Assoc. Prof. Zlatogor Minchev is the Head of IT for Security Department & Senior Researcher at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is also the Director of the Joint Training Simulation and Analysis Center.
Computer science professional, combining solid theoretical and rich practical experience. Specializing in the fields of: cyber security, computer science, serious gaming, security sector governance, crisis management, defence planning, cybernetics, robotics, electronics, biosignal processing.
Member of the: Union of the Bulgarian Mathematicians, Union of Automation and Informatics “John Vincent Atanassov”, Bulgarian Society of Physiological Sciences(2011-2016), NATO Research and Technology Organization (2006-2010), Editorial Board of the Journal of Defense Management, Association of the Officers in the Reserve “Atlantic” Managing Board (2012-2014), E-Sigurnost (honourable member since 2016), Association of Communication & Information Specialists (Deputy Chairman, since 2016).
For his 15 years' scientific career Dr. Minchev has worked in a number of research institutes at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences: Center for Biomedical Engineering “Prof. Ivan Daskalov” (2002-2004); Institute of Physiology (2005), Institute of Neurobiology (2006 - 2010); Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (2005 - ), Institute for Parallel Processing (2007 - 2010). In 2010 he was appointed as an Associate Professor on “Automation and Control” at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Author and co-author of more than 100 scientific publications (including 23 books and two patents) in the fields of: cyber security, computer science, serious gaming, security sector governance, crisis management, defence planning, cybernetics, robotics, electronics, biosignal processing .
Works in field of security studies in a number of research and applied projects funded by the Bulgarian government, EU, NATO, USA and the non-governmental sector (2005 -).
Director of the Joint Training Simulation and Analysis Center - an academic unit working in the field of applied modelling, simulation, Computer Assisted eXercises, Operations Research and cyber security (2007 -). Executive head of C4I Department at the Institute for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2008-2011).
Editorial Board Member of: Journal of Defence Management, OMICS Publishing Group (2011), IT4SEC Reports (2012)
IT Director at George Marshall Associations - Bulgaria (2008 - 2011); Participant in a number of governmental and international delegations concerning security problems activities; Invited speaker & visiting professor at: George C. Marshal European Center for Security Studies (crisis & emergency management, 2010), University of National & World Economy (crisis, emergency management, scenario-based planning & CAX, 2009), Plovdiv University 'Paisii Hilendarski', FMI (cybersecurity, 2015)
Works with young Bulgarian talents in the field of informatics and mathematics together with the non-governmental sector and the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2006 -).
Dr. Minchev is a co-founder of a European Network of Excellence in the field of cyber security - SySSec (2010 -).
NATO Oppinion Leader on Security (2010) & Cybersecurity Problems (2014); National Representative at IFIP, UNESCO, TC 14 (2012) & TC11 (2017)
Education and degrees
Senior Researcher (Associate Professor) on Automation and Control, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, 2010
PhD on Cybernetics and Robotics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2007.
BSc on Informatics and Mathematics, “St. St. Cyril & Methodius University”, Veliko Tarnovo, 2001.
English language technical literature interpreter, High Technical School “Alexander Popov”, Sofia, 1997.
Radio & Television technician, High Technical School “Alexander Popov”, Sofia, 1997.
Association of Communication & Information Specialists (Deputy Chairman, 2016-), E-Sigurnost (honourable member, 2016-), Support of young tallents on mathematics & informatics within HSSI (2005-) & HSI - BAS (2014-)
For his professional and team work Dr. Minchev has been awarded and distinguished with a number of governmental and international awards from: the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (2007); Ministry of Defence (2006, 2007), Ministry of Health (2008), NATO Research and Technology Organization (2007), Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (2008), NATO C3 Agency (2010) and University of National and World Economy, Sofia (2010), Association of the Officers in the Reserve 'Atlantic' (2013, 2014), NATO CoE Defence Against Terrorism, Republic of Turkey (2014), Central Election Comission, Council of Ministries, Republic of Bulgaria (2016), Military Academy “Gen. Mihailo Apostolski”, Republic of Macedonia (2017).
He has excellent working knowledge of English and Russian languages, as well as some French and German.
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