S. Solomon Darnell

Research Scientist & Affective Computing Researcher & Software Engineer


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?


Clemson University

Ph.D., Computer Science, 2009 - 2015

Dissertation Title: EngageME - The Design and Implementation of a Reflective Tool for Evaluating Student Engagement

Advisor: Shaundra Daily

Auburn University

M.S.W.E, Software Engineering, 2003 - 2006

Auburn University

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

PUBLICATIONS - Conference Papers/Technical Reports

  1. 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).
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Darnell, S.S., Alleviating Escape Panic Using Evolutionary Intelligence, Auburn University Theses and Dissertations, May 2006.
  9. 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

Web Design
User Interface Design
Wireframing / Mockups
Front-End Development
System Administration
Software Engineer
Project Engineer
Requirements analysis
Engineering management
Warehouse management
System integration lab creation and management
Graduate Research Assistant
Web2Py Platform development
Research Scientist
Computer Vision
Image Processing
Affective Computing
Computational Intelligence
Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Research Experience

MORPH Lab Director: Shaundra Daily Jan 2012 - May 2015

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Lab Director: Juan Gilbert Aug 2010 - Dec 2011

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Biometrics and Pattern Recognition (BPR) Lab Director: Damon Woodard Aug 2009 - Aug 2011

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Auburn Computer Human Interaction (AUCHI) Lab Director: Cheryl Seals 2004 - 2005

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Computational Intelligence (CI) Lab Director: Gerry Dozier Aug 2003 - Dec 2005

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Teaching Experience

Basic Computing Software

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Basic Computing Software

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Basic Computing Software

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Professional Experience

shelbydarnell.com Computing Researcher

Affective, Vision, and Computationally Intelligent Computing Sciences


Researching, building, and testing of Affective computing and computer vision systems using computationally intelligent methods.

L3 Communications Greenville, TX USA

Software Engineer II / Project Engineer Trainee

I worked on software and hardware systems, recruited and managed.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

Clemson Student Athlete Support Services USA

System Administrator and Manager

  1. Manage computer lab
  2. Manage all computers and printers in building
  3. Manage a staff of 4 IT workers
  4. Chief architent for in-house student check in software


IT Help / Developer

  1. IT help for windows and macintosh computer systems
  2. Developed genetic sequence experimentation software

Hobbies & Interests