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Bulgarian institute advances in IT research capacity

New equipment and training activities have allowed information technology to flourish at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Bulgarian institute advances in IT research capacity
The Institute for Parallel Processing (IPP) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) is considered a leading scientific organisation in the information technology (IT) field. The EU-funded project 'Bulgarian IST Center of Competence in 21 century' (BIS-21++) reinforced human resources and infrastructure at the Institute to ensure its position as a leader in research in information and communication technologies (ICT) in Bulgaria.

The project trained 20 PhD students and budding researchers to build a strong knowledge base in human capital. The project team helped the trainees plan their career development and evaluated their progress during the training. It oversaw the presentation and publication of theses by many of the students.

Throughout the project, the Institute also forged cooperation with other leading European academic institutions, as well as with Bulgarian businesses to strengthen its IT discipline. The project hosted international conferences and workshops to further the aims of the IPP. It organised almost 100 science visits involving key partners from across Europe, both to and from the Institute, resulting in important exchanges of knowledge and results.

BIS-21++ built valuable links with the economic and social environments on the strength of knowledge transfer and research training, especially knowledge transfer to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The transfer covered topics such as modern software language engineering applications, advanced computer simulation tools and bio-informatics data storage.

Researchers were also trained in grid technologies, distributed systems and computer networking, coupled with the procurement of useful new equipment and software in this sector for the Institute.

The training, networking and exchange activities, combined with newly acquired technology and software, enabled the IPP to become a key leader in the Balkans in this respect. On the whole, the initiative brought Bulgaria much closer to international standards.

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