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IMI offers postdoctoral positions in the fields of Coding Theory, Algebraic geometry, Cryptography and Combinatorics

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34th International Olympiad in Informatics

The 34th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2022) is hosted by the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from August 7th to August 15th, 2022. It is the most prestigious computer science competition for secondary school and high school students around the world.

The International Olympiad in Informatics is one of several international science Olympiads held annually around the world. Exceptional high school students from various countries compete in the prestigious algorithmic competition to sharpen their informatics skills – such as problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming, and testing.

Each participating country selects a team of up to four contestants to represent their nation. The team, accompanied by a team leader and deputy leader, will compete in a two-day competition. The competition days are 10th and 12th August. On each day contestants will be given three tasks to complete in 5 hours. Prior to the first competition day there will be a 2-hour Practice Competition, to familiarize all contestants with the grading system.

This year, the Bulgarian team concludes:

  • Andon Todorov, 12th grade, Sofia High School of Mathematics,
  • Atanas Dimitrov, 11th grade, Sofia High School of Mathematics,
  • Deyan Hadzhi-Manich, 10th grade, High School of Mathematics „Dr. Petar Beron“, Varna,
  • Martin Kopchev, 12th grade, High School of Mathematics „Acad. Ivan Gyuzelev”, Gabrovo.

Atanas and Deyan are participating in the Olympics for the first time, while for the “veterans” Andon and Martin, this is their third and fifth participation, respectively.

The head of the team is Emil Kelevedjiev, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and the deputy leader is Dobrin Bashev, a student at the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands.

An interesting and little-known fact is that in 1989, on the initiative of Prof. Blagovest Sendov and Prof. Peter Kenderov, Bulgaria became the organizer and host of the first International Olympiad in Informatics. It took place in Pravets with only 13 countries. Today, the number of participating countries is 88. Bulgaria is one of the few countries that have participated in all editions of the Olympiad so far. Our competitors have won 27 gold, 49 silver and 39 bronze medals.

The 34th International Olympiad in Informatics logo visualizes the computational thinking and programming itself and the true essence of Indonesia. The 1 and 0 visual symbols came from the binary system invented by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the 17th century. It symbolizes the awareness of local culture. The Prambanan Temple, representing the letter “I” by its side view, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. It was built in the year 850 AD by Rakai Pikatan from the Medang Kingdom. On the other hand, the Borobudur Temple, representing the letter “O” by its top view, is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. The Borobudur Temple was built by Samaratungga from the Shailendra Dynasty between 782 and 812 AD. Both Prambanan Temple and Borobudur Temple are parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Krishna was chosen to be the Mascot of IOI’2022. Krishna represents intelligence, wisdom, strategy, and technology. It is told that he was able to see images of the future through a device called lopian, which can be interpreted as a data and information processor with a certain algorithm for a certain purpose.

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The International Center for Mathematical Sciences received a three-year grant from Simons Foundation

The good news was announced personally by Prof. Yuri Tschinkel, Director of Mathematics and Physical Sciences division of Simons Foundation, during his visit to Sofia. The Foundation funded a project of the International Center for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS-Sofia) at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics for a period of three years. The funds will be used to organize international scientific forums with the participation of world-renowned and established mathematicians, to open new positions for researchers and to support scientists from Ukraine and other countries.

During his meetings with the management body of the IMI, Prof. Tschinkel expressed confidence that after the successful completion of this project, the Simons Foundation will continue the collaboration and the support of the ICMS-Sofia.

Professor Tschinkel was a special guest at the conference Second Annual Meeting of Young Bulgarian Mathematicians, which was hosted at IMI–BAS from 13 to 14 June 2022. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together young Bulgarian mathematicians working around the world and to give them the opportunity to show some of their recent research.

As announced earlier, on June 13, 2022, Prof. Tschinkel gave a lecture entitled Building Scientific Institutes, in which he shared his experience of how private capital helps fund research in various fields. The event took place at the Intercontinental Hotel Sofia.

Yuri Tschinkel is a Director of Simons Foundation, Mathematics and Physical Sciences division. The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 by Marilyn and Jim Simons. The foundation is one of the largest charitable organizations in the USA. It makes grants in four areas: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, autism research (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) and Outreach, Education and Engagement.

The Foundation seeks to create strong collaborations and foster the cross-pollination of ideas between investigators, as these interactions often lead to unexpected breakthroughs. In an effort to promote such interaction between scientists, in 2012 the foundation launched a new collaborative funding model, the Simons Collaborations, which brings funded investigators — sometimes from different disciplines — together to work on a timely and important problem.

The Simons Foundation Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division support research in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science by providing funding for individuals, institutions and science infrastructure.

The Simons Foundation Life Sciences division seeks to advance basic research on fundamental questions in biology, with a focus on the origins of life, microbial oceanography and microbial ecology and evolution.

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)’s mission is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

The Simons Foundation’s Outreach, Education and Engagement programs seek to stimulate a deeper interest and understanding of science and mathematics among students, professionals and the interested public.

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Second Annual Meeting of Young Bulgarian Mathematicians

The International Center for Mathematical Sciences – Sofia is organizing for a second consecutive year a meeting of young Bulgarian mathematicians from around the world.

The conference will take place at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI-BAS) on June 13 – 14, 2022.

A special guest of the event is Prof. Yuri Tschinkel from Courant Institute, NYU and Simons Foundation Director, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. We envision two main outcomes of this meeting:

  • Enriching the relations between young mathematicians working in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian mathematical diaspora;
  • Enhancing the professional development of young Bulgarian mathematicians by presenting to them new career opportunities through national and European scientific programs.

The conclusion of the scientific part of the event on June 14 will be followed by a round table to discuss these opportunities. We are all elated by this exciting event and we are looking forward to seeing you at IMI-BAS.

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The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics organize a lecture by Prof. Yuri Tschinkel

On Monday, June 13, 2022, Prof. Yuri Tschinkel will give a lecture entitled Building Scientific Institutes and will share his experience with funding research through private business. The event will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel Sofia at 5:30 pm.

Professor Tschinkel is visiting Bulgaria at the invitation of the International Center for Mathematical Sciences of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (IMI-BAS). He is a special guest at the conference Second Annual Meeting of Young Bulgarian Mathematicians, which will be hosted at IMI–BAS from 13 to 14 June 2022. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together young Bulgarian mathematicians working around the world and to acquaint the mathematical community in our country with some of their most significant achievements.

Yuri Tschinkel is an algebraic geometer who covers a broad spectrum of subjects – from arithmetics to complex geometry. He was educated at Moscow State University and received his doctorate in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tschinkel has obtained spectacular results in counting points over different fields and stable rationality. For his work, he has been elected to Academia Europea and Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences. He has been a speaker at the International Mathematical Congress of 2006.

Yuri Tschinkel is a Director of Simons Foundation, Mathematics and Physical Sciences division. The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 by Marilyn and Jim Simons. The foundation is one of the largest charitable organizations in the USA. It makes grants in four areas: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, autism research (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) and Outreach, Education and Engagement.

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IMI offers postdoctoral positions in the fields of Coding Theory, Algebraic geometry, Cryptography and Combinatorics

The Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences announces postdoctoral positions in the fields of Coding Theory, Cryptography, Combinatorics, and Mathematical Biology, funded by the Bulgarian Research Program Enhancing the Research Capacity in Mathematical Sciences (PIKOM).

The duration of the positions is 6 or 12 months, extendable for up to 36 months. Successful candidates will work in the department of Mathematical Foundations of Informatics and will be affiliated with the International Center for Mathematical Sciences, Sofia (ICMS-Sofia), which is part of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics.

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