Sylvia Ilieva is professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University and Director of GATE Institute. She has MSc in Computer Science and holds PhD degree in Computer Science. She was head of department Software Engineering for seven years. She is head of MSc program ‘Software Engineering’ and founder of BSc program “Software Engineering”. Her research Interests are in the areas of software platforms, data analyses and modelling, software development processes, and software engineering for large complex systems. She is member of Scientific Expert Council of “Sofia Tech Park” JSC.  She was an expert in evaluation of research project proposals for FP6, FP7 and H2020. Prof. Ilieva has good record of successful participation in more than 20 EC RTD projects and coordinator of 7 national projects. She has more than 100 scientific publications and 3 monographs.