curriculum vitae

 
Name Atanas Kostadinov Kiryakov
Contact data Ontotext Lab, Sirma Group Corp.
135 Tsarigradsko Chausse, Sofia 1784, Bulgaria
E-mail: naso.at.sirma.bg; Phone: (+359 2) 8091 555; Fax: 8091 426.
contents
formal education, employment, major projects and positions, technical background, academic interests, publications, conferences, awards, hobbies
formal education

1995 - M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science, Sofia University, Bulgaria
1990 - Diploma for Completed Secondary Education, High School in Mathematics, Sofia, Bulgaria
employment history
2008-present Executive Director of Ontotext AD, Sofia, Bulgaria.
1993-2008 Sirma Group, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Latest positions: head of Ontotext Lab, member of the board
Past positions: software engineer, project manager.
1994-present President of BugSoft Co., since 1998 renamed to Diogenes Co., Sofia, Bulgaria
1998-2000 Ph.D. student at the Tuebingen-Sofia International Graduate Programme in Computational Linguistics and Represented Knowledge (CLARK), Linguistic Modelling Laboratory, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.
1995, 1998, 1999 Teaching assistant, Sofia University, Department of Computer Science, Declarative Formalisms for Knowledge Representation
1990-1991  Software engineer, Software Research & Development Laboratory, Programno Osiguryawane, Sofia University, Bulgaria
1989-1990 Software engineer, Research & Development Laboratory Programa, Institute of Mathematics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 
major projects and positions
2009-present Chairman of the board of Namerimi (joint venture of NetInfo and Ontotext, developing national web search technology), Sofia, Bulgaria
 
2008-present Member of the board of Sirma Group Holding, Sofia, Bulgaria
 
2005-2008 Member of the board of Sirma Group Corp, Sofia, Bulgaria
 
2004-2012 Member of the board of Fairway Consultants Limited, DBA Innovantage, Cardiff, UK
 
2003-2005 Member of the board of Sirma AI EAD, Sofia, Bulgaria
 
2001-2004 Member of the board of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies)
Chair of its Working Group on Education, Research and Innovations
 
2000-2005 Member of the board of Sirma Group International Corp., Montreal, Canada.
 
2000 Organizer (together with Kiril Simov) of OntoLex 2000 "Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases" workshop. It initiated a serie of regular workshops OntoLex.
 
2000-present Head of Ontotext Lab. Leading Ontotext's participation in a number of research projects (check Ontotext projects). Product manager of the KIM Platform for semantic annotation, indexing, and retrieval, and OWLIM semantic repository.  
1999-2000 Instill Purchase Web -  b2b solution for the food service industry. EJB back-end, JDK 1.2 client, ORACLE.
Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria (for Instill Corp.,  Palo Alto, CA)
Role: team leader
1998-1999 Outsourcing services -  research, proof-of-concept prototypes and components for: applets, servlets, DHTML, distributed Java applications. Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria (for Instill Corp.,  Palo Alto, CA)
Role: team leader
1998 JYouth - An Internet high-load variant of  Youth Projects Database (see below), implemented on top of Oracle, using Java Servlets, Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria (for WorkLogic.com, Ottawa, Canada)
Role: research, design and development
1998 InterpriseSITE - Internet CSCW product line, Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria (for WorkLogic.com, Ottawa, Canada)
Role: team leader, design, development and coordination
1997-2001 Slovnik - inflectional morphology engine (lemmatization and related functions) with front-ends. It was provided with dictionaries for Bulgarian and Russian. First developed in Diogenes Co, it is the basis for the Slovnik product line, developed by within Sirma Solutions and Sirma Media.
Role: project leader, analysis and design
1997-1999 Competency Evaluation System - an extranet system for HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada), Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: design and development
1997 Youth Projects Database - an Internet/Extranet system for HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada) providing information about the youth initiatives contributed by the Canadian government, Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: design and development
1997 Paper Tracking System - an extranet system for the Library of Parliament of Canada, Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: software design and development
1997  Snowflake - figure skating competition information system - BugSoft Co., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: project leader, analysis, design and development
1995  Workscape - computer supported cooperative work environment, Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: software design and development
1995  Intelligent Workstation - consulting expert system based on Boolean Constraint Propagation Networks,  Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: knowledge engineer, software development
1994-1995  BuildIS - Client/Server, information system for building contractors,  Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria (for Geocon GMBH, Berlin, Germany)
Role: project leader, software design and development
1994  Patch - file and directory comparison and synchronization tool set - BugSoft Co., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: research, analysis, software design and development
1994  PostMan - communication software based on unique file transfer protocol - BugSoft Co., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: project leader, analysis, software design and development
1993  OmniSys -  software re-engineering (CASE) tool for automatic migration of mainframe COBOL software, from hierarchical IMS to relational DB/2 DBMS, Sirma AI Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: research, analysis, software design and development
1990  Unisys - object-oriented information system with management consulting features, Programno Osiguryawane Software R&D Lab.
Role: software  development
1989  Personal - system facilitating the personnel selection, Programa R&D Lab. (for Ministry of National Defense) Role: software  development
1987  System testing high school students knowledge in geography - interactive tool, with visual effects, animation, etc. - Sofia High School of Mathematics, Sofia, Bulgaria
Role: software  design and  development
technical background
Programming Languages: Java, C++, Prolog, Lisp, C, Pascal, Assembler (Intel, VAX, IBM), FoxPro, Basic, JavaScript, VBScript
Knowledge Representation: KIF, SRL, various DL dialects, RDF(S), DAML+OIL, OWL, WSML
DBMS: Oracle; MS SQL Server; MS Access; Paradox; FoxPro; DB2; IMS; Poet
Other skills and abbreviations: EJB, JDK 1.01-1.5, ERWin, RRose, (D)HTML, Servlets, (La)TeX, OLE 2, IIS, RMI
academic interests
publications

More than 20 referred scientific publications. For complete list see OntoText Lab. list of publications.

Kiryakov, Atanas
Automatic Translation between Declarative Formalisms for Knowledge Representation,  M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Computer Science, Sofia University, November 1995

Kiryakov, Atanas; Simov, Kiril Iv.
Ontologically Supported Semantic Matching.
In: Proceedings of “NODALIDA’99: Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics”, Trondheim, Dec. 9-10, 1999. Trondheim: NTNU.

Kiryakov, Atanas; Simov, Kiril Iv.
A comparison between Upper Cyc Ontology and EuroWordnet Top Ontology.
In: Proceedings of “OntoLex 2000: Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases”, Sozopol, Sept. 8-10, 2000.

Kiryakov, Atanas; Simov, Kiril Iv.
Mapping of EuroWordnet Top Ontology to Upper Cyc Ontology.
In: Proceedings of “Ontologies and Text” workshop, during EKAW 2000. Juan-les-Pins, French Riviera, Oct. 2-6, 2000.

conferences

Conference and workshop involvements as an organizer, member of the program committee, sponsor, or invited speaker:

2nd European Semantic Technology Conference (ESTC2008)
(to be determined)

17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008)
April 21-25, 2008, Beijing, China

The Third International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2008)
January 7-12, 2008, Hyderabad, India

ISWC 2007: 6th International Semantic Web Conference
Including the Semantic Web Challenge
November 11-15th , 2007, Busan, South-Korea

OntoLex 2007: From Text to Knowledge: The Lexicon/Ontology Interface
November 11th , 2007, Busan, South-Korea. Co-located with ISWC 2007

4th Annual European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2007)
03 - 07 June, 2007, Innsbruck, Austria

1st European Semantic Technology Conference (ESTC2007)
31 May - 1 June, 2007, Vienna, Austria

16th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2007)
May 8-12, 2007, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

ISWC 2006: 5th International Semantic Web Conference
November 5-9th , 2006, Athens, Georgia, USA

The Canadian Semantic Web Working Simposium (CSWWS2006)
Co-located with the Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 6 June 2006, Ottawa, Canada.

3rd Annual European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2006)
Budva, Montenegro : 11-14 Jun 2006.

OntoLex 2006, co-located with LREC 2006.
Genova, Italy : 24-29 May 2006.

15th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2006)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: 22-26 May 2006.

The 22nd International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE2006)
April 3-7 2006, Atlanta, GA, USA.

SSWS 2005: International Workshop on Scalable Semantic Web Knowledge Base Systems
Part of the Sixth International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, WISE 2005
New York City, USA: 20-22 November 2005.

ISWC 2005: 4th International Semantic Web Conference
Galway, Ireland: 6-10 November 2005. Including the Semantic Web Challenge

Semantic Web Days
6-7 October 2005, Munich, Germany.

The 2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI'05)
France: 19-22 September 2005.

7th International conference on Terminology and Knowledge Engineering (TKE2005)
Copenhagen, Denmark: 17-18 August 2005.

2nd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2005)
Herssonisos, Crete, Greece: 29.5-1.6 2005.

3rd International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2004)
Hiroshima, Japan: 7-11 November 2004.

The 2004 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI'04)
Beijing, China: 20-24 September 2004.

The Eleventh International Conference on Artificial Intelligence: Methodology, Systems, Applications, AIMSA 2004
Varna, Bulgaria: 2-4 September 2004.

OntoLex 2004: Ontologies and Lexical Resources in Distributed Environments
Held in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Language Reseources and Evaluation (LREC2004)
LISBON, Portugal, 29th may 2004

Shallow Processing of Large Corpora, SProLaC 2003
Workshop at CORPUS LINGUISTICS 2003, Lancaster University (UK), 27 March, 2003.

OntoBIS: Ontologies for Business Information Systems
Special Session in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Business Information Systems BIS 2003, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; June 4-6, 2003.

Semantic Web Workshop at SIGIR 2003
26th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference, July 28 - August 1, 2003, Toronto, Canada

IESL 2003: Information Extraction for Slavonic and other Central and Eastern European Languages
Workshop at RANLP '2003. Borovetz, Bulgaria: 8-9 September 2003.

ISWC 2003: 2nd International Semantic Web Conference
Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA: 20-23 October 2003.

EON2002 - Evaluation of Ontology-based Tools
OntoWeb-SIG3 Workshop at the 13th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management EKAW 2002. Siguenza (Spain), 30th September 2002.

Semantic Web Meets Language Resources
AAAI02 workshop held in conjunction with the Eighteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. July 28 - 29, 2002 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

OntoLex 2002 - Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases
Held in conjunction with the 3rd International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, LREC2002
27th May 2002, Las Palmas, Canary Islands - Spain.

OntoLex 2000 - Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases
Sozopol, Bulgaria: Sept. 8-10, 2000.

awards

1992 - Dean's Annual Award for Excellent Study Results, Sofia University, Bulgaria
1991 - Passed test for Mensa International membership
1990 - Member of Sofia team for International Team Competition in Mathematics "Lyubomir Chakalov", 1st Place, Sofia
1990 - Gold Medal Graduation Award for High Scholastic Achievements, Sofia High School of Mathematics, Bulgaria
1989 - Second place in Individual Russian competition in Mathematics "Kvant", Sofia
1987-1990 - Member of Sofia team in many national competitions in high school Mathematics
1987-1988 - Special award for excellent achievements in the Russian competition in Mathematics "Kvant", Moscow
languages

Bulgarian (native), Russian (good understanding), English (working knowledge)
hobbies and interests

poetry, red wine, jazz, classic music, bulgarian folklore, tourism, diving, publishing, rouble tetris, scientific research (see Academic Interests).