Spring 2023

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I-DISC welcomes new Associate Director, Professor Mooi Choo Chuah, to the Leadership Team.

I-DISC is thrilled to welcome Professor Mooi Choo Chuah as our new Associate Director. Mooi Choo's research interests include perception systems for autonomous vehicles, cloud/edge computing, network and cyber physical system security, resilient Smart Grid control networks, healthcare data mining, and computer/mobile vision. She previously served as Associate Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering department. Mooi Choo brings to I-DISC a significant track record in receiving external research funding, as well as a dedication to teaching and mentoring students. Larry Snyder (Director), Kate Arrington (Associate Director), and Sarah Wing (Administrative Specialist) are delighted to have Mooi Choo join us on the I-DISC leadership team.


Larry Snyder, ISE, I-DISC Director
Kate Arrington, Psychology, I-DISC Associate Director

I-DISC Leadership Team


Research Highlights

Interdisciplinary team examines social media’s role in framing facts, influencing behavior during COVID-19 pandemic

A team of Lehigh researchers recently won a $1.2M NSF grant. Under the grant, Lehigh computer science and engineering researchers will work with journalism and humanities experts to better understand how online media shapes perceptions and actions to help improve communication in future global crises.

This interdisciplinary group includes I-DISC faculty members Eric Baumer and Dominic DiFranzo from Computer Science and Engineering; and Haiyan Jia from Journalism.  

Read FULL ARTICLE posted on RCEAS Website >>

$1M NSF grant funds Lehigh cross-disciplinary team converging on pandemic prediction and prevention research

Experts in engineering, biology, data science, and cognitive psychology team up with Lehigh’s Institute for Indigenous Studies to examine spread of disease in marginalized communities and build groundbreaking forecasting and diagnostic tools. Imagine if researchers could predict the spread of a pandemic like they can the evolution of a hurricane. With the right data, they could help people stay out of harm’s way. Harnessing that ability is the bold vision of a multidisciplinary team of Lehigh researchers.
Read story by Christine Fennessy, RCEAS. Read full article >>

Artificial Intelligence in the Real World
Contributed Articles by I-DISC's External Advisory Council Members

Understanding the Three Different Types of AI 
Article by Mike Watson


Interdisciplinary AI Research at NCARAI
Article by David Aha, Director, Navy Center for Applied research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI)

Student Spotlight

PhD student Amin Hosseiny Marani recently co-authored a paper with his advisor, I-DISC faculty member Eric Baumer. The paper investigates how humans evaluate the quality of labels assigned to a topic (for example, in a news headline). Amin and his coauthors conclude that humans make such assessments in nuanced ways. Their findings have implications for natural language processing (NLP) and for machine learning (ML) systems more broadly.

Learn more about Marani's research >>


Upcoming Events

I-DISC Graduate Student Forum

Friday, March 3, 2023
12:00-1:30pm (lunch provied)
REGISTRATION required by 03.01.23 

Building C Room 210

Stay tuned for an invite & agenda!

I-DISC Faculty Forum 

April 14, 2023
Building C 

Stay tuned for an invite & agenda!

Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS)
WiCS is expanding its writing support groups this semester to include a two-day, grant-writing event. This online event will be held March 16-17 featuring shared writing time, timeline building exercises, feedback on specific aims or project summaries, pointers for editing, relaxation breaks, and a drop in time with program officers. Engage with us on Twitter @WomeninCogSci or join our Facebook group @WomenInCognitiveScience.

Learn more about WiCS >>

I-DISC Faculty Resources

For Graduate Students

Other events of interest to I-DISC members.


I-DISC Community workspace. Follow the instructions here to find the I-DISC Community workspace and request to join. Or email Sarah Wing (srw208@lehigh.edu), or send her a message on Slack and ask to be added.


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I-DISC is a Lehigh University Interdisciplinary Research Instit