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The people who are changing the education and helping more than 150 students to face up the Data Science Crypto Challenge! We are proud to introduce you to our mentors’ team

Have you ever heard about Data Science – Cryptocurrency University program?

A uni program with a strong focus on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms for a better cryptocurrency trading system? Probably you haven’t because both fields are relevant new to the broader audience. One more reason why probably we won’t see such a curriculum in the next two years is that it always takes so much time to study the technology and to create a reasonable program for the students in the Academia. But unfortunately, the truth is the technology might be outdated when the time to be studied at the University comes.

We have to experiment now!

And we from Data Science Society are so happy that there were professors who saw the potential of the idea to bring practical challenges to their students through Academia Datathon! Thanks to these professors more than 150 students from 5 countries and 10 universities will have the chance to build their machine learning models and test them with cryptocurrency data. Because of the dedication to those who are bold enough to make a little revolution we are closer to bringing the knowledge to the students, not in two years, but now!

Let us introduce you to #AcademiaDatathon mentors

Leo MršićVice Dean for R&D at AlgebraLAB Director & Co-founder & Senior partner @ IN2data Data Science Company, Croatia

Leo is an experienced top level Corporate Executive, Entrepreneur, University College Professor, Assistant Professor, Certified Court Expert Witness. He has a strong background in different areas and fields (retail, telco, project management), focused on analytical methods and data economy across the operations and up to the strategic level. Leo is also is active in the international EDU community with different experience roles.

Subhabaha Pal, Professor at the Data Science Faculty of Manipal ProLearn

Subhabaha published more than 30 research papers and three book publications based on the real-life data analysis on financial, insurance, stock-market and biological/agricultural data. And he has a broad Freelance Research Experience in Real-life Data analytics and Industry Experience in SAP support and implementation.

Kostadin Bashev, Assistant Professor at D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics – Svishtov, Bulgaria

Konstantin has a solid experience in web development and he is the owner of a company – a provider of web development services and support for e-commerce businesses in Bulgaria and USA.

Hrvoje Jerkovic, Senior Data Scientist at AlgebraLAB, University College Algebra

Hrvoje has a doctor’s dissertation in 2012 on Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb. He is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb. Hrvoje has set up and administered over 50 different video conference events and also gave a number of lectures and presentations on the Data Science related topics.

Galina Ilieva, Associate Professor of Informatics at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Plovdiv Paisii Hilendarski

Galina has scientific interests in the field of intelligent methods of business information processing decision-making and her career path has led her to the Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, the Institute of Information Technologies, and the University of Plovdiv Paisii Hilendarski.

Angelin Lalev, Assistant professor in Computer Science at D.A.Tsenov, Academy of Economics, Svishtov, Bulgaria

Angelin has lots of scientific interests including data protection, cryptography, parallel programming and artificial intelligence. He holds a Ph.D. degree in information security and also has a solid experience as a programmer in C/C++/Java and Python on different projects.

Angel Marchev, Associate Professor at University of National and World Economy

Angel Marchev holds a Ph.D. in applications of computer simulations in business and has lots of scientific interests including cybernetics, computer simulation, forecasting, quantitative methods in management, portfolio management, financial markets, simulation and gaming, self-organization, evolutionary algorithms, multi-stage selection procedures, genetic algorithms, neural networks, fuzzy logic, chaos theory.

Abdullatif Shikfa, Assistant research professor at KINDI center for computing research of Qatar University

Abdullatif held both research and industry positions as a research engineer at EURECOM, as scientific advisor and deputy head of the security research department at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent and then as technical project manager and security expert at Thales. His research interests and experience include information and communication security and Abdullatif has publications on various aspects of applied cryptography.

Milen Chechev, Lecturer at Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University

Milen holds a Ph.D. in Recommender Systems and he has a solid experience teaching and mentoring students in Artificial Intelligence and Recommender systems field. Currently, Milen is the Senior Data Scientist at Ocado Technology where he works on projects for optimization and failure prediction of semi-autonomous bots.

Liyana Shuib, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, the University of Malaya in Malaysia

Liyana has a Ph.D. from the University of Malaya, Malaysia and she has won more than 20 awards from reputable innovation awards like PECIPTA and ITEX. Her research interests include personalization, recommender system, data science, data mining, artificial intelligence application, and educational technology.

Boryana Bogdanova, Associate Professor at the Department of Statics and Econometrics, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Boryana is a co-founder of the MSc Program in Business Analytics at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and she holds first prize at a national research contest in the field of International Finance.Her research interests are in the field of Empirical Finance, International Financial Markets, Time Series Analysis, Wavelet Analysis, Data Mining with core papers published in reputable international journals.

Hoo Wai Lam, Senior Lecturer in Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Hoo Wai holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Malaya where he received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Computer Science, majoring in Artificial Intelligence. He served as local arrangement chair for The 3rd IAPR Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR2015), as publication chair for Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Annual Summit and Conference (APSIPA 2017). His current research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and big data analytics.

Yordan Darakchiev, Software Engineering Trainer at SoftUni

Yordan has a strong experience in software development and algorithms as a software engineer trainer in SoftUni and a freelance programmer. He has a broad interest and among them are astrobiology, abiogenesis and evolution of life, astrophysics, the evolution of galaxies, image processing, with a focus on astrophysical applications; image recognition; performance and constraints, teaching machine learning and web development

Muhammad Reza Bin Z’aba, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer System and Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya

Muhamed Reza has Ph.D. from Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2010, specializing in the area of cryptography. His main research interests are in the area of symmetric cryptography (block ciphers and hash functions). He is also currently investigating blockchain-related technologies including digital currencies and other areas of information security.

Alexander Efremov, Assoc. Prof. at Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria

Alex holds a Ph.D. on auto-modeling of demand in hypermarket chains – highly dimensional multiple input multiple output (MIMO) dynamic systems. He has a strong experience over 18 years in the design of automated applications and he is currently the Chief Scientist & Co-founder in A4E. Alex has interests in data mining, including association, clustering, classification and regression, numerical optimization, real-time modeling, Kalman filtering, numerical methods and other math fields, needed for algorithms development in the area of data science

And there are experts who believe in the idea of the alternative education as well!

Our team of Society mentors has been specially selected for the Academia Datathon and the list includes some of the biggest names in the crypto field.

Among the names who will support the international Datathon are people with a strong fintech expertise

Georgi Mitov, a Vice President, Director of Research for Alpha Analytics and Optimization at FactSet

Metodi Nikolov, Lead Quantitative Researcher at FactSet and at FMI, Sofia University

The Society mentors are also experts not only in the fintech field but have more than 10+ experience in the crypto area being consultants, founders of cryptocurrency investment funds and blockchain platforms:

Vladislav Dramaliev , Founder and director of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association and Marketing Lead at æternity .

Blagovest Belev, Founder of the first cryptocurrency investment fund in Bulgaria – BlockChain.bg and co-founder of Tavex Gold&Exchange in Bulgaria

Emanuil Mihaylov, Freelance Cryptocurrency consultant

Some of them combine the crypto knowledge with the Data Science skills for being leaders in their area

Veliko Minkov, Lead Blockchain Developer at TokenGet and co-founder of Launchub investee intuitics.com

Demir Tonchev, Data Scientist at Seedset with a crypto expertise

Pure Artificial Intelligence experts will help the teams with their tasks as well

Tomislav Križan, Chief Product Officer, Founder and Owner of Atomic Intelligence d.o.o., Croatia

Anton Nenov, Data Scientist at NetInfo

And let not forget the SuperData Bros with an expertise in fintech, cryptocurrency but also in the AI field. They are the people who will hold a session during the Datathon on the cryptocurrency Data Science Challenge

Petar Nikolov, Ph.D. Graduate Student at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Pavel Nikolov, Senior Business Analyst in VMware

If you want to know more about the mentors check their full biographies and bond with them on the DataChat. Subscribe to Data Science Society YouTube channelfor the latest news in the Data Science field and the crypto/ AI team solutions stream!

If there are experts and professors who want to be part of Data Science Society next global Datathons, you are welcome to share your enthusiasm with us at [email protected] 

Meet you on 27th of April on Campus or Online!

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