Computer Science Department
Veselin Filev is one of the newest professors working at AUBG. Interested in Mathematics since he was in the kindergarten, he found his passion for Physics in middle school. Professor Filev obtained his PhD from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and is currently a researcher and quantitative analyst. Read our interview with him to learn more about his impressive educational background and research career.
Deyan Slanchev (’15), BA alumnus and current AUBG EMBA student, has just been selected as one of the top 20 software specialists in Bulgaria by DevStyleR, a leading tech media outlet in the country. Deyan, who studied Business Administration and Computer Science at AUBG and is now in his fourth semester of studies at the university’s Executive MBA, works as Delivery Lead at Saorsa Ltd.
We are republishing DevStyleR’s interview with our alumnus and former President of StartUp@Blagoevgrad, who talks about what it takes to be successful in the IT industry. The interview has been translated from Bulgarian.
Every year, during the annual Honors Convocation, in addition to recognizing its top students, AUBG gives two faculty awards: the Cosmina Tanasoiu Excellence in Teaching Award and the Faculty Research Award. And even though COVID-19 obstructed this year's plans to hold the traditional academic ceremony, the university still awarded two top professors for their contribution to the academic life at AUBG.
Graduating senior Phuc Tran has just been accepted to a PhD in Mathematics at Yale University. A Mathematics major at AUBG, Tran will focus on studying Additive Combinatorics, Probability, and Extremal Combinatorics at the Ivy League school.
Problem solving through the use of technology = life-changing
There is hardly a sphere of human activity that doesn’t depend on technology to make it run efficiently. Ambitious undergraduates increasingly opt for computer science because of its potential for making an impact and changing lives.
Computer science is a fast-growing field offering a wide array of career options to students, from scientific inquiry and technical excellence to entrepreneurial and business ventures (and AUBG Computer Science graduates have themselves founded successful technology enterprises both in Bulgaria and abroad.)
The AUBG Computer Science program is focused on helping students gain the necessary skills to be productive leaders in the computing and related industries. As such, our graduates are expected to be highly competent, well-qualified computer professionals, having a broad training in software development, as well as being well prepared for graduate study.
Our program works in close cooperation with the computing industry, as well as with other universities and alumni, to provide a modern and challenging curriculum. Students have many interest clubs, hosting workshops, competitions and industry events. The BA in Computer Science and Information Systems is offered together with the Business Department, while the Master of Science in Software Engineering and an Honors track in Computer Science & Information Systems is another route. Students majoring in other departments can choose minors from over 30 courses within the Computer Science department.
Did you know that:
- Computer science students have their own interest clubs: The Computer Science Student Union holds competitions and workshops, coordinates computer science projects, and hosts distinguished practitioners in the field of Computer Science. The Engineering Club is for students interested in mechanical engineering and programming.
- CSSU was awarded Chapter status with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2008 – the only ACM student chapter in Eastern Europe.
- ACM has repeatedly recognized AUBG students with Student Chapter Excellence awards.
- Robot demos have become a traditional part of computer science panels at the annual Student-Faculty Research Conference.
- The Department holds an annual programming competition for students.
- AUBG students regularly win regional and national competitions.
- Two AUBG teams were shortlisted for participation in the local round of the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition. One of the teams developed C-Path, a computer-guided device helping blind people move unobstructed; the second team worked on an intelligent traffic light system that analyzes road traffic and optimizes the duration of traffic light signals based on the information.
- The creators of C-Path will represent Bulgaria at the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup finals in Australia, the largest student computing competition in the world.