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News October 9, 2023

Behind Anthill’s Center of Excellence: Where Passion Meets Precision

The camaraderie and synergy of a team can often be the unsung hero behind impactful solutions. Anthill’s Center of Excellence (CoE) is a testament to this. During a recent discussion with the team, their passion for AI was palpable, punctuated by light-hearted jokes and a genuine appreciation for each other’s expertise.

Nikolay Vasev, the team’s bridge to clients, often jokes about being the only one who sees sunlight regularly, hinting at the deep dives the rest of the team takes into the world of AI. Meanwhile, Ivan Tsenov, despite his title as the Head of AI, humbly dismisses the notion of being “the boss,” eliciting chuckles from the group. These moments of levity, combined with their shared dedication, paint a picture of a team that’s not just technically proficient but also harmoniously aligned.

Meet the Team

Nikolay Vasev is a Strategic Projects Manager at Anthill. With a background in Political Science, Nikolay brings a unique perspective to the Center of Excellence. He connects clients to the technical prowess of the team. His role is pivotal in communicating the innovations and solutions the Center of Excellence crafts, making them accessible and understandable to partners and clients. His experience as a project manager and coordinator ensures that the bridge between the technical and non-technical worlds remains strong.

Daniel Danailov, a Machine Learning Engineer at Anthill, brings a fresh perspective to the team. With a degree in Computer Science from an international institution, Daniel has always been intrigued by the world of programming. His journey into AI began during his university years, and since then, he has been dedicated to the practical application of machine learning algorithms. His role at Anthill involves exploring and testing various AI approaches, ensuring that the solutions developed are both innovative and effective.

Matyo Ivanov serves as a Machine Learning Architect at Anthill. With a solid academic foundation, Matyo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Material Science & AI. His academic pursuits have equipped him with a deep understanding of data and infrastructure, allowing him to adeptly craft machine learning algorithms. Matyo’s strength lies in his ability to adapt academic research for practical business applications, ensuring that the solutions devised are both robust and relevant. At Anthill, he plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and its real-world application.

Ivan Tsenov holds the position of Head of Artificial Intelligence at Anthill and leads the Center of Excellence. His journey in the tech world began with a profound interest in Mathematics, which he pursued and honed through various competitions during his high school years. After completing his university education, Ivan gained valuable experience working with several tech companies, further refining his expertise. At Anthill, Ivan’s role is multifaceted. He not only oversees the technical and strategic aspects of AI projects but also ensures that the solutions align with client needs. His leadership style is collaborative, valuing the input of every team member and fostering a culture of shared learning and growth

Their bond? It’s the stuff of legends. Ivan and Matyo, childhood friends, united by their love for math and a dream to put Bulgaria on the global tech map. Their shared vision is to bridge the chasm between academic research and real-world applications. And when they met Andrey Bachvarov, Anthill’s founder, the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. Together, they embarked on a journey, one that would see them transform Anthill into a powerhouse of innovation.

The Role of the Center of Excellence in Anthill’s Operations

At the core of Anthill’s innovative endeavors lies the Center of Excellence. It’s more than just a team; it’s a collaborative hub that synergizes expertise and passion. The team seamlessly integrates AI and machine learning with Anthill’s overarching objectives. Their work is a blend of precision and creativity, addressing real-world challenges while envisioning the future. They don’t just tackle problems; they anticipate them, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of technological evolution. As a cornerstone of Anthill’s operations, the Center of Excellence embodies our commitment to excellence, fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth.

The CoE work on projects, that are not just assignments; they’re challenges, puzzles waiting to be solved. Take SCHÖELLY, for instance. A global name in medical devices, they presented a unique challenge—redefining quality assurance for endoscope production. The CoE team developed a solution that blends traditional computer vision with domain-specific measurements, all wrapped up in an AI-powered package that’s in line with stringent medical regulations. To enhance precision, the Modular Transfer Function (MTF) was integrated, ensuring that endoscope blur measurements aligned with manual inspections. The solution was further streamlined with an in-browser proprietary system, designed to meet medical regulations.

The results were noteworthy. When compared to established industrial software, the solution met the standards, verified by ISO-mandated tests. The choice of on-premises hosting also ensured that international compliance issues were preemptively addressed, showcasing our Center of Excellence’s dedication to both innovation and practical application.

But it’s not just about the projects or the innovations. It’s about the spirit, the vibe. The way our team rallies around each other, celebrating successes, and navigating challenges. It’s about the belief that Bulgaria, our homeland, can be a home of tech innovation. It’s about the dream, the passion, and the unwavering belief that together, we can change the world.

At Anthill’s Center of Excellence, it’s not just about codes or algorithms. It’s a symphony, a dance of passion and precision, where every note, every step, is a testament to the magic that happens when hearts and minds unite.

Discover more about their work here.