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Social Media Tracking and Analysis System

With sophisticated data acquisition and filtering mechanisms, SMTAS provides researchers with a easy to use tool for analyzing and tracking social media.

Meet Our Team

Arthur G. Cosby


Dr. Arthur G. Cosby is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State University (MSU). He served as Director and Research Fellow at the University’s Social Science Research Center (SSRC) and as Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Mississippi State University in 1969 and has held prior faculty positions at Louisiana State University and Texas A & M University. He has numerous publications and conference presentations in the area of “public sociology.” His research applies social science knowledge to such real-world problems as health, poverty, career development, racial disparities, tobacco control, families/children and policy studies. From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Cosby was the Thomas L. Bailey Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. In 2003, he was the founding Director of the Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, and in 2000, he served as the Executive Director of the Rural Health, Safety, and Security Institute.

John F. Edwards

Coordinator of Laboratories

Dr. John F. Edwards directs the Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) at the Social Science Research Center. The SRL conducts scientifically-based survey research using local, state, and national samples. The surveys cover a broad range of research topics such as healthcare, education, behavioral risk factors, children’s wellbeing, vocational rehabilitation, watershed management, disaster response, and the state of the economy. For telephone-based surveys, the SRL maintains a state-of-the-art call center with 30 interviewer stations. The laboratory utilizes a robust CATI (computer-assisted-telephone-interviewing) system and the data collection process is based on rigorous sampling methodology. The SRL regularly employs both Address-Based Frames and Dual-Frame RDD samples that account for cellphone-only households. Past clients include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Mississippi State University, the SRL also conducts the only scientifically-based public issues survey in the state of Mississippi: The Mississippi Poll.

Somya Mohanty

Technical Coordinator

Dr. Somya D. Mohanty is an Assistant Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center. He received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Florida State University and his doctorate from the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University. His doctoral research focuses on designing security kernels for distributed applications.

Josh Richardson

Systems Administrator

Mr. Richardson serves as the Systems Administrator at the Social Science Research Center. As the Systems Administrator he has a myriad of duties: Server Configuration, Workstation Configuration & Maintenance, Database Design & Maintenance, Data Management, Software License Management, & Technical Advising. He also serves as a member of the Innovative Data Laboratory and has played a role in the development of the Social Media Tracking and Analysis System (SMTAS). Josh has pushed the SSRC forward into Cloud Computing, and Big & Unique Data arenas.

Geoff Stebbins


Chris Boudreaux


David Martin


John Buffington


John Buffington is a Junior at Mississippi State University studying Software Engineering. In addition to redesigning the IDL website, his current focus is web application development using the Django Python web framework.

Izzy Pellegrine