I am Shelby Solomon Darnell.
I am a creator, learner, achiever, researcher, scientist, and dreamer.
The trajectory of my life is based off my dreams and my work towards making them reality.
A dream that works toward improving the human condition, toward outstanding personal accomplishment and toward fun for myself.
The dream includes using technological progress and knowledge to enrich lives and create responsible policies to manage how it is used.
One aspect of the dream is to design systems that use human affect values as operational parameters.
At the moment health bands are becoming popular among the technology saavy demographic.
With the prolific use of health bands, why not better understand the signals the body is constantly producing in order to improve people's life quality?
Ph.D., Computer Science, 2009 - 2015
Dissertation Title:EngageME - The Design and Implementation of a Reflective Tool for Evaluating Student Engagement
Advisor: Shaundra Daily
M.S.W.E, Software Engineering, 2003 - 2006
B.S, Computer Engineering, 1999 - 2003
Awards, Grants & Honors
Research Scientist Intership with IBM Research Africa
Awarded PhD in Computer Science
Scholarsihp for attending World's Premiere Conference on HCI
School of Computer Outstanding PhD Student Award
Southern Region Education Board (SRED) Doctoral Fellowship
Inducted: Alpha chapter of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society
Clemson University Alumni Graduate Fellowhip
Clemson University Graduate Scholars Fellowship
Purdue University PhD Fellowship in Computer and Information Technology
AU Board of Trustees Scholarship to Auburn University
Alabama Power Foundation Scholarship to Auburn University
William F. and Brenda W. Hayes Scholarship to Auburn University
Minority Engineering Program Scholarship to Auburn University
Inducted: Tau Signa National Honor Society (top 10% transfer students)
PUBLICATIONS - Book Chapters
Daily, S., James, M. T., Cherry, D., Porter, J. J., Darnell, S., Isaac, J., and Roy, T. Chapter 9 - Affective Computing: Historical Foundations, Current Applications and Future Trends.. In T. Bennett (Eds.), Emotions and Affect in Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction, pp. 213-231. Academic Press, 2017.
Darnell, S. S., Mack, N., Jackson, F., Alnizami, H., James, M., Ekandem, J., Alvarez, I., Andujar, M., Moon, D., Gilbert, J. E. (2014). Human-Computer Interfaces for Speech Applications. In T. F. Gonzalez, J. Diaz-Herrera & and A. Tucker (Eds.), Computing Handbook, 3rd ed. (1). (3rd ed., pp.92:1-92:15) CRC Press.
PUBLICATIONS - Journal Articles
Shaundra B. Daily, Melva T. James, Tania Roy, Shelby S. Darnell. "EngageMe: designing a vizualization tool utilizing physiological feedback to support instruction". Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning 10(2), 2015.
Hollingsworth, K. P.; Darnell, S.S.; Miller, P.E.; Woodard, D.L.; Bowyer, K.W.; Flynn, P.J.;, "Human and Machine Performance on Periocular Biometrics Under Near-Infrared Light and Visible Light," Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on, vol.7, no.2, pp.588-601, April 2012.
Karthik Nandakumar, Nalini Ratha, Sharathchandra Pankanti, Shelby Solomon Darnell. Secure Single Usage Biometric Tokens for Non-Repudiable Multi-Party Transactions.9th International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS) 2017, IEEE (Accepted paper).
Nelson Kibichii Bore, Samuel Maina Kurmba, Shelby Solomon Darnell, Charity Wayua, and Komminist Weldemariam. EngageME: A Tool to Simplify the Conveyance of Complicated Data. ICTD'17 Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development, ACM, 2017 (Accepted paper)
Darnell, S. S., EngageME: A Tool to Simplify the Conveyance of Complicated Data. CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 2014.
Daily, S.; Myers, D.; Darnell, S.; Roy, T.; & James, M.; (Eds.) Streitz, N. & Stephanidis, C. Understanding Privacy and Trust Issues in a Classroom Affective Computing System Deployment. Distributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013, 0829, 414-423.
Chattaraman, V.; Kwon, W.; Gilbert, J.E.; and Darnell, S.S. (2012) Locus of Control in Conversational Agent Design: Effects on Older Users’ Interactivity and Social Presence. Twelth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVa 2012), September 12-14, 2012, Santa Cruz, CA.
Gilbert, J.E.; Johnson-Stokes, W.; Darnell, S.S.; Ekandem, J.I.; Alnizami, H. and Martin, A.M., (2011) Accessible Voting: One Machine, One Vote for Everyone. ACM CHI ’11 Video Presentation, Vancouver, Canada, May 10, 2011.
Darnell, S.S.; Alvarez, I.; Ekandem, J.I.; Woodard, D.L. and Gilbert, J.E. (2011), MyDash: The Biometric Digital Dashboard, In Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces for Automotive Applications (MIAA ’11) organized at the 2011 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI’11), February 13, 2011, Palo Alto, CA, pp. 53-56.
Darnell, S.S., Alleviating Escape Panic Using Evolutionary Intelligence, Auburn University Theses and Dissertations, May 2006.
Carnahan, B.; Muhdi, R.; Fu, S.; Darnell, S.S.; Davis, J.; Dozier, G. and Smith, A. GENEVAC: Evolving Exits for Evacuation Models Via Steady-State Genetic Search, Technical Report: Auburn University CSSE 05-06, May 18, 2005.
Presentations, Press and Invited Talks
12 October 2017
IBM-RA Lab in Nairobi, Kenya
IoM Hashing: An Introduction
Jobs --> Skills
User Interface Design
Wireframing / Mockups
System integration lab creation and management
Graduate Research Assistant
Web2Py Platform development
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
MORPH Lab Director: Shaundra Daily Jan 2012 - May 2015
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
Designing and running studies that use physiological information
to help understand human affect from physiological and contextual information.
Worked with grant subcontractor on analyzing physiological
information and building an equation that relates excitement to mental
and emotional engagement.
Building software that synchronizes physiological sensor readings with
other events, toward the analysis of engagement in a classroom setting.
Aiding the development of 3D software that allows a person to visually
program an avatar to dance, and teach programming logic.
Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Lab Director: Juan Gilbert Aug 2010 - Dec 2011
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
Built a website housing an intelligent virtual agent to enable non-computer saavy elderly individuals to perform online shopping tasks more quickly.
Developed a grammar using voice XML (VXML) to enable vocal interaction with the website.
Biometrics and Pattern Recognition (BPR) Lab Director: Damon Woodard Aug 2009 - Aug 2011
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
Research the improvement of 2.5D finger surface recognition using computational intelligence.
Research the improvement of periocular biometric identification in the visible and infrared spectrums.
I worked on software and hardware systems, recruited and managed.
As a developer I designed and implemented client-server enterprise software, software to control
aircraft hardware, development management scripts, and added to an existing internal web platform.
Performed duties of a Project Engineer in training - A project engineer is a technical lead for a
multi-faceted project including all levels of engineering, warehouse personnel, shipping and receiving
and external partners (subcontractors).
Built a Systems Integration Lab - organizing warehouse personnel and test engineers to build racks of
hardware to simulate the internals of an aircraft system to be deployed for the U.S. Airforce.