Center Spotlights

iSchool Researchers to Study Election-Related Misinformation on WhatsApp

Nov. 13, 2018


Written by J.D. Ross (iSchool News Page

A pair of researchers from the Center for Computational and Data Science (CCDS) at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) have received a research award from the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service to study the issues of misinformation transmitted over the platform.

Patricia Rossini and Jennifer Stromer-Galley

Postdoctoral researcher Patricia Rossini (top) and Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley will study election related misinformation shared on WhatsApp.

Postdoctoral researcher Patricia Rossini and Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley were selected to examine election related misinformation, specifically focusing on information sharing, political engagement, and discussion in the 2018 Brazilian elections. Rossini serves as principal investigator on the award. 

WhatsApp can be a powerful medium for political discourse and engagement. But at the same time, it can also be misused to share political information that is inaccurate or inflammatory. The company is interested in understanding this space both from the perspective of political actors and voters as well as understanding how they might take steps to prevent the misuse of the platform in electoral processes.

The goal of the WhatsApp Misinformation and Social Science Research Awards is to facilitate high quality, external research around the topics of misinformation by academics and experts who are in the ...


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iSchool Researchers to Participate in Twitter-funded Study on Discussion Quality

July 31, 2018


By: J.D. Ross

In the context of growing political polarization, the spread of misinformation, and increases in incivility and intolerance, how can the Twitter social networking service assess and improve the quality of its conversations?  Two researchers from the School of Information Studies (iSchool) are part of an interdisciplinary team selected by Twitter to conduct research and develop metrics to help identify behaviors that are threatening to the quality of the discussions on the platform. 

Patricia Rossini and Jennifer Stromer-Galley

Postdoctoral researcher Patricia Rossini (top) and Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley are part of the team exploring uncivil and intolerant discourse on Twitter.

In addition to Syracuse University, other institutions participating include Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, and Bocconi University. Over 230 proposals were reviewed in the selection process, and the team was one of two chosen to receive a Twitter research grant. 

Led by Rebekah Tromble, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands, the team will conduct research comparing discussions around polarized and non-polarized topics in the United States and United Kingdom to develop and implement four metrics that will provide a better understanding of how communities form around discussions on Twitter and will investigate the extent of certain problems ...


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CCDS Welcomes New Research Assistant Professor, Brian McKernan!

April 19, 2018

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CCDS is excited to welcome Brian McKernan as a new Research Assistant Professor within the iSchool beginning in June!

Prior to joining the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Brian was an assistant professor of sociology at The Sage Colleges. Brian has also taught courses at New York University, Mount Holyoke College, and SUNY Albany.

Brian writes: 

"From 2013 to 2015, I worked on the CYCLES project with Professor Stromer-Galley from the School of Information Studies as well as scholars and designers from a variety of different institutions. CYCLES was a federally funded research program to design an educational video game that can teach players about cognitive biases and reduce the likelihood that they will commit these biases in the future. I found the project to be immensely valuable and my work on the project to be very fulfilling. I have been eager to participate in similar projects ever since.

My TRACE work: 

I am looking forward to meaningfully contributing to every facet of the TRACE project. Much of my work so far has focused on helping to design the TRACE application, particularly how we can incorporate insights from literature in communication and information studies as well as research ...


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Hawai’i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS-52) Call for Papers

March 30, 2018


The Hawai’i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS-52) has posted a call for papers! 

The purpose of HICSS is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, research results, development activities, and applications among academicians and practitioners in computer-based systems sciences. The conference consists of tutorials, advanced seminars, presentations of accepted papers, open forum, tasks forces, and plenary and distinguished guest lectures. There is a high degree of interaction and discussion among the conference participants because the conference is conducted in a workshop-like setting.

Papers are invited for the mini-track on “Crowd-Enhanced Technologies for Improving Reasoning and Solving Complex Problems” as part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). 

CCDS will be there to discuss the TRACE Project. For others that are interested, the deadline for submissions is June 15th, 2019 and the conference will be held January 8-11, 2019. 

For more information, please visit or contact James Folkestad at 


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Yatish Hedge: CCDS Researcher Discusses Illuminating 2016 and other Center Projects

June 6, 2016

Yatish Hegde

Hedge is a research staff member at the Center for Computational and Data Science (CCDS). He reflects on how his education and experience as a software engineer at Alcatel Lucent have given him the chance to better understand, engage and analyze different datasets and projects.

By Amanda Quick

Yatish Hedge is no stranger to working with large datasets. Since his first day on the job four years ago, Hegde has had the opportunity to work on various data-related projects while engaging with faculty from both the NLP and data science departments in the iSchool.

“One of the main opportunities is working with data,” said Hegde of his experience so far at the CCDS. “Students learn how to correct, analyze and collect data. The data is already here and they can work with all real datasets.”

Hegde graduated from the iSchool at Syracuse University with a master’s degree in Information Management in 2010. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from R.V College of Engineering, according to his bio. Hegde’s education and work experience as a software engineer have prepared him to become a key research member of the CCDS.

“My role in the Center is ...


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