When I arrived to give my talk at Technical University of Varna at 2 PM today, I was presented with a great surprise. They requested me to meet the Rector (Vice Chancellor) of the University. There I was told that I was going to be awarded â€˜Honorary Professorshipâ€? in a special ceremony. This was a big surprise to me â€“ I had no idea that they had such a plan. I definitely felt flattered. I was explained the whole ceremony â€“ particularly because much of it was going to be in Bulgarian. I had to wear a gown required for the ceremony. I was given a certificate and a plaque â€“ depicting the gowning â€“ at the ceremony.
My talk went well. There was a good audience. I talked about the importance of visual information retrieval in the current technology space. Presented a brief review of image and video retrieval and mentioned what I consider important problems in this space. There were good set of questions after the presentation.
I am still trying to get over the recognition and award that I was given â€“ and I find it interesting that I was not even given a hint of this.