Yampolskiy Given Outstanding Early Career in Post Secondary Education Award

The Kentucky Academy of Science presented Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, with the Outstanding Early Career in Post Secondary Education Award recently.

Dr. Yampolskiy holds a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. There he was a recipient of a four-year NSF (National Science Foundation) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. He held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London, College of London. In 2008 he accepted an assistant professor position at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, KY.

He had previously conducted research at the Laboratory for Applied Computing (currently known as Center for Advancing the Study of Infrastructure) at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors at the University at Buffalo. He is an alumnus of Singularity University (GSP2012) and was a visiting fellow of the Singularity Institute. Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are behavioral biometrics, digital forensics, pattern recognition, genetic algorithms, neural networks, artificial intelligence and games.

Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by numerous scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign (New Scientist, Poker Magazine, Science World Magazine), dozens of websites (BBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! News) and on radio (German National Radio, Alex Jones Show). Reports about his work have attracted international attention and have been translated into many languages including Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish.

Yampolskiy has won multiple teaching awards at the departmental, university, and even national level. His students have chosen him as the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Faculty Favorite”, 2010-2011 “Top 11” faculty at the University of Louisville, and 2012 “of the Year”. In 2013 a committee of professors from universities across the United States recognized him as a Top 10 “Online College Professor of the Year” - a national recognition. He feels that he has come a long way and grown considerably in skill since his first teaching experiences.

To date, he has been an instructor (or TA) for 10 different courses at three different universities (two public, one private). He has lectured, taught labs and recitations for graduate and undergraduate courses, small seminars with just a dozen of students as well as large courses with as many as 160 students. He has designed new courses and modified existing ones. He experienced working with advanced CS students and with non-majors who are typically not very enthusiastic about computer science in general. In addition to general introductory courses in computer science he has also taught courses in Artificial Intelligence, Forensics, and Engineering Design.