Dimiter Driankov was born on March 23rd, 1952 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He lives in Sweden since 1983.
Education and academic background
Dimiter Driankov received the BSc Math degree, the MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Sofia, Faculty of Mathematics, Sofia, Bulgaria, and the PhD degree in Computer Science from the Univ. of Linköping (IDA/LiU) in 1973, 1975, and 1988 repectively. In 1998 he became a docent at IDA/LiU and since 2001 he is a professor in computer engineering at the Dept. of Technology, Örebro University
From 1985 to 1995 he was with the Dept. of Comp. Sci., Univ. of Linköping as a senior researcher in the Laboratory for Knowledge Representation in Logic headed by Prof. Erik Sandewall. In 1996 he founded the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Dept. of Computer Science and served as its head till the end of 1999. During 2000-2003 he was a part-time visiting professor with the Wallenberg Lab for Information Technology and Autonomous Systems (WITAS/IDA/LiU) working on the flight control system for a unmanned helicopter.
In 1996 he co-founded, together with Prof. Peter Wide, the Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems Center (AASS) at the Dept. of Technology, Örebro Univ. During the period 1996 - 2003 he was a research co-ordinator for AASS and since 2004 he is the AASS Research Director. He is one of the co-founders of Robotdalen (VINNOVA/VINNVDXT), the largest Swedish effort in the field of robotics , and since 2002 a member of the steering group of the Örebro-node of Robotdalen. He is also a member of the steering group of NIROS - Centrum för Innovativa Räddnings- och Säkerhetssystem, Karlskoga.
During the period 1990 - 1997 he spent a total of three years as visiting researcher at Siemens Corporate R & D, Munich, Germany. He is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Intelligent Control and on the editorial board of the Int. Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-based Systems and the Journal of Systems Architectures. He has co-authored and authored more than 45 conference, journal articles, and book chapters, 2 books, and 4 edited volumes. He is a coordinator for a EC Marie Curie Training Site in the area of autonomous robotic systems.
His current research interests and activities are in the areas of perception-based control of autonomous robotic agents, man-robot systems (with applications to rescue robots), and knowledge modelling and communication (multiple levels of abstraction and granularity).