Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair & Distinguished Professor
Dr. Nitin Agarwal is the Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Science at UA Little Rock and Director of the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS). He researches cyber information campaigns, social computing, deviant behavior modeling, group dynamics, social-cyber forensics, data mining, and privacy.
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.
After several years of part-time, undergraduate coursework in computer science, he joined Dr. Agarwal's lab where he is now a graduate research assistant, researching the use of computational methods to study social phenomena.
Ruchi is a Ph.D. student in the Information Science track of the Computer & Information Science program at UA Little Rock. She completed her master's degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and her MBA from SNDT Women's University in India. With over nine years of work experience, she is currently leading data engineering at HBO for its marketing team. She works closely with data science teams for deriving predictive models for customer segmentation and targeting. She has a deep interest in the use of data science to predict customer behavior and wants to dive deep into behavioral analysis with applications in technology and society.
Abiola is pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences at UA Little Rock. He possesses significant experience as a software engineer across organizations in the financial, financial technology, and energy industries. In his most recent experience, Abiola was an iOS engineer for multiple financial institutions. He holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Geology and a master's degree in Exploration Geophysics from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria (FUTA). Abiola is an avid lifelong learner.
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.
Hayder is pursuing his doctoral degree at UA Little Rock. He graduated from Al Nahrain University in Bagdad, Iraq, with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in computer science. His extensive studies focused on web technologies.
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.
Rick is a PhD student at the UA Little Rock pursuing a degree in Computers and Information Science. His interests revolve around strategic communications, social network analysis and social cyber forensics.
He received the B.S. degree in international relations from Ege University, ̇Izmir, Turkey, and the M.Phil. degree in international relations from the National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in computer and information sciences with the Uni- versity of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR, USA. In 2019, he was a Visiting Research Fellow with the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga, Latvia, and a Cyber Policy. Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany, and the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Istanbul, Turkey. His research interests include computational propaganda, social cybersecurity, computational conflict research, machine behavior, and algorithmic bias.
Maryam 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.
Thomas graduated from UA Little Rock with an MS degree and is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Information Science. His interests include machine learning and information visualization.
Mainuddin Shaik is a doctoral Candidate in Information Science. His research interests include social media, social science, information operation and online discourse. He is working as a graduate research assistant for COSMOS lab working on multiple projects from data collection to big data analysis along with his own research on identifying mechanism of dynamic influential operation on blogs, YouTube and Twitter. Prior to coming to COSMOS, Mainuddin has masters degree in Information quality and has worked as business analyst. Apart from research, Mainuddin is an avid mountain biker and enjoys riding bikes across Arkansas biking trails.
Billy has earned his Masters in Computer and Information Science and is now pursue his PhD. His background from the telecom industry is in research, design and optimization of wireless communication networks.
Karen is pursuing her doctoral's degree in Information Science. She graduated in December 2018 with her bachelor’s degree and Graduate Certificate in Data Science. After graduating with her master’s degree in Information Science in December 2019, Karen is continues being part COSMOS while earning her Ph.D. in computer and information science with a specialty in developing strategies to fight disinformation campaigns online using blockchain technology. She is also the Digital & IT Innovation Manager at University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
Seyi is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Science at UA Little Rock. He previously worked as a product manager in the financial technology sector and has co-founded a startup in Nigeria. With a bachelor’s degree in computer science, he possesses a technical background in software development, networking and computer security with a new found interest in data science. Seyi loves to learn about exponential technologies and space exploration.
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.
Dayo Samuel Banjo is currently pursuing master degree in computer science from UALR. His research area focus on AR/VR, AI and computer vision. He currently works on the VTracker team at COSMOS.
Mayor Inna Gurung is a Masters in information science student at UA Little Rock. She completed her undergraduate degree in computing in 2020 and has been working in the information technology and service ever since. Travel enthusiast Mayor Inna is currently working as developer in Vtracker and she is ardent about utilizing technology for greater good.
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.
Sruthi is currentlypursuing Masters in Information Science at UA Little Rock. She graduated with Masters Degree in Interaction Design from Monash University, Australia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from India. She has 3 years of work experience in Android App development. She works as an UI designer at cosmos.
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.
Obianuju Ivory Okeke is studying Master’s degree in Business Information Systems & Analytics at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Ivory is currently a graduate assistant at the COSMOS department and works in the VTracker team as a backend engineer.
Vanessa Okeke is a Masters of Business Information Systems and Analytics graduate student 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.
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.
Sodiq is a graduate student majoring in Business Information Systems and Analytics. He has over four years of web and mobile application development building solutions for companies in the pay TV, IT, and consulting sectors.
Sodiq is passionate about data, cloud and product engineering.
Ayokunle Sunmola is currently pursuing my master degree in Business information systems and analytics from UALR. He currently works on the BlogTracker team at cosmos.
Gaurav is a student of Master’s in Information Science with a background in Computing and web engineering. With a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Computing at The British College, Nepal which is affiliated to Leeds Beckett University, UK in 2020, he moved to UALR, Little Rock to continue his further studies and work in data analytics and information science. With a collaborative and dynamic nature, he is very passionate in research on data analysis and information management to further enhance his career to become a successful business information specialist in future.
Connice Trimmingham is a Master of 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.
Ifeanyi Joshua umoga is a Master of 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
Michael is a full time student at UA Little Rock majoring in Information Science, a full time Service Technician at Arkansas Legal Technologies, and an hourly Research Assistant at COSMOS.
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
Ph.D. - Spring 2015
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.
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.
Ph.D. - Spring 2018
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.
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.
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.
Master of Science - Fall 2017
Master of Science - Spring 2016
Ph.D. - Fall 2012
Master of Science - Spring 2015
Postdoctorate Research Fellow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Master of Science - Fall 2017
Ph.D. - Spring 2016
Ph.D. - Spring 2014
Master of Science - Fall 2017
Master of Science - Summer 2017
Mukti BaroleShobha Sangappa
Master of Science - Fall 2017
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.
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.
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.
Ph.D. - Spring 2017
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.