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Koleva speaks on current research and the solution to inspiring the younger generation to pursue science

Author Breaks Down Barriers

By IGI Global on Sep 5, 2017
Physics

Today, the number of women in science is growing with the help of international campaigns including "International Day of Women" and "Girls in Science and Women of Science" which are showcasing and inspiring young girls around the globe to pursue the discipline. But one branch of the sciences falls short in the context of gender equality--physics. According to the US National Science Foundation, women comprise between 49% and 58% of undergraduates and graduates in the social and life sciences at U.S. universities. By contrast, only about 20% of US undergraduate and graduate students studying physics are women. Globally, these trends seem to stay consistent as women are disproportionately represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

But one IGI Global author is breaking those barriers and she has dedicated her life to the interdisciplinary science. She earned a degree in theoretical physics and is now focused on furthering the scope of science and challenging her peers in creating and cultivating scientific results.

Ever since Prof. Maria K. Koleva was young, she was fascinated with the beauty and creativity of science and in 1975, she was among the top ten at the Bulgarian National Olympiad in Physics. From that point onward, a researcher was born. The journey continued as Koleva enrolled in Sofia University and continued her education at Lomonosov University earning her doctorate degree in theoretical physics. Her research interests lie in semantic intelligence and complex systems.

“My interest in complex systems has been provoked by the long-standing challenge which their behavior poses to the traditional interdisciplinary science,” stated Koleva as she explained her research, “Semantic intelligence naturally arises in the context of the proposed, by me, theory of boundedness whose major goal is the successful resolving of the paradoxes of complex systems.”

Throughout her career, she has returned to her alma maters, and taught at Sofia University and the Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Science, where she holds the position of associate professor.

During her time there, she formulated and proved the decomposition theorem, which appears as a counterpart to the Central Limit Theorem and the Law of Large Numbers Additionally, she has gained advancements in semantic intelligence which is a new type of intelligence focused on autonomous creation and comprehensive information.

Like many researchers, Koleva hopes to inspire the next generation of research.

“I hope that my spirit of putting any concrete research into the largest possible picture, so that all details, minor ones included, find their place is major inspiration for serious scientific results.”

Based off this mission, she documented her life-long research in IGI Global’s publication, Boundedness and Self-Organized Semantics: Theory and Application. This SCOPUS indexed publication, was inspired behind the idea and development of a systematic theory which explains and resolves paradoxes in the interdisciplinary science.

“I have managed to put the modern interdisciplinary science on new grounds,” explained Koleva. “The major benefit of the publication is that it puts a bridge over the gaps between physics, biology and artificial intelligence.”

In the current day and age, Koleva believes that to get the younger generations more involved in the physical sciences there needs to be a change in the current scientific community. She explains that there is more of a focus on business-like organization of scientific research, which puts an emphasis on deadlines, profits and works under the mantra “publish or perish.” Where instead, there needs to be a balance between this model and the idea of “pure science,” or science that is more oriented towards exploration, which includes distant goals, a friendlier atmosphere, long-term grants and positions.

“It is worth noting that pure science needs a completely different social and business climate. More simply put, it lives under the proverb “no haste, no waste”, a proverb which exists in all languages,” Koleva states. “In return, though its payoff is not immediate, it is surprisingly fruitful and I hope it will return young people back to science. Also, I believe it would open the door for more females to make successful careers in science.”

Many researchers, governments and non-profits alike are looking for a solution to enable the younger generation to pursue science related fields and women are becoming the main target of this effort. In your opinion, what is the solution to inspiring young mind to pursue science? Comment below!

Many thanks to Prof. Koleva for taking the time to share her renowned expertise in the growing field of semantics. Additionally, check out her chapterr on semantics in IGI Global's cornerstone publication, the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of IGI Global.

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