Prestigious honour for academic

Professor Ruslan Mitkov has been conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor Hon Causa by the University of Plovdiv for his outstanding contribution to research and applications of research to society.

Professor Mitkov, who is the Director of Research Institute in Information and Language Processing at Wolverhampton, was chosen to receive the honour as he is leading expert in his field and hails from the town of Plovdiv originally, although he has never studied at the university.

He said: “This was a great honour for me. For me it was a special and unique experience to be awarded this honorary degree by the university of the town where I was born and to see so many people from my home country and all over the world show their respect and appreciation for what I do.

“The ceremony itself was on the day of the 50th year anniversary of Plovdiv university, and was a very emotional and unforgettable event. I would like to thank the University of Wolverhampton for its unreserved support since I joined in 1995. This support has been instrumental in my achievements in research so far.”

Professor Ruslan Mitkov joined the University of Wolverhampton in 1995 and is Professor of Computational Linguistics and Language Engineering and Head of the Research Group in Computational Linguistics, which he founded in 1998.

He is also Director of the Research Institute for Information and Language Processing.

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