Taylor Ray served as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at the SSRC, where she worked alongside Dr. Sujan Anreddy, and the rest of the interdisciplinary team on the center’s project related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project sought to understand negative emotions experienced throughout the pandemic by utilizing sentiment extracted from social media posts across varying platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and others). Additional project goals included analysis of scams that are inherent to and present within social media, especially when misinformation can be used maliciously upon vulnerable groups. Taylor’s major contributions toward the project included tasks such as writing programming scripts to obtain the COVID-related social media data, managing the database used to store retrieved data, aiding in the dissemination of the data to the public, and any other needs that are computational in nature.Taylor earned a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Anthropology (cum laude) at Mississippi State University in 2019 and a M.S. degree in Computer Science with a primary specialization in artificial intelligence and a secondary specialization in data science in 2021.
Ms. Delma Nieves-Rivera is a former Graduate Research Assistant at the Social Science Research Center (SSRC). She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Computer Science at Mississippi State University. Her research interests include Machine Learning, Game Theory and Multi-Agent Systems.