Researchers receive NSF RAPID award to understand how individuals are socially influenced online during COVID-19

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For most people, social media is Instagram selfies, LinkedIn articles and losing yourself in the world of Facebook. For Arif Mohaimin Sadri and M. Hadi Amini, social media means valuable data to analyze the public response to crises like COVID-19. 

Sadri is an assistant professor in the Moss Department of Construction Management at the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure & Sustainability. Amini is an assistant professor at the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS). The Principal Investigators (PIs), Sadri and Amini, received a grant from the National Science Foundation as part of NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program designed to aid in the modeling and understanding of the spread of COVID-19.

The focus of the $79,380 grant—titled “#COVID-19: Understanding Community Response in the Emergence and Spread of Novel Coronavirus through Health Risk Communications in Socio-Technical Systems”—will be exploring how individuals are socially influenced online, while communicating risk and interacting in their respective communities as the disease continues to spread.

Read more at CEC News.