• Image processing
• Machine learning
• Scientific programming
• Object-Oriented programming
Elena holds MS in Computer engineering and MS in Applied computer science from the Technical University of Sofia. She had worked at the Institute of Information Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She received a PhD degree in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 2003 with a dissertation on the topic of 3D texture analysis and modelling with application to MRI brain images.
Since then she works in the Netherlands on variety of interdisciplinary projects and application areas. At the Signals and Images group at Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, Elena worked as a post-doctoral researcher on European and NWO projects for photo-identification of cetaceans. Her paper on saliency detector used for the photo-identification has been awarded a best paper award at GVIP' in 2005.
In 2007 Elena worked at the Multimedia group of the Dutch center for applied research TNO on object recognition tools for assisting the police investigators in their work. Between 2008 and 2012 she has worked as part of the R&D team of Prime Vision, B.V., Delft on OCR and indicia recognition projects for the postal industry. In 2012 Elena has also worked at the Software Engineering group at CWI on a project for automatic monitoring via camera and other sensor networks for assessing the risk of forest fires in cultural heritage regions of Southern Europe.
Elena joined the Netherlands eScience Center as eScience Engineer in January 2013 to work on medical imaging and other multidisciplinary projects. Since 2014, she is an eScience Coordinator being the line-manager of several engineers and coordinating many eScience collaborative projects mostly in the climate, biomedical imaging, ecological and other domains.
Recently she has worked on project for slum detection from urban satellite images. Elena is also doing research and development of generic cross-project tools for image processing and has interests in explainable artificial intelligence.