As an outcome of Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department Carl Chang's visit to Bulgaria where he chaired (as General Chair) the IEEE 2006 John Vincent Atanasoff International Symposium on Modern Computing (a.k.a. JVA 2006), a new Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of scientific and technical exchange was signed between Iowa State University, the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Initially involved in the signing are the following entities:
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University
The Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University
Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University
The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Sofia, Bulgaria (FMI-US)
The Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
The Institute for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (IPP-BAS)
The formal agreement is signed in accordance with a mutual desire to continue and extend scientific and technical interaction and collaboration between the parties. The photo shows that President Parvanov was delivering a speech during the awards ceremony of JVA 2006 on October 4, 2006. From right to left: Mr. Georgi Parvanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria, greeted the symposium delegates with a speech; Carl Chang, Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Iowa State University; Professor Vladimir Getov, Symposium Program Chair; Professor Michael Williams, 2007 President of IEEE Computer Society; Mr. John Atanasoff II, Chair, Steering Committee of the JVA Initiative; Mr. Plamen Vatchkov, Chairman of the State Agency for Information Technology and Communications.