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Director

Nitin Agarwal
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.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Mustafa Alassad
POSTDOCTORATE RESEARCH FELLOW

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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Thomas Marcoux
POSTDOCTORATE RESEARCH FELLOW

Thomas Marcoux is a 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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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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Doctoral Students

Abiola Akinnubi
Ph.D. Student

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.

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Hayder Al-Rubaye
Ph.D. Student

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.

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Sayantan Bhattacharya
Ph.D. Candidate

Sayantan is currently pursuing PhD in Computer & Information Science from UA Little Rock. He has experience in working as a MDM Developer for organizations like Accenture and Cognizant. He is interested in the research of Social Computing, Fake News, and Misinformation-Propaganda detection. Currently, he is working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the COSMOS lab. He is passionate about Cinema, Football (the actual one), and Music.

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Surya Bhattacharyya
Ph.D. Candidate
Surya is pursuing his PhD in information Science at UALR. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Tele-communication engineering from Calcutta University and a master’s in information quality from UALR. He has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology at IBM, Amex, MCI-WorldCom and different state agencies at Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan. His research interest is analysis using machine learning and NLS on educational, Medical, and social media data. Read More
Mert Can Çakmak
Ph.D. Candidate

Mert is pursuing PhD in Computer and Information Science at UALR. He completed his bachelor's in computer science in 2021. He is  interested in data mining, and natural language processing on social media. Currently he is working on recommender bias on YouTube project in COSMOS. In his free time, he plays video games and watch movies.

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Rick Galeano
Ph.D. Student

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.

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Katrin Kania Galeano
Ph.D. Student

Katrin Galeano is a PhD student at the UA Little Rock. She majors in Computers and Information Science. Her background is in strategic communications for non-profit and government organizations.

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Baris Kirdemir
Ph.D. Candidate

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.

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Mainuddin Shaik
Ph.D. Candidate

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.

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Shadi Shajari
Ph.D. Candidate

 Shadi Shajari received her bachelor's degree in information technology engineering from Tehran, Iran and her masters degree in computer science from Pisa University, Italy. She have 8 years experience of software development In Iran and Italy and currently, She is a Ph.D. student in computer and information science at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is working as a graduate research assistant at COSMOS.

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David Stafford
Ph.D. Candidate

David is pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at UA Little Rock. He is an adjunct teaching faculty member in the University of Arkansas system and a Principal Engineer at a national telecommunications company.

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Niloofar Yousefi
Ph.D. Candidate

Niloofar is a Ph.D. student in Information Quality at UA Little Rock. She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer engineering in Iran and I graduated from University of Pisa in Italy with master degree in Data science. She is currently working on "Toxicity on Social Media" in COSMOS research center.

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Graduate Students

Oluwaseyi David Adeliyi
Graduate Student

Seyi is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Science at UA Little Rock. 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. His research areas include detecting and forecasting suspicious behaviors on YouTube.

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Dayo Samuel Banjo
Graduate Student

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.

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Mayor Inna Gurung
Graduate Student

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.

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Kazi Tanvir Islam
Graduate Student

Kazi is a masters student in Computer Science. Even so he has a bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, his fascination towards Data Science and Machine Learning has shaped his higher study in Computer Science. He is working here as a Data Scientist - Research Assistant. He also serves Student Government Association-UALR as an International Student Senator. He enjoys film and aspire to make one someday. In free time he mostly watches Football or play chess.

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Sruthi Kompalli
Graduate Student

Sruthi is currently pursuing Masters in Information Science at UA Little Rock. She graduated with Masters Degree in Interaction Design from Monash University, Australia. She has 4+ years of work experience as a Designer and currently working as a UI/UX Designer - Graduate Research Assistant at COSMOS.

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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
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 with the blog tracker team with a research focus on analyzing how false information and fake news stories are spread through social media. Read More
Nahiyan Bin Noor
Graduate Student

Nabil is a masters student in Information Science at UA Little. Currently he is working 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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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
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
Ivory Okeke
Graduate Student

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.

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Vanessa Okeke
Graduate Student

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.

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Ugochukwu Onyepunuka
Graduate Student

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.

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Mohan Rama Swamy Pattikayala
Graduate Student

Mohan is currently pursuing master's in Information Science at UA Little Rock and also working 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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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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Ayokunle Sunmola
Graduate Student

Ayokunle is a Master of Computer Science Student with a history of working in various software engineering firms. Ayokunle earned a bachelor degree in computer engineering and is currently a member of the  Blog Tracker project, working majorly on writing and designing scalable apis.

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Gaurav Raj Thapa
Graduate Student

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.

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Connice Trimmingham
Graduate Student

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.

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Ifeanyi Joshua Umoga
Graduate Student

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.

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