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Dr. Leyla Zhuhadar

PhD. in Computer Science and Engineering
Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Dr. Leyla Popova ZhuhadarDr. Zhuhadar was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She received her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Western Kentucky University, in 2004, and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Louisville, in 2009. While earning her doctorate, she worked as a Research Scientist at WKU for six years (2007-2013). In 2013, she joined the GFCB Department of Information Systems. During her appointment, as an Assistant Professor, she submitted more than 12 grant proposals, internally and externally, with amounts ranging from $3K to $925K. To date, she was awarded eight grants with amounts ranging from $3K to $35K. Dr. Zhuhadar’s Applied Research is directed toward collaborating with colleagues from various disciplines in USA and Europe to solve today's Big Data problems by using Data Mining methodologies. The impact of her research has been witnessed by its contribution to more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and national/international conference proceedings. She published in many top journals such as: Computers in Human Behavior (Elsevier), Journal of the Knowledge Economy (Springer), Social Network Analysis and Mining (Springer), Journal of Universal Computer Science (Technische Universität Graz), International Journal of Knowledge Society Research (IGI Global), and the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligent Systems (IOS Press). These publications have had a significant impact on her ranking on ResearchGate. She is above 72.5% of all ResearchGate members Worldwidei. The National Science Foundation has invited her twice, in 2012 and 2016, to attend the NSF Summit Symposium Workshops. Dr. Zhuhadar was awarded the 2017 GFCB PRIDA Award, the 2015 Dean Merits’ Award, and the 2014 WKU Award for the Most Prolific Grant Proposer by College. Dr. Zhuhadar is a fellow of the following associations: The IEEE, Women in Engineering (WIE), AACSB International, the Association for Information Systems (AIS), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).



Selected Reviewed Grant Proposals

  • Phase Zero #KSEF-17-SBIR-496, Technology Enhanced Adaptive Material for STEM Academic Competitions (2017).
  • Phase Double Zero #KSEF-16-SBIR-483, Inquiry Technologies LLC (2016).

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Zhuhadar, L., Ciampa, M. 2017, “Semantically Enriched Decision Support System: An analytical approach to discovering patterns in the Offshore Panama Papers Leaks,” Computers in Human Behavior Journal. (status: accepted on 8/24/2017)
  • Zhuhadar, L., Daday, J., Helbig, T., Kessler, B. “Using survival analysis to discovering pathways to success in Mathematics,” Computers in Human Behavior Journal (status: accepted on 8/6/2017)
  • Zhuhadar, L., Thrasher, E., Marklin, S., and de Pablos, P. O. 2017. “The Next Wave of Innovation—Review of Smart Cities Intelligent Operation Systems,”Computers in Human Behavior (66), pp. 273-281.
  • Zhuhadar, L., Carson, B., Daday, J., Thrasher, E., and Nasraoui, O. 2016a. “Computer-Assisted Learning Based on Universal Design, Multimodal Presentation and Textual Linkage,” Journal of the Knowledge Economy (7:2), pp. 373-387.
  • Zhuhadar, L., Coleman, P., and Marklin, S. 2016b. “Applicative Personalized Learning: How Gamification Is Driving Learning,” International Journal of Knowledge Society Research (IJKSR) (7:4), pp. 24-37.
  • Zhuhadar, L., Marklin, S., Thrasher, E., and Lytras, M. D. 2016c. “Is There a Gender Difference in Interacting with Intelligent Tutoring System? Can Bayesian Knowledge Tracing and Learning Curve Analysis Models Answer This Question?,” Computers in Human Behavior (61), pp. 198-204.
  • Zhuhadar, L. 2015. “A Synergistic Strategy for Combining Thesaurus-Based and Corpus-Based Approaches in Building Ontology for Multilingual SE,” Computers in Human Behavior (51), pp. 1107-1115.
  • Zhuhadar, L., Kruk, S. R., and Daday, J. 2015. “Semantically Enriched Massive Open Online Courses (Moocs) Platform,” Computers in Human Behavior (51), pp. 578-593.
  • Lytras, M. D., Zhuhadar, L., Zhang, J. X., and Kurilovas, E. 2014. “Advances of Scientific Research on Technology Enhanced Learning in Social Networks and Mobile Contexts: Towards High Effective Educational Platforms for Next Generation Education,” J. UCS (20:10), pp. 1402-1406.

Selected Peer-reviewed Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Zhuhadar, L., Atkinson, J. K., Meier, A., and Meier, O. 2016. “What Data Analytics Can Do for You!,” Mammoth Cave 11th Research Symposium, Kentucky: Western Kentucky University, TopSCHOLAR®, April 20, 2016.
  • Zhuhadar, L., Thrasher, E., and Atkinson, K. 2016. “Discrete Event Simulations of Urgent Care Resource Scheduling,” INFORMS Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN., pp. 136-149.
  • Zhuhadar, L., Carson, B., Daday, J., and Nasraoui, O. 2015. “A Universal Design Infrastructure for Multimodal Presentation of Materials in Stem Programs: Universal Design,” Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web. Florence, Italy: International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, pp. 569-574.
  • Zhuhadar, L., Carson, B., and Daday, J. 2014. “Moving from Entrenched Structure to a Universal Design,” ACM SIGACCESS Proceedings of the 16th international conference on Computers & accessibility.
  • Zhuhadar, L., and Butterfield, J. 2014. “Analyzing Students Logs in Open Online Courses Using SNA Techniques,” The 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, Savannah, Georgia, USA.






Dr. Zhuhadar is the WKU Senate Representative for Student Research Council. She works on her post doctoral research in Webmining and Information Retrieval in the Knowledge Discovery and Webmining Lab in the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at University of Louisville.

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