Natural Sciences.

There are 14 departments and 2 laboratories in the faculty that are
responsible for teaching and research in their respective fields. There are
also graduate and postgraduate programs for some specializations,
postgraduate qualification and in-service training.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics also delivers courses in the
fields of Mathematics, Informatics and Applied Mathematics in the other
faculties of Sofia University.

During the 1997/98 academic year the number of full-time students at the
faculty of Mathematics and Informatics is 1400. The Faculty also maintains a
program for external students.
                        Patrick SCHOULLER
Direction Generale de l'Industrie, des Technologies de l'Information et des
     Service des Technologies et de la Société de l'Information
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