Undergraduate Illuminating Capstone Presentations

Dec. 4, 2019

We would like to extend a hearty congratulations to the five stellar undergraduate students that completed their capstone presentations today!

 These students conducted extensive data analysis, using both Illuminating Project data and data they gathered, and presented their research findings on how engagement metrics relate to types of political messages, what candidates are saying or doing on the topic of the economy, and other important topics. Some students worked on the capstone project for the fall semester, while others have been gathering data and exploring its use for two years. 

Presentations, in order of pictures below: 

Ben Paterson: "Content Analysis and Engagement Rates of the 2016 Elections"

Amolwan Jittamai: "Political Candidates’ Social Media Economic Messages and The Message Types"

Justin Boone and Liam Heffernan: "Illuminating 2020 Research Project"

Sophie Estep: "Digital Visual Political Communications"

Ben Paterson

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Wallace & Stanton Become Center Affiliates

Nov. 19, 2019

Steve Wallace

CCDS would like to welcome two new Center Affiliates: Professor of Practice Stephen Wallace and Professor Jeffrey Stanton! 

Steve Wallace

Professor Stephen Wallace is a Professor of Practice at the Syracuse University iSchool. Dr. Wallace is an executive-level practitioner and educator with over 35 years of experience designing, developing and delivering Information Technology solutions in Business and Healthcare based environments. He holds BS in Operations Management from Syracuse University, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctorate in Computing from Pace University.

Jeff Stanton

Professor Jeffrey M. Stanton received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1997. He is a Professor of Information Studies at Syracuse University's iSchool. Dr. Stanton’s research focuses on organizational behavior and technology and he has also published on various topics related to research methods. He is the author of four books: Introduction to Data Science; Reasoning with Data: An Introduction to Traditional and Bayesian Statistics using R; Information Nation: Education and Careers in the Emerging Information Professions; and The Visible Employee.


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TRACE Team selected as Innovation Awardee

Sept. 12, 2019

DTC Award

We are proud to announce the TRACE team's selection as a 2019 TechConnect Defense Innovation Awardee!

The annual TechConnect Defense Innovation Awards recognize the top 15% of submitted Challenge technologies as ranked by the Selection Committee. We look forward to following the TRACE team as they present at Defense TechConnect's Innovation Summit & Showcase October 8-9th!


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Josh Introne Joins CCDS as Affiliate

Aug. 19, 2019

Josh Introne

Josh is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies, and new faculty as of fall 2019. Josh is passionate about trying to make the world a better place through collective intelligence. His work adopts a sociotechnical perspective, blending techniques and theories from complex adaptive systems, data science, and human computer interaction. His recent projects include designing an online support platform for people living with HIV / AIDS, and examining how stories evolve in online discussions about vaccines. Josh is eager to collaborate with students and other researchers who share these interests.

Prior to his appointment at the iSchool, Josh was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Dr. Introne holds Masters and Ph.D degrees from the Brandeis University Computer Science Department. During his graduate studies, he also worked as a scientist at Charles River Analytics to develop decision support platforms for a variety of government agencies. Following his graduate studies Josh was a post-doctoral fellow and research scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, where he served as Chief Architect for the MIT Climate CoLab, a platform designed to crowdsource solutions to climate change. 


Josh studies collective intelligence and ...


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HCI Lab Technology Available to Faculty and Students

June 19, 2019

CCDS Director Jennifer Stromer-Galley, with the help of Bryan Semaan (iSchool), Natalie LoRusso (staff librarian), and Brian McKernan (iSchool), received an SU small equipment grant from the VPR office to purchase iMotions software ( 

This bio-metric software is used in software and digital media user experience or effects research. The Center for Computational and Data Science contributed funds to purchase a dedicated laptop for the iMotions software/hardware. The iMotions software will be open to faculty and students across campus for use in research and teaching. 

Training is required prior to use of the iMotions software. If you are interested in training and using the software, please contact Alex Sargent (


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CCDS Welcomes Jeff Hemsley as Co-Director

May 13, 2019

Jeff Hemsley

We are excited to welcome Professor Jeff Hemsley as Co-Director of the Center for Computational and Data Science! Professor Hemsley is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies here at Syracuse University. He is co-author of the book Going Viral, which explains what virality is, how it works technologically and socially, and draws out the implications of this process for social change. He is a founding member of the Behavior, Information, Technology and Society Laboratory (BITS lab) here at the Syracuse iSchool.

Professor Hemsley will play a key role in assisting Center Director Jennifer Stromer-Galley in advancing the goals and interests of CCDS within the School of Information Studies and Syracuse University as a whole. Stromer-Galley and Hemsley will do this through championing research, organizing relevant events, and collaborating with and supporting affiliates. 

Hemsley says, "Being Co-Director of the Center is exciting to me because I believe that the Center holds great potential for our affiliates. I think we can do a lot to call attention to the work our affiliates do, as well as create new opportunities for them. One of the ways I'd like to work to create these opportunities is by hosting events and ...


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CCDS Seed Funding Highlights Presents: Jennifer Sonne

May 3, 2019


The Center offers funding for proposals that align with our mission: working to advance theoretical or applied research in the social sciences using advanced computational approaches, including human language technologies and data science. The goal of seed funding is to support pilot research that will lead to future grant proposals or research publications, as well as to support dissertation research that advances CCDS goals.

We are excited to showcase the research of iSchool PhD candidate Jennifer Sonne. Sonne's goal is to better understand the complexities and influences of affect and emotions on work and technology. Her research interests include affect and emotion, gender, technology, web and social media, and affective computing. Sonne received her MLIS from Drexel University, concentrating in Competitive Intelligence & Knowledge Management. Before beginning her Ph.D. journey, Sonne was a Web Designer for Rutgers University-Camden.

Sonne explains that she is fascinated by how emotions are translated and transferred through computer-mediated communication (CMC). At the surface, it seems obvious that CMC messages carry affective tonality, such as excitement, confusion, sadness, fear, etc. However, less obvious is how those messages are perceived and interpreted by the recipient. Current understanding of emojis suggests that emojis help reduce ambiguity ...


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CCDS Welcomes Visiting Scholar Benjamin Yankson, and Research Robot Zenbo

April 24, 2019

Zenbo and Yankson

CCDS had the opportunity to welcome visiting scholar Benjamin Yankson to the iSchool on Tuesday. Professor Yankson is a Faculty member at Sheridan College’s School of Applied Computing in Ontario, Canada, and current PhD Candidate at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). 

Yankson speaks to students and faculty about Privacy Preservation Frameworks in the context of Smart Toys.

Professor Yankson spoke on the topic of Privacy Preservation Framework for Smart Connected Devices. His discussion focused mainly on Smart Toys and the many privacy challenges, and opportunities, that these types of toys present.

Professor Yankson also gave a guest lecture in SOC300, Internet & Society, regarding the Internet of Things. Yankson demonstrated the capabilities and considerations of Smart Toys through his research robot, Zenbo- a student favorite.

Yankson Lunch

Following his presentation on Privacy Preservation Frameworks, Professor Yankson spent time with Master's and PhD students and faculty during lunch in the CCDS lab. He spoke on his current research and the opportunities to further his work, as well as giving advice to current students on areas of future work. 

Thank you for sharing your time, expertise, and Zenbo with all of us here at CCDS!

Huichuan Zenbo

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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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