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Dr. Lily Popova Zhuhadar was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She received her M.S. degree in Computer Science from Western Kentucky University (WKU), 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, 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 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 77.5% of all ResearchGate members Worldwide1.
The National Science Foundation has invited her twice, in 2012 and 2016, to attend the NSF Summit Symposium Workshops.
Dr. Zhuhadar was awarded the 2018 GFCB Research & Creative Activities Award, the 2017 GFCB PRIDA Award, the 2015 Dean Merits’ Award, and the 2014 WKU Office of Sponsored Programs Award for the Most Prolific Grant Proposer by College.
Dr. Zhuhadar is a fellow of the following associations: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), The AACSB International, the Association for Information Systems (AIS), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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