Decision, Risk And Big Data Analytics

Weathering storms of deception on social media. Researchers work to weed out misinformation during a disaster.

Students will look at challenging topics related to decision, risk, and big data analytics.

Project description

The students will work with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students on challenging topics related to decision, risk, and big data analytics. The tools that will be used include: network analysis, mathematical modeling, data analysis, machine learning, decision analysis, game theory, risk analysis, and programming (e.g., using Matlab, R, PHP, Java, Python). Examples of recent projects include the modeling of misinformation spreading and debunking on social media, data analytics for wildfire management, protecting soft targets (such as schools, surface transportation, houses of worship), human trafficking and smuggling, and border security.

Project outcome

The students would finish a research report. There will be opportunities to get journal or conference publications, and conference presentations.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long; 10-12 months
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Large and small group collaboration
Benefits Academic credit; work study; stipend
Who is eligible All undergraduate students who are studying or interested in engineering, decision analytics, and/or data analytics.
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Jun Zhuang

Morton C. Frank Professor

Industrial and Systems Engineering

317 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4707


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Preparation activities

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Industrial and Systems Engineering