2015-2016 Information Science Annual Report

The Mission of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology is to:

  • provide innovative and diversified programs to enable our students to become qualified employees, to develop professionally, and to engage in lifelong learning;
  • engage in the pursuit of groundbreaking ​research​​,​ novel applications​​, and entrepreneur​ial innovations​;
  • offer service programs that address the needs of our community and region; and
  • foster and grow mutually beneficial partnerships with alumni, industry,​ educators, government agencies, and other stakeholders through collaborative endeavors.

The Department of Information Science seeks to expand human and technical capabilities through information in a world where information is of central importance to personal, organizational, social, political, technical, and economic progress. Information Science makes sense of the data that people gather through information technology. The programs that reside in the Department of Information Science focus on the transformation of data to information and knowledge, to intelligence and application, and on the technologies and systems that store and access the data in ways that impart its meaning.

The vision of our college is to prepare career-ready graduates who can address the evolving needs of employers and to address complex challenges through the integration of innovative education, research, and service.

The Information Science Department is very proud of the following achievements for 2015-2016.

  1. The Information Quality Graduate Program was among the College Choice Top 50 in its 2016 ranking of the Best Online Master's in Information Technology Programs.
  2. Dr. Xiaowei Xu was recognized as a Most Influential Scholar for his outstanding and vibrant contributions to the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining by the AMiner Most Influential Scholar Annual List. This list names the world’s top-cited research scholars from the fields of science and engineering. The list is conferred in recognition of outstanding technical achievements with lasting contribution and impact to the research community. The 2016 winners are among the most-cited scholars from the top venues of their respective subject fields as of 2016. Recipients are automatically determined by a computer algorithm deployed in the AMiner system that tracks and ranks scholars based on citation counts collected by top-venue publications.
  3. The BA in Web Design and Development was launched in Fall 2015.
  4. The Institute for Chief Data Officers under the direction of Dr. Richard Wang was founded in Spring 2016.
  5. Dr. Nitin Agarwal was awarded four grants during 2015-2016.
    • “A Socio-computational Model for ‘Social Bot' Detection: Understanding tactical and strategic information maneuvers through social media to advance cyber operations”. The research project is funded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s (DoN) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase-1 grant (Award number: N00014-15-P-1187). Total award amount: $150,000. Project Period: 08/01/2015 - 08/31/2016. Collaborators: Intelligent Automation, Inc.
    • "Data-Intensive High-Density Computational Equipment for Research on Monitoring Cyber Warfare Tactics through Social Media”. The project is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) under Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) (Award number: N00014-16-1-2016). Total award amount: $85,964. Project Period: 11/15/2015 - 12/14/2016.
    • "Towards Predictive Modeling Deviant Cyber Flash Mobs: A Socio-Informatics Driven Hypergraph Framework”. The project is funded by the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) under Social and Cognitive Networks program within the Network Sciences division (Award number: W911NF-16-1-0189). Program Officer: Dr. Edward Palazzolo. Total award amount: $300,000. Project Period: 06/01/2016 - 05/31/2019.
    • “Analyzing Integrated Social Media-Facilitated Propaganda Campaigns using Social Network Analysis and Cyber Forensics”. This project is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) under Thrust Code 341 (Award number: N00014-16-1-2412). Program Officer: Dr. Rebecca Goolsby. Total award amount: $190,000. Project Period: 05/01/2016 - 09/30/2018.
  6. Dr. John Talburt was awarded three grants during 2015-2016.
    • ADE Student Identity Management System. Arkansas Department of Education, $77,740, Arkansas Department of Education, July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017.
    • SpotRight Data Acquisition, Analysis, and Delivery. SpotRight, Inc., $77,343, July 1, 2015 – May 15, 2016.
    • Black Oak HiPER Development Project. Black Oak Partners, LLC, Little Rock, AR, $17,263, January 1, 2016 – May 15, 2016.
  7. Dr. Mary Yang was awarded 2 grants during 2015-2016.
    • A sub-contract from the FDA through the Arkansas Research Alliance in the amount of $59,031 for the project titled "Scientific and methodological advancements in liquid biopsies to further the development of lung cancer-based precision medicine" for . This project is funded February 25, 2016 - September 29, 2016.
    • National Institutes of Health award, project title: Developing Integrative Approaches for Identifying Disease-Causing Genes and Dysfunctional Networks, in the amount of $373,520 for 2015-2018.
  8. Dr. Mihail Tudoreanu's NIH grant, CAFE: Comparative Assessment Framework for Environments of Trauma Care, was renewed in 2015-2016. UALR's portion was $13,395.
  9. Dr. Elizabeth Pierce's NIH grant: Arkansas INBRE UALR Bioinformatics Core, was renewed in 2015-2016. UALR's portion was $192,906.
  10. Mr. Thomas Wallace hosted 70 Participants in a 2 Days to Start Up Event during Fall 2015.
  11. The Information Science Department continues to be active in a variety of outreach efforts. Dr. Nitin Agarwal's Research Group worked very closely with and delivered invited talks at US Department of Defense, NATO, and other agencies. Dr. Phil Williams, Technical Director of our MidSouth Bioinformatics Center, delivered several workshops this past year covering topics such as Bash Scripting and R Scripting.
  12. MSIQ student Aziz Eram won the 2016 Acxiom Diversity Scholarship, and she also won a Summer Internship with Black Oak Analytics paid by a grant from the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub under the DataStart program.
  13. MSIQ student Ramya Babbepalli won the Jesse Mason Cooperative Education Endowed Scholarship in Fall 2015.
  14. PhD student Amit Saha, received the best paper award at the Fifth International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics (SOTICS 2015), November 15 - 20, 2015, Barcelona, Spain.

Here is the assessment status for the following programs housed or affiliated with the Department of Information Science.

  • MS & PHD in Bioinformatics – External Review per Provost Office Guidelines. A successful review was completed during the 2015 to 2016 academic year. The next review will be in 2025-2016.
  • GC & MS in Information Quality – External Review per Provost Office Guidelines – This review is currently underway for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
  • PHD in Integrated Computing – External Review per Provost Office Guidelines – This program is joint between Computer and Information Science. The review will be coordinated by the Integrated Computing Steering Committee and is currently underway for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
  • GC in Technology Innovation – External Review per Provost Office Guidelines – This review is currently underway for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Dan Berleant is coordinating this review.
  • BS in Information Science – ABET-CAC-General Criteria – This program is accredited through Sept. 30, 2020.
  • BS in Ecommerce – ABET or External Review per Provost Office Guidelines – This program will be reviewed in the 2021 to 2022 time frame.
  • BA in Web Design & Development – ABET or External Review per Guidelines – This program will be reviewed in the 2022 to 2025 time frame.
  • GC & MS in Information Science – External Review per Provost Office Guidelines – This program will be reviewed in the 2022 to 2025.

For 2016-2017 the Information Science Department will be working on these priorities.

  • Explore new ways to approach how we teach our students so we can be at the forefront of the new generation of more student focused, distance/time flexible, critical/creative thinking, interdisciplinary course instruction.
  • Implement more 2-2 partnerships with Arkansas community colleges.
  • Partner with employers/community groups to promote more practitioner interactions with our student population.
  • Work on obtaining more externally funded research partnerships to attract and retain excellent faculty and students in our programs.

Information Science Faculty and Students produced 40 journal articles, conference papers, books, chapters, or other edited publications during 2015-2016. These publications are listed below.

  1. Nitin Agarwal et al. Reports on the 2015 AAAI Spring Symposium Series. AI Magazine. Vol. 36, Issue 3, pp. 113-119. Fall 2015.
  2. Seshadri Mohan, Nitin Agarwal, Ashutosh Dutta, Sudhir Dixit, and Ramjee Prasad. Social Networks Meet Next Generation Mobile Multimedia Internet. Communications Magazine, IEEE 53 (10), pp.124-126. October 2015.
  3. Fatih Sen, Rolf T. Wigand, Nitin Agarwal, Serpil Yuce, and Rafal Kasprzyk. Focal Structures Analysis: Identifying Influential Sets of Individuals in a Social Network. Journal of Social Network Analysis and Mining. Springer. 2015.
  4. Nitin Agarwal and Faysal Ahmed. Developing Collective Learning Extension for Rapidly Evolving Information System Courses. Education and Information Technologies, Special Issue on Teachers and Social Networking Sites. Alona Forkosh Baruch, Arnon Hershkovitz and Christine Greenhow (Eds.) DOI: 10.1007/s10639-015-9394-4. pp. 1-31. 2015. Springer.
  5. Amit Saha and Nitin Agarwal. Helping Hands of Autism Blogger Community in Social Media Platforms. In Proceedings of the fifth International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics (SOTICS 2015), November 15 - 20, 2015, Barcelona, Spain. Best Paper Award.
  6. Samer Al-khateeb and Nitin Agarwal. Examining Botnet Behaviors for Propaganda Dissemination: A Case Study of ISIL's Beheading Videos-based Propaganda. In Proceedings of the Behavior Analysis, Modeling, and Steering (BEAMS 2015) co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2015), November 14-17, 2015, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  7. Amit Saha and Nitin Agarwal. Demonstrating Social Support from Autism Bloggers Community on Twitter. International Symposium on Network Enabled Health Informatics, Biomedicine and Bioinformatics (HI-BI-BI 2015), In conjunction with The 2015 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2015), Paris, France, August 26-27, 2015.
  8. Serpil Yuce, Nitin Agarwal, and Rolf Wigand. Social Media, Digital Activism, and Online Collective Action: A Tale of Two Women's Rights Movements. Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), August 13 - 15, 2015, Puerto Rico.
  9. Samer Al-khateeb and Nitin Agarwal. Understanding Strategic Information Maneuvers in Network Media to Advance Cyber Operations. In the Ninth International Lessons Learned Conference (ILLC 2015), Baltic Defence College. Sponsored by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia, June 1-4, 2015, Tartu, Estonia.
  10. Amit Saha and Nitin Agarwal. Social Support, Stress & Subject of Discussions: Comparative Analysis of Autism Blogging Community via Microblogging Platform. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP15), March 31-April 3, 2015, Washington D.C.
  11. Samer Al-khateeb and Nitin Agarwal. Analyzing Deviant Cyber Flash Mobs (DCFMs) of ISIL on Twitter. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP15), March 31-April 3, 2015, Washington D.C.
  12. Serpil Yuce, Nitin Agarwal, and Rolf Wigand. Women’s Right to Drive: Spillover of Brokers, Mobilization, and Cyberactivism. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP15), March 31-April 3, 2015, Washington D.C.
  13. Alireza Hajibagheri, Kiran Lakkaraju, Gita Sukthankar, Rolf Wigand, and Nitin Agarwal. Conflict and Communication in Massively-Multiplayer Online Games. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP15), March 31-April 3, 2015, Washington D.C.
  14. Samer Al-khateeb and Nitin Agarwal. Analyzing Flash Mobs in Cybernetic Space and the Imminent Security Threats A Collective Action based Theoretical Perspective on Emerging Sociotechnical Behaviors. In the Proceedings of the AAAI Spring 2015 Symposium on Sociotechnical Behavior Mining: From Data to Decisions, March 24-26, 2015, Stanford University, California.
  15. Amit Saha and Nitin Agarwal. Insight into Social Support of Autism Community via Microblogging Platform. In the Proceedings of the AAAI Spring 2015 Symposium on Sociotechnical Behavior Mining: From Data to Decisions, March 24-26, 2015, Stanford University, California.
  16. Fatih Sen, Naga Nagisetty, Teeradache Viangteeravat, and Nitin Agarwal. An Online Platform for Focal Structures Analysis: Analyzing smaller and more pertinent groups using a web tool. In the Proceedings of the AAAI Spring 2015 Symposium on Sociotechnical Behavior Mining: From Data to Decisions, March 24-26, 2015, Stanford University, California.
  17. Nitin Agarwal, Kevin Xu, and Nathaniel Osgood. Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction. SBP 2015, Springer, March 2015. ISBN: 978-3-319-16267-6 (Print) 978-3-319-16268-3
  18. Seshadri Mohan, Nitin Agarwal, Ashutosh Dutta, Sudhir Dixit, Ramjee Prasad. Social Networks Meet Next Generation Mobile Multimedia Internet, IEEE Communications Magazine. October 2015. Edited Journal
  19. N. Pippenger, R. S. Segall, D. Berleant, K. A. Eversole, R. A. Mustell, and D. Vicuna-Requesens, “Extracting numerical information about corn composition from text,” Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: JSCI (2015), 13(5):68–75. (Copy provided at http://iiisci.org/journal/sci/FullText.asp?id=SA311ZV15)
  20. M. A. Bauer, D. Berleant, A. P. Cornell, and R. E. Belford, “WikiHyperGlossary (WHG): An information literacy technology for chemistry documents,” Journal of Cheminformatics (2015), 7:22. (Copy provided at http://www.jcheminf.com/content/7/1/22)
  21. 1. Jinxiang Xi, Weizhong Zhao, Jiayao Eddie Yuan, JongWon Kim, Xiuhua Si, Xiaowei Xu: Detecting Lung Diseases from Exhaled Aerosols: Non-Invasive Lung Diagnosis Using Fractal Analysis and SVM Classification. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 30;10(9):e0139511. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139511. eCollection 2015.
  22. Mary Yang, IEEE Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, 2015 International Conference on, “Invited Plenary Talk: Developing systems genomics approaches to facilitate precision medicine research”, Washington DC, November 9th -12th, 2015.
  23. Mary Yang and K Yoshigoe, IEEE Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, 2015 International Conference on, “Tutorial Lecture: Advances in Genomic Big-Data Analytics Provide Unpresented Opportunities in Translational Bioinformatics and Precision Medicine Research”, Washington DC, Nov. 9-12th
  24. Mary Yang “Invited Keynote Lecture: Systems genomics approaches for streamlined integrative genomics big-data analysis", World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing, July 2015.
  25. H Zhou, J Manthey, E Lioutikova, W Yang, K Yoshigoe, Mary Yang, H Wang “The upregulation of Myb and Peg3 may mediate EGCG inhibition effect on mouse lung adenocarcinoma”, IEEE Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshop, Washington DC, November 9th -12th, 2015.
  26. X Chen, J Li, W Yang, L Lu, H Jin, Z Wei, W Gu, Mary Yang, Y Deng “Developing Meta-Analysis Method for Identifying Biomarker of Gastric Cancer”, In proceedings of World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing, July 2015.
  27. IEEE Conference Paper: Byzantine fault tolerance for collaborative editing with commutative operations, W Zhao ·· [...] · Mary Yang, May 2016.
  28. a. Dirk Reiners ; Carolina Cruz-Neira ; Carsten Neumann; Photorealistic 3D omni-directional stereo simulator. Proc. SPIE 9392, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2015, 939204 (March 17, 2015); doi:10.1117/12.2083643.
  29. Shi, C., Jugulum, R., Joyce, H.I., Singh, J., Ramachandran, R., Gray, D., Heien, C.H., & Talburt, J.R., (2015) Improving financial services data quality – A financial company practice. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol 6(2), 2015, pp. 98-110.
  30. Wang, P., Pullen, D., Talburt, J.R., & Wu, N. (2015). Applying phonetic hash functions to improve record linking in student enrollment data. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering (IKE'15). July 27-30, 2015. Las Vegas, NV.
  31. Kobayashi, F. & Talburt, J.R. (2015). Design Consideration for Synchronization Methods in an Identity Resolution Service. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering (IKE'15). July 27-30, 2015. Las Vegas, NV.
  32. Williams, T.L, Becker, D.K., Redman, T.C., & Talburt, J.R. (2015) Measuring Sociocultural Factors of Success in Information Quality Projects. In Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ 2015). July 24th, 2015. Cambridge, Massachusetts. (pp. 48-58).
  33. Kobayashi, F. & Talburt, J.R. (2015). Confidence Rating for Interactive Identity Resolution. In Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ 2015). July 24th, 2015. Cambridge, Massachusetts. (pp. 105-119).
  34. Chen, C., Pullen, D., & Talburt, J.R. (2015). A visualization system to support clerical review, correction, and confirmation assertions in entity identity information management. In Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ 2015). July 24th, 2015. Cambridge, Massachusetts. (pp. 120-134).
  35. Mahata, D., Talburt, J.R., & Singh, V.K. (2015) A framework for collecting, extracting, and managing event identity information from Twitter. 20th MIT International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ 2015), July 24, 2015, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (pp. 18-33).
  36. Kobayashi, F. & Talburt, J.R. (2015) Deciding confidence for identity resolution in closed and open universes of entity identity information. The Fifth International Conference on Business Intelligence and Technology BUSTECH 2015, March 23-27, 2015, Nice, France, (pp. 66-72) (Best Paper Award).
  37. Talburt, J.R. & Zhou, Y. (2015) Entity Information Life Cycle for Big Data: Master Data Management and Information Integration, Morgan Kaufmann.
  38. Pei Wang, Daniel Pullen, Fan Liu, Cody Decker, Ningning Wu, John R. Talburt, “A Case Study on Data Quality, Privacy, and Evaluating the Outcome of Entity Resolution Processes”, International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence, IJOCI: Volume 6, Issue 3.
  39. Utecht, J., Judkins, J., Otte, J. N., Colvin, T. Jr., Rogers, N., Rose, R., Alvi, M., Hicks, A., Ball, J., Bowman, S. M., Maxson, R. T., Nabaweesi, R., Pradhan, R., Sanddal, N. D., Tudoreanu, M. E., Winchell, R. J., Brochhausen, M. " OOSTT: a Resource for Analyzing the Organizational Structures of Trauma Centers and Trauma Systems." To appear in Proceedings of International Conference on Biological Ontology & BioCreative (ICBO '16), August 2016, Corvallis, OR.
  40. Tudoreanu, M. E. "Interface for Augmenting Spatial Orientation of Pilots via Low Cognitive Load, Peripheral Vision." In Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI '16), p. 216-219, June 2016, Bari, Italy.