Roman Yampolskiy

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Roman Yampolskiy
Native name
Роман Владимирович Ямпольский
Roman V. Yampolskiy

(1979-08-13) August 13, 1979 (age 39)
Alma materUniversity at Buffalo
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsUniversity of Louisville
Speed School of Engineering

Roman V. Yampolskiy (Russian: Роман Владимирович Ямпольский) (born August 13, 1979) is a Latvian born computer scientist at the University of Louisville, known for his work on behavioral biometrics,[1] security of cyberworlds,[2] and artificial intelligence safety.[3] He holds a PhD from the University at Buffalo (2008).[4] He is currently the director of Cyber Security Laboratory in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering.[5]

Yampolskiy is an author of some 100 publications,[6] including numerous books.[7] His work is frequently profiled in popular media, such as: the BBC,[8] MSNBC,[9] Yahoo,[10] New Scientist,[11][12] Alex Jones Radio show[13] and many others.[14]

AI safety[edit]

Yampolskiy has warned of the possibility of existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence, and has advocated research into "boxing" artificial intelligence.[15]


In 2015, Yampolskiy launched intellectology, a new field of study founded to analyze the forms and limits of intelligence.[16][17][18] Yampolskiy considers AI to be a sub-field of this.[16] An example of Yampolskiy's intellectology work is an attempt to determine the relation between various types of minds and the accessible fun space, i.e. the space of non-boring activities.[19]


  • Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. Chapman and Hall/CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), 2015, ISBN 978-1482234435.
  • Game Strategy: a Novel Behavioral Biometric. Independent University Press, 2009, ISBN 0-578-03685-1
  • Computer Security: from Passwords to Behavioral Biometrics. New Academic Publishing, 2008, ISBN 0-6152-1818-0
  • Feature Extraction Approaches for Optical Character Recognition. Briviba Scientific Press, 2007, ISBN 0-6151-5511-1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "International Journal of Biometrics (IJBM) - Inderscience Publishers". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  2. ^ "Automatic Face Recognition:State of the Art" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  3. ^ "Programme Committee | Winter Intelligence Conferences". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  4. ^ "Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Computer Science, Speed School, University of Louisville, KY". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  5. ^ "Cyber-Security Lab | University of Louisville". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  6. ^ "Roman V. Yampolskiy - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  7. ^ "roman yampolskiy". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  8. ^ "BBC News - Virtual people to get ID checks". 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  9. ^ "Control AI before it controls us, expert says - Technology & science - Innovation | NBC News". MSNBC. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  10. ^ Hsu, Jeremy (2012-03-01). "Humanity Must 'Jail' Dangerous AI to Avoid Doom, Expert Says - Yahoo! News". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  11. ^ "Silicon sirens: The naughty bots out to seduce you". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  12. ^ "Virtual Sleuths to Unmask Online Villains | Biometrics Uncover Online Identities in Virtual Worlds". LiveScience. 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  13. ^ "Skynet Rising: The AI Threat to Humanity's Existence with Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy". YouTube. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  14. ^ "Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Computer Science, Speed School, University of Louisville, KY". Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  15. ^ Hsu, Jeremy (1 March 2012). "Control dangerous AI before it controls us, one expert says". NBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  16. ^ a b Yampolskiy, Roman V. (2015). Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. Chapman and Hall/CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1482234435.
  17. ^ "Intellectology and Other Ideas: A Review of Artificial Superintelligence". Technically Sentient. 2015-09-20. Archived from the original on 2016-08-07. Retrieved 2016-11-22.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "Roman Yampolskiy on Artificial Superintelligence". Singularity Weblog. 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  19. ^ Ziesche, Soenke; Yampolskiy, Roman V. (2016). "Artificial Fun: Mapping Minds to the Space of Fun" (PDF). 3rd Annual Global Online Conference on Information and Computer Technology (GOCICT16). Louisville, KY, USA. November 16–18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-05.

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