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.

In Year 2:

  • TU Performance Analytics Camp, Stella Tomasi (Business Analytics and Technology Management), Justin Lima (Football Athletics), Lisa Custer (Kinesiology)
  • Weight Loss Program for Adults with Low Vision, Gerald Jerome (Kinesiology), Adam Conover (Computer and Information Sciences)

In Year 1:

  • Disruption against online racialized sexual violence in teenage female students in TU and Baltimore: A research and interactive training intervention program, Pallavi Guha (Mass Communication), Ziying Tang (Computer and Information Sciences) (Pending)
  • To Adopt or Resist: Using Digital Contact Tracing Apps to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, Juan Liu (Mass Communication)
  • Development of an interdisciplinary course to enhance students’ supercomputing education with multidisciplinary research experience, Jia-An Yan (Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences), Shuhua Ma (Chemistry), Jing Tian (Mathematics), Lin Deng (Computer and Information Sciences), David Hearn (Biology)
  • Developing an Interdisciplinary Immersive Fulldoome Media Lab, Lynn Tomlinson (Electronic Media and Film), Christian Ready (Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences)

Past Projects

  • Influence of auditory and visual attention on higher order cognition, Laura Hicken (Music), Jared McGinley, Blaire Weidler (Psychology)
  • Photonic Hypercrystal in the Visible Frequency Range, V. Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences), M. Davadas, Ellen Hondrogiannis (Chemistry)
  • DSSAC: The Data Science and Sports Analytics Camp, Mahnaz (Kim) Moallem (Educational Technology & Literacy)
  • Science of Solitude, Amanda Jozkowski (Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science)
  • Redesigning the US Consumer Recycle Experience, Kim Hopkins (Art + Design, Art History, Art Education), Sungchul Hong (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • TU TRACS, Subrata Acharya (Computer and Information Sciences), Devon Dobrosielski (Kinesiology), Peter Lisman (Kinesiology), Nam Nguyen (Computer and Information Sciences), Nathan Wilder (Sports Medicine & Performance)
  • Digital Stoops Along Networked Streets: Youth, Community Technology and the future in Baltimore, Samuel Collins, Matthew Durington (Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice), Suranjan Chakraborty (Computer and Information Sciences), Jennifer Ballengee (English)
  • Muscle Oxygen Consumption, Physical Function and Health Related Quality of Life in Older Adults, Rian Landers-Ramos (Kinesiology), Hyunjeong Park (Nursing)
  • Critical GIS for Social and Environmental Justice, Nicole Fabricant (Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice), Paporn Thebpanya (Geography and Environmental Planning)
  • PubMed4Hh Mobile Application Use for Nursing Practice to Enhance Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making at the Point of Care, Kyungsook Gartrell (Nursing), Cyrus Engineer (Interprofessional Health Studies)
  • Career effects of health shocks during the Great Recession, Juergen Jung (Economics)
  • Synthesis and Performance Evaluation of Corrosion Inhibitors for Oxidative Systems, Keith Reber, John Sivey (Chemistry)
  • Developing Makerspace Activities to Help Improve Preservice Teachers' Technology Integration Competency, Liyan Song, Suzanne Obenshain (Educational Technology and Literacy) Doug Elmendorf (Baltimore County Public School System)
  • Developing an AR and mobile game based mathematical learning approach for 8th grade students, Chris Cornwell (Math), Lin Deng (Computer and Information Sciences), Jing Tian (Math), Victoria Phillips (Math)
  • Protecting Maryland's Voting Process through the Development of Cybersecurity Training Modules for Election Officials, Josh Dehlinger (Computer and Information Sciences), Natalie Scala (Business Analytics and Technology Management)
  • Participatory GIS Research for Fair Development and Land Trusts in Curtis Bay, South Baltimore, Nicole Fabricant (Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice)
    The Association Between Lower Extremity Biomechanics and Injury in Collegiate Athletes: A Markerless Motion-Capture System Based Study, Peter Lisman (Kinesiology), Nathan Wilder (Athletics)
  • Expert Elementary teachers' small group discussion strategies in post-investigation science and post-testing engineering discussions with Avatars, Pamela Lottero-Perdue (Physics, Astronomy, Geoscience), Laila Richman (Special Education)
  • 3D Deployment Optimization of Wireless Networks for Public Safety Applications, Chao Lu, Wei Yu (Computer and Information Sciences), Yunwei Cui (Mathematics)
  • Development of Interdisciplinary Post Baccalaureate Certificate and Master's Degree Program in Computational and Mathematical Data Science, Michael McGuire (Computer and Information Sciences), Tatiana Sorokina (Mathematics)
  • Optimizing pediatric emergency department care for patients with an ASD and their families, Jennifer Kouo (Special Education), Ziying Tang (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • Bifunctional Catalysts for Hydrogen Release from a Storage Material with Promise for the Transportation Sector, Tim Brunker (Chemistry), Thomas Rhoades (Economics), Shuhua Ma (Chemistry)
  • Effects of nicotinic receptors activation on neuronal communication in hippocampus, Svetlana Gladycheva (Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences).
  • Designing and Implementing a Connected Learning MOOC to Support Writing Teachers' Professional Learning, Sarah Lohnes Watulak (Educational technology and Literacy), Vicki McQuitty (Elementary education)
  • An Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity TSEM Course, Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld (Interprofessional Health Studies), Barin Nag (e-Business and Technology Management)
  • Fostering Awareness and Resiliency on Topics of Mental Health and Wellbeing in College Students: A Joint Initiative between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, Karen Eskow (Family studies and community development), Leigh Carter (Counseling Center), Donna Cox (Health Science), Lisa Beasley (Family studies and community development), Jonathan Mattanah (Psychology), Lilian Odera (Counseling center), Karen Oppenheimer (Disability Support Services)
  • Metamaterial nanocomposites for the superconducting critical temperature increase, Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Mary Devadas (Chemistry)
  • A Comparative Eye Tracking Study of Information Foraging Behaviors of Neurotypical vs End Users with ADHD, Joyram Chakraborty, Michael McGuire (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • Enhanced Optical Trapping and Imaging Using Gold Nanostructures for Catalysis: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Mary Devadas (Chemistry), Jia-An Yan (Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences)
  • The development of an interdisciplinary bridge course in Healthcare Systems Design and Implementation, Niya Werts (Health Science), Subrata Acharya (COSC)
  • The Guitar Like Object: A Computer Extended Performance Instrument, Thomas Ciufo (Music), Joshua Demonte (Interdisciplinary Object Design)
  • “Moving” Sleep to the Forefront of Exercise Science, Devon Dobrosielski (KINES), Tamara Douglas-Burton (Interprofessional Health Studies)
  • Geospatial Investigation of Community Navigation and Well-being for Older Adults, Kendra Heatwole Shank (OCTH), Virginia Thompson (GEOG)
  • Improving health aging through assessment of energy expenditure and physical activity with a mobile metabolic system, Nicolas Knuth (KINES)
  • Investigating the Reading Process Using EMMA, Christina Pelatti (SPPA), Maria Liwanag, Prisca Martens (Elementary education), & Ray Martens (Art)
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Jack Cole (Secondary Education), Rick Davis (Cataloging Librarian), Terry Ewell (Music), Ryan Kane (Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education), William Smith, Tobin Porterfield (Management).
  • 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)
  • Context Aware Assistive Solution for People with Cognitive Disabilities, Subrata Acharya (Computer Science), Claire 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)
  • 3D Voice Writing Center for Radio Captioning, Ellyn Sheffield (Psychology)
  • Using Mobile Technology to Provide Health Care Training to the Dalit Community in Nepal, Donald Zimmerman (Health Science), Kimberly Christopher (Nursing)
  • 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)

Faculty
Over 125 faculty from all six colleges at Towson University, together with colleagues from the Library, Athletics, and the Center for Geographic Information Systems participated in one or more projects.

  • Fisher College of Science and Mathematics (33)
  • Biology (2)
  • Chemistry (7)
  • Computer and Information Sciences (20)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences (9)
  • College of Business and Economics (8)
  • Economics (3)
  • Marketing (1)
  • Management (1)
  • E-Business &Technology Management (1)
  • Business Analytics & Technology Management (2)
  • College of Health Professions (18)
  • Institute for Well Being (2)
  • Kinesiology (9)
  • Occupational Therapy (3)
  • Interpofessional Health Studies (3)
  • Health Sciences (3)
  • Audiology (1)
  • Nursing (3)
  • Athletics (1)
  • College of Liberal Arts (12)
  • English (2)
  • Geography & Environmental Planning (6)
  • Psychology (2)
  • Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice (4)
  • Office of the Dean (1)
  • College of Education (8)
  • Educational Technology & Literacy (4)
  • Elementary Education (2)
  • Secondary Education (1)
  • Special Education (1)
  • Office of the Dean (1)
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication (7)
  • Art + Design, Art History, & Art Education (4)
  • Mass Communication (1)
  • Music (3)
  • Office of Student Conduct & Civility (1)
  • Towson University Counseling Center (1)
  • Athletics (3)

Students
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

Partnerships
Many faculty have collaborated with someone outside their department on SET projects; of these a significant portion were also outside their college. 25 projects have involved collaborators external to Towson University. External partners include individuals from the following organizations:

  • 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
  • University of Wisconsin Madision
  • George Mason University
  • Educational Testing Service
  • Lynchburg University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Stanford Center on Longevity
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore County Public Schools

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.

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

Commercialization
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.