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Vera Kazakova

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Vera Kazakova

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

vakazakova@​knox.edu

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

General Interests

"Is it Artificial Intelligence (whatever that term means to you)? Then I’m interested! My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on communication-free division of labor in multiagent systems with dynamic needs. My prior work also includes real world applications of Evolutionary Computation for stable bi-metallic nanocluster formations and drone flight-path optimization, information sharing and aggregation for cooperative transport, and narrative generation for storytelling applications. My work as a Research Associate at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) focuses on natural language processing for cybersecurity applications.  

"I enjoy sci-fi literature (The Murderbot Diaries, Imperial Radch, etc.), boardgames (Ghost Stories, Codenames, Ascension...), video games (Borderlands, The Last of Us, Portal, etc.), aerial arts (lyra, aerial yoga, acro yoga...), and all types of adventuring (canyoning, rappelling, rafting, etc.)."

Years at Knox: 2020 to present

Education

Ph.D., Computer Science, 2020, University of Central Florida

M.S., Computer Science, 2014, University of Central Florida

B.S., Computer Science, 2011, University of Central Florida

Teaching Interests

MultiAgent systems, evolutionary computation.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Honors/Grants

Doctoral Trustees Fellowship (University of Central Florida) 

Summa Cum Laude (Computer Science MS, University of Central Florida) 

Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines 

President’s list, Valencia Community College 

Honors Program: Honors Degree, Valencia Community College 

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Research Abroad at the Technische Universität Ilmenau (Ilmenau, Germany)

Publications

V. A. Kazakova, A. S. Wu, G. R. Sukthankar “Respecializing swarms by forgetting reinforced thresholds.” 

Swarm Intelligence. 2020. 

V. A. Kazakova, G. R. Sukthankar “Adaptable and Stable Decentralized Task Allocation for Hierarchical Domains.” 

Knowledge Engineering Review. 2020. 

 V. A. Kazakova “Adaptable Decentralized Task Allocation of Swarm Agents.” Doctoral Consortium at the 

International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2019). Montreal, Canada. 2019. 

V. A. Kazakova, Gita R. Sukthankar. “Adaptable decentralized task allocation for hierarchically-defined domains.” 

Adaptive and Learning Agents (ALA) workshop at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent 

Systems (AAMAS 2019). Montreal, Canada. 2019. 

V. A. Kazakova, A. S. Wu. “Specialization vs. Re-Specialization: Effects of Hebbian Learning in a Dynamic 

Environment.” Proceedings of the Thirty-First International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference 

(FLAIRS 2018). Melbourne, FL, USA. 2018 

V. A. Kazakova, Lauren Hastings, Andres Posadas, Lucas C. Gonzalez, Rainer Knauf, Klaus P. Jantke, Avelino J. Gonzalez. 

“Let Us Tell You a fAIble: Content Generation through Graph-Based Cognition.” Proceedings of the Thirty-First 

International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS 2018). Melbourne, FL, USA. 2018 

V. A. Kazakova, A. S. Wu. “Iterative Weighted 2D Orientation Averaging that Minimizes Arc-Length between 

Vectors.” Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017). 

Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2017 

V. R. Ragusa, H.D. Mathias, V. A. Kazakova, A. S. Wu. “Enhanced Genetic Path Planning for Autonomous Flight.” 

Proceedings of the 2017 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2017). Berlin, Germany. 2017                                   

A. S. Wu. and V. A. Kazakova “Effects of Task Consideration Order on Decentralized Task Allocation Using 

Time-variant Response Thresholds.” Proceedings of the Thirtieth International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research 

Society Conference (FLAIRS 2017). Marco Island, FL, USA. 2017 

V. A. Kazakova, A. S. Wu. “Smarter Sharing is Caring: Weighted Averaging in Decentralized Collective Transport 

with Obstacle Avoidance.” Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society 

Conference (FLAIRS 2016). Key Largo, FL, USA. 2016 

V. A. Kazakova, A. S. Wu, T. S. Rahman. “Cluster Energy Optimizing Genetic Algorithm.” Proceedings of the 15th 

Annual Conference Companion on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (GECCO 2013). Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2013

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