News & Media

  1. Selected among top 10 finalists in the 2021 NATO Innovation Hub Challenge on “The Invisible Threat: Countering Cognitive Warfare“. from 132 teams across the 30 NATO member nations.
  2. Featured in “This Month’s Q&A Interview” with James Morgan from Arkansas Center for Data Sciences. November 23, 2021.
  3. Best Paper Award for our paper on Studying the Dynamics of COVID-19 Misinformation Themes using Topic Streams. In proceedings of The Seventh International Conference on Human and Social Analytics (HUSO 2021), July 18-22, 2021. Nice, France.
  4. Featured in Daily Record, Arkansas Money & Politics, Magnolia Reporter, India West for receiving a grant by the US Department of Defense to investigate covert online influence.
  5. Recipient of 2021 UALR Faculty Excellence Award for Research and Creative Endeavors. April 15, 2021.
  6. Recipient of 2021 Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (DCSTEM) Faculty Excellence Award for Research and Creative Endeavors. February 15, 2021.
  7. Featured in Arkansas Money & Politics’ Discover Economics magazine as Social Media Warrior, December 16, 2020.
  8. Research on How YouTube spreads COVID-19 misinformation featured in Democracy Labs, December 14, 2020. (Video)
  9. Best Paper Award for our paper on YouTube Video Categorization Using Moviebarcode. In proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Human and Social Analytics (HUSO 2020), October 18-22, 2020, Porto, Portugal.
  10. Research featured in Arkansas Democrat Gazette, UALR hub of misinformation study – Professor’s work on bots, other information tech draws $15M in funding by Frank Lockwood, November 2, 2020.
  11. Interviewed by KARK Channel 4 (Arkansas) for “developing a web-based tool to detect social media bots”, August 12, 2020.
  12. Combatting Disinformation in the Digital World, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, May 22, 2020.
  13. Interviewed by KARK Channel 4 (Arkansas) for “Local group helps to stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation“, May 19, 2020.
  14. Interviewed by KATV Channel 7 (Arkansas) for Identifying misinformation and myths about COVID-19, May 12, 2020.
  15. Nominated to Arkansas Research Alliance as a fellow, December 13, 2018, Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas Democrat Gazette | KARK | NWA – Fox 24
  16. Nominated to Arkansas Academy of Computing as a fellow, November 6, 2018, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  17. Best Paper Award for our paper on Understanding Digital Ethnography: Socio-computational Analysis of Trending YouTube Videos. In Proceedings of the eighth International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics (SOTICS 2018), October 14 – 18, 2018, Nice, France.
  18. Mentioned in Arkansas Business, May 21, 2018, entitled “UA Little Rock Professor Shows Ways of Fighting Propaganda”, by Sarah Campbell-Miller.
  19. Research mentioned by Indiawest, April 5, 2018, entitled “University of Arkansas-Little Rock Study Uncovering Secrets of Blogosphere, Analyzing Fake News Spread Via Social Media”.
  20. Mentioned in Arkansas Times special cover story on Visionary Arkansans 2017: A celebration of Arkansans with ideas and achievements of transformative power, November 9, 2017 by Jacob Rosenberg.
  21. Best Paper Award for our paper on Assessing Situation Awareness through Blogosphere: A Case Study on Venezuelan Socio-Political Crisis and the Migrant Influx. In Proceedings of the seventh International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics (SOTICS 2017), October 8-12, 2017, Athens, Greece.
  22. Mentioned on Arkansas Democrat Gazette in October 29, 2017 edition under Business Awards section. Also available at Arkansas Online.
  23. Article entitled “UA Little Rock professor researches influence of social media bots” published by Talk Business and Politics, October 4, 2017 by Jennifer Joyner
  24. Highlighted in the American Association of State College and Universities (AASCU), October 4, 2017 for joining the new Department of Homeland Security-funded consortium on Crime Investigation and Network Analysis (CINA).
  25. Article entitled “Pro-Russian Bots Sharpen Online Attacks for 2018 U.S. Vote” published by Bloomberg, September 1, 2017 by Nafeesa Syeed.
  26. FM 89.1 KUAR Interviewed by Jacob Kauffman for Morning Edition, July 4, 2017. Click here to listen to the interview.
  27. Article entitled “UA-Little Rock Professor Awarded $1.5M to Study Cyber Propaganda Campaigns” published by Arkansas Business, June 13, 2017.
  28. Article entitled “Military Supports Research at UALR” published by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 11, 2017, Sunday Edition front page of Section B.
  29. Nominated IARIA Fellow in Winter 2016/Spring 2017. IARIA is the International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA). IARIA recognizes roughly 10 scientists world-wide for their outstanding scientific research results endorsed by international peers, exceptional scientific contribution to the IARIA events, and continuous leadership roles in IARIA conferences.
  30. Nominated by UALR Office of Communications’ Experience UALR program as Outstanding Professor in the area of Social Media Security on November 17, 2016.
  31. Article, entitled UALR Team Presents Research at NATO Conference published by Arkansas Business on November 17, 2016.
  32. Best Paper Award for our paper on Understanding User-Based Modifications to Information Quality in Response to Privacy and Trust Related Concerns in Online Social Networks. In Proceedings of the sixth International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics (SOTICS 2016), August 21 – 25, 2016, Rome, Italy.
  33. Article, entitled “UALR Professor Nitin Agarwal Fights Terrorists” published by Arkansas Business on June 20, 2016 by Sarah Campbell.
  34. Article, entitled “West gathers digital arsenal against Islamic State – to what effect?” published by The Gazette, Colorado Springs on February 10, 2016 by Julie Poucher Harbin. [Originally published at the Religion News Service (RNS)]
  35. Article, entitled “How ISIS Exploits the Lawless Wild West of Social Media” published by Arkansas Money and Politics – The power of Business on January 12, 2016.
  36. Best Paper Award for our paper on 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. Research mentioned in news by: UALR News.
  37. Recipient of the Social Media 2015 Educator of the Year Award by the 21st International Education and Technology Conference, Cyberport, Hong Kong SAR, China, 10-12 April 2015. The Educator of the Year award is to recognize the Springer author/educators who have made/are making a difference in the ICT Education/Research.
  38. Recipient of Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Chair Professorship of Information Science at UALR.
  39. Recipient of 2015 UALR Faculty Excellence Award for Research and Creative Endeavors.
  40. Recipient of 2015 Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology Faculty Excellence Award for Research and Creative Endeavors.
  41. Best Publication of 2012 Award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Milan, Italy (December 17, 2013) for our article “Raising and Rising Voices in Social Media: A Novel Methodological Approach in Studying Cyber-Collective Movements” which appeared in Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), 2012, 3, pp. 113-126. The article was nominated by BISE editors and chosen from many other nominations from all information systems journals worldwide by the Senior Scholars Consortium, International Conference on Information Systems. This article is a direct product from our National Science Foundation research grant, “Collaborative Research: Cyber-collective Movements: Novel Socio-computational Approaches in Studying the Blogosphere.” We dedicate this award to the many Saudi women who keep on fighting for their rights. We dedicate this award to women all over the world who struggle for their rights.
  42. Recognized as one of “The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s” by Arkansas Business for being among creative and talented individuals who have found not only early success in their profession but also show future potential to step up as a leader in Arkansas business or politics to highlight their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations or community. [UALR Article]
  43. National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored our research on “Cyber-collective Movements: Novel Socio-computational Approaches in Studying the Blogosphere”. The research is funded in part by the National Science Foundation’s Social-Computational Systems (SoCS) Program and Human Centered Computing Program. Research mentioned in news by: UALR News, Newswise
  44. Best Paper Award for Context Based Privacy Model. In the 2nd International Symposium on Privacy and Security Applications (PSA-10) held in conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk, and Trust (PASSAT 2010). pp.1050-1055. August 20-22, 2010, Minneapolis, MN. Research mentioned in news by: NSF Science360, US News, UALR News, PhysOrg, Dr Dobbs Journal
  45. Research on Blog Mining has been acknowledged by the School of Computing and Informatics, Arizona State University as groundbreaking.