2019-07-17: Bathsheba Farrow (Computer Science PhD Student)

My name is Bathsheba Farrow.  I joined Old Dominion University as a PhD student in the fall of 2016.  My PhD advisor is Dr. Sampath Jayaratha. I am currently researching various technologies for reliable data collection in individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  I intend to use machine learning algorithms to identify patterns their physiological data to support rapid, reliable PTSD diagnosis.  However, diagnosis is only one side of the equation.  I also plan to investigate eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, brainwave technology, and other methods that may actually alleviate or eliminate PTSD symptoms.  I am working with partners at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) to discover more ways technology can be used to diagnosis and treat PTSD patients.

In May 2019, I wrote and submitted my first paper related to my PTSD research to the IEEE 20th International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration (IRI) for Data Science: Technological Advancements in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Detection:  A Survey.  The paper was accepted in June 2019 by the conference committee as a short paper.  I am currently scheduled to present the paper at the conference on 30 July 2019.  The paper describes brain structural irregularities and psychophysiological characteristics that can be used to diagnosis PTSD.  It identifies technologies and methodologies used in past research to measure symptoms and biomarkers associated with PTSD that has or could aid in diagnosis.  The paper also describes some of the shortcomings past research and other technologies that could be utilized in the future studies.

While working on my PhD, I also work full-time as a manager of a branch of military, civilian and contractor personnel within Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity (NSWCDD DNA).  I originally started my professional career with internships at the Bonneville Power Administration and Lucent Technologies.  Since 2000, I have worked as a full-time software engineer developing applications for Version, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command, and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).  I have used a number of programming languages and technologies during my career including, but not limited to, Smalltalk, Java, C++, Hibernate, Enterprise Architect, SonarQube, and HP Fortify.

I completed  a Master’s degree in Information Technology through Virginia Tech in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Norfolk State University in 2000.  I also completed other training courses through my employers including, but not limited to, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), Ethical Hacking, and other Defense Acquisition University courses.

I am originally from the Hampton Roads area.  I have two children, with my oldest beginning her undergraduate computer science degree program in the fall 2019 semester.

--Bathsheba Farrow


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