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Bulgarian roboticists

I maintain a list of active Bulgarian researchers in robotics and machine learning. If you would like to be added to this list please contact me.

I also maintain a mailing list called Bulgarian Robotics Group, for exchanging useful information related to ongoing robotics projects, job opportunities, and other news to help each other. You can sign up for the mailing list at at Google Groups here:

List of active Bulgarian researchers in robotics and machine learning:

  • Petar Kormushev is a team leader of a research group at Italian Institute of Technology, working on robot learning by imitation and reinforcement learning.
  • Dragomir N. Nenchev is a professor at Tokyo City University, working on motion/force control, space robots, humanoid robots, and service robots.
  • Lubomir Lilov is a professor at Sofia University, heading the master’s program on Mechatronics and Robotics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics.
  • Rosen Diankov is the author of OpenRAVE robotics platform for manipulation planning, etc.
  • Alexander Stoytchev is a professor at Iowa State University. He constructed a dual-arm Barrett WAM robot and is researching in developmental robotics.
  • Jivko Sinapov is a PhD student of prof. Alexander Stoytchev.
  • Alexander A. Petrov is an assistant professor at Ohio State University.
  • Ivan Kalaykov is a professor at Örebro University.
  • Dimitar N. Dimitrov is a post-doc at Örebro University.
  • Todor Stoyanov is a PhD student at Örebro University.
  • Stanimir Dragiev is a PhD student at CoR-Lab / TU Berlin.
  • Nikolay Jetchev is a PhD student at TU Berlin.
  • Kostadin G. Kostadinov is a professor in Mechatronics & Robotics in “Mechatronic Systems” Department of BAS.
  • Krasimir D. Kolarov was teaching robotics at Stanford University, now works at Apple Inc.
  • Anelia Angelova finished her PhD at California Institute of Technology in 2007, now works at Google.
  • Nayden Chivarov and Nedko Shivarov are with the Service Robots group at the Central Laboratory of Mechatronics and Instrumentation at BAS, working on SRS FP7 project.
  • Boicho Kokinov is an associate professor at New Bulgarian University. His work is mostly on cognitive science and not robotics.
  • Petko Kiriazov is an associate professor at Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • Kiril Kiryazov is a PhD student at University of Skövde, Sweden.
  • Nikolay Stefanov is doing research at TUM in Germany.
  • Emanuel/Emo Todorov is an associate professor at University of Washington.
  • Vladimir Zamanov is teaching robotics at Technical University of Sofia.
  • Ivan Dryanovski is a PhD student at CCNY (City College of New York), doing research on 3D SLAM and Micro Air Vehicle Navigation.
  • Dragomir Anguelov was a PhD student at Stanford University, collaborating with prof. Sebastian Thrun on computer vision for robots. Now he is working at Google in Mountain View.
  • Dimitar Ivanov Chakarov is an associate professor at the Mechatronic Systems dept. of BAS in Bulgaria.
  • Evtim Venets Zahariev is an associate professor and head of the department of Dynamics and optimization of controlled mechanical systems at BAS in Bulgaria.
  • Andrey Popov is at Hamburg University of Technology, doing research on UAV robots (esp. quadrocopters and H-infinity controllers).
  • Marin Kobilarov is a post-doc in control and dynamical systems at Caltech, doing research on motion planning and control.
  • Bojan Jakimovski is the CEO of Bionics4Robotics, which is a robotics- and AI- related company in Munich, Germany.
  • Ilian Bonev is a professor working on precision robotics and parallel manipulators at ETS, Canada.
  • Roko Tschakarow works at SCHUNK as a Business Unit Manager System Solutions Mechatronics. His work is on building lightweight and modular robots.
  • Alexander Gegov is a Reader at University of Portsmouth, UK. His main research interests are in computational intelligence.
  • Dimitar H. Stefanov is with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
  • Danail Stoyanov is with the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL), doing research in medical robotics.
  • Andon Topalov is a professor at the Control Systems Department of Technical University of Sofia, Branch Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
  • Petko Hr. Petkov is a professor at the Department of Systems and Control of Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Stefan Markov was a student at University Bremen, Germany. Research areas: Robot Perception and Learning, AI, Mobile Sensor Networks.
  • Chavdar Papazov is a post-doctoral researcher at Technische Universität München, Germany. Research areas: 3D shape registration, object recognition and pose estimation.
  • Svetlin Penkov is a student at Edinburgh University, UK.
  • Atanas Popov is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering at University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Svetan Ratchev is the director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Nikolay Atanasov is a PhD student at GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Kalin Gochev is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Marina Horn is a PhD student at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Galia Tzvetkova is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.
  • Velin Dimitrov is a PhD student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA.

List of other Bulgarian robotics enthusiasts and hobbyists:

List of robotics related events and websites in Bulgaria: