Project Partners

New Bulgarian University

Assoc. Prof. Margarita Stankova is Head of Center for Therapy of Communicative and Emotional Behavioral Disorders, NBU, Head of Department of Health and Social Work, Doctor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Master of Communication Disorders. Her professional experience and interests include childhood development disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral and emotional disorders at pre-school age, and school difficulties. She has extensive experience working with pre-school and early-school children, children with cognitive impairment and children with problematic behaviors. Assoc. Prof. Stankova has participated in 13 international projects, incl. In the project “Special Abilities and Talents – Cognitive Processes of People with Disabilities” – Intensive Program, funded by the Lifelong Learning Program, Erasmus in 2011-2014 as Project Leader.


Chief. ьssist. Polina Mihova is a Master in Computer Technologies in Biomedicine, NBU with a PhD thesis in the Telecommunications doctoral program, NBU “Telemedicine Functions of the Medical Information System”; Compiler and co-author of 23 paper and CD textbooks in the field of medical and telemedicine and in-patient systems and standards for working with them. She has developed more than 15 new academic courses, over 30 scientific publications in the field of telemedicine and e-health. Dr. Mihova has extensive experience in developing terminology dictionaries in the field of telemedicine and eHealth. She has participated in numerous international conferences as well as in three international projects in the field.

Chief. ьssist.  Georgi Petrov is head of the Department of Telecommunications, NBU. His scientific interests include digital signal processing and multi-dimensional probability statistical processing of images, IP networks, and multicast applications, dealing with FPGA, GP-GPU, embedded and data collection systems. He has over 100 publications, 6 textbooks in the field of telecommunications and has participated in 5 national and 2 international projects.


Chief Assist. Philip Andonov is an assistant in the Department of Informatics, NBU with a PhD dissertation on Informatics at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.  He has practical experience and development of open source software solutions, intuitive solutions to support specialist systems, automated text analysis, expert poker-consciousness, and human-machine interaction research. He is an author of an informatics textbook, participated in 5 national and 2 international projects.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Prof. Dr. Mila Valchanova Prof. Mila Vulchanova and the Language Acquisition and Language Processing research group. The group is highly original in its approach from the start. The use of advanced experimental methods in research on language acquisition and language processing is highly novel and original in the Norwegian context. There are no comparable labs or groups in Norway with similar expertise or research portfolios. The group’s originality is appreciated internationally judging by the number of grants it has attracted, its international collaboration network and the interest in the group’s research among scholars and students from abroad. Throughout its history, the group has secured major funding from EU, Norwegian and Nordic granting schemes. Vulchanova was awarded and co‐ordinates a Marie Curie Initial Training Network Language and Perception (LanPercept) under the EU 7th FP/ERC. Vulchanova is currently participating in a new MARIE SKŁODOWSKA‐CURIE Innovative Training Network in the Horizon2020 Excellent Science Pillar (DCOMM) both as WP leader and as Recruitment Committee member. LingPhil is an 8‐year NFR‐grant to support the first national Norwegian Graduate Research School in Linguistics and Philology in which Vulchanova is the project leader and Scientific Director of the School. Vulchanova was also awarded a grant by the Research Council of Norway on the topic of Construing Disability from different professional perspectives. She is the training coordinator and member of the Steering Board of the COST Action IS1406 Enhancing children’s oral language skills across Europe and beyond﹣A collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language. Vulchanova has long experience with Erasmus activities, including bilateral staff and student mobility with a number of Universities in Europe and most recently with an Erasmus+ grant for mobility between the University of Hyderabad and her research group at NTNU.

Vulchanova has worked as a reviewer for Scandinavian and EU granting schemes.

Dr. Valentin Vulchanov…..

HTWG Hochschule Konstanz Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung

Prof. Dr. Ralph Siypold is director of the Ubiquitous Computing Lab and Chair for Ubiquitous Computing at HTWG Konstanz. As coordinator and principal researcher, he launched several telemedicine projects on integrated eHealth and eCare services for residential infrastructures. The projects ‘SmartSleep’, ‘Analysis of biometric parameters to detect relationships between stress and sleep quality’, ‘Personalized and portable monitoring of biometric parameters in real-time’ or ‘Mobile Sensor Suite Development for Biosignal Data’ may serve as examples. Ralf has given Lectures at the IEEE EMBS Summer School on Emerging Technologies and Applications in Telemedicine, in the Smart Healthcare Master at the University of Girona or for example at the doctoral course of the University of Seville. Furthermore, Ralf pushed projects on intelligent middleware and advanced services also in automotive environments and multi-media service delivery as well as on embedded real-time system development. Furthermore, Prof Seepold is a contributor to several roadmaps like the cluster initiative for Smart Home & Living. He is elected Topic Group Leader of the working group on ‘Modularity’ in the Smart Home & Living cluster. Ralf is teaching in three different degrees at HTWG, he is author and co-author of several publications and books, reviewer for EU programs and for research projects, coordinator of several ERASMUS agreements and other bilateral research and PhD-cooperation agreements on an international level. Ralf severed as Chair, Steering and Program Committee member, Session organizer, Session chair and member of the review team for many national and international conferences and workshops as well as a professor for international summer schools.

Maksym Gaiduk has obtained his BSc and Specialist Diplom (in Computer Science) with distinction at National Technical University “Kharkovskiy Politekhnicheskiy Institut” in Kharkiv (Ukraine). After that, he has graduated from Reutlingen University with Master of Science degree in the program of study “Human-Centered Computing”. Now Maksym is a PhD student at HTWG Konstanz in cooperation with the University of Seville. The main goal of the doctoral research is designing and development of smart sensor system for the sleep study, as a part of smart health environment. Other research interests of Maksym Gaiduk include the domain of smart home systems with special emphasis on AAL. These interests include the development of intelligent environments that try to support the user in his online and offline life. Participation in international conferences and publication of research results are important parts of his research.

Maksym has started his professional career at “Legion Security Engineering” in Kharkiv (Ukraine) as Engineer of automation, security and surveillance systems. Now he is a researcher at HTWG Konstanz and actively participates in several international projects (e.g. PredTour, IBH Living Labs). Organisational work is one of his job tasks, e.g. organization of international workshop “Smart-Future-Living-Bodensee”. Teaching activities (supervising of Bachelor and Master Thesis, organization and supervising of laboratory exercises, some lecture talks) are also a part of his job at HTWG Konstanz.

International experience was gained by Maksym Gaiduk during his study in Ukraine, Germany and as the exchange student during one year in Seville (Spain). Furthermore, he had stays abroad because of research and job reasons in Ancona (Italy), Bratislava (Slovakia), Dornbirn (Austria), St.Gallen (Switzerland), etc.

I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University

Prof. Georgy Lebedev and his team are founders and members of the Expert Council on Health information to the Committee on Health and are in permanent cooperation with the Presidency of the Russian Federation in the development process, legalization, and establishment of a standard for telemedicine practice. They are innovators who have put into practice remote patient consultation and therapy through their Virtual Hospital.

Prof. Lebedev has experience in the organization and activities of the development of modern technologies in Russia (Internet, software, and media) in the field of medical practice and health, organizing scientific forums dedicated to Internet technologies and telemedicine, participation in telemedicine projects.

Their participation in the project is related to presentations and demonstrations of the Virtual Hospital project as well as examples of good practices within the partner’s activities in the realization of tele-therapy, the implementation of remote decision-making systems based on evidence and presentation of medical advice and services using satellite communication. Their collaboration will ensure the development of virtual models, remote forms of eHealth training, the presentation of case studies of virtual sessions.

Dr. Pavel Kozhin is an associate professor at the IT & Internet technologies Department of Sechenov University (Moscow, Russia) since 2016. In 2005 he graduated from the Moscow State Mining University undergraduate majoring in computer science and engineering. In 2009 he defended his thesis on «Development of CAD software project management tools based on graph theory». In 2008-2009 he worked as а senior lecturer at the Department of CAD/CAM of Moscow State Mining University. In 2009-2015 he worked as an associate professor at the Department of CAD/CAM of Moscow State Mining University. His research interests include IT, medical information systems, e-Health, telemedicine, healthcare quality management. Dr. Pavel Kozhin reads courses and conducts practical classes in IT, IT in professional activity, e-Health. Besides teaching Dr. Pavel Kozhin also works as a head of medical solutions Department in Technopolis ltd and has a number of successful implementations of medical information systems in big medical centers.

The Victor Babes University of  Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara

Dr. Fosca is a professor of Medical informatics and biostatistics at the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania, and advisor to the Rector for ICT issues. He has experienced in the adaptation, implementation, and administrator online platforms for training at the university. He has a hands-on experience as an independent external expert of the European Commission for COST 2015 – EU Framework Program and CEF-Telecom – eHealth area, participation in 5 projects on eHealth and telemedicine, as well as participation in projects for development and research of ontology and Dictionary of the electronic health record. Organizer and co-organizer of numerous international scientific conferences in the field of eHealth. President of the Romanian Association PROREC – Center for Romania of the European Institute EUROREC – Institute for the Promotion of the Electronic Health Dossier Systems in Europe. Editor of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, IF: 4.532 (

ROTARU VIRGIL was born in Braila, Romania. He has graduated for physics at West University in Timisoara, where he is living, has obtained a Professional Certificate in Management at Open University, U.K. and presently is preparing a PhD thesis in management sciences. His more than 15 years of experience in teaching physics and biophysics have underpinned the carrier he started later on, as a research manager. Working with many international teams in FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects, he always has been interested in introducing digital instruments and technologies for education and in knowledge transfer optimization, related to collaborative research. Since 2012, Virgil coordinates the Center for Knowledge Transfer and Innovation at Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timisoara, Romania.


Private companies:

  1. Private company “mHealth-Tech” ltd., Moscow, Russia

MHealth Technology Limited is a private company focused on research and development of digital healthcare solutions. The company participated in the development and technical provision of a distance learning course “Telemedicine in urology”, as well as in the development of the methodology for training, scripts, and content preparation. The company provides consultations and expertise in the field of telemedicine through eLearning platforms for personal hospital and healthcare facilities as well as for university clinics.On a national scale, the company has strong partnerships with clinical centers, medical and technical universities, R & D institutes. MHealth-Tech Ltd co-founded the referenced journal “Journal of Telemedicine and eHealth” (

  1. ‘Paradox Interactive “Ltd.

Specialized company for developing, implementing and working with e-learning solutions. The company has long-term partnerships with universities, colleges, vocational training centers and other training organizations where it provides personalized expert advice, design, development, implementation, training, and support in the field of online e-learning platforms. It offers a wide range of innovative eLearning tools that extend the boundaries of teaching and learning.

Paradox Interactive provides a combination of web services, programming on all world standards at

It will contribute to the development of the online virtual eHealth Virtual Learning platform with interactive learning resources and a webinar platform experience.