Special Interest Groups (SIGs), organized by CCS, occasionally meet to share information, explore collaborative research topics of interest and explore potential joint funding opportunities.

Current SIGs

  • Smart and Connected Communities – The NSF defines smart and connected communities as a community that synergistically integrates intelligent technologies with the natural and built environments, including infrastructure, to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of those who live, work, or travel within it.
  • Text Mining and Textual Data Analytics – This SIG seeks to build a community of researchers to: share information, insight, inspiration, innovation across disciplines that analyze textual datasets; pursue opportunities for collaboration and funding in research related to text analysis; serve as an information resource to CCS and other campus constituents for text mining and textual data analysis.  The goals are to build research and teaching capacity through: shared courses, workshops, seminars; shared teaching and research resources; shared datasets and systems; shared training opportunities in best practices for campus researchers engaged in text mining and textual data analysis.
  • Graphical Processing Units
  • Machine and Deep Learning
  • Serious Games for Education and Training – A serious game is a game (or virtual environment) designed for education, training or business application – using innovative design mechanics and technology that engage the participant, promotes learning, conveys knowledge and/or supports a business need (such as decision support). Serious Game development requires a diverse team and fusion of disciplines, including: 1. Cognitive Science (learning methodologies, instructional system design, cognitive task analysis); 2. Technologies (gaming engines, virtual environments, HCI, workflow engines, AI); and 3. Design (story telling, narrative, gaming mechanics/gamification).

If your research interest falls into one of these SIG areas, please contact Tony Elam (tony.elam@uky.edu), Associate Director of CCS, and request to be added to the SIG email group of interest to you.