Dr. Mariya Ishteva
Mariya Ishteva is an applied mathematician working in an engineering environment. Since January 2017 she is a research professor (10%) and a postdoc (90%) at Dept. ELEC of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has been affiliated with the department since January 2013, including one year as an FWO Pegasus Marie Curie fellow. She works on structured matrix and tensor low-rank approximations and their application for representing, modeling and extracting information from complex data. Her main research interests are in the fields of (multi)linear algebra, system identification, machine learning, data mining, and optimization.
Mariya received a BSc degree in Computer Science in 2002 from Sofia University, Bulgaria and MSc degree in Mathematics in 2005 from University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. She defended her PhD thesis in December 2009 at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Afterwards she was a postdoc at Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium in 2010 and at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA in 2011 and 2012.
Mariya was an evaluation panel member for the agency for innovation by science and technology (IWT), in 2013 and in 2014. She co-organized three minisymposia, one special session, one mini-course, and one seminar series. She reviewed papers for twelve journals and six conferences. Mariya received the best poster award at the Belgian-French-German Conference on Optimization, Belgium in 2009.