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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I will be defending my dissertation on computational methods for comparative discourse analyses today at noon US central time (1pm eastern). If you’d like to drop by, send me a DM for the link.
It was great fun to speak with @THVCraig! Thank you Craig for spending time and talking with us. We appreciate @THV11 for covering the work @cosmographers are doing in making social media safer and contribute to social good.4
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock @UALR has selected COSMOS director Dr. Nitin Agarwal as the 2021 Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors winner. Congratulations! #facultyexcellence https://ualr.edu/news/2021/04/15/briscoe-agarwal-macfarlane-faculty-excellence/
Congratulations to Seun on successfully defending his master's project. He will start his next career at Intuit, Inc. in Mountain View, CA, as a Software Engineer.
Congratulations to Dr. Tuja Khaund on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation. We wish her all the best for her future career at Walmart in Bentonville as a senior Data Scientist in the graph theory group.
Dr. Esther Mead will be presenting her work "Proposing a Broader Scope of Predictive Features for Modeling Refugee Counts" at the The Web Conference Workshop Data Science for Social Good on April 14. For more information about WWW2021 (@TheWebConf), visit https://www2021.thewebconf.org/
The @IEEEorg Special Issue on Cyber Social Health features an article by guest editor Dr. Nitin Agarwal: "When the Bad is Good and the Good is Bad: Understanding Cyber Social Health Through Online Behavioral Change" - https://cosmos.ualr.edu/dr-nitin-agarwal-edits-ieee-special-issue-on-cyber-social-health/
Congrats to Dr. Samer Al-khateeb and Dr. Nitin Agarwal on the review of their book ‘Deviance in Social Media and Social Cyber Forensics’ in the prestigious ACM Computing Reviews journal. The authors received praise for their well-written book: