2014, October, HDMA’s latest grant and research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) was launched by Ming-Hsiang Tsou. This project entails creating a social media-based platform that will aid in the dissemination of emergency alerts to residents of San Diego. Learn more about this project from the following articles:
2014, October 13, Times of San Diego ‘You an Influential Tweeter? Emergency Network Might Connect’ – featured on AAG SmartBrief
The nation is in the midst of a sneezy, achy, miserable flu season, and it has been a deadly one in San Diego County so far. Eight more influenza-related deaths last week brought the local death toll to 20. One researcher at San Diego State University has found a way to use Twitter to identify outbreak zones and he believes it has the potential to save lives.
Ming-Hsiang Tsou is sure Twitter can be used to accurately predict who will win a presidential election—just not quite yet.
Tsou and Dipak Gupta, both San Diego State University professors, are part of a project called Mapping Ideas. The idea is to track and analyze publicly-accessible websites, as well as social media like Twitter and Facebook, for key words and phrases and then track their spread.
The project tracked the frequency of mentions of“Obama” and “Romney” on Twitter the week before the election. Remarkably, its results closely resemble the polls taken during that last week.
Mapping cyberspace is one of many ways SDSU faculty are leading innovation and discovery, a key initiative of the Campaign for SDSU. With a unique focus on the teacher-scholar model, SDSU attracts researchers interested in solving the world’s most pressing problems, while showing students how to provide future solutions. Learn more about how SDSU leads innovation and discovery, and how you can help.
A $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help SDSU researchers create new ways to analyze the spread of information and ideas on the Internet. The multidisciplinary cyber-infrastructure innovation project will map cyberspace by tracking the flow of information and monitoring its movement on the Internet.