Dr. Nitin Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair Professor of Information Science, is able to further his social media research thanks to the grant that he recently received from the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR) under their Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).
Dr. Agarwal says that the $85,964 grant for his current project, “Data-Intensive High-Density Computational Equipment for Research on Monitoring Cyber Warfare Tactics through Social Media,” will help him and his team to build their computational infrastructure so that they can work on Big Data and social media data problems. His research works in conjunction with the agenda of the Department of Defense by understanding how malicious behaviors originate and propagate on social networks and how these groups use social media to recruit potential terrorists.
“It was definitely a moment of happiness that we were able to get this proposal awarded,” said Dr. Agarwal.
The funding of this project will allow Dr. Agarwal to purchase high end servers that will assist in analyzing Big Data sets. The servers will contribute to the speed and expansion of research and allow for exploration in new research directions. It will also provide a platform to share data with collaborators, specifically Department of Defense analysts.
Dr. Agarwal explains this project is still in its beginning stages but with the help of the grant, he is now able to piece together current research with the best computational equipment.
For more information on this project, visit ualr.edu/nxagarwal/Homepage/Projects.html.