Esther Ledelle Mead is a Ph.D. student in the Information Quality track of the Computer and Information Sciences program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology (2002), Finance (2004), and Marketing (2004) from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). Awarded dual UCA Graduate Research Assistantships (one at the Small Business Advancement National Center focusing primarily on agribusiness, and the other within the Assistant Dean’s office focusing on Accreditation maintenance), Esther continued on to earn her general Master of Business Administration degree in 2005 and subsequently engaged as a small business and institutional marketing consultant through 2007. EstherRead More →

Rick Galeano is a PhD Fellow and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock completing requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer and Information Sciences. He was a member of the CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School and currently is a member of the Center of Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies laboratory. Rick was also identified as a Training With Industry Fellow for the U.S. Army, where he worked side-by-side with the strategic communications team at The Coca-Cola Company. Previously assigned to NATO, he worked  missions in which academic experimentation of dark network research was conducted in order to analyze multipleRead More →

Katrin Galeano is a PhD student working as a researcher for the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She majors in Computers and Information Science. Her background revolves around global outreach via online platforms in which she leads multiple social media sites in support of the US Army. Katrin graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor’s in Mass Communications and Business Administration and maintained academic excellence for her graduate degree. She was recognized as the lead communicator in broadcast radio during her early years, revolutionizing an analog to digital transformation as an undergraduate. SheRead More →

We are pleased to announce that Zachary Stine’s paper “Characterizing the language-production dynamics of social media users” has been published in the latest issue of Social Network Analysis and Mining, a multidisciplinary journal serving researchers and practitioners in academia and industry.    Abstract: In this paper, we propose a characterization of social media users based on language usage over time in order to make more rigorous the notions of organic and inorganic online behavior. This characterization describes the extent to which a user’s word usage within a particular time period subverts expectations based on preceding time periods. To do this, we adapt the use of anRead More →

Anal Kanti Roy successfully defended his master’s thesis “Automation of Crawling Blogosphere based on Pattern Recognition” Thursday, November 21, 2019.  In attendance were committee members Dr. Nitin Agarwal (chair), Dr. Elizabeth Pierce, and Dr. Serpil Tokdemir Yuce as well as members of COSMOS.  Over the past two years, Roy has become very familiar with extracting online content. As COSMOS’ leading crawling expert, Roy has played a fundamental role in data extraction for various COSMOS research projects.   The motivation behind his work was not only the sheer volume of content published on blogs,  but also the influence these blogs can have on the public. Blogs areRead More →

Richard Young successfully defended his information science master’s project “Chromaweaver: A Moviebarcode Analysis Tool for Youtube” Friday, November 8, 2019.  In attendance were committee members Dr. Nitin Agarwal (chair), Dr. Bruce Bauer and Dr. Joseph Williams as well as members of COSMOS. Richard is a remote student currently living in Spain and did his defense via Google Hangout.  For his project, Richard explored moviebarcode image processing techniques that can be integrated into the COSMOS application YoutubeTracker. The end result is the standalone application Chromaweaver, which serves as a moviebarcode analysis tool for Youtube videos. Richard documented his work for the project as a blog. BeingRead More →

Thomas is a doctoral student in Information Science. After graduating from L’Université d’Orléans in France, he came to UA Little Rock for his master’s degree in Computer Science in 2015. His current focus is on researching and developing technologies providing insights into online behaviors and decision making through social medias analysis. To pursue his interest in  Artificial Intelligence, he interned at the financial AI company BOND.AI during the summer while maintaining his duties at COSMOS. Fields of interest: Business – How can we help business owners better understand their customer base? Finances – How do emotional fluctuations affect investments and stock prices? Healthcare – What areRead More →

Ph.D. candidate Adewale (Wale) Obadimu participated in the 2019 CRA URMD Grad Cohort Workshop which took place March 22-23, 2019 in Waikoloa, Hawaii.  The two-day event was hosted by the Computing Research Association (CRA), an organization dedicated to bringing industry, government and academia together to support research and advanced education in computing. This year, the CRA Grad Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with Disabilities (URMD) Workshop attracted twice the amount of participants than the inaugural workshop in 2018. CRA covered the travel expenses for all selected students that collectively represent a diverse set of computing-related research areas and institutions. 158 accepted applicants from 78Read More →

Innovative ideas paired with the newest technology is an ideal match made right here in Little Rock, Arkansas. The ideas stem from Karen Watts, a COSMOS researcher and the new digital and innovation manager for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. She is using synergistic technology to improve farming. “I love learning about emerging technologies and I get to learn the newest technologies every day,” said Watts who draws similarities between her job and hackathons. “I look to see what works, develop a proof of concept and prototype the new technology for us. It’s going to put us ahead in innovation.” Watts hasRead More →