Data Science Student Showcase: Towson Edition

The School of Emerging Technologies and the Big Data Special Interest Group will be hosting the May meeting of the Data Works MD Meetup Group on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 6:30-8:45 pm at the University Union (registration on the 3rd floor upper lobby, event in Chesapeake Room 1).

Please join the Data Works MD Meetup as they hear from the next generation of data science superstars. Several talks by students from Towson University on a range of topics will be featured. Pizza will be served.

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Past Events

Towson University Public Health and Healthcare Informatics Showcase

April 4, 2018 - The Public Health and Healthcare Informatics Showcase was an excellent opportunity for community healthcare partners to identify and form collaborative partnerships with Towson University to improve clinical care and public health for Maryland's citizens. Faculty and graduate students provided product demonstrations that highlight the clinical research, medical device development, and health informatics projects being developed at Towson University. Remarks were provided by Dr. Timothy J. L. Chandler, Dr. Kim Schatzel from Towson University and Dr. Thomas B. Smyth from University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

Featured Demonstrations

Applied Information Technology M.S.Suranjan Chakraborty, PhD, Cheryl Brown, Andrea Chenowith ARMStrokesSonia Lawson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Ziying Katherine Tang, PhD, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, PhD Bridging the Gap: Research Collaboration between Speech Pathology and KinesiologyPaul M. Evitts, PhD, CCC-SLP, Devon A. Dobrosielski, PhD, Dalton Nichols, BS, Kailyn Asbury, MS, CCC-SLP, Taylor Westhoff MS, CCC-SLP Computer Forensics Post-Baccalaureate CertificateSuranjan Chakraborty, PhD, Cheryl Brown, Andrea Chenowith Health Information Technology Post-Baccalaureate CertificateSuranjan Chakraborty, PhD, Cheryl Brown, Andrea Chenowith Integrating an Evidence-Based Intervention in a Smartphone App to Enhance Surgical SafetyCyrus Engineer, DrPH, Subrata Acharya, PhD The Impact of Learning Environment on Knowledge Outcomes and Student Satisfaction in Sleep Medicine EducationTamara Douglass-Burton, Ed.D., RRT, RPSGT Longitudinal Aging Study at Towson [LAST]Nicolas D. Knuth, PhD Mobile Health Application for Clinicians to Enhance Clinical Decision-Making at the Point of CareKyungsook Gartrell, RN, PhD Project yCAT:Young Children’s Assistive TechnologyAmanda C Jozkowski, PhD, OTR/L, Ziying Katherine Tang, PhD, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, PhD Sleep Apnea, cardioVascular and Exercise (SAVE) StudyDevon Dobrosielski, PhD, Susheel Patil, MD, PhD Standard-based Connected Personal Healthcare FrameworkYeong-Tae Song, PhD Understanding University Students’ Exercise FIT Values with Wearable Mobile Health Application for Clinicians to Enhance Clinical Decision-Making at the Point of CareCarrie McFadden Use of a Markerless Motion-Capture System to Assess Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Collegiate AthletesPeter Lisman, Ph.D., ATC, Nathan Wilder, MS, ATC View photos from event
Visualize Baltimore
Baltimore has a wealth of data describing its socialeconomic and environmental conditions. Online interactive maps and infographics allow citizens access to this data now more than ever before.  This event will allow attendees to work with university and industry mentors to collaboratively analyze the problems that face our city. Participants will brainstorm a list of themes for our story maps. They will then collect, process, and analyze all of the required data for their project. Data will come from Baltimore Open Data (, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (, and other publically available datasets. Visualizations will be developed using ArcGIS Online Story Maps ( and Tableau ( All who are intereseted in data visualization and Baltimore are welcome!
Geospatial Technology
Emerging technologies are rapidly transforming how we interact with geospatial data. From new data collection techniques, like new low cost aerial mapping platforms, to improved data management applications that allow us to draw better inferences from existing data sets, emerging technologies is changing what we can learn about our environment. Come listen as the School of Emerging Technologies presents the results of two ongoing faculty projects: HydroCloud: An Online Integrative Tool for Hydrologic Data (M. McGuire, M. Roberge)Developing an Aerial Mapping Platform (J. Morgan, P. Reese)HydroCloud: An Online Integrative Tool for Hydrologic Data HydroCloud  is a web-based framework for hydrologic data integration, visualization, and analysis.  The system uses light-weight but sophisticated Javascript libraries to create responsive visualizations that operate in a web browser. Behind the scenes, the system uses a scaleable, distributed document-oriented database, making it possible to quickly add new data types or provide efficient access to continental-scale stream gauge and rain fall data. This presentation will discuss the technology behind the HydroCloud system, as well as its potential for application in other disciplines. New developments such as social coding and HTML 5 have made it easier than ever before to learn how to code for mobile phones, while scaleable databases and hosted cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for new developers. Developing an Aerial Mapping Platform Aerial photographs are one important source of data for geographic information systems (GIS). In addition to their use for developing planimetric or topographic maps, aerial photographs are used to provide contextual information not provided on traditional maps; they also provide stakeholders with ways to visually identify areas where recent changes have occurred in the physical or human landscape. Using funds provided by the School of Emerging Technologies, Dr. Morgan and Phil Reese have developed an aerial mapping platform based on a remote quadcopter. They will describe the platform and its capabilities, and discuss its application and use on projects both on campus and off campus.

Pesticides in Kenya: Field, Mapping, and Laboratory Studies- A Student's Experience

Dr. Clare Muhoro (Department of Chemistry) and her undergraduate and graduate students are working with Jeremy Monn (Center for Geographical Information Systems) on the environmental fate of a popular family of pesticides, the N-methylcarbamates (NMCs), used globally as potent insecticides. The ultimate goal of this study is to design suitable remediation technologies for contaminated surface water in tropical environments. This summer, Dr. Clare Muhoro and her students Bao Ha and Leili Zamini went to the Ruiru River in Kenya to collect data for their analysis. The students will be giving a photo presentation that documents their experience.

Playing with Light: Visualizing Sound with Human-Generated Power

Jenn Figg and Matt McCormack discuss their collaborative research with electromechanical kinetic light sculptures. Their light instruments leverage the potential energy of musical performance, analog technology, and human-generated power to visualize sound. With bangs, hits, taps, and shakes, users generate enough power to light up multiple LEDs. The instrument’s simple mechanics and immediate, responsive light reveals complex energy relationships. Jenn Figg is an Assistant Professor of Art at Towson University in Maryland, and pursuing her Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University. Matthew McCormack graduated with a BFA in Glass from The Ohio State University and is now pursuing an Interdisciplinary MFA at Towson University. Selected exhibitions include: The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA, The Art House at the Jones Center in Austin, TX, MOCA Cleveland, OH, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, VA, the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH, the National Museum of Glass in Eskisehir, Turkey and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency, NY, NY.

The Teaching of Ethics and Technology

Are you interested in the teaching of ethics? Join your colleagues for a conversation about how technology has impacted ethics and society! We will be talking about how ethics cuts across disciplines and approaches we have all taken to teaching these issues in our classes. We are looking to craft one or more modules that can be used across multiple disciplines, as well as thinking more broadly about developing an interdisciplinary case study event around an ethics technology issue.

Geospatial Data Awareness

Do you have a project that involves spatial data? Are you having trouble identifying data sets or getting the data into a form you can analyze? Come to our workshop on Geospatial Data! In this workshop, we will show you how to find the right geospatial data for your research project. We will walk step-by-step through sample projects to highlight available campus and internet resources, and introduce you to the tools you can use to perform your analysis. We will provide access to geospatial data resources at the local, state, and national levels, and will show how you can link non-spatial data to such data sets. This workshop was be led by Tom Earp and Jeremy Monn from the Towson University Center for Geographic Information Systems.