Summer Program for Proposal Development

Organized by SET and OSPR

Proposals due May 16, 2022

The School of Emerging Technologies and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research are soliciting applications for a summer-long program for proposal development. This program is intended for faculty engaged in inter-disciplinary research and exploring mechanisms to fund their research. Participating faculty will be given a summer stipend with an aim to develop proposals to fund their research. They will receive a summer stipend ($5000) and will be explicitly supported by SET and OSPR in fine-tuning the research idea, developing inter-disciplinary teams, and identifying aligned funding outlets (external and internal). This will be done through a program of peer-mentoring of the faculty participants, focused workshops aimed at grant planning, writing and submission and panels. We welcome both nascent and more mature projects. For projects that have a team already in place, we encourage any one member or the lead investigator (when appropriate) to apply. The program will run from mid-June to mid-August. The expected outcome of this program is the draft-text of a complete proposal for each participant.

All interested in participating please complete the application form linked below and submit your application by May 16th, 2022.

Application Form

Applications can be emailed to .

Past Events  

Data Science Student Showcase: Towson Edition

The School of Emerging Technologies and the Big Data Special Interest Group hosted 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).

The Data Works MD Meetup heard from the next generation of data science superstars. Several talks by students from Towson University on a range of topics were featured. 


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

  • ARMStrokes
    Sonia Lawson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Ziying Katherine Tang, PhD, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, PhD

  • Bridging the Gap: Research Collaboration between Speech Pathology and Kinesiology
    Paul 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 Certificate
    Suranjan Chakraborty, PhD, Cheryl Brown, Andrea Chenowith

  • Health Information Technology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
    Suranjan Chakraborty, PhD, Cheryl Brown, Andrea Chenowith

  • Integrating an Evidence-Based Intervention in a Smartphone App to Enhance Surgical Safety
    Cyrus Engineer, DrPH, Subrata Acharya, PhD

  • The Impact of Learning Environment on Knowledge Outcomes and Student Satisfaction in Sleep Medicine Education
    Tamara 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 Care
    Kyungsook Gartrell, RN, PhD

  • Project yCAT:Young Children’s Assistive Technology
    Amanda C Jozkowski, PhD, OTR/L, Ziying Katherine Tang, PhD, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, PhD

  • Sleep Apnea, cardioVascular and Exercise (SAVE) Study
    Devon Dobrosielski, PhD, Susheel Patil, MD, PhD

  • Standard-based Connected Personal Healthcare Framework
    Yeong-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 Care
    Carrie McFadden

  • Use of a Markerless Motion-Capture System to Assess Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Collegiate Athletes
    Peter Lisman, Ph.D., ATC, Nathan Wilder, MS, ATC

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.