Research Spotlights

Social Media Used to Select Winners at 2nd Annual Lyle Research Day

Assistant Professor Sevinc Sengor
Assistant Professor
Sevinc Sengor
Assistant Professor and J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Professor Joseph Camp
Assistant Professor
Joseph Camp

Dallas, TX – November, 2014 – Competing for iPads, 49 graduate and undergraduate students at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering presented research projects during Lyle’s 2nd Annual Research Day events. This year’s competition was decided by peers who attended the morning oral presentations and afternoon poster sessions. Teams using social media competed for the top spot on both Facebook and Twitter, making this event anything but a traditional event.  In total, 24 research groups received over 1,200 likes through Facebook and over 300 tweets, retweets/favorites and hashtag references using Twitter. Judging by social media responses, selecting winners was conclusive and self-regulating.

“It was very exciting this year,” remarked one student. “In fact, in the best presentations, it seemed that the main content came out of the first one or two minutes, whether they had more time to speak or not.”

Whatever the pacing of the competitive sessions, microblogging and social networking are now linked to voting processes for Lyle’s research day.  “Our event organizers,  Drs. Joe Camp and Sevinc Sengor, deserve a round of applause for setting a new bar to live up to, affirmed Dr. Volkan Otugen, Senior Associate Dean. “This was a hugely successful event, filled with interest―both on the abstract submission and attendance sides.  All voting was handled through Facebook likes and tweets.  Deciding on winners was definitely in the hands of the students!”

Facebook Winner (received over 149 likes and 88 comments):

Bilal Alqudah (#PrivacyEHR) – Advisor: Suku Nair


In healthcare industry and EHR management systems, patients are still in many implementations excluded from controlling their own data. The cost of modifying current systems prevents many healthcare providers from adding such features especially for legacy systems. Technology wise, adding patients to access controlling systems managed by hospitals are not an easy decision because of the modifications systems need to provide that service. On the other hand, patients’ contribution into protecting their own data and controlling what to show when a record viewed by a doctor or a nurse for example enhance patient’s privacy protection. This research presents a framework that providing services for A-risk assessment and risk evaluation. B- metered information exchange policy between hospitals based on risk assessment results and policies exchanged. C- fine-granularity access controlling system. The framework is built on top of a legacy access controlling system (RBAC) and formatted XML health record files (HL7). The technique is based on fine-granularity access controlling policy where access rights can be granted based on data type or category rather than object or file. It provides the ability to control access to the files outside its environment as well since it uses data encryption rather than access control tables.

Twitter Winner (received 119 tweets, retweets/favorites and hashtag references):

Mohammad Alannsary (#SaaSCostEval) – Advisor: Jeff Tian


Cloud computing is a new technology that has gained a lot of attention. Software as a Service (SaaS) is using the Cloud technology to deliver software to users. One of the main issues with different SaaS configurations is measuring and comparing the performance and scalability. Existing work in this area typically use multiple metrics and different measurement scales, which makes it hard to compare alternative configurations. Our research proposes a new approach to measure and evaluate the performance and scalability of a SaaS by comparing the cost of running the software on the Cloud. A case study is presented to demonstrate the viability of the approach.