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I received the 2013 John Atanasoff award

I was awarded by the President of Bulgaria with the prestigious John Atanasoff award in 2013.

The award is named after Prof. John Vincent Atanasoff, an American physicist of Bulgarian descent who was the inventor of the first electronic digital computer ABC.

The 33-year-old scientist in the area of information technology, Dr. Petar Kormushev, became the holder of the 2013 John Atanasoff аward. Petar Kormushev has been nominated for the award for his work in robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The distinction was given to him by the President of Bulgaria, Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, at a ceremony in Sofia on October 4th, 2013. Other young scientists were singled out with diplomas.

Photos from the award ceremony

More photos

I have put more photos from the event on Flickr here:


Media coverage

The official website of the President of Bulgaria

My workplace – the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

My alma mater university in Bulgaria – Sofia University

News website Dnevnik

Bulgarian National Radio

I was a guest at Bulgarian National TV on October 6th, 2013. This is a video from the TV programme with host Boyan Benev:

Д-р Петър Кормушев получи президентската награда “Джон Атанасов” за 2013 г.

Публикуваха подробно интервю с мен в Economy.bg озаглавено “Хората ще се превърнат отчасти в машини” ето тук:

Канал 3 излъчи интервю с мен в предаването “На ръба” от 14 октомври 2013 г. Ето тук има запис от това предаване:

The award certificate

2013 John Atanasoff award certificate of Petar Kormushev

The award statuette

The statuette is quite heavy, around 6 kg, made of marble.

John Atanasoff’s portrait

Finally, this is a portrait of the genius inventor to whom we owe so much and who is one of the fathers of the modern computer.

Portrait of John Atanasoff