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RockCity Hacks Workshops

RockCity Hacks

Saturday, April 27, 2019


RockCity Hacks Schedule

 

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM - Introduction to Python - Michael DiCicco

Michael DiCicco

Michael is an Application Devleoper Assistant at the U of A System Division of Agriculture. He has represented UA Little Rock at several Hackathons.  Most recently, he won the J.B. Hunt’s Use Case Challenge at the UA Blockchain Hackathon in September 2018.  His work at CrimsonHacks 2017 and 2018 at the University of Alabama was rewarded with the win for best use of AWS. His team has represented the UA Little Rock Information Science department at the JOLT! Hackathon, Shell on the Border 2018 and HackHLTH in Las Vegas in May 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM - Data Visualization | A Brief Introduction - Richard Young

Richard Young

As of May 2017, he graduated as an EAST scholar of UA Little Rock with a Bachelor of Science degree in e-commerce minoring in information technology. As he pursued his degree, Richard gained hands-on experience with skills specific to data visualization, web development, UI/UX design, and mobile-first design. Since graduation, he has stayed actively enrolled in several self-taught classes through online platforms which have aided in his pursuit to gather knowledge in the fields of Python development, Google Analytics, data illustration, graphic design, and data storytelling. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information science applying his skills and interests toward his graduate research assistantship for the team at COSMOS.

 http://cosmos.ualr.edu/about/richard/

 

 

 

 

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM - Introduction to Linux Using the Raspberry Pi - Dr. Phil Williams

Dr. Phil Williams

Phil H Williams is the Bioinformatics Technical Director at the MidSouth Bioinformatics Center at UA Little Rock. This is a core facility for the joint UA Little Rock, UAMS bioinformatics program. Phil received his PhD from the joint UA Little Rock, UAMS bioinformatics program. He also has an M.S. in Applied Science Instrumentation from UA Little Rock and a B.S. in biology with minor in chemistry is from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Phil did a postdoc at the Australian National University in Canberra. Research interest include function prediction for long-noncoding RNA (lncRNA) as well as interaction between microRNAs and lncRNA. The relationship between epigenetics, retrotransposons and lncRNA, are also of interest.

 

 

 

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM - Web Development: Reinventing the Wheel - Hayder Al Rubaye

Hayder Al Rubaye

Hayder is pursuing his Masters in Applied Science at UA Little Rock. He graduated from Al Nahrain University in Bagdad, Iraq, with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in computer science. His extensive studies focused on web technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM - Using the Raspberry Pi for the Internet of Things - Dr. Phil Williams

Dr. Phil Williams

Phil H Williams is the Bioinformatics Technical Director at the MidSouth Bioinformatics Center at UA Little Rock. This is a core facility for the joint UA Little Rock, UAMS bioinformatics program. Phil received his PhD from the joint UA Little Rock, UAMS bioinformatics program. He also has an M.S. in Applied Science Instrumentation from UA Little Rock and a B.S. in biology with minor in chemistry is from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Phil did a postdoc at the Australian National University in Canberra. Research interest include function prediction for long-noncoding RNA (lncRNA) as well as interaction between microRNAs and lncRNA. The relationship between epigenetics, retrotransposons and lncRNA, are also of interest.

 

 

 

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM - Social Computing - Nihal Hussain Muhammad & Kiran Kumar Bandeli

Nihal Hussain Muhammad

Muhammad Nihal Hussain (Computer and Information Sciences PhD candidate and a core researcher at the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) studies disinformation and crowd manipulation strategies on YouTube and Blogs. His research interests include event analysis, cross-media information diffusion, text mining and social computing. Hussain has been collecting and analyzing social media data for over 4 years and has published his findings at various reputable conferences. Hussain has worked on various projects including analyzing blogosphere to understand the opinions and adversarial narratives around NATO’s various events and exercises. He has given tutorials on blogosphere analysis at SBP-BRiMS, NATO TIDE Sprint and "Social media course" organized by NATO STRATCOM COE (Riga, Latvia).

 

Kiran Kuman Bandeli

Kiran Kumar Bandeli is currently a PhD Candidate at the Collaboratorium of Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kiran's general research area is social media data analysis, social computing and network analysis. His research interests include behavior modeling of users on various social media platforms, and thematic analysis on blogs. Lately Kiran is working on event based analysis in blogs. Kiran has co-authored more than 10 papers that include research on - disinformation activities on blogs, challenges and opportunities in blog data collection, analyzing shift in narratives, strategic integration of social media platforms in disinformation campaign coordination, and socio-computational analysis of YouTube videos. Kiran’s work was recently published in NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (StratCom COE) and Journal of NATO Defence Strategic Communications.

 

 

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM - JavaScript - Brenda Chepkorir

Brenda Chepkorir

Brenda Chepkorir is a Junior Information Science Major at UA Little Rock. She is part of the College of Engineering's Student Leadership Board as a representative for the Information Science Department. She works as an Application Development Intern on J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.'s Emerging Technologies Team. She specializes in and has a love for JavaScript.

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM - Social Cyber Forensics using Maltego - Tuja Khaund

Tuja Khaund

Tuja Khaund is a PhD student at the Collaboratorium of Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her research focuses on social media data analysis, social computing and network analysis. More specifically, Tuja's research includes analyzing behavior of autonomous accounts (bots) on social media platforms such as Twitter, and cyber forensic analysis for blog identification. Cyber Forensics detects hidden digital footprints of a website, a user, or an organization. Tuja recently published two papers on the analysis of social bots and their coordination during various major events. Tuja's contribution to NATO's Trident Juncture 2018 includes analysis of Anti-NATO Blogs where she identified ‘blog farms’ via Tracker Codes whose sole purpose is to alter search engine results to push their content out to a larger crowd. Her work also helped detect cross-media information dissemination which was used by these Anti-NATO Blogs to coordinate on a greater scale.



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