His research interests include data science, urban informatics, and disaster informatics. His current work focuses on studying the impact of disasters (e.g., terrorist attacks, massive violence, earthquakes, etc.) in the urban environment, with particular interests in building computational tools/frameworks to uncover the shifts and dynamics from the emotions, human mobilities, and topics surrounding the affected population. He is now affiliated to Pittsburgh Computational Social Science Lab (PICSO) under the supervision of Dr. Yu-Ru Lin, and Personalized Adaptive Web Systems Lab (PAWS) with Dr. Peter Brusilovsky.