The International Center for Mathematical Sciences – Sofia (ICMS-Sofia) organized for the fourth consecutive year the annual meeting of young Bulgarian mathematicians from around the world. The conference was held at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI-BAS) on June 11 – 12, 2024.

The conference aimed to bring together young Bulgarian mathematicians working in different universities worldwide to foster collaboration and exchange of ideas and to introduce their research to the mathematical community in Bulgaria. This annual event has become a pivotal platform for young researchers to present their achievements and engage with peers and senior mathematicians.

A highlight of this year’s conference was the special invited talk by Prof. Mladen Savov from Sofia University and IMI-BAS. Prof. Savov delivered an insightful presentation on “Bernstein-gamma Functions and Their Applications in Probability Theory.” His talk delved into the intricacies of Bernstein-gamma functions, exploring their significant applications in probability theory and their potential implications in various fields of mathematical research.

The conference attracted a diverse group of young mathematicians from around the world. One of the participants was Dragomir Tsonev, who traveled all the way from Brazil. Tsonev, affiliated with the Instituto de Ciências Exatas at the Universidade Federal do Amazonas, contributed significantly to the discussions and presentations, highlighting the global reach and collaborative spirit of the event.

Another distinguished speaker was Marin Bukov from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. Bukov presented an intriguing talk on “Reinforcement Learning for Quantum Technologies.” His presentation explored how reinforcement learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, can be applied to optimize and control quantum systems. Bukov’s research bridges the gap between advanced machine learning techniques and cutting-edge quantum technology, promising significant advancements in the field.

The two-day conference included several talks covering a wide range of mathematical topics – from theoretical mathematics to applied mathematics, reflecting the broad interests and expertise of the participants.

Beyond the formal sessions, the conference provided ample opportunities for informal discussions. The event fostered a sense of community among the young Bulgarian researchers, encouraging them to continue their research and stay connected with their peers.

The Fourth Annual Meeting of Young Bulgarian Mathematicians was a success, further establishing the ICMS-Sofia and IMI-BAS as key institutions supporting young mathematical talent. Overall, the event demonstrated the vitality and potential of the next-generation Bulgarian mathematicians, promising a bright future for scientific research in the field of Mathematics in Bulgaria.