*Veliko*** Tarnovo** is
situated in the middle of the country, at a distance of about 250 km from the
capital Sofia. It is one of the most beautiful Bulgarian towns. Veliko Tarnovo is a town with
remarkable history too. It is the former capital of the country offering the
tourist the old castle and plenty of other interesting historical sights to visit.

The ** Applied
Mathematics and Informatics Laboratory** was
founded in V. Tarnovo in 1988 and was
initially meant to deal with application programming for the needs of the
research at the Institute of Mathematics (Sofia). The most important software
product developed in the first several years was

Several years after its
foundation the ** Applied Mathematics and Informatics Laboratory**
became part of the

The people at the section are dealing with Combinatorics, Coding Theory, Design Theory, and Cryptography.

The section is coorganizer of an international
workshop on ** Algebraic and Combinatorial Coding Theory**
which has been held each two years since 1988 – in Bulgaria, and in Russia. The
workshop is usually visited by scientists from a great number of European
countries.

The section is organizer of
an international workshop on ** Optimal Codes
**which has been held in Bulgaria each three years since 1995.

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