Young Park

Young Park


    Bradley Hall 175
    (309) 677-2457


Ph.D., Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
M.S., Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
M.S., Computer Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
B.S., Electronic Engineering, Seoul National University


Dr. Park is currently a professor and a graduate advisor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. Prior to joining Bradley University, he taught at the University of Windsor in Canada and Soonchunhyang University in South Korea. He also worked as a research associate at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, and worked for the Korean Ministry of Defense. He loves teaching; his main teaching philosophy focuses on student-oriented, personalized learning. His current research goal is to build software that provides personalized service to people. He believes in connecting research to reality and co-founded PSTogether, a startup company specializing in personalized prediction and recommendation systems based on collaboration.


Dr. Park teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in data structures, algorithms, software engineering, requirements engineering, and programming languages. His teaching is geared toward students' personalized learning. Courses that he regularly teaches are:

  • CS210 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CIS210 Applications of Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CS502 Advanced Programming
  • CS590 Fundamentals of Software Engineering
  • CS592 Requirements Engineering
  • CS690 Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
  • CS514 Algorithms
  • CS516 Programming Languages
  • CS518 Programming Language Translation


Dr. Park's main research areas include recommender systems, Web search, data mining, software engineering, and programming languages. He has conducted research on topics such as personalized recommender systems and prediction systems, personalized and advanced Web search, formal concept analysis and its applications to software engineering, Web search and data mining, software reuse, and semantics-based program analysis. He has supervised fifteen master theses in computer science and has hosted four international visiting scholars for research collaboration.

His current research focuses on recommender systems and prediction systems in the education sector. Specifically, he is working to develop software that predicts personalized grades and areas of improvement. The technology behind this software is based on human collaboration.

His research has been published in journals and presented at conferences such as the following: Expert Systems With Applications, Journal of Systems and Software, Information Processing Letter, IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, ACM International Conference on Functional Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Conferences on Programming Language Design and Implementation, ACM Symposium on Partial Evaluation and Semantics-based Program Manipulation, and European Symposium on Programming. His research has been supported by research and equipment grants by the Caterpillar Research Fellowship, the University of Windsor Research Board, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


Dr. Park has served as a graduate program advisor and director. He has also been a member of various university, college and department-level committees including the University |Senate, the Committee of Academic Technology Excellence, the graduate executive committee, and the Post Education Task Force at Bradley University. He was also a faculty advisor for several student organizations including

Professionally, he has served as a program committee member, organizing committee chair and member, session chair, panel member, judge, and reviewer in numerous international journals, conferences, symposiums, research grant selection committees, scholarship selection committees, books in computer science, and science and engineering fairs. He is a senior member of the ACM.

In the community, he has served as the president of the Central Illinois Korean-American Association and as a member of the Cultural Diversity Committee of WorldFest, held at the Peoria Civic Center.