When an email arrived in my inbox asking for contributions to an upcoming book set about Large Scale Combat Operations (LSCO), I immediately thought about non-convention warfare. The Army has recognized a shift from conventional warfare to warfare in the Information Environment (IE). Quickly, we created a team of researches and experts who focused on LSCO in the IE. Fellow researchers from the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) at UA Little Rock and subject matter expert LTC James Turner spent the next few weeks describing our research about the evolution of botnets and how they are part of LSCO. Our workRead More →
Finding the right balance is not always easy.
When an opportunity came up to join an online PhD program in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), I thought: Opportunity is knocking – better take advantage of it. This program is allowing me to balance all of my hats. I am able to peruse my PhD without having to relocate, without having to choose between one hat or another – this PhD program provides the flexibility I need providing me with many new skills and knowledge. Follow my blog. Join me on my journey!
Cologne 2018 – Bias and Discrimination This year, the second European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science will cover Bias and Discrimination in Cologne. Find more about it here. During the spring semester, Rick Galeano, Billy Spann and I completed a class project resulting in a paper entitled “Analyzing the Starbucks Arrest Controversy on Twitter.” We submitted our paper to Euro CSS and just received an email notifying us that our paper has been accepted as a poster at the 2nd European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science: Discrimination and Bias. Preparations for the conference have officially begun.Read More →
NATO Information and Communicators’ ConferenceSeptember 17 – 21, 2018Rome, Italy THURSDAY: Inter-Disciplinary Workshops Blogtrackers and YouTube TrackerExperimental technologies and techniques for understanding information warfare on YouTube and blogs will be discussed and demonstrated by this university-based project. TJ18 content will be analysed using these emerging new tools.Read More →
The research lab that I am part of is called COSMOS. At COSMOS, we are studying various aspects of social media and online behavior – the good, bad and the ugly. From Saudi Arabian women’s right to drive cyber campaigns to 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. Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), and U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Research at COSMOS has made foundational contributions to computational social network analysis toRead More →
A new semester has started. One of the courses I am taking is ‘Principles of Information Quality’ taught by Dr. John Talburt. As the Information Quality program introduction during the first class progressed, Dr. Talburt mentioned the words ‘community’, ‘support’ and ‘network.’ My ears perked up immediately. He continued to describe an online group. The Information Quality program has a LinkedIn group named ‘UALR Information Quality Graduate Program.’ The goal is to create a community through this online tool that fulfills several goals. New students immediately have a sense of belonging and know where to turn for advice. Members can easily stay up-to-date on anyRead More →
As this travel-packed summer comes to an end, I am gathering more material and coffee to prepare for a new project. It’s called Social Cyber Defense. The paper ‘Social Cyber-Security’ published by Kathleen M. Carley, Guidi Cervone, Nitin Agarwal, and Huan Liu presented at SBP-BRiMS and several conversations with panelists at the same conference lead to me this project. The goal is to educate the youth and parents. Let’s be honest. When was the first time you had access to a device that was connected to the world wide web? I was in high school. The computer was large and heavy. There wasRead More →
Not all stories may start from the beginning. This blog does not start covering my PhD efforts from the very beginning either. I chose to start at the end of my first semester. I finally got a hang of Blackboard, writing papers again and working on projects. The final project for my information visualization class covered the trends of the Winter Olympics from 1998 – 2018. This was a combined effort with my husband. We used the data set from Data.World, which came in an Excel file. We had hoped that the data from the 2018 games would be added, but that was unfortunately notRead More →
Finding balance is not always easy. We juggle a variety of tasks and challenges. We wear many hats. Student, employee, volunteer, parent, spouse – those are just some. When I originally planned on perusing my PhD degree, I wanted to do so right after I graduated with my master’s degree. At age 22, I inquired about it at a university and was told that the minimum age to enroll in their program was 25. Change of plans. After finding a job, getting married, moving many times and becoming a mom, I never thought I would be going back to school. When an opportunity came upRead More →