Effective Search of Conceptual Patterns
with Applications in Medical Informatics


Associate Prof. Dr Svetla Boytcheva


2003 - Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence); PhD thesis “Refinement operators in Inductive Logic Programming”, Sofia University, Bulgaria

1994 - M.Sc. in Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University, Bulgaria ;

1994 - graduation in Teacher of Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University, Bulgaria

1989 - finished Secondary school of mathematics "Dr. Peter Beron"-Varna, with one year specialisation in Computer programming

Teaching experience:

  • Computer Programming in C++, Perl, Prolog, Lisp, Logo, Visual Basic, Pascal
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Functional and Logical Programming Languages
  • Computers in Education
  • Machine Learning
  • AI programming in Prolog
  • Web-Programming
  • Databases
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Computer Architectures
  • .NET Framework Programming with C#
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Intelligent Learning Systems

Fields of research:

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computers in Education, Data Structures and Algorithms, Adaptive Intelligent e-Learning Systems

Research Projects:

  • Bulgarian National Science Fund EVTIMA(2009-2011) Effective search of conceptual information with applications in medical informatics", grant No DO 02-292/December 2008
  • 7FP Project SISTER (2008-2010) Strengthening the IST Research Capacity of Sofia University
  • 6FP NoE Project TENCompetence (2006-2008): Building the European network for Lifelong Competence Development, Integrated project – FP6 IST-2005
  • 6FP NoE Project ETN-DEC - European Thematic Network for Doctoral Education in Computing
  • 6FP NoE Project KALEIDOSCOPE “Concepts and methods for exploring the future of learning with digital technologies”, 2004-2008
  • INCO-Copernicus Project 977074 LarFlast (Learning Foreign Language Scientific Terminology) under EC Directorate General III, November 1998- October 2001
  • INCO-Copernicus Project 977102 ILPnet2 - Network of Excellence in Inductive Logic Programming - Funded by the European Commission, November 1998 –August 2001
  • Geomland (Plane Geometry System)- 1990-1995, http://iea.fmi.uni-sofia.bg/PGS/

International Experisence:

1993 (August) - Summer Workshop on Computer Aided University Mathematics Instructions, Athens, Workshop supported by Erasmus Program ICP-92-G-1031/11 and by TEMPUS Program JEP 1980-92/2, organised by Athens University, Greece

1999 (July) - Department of Language Engineering, Centre of Computational Linguistic, UMIST, Manchester, UK.

2004 (June) - Hamburg University, Germany.

2006 (January-August) - Germany, Hamburg University – PostDoc UNESCO-Keizo Obuchi Fellowship programme

List of Selected Publications:

1. Boytcheva Sv., E. Paskaleva, I. Nikolova, G. Angelova, D. Tcharaktchiev and N. Dimitrova, Extraction and Exploration of Correlations in Patient Status Data, Proceedings of Interational Workshop of Biomedical Information Extraction, Borovetz, Bulgaria, p. 1-8, 2009

2. Boytcheva, S., E. Paskaleva, I. Nikolova, and G. Angelova. Extracting Patient-Related Description from Medical Records in Bulgarian. To appear in the Proc. of the International Conference on Software, Services & Semantic Technologies S3T-2009, 28-29 October 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria.

3. Boytcheva Sv. and G. Angelova, Towards Extraction of Conceptual Structures from Electronic Health Records, Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Conceptual Structure (ICCS-2009), Published in LNCS - LNAI Vol. 5662, Springer, July, 2009

4. Boytcheva Sv., I. Nikolova and E. Paskaleva, Context Related Extraction of Conceptual Information from Electronic Health Records, In Proc. of Workshop on Conceptual Structures for Extracting Natural Language Semantics (SENSE'09), Moscow, 2009 also Published by CEUR-WS, Vol-476. ONLINE: http://CEUR-WS.org/Vol-476/

5. Boytcheva Sv. and M. Nisheva, Semantically Enhanced Adaptive e-Learning System, In Proc. of 5th International conference on Emerging e-Learning Technologies and Applications (ICETA -2007), 6-8 September 2007, Slovakia, pp. 367-373, 2007

6. S. Boytcheva, A. Strupchanska, E. Paskaleva, D. Tcharaktchiev, Some Aspects of Negation Processing in Electronic Health Records, In Proc. of Language and Speech Infrastructure for Information Access in the Balkan Countries, Workshop at International Conference RANLP -2005 (Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing), 25 September 2005, Borovets, Bulgaria, pp. 1-8, 2005

7. S. Boytcheva, E. Kovatcheva, Development of Adaptive e-Learning System Based on Learning Objects, In Proceedings of International e-Learning conference, 6-7 September 2005, Berlin, Germany , pp 245-251, 2005

8. R. Nikolov, K. Stefanov, S. Boytcheva, E. Stefanova, A. Georgiev, ATI Portal for Technology Enhanced Learning, In Proceedings of e-Learning conference, 6-7 September 2005, Berlin, Germany , pp 9-17, 2005

9. Boytcheva, Svetla, Milena Yankova and Albena Strupchanska 2004. Semantically driven approach for scenario recognition in the IE system FRET. In Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing III, Nicolov, Nicolas, Kalina Bontcheva, Galia Angelova and Ruslan Mitkov (eds.), John Benjamins Publishing Company, 257 ff., pp. 257-266, 2005

10. Angelova G., A. Strupchanska, O. Kalaydjiev, M. Yankova, Sv. Boytcheva and I. Vitanova. Towards deeper understanding and personalisation in eCALL. In Proc. "eLearning for Computational Linguistics and Computational Linguistics for eLearning", Workshop at COLING 2004, Geneva, 2004.

11. Angelova G., A. Strupchanska, O. Kalaydjiev, Sv. Boytcheva and I. Vitanova. Terminological Grid and Free Text Repositories in Computer-Aided Teaching of Foreign Language Terminology. In Proc.. "Language Resources: Integration & Development in e-learning & in Teaching Computational Linguistics", Workshop at LREC 2004, Lisbon, 2004

12. Boytcheva Sv., I. Vitanova, A. Strupchanska, M. Yankova, G. Angelova. Towards the assessment of free learner's utterances in CALL. In Proc.. "NLP and Speech Technologies in Advanced Language Learning Systems", InSTIL/ICALL Symposium 2004, Venice, 2004

13. Sv. Boytcheva, M. Yankova, A. Strupchanska. Semantically Driven Approach for Scenario Recognition in the IE System FRET, In Proc. International Conference RANLP-2003, September 2003, Borovets, Bulgaria, pp.63-70, 2003.

14. Strupchanska A., Yankova M. and S. Boytcheva, Conceptual Graphs Self-Tutoring System, In Proc. of ICCS-2003, 11th International Conference of Conceptual Structures, Published by Springer in LNAI 2746, Dresden, Germany, pp. 323-336, 2003

15. Yanakova M., S. Boytcheva, Focusing on Scenario Recognition in Information Extraction, In Proc. of EACL-2003, 11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 12-17 April, Budapest, Hungary, 2003

16. Boytcheva, Sv., Z. Markov, An Algorithm for inducing least generalization under relative implication, In Proc. of 15th International conference FLAIRS (Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society), AAAI Press, 13-16 May 2002, Pensacola, Florida, USA, pp. 322-326 , 2002

17. Boytcheva, Sv., A. Strupchanska and G. Angelova, Processing Negation in NL Interfaces to Knowledge Bases, Proc. of ICCS-2002, 10th International Conference of Conceptual Structures, 14-19 July, Bulgaria, Published by Springer in LNAI 2393, pp. 137-150, 2002

18. Angelova G., S. Boytcheva, O. Kalaydjiev, S. Trausan-Matu, P. Nakov and A. Strupchanska, Adaptivity in Web-Based CALL, Proc. of ECAI - 2002, 15th European Conference of Artificial Intelligence, 21-26 July 2002, Lyon, France, pp. 445-449, 2002

19. Boytcheva, Sv., ILP Techniques for Free-text Input Processing, In Proc. of AIMSA, 10th International Conference Artificial intelligence: Methodology, Systems and Applications, LNAI 2443 Springer, pp. 101-110, 2002

20. Boytcheva S., Overview of ILP Systems, Journal of Cybernetics and Information Technologies, Vol. 1, 2002.

21. Boytcheva, Sv., P.Dobrev, G. Angelova, CGExtract: Towards Extraction of Conceptual Graphs from Controlled English, Contributions to ICCS-2001, 9th International Conference of Conceptual Structures, Stanford University Press, California, USA, pp. 89-116, 2001

22. Boytcheva, Sv., O. Kalaydjiev, A. Strupchanska, G. Angelova, Between Language Correctness and Domain Knowledge in CALL, Proc. of RANLP-2001, Eoroconference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, Bulgaria, pp. 40-46, 2001

23. Angelova, G., A. Nenkova, S. Boycheva and T. Nikolov, Conceptual Graphs as a Knowledge Representation Core in a Complex Language Learning Environment, Proc. ICCS-2000, 8th International Conference of Conceptual Structures, Darmstadt, Germany, August 2000, Shaker Verlag, pp. 45-58, 2000.

24. Boytcheva S., Least Generalization under Relative Implication, Proc. AIMSA-2000, 9th International Conference Artificial intelligence: Methodology, Systems and Applications, Varna, Bulgaria, September 2000, LNAI 1904, Springer, pp.58-69, 2000

25. Boytcheva, Sv., O. Kalaydjiev, A. Nenkova and G. Angelova, Integration of Resources and Components in a Knowledge-Based Web-environment for Terminology Learning, Proc. AIMSA-2000, 9th International Conference Artificial intelligence: Methodology, Systems and Applications, Varna, Bulgaria, September 2000, LNAI 1904, Springer, pp. 210-220, 2000

26. Boytcheva Sv. and A. Nenkova. Analysis of learner’s utterances in STyLE. Proceedings of WITREC-2000, Web Information Technologies: Research, Education and Commerce, Montpellier, France, May 2000, pp. 233-234.