ITC alumna wins Enter 2011 PhD Research Award

Zornitza Yovcheva with Institute Director Professor Dimitrios Buhalis (Source: Bournemouth University)

ITC Alumna Zornitza Yovcheva won the First PhD Prize for her current research at Bournemouth University into three-dimensional mobile, context-aware applications for tourism at the international etourism conference held in Innsbruck, Austria.

The annual PhD Research Workshop was attended by doctoral students from all over the world who are undertaking research in information and communication technology in the tourism industry. The workshop is part of Enter 2011, which is organized by the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT).

Zornitza said: "I feel truly honoured to receive this award by the IFITT, the leading eTourism community of the world, and to be a part of such a vibrant community of tourism and technology researchers!"

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, who is the Director of the John Kent Institute and Zornitza's PhD supervisor, said: "I am very proud of Zornitza's award. This demonstrates the cutting edge etourism research that is being undertaken at BU and the innovations that our team are working on."

Zornitza received her ITC MSc degree in the Erasmus Mundus programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management  and was supervised by Corné van Elzakker (Department of Geo-information Processing). She wrote a thesis entitled: "Collaborative mapping and dissemination of spatio - temporal data through a web - based virtual globe application (full text)". After graduation she moved to work on her PhD at Bournemouth University

View Zornitza's PhD research poster for Enter 2011, which is about finding ways to improve the usability of context-aware, three-dimensional mobile map-based applications for urban tourism.

Source: Bournemouth University

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