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 his article "Combatting Disinformation in the Digital World" published by BizEd, Dr. Nitin Agarwal explains how coordinated campaigns of false information are rampant during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they also pose a risk to businesses at any time.
As COVID-19 keeps on affecting our lives, so does misinfo and scams. @KARK4News reported about our website aimed to educate the public about misinfo and scams related to the virus and how to identify them. https://www.kark.com/news/digital-originals/digital-original-local-group-helps-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19-misinformation/
Kiran Kumar Bandeli et al explore a novel framework to computationally identify narratives in a paper presented at Text2Story’20 co-located with 42nd European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR2020): http://cosmos.ualr.edu/cosmos-paper-published-in-text2story20-workshop/
With #COVID19 comes a plague of misinformation. A partnership between @AGRutledge, @UALR and @cosmographers provides a vaccine for this #infodemic. http://cosmos.ualr.edu/covid-19
Innovative Technology and Viable Business Plan win at Governor’s Cup: Thomas Marcoux and Joseph Kready competed as team Face-to-Face in the 20th annual Governor’s Cup. Read more about their success: http://cosmos.ualr.edu/governors-cup/
Congrats to Joseph Kready & Thomas Marcoux for placing third in the Grad Division of the 2020 @argovscup Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The duo competed as team Face-To-Face introducing an innovative technology that creates Avatar-based chatbots. https://ualr.edu/news/2020/04/15/face-to-face-governors-cup/
Misinformation is quickly spreading online. Report any misinformation and scams you have observed at http://cosmos.ualr.edu/covid-19 - visit the site to read about the latest misinformation along with debunking sources and read tips on how you can spot misinformation. #COVID19MISINFO