Personal bio: 

Dr Stavri Nikolov is the Founding Director of the Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) in Sofia, Bulgaria. DSLL ( is a Living Lab focussed on digital media technologies, location-based and smart city services, which is a member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Dr Nikolov is also co-founder and Head of Research of Attentive Displays Ltd ( and co-founder and Research Director of Imagga Ltd ( Attentive Displays Ltd is a leading provider of consultancy, system integration and software development services in the field of attentive and interactive displays, eye-tracking based systems, and data and information visualisation solutions. Imagga Ltd is a company that develops and offers technologies, services, and online tools, for visual image search and image processing in the cloud. In the past, Dr Nikolov was also a Senior Scientist (Digital Identity and Information Search) at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies ( of the European Commission in Seville, Spain, and a Senior Research Fellow in Image Processing at the University of Bristol, UK (1998-2007). His research interests over the years have spanned several areas including image analysis, image fusion, image search, mobile search, new methods for data visualisation and navigation, gaze-tracking, HCI, VR, the construction of attentive and interactive information displays, video surveillance, digital identity and biometrics, and location-based services. He has published more than 75 refereed or invited papers, including eight invited book chapters, and also numerous technical reports in these areas. Dr Nikolov has also given many invited lectures around the world. He is the creator and co-ordinator of The Online Resource for Research in Image Fusion ( and The Online Archive of Scanpath Data ( He is also co-founder of Smart Fab Lab ( – the first fab lab (digital fabrication lab) in Bulgaria.