Adeola Adesoba
Graduate Student
Adeola received her master’s in Information Quality from UA Little Rock and completed her bachelor’s degree in statistics at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. She has previous experience in the financial services industry as a risk analyst, and she is passionate about utilizing technology for social good.

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Adekunle Adigun
Software Engineer at Cisco

Adekunle graduated with his master’s degree in Business Information Systems at the UA Little Rock  College of Business.

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Faysal Ahmed
Ph.D. - Spring 2015
Abdullah Al Faysal
Software Engineer II at Walmart

Abdullah Al Faysal graduated with a master's degree in Information Science UA Little Rock in May of 2020. Coding is his passion but he also loves exploring different cuisines when he is not writing codes.

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Samer Al-khateeb
Assistant Professor

Samer Al-khateeb is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Informatics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated with his Ph.D. in the Spring of 2018 and continued his work at COSMOS as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research interests include deviant behavioral modeling, deviant cyber flash mobs, cyber propaganda campaigns, social cyber forensics, and social bots behaviors, evolution, and detection.

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Shishila Awung Shimray

Shishi joined COSMOS in the Fall of 2018 and became a developer for YouTubeTracker while pursuing her master's degree in computer science.  Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she worked as a software engineer for Netsmart Technologies Inc. She is no stranger to UA Little Rock.  In 2015, Shishi graduated with her bachelor's degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from UA Little Rock.  In the Fall of 2020, Shishi earned her master's degree.

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Dayo Samuel Banjo

Dayo Samuel Banjo graduated with his master’s degree in Computer Science from UA Little Rock. His research area focuses on AR/VR, AI, and computer vision. He worked on the VTracker  at COSMOS.

Brian Blake
Ph.D. Student

Brian Blake has almost twenty years of industry experience with Acxiom Corporation. He is currently a senior research analyst with previous roles as a research analyst, database delivery analyst, data developer, and data quality specialist.

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Rita Chowdhury
2018

Rita received an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the UA Little Rock  College of Business in 2019.  In 2018, Rita was an invaluable team member who performed public relations and research work for COSMOS. She has worked as an audit tax intern at Frost, PLLC, in Little Rock, and currently works at PwC as a Financial Markets Senior Associate.

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Michael DiCicco
Under Graduate

Michael has an undergraduate degree from UA Little Rock in Information Science, has worked as a full-time Service Technician at Arkansas Legal Technologies, and worked as an hourly Research Assistant at COSMOS. He received his master’s in Information Science from UA Little Rock in 2020.

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Recep Erol
Ph.D. Student

Recep Erol is a PhD student at the UA Little Rock majoring in Computers and Information Science. His research is focused on YouTube video categorization for identification of bot activities and automated artificial content generation, video text data opinion mining, video transcription, and creating a smart tool using these techniques. 

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Abu Fahad Siddiqui
Master of Science - Fall 2017
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Abdul Fattah Mohammad
Master of Science - Spring 2016
Ismail Guvenc Yuce
Ph.D. - Fall 2012
Nermin Hanna
Master of Science - Spring 2015
Ashekul Huq

Ashekul is a doctoral student in Information Quality.

Kazi Tanvir Islam

Kazi graduated with his master’s degree in Computer Science. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, but his fascination towards Data Science and Machine Learning has shaped his higher study in Computer Science. In COSMOS, he worked as a Data Scientist Research Assistant. During his graduate studies at UA Little Rock, he also served on the Student Government Association as an International Student Senator.

Tuja Khaund
Ph.D. Candidate

Tuja graduated from UA Little Rock with her master’s degree and is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Computer & Information Sciences at UALR. She specializes in social bots' behaviors, evolution, and detection.

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Joseph Kready
Data Engineer at Google

Joseph has earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science in December 2020 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. Outside of COSMOS and school, Joseph runs the Artificial Intelligence in Arkansas group, which focuses on building the AI community in Arkansas. 

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Kiran Kumar Bandeli
Data Scientist at Walmart International
Kiran received his Ph.D. in Information Science from UA Little Rock in 2019, and worked 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 currently works as a data scientist for Walmart.
 
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.
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Oluwaseun Leonard Johnson

Seun is currently pursuing a master's degree in Information Science at UALR.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Physics and Applied Geophysics from Covenant University in Nigeria. 

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Maryam Maleki
Assistant Professor at California State University

Maryam is an Assistant Professor of Management Department, Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno. She joined UA Little Rock in the Fall of 2018 to pursue a doctoral degree in systems engineering. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in systems and industrial engineering from Tehran, Iran. She has ten years job experience in quality control/assurance in the car industry. Maryam joined COSMOS in the Fall of 2019. Her research is focused on misinformation, mathematical modeling, machine learning, and social media analysis.

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Thomas Marcoux
Data Scientist

Thomas Marcoux is currently working as Data Scientist after completing doctoral graduate in Information Science. After graduating from 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.

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Esther Mead
Assistant Professor at Southern Arkansas University

Esther Ledelle Mead is a postdoctoral fellow at COSMOS. Esther joined the COSMOS team in the Fall of 2016 and graduated with her doctoral degree in December 2020. Her research interests revolve around Information Quality and Computing in Social Science.

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Masood Mir
Ph.D. - Spring 2012

Masood Mir graduated with his Ph.D. in Applied Computing - Engineering Sciences in the Spring of 2012.  He is a former faculty member of Rowan University and now a DAS Engineer at Verizon Wireless.

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Muhammad Nihal Hussain
Lead Data Scientist at Equifax

Nihal joined UA Little Rock in 2014 to pursue his master’s degree in information quality where he was introduced to COSMOS and the Blogtrackers tool. Since then, Nihal has become one of our core researchers heading this project. He graduated with his doctoral degree in December 2019.

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Nahiyan Bin Noor

Nabil graduated with his  Master's degree in Information Science at UA Little. He  worked as a Research Assistant in "Toxicity on Social Media" project at COSMOS Research Center. He completed his bachelors from Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology. His research interests is Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Science.

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Adewale Obadimu
Site Reliability Engineer at LinkedIn

Wale graduated with his doctoral degree in computer science at UA Little Rock in the Fall of 2020. During his studies, he focused on machine learning and deep learning techniques.  He did not only play a crucial role in the development of various COSMOS social media analytics tools, but was also sharing his knowledge with other students in his team and classroom.  

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Ugochukwu Onyepunuka

Ugochukwu Peter Onyepunuka is a Master of Information Science with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science in 2019. He worked as a Data Engineer at Ehealth4everyone a Health Informatics company. Innovative and flexible, Ugo is passionate about Software Engineering, Data Science and ML. Ugo plays ping pong and soccer during his free time. He has graduated from UA Little Rock with his Master's degree

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Vanessa Okeke

Vanessa Okeke graduated with Master's degree in Business Information Systems and Analytics  at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock,  with experience building software for SME's and the Agro-Tech industry. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, she made a transition to Software Engineering, learning to build products that scale. Vanessa is interested in using data to tell stories, building predictive models and pushing herself to be a better developer and community leader.

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Ivory Okeke

Obianuju Ivory Okeke graduated with Master’s degree in Business Information Systems & Analytics at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Ivory worked as  graduate assistant at the COSMOS department and worked on the VTracker team as a backend engineer.

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Mohan Rama Swamy Pattikayala

Mohan graduated with his Master's degree in Information Science at UA Little Rock and he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at COSMOS. He is detail-oriented and analytical professional with IT Experience working as a Data Engineer for the organizations like Cognizant and Accenture. Apart from Software Engineering, He has also explored some of the roles in IT Networking and Social Media Content Moderation right after completing his Bachelor's in Electronics and Communication Engineering. 

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Andrew Pyle
Master of Science - Spring 2018

Andrew graduated with his Master of Science degree in May 2018. He completed a capstone project involving language synthesis for the Twitter social media platform. As a COSMOS research team member, he helped create a web platform to host a network-processing algorithm called Focal Structures Analysis developed by a former UA Little Rock PhD student.

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Anol Kanti Roy

Anol earned his Masters in Information Science UA Little Rock. When he is not writing codes, he is either hiking, trekking or simply looking out for the next big adventure.

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Ghouri Mohammad Saaduddin
Master of Science - Fall 2017
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Amit Saha
Ph.D. - Spring 2016
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Fatih Śen
Ph.D. - Spring 2014
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Najma Shaik
Master of Science - Fall 2017
Mohammad Shiblee Nooman
Master of Science - Summer 2017
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Mukti Barole Shobha Sangappa
Master of Science - Fall 2017
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Zachary Stine
Assistant Professor

Zachary Stine is an Asst. Professor at University of Central Arkansas. After several years of part-time, undergraduate coursework in computer science, he joined Dr. Agarwal's lab where he worked as a graduate research assistant, researching the use of computational methods to study social phenomena.

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Ayokunle Sunmola

Ayokunle graduated with  Master's degree  in  Computer Science Student with a history of working in various software engineering firms. Ayokunle earned a bachelor degree in computer engineering and  worked on  Blog Tracker project at COSMOS.

Kim Tran
Ph.D. - Fall 2018

Kim Tran graduated with her Ph.D. in December 2018.  Her research focuses on the validity of patient data found on social networks. 

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Serpil Tokdemir Yuce
Program Manager

Dr. Serpil Tokdemir Yuce is a program manager at the office of Medicaid Inspector General and has a joint affiliation with the COSMOS as a Research Associate. She is specializing in extracting and analyzing raw data from Fraud and Abuse Detection systems.

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Connice Trimmingham
Data Scientist,Impellam Group

Connice Trimmingham  graduated with  Master's degree in Computer Science Student with demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. After earning dual Bachelor of Science in Quantitative economics and econometrics and Business analytics and Information systems at University of south Florida in 2020, she moved to little rock to work in business intelligence. Dynamic, collaborative, composed change agent, Connice is passionate about research in deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing. She is currently working as Data Scientist at Impellam Group.

Oluwaseun Walter
Cloud Engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Walter worked as a researcher at COSMOS. He graduated with his master's degree in Business Information Systems at UA Little Rock in May of 2019.

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Karen Watts DiCicco
Ph.D. Candidate

Karen is the Assistant Director of Information Technology at the U of A System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. She started with COSMOS as an undergraduate in Spring 2017.  She graduated in December 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Graduate Certificate in Data Science, master’s degree in Information Science in December 2019, and PH.D. in Computer an Information Science in May 2022.

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Ifeanyi Joshua Umoga

Ifeanyi Joshua umoga graduated with his Master's degree in  Information Science with a Bachelors degree in Electrical and electronics engineering. He worked as an IT Support Engineer at EHealth4everyone a Digital Health informatics company. Joshua is passionate about Data engineering, Data analysis and software Engineering. Joshua plays soccer during his free time.

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Therese Williams
Ph.D. - Spring 2017
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Richard Young

Richard earned his master's degree in information science applying his skills and interests toward his graduate research assistantship for the team at COSMOS. His interests include data visualization, web development, UI/UX design, and mobile-first design. 

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Okemute Samuel Idonor
Graduate Student

Okemute is a Master’s student pursuing a degree in information science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. with a diverse skill set, and a strong drive for personal and professional growth. He brings experience from his prior role as a server-side developer with expertise in Node.js and Python, utilizing frameworks like Express.js and Django. During his time with Upgraded Era, he mobilized software systems using RESTful API design principles, and database management (SQL and NoSQL), and also designed and implemented a RESTful API for a social media platform with authentication, data validation, and secure data storage. Currently, Okemute is actively working on mob modelling models using machine clustering algorithms on large data sets. His experience, expertise, and career goals position him as a valuable asset in any organization or project he undertakes.

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Gaurav Raj Thapa
Graduate Student
Gaurav, a graduate from The British College (Affi. to Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK) in Nepal with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Computing, furthered his education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), earning a master’s in information science. His academic focus was on data analytics and web engineering, reflecting his deep interest in data science.
During his Master’s, Gaurav honed his skills in statistical analysis, machine learning, Python programming, data visualization and big data technologies. He participated in various projects, applying his knowledge to analyze large datasets and extract meaningful insights, which sharpened his analytical abilities and understanding of practical data applications.
Gaurav’s collaborative nature and leadership skills were evident in team-based research projects, where he focused on areas like predictive analytics and ethical data science. His goal is to become a successful business information specialist, leveraging his expertise in data analysis and information management to drive informed decisions in the business world.

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Qudirat Akanji
Graduate Student

Qudirat Akanji is a data analyst with a master's degree in business information systems and Analytics from UA Little Rock and a bachelor's degree in international relations. Her work experience cuts across the financial services and technology industry. She enjoys kdrama, scrabble and scrawling the depths of Wikipedia

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Deepika Kurapati
Graduate Student

Deepika graduated with a Master’s in Information Science at UA Little Rock. She has worked at COSMOS as a UI/UX Designer- Graduate Research Assistant. She is familiar with BI tools like Power BI and Tableau.

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Mary Mezue
Graduate Student

Mary Mezue is a Master’s student studying Business Information and Analytics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, with a track record of building software products as a product manager in Nigeria’s financial technology space. Mary currently works at COSMOS as public affairs officer and also works with blog tracker team with a research focus on analyzing how false information and fake news stories are spread through social media. Read More

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Chinni Krishna Kongala
Graduate Student
Kongala Chinni Krishna is a Master's student pursuing a degree in Information Quality at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and also working on ETL pipeline in COSMOS. He completed his bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication as his Major. He worked as a software developer for 1 year in Multi-National Company, as a developer. He is passionate to code and enthusiastic to learn new skills. Read More
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Stella Mbila-uma
Graduate Student

Stella Mbila-Uma is a Master's student In Information science at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. she is currently working on the blog platform for the Indo-pacific project. Her research interest is in Data Science and Machine Learning. Asides from work, stella loves to play badminton. Read More

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Lotenna Nwana
Graduate Student
Lotenna Nwana is a Masters student in Business Information Systems and Analytics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has over two year experience working as a Data and Research Analyst, utilizing data to drive informed decision making, for companies like Pricewaterhouse (PwC) and Ernst & Young (EY). In 2019, he obtained his Bachelors degree in Management Information System. He is very passionate about leveraging data to draw insights and derive value. Read More
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Anulika Nwashili
Graduate Student

Anulika Nwashili is a Master's student studying Bioinformatics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She currently works at COSMOS with the Indopacific team with a research focus on analyzing the Covid-19 conversations about Uighur women on Twitter. She’s passionate about art, volunteering and creating emerging solutions that make possibilities for the future. Read More

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Ishmam Ahmed Solaiman
Graduate Student

Ishmam Ahmed Solaiman is a masters student at UALR. He did his undergraduate in BRAC university in bangladesh in computer science. He worked as a software engineer at Optimizely inc. for a year and half starting from my 2nd last semester in university. He also worked as a full stack web developer for a startup before that. His interest in data science was piqued when he did his undergraduate thesis on “detecting covid 19 and pneumonia in xray images using neural network” and have always been keen on learning data science since then. Joining COSMOS has given him a chance to chase after those aspirations.

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Oluwaseyi David Adeliyi
Data Engineer

Seyi graduated with his Master's degree in Information Science. He combines a technical background in Software Engineering and Data Science with 4 years of Product Management experience across companies like Zoom and Teamapt - A fintech Unicorn in Africa. While working in COSMOS, his research areas include detecting and forecasting suspicious behaviors on YouTube. Read More

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Billy Spann
POSTDOCTORATE RESEARCH FELLOW

Billy Spann is a Ph.D. postdoctoral research fellow at the COSMOS research center. He earned his Ph.D. in April 2022. He also has an M.S. in Information Science, and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UALR and an M.B.A. from the UALR College of Business. Billy is a mid-career PhD Graduate that has over 20 years of planning, design, and research experience as an engineering leader in the wireless telecom industry.

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Mustafa Alassad

After graduating with his master's degree in systems engineering from UA Little Rock, Mustafa chose to continue in his education in this field and enrolled in the Ph.D. program. He was introduced to COSMOS in the Spring of 2018. His background includes operational research and the protection of infrastructure networks from malicious attacks. 

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Ahmed Al-Taweel

Ahmed Al-Taweel is a Ph.D. postdoctoral research fellow at the COSMOS research center after completing his Ph.D.  in applied mathematics at UA Little Rock with a research interest in numerical analysis and scientific computing. He received an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the UA Little Rock (2020).In COSMOS, he works with the research team in developing mathematical models of socio-technical behaviors on a variety of social media platforms. Currently he is working on Narrative analysis project.

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Eric Bonilla

Aspiring data scientist John-Eric is currently immersed in the academic rigor of a Ph.D. program in Information Science. Leveraging his specialization in Business Intelligence and Analytics, he injects a data-centric ethos into the COSMOS Lab’s research initiatives. His mission?
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