This is my vanity corner that I check in rainy days...

August 2016: The Science Ambassadors Program for Aboriginal Science Outreach that I started as a NSERC Cameco Chair for Women in Science and Engineering has been running successfully for 9 years now! Check this article in the University of Saskatchewan Campus News about the effect of this program. (Though it states wrongly that it has been running for 10 years, but our first ambassador, Dawn Pratt and Danielle Anderson were sent to Muscoday & Beardy's and to the Pas and Okemassis in 2007).

July 2016: General Co-Chair (with James Blustein) for UMAP'2016: the 24th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (13-16 July 2016 - Halifax, Canada). I will boast here (secretly and modestly, of course ;-), that I created the logo of the conference and mostly ran the website along with everything else that general chairs normally do.

July and September 2016: I was Program Co-Chair (with Ulrich Hoppe) of CRIWG'2016, Kanazava, Japan, Sept 14-16, 2016 + Program Co-Chair (with Sheikh Habib) IFIP Trust Management 2016, Darmstadt, Germany, July 19-22, 2016

December 2015: Keynote speaker at the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing & Ambient Intelligence (UCAmI 2015) /IWAAL 2015 in Puerto Varas (South of Chile). I also served as a Program Co-Chair (with Jie Zhang and Dell Zhang) ACM/WIC/IEEE WI'2015, Singapore.

November 2015: Invited participant at the Dagstuhl Seminar,"Social Concepts in Self-organising Systems" 

September 2015: Keynote speaker at the 21st Conference on Collaborative Technology, CRIWG'2015, Yerevan, Armenia

July 2015: I am now the graduate chair of our Department of Computer Science.

June 2015: Our paper got the 2015 UMUAI James Chen Annual Award for Best Journal Article !!

May 2015: YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Research and Technology.

January 2015: Program Co-Chair for IEEE/ACM WI/IAT'2015 in Singapore

October 2014: I received the University of Saskatchewan College of Graduate Studies and Research Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award.

March 2013: I received the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Students Association Award for Advising Excellence.

December 2013: Invited to teach at the 2013 International Summer School on Trends in Computing (SSTC 2013) in Tarragona, Spain, 22-26 July 2013, along some very well known CS researchers!

October 2012: Program co-chair, CRIWG'2013, 19th International Conference on Collaboration and Technology, Wellington, NZ, 30 Oct-1 Nov.

December 2011: Keynote speaker at International Conference of Web-Based Learning, 2011 in Hong-Kong.

May 2011: Got a Discovery Accellerator Supplement (DAS) along with my Discovery grant in this year's NSERC's Discovery grant competition. And the size of my grant doubled!! :-)

May 2010: Nominated (well, I didn't get it, but still, apparently it is a big honour even to be nominated...) for YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Science.

April 2010: Received the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision by the Graduate Students at the Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan.

February 2010: Program Co-Chair of the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC'2010) Track on Social Web, Heraklion, Crete, May 2010.

November 2009: Selected to serve as a Section Chair for the NSERC Grant Selection Committee for Computer Science for the 2009/2010 competition.

October 2009: Keynote speaker at the Software, Services and Semantic Technolgies (S3T'2009) Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.

July 2008: Invited to serve on an NSF Review Panel on Adaptive Learning Technologies.

June 2008: Keynote speaker at the ITS'2008 Conference in Montreal where I gave a talk entitled "Social Learning Environments: New Challenges for AI and Education". The slides from the talk are available.

Feb. 2008: Invited to serve on the NSERC Grant Selection Committee for Computer Science for a 3 year term.

Nov. 2007: Keynote speaker at the ICCE'2007 Conference in Hiroshima, Japan, where I gave a talk entitled "Decentralization, Autonomy, and Participation in Multi-User/Agent Environments". The slides from the talk are available.

July, 2007: I am a full professor now.

July 2007: Speaker at the ETIAH Summer School on Intelligent Tutoring Systems in Grenoble, where I gave a lecture on User Modelling for Multi-User Environments. The video of my talk is available here.

Sept, 2005: Awarded the $1.16 M Cameco NSERC Prairie Chair for Women in Science and Engineering

Jul, 2004: An article by my PhD student Pinata Winoto (co-supervised with Gord McCalla) won the Best Student Paper Award at AAMAS'2004 in New York. The acceptance rate at AAMAS'2004 was 24.6%.

Feb, 2004: I was invited to give a talk at the University Celebration of NSERC's 25 year Anniversary. Here are the details.

Sept, 2003: An article by my PhD student Yao Wang was one of the three nominees for the Best Paper Award at WI'2003 in Halifax. The acceptance rate at WI'2004 was only 17%.

June, 2003: I became vice-president of UM Inc., a nonprofit organization that has been incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1994 to serve the user modeling research community. The primary purpose of the organization is to sponsor the international biannual conference on User Modeling.

November, 2001: Was an invited speaker at ICCE'2001 in Seoul, South Korea, where I gave a talk entitled "Distributed and United". ICCE is the International Conference of Computers in Education, organized annually by AACE (the Association for Advancement of Computers in Education). It takes place in one of the countries of the Asian-Pacific Rim.

July, 2001: I served as a program co-chair of the UM'2001 conference (together with Piotr Gmytrasiewicz). User Modelling is the main conference in this research community, takes place every two years, this particular time - in Sonthofen, Germany. It attracted over 180 international participants.

October, 2000: Ralph Deters and I received a major CFI (Canadian Foundation for Innovation) new-opportunities grant to create a multi-agent based mobile and ubiquitous computing laboratory (the MADMUC Lab).There were 41 projects awarded from 17 Canadian universities, and we got the second largest one!! For more details click here . The actual CFI announcement is here.

October, 1999: This article from the French newspaper Le Mond about the AIED'99 conference (Le Mans, August, 1999) features my presentation of recent multi-agent work carried out at the ARIES Lab. (28 September 1999). Here is a local copy of the article.

July, 1999: I served as an organization chair of the UM'99 conference in Banff. The conference was considered a success, and the conference web-site which I created received many compliments.

April, 1999: I won a NSERC University Faculty Award (UFA). The NSERC UFA is awarded annually and is aimed at decreasing the under-representation of women and Aboriginal peoples in faculty positions in the natural sciences and engineering. In 1999 there was only one award given in the area of Computer Science, out of 19 awards in all Sciences and Engineering disciplines. More details here.

November, 1998: My poster (co-authored with Greer, Mccalla, Deters, Zapata and Mudgal) won the Poster 1st Prize (worth $500) at the Telelearning'98 "Building Global Telelearning Communities" conference.

December, 1995: I won the Best Paper Award at the ICCE'95 in Singapore. The best paper was awarded among 10 competing papers by public vote of the conference attendees.

May, 1995: I won the PI-award of the Institute of Mathematics of the Bulgarian Academy of Science of the most successful young (<35) researcher of the year.

July, 1994: I won the Best Paper Award at UM'94 at the UM'94 Conference in Hyannis, MA.

July, 1986: My diploma work won 2nd prize among all graduating in the summer session from the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics at the University of Sofia.

May, 1981: I was one of two (out of 180) students who graduated with gold medal (given for perfect score) from the Sofia Maths Gymnasium (high-school). An alumni site. (all links in Bulgarian).


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