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Building a Motivational-Interviewing Conversational Agent (MintBot) for Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination among People with Multiple Sclerosis

Time frame
2021-2022
Investigator
Jessie Chin
Total funding to date
$74,992.00
Funding agency
Jump ARCHES

Individuals with multiple sclerosis are likely to be hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to their compromised health condition. This project aims to develop an accessible, generalizable and efficient digital health solution for promoting COVID-19 vaccination among vulnerable populations, such as people with disabilities.

MintBot

CAREER: III: Modeling the Heterogeneity of Heterogeneity: Algorithms, Theories and Applications

Time frame
2019-Present
Investigator
Jingrui He
Total funding to date
$415,836.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Nowadays, as an intrinsic property of big data, data heterogeneity can be seen in a variety of real world applications, ranging from security to manufacturing, from healthcare to crowdsourcing. Many high-impact data mining applications exhibit the co-existence of multiple types of heterogeneity, such as different classification tasks, different data sources, and different labeling oracles.…

modeling heterogeneity

CAREER: Inclusive Privacy: Effective Privacy Management for People with Visual Impairments

Time frame
2019-Present
Investigator
Yang Wang
Total funding to date
$255,203.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Privacy or security mechanisms are usually designed with the generic population in mind. As such, they often fall short of supporting many under-studied or marginalized sub-populations, such as children, older adults, people with disabilities, activists, journalists, victims of crimes or domestic violence, and people from non-western or developing countries. The goal of this project is to…

inclusive privacy

CAREER: Using Network Analysis to Assess Confidence in Research Synthesis

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
Jodi Schneider
Total funding to date
$599,963.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Policy in areas such as conservation, energy, healthcare, and sustainable development is informed by a variety of factors, including the best available science. Determining the best available science requires synthesizing multiple scientific results to gauge both the level of scientific consensus and the reliability of the research. However, on some policy-relevant topics, syntheses continue…

network of dots

Changing How We Conduct Inquiry

Time frame
2014-2022
Investigator
Matthew Turk
Total funding to date
$1,500,000.00
Funding agency
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

This project aims to develop infrastructure that transforms the process of discovery through semantically-aware analysis and visualization of data from the physical sciences, in the hopes of demonstrating the high impact that interdisciplinary data-driven research can have on scientific research as a whole.

conducting inquiry

Collaborative Research: Changes in Molecular Gas and Galaxy Properties Over Time in the Era of Integral Field Unit Surveys

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Matthew Turk
Total funding to date
$267,664.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Changes of a galaxy's properties over time are driven by the quantity of its cold gas, the raw material from which stars form. Thus, understanding the properties of a galaxy's cold gas component will tell us both how the star formation process changes over time and how this affects galaxies. Using a recently completed survey of carbon monoxide gas in a sample of nearby galaxies, the project…

galaxy

Collaborative Research: Accelerating Synthetic Biology Discovery & Exploration through Knowledge Integration

Time frame
2019-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$211,699.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

The scientific challenge for this project is to accelerate discovery and exploration of the synthetic biology design space. In particular, many parts used in synthetic biology come from or are initially tested in a simple bacteria, E. coli, but many potential applications in energy, agriculture, materials, and health require either different bacteria or higher level organisms (yeast for…

synthetic biology

Collaborative Research: CDS&E: Renaissance Simulations Laboratory to Model and Explore the First Galaxies in the Universe

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Matthew Turk
Total funding to date
$171,469.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

A great challenge in astrophysics is to understand in detail how the initial smooth distribution of matter in the early Universe formed the first galaxies. Complementing observations of real galaxies, researchers use computational simulations to model the early Universe and study the results. This process allows one to learn how these first galaxies might have formed. However, the sheer size…

galaxies and universe

Collaborative Research: S12-SSI: Inquiry-Focused Volumetric Data Analysis Across Scientific Domains: Sustaining and Expanding the yt Community

Time frame
2017-Present
Investigator
Matthew Turk
Total funding to date
$1,061,721.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Scientific discovery across the physical sciences is increasingly dependent on the analysis of volumetric - or three-dimensional - data, that may come from a supercomputer simulation, direct measurement, or mathematical models. Researchers typically seek to extract meaningful insights from this data by visualizing and analyzing it in various ways. The ways in which scientists process…

yt project

Community Research Cooperative: Methodologies for Research Justice

Time frame
2020-Present
Investigators
Anita Say Chan, Rachel M. Magee
Total funding to date
$42,500.00
Funding agency
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois Office of the Chancellor

The Community Research Cooperative: Methodologies for Research Justice research cluster brings together an interdisciplinary and intergenerational group of scholars from the U of I to address and explore theories and methods in community-engaged research for research justice. This cluster aims to bridge the campus-community divide by creating an inclusive network that includes leading…

community research