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Tomasz Arodz, Ph.D. - VCU College of Engineering. Engineering East Hall, Room E4252, Richmond, VA, US

Tomasz Arodz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | VCU College of Engineering

Engineering East Hall, Room E4252, Richmond, VA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Arodz's research focuses on machine learning and bioinformatics



Tomasz Arodz is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at VCU. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, and CDC. Dr. Arodz holds a Ph.D. in computer science from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He is a laureate of the Prime Minister of Poland Award for his Ph.D. dissertation. Dr. Arodz also holds a M.Sc. in biotechnology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (5)

Biomedical Data Science

Foundational Models


Machine Learning & Deep Learning

Quantum Machine Learning

Accomplishments (4)

Researcher of the Year 2020 (professional)


VCU Computer Science Department

NSF CAREER Grant Award (professional)


National Science Foundation

Prime Minister of Poland Award (professional)


Laureate of the Award for Ph.D. Dissertation

Foundation for Polish Science Scholarship (professional)


Laureate of the Young Researcher Scholarship

Education (3)

AGH University of Science and Technology: Ph.D., Computer Science 2007

AGH University of Science and Technology: M.S., Computer Science 2003

Jagiellonian University: M.S., Biotechnology 2009

Media Appearances (1)

To Relieve Holiday Stress, Techies Trot Out Artificial Intelligence

Style Weekly  print


By now the journey to 2018 can feel more like a crawl than a mad dash. There's pressure to entertain family, reconnect with old friends and take that special someone on a memorable date. But a Richmond startup says artificial intelligence can solve the indecision over where to go and what to do. While some experts caution against placing exaggerated faith in artificial intelligence, early adopters are hoping for a more perfect holiday experience. . . . Just remember, if you're struggling to plan a not-so-silent night, don't give up on your gut, says Tom Arodz, another VCU professor who studies machine learning. "AI may learn to never recommend a symphony to heavy-metal lovers," Arodz says. "But just like with human instinct, it is often difficult to say why any particular recommendation is made."

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Selected Articles (5)

Real-valued group testing for quantitative molecular assays

Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology RECOMB'2022

We proposed a new group testing approach tailored for scenarios where quantitative measurements are available (e.g. Ct values in PCR tests). It allows using much fewer tests than there are samples to be tested.

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Shapeshifter: a parameter-efficient Transformer using factorized reshaped matrices

Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems NeurIPS'2021

We designed a technique for reducing the size of embedding matrices and self-attention weight matrices in deep Transformer-based language models using a much more compact yet expressive representation based on Kronecker/tensor products.

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Quantum semi-supervised kernel learning

Quantum Machine Intelligence 3:1-11, 2021

We formulated and analyzed a quantum machine learning algorithm for training semi-supervised SVM based on quantum HHL/LMR protocol.

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Approximation capabilities of Neural ODEs and Invertible Residual Networks

International Conference on Machine Learning ICML'2020

We used techniques from topology (embedding of homeomorphisms into flows) to analyze whether two popular recent architectures for creating invertible deep nets, neural ordinary differential equations and invertible ResNets, have the capability to model arbitrary invertible function.

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The vaginal microbiome and preterm birth

Nature Medicine 25:1012-1021, 2019

As part of a large microbiome study by VCU cMEDA team, we created a machine learning model to quantify effects of human microbiome composition on pregnancy outcomes.

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