Research Spotlights

Examining the Emissions Riskscape of Minority Communities in the US

Christopher Reenock, Ph.D

There is an undeniable stigma associated with poorer or more ethnically homogenous communities receiving unjust attention from government parties. Christopher Reenock decided to take a closer look and see which communities are facing greater risks. Furthermore, he wanted to find out what services government parties are providing for these neighborhoods.

Christoper Reenock

A Statistical Look at Harmony in Music

Daniel Tompkins

Daniel Tompkins, an alumnus from the FSU College of Music, found a unique way to use machine learning to conduct music research. Using RCC resources, Daniel analyzed the harmonies and chords in hundreds of early music manuscripts. His goal was to create an approach that allows users to computationally distinguish and classify music from different eras and genres.

Daniel Tompkins

Sentiment Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election

Prasad Maddumage PhD

When RCC staff member Dr. Prasad Maddumage decided to take a brief sojourn from his usual research area in astrophysics, he discovered an interesting way to dabble in machine learning. Something incredibly different than anything he had done in the past …


Prasad Maddumage

Artificial Photosynthesis and Nuclear Waste Research

Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes

Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes, an assistant professor in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, partners with the RCC to support his research in quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics.  His lab is working on artificial photosynthesis and the recovery of nuclear waste.

Jose Mendoza-Cortes

Studying Motor Speech Disorders

Dr. Kaitlin Lansford

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that impacts people with neurological impairments and disorders, including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke. Due to the progressive nature of many diseases that cause dysarthria, traditional speech therapy to improve speech is not always appropriate.

sound wave digital representation

Managing Storm Risk at the College of Business

Sue Ellen Smith

When it comes to hurricanes, it’s only a matter of time before the next big storm will strike Florida. That’s one reason why, in 2007, Florida’s Legislature created The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center at Florida State University. Housed in the College of Business, the Center coordinates critical research in catastrophe risk management to help facilitate decision making by state policy makers.


Hadoop, HPC, and Spear at the Department of Statistics

Dr. Adrian Barbu

Try to imagine a spreadsheet with a billion rows and 60,000 columns.

Adrian Barbu at the Florida State University Department of Statistics regularly works with data this large. Dr. Barbu creates algorithms and statistical methodologies for a variety of applications. Repeatedly running his algorithms over the immense matrix of numbers takes a large amount of time.

Adrian Barbu

Simulating and Controlling Fluid Flow at AME and RCC

Kunihiko Taira

The Florida State University Aeropropulsion Mechatronics & Energy Center (AME) is already well-known for big wind tunnels, robots, and other big research projects. AME also engages in big computing to expand the research horizon with computation fluid dynamics (CFD).

kunihiko taira

Electron Transfer Chemistry in Sulfite Reductase

Dr. Elizabeth Stroupe

Every day in nature, innumerable times, chemical conversions change sulfite compounds into hydrogen sulfide. Despite nature’s fluency with the process, scientists still have a hard time recreating the process efficiently in a laboratory setting.

Elizabeth Stroupe

Jail breaking the PDF and digitizing biological Collections at iDigInfo

Dr. Greg Riccardi

In the era of big data, the dissemination and management of scientific information is becoming an increasing challenge for researchers. The Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication(iDigInfo) at the College of Communication and Information is a new Research Institute at Florida State University aiming to make a dent in that challenge.

Greg Riccardi