Three tenure-track faculty in computer vision and machine learning join INSAIT

Over 100 scientists from 22 countries applied in response to the inaugural call for researchers at INSAIT. Three world-class tenure-track faculty in machine learning and computer vision are now joining INSAIT.

INSAIT – the Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology was established a little over a year ago, and it’s already making strides in positioning itself as a coveted destination for international talent. Now three more world-class tenure-track faculty are joining INSAIT. These are Dr. Nikola Konstantinov, Dr. Wouter Van Gansbeke, and Dr. Danda Paudel.

Dr. Nikola Konstantinov has already gained recognition as a promising young European scientist in the field of machine learning. Prior to joining INSAIT, he held a postdoctoral position at ETH Zurich and completed his PhD at IST Austria. Adding to his accolades, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honours from the University of Oxford. At INSAIT, Dr. Konstantinov will lead the establishment of a world-class machine learning research group, with an emphasis on building secure, ethical, and reliable artificial intelligence systems. 

Dr. Konstantonov’s machine learning research group at INSAIT will be building secure, ethical, and reliable AI systems.

At just 27 years old, Dr. Wouter Van Gansbeke chose to forgo career opportunities in the USA’s Silicon Valley and instead become an integral part of INSAIT in Sofia. With over 1,500 citations for his scientific contributions, he boasts a portfolio of papers presented at leading international conferences in the field of computer vision and machine learning. He completed his PhD thesis in computer vision this year at KU Leuven, Belgium where his adviser was Prof. Luc Van Gool, now also a faculty member at INSAIT.

Dr. Van Gansbeke has received his PhD at KU Leuven in the area of computer vision.

Dr. Danda Paudel has chosen Sofia over Zurich for his next chapter. He completed his PhD with distinction in 2016 at France’s CNRS and prior to INSAIT was a senior lecturer at ETH Zurich. He has made significant contributions to the field of computer vision, with his research being published in some of the top conferences in the area, including CVPR, ECCV, and ICCV.

Dr. Paudel comes to INSAIT from ETH Zurich and will be leading a research group with emphasis on computer vision.

With the arrival of Dr. Wouter Van Gansbeke and Dr. Danda Paudel, INSAIT significantly strengthens its presence in computer vision, a strategic and fast-growing area of AI with a wide range of applications, including medicine, robotics, autonomous driving, traffic management, satellite data processing, and beyond.