CURRICULUM VITAE OF ANNA YERSHOVA

Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Office: Siebel Center 2211
Address: 201 N. Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Email: yershova@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 244-5972

http://msl.cs.uiuc.edu/~yershova


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D., Aug 2003 - Aug 2008, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, USA
Major: Computer Science;
Research advisor: Professor Steven LaValle

M.S., Jan 2001 - Aug 2003, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University, USA
Major: Computer Science;
Research advisor: Professor Vasant Honavar

B.S., Sep 1994 - Jun 1999, Department of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, Kharkov National University, Ukraine
Major: Applied Mathematics;
Research advisor: Professor Igor Chudinovich


RESEARCH AREAS OF INTEREST

Structural Computational Biology, NMR, Protein Design,
Robotics, Motion Planning, Computational Geometry


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

09/2008 - 12/2010, postdoctorate associate, Donald Lab, Department of Computer Science, Duke University
Research advisor: Prof. Bruce R. Donald
Projects: My current research interests lie in protein structure determination from NMR.

08/2003 - 08/2008, research assistant, Motion Strategy Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
Research advisor: Prof. Steven LaValle
Projects: My PhD thesis was on the topic of sampling-based motion planning, planning under kinematic and differential constraints and applications of the motion planning to computational chemistry and biology.

06/2004 - 07/2004, visiting scholar, Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems, Toulouse, France
Research advisor: Prof. Nicola Simeon
Projects: Integration of the nearest-neighbor search techniques into Move3D software package. Development of the dynamic-domain RRT planner.

06/2002 - 08/2003, research assistant, Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University
Research advisor: Prof. Vasant Honavar
Projects: Development, implementation and testing of the extension of the decision tree algorithm working directly on top of relational database systems, with the speed up techniques, making it applicable for larger datasets. Integration of missing values handling.

01/2001 - 08/2001, research assistant, Robotics and Computational Geometry Group, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University
Research advisor: Prof. Steven LaValle
Projects: Development of an efficient algorithm for nearest neighbor searching in topological spaces that arise in the context of Motion Planning. Integrating it into Motion Strategy Library (software for developing and testing motion planning algorithms)


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

01/2012 - present, lecturer for Database Systems (CS 411, undegraduate level)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

09/2011 - 12/2011, lecturer for Numerical Methods (CS 357, undegraduate level)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

01/2002 - 05/2002, teaching assistant for theory of computation (graduate level)
Iowa State University

09/2001 - 12/2001, teaching assistant for theory of computation (undergraduate level)
Iowa State University

01/2001 - 05/2001, teaching assistant for undergraduate design and analysis of the algorithms (undergraduate level)
Iowa State University

09/1998 - 12/1999, teacher of algebra, introduction to mathematical calculus, and geometry
Kharkov Gymnasium "Veresen"


HONORS AND AWARDS

2006 Dave & Jane Liu Award (for exceptional research promise)
Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois

2002-2003 Research Fellowship
Iowa State University

2002 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award
Iowa State University

2002-2003 John Vincent Atanasoff Graduate Award
Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University

1999 Diploma with Honor
Kharkiv National University


OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE

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PUBLICATIONS

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INVITED TALKS

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PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

Reviewer for SIAM Review (SIREV) journal

Reviewer for International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR)

Reviewer for Transactions on Robotics Journal (TRO)

Reviewer for International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Reviewer for International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Reviewer for Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR)

Member, American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)