Upcoming Events:

Data Acquisition Process, a Collaborative Presentation by the Big Data Special Interest Group

Speakers: Dr. Nam P. Nguyen and Hassan Alzahrani
April 11, 2018 |4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Room 301, 7800 York Road Building, Towson University


The Big Data and Social Media Analysis SIGs, supported by the School of Emerging Technologies, will hold a presentation on the data acquisition process, including Twitter API and web scrapping techniques with Python/R. We would like to introduce the virtual environment (i.e. virtual LINUX operating system) as well as other necessary tools for data acquisition on Twitter and other webpages. The audience can practice alongside with the presentation using sample code and collected data.

The following items are recommended for the audience to install in their laptop prior to the presentation

+ A Twitter account (

+ Twitter API keys (

+ VMwarePlayer (Download and install for playing virtual image

+ The virtual image pre-built for the presentation (~10GB. Please use cable Internet to download)

Speakers Bio:

Dr. Nam P. Nguyen received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 2013. Prior to his doctoral degree, Dr. Nguyen got his M.S. and B.S. degrees, both in Applied Mathematics, from Ohio University (2009) and Vietnam National University (2007). His research interests include Social network analysis & Big Data mining, CyberSecurity and

Mobile-aware computing. Dr. Nguyen has served as the Associate Editor for Computational Social Networks Journal and Mathematical Foundations of Computing as well as a panelist in multiple NSF panels. Dr. Nguyen is the recipient of the Jess and Mildred Fisher Endowed Professor of Computer Science (2016-2019).

Hassan Alzahrani is pursuing his doctorate degree at Towson University in the field of Information Technology. He received his MS degree at Hood College in 2015. Hassan had more than 16 years of experience in the field of computers and IT technologies before enrolling at Hood’s Graduate School. After earning his B.S. degree in Information Systems from King Saud University, Hassan had major roles in the design, implementation, operation, and support of technical and commercial solutions of Hewlett Packard’s OpenView and Cisco Networking products. While at Hood, Hassan worked as a teaching assistant for Computer Forensics and Network and Telecommunications classes. He helped building Forensics Toolkit Product (FTK) Lab, and also the Graphical Network Simulator (GNS3) for Telecommunications purposes. He received the Gary Corsar Outstanding Information Technology Award for 2015.


Recent Events:

Towson University Public Health and Healthcare Informatics Showcase

Discover new ways to collaborate with researchers, technologies, and students.
April 4, 2018 | 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. | Minnegan Room, Towson University

Innovative research and discovery are happening at Towson University. The Public Health and Healthcare Informatics Showcase is 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 will provide product demonstrations that highlight the clinical research, medical device development, and health informatics projects being developed at Towson University. Administrators will highlight applied research and teaching opportunities for healthcare partners to create a sustained pipeline of students into the workforce.


7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:05 a.m. Welcome Remarks

8:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker

8:35 a.m. Faculty Presentations

  • Longitudinal Aging Study at Towson [LAST], Nicolas 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 Jozkowski, PhD, OTR/L
  • Use of a Markerless Motion-Capture System to Assess Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Collegiate Athletes: Injury Prediction and Clinical Implications, Peter Lisman, PhD, ATC

9:00 a.m. Demonstrations and Networking

10:00 a.m. Conclusion

Featured Demonstrations

Applied Information Technology M.S.
  • Suranjan Chakraborty, PhD, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Cheryl Brown, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Andrea Chenowith, Applied Information Technology
  • Sonia Lawson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
  • Ziying Katherine Tang, PhD, Computer and Information Sciences
  • Jinjuan Heidi Feng, PhD, Computer and Information Sciences
Bridging the Gap: Research Collaboration between Speech Pathology and Kinesiology
  • Paul M. Evitts, PhD, CCC-SLP, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology & Deaf Studies
  • Devon A. Dobrosielski, PhD, Kinesiology
  • Dalton Nichols, BS, Kinesiology
  • Kailyn Asbury, MS, CCC-SLP, Kinesiology
  • Taylor Westhoff MS, CCC-SLP, Kinesiology
Computer Forensics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Suranjan Chakraborty, Ph.D., Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Cheryl Brown, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Andrea Chenowith, Applied Information Technology
Health Information Technology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Suranjan Chakraborty, Ph.D., Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Cheryl Brown, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Andrea Chenowith, Applied Information Technology
Integrating an Evidence-Based Intervention in a Smartphone Application (app) to Enhance Surgical Safety—World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Checklist
  • Cyrus Engineer, DrPH, Department of Inter-professional Health Studies
  • Subrata Acharya, Ph.D., Department of Computer and Information Sciences
The Impact of Learning Environment on Knowledge Outcomes and Student Satisfaction in Sleep Medicine Education

Tamara Douglass-Burton, Ed.D., RRT, RPSGT, Department of Interprofessional Health Studies

Longitudinal Aging Study at Towson [LAST]

Nicolas D. Knuth, PhD, Department of Kinesiology

Mobile Health Application for Clinicians to Enhance Clinical Decision-Making at the Point of Care

Kyungsook Gartrell, RN, PhD, Department of Nursing

Project yCAT:Young Children’s Assistive Technology
  • Amanda C Jozkowski, PhD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
  • Ziying Katherine Tang, PhD, Computer & Information Sciences
  • Jinjuan Heidi Feng, PhD, Computer & Information Sciences
Sleep Apnea, cardioVascular and Exercise (SAVE) Study
  • Devon Dobrosielski, PhD, Kinesiology
  • Susheel Patil, MD, PhD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Hyunjeong Park, PhD, MPH, MSN, ANP, RN, Department of Nursing
Standard-based Connected Personal Healthcare Framework

Yeong-Tae Song, Ph.D., Department of Computer & Information Sciences

Understanding University Students’ Exercise FIT Values with Wearable Exercise Tracking Technology

Dr. Carrie McFadden, Department of Health Science

Use of a Markerless Motion-Capture System to Assess Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Collegiate Athletes: Injury Prediction and Clinical Implications
  • Peter Lisman, Ph.D., ATC, Department of Kinesiology
  • Nathan Wilder, MS, ATC, Department of Athletics

Past Events

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.