HDMA hosts a successful 2017 Summer Specialist Meeting!

The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) hosted another successful Summer Specialist Meeting entitled “Social Media Analytics and Decision Support Systems: Applications to Public Health and Crisis Management” on August 15 and 16, 2017 in San Diego. The specialist meeting (workshop) was co-funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) project award #1416509, IBSS: Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks and award #1634641, IMEE: Integrated Stage-Based Evacuation with Social Perception Analysis and Dynamic Population Estimation.

The goal of the workshop was to foster the multidisciplinary collaboration in related research disciplines, including geography, linguistics, computer science, political science, public health, civil engineering, and communication. The workshop brought together over 30 specialists drawn from many disciplines to assess the current state of the art technologies and tools for studying social media analytics and decision support systems, identify and prioritize a research agenda, and begin the development of a research community of collaborating scholars working on these Big Data, social media, and decision support systems (DSS) issues.

Over 30 participants from multiple disciplines participated in the summer workshop.

Dr. Tsou introduces the goals of the summer workshop to participants.

HDMA Center Hosts a Successful 2017 Big Data Hackaton!

The second Big Data Hackathon for San Diego organized at the San Diego State University provided the platform and resources needed for students and collaborators from varied disciplines to come together and develop projects that will benefit the San Diego community. This event took place on February 18-26, 2017 and brought together collaborators from SDSU, UCSD, TAMU, Oregon State University and local high schools.

The theme for the hackathon this year was Public Health and at least 18 unique, exciting public health ideas for the San Diego community emerged in this event. Ideas ranged from individual health related concerns such as heart diseases, developmental disorders and mental issues to those targeting specific community needs such as access to safe drinking water, food banks and resources for the war veteran community in San Diego.

The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) at SDSU started this hackathon event in 2015 with the goal of getting together like-minded students and experts and developing technology-based solutions to important civic issues in California. Participants generate or use publicly accessible datasets on San Diego, California and the rest of the United States and build their solutions. Speaking about what the participants have to gain from such experiences, Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Professor in Geography at SDSU and Director of HDMA said that the “students learn how to analyze Public Health Data and how to use Data Analytic Tools/Methods to solve real world public health problems in a teamwork format.”


First prize winners!

Click here to visit the hackaton website!

Click here to watch an overview video!

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Spitzberg for receiving two awards!

Congratulations to Dr. Spitzberg, who received the 2016: Communication Apprehension and Competence Division of the National Communication Association Edited Book award for: A. Hannawa & B. H. Spitzberg (Eds.), Communication competence (in Handbooks of Communication Science series, P. Cobley & P. J. Schulz, series Eds.). Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.


Dr. Spitzberg also was awarded the 2016: Human Communication and Technology division of the National Communication Association article award for: Spitzberg, B. H. (2014). Toward a model of meme diffusion (M3D). Communication Theory, 24, 311-339. doi:10.1111/comt.12042