Roman Yampolskiy

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Roman Yampolskiy
Роман Ямпольский
Roman Vladimirovich Yampolskiy

(1979-08-13) 13 August 1979 (age 44)
Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materUniversity at Buffalo
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science

Roman Vladimirovich Yampolskiy (Russian: Роман Владимирович Ямпольский; born 13 August 1979) is a Russian 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]

AI safety[edit]

Yampolskiy has warned of the possibility of existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence, and has advocated research into "boxing" artificial intelligence.[8] More broadly, Yampolskiy and his collaborator, Michaël Trazzi, have proposed introducing "achilles heels" into potentially dangerous AI, for example by barring an AI from accessing and modifying its own source code.[9][10] Another proposal is to apply a "security mindset" to AI safety, itemizing potential outcomes in order to better evaluate proposed safety mechanisms.[11]


In 2015, Yampolskiy launched intellectology, a new field of study founded to analyze the forms and limits of intelligence.[12][13][14] Yampolskiy considers AI to be a sub-field of this.[12] 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.[15]


  • 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 25 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Automatic Face Recognition:State of the Art" (PDF). Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Programme Committee | Winter Intelligence Conferences". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Computer Science, Speed School, University of Louisville, KY". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Cyber-Security Lab | University of Louisville". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Roman V. Yampolskiy – Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  7. ^ "roman yampolskiy". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  8. ^ Hsu, Jeremy (1 March 2012). "Control dangerous AI before it controls us, one expert says". NBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  9. ^ Baraniuk, Chris (23 August 2018). "Artificial stupidity could help save humanity from an AI takeover". New Scientist. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  10. ^ Trazzi, Michaël, and Roman V. Yampolskiy. "Building safer AGI by introducing artificial stupidity." arXiv preprint arXiv:1808.03644 (2018).
  11. ^ Baraniuk, Chris (23 May 2016). "Checklist of worst-case scenarios could help prepare for evil AI". New Scientist. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  12. ^ a b Yampolskiy, Roman V. (2015). Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. Chapman and Hall/CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1482234435.
  13. ^ "Intellectology and Other Ideas: A Review of Artificial Superintelligence". Technically Sentient. 20 September 2015. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "Roman Yampolskiy on Artificial Superintelligence". Singularity Weblog. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  15. ^ Ziesche, Soenke; Yampolskiy, Roman V. (2016). "Artificial Fun: Mapping Minds to the Space of Fun". 3rd Annual Global Online Conference on Information and Computer Technology (GOCICT16). Louisville, KY, USA. 16–18 November 2016. arXiv:1606.07092.

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