Project Highlights

The School of Emerging Technologies supports faculty with interdisciplinary projects in emerging technologies with seed funding. These are projects at the very first stages of a collaborative effort and/or nascent collaborations that are ready to grow into a larger effort. The purpose of the funding is to provide resources to enable these collaborations to blossom into larger, self-supporting projects.

Entering year 2:

  • Mapping the distribution of Oplismenus hirtellus subsp. undulatifolius (wavyleaf basketgrass), Vanessa Beauchamp (Biology), Josh Dehlinger (Computer and Information Sciences), Sidd Kaza (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • Using large datasets to quantify and visualize the movement rate of road salt pollution, Joel Moore (Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences), Mike McGuire (Computer and Information Sciences)

Entering year 1:

  • Evaluation of Technologies for the Design and Development of a Drug Testing Application to Aid in Crime Scene Investigation, Kelly Elkins (Chemistry), Subrata Acharya (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • Ghost-Hunting in Baltimore: Enabling an Immersive Student Learning Environment through a Context-Aware Mobile Application, Tara Bynum (English), Suranjan Chakraborty (Computer and Information Sciences), Sam Collins (Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice), Josh Dehlinger (Computer and Information Sciences), Matt Durrington (Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice).
  • Validation of Head Impact Sensors and Real Time Head Impact Kiniematics in Sport, Michael Higgins (Kinesiology)
  • Big Data Mining and Modeling to Develop Effective Strategies for Consumer Co-Design Online Social Networks Initiatives, Phillippe Duverger (Marketing), Nam Nguyen (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • Perobskite Metal Oxides for Green Energy Applications, Grace Yong (Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences), Rajeswari Kolagani (Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences)
  • Effects of Climate on Human Capital Development in Peruvian Children: A Geospatial Investigation, James Manley (Economics), Paporn Thebpanya (Geography)
  • Improving the Health of Stroke Survivors through a Mobile App for Everyday Rehabilitation, Heidi Feng  (Computer and Information Sciences), Kathy Tang  (Computer and Information Sciences), Sonia Lawson (Occupational Therapy).

Past Projects:

  • Context Aware Assistive Solution for People with Cognitive Disabilities, Subrata Acharya (Computer Science), Clair Holmes (Library) & Jinjuan Feng (Computer Science)
  • Big Data, Big Issues: Using Public Opinion Theory, Machine Learning, and Social Network Analysis to Explore Opinions and Information Flow Across Traditional and Social Media, Amy Becker (Mass Communication) & Sidd Kaza (Computer Science)
  • Developing Prospective Teachers' Questioning Skills through Interaction with a Virtual Interview Subject, Sandy Spitzer (Math), Suranjan Chakraborty (Computer and Information Science), Yuanqiong Wang (Computer and Information Science) & Josh Dehlinger (Computer and Information Science)
  • Perceived Credibility of Online Health Information, Gerald Jerome (Kinesiology)
  • HydroCloud: An Online Integrative Tool for Hydrologic Data, Mike McGuire (Computer Science) & Martin Roberge (Geography)
  • Voice Writing Center for Radio Captioning, Ellyn Sheffield (Psychology)
  • Exploring the Physics of Novel Two-Dimensional Systems, Jia-An Yan & Jeffrey Simpson (Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences)
  • Clinical Teacher Preparation for 21st Centuries Literacies, Barbara Laster (Educational Technology & Literacy)
  • Permanent Outdoor Kinetic Light Instruments, Jennifer Figg (Art)
  • Developing an Effective and Safe Odorant-Baited Trap to Control for House Crickets, Vonnie Shields (Biology)
  • Developing a Professional Aerial Mapping Platform, Jay Morgan (Geography)
  • Pesticides in Kenya: Field Mapping and Laboratory Studies, Clare Muhoro (Chemistry), Jeremy Monn (Center for Geographic Information Systems) & Jane Murungi (Kenyatta University, Nairobi)

35 faculty from 17 departments together with colleagues from the Library and the Center for Geographic Information Systems participated in one or more projects.

  • Fisher College of Science and Mathematics (16)
  • Biology (2)
  • Chemistry (1)
  • Computer and Information Sciences (7)
  • Mathematics (1)
  • Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences (5)

  • College of Business and Economics(2)
  • Economics (1)
  • Marketing (1)

  • College of Health Professions (5)
  • Institute for Well Being (2)
  • Kinesiology (2)
  • Occupational Therapy (1)

  • College of Liberal Arts (7)
  • English (1)
  • Geography (3)
  • Psychology (1)
  • Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice (2)

  • College of Education (1)
  • Educational Technology & Literacy (1)

  • College of Fine Arts and Communication (2)
  • Art + Design, Art History, & Art Education (1)
  • Mass Communication (1)

27 graduate students and 53 undergraduate students had an active role in an SET project.

  • Doctoral Students (7)
  • Audiology (2)
  • Information Technology (5)

  • Master’s Students (20)
  • Communication Management (1)
  • Gender & Women’s Studies (1)
  • Geography & Environmental Planning (2)
  • Applied Physics (2)
  • Biology (1)
  • Computer Science (4)
  • Environmental Science (3)
  • Occupational Therapy (1)
  • Psychology (3)
  • Speech Language Pathology (2)

  • Undergraduate Students (53)
  • Dance (3)
  • Art + Design (8)
  • Music (2)
  • Biology (8)
  • Chemistry (1)
  • Computer Science (5)
  • Deaf Studies (1)
  • Electronic Media and Film (1)
  • Exercise Science (7)
  • Family & Human Services (1)
  • Geology (1)
  • Health Science (1)
  • Information Technology (1)
  • Mass Communication (1)
  • MB3 (1)Music Education (1)
  • Physical Education (1)
  • Physics (1)
  • Psychology (6)
  • Sociology & Anthropology (1)
  • Sports Management (1)

Demographic Splits

  • Faculty: 19 women, 14 men
  • FCSM Faculty 10 women, 6 men
  • Students: 48 women, 33 men
  • Graduate students: 18 women, 9 men
  • Undergraduate students: 30 women, 24 men
  • FCSM students (including ENVS): 16 women, 17 men

18 faculty have collaborated with someone outside their department on SET projects; of these 10 were also outside their college. External partners include

  • ITNova
  • Arcode
  • Baltimore County Fire Department
  • National Public Radio
  • Autonomy Engine LLC
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Harbor Design
  • Step Afrika!
  • Crystal Traditions
  • U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • Kenyatta University
  • Immaculata University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Penn State University

Presentations and Publications
Towson students have given 12 external presentations and 17 internal presentations on work supported by the SET. 18 artistic performances and exhibitions have been given. Faculty have given 10 external presentations and submitted or published 10 papers.

An application for one patent has been submitted, and one provisional patent application has been submitted.

One SET funded project has been sold to a commercial firm. A second project is working with an external corporate partner to secure funding for commercialization.