The FASText detector source code (published in our ICCV 2015 paper) is available here here. The "Neumann-Matas algorithm" for scene text detection (based on our CVPR 2012 paper [pdf]) is now part of OpenCV 3.0 [link], thanks to Lluis Gomez.
In 2013 I received a highly prestigious Google PhD Fellowship, as the only person in the Central & Eastern Europe [announcement] [recipients]. According to Google, "the Google Fellowship Programs recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas". The fellowships are typically awarded to students from such universities as Oxford, Cambridge, ETH and TUM in Europe or MIT, Standford and Caltech in the USA.