At COSMOS, we are studying various aspects of social media and online behavior – the good, bad and the ugly. From Autism awareness campaigns to ISIS’ and anti-West/anti-NATO propaganda campaigns, at COSMOS, Dr. Agarwal is directing several projects with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), and U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Research at COSMOS has made contributions to computational social network analysis and advanced the studies in social cyber security, cyber campaign coordination, identifying powerful actors and groups, disinformation dissemination across social media, cyber threat monitoring, social-cyber forensics, health informatics, data mining, and privacy. COSMOS has developed publicly available social media mining tools, Blogtrackers and YouTubeTracker, used during the NATO’s military exercises. COSMOS participates in the national Tech Innovation Hub launched by the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center to defeat foreign based propaganda.
In the first week of March, three Cosmographers traveled to Austin, TX, for the third annual Computing Research Association Grad Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with Disabilities (URMD) Workshop: http://cosmos.ualr.edu/three-cosmographers-attend-cra-urmd-grad-cohort-workshop-in-austin/ #CRAGradCohort #2020URMD
Today's evolving information environment is challenging to operate in. Misinformation, propaganda and conspiracies are addressed in the latest issue of @USNavyResearch Future Force magazine, which features research from COSMOS: https://futureforce.navylive.dodlive.mil/files/2020/03/FF_0320_Vol6No2_FINAL_lr.pdf
Congrats to Joseph Kready for being accepted into the 2020 Social Networks and Health Fellowship program at Duke University! His research will be presented at the 2021 Social Networks and Health workshop. http://cosmos.ualr.edu/kready-accepted-into-2020-social-networks-and-health-fellowship-program/
@ComputingSociety asks: How do we promote the value of #socialmedia while countering its negative effects on cyber-social health? Submit your paper answering this question by 4/15 for a chance to be featured in their special issue. ➡️ http://bit.ly/IEEECFP
At 11 a.m. ET, as part of the @SOCCYBSEC Speaker Series, @agarwalnitin of @UALR will present “Deviant Mobs of the Internet: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.” His talk will discuss research efforts to demonstrate mechanics of disinformation campaigns.
Our Cosmographers are excited to present our work and our tools at this year's #sbpbrims.
We are thrilled to share the news that Muhammad Nihal Hussain successfully defended his doctoral dissertation “Role of Multiple Social Media Platforms in Online Campaigns.” Congrats!
Our own Karen Watts DiCicco is featured in the latest @UALR newsletter. Read about her accomplishments and technological innovations: https://ualr.edu/news/2019/12/13/karen-watts-dicicco-graduation