The College of IST’s faculty and graduate students engage in cutting-edge research in areas such as human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence and cognition, health- and bio-informatics, and psychology of terrorism, to name just a few. We excel in security informatics (or cybersecurity) research, exploring how we can better protect companies from cyber-attacks and nations from cyber war. We examine information retrieval, search engines, and big data as means to understand complex knowledge and societal and economic relationships. We study cognition and human-computer interfaces in order to comprehend how an individual’s abilities and limitations fit into a connected world full of technology.
Alex Ororbia, IST Ph.D. student advised by Drs. Giles and Reitter, holds a traineeship with the Big Data Social Science IGERT program. Ororbia focuses on artificial neural network models. These models are capable of deep learning from digital, scholarly text. “Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the answers to your questions take the form of tools that can directly impact people,” Ororbia says.
IST Ph.D. student Elizabeth Eikey, co-advised by Dr. Reddy and Dr. Erika Poole, assistant professor of information sciences and technology is a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Eikey’s focus is on using technology to advance research and the understanding of medical conditions, from dyslexia to eating disorders.
Chris Dancy, Ph.D., a former Sloan Scholar graduate of IST’s Ph.D. program, advised by Dr. McNeese and Dr. Frank Ritter, professor of information sciences and technology, now works as a computer scientist in the U.S. Department of Defense. He describes his research as broadly understanding how physiology, emotion, and cognition interact to affect the way we think and behave.