Briefly, introducing myself here. I am Kiran Kumar Bandeli, a doctoral candidate in Information Science and work with COSMOS as a Graduate Research Assistant. I am part of several research and development projects. I am in a phase where I am working on my dissertation proposal. I am hopeful that I can graduate at the end of spring or summer 2019.   So, what do I do in the COSMOS lab? I can definitely say, I wear several hats as part of my work schedule. One such role is Teaching Assistant (TA) for Dr. Agarwal’s courses, where I switch gears from being a student toRead More →

  This week cosmographer Zachary Stine presented his paper “Agent-based models for assessing social influence strategies” at the 9th International Conference on Complex Systems hosted by the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, MA. It is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real-world systems. The conference was held from July 22 – 27 in Cambridge, MA. The paper has been published in the conference’s proceedings available here: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-96661-8_14 Stine, the lead author of the paper, is a Ph.D. student in Computer & Information science at UA Little Rock. Dr. Nitin Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor ofRead More →

Adewale Obadimu is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science department. He joined COSMOS research lab as a software developer. Wale earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria in 2013. He was a Google Student Ambassador for his previous institution, worked as a lead software developer at Health Informatics Research Laboratory and a technologist for the Center for Energy Research and Development before coming to UA Little Rock. His research interests focus on social bots. He is currently exploring machine learning and deep learning techniques because he believes the future of computing is automation. He enjoys many activities, including, butRead More →

Zach is a Ph.D. student in the information science track of the computer and information sciences program. He completed a BA with a major in religious studies and a minor in English from the University of Central Arkansas in 2010. Since then, he has worked at a health insurance company, an environmental consulting firm, and at UA Little Rock’s Office of Institutional Research before becoming a graduate research assistant in the Fall of 2017. His research interests include complex systems, natural language processing, network science, and information theory. He also has a smaller interest in the philosophy of science. His goal after graduation is toRead More →

Michael represented UA Little Rock at several Hackathons.  Most recently, he won the J.B. Hunt’s Use Case Challenge at the UA Blockchain Hackathon in September 2018.  His work at CrimsonHacks 2017 and 2018 at the University of Alabama was rewarded with the win for best use of AWS. His team has represented the UA Little Rock Information Science department at the JOLT! Hackathon, Shell on the Border 2018 and HackHLTH in Las Vegas in May 2018.Read More →

After graduating with her master’s degree from UA Little Rock in December of 2017, Tuja decided to continue her education and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree. Tuja began her education at UA Little Rock as an exchange student in the Fall of 2013 and became a full-time student a year later. She graduated in May of 2015. Her research interests include social media data mining and bots.Read More →

Kiran is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Science department currently working on narrative analysis. He joined the COSMOS team the summer of 2017 as a research student. His interests include social computing and network analysis. He aspires to become a professor after he graduates. Kiran enjoys playing cricket, and whenever he gets a chance he enjoys spending time with his family especially with his newborn. His hobbies include going to the gym, swimming and soccer.Read More →

Dr. Serpil Tokdemir graduated from UA Little Rock with her Ph.D. in computer and information sciences.  She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at COSMOS actively involved in a variety of projects and lectures during which she teaches social media mining and analysis concepts to students. Dr. Serpil assists in preparing publications and presents COSMOS’ work efforts at conferences, program reviews and other venues.   She is one of our team leads who supervises, mentors, evaluates, and monitors graduate and undergraduate students.Read More →

Karen is a senior attending the UA Little Rock. She is in the Accelerated Bachelor to Master’s program for Information Science. She will graduate in the Fall 2018 with her bachelor’s degree and Graduate Certificate in Data Science. She is also planning on graduating with her master’s degree in Information Science Fall 2019. Achievements: Winner of J.B. Hunt’s Use Case Challenge at UA Blockchain Hackathon 2018 1st place and “Best Use of AWS” at CrimsonHacks 2018 “Best Use of AWS” at CrimsonHacks at University of Alabama 2017 EIT Open House Mainstream Technologies Award “Professional Presentation” “Outstanding Student Team” award for Information Science at the JOLT! HackathonRead More →

Research Interests: Data Storytelling Data Science Information Visualization UI/UX Design As of May 2017, he graduated as an EAST scholar of UA Little Rock with a Bachelor of Science degree in e-commerce minoring in information technology. As he pursued his degree, Richard gained hands-on experience with skills specific to data visualization, web development, UI/UX design, and mobile-first design. Since graduation, he has stayed actively enrolled in several self-taught classes through online platforms which have aided in his pursuit to gather knowledge in the fields of Python development, Google Analytics, data illustration, graphic design, and data storytelling. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information scienceRead More →