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The AI Lab, with Dr. Hsinchun Chen as PI, has received a Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF ACI-1443019). The project will focus on making data sets from the Lab's Dark Web, Geo Web, and other projects available to scientists, as well as data from project partners. Project partners include Dr. Ahmed Abbasi (University of Virginia), Dr. Paul Hu (University of Utah), Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham (University of Texas at Dallas), and Dr. Chris Yang (Drexel University). The award, totaling nearly $1.5M, will run for three years. See the project website page and the DIBBs data website for more information.

Dr. Hsinchun Chen, Regents' Professor and Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology, has been appointed program direction of the National Science Foundation's Smart and Connected Health Program. In that role, he will coordinate over ten program directors and 100 current research projects, overseeing $100 million in program funding. See the news story in the Fall 2014 issue of Eller Progress.
- September 2014

Dr. Chen was a featured speaker at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Cybercrime, March 20, 2014, at Michigan State University.

AZSecure: A new grant of $4,227,306 has been awarded to PI Hsinchun Chen from the National Science Foundation to create a new cybersecurity scholarship program at the University of Arizona entitled: “Cybersecurity Scholarship-for-Service at The University of Arizona” (AZSecure). Initial funding is for $2,405,882 for 2013-2015, with additional funding earmarked for 2016 and 2017 (NSF DUE #1303362). Co-PIs are Dr. Salim Hariri (ECE); Dr. Mark Patton (MIS), and Dr. Paulo Goes (MIS). The program intends to help address the great need for security training in the U.S. by increasing interest in and technological competence for government service and by helping to broaden representation in science and technology. The curriculum includes dedicated coursework and significant research experience in the areas of security and risk management, operations security, information security risk management, and security management practices. Students accepted into the program will, in addition to their coursework and research, complete a summer internship and also work in a government agency following graduation for a period of time equal to their scholarship enrollment. [Link to NSF abstract]
- September 2013

HackerWeb: A new grant of $1,190,722 has been awarded to PI Hsinchun Chen from the National Science Foundation for “Securing Cyber Space: Understanding the Cyber Attackers and Attacks via Social Media Analytics” (Hacker Web) (NSF SES #1314631). Co-PIs are Dr. Salim Hariri (UA; ECE); Dr. Ronald Breiger (UA; Sociology); and Dr. Tom Holt (MSU; Criminology). The HackerWeb project aims to investigate important questions regarding hacker behavior, markets, and community structure, among other things. The resulting integrated computational framework and associated algorithms and software will also allow social science researchers and security practitioners to closely examine how cyber attacker groups form, develop, and spread their ideas. [Link to NSF abstract]
- September 2013

Director Hsinchun Chen named a UA Regents' Professor. With the world transitioning from analog to digital record-keeping, a pressing issue is how to make sense of the enormous amounts of data at our fingertips for the good of society. Dr. Chen has been researching "big data" for 20 years before the topic "big data" became a popular and highly visible research area. Dr. Chen's accoomplishments and influence on developments in science and technology have led to his being named a UA Regents' Professor, a "title ... reserved for faculty members with exceptional achievements that have brought them national or international distinction. It also serves as recognition of the highest merit and unusual contributions to the quality of the individual's university." See the whole story on the UA News page.
- May 2013

Dr. Hsinchun Chen has been named the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology. The chair is awarded to those whose professional accomplishments mirror those of its namesake, MIT and Harvard alumnus Thomas R. Brown, who co-founded Burr-Brown Research Corporation in Tucson in 1956, and headed it until his retirement in 1998. See the complete press release, posted on the Eller College website on March 25.
- March 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Hsinchun Chen on his outstanding publication citation rankings. According to Google Scholar's "h-index," Dr. Chen is now #1 among all MIS faculty in the world (tied with Dr. Andrew B. Whinston at UT-Austin). See more in the MIS Bulletin.
- October 2012


Dark Web: Exploring and Data Mining the Dark Side of the Web (2012) (Volume 30 of the Integrated Series in Information Systems)
Infectious Disease Informatics and BioSurveillance (2011) (Volume 27 of the Integrated Series in Information Systems)
Sports Data Mining (2011) (Volume 26 of the Integrated Series in Information Systems)
Infectious Disease Informatics: Syndromic Surveillance for Public Health and Bio-Defense (2010) (Volume 21 of the Integrated Series in Information Systems)
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