Research Projects

Principal Investigator: Joel Chan
Funder: US Office of Naval Research
Investigating how to develop interactive search engines that enable scientists and inventors to discover and adapt ideas across disciplinary boundaries.
Principal Investigator: Mega Subramaniam
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Identifying the learning outcomes that can be achieved through CT programs for youth offered through libraries and to develop a bank of assessment tools that can be used by public library staff to document and measure CT literacy development in youth as a result of participating in library CT programs. 
Principal Investigator: Susan Winter
Funder: National Science Foundation
Enhancing understanding of how civic technologies are used and how information inequalities manifest in a city by examining Boston's 311 system for reporting non-emergency issues to the city government and then using computational and qualitative approaches to identify, categorize, and understand the kinds of information disparities that are becoming institutionalized.
Principal Investigator: Joel Chan
Funder: Carnegie Mellon University
Funder: Other
Building computational tools enabling users to connect problems in one field with solutions from another field, i.e. facilitate searching for analogies drawn from one domain to help with innovative thinking and reasoning in another domain.
Principal Investigator: Diana E. Marsh
Funder: USDOI National Park Service
Students are working with Dr. Marsh and NPS curators throughout the 2020-2021 academic year to research and produce an online exhibit highlighting NPS sites and materials in the National Capital Region related to the history of civil rights. Drawing on the heritage sites and collections holdings of the NPS in the National Capital Region, the interns are assisting curators in all aspects of research and content development, with a broader goal to increase public awareness of the NPS sites and collections in the National Capital Region.
Principal Investigator: Douglas W. Oard
Funder: Columbia University
Funder: Other
Creating a powerful online search engine tool with built-in multilingual-to-English translation. A collaboration of the University of Maryland (UMD), Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh.
Principal Investigator: Jordan Boyd-GraberPrincipal Investigator: Benjamin Van Durme (Johns Hopkins University), Aaron Steven White (University of Rochester), Eugene Agichtein (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Funder: USODNI Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Developing enhanced methods for personalized, multilingual semantic extraction and retrieval from text, in support of IARPA's goal of providing users with a system that quickly and accurately extracts complex semantic information, targeted for a specific user, from text.
Principal Investigator: Niklas Elmqvist
Funder: National Science Foundation
Building an augmented-reality DataWorld using hidden troves of data (from social media, the census, public databases, and more) to help professionals, policymakers, and citizens in there every day life---from house hunting by walking through the neighborhood and getting pop-up facts about the area to getting event and safety updates as you walk through a college campus.
Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Piloting an online national collaborative network of educators and practitioners to enable the sharing and dissemination of computational case studies and lesson plans through an open source, cloud-based interactive platform based on Jupyter Notebooks.
Principal Investigator: Naeemul Hassan
Funder: National Science Foundation
Developing novel techniques - through the application of state-of-the-art machine learning - to detect various forms of clickbait, especially video-based clickbait, and study user behavior on social media to design effective warning systems.
Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak, Tamara Clegg
Funder: National Science Foundation
Promoting elementary school children's privacy/cybersecurity learning across the two contexts where they spend most of their time, home and school, through the creation of curriculum and related educational materials tailored to grade level.