From AI to VR, Annual iSchool Research Blitz Showcases Latest Faculty Research

Feb. 16, 2024
Xuan Lu

Assistant Professor Xuan Lu shares her research on “Predicting Dropout Rates of Remote Workers Using Emojis.” Photo by Michael McKisson.

Each spring semester, faculty at the University of Arizona’s School of Information gather to present the latest on their information-related research.

In January 2024, 11 iSchool faculty members showcased their research and creative scholarship in quick presentations that demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature and compelling breadth of iSchool research, from artificial intelligence to virtual reality.

Associate Professor Steven Bethard began the Research Blitz with “Linking Text to Maps.” He was followed by Professor and Associate Dean for Research Bryan Heidorn, whose two topics were “Ecological Phonophase Prediction” and “Financial Topic Analysis of Federal Grants.” Assistant Professor Sarah Bratt also presented two topics on the “Scholarly Ecosystem Reimagined,” “How is Artificial Intelligence Used in GLAMs?” and “Disambiguating Software Mentions in Scientific Literature.” Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Jamie A. Lee shared their research on “Kairotic and Kin-Centric Archives,” while Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Zack Lischer-Katz discussed “Curating Visual Information.” Assistant Professor Xuan Lu presented on “Predicting Dropout Rates of Remote Workers Using Emojis” while Assistant Professors of Practice Jennifer Rochelle and Berlin Loa teamed to present “Library Services for Incarcerated Folks in Arizona.” Assistant Professor Lila Bozgeyikli discussed “Exploring Horizontally Flipped Interaction in Virtual Reality for Improving Spatial Ability” while Assistant Professor Ren Bozgeyikli discussed “Googly Eyes: Exploring Effects of Displaying User’s Eye Movements Outward on a VR Head-Mounted Display on User Experience.” Professor Cheryl Knott concluded the presentations with “Text and Paratexts in Translation: The English and French Editions of the Limits of Growth.”

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