Dr. Peter Kormushev, winner of the John Atanasov award, is a member of the jury at Hack Tech Challenge 2016

from 10/02/2016

In February, the team of judges evaluating the projects in the first national virtual hackathon for .NET programmers Hack Tech Challenge 2016 will be joined by Dr. Peter Kormushev, winner of the John Atanasov award for 2013. He received the award for his outstanding scientific           achievements in various areas of bioinformatics, semantic web, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Dr. Peter Kormushev is a lecturer at the Imperial College, London in the subjects of Robotics, Computing, AI, Electronics. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski where he graduated with a Master’s degree in artificial         intelligence, bio- and medical informatics. In 2009, he defended his doctoral thesis in Artificial Intelligence at the Tokyo Institute of Technology under the guidance of prof. Kaoru Hirota. His scientific work focuses on methods to speed up the process of reinforcing self-study and their       implementation in  advanced humanoid robots such as COMAN, iCub, as well as the Barrett WAM manipulators, the Japanese robot Fujitsu HOAP-2, etc.

Beside his scientific work, he has more than seven years of experience in software companies. Moreover, he initiated the development activities in Kontrax JSC. In 2008, he was invited by Google, Japan, to join the team for improvement of the performance of the search engine as a software engineer. He created a prototype of a new system for classifying consumer applications called Google Genus, which uses algorithms for machine self-study.

Until now, the subject of e-education has been attracting the strongest interest of the participants enrolled in the Hack Tech Challenge 2016.     Since the beginning of the race announced on 1 February 2016, more than 10 teams have registered in the online platform hacktech.kontrax.bg. The deadline for the registration of .NET programmers from across the country is until 29 February 2016.

Hack Tech Challenge 2016 is organized by Kontrax JSC. The event is being held for the first time this year, but the idea is to establish it as an initiative and a stage for new and future talents and innovators among adolescents and young people who will be motivated to develop their knowledge and skills in information and communication technologies and to find better opportunities on the labor market in Bulgaria.