Adekunle Adigun
Software Engineer at Cisco

Adekunle graduated with his master's degree in Business Information System at the UA Little Rock - College of Business. He completed his undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He has more than eight years extensive experience in web application and development, mobile application and developments, web technologies, UX/UI, and programming.

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Faysal Ahmed
Ph.D. - Spring 2015
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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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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Kiran Kumar Bandeli
Data Scientist at Walmart International

In December 2019, Kiran graduated with his doctoral degree in the Information Science program at UA Little Rock.

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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 is an MBA student at the UA Little Rock - College of Business.  In 2018, Rita was an invaluable team member who performed public relations and research work for COSMOS. She is currently an audit tax intern at Frost, PLLC, in Little Rock.  

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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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Adeola Adesoba
Graduate Student

Adeola is a second year graduate student in the Information Quality program at 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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Michael DiCicco
Under Graduate

Michael has an under graduate degree at UA Little Rock majoring in Information Science, a full time Service Technician at Arkansas Legal Technologies, and an hourly Research Assistant at COSMOS. 

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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
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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Ashekul Huq

Ashekul is a doctoral student in Information Quality.

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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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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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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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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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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Sodiq Oyedotun
Graduate Student
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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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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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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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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