University of Regina professor frequently referenced by other researchers

News Release Release Date: December 5, 2013 11:25 a.m.

A University of Regina computer science professor, Dr. Yiyu Yao, scores very high when it comes to having his work cited by other researchers.

For academic researchers, the h-index gives an estimate of the importance, significance and broad impact of a scientist’s cumulative research contributions. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Yao has an h-index of 60, meaning that each of his top 60 publications has been cited in at least 60 papers. In all, he has been cited more than 13,000 times.

Yao's research interests include web intelligence, granular computing, rough sets, information retrieval, data analysis, machine learning, and data mining.

“Having a high h-index means a lot to me, including worldwide acceptance and recognition of my research and contribution to scientific knowledge,” says Yao.

“The numbers show that Dr. Yao's h-index is significantly higher than several Canada Research Chairs in artificial intelligence,” explains Dr. Cory Butz, the associate dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of Regina. “Dr.Yao’s h-index is quite close to a former Turing Award winner – the computer science equivalent of a Nobel Prize – Judea Pearl of UCLA who has an h-index of 73, and 54,000 citations.”

“The reputation of a university is built by the joint efforts of its members. My research, together with my colleagues in the Department of Computer Science, has increased the profile of University of Regina, making it well recognized as a world centre on granular computing and rough sets,” says Yao.