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Data visualization of Lorenz attractor system, also known as butterfly effect

Chakraborty awarded NSF grant to develop AI approaches for identifying dynamic clinical data patterns, causal links in text

Sunandan Chakraborty, assistant professor of data science at SoIC, received a $174, National Science Foundation grant for his project to use artificial intelligence to mine text, aiming to identify dynamic clinic data patterns. Chakraborty’s research will seek to discover little known symptoms and signals of the rare disease Sjögren’s Syndrome by mining research articles and clinical notes.

Media Arts and Science alumnus Clark Knittle with video camera

MAS alumnus crosses the finish line with Resilience Racing

When Clark Knittle was ready to take his video career to another level he said he chose the master’s program in Media Arts and Science because it was not only top-notch, but also convenient for adult students. For his thesis project, the motor racing fan shot and edited video, created a short documentary, and developed social media content for Resilience Racing. The program is designed for and by a team of disabled veterans, who train to drive specially equipped cars.

Informatics student and LiFT Scholar Isabel Lopez

Isabel Lopez, IUPUI LiFT Scholar, takes part in highly selective i3 program

Isabel Lopez, an Informatics student and LiFT Scholar at SoIC, was chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants for the iSchool Inclusion Institute. She has attended special classes and worked on a team research project about the impact of abandonment in social media, which was presented online to the iConference 2020 in Sweden.

Khairi Reda and Jingwen Yan

Two School of Informatics and Computing researchers receive prestigious NSF CAREER grants

Two SoIC faculty members were awarded 5-year CAREER grants by the National Science Foundation. Khairi Reda, assistant professor of data science and human-computer interaction, and his team will develop tools to aid in assessing the reliability of data patterns. His $538,140 grant project aims to help broaden the adoption of visual analysis tools. Jingwen Yan, assistant professor of bioinformatics, and her team will provide new perspectives on handling multi-omic data, which can be used discover disease biomarkers, through her $549,909 grant project.

MAS alumna Mary Katherine Fitzpatrick

MAS intern uses art and technology to promote healing via digital storytelling

Mary Fitzpatrick wanted to combine her appreciation for visual communication and social media with her passion for teaching art to children, switching from majoring in education to a degree in Media Arts and Science. Her specialization in digital storytelling took her to a unique internship experience with Ascent 121. Mary currently works as a Graphic Designer.

Members of Tech to Protect team and advisor Sonny Kirkley.

Students win Tech to Protect Challenge, innovate informatics solutions for first responders

The team of Swarnamouli Majumdar, Mayur Srivastava, Aamir Khan, I Ting (Tiffany) Tseng, and Bhavani Prasad Rao Ejanthkar (pictured above left to right with advisor Sonny Kirkley) recently returned from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where they successfully competed in the Tech to Protect Challenge sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). […]

MAS grad student Xiaochen Yu outside on campus

MAS graduate student creates seamless online experiences for Walmart shoppers

In the summer of 2019, media arts and science grad student Xiaochen Yu interned at Walmart Design as a UX designer, working with a cross-functional team to re-envision creation of a seamless user experience for the Search and Browse space on Walmart apps. As a junior designer, Yu collaborated with domain experts in design, research, and analysis to iteratively finalize design decisions.

AMIA Challenge Team, left to right, BHI Faculty Saptarshi Purkayastha, Kevin Horan, Radhika Ravindran, Anushri Rajapuri, and IU School of Medicine researcher Sherry Bucher

Students’ “Essential Care for Every Baby” app wins at AMIA

) An award-winning digital tool to help babies, new mothers and caregivers resulted from work by a team of graduate researchers including BioHealth Informatics student Anushri Singh Rajapuri and Human-Centered Computing student Radhika Ravindran. By reducing the decision-making workload for neonatal nurses, this app can improve care and essential intervention for newborns and their mothers.

A toad sits on a platform surrounded by a circle of cameras

Students help preserve endangered species for future generations with AR app

A team of four informatics and computing students, led by Drennen Dooms, has been working for University of Massachusetts professor Duncan Irschick to create an educational app for Irschick’s library of 3D models of animals, some of which are endangered. "Duncan goes all over the world scanning these endangered species, and now Drennen and his team are digitizing them and making a scavenger app that can go to zoos and conferences to generate awareness for Duncan and his mission to digitally preserve all these species that are about to disappear."

All members of the highschool mobile app competition teams and mentors pose on stairs in IT building

Mobile App UX Competition participants demonstrate their “drive” for solutions

Ten Indiana high school teams gathered on a recent Saturday to compete in the sixth annual Mobile App UX Competition at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. Teams were given approximately eight hours to concept, design, code and present a solution to a specified challenge. Travis Faas, Media Arts and Science faculty member […]

Virtual reality game built by IUPUI students challenges players to escape from Breakout High

A team of IUPUI Media Arts and Science students built a virtual reality game, “Breakout High,” where players use their puzzle-solving wits to escape a locked school. The students developed the game through their Multimedia Project Development course, and their work with client BlueWall VR led to their escape room-style game being available for play at the arcade.

Bianca Chavis selected to address science organizations at national S-STEM symposium

(Story contributed by Rich Schneider, originally published November 13, 2019) Students often listen to distinguished speakers. But this time, the tables were reversed. Bianca Chavis, an IUPUI student, was onstage, speaking to the leadership teams of the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as more than 600 […]

Sights set on Hollywood: IUPUI student thrives in Semester in L.A. program

(Originally published in JagNews, Nov 13, 2019, written by Mary Olk) (Video provided by Chase Mitchell) Hollywood used to feel intangible for Chase Mitchell. And now he doesn’t have to wonder what it would be like to live and work there. He knows. He took the exciting, scary leap and applied for the Semester in L.A. […]

Davide Balchini poses for a photograph in the School of Informatics and Computing (ICTC) building at IUPUI on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Bolchini receives NSF grant to explore navigating technology without screens

Davide Bolchini, Ph.D., an IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI associate professor, has received a 3-year grant of $499,876 from the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Human System program. Bolchini, is principal investigator for the project, “Manipulating Text in Screenless Environments” and will explore how wearable and sound-based technologies can increase accessibility for people who are blind.

SoIC student interns at Infosys in Bangalore India pose with Senior Executive Associate Dean Mathew J. Palakal and Career Services Specialist Pat Rhodes

IUPUI students say internship program delivers on promise for unique summer experience

(Contributed by Rich Schneider, originally published August 7, 2019) Imagine a summer college internship program that promises the best summer of your life. Such a program is available through Infosys, a multinational company that provides IT services and business consulting. The program begins by paying for visa fees and roundtrip airplane tickets to bring students […]

IUPUI students pose with Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Bennett during Design Challenge

IUPUI students devise innovative concepts to help people who are homeless, hungry

(Story contributed by Rich Schneider, originally published October 16, 2019) Twenty-one IUPUI students gathered Oct. 11 in the mayor’s conference room on the 25th floor of the City-County Building to present their solutions to a difficult social problem: How do you reconnect people to society who have become homeless or are unsure when they will […]

Erin Brady, Ph.D. and assistant professor of human-computer interaction at IUPUI’s Department of Human-Centered Computing

NSF grant helps IUPUI faculty explore how to eliminate barriers to accessibility

Erin Brady (above), Ph.D. and assistant professor of human-computer interaction at IUPUI’s Department of Human-Centered Computing, has received a grant to identify ways that socio-technical systems can promote collaborative efforts to solve accessibility problems in the workplace. As principal investigator, Brady is working with co-principal investigator Davide Bolchini, Ph.D. and chair of the School of Informatics […]

Students and Starbucks representatives working on IoT project

That’s smart coffee: Informatics students implement IoT design for Starbucks

Jiahui “Miro” Wang and her team spent months in their warroom and on the road researching and designing an Internet of Things dashboard system for Starbucks to help them track preventative maintenance on their water filtration equipment across their 8K+ U.S. stores. “With those valuable experiences…I believe I can launch a successful product designer career in the IoT industry,” Wang said.

Impact of Indiana’s opioid epidemic demonstrated through film by IUPUI faculty

[Original article written by Kelsey Cook. Published with permission.] C. Thomas Lewis understands the power that video and filmmaking can have in addressing social issues. In 2015, he traveled to Kenya on a New Frontiers grant to film a series of short narrative films on confronting the stigma associated with HIV that is still being used in schools […]

HCI alumna, Jennifer Palilonis, far left, with BSU EMDD students at Indiana Statehouse

HCI research and practice opens doors, practically and creatively, for alumna

[Photo: HCI alumna Jennifer Palilonis, far left, poses with BSU EMDD students at Indiana Statehouse. Used with permission] Jennifer Palilonis was a self-described non-traditional Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction program at the IU School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at IUPUI in 2010. At the time, she was already a tenured professor at Ball […]

MAS lecturer Todd Shelton in classroom

Mosaic Fellowship changes classroom learning dynamics for faculty and students

Last summer, Todd Shelton, lecturer in Media Arts and Science (MAS) at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, learned he had been selected as an IU Mosaic Faculty Fellow for the 2018-19 school year. Shelton applied because of his interest in active learning and different ways he could engage the students. He […]

Close-up of camera and microphone sitting on a table

Networking, preparation, and timing leads MAS grad to rewarding career at Netflix

Kylee Peña (MAS, 2009) has accomplished a great deal in the field of Media Arts and Sciences in the short time since her graduation. She is the Coordinator of the Creative Technologies team at Netflix in Los Angeles, California, and co-President of the non-profit organization Blue Collar Post Collective. “IUPUI appealed to me because of the location and the combination of video and computing. Going to a school in Indianapolis offered me a lot of options for interning, working my way through school (at the Indianapolis Zoo, an amazing workplace for a student), and living in different neighborhoods."

Andrew Miller in the lobby of Riley Children's Hospital

Andrew Miller receives NSF grant to study caregiving for young cancer patients

Andrew Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of human-computer interaction (HCI) in the Department of Human-Centered Computing has received a two-year NSF CRII Smart and Connected Health Award of $174,791. He is principal investigator on the project entitled “Parent-2-Parent: Supporting Dyadic Caregiving in the Hospital” and will be collaborating with Dr. Emily Mueller of Riley Hospital for […]

MAS students, Noel Keith, Alexander Douglas, and Torrie Dearduff with check for Vector Best in Show

MAS game design and development student receives Best in Show award

Alexander Douglas (above center), a senior and recent graduate of the Media Arts and Science undergraduate program, took home Best in Show for his game, Labrunner, at the 2019 Vector Conference held at Eastern Kentucky University in late April. Vector is a game conference held in collaboration with EKU Gaming Institute and RunJumpDev that celebrates […]

MAS lecturer Zebulun Wood poses in front of large monitor with graphic of person wearing VR headset

$1.6M NIH research grant supports study of VR to improve perspective taking in kids

Zebulun Wood (pictured above), lecturer and co-director of the undergraduate Media Arts and Science (MAS) program, will lead a team from the IU School of Informatics and Computing as part of a $1,622,677 NIH R61 Phase 1 Exploratory/Development Grant recently awarded to Tom Hummer, assistant research professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of […]