Nikolay Dukov

Nikolay Dukov, PhD, obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Electronics at the Technical University - Varna, respectively, in 2012 and 2014. During his master study, he developed his Master thesis at the University of Ghent, Belgium. In April 2014, he was enrolled as a PhD student in the Faculty of Electronics at the TU-Varna. His PhD study was focused on investigating the possibilities for the creation of imitation basic neural structures and their hardware implementations -- part of that research he carried out at the University of Patras, Greece. In 2019, he successfully defended his PhD dissertation, entitled "Design and implementation of biologically motivated neural structures with FPGA".

Since 2014, he is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering and Microelectronics at the Technical University - Varna, and since 2017 he has been appointed an assistant in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Technical University - Varna. In 2020 became a member of the Department of Medical Equipment, Electronic and Information Technologies in Healthcare at the Medical University of Varna "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov" as an Assistant professor.

His main research interests are related to biomedical engineering. In particular, the processing of biomedical signals and images and the application of machine learning algorithms in medicine and their implementation by hardware.

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Mariana Shotova

Mariana Shotova, PhD, graduated from the Technical University of Varna in 2005, with specialization on Communication Technology. She earned the MSc degree in Communication Technology in 2007 and in 2013 her PhD degree in Theoretical Foundations of Communication Technology (02.07.01), under "5.3 Communication and Computer Engineering". During the period 2011-2017 she was Assistant Professor and Faculty member of the Department of Electronics, division "Communication Equipment and Technologies“. She authored more than 20 scientific publications and participated in 8 RTD projects, funded by national and EU Programmes. Her research interests are in the areas of digital signal processing in communications, radio navigation and radiolocation, computer networks and systems, embedded systems.

Since Oct. 2017 she is Senior Digital Design Engineer at IDT - Integrated Device Technology, Inc.