How the World’s Collective Attention is Being Paid to a Pandemic: COVID-19 Related n-gram Time Series for 24 Languages on Twitter

Alshaabi, T., Arnold, M., Minot, J., Adams, J., Dewhurst, D., Reagan, A., Muhamad, R., Danforth, C., and Dodds, D. PLoS ONE 16(1): e0244476 (January 2021) In confronting the global spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 pandemic we must have coordinated medical, operational, and political responses. In all efforts, data is crucial. Fundamentally, and in the possible absence of a vaccine for 12 […]

Applied Co-Creation Approach to the Design and Development of a Socially Assistive Robot System to Support Hardware and Software Accessibility and Acceptability Needs of Individuals with AD/ADRD and Their Caregivers

Kingsley, C.1, Stout, A.1, Herrera, N.1, Mittelman, M.2, and Niehaus, J.1 Presented at the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Technology and Dementia Pre-Conference, Virtual (July 2020) Background: Commercially available socially-assistive robots (SARs) serve as a promising new assistive technology platform for individuals with early and middle stage AD/ADRD and their caregivers, yet often fail to address the specific […]

User-Centered Hardware and Software Interaction Design Approach to Enhance Accessibility and Utility of Embodied Social Robots for Older Populations

Kingsley, C., Stout, A., Herrera, N., and Niehaus, J. Presented at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) Conference, Virtual (July 2020) Rapid developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, voice interfaces, and robotics, have enabled consumer social and entertainment robots to flood the market, with sales forecast to reach 4.22 million units by 2025. Notably, […]

Technology in the Wild: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on the Intersection of Autonomous Systems and Wildlife Conservation

Kingsley, C. Moderated panel session at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2020 XPONENTIAL Conference, Virtual (October 2020). Autonomous technologies are becoming more scalable, reliable, and ruggedized, fortunately at a critical time in which wildlife and environmental conservation is growing in need, scale, and emphasis. As such, autonomous technologies, including unmanned air and […]

Highly Targeted Non-Lethal Predator Control Approach using Intelligent Prey Decoys Equipped with Aversive Stimuli to Protect Endangered Species from Predation and Provide Data Insights

Kingsley, C., Nussear, K., King, M., and Jenkins, M. Presented at the Wildlife Society 2020 Annual Conference (October 2020) Approximately 42% of threatened or endangered species are at risk due to invasive species. Invasive species exacerbate threats on native species in a variety of ways, including habitat disruption, outcompeting for resources, causing or carrying disease, […]

Storywrangler: A massive exploratorium for sociolinguistic, cultural, socioeconomic, and political timelines using Twitter

Alshaabi, T.1,2,3, Adams, J.1,2, Arnold, M.1,2, Minot, J.1,2, Dewhurst, D.1,2,4, Reagan, A.5, Danforth, C.1,2,3, and Sheridan Dodds, P.1,2,3 Science Advances (July 2021) In real time, Twitter strongly imprints world events, popular culture, and the day-to-day, recording an ever-growing compendium of language change. Vitally, and absent from many standard corpora such as books and news archives, […]

An Ecologically Founded Design for a Targeted Non-Lethal Predator Aversion Device to Protect Agassiz Desert Tortoises from Depredation

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Kingsley, C., and Jenkins, M. The 2019 Desert Tortoise Symposium, Tucson, AZ (February 2019) Desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii), currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), are experiencing depredation at unprecedented and unnatural rates due to the growing presence of human-subsidized predators in desert tortoise habitat, namely ravens (Corvus corax) and coyotes (Canis […]

Strengthening Health and Improving Emotional Defenses (SHIELD)

Elkin-Frankston, S., Wollocko, A., and Niehaus, J. In: Schmorrow D., Fidopiastis C. (eds) Augmented Cognition: Users and Contexts. AC 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10916. Springer, Cham (03 June 2018) Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, and meditation can be used to gain more control of how individuals respond to stressful situations. While these techniques are becoming […]

Contamination and Lasting Effects Analysis for Negative Substances and Elements

Voge, J., Jacobs, P., Negri, A., and Farry, M. Poster presented at the International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Orlando, FL (July 2018). Military training facility managers are tasked with understanding and responding to the long-term effects of contaminant releases. To mitigate disastrous environmental damage to ecosystems, military training facility managers must […]

Reduced Interference in Working Memory Following Mindfulness Training is Associated with Increases in Hippocampal Volume

Greenberg, J., Romero, V., Elkin-Frankston, S., Bezdek, M., Schumacher, E., and Lazar, S. In Brain Imaging and Behavior, Springer US, 1931-7565 (2018). Proactive interference occurs when previously relevant information interferes with retaining newer material. Overcoming proactive interference has been linked to the hippocampus and deemed critical for cognitive functioning. However, little is known about whether and how this ability […]

Development of an Autonomous Mobile Marine Meteorological Station – SWIMS

Balasuriya, A., Pennington, T., Scudere, T., McCann, Thayer, R., and Wronski, R. Proceedings of IEEE OCEANS 2017, Anchorage, AK (September 2017). Currently, atmospheric data is collected at the air-sea boundary layer by releasing radiosondes from surface ships or by mounting sensors to aircraft. Sea surface data is measured by either remote sensing or by attaching sensors […]

Testing the Usability of a Decision-Support System for Increasing Environmental Awareness

Danczyk, J., Jacobs, P., Montgomery, O., Jenkins, M., and Farry, M. Presented at the 2017 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA), Savannah, GA (March 2017) Military facility managers must track repeated contaminant release that occurs from scheduled training exercises to mitigate the effects of those releases before negative effects occur. Training […]

Strengthening Health and Improving Emotional Defenses (SHIELD)

Elkin-Frankston, S., Niehaus, J., and Wollocko, A. Presented at the Second Annual Global Brain Health and Performance Summit, Columbus, Ohio (April 2017) The psychological stress experienced by Marines has a profound impact on health and performance that reaches beyond the individual; it affects job performance, interactions with family and peers. The DoD has devoted substantial resources […]

Operational Planning using Climatological Observations for Maritime Prediction and Analysis Support Service (COMPASS)

O’Connor1, A., Kirtman2, B., Harrison1, S., and Gorman1, J. Presented at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD (April 2016) The US Navy faces several limitations when planning operations in regard to forecasting environmental conditions. Currently, mission analysis and planning tools rely heavily on short-term (less than a week) forecasts or long-term statistical […]

A Program for Strengthening Health and Improving Emotional Defenses (SHIELD)

Elkin-Frankston, S., Romero, V., and Wollocko, A. To be presented at the 2015 Defense Energy Innovation Summit, Austin, TX (December 2015) The psychological stress experienced by Marines has a profound impact on health and performance that reaches beyond the individual; it affects job performance, interactions with family and peers, and may lead to increased prevalence of […]

Providing a Contaminant and Mitigation Analysis Tool for Enhanced Decision Making and Knowledge Acquisition

Danczyk, J., Jacobs, P., and Farry, M. Presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Los Angeles, CA (October 2015) Environmental awareness has become an important consideration within military training facilities. Facility managers are tasked with scheduling mitigation events to prevent the transport of toxic waste accumulated from training exercises […]

Rapid Assessment of Natural Disaster Effects using Autonomous Aircraft

Stouch, D., Moore, T., and Johnson, J. Proceedings of the 82nd Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium, Infrastructure Analysis, Protection and Recovery (IAP&R) working group, Alexandria, VA (June 2014) Large-scale natural disasters have the potential to create loss of life and property on a large scale. Responding to these incidents is a complex process involving […]