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.
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Hot off the press! Our research evaluates the role mainstream and alternate social media platforms played during the heinous January 6th U.S. Capitol riots. The findings reveal some surprising insights! https://foredialogue.pubpub.org/pub/p7pomr9v/release/1
We are organizing a special issue on Deviance on Social Media in @SpringerNature Social Network Analysis and Mining Journal. Deadline approaching fast (February 12, 2022). See details at https://www.springer.com/journal/13278/updates/19358942
Mis/disinformation is here to stay. Detection is necessary but not sufficient. We need to make our information systems and communities resilient. Our approach is a step in that direction that won the first prize in the disinformation challenge at the @SBPBRiMS conference.
Computational techniques help reveal the dynamics of COVID-19 misinformation themes that can assist in forecasting and proactive policy making. Our award winning research shows how.
Social media can provide situational awareness to assist with strategic policy making, in defense, security, diplomacy, and foreign policy. Our study of Australian blogosphere that identifies influential topics and discourse movers, won the best paper award.
Happening now! COSMOS is excited to host the 2nd International Workshop on Deviant Activities on Social Media
Co-located with the 2021 IEEE Conference on Big Data (IEEE Big Data 2021). https://cosmos.ualr.edu/workshops/deviance/2021/
Thrilled to deliver a keynote on"Networks and Narratives" at the special track on Social Computing at ACM/IEEE Web Intelligence Conference. Sign up using the QR code below to watch live (12/14/2021, 9am AEDT - Melbourne). Thank you Feng for inviting me!
It is such a pleasure to host Senator @JohnBoozman. We deeply appreciate his unwavering support to the research conducted at COSMOS for strengthening the social and cognitive security apparatus to fight against adversarial information operations.4