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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Amir Karami, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-0197
Office: School of Information Science
Davis College, Room 215
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

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B.S., Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology 
M.S., IT Management, University of Tehran 
M.S., Information Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County 
Ph.D., Information Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County 

Other Positions Held

Faculty Associate at the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) at the Arnold School of Public Health.


Dr. Amir Karami's research focuses on big data and text mining, medical and health informatics, data science, social computing/social network analysis and IT security in Web, mobile and social networks. His research was founded by ASPIRE, Social Science, SURF, Honors College Exploration Scholars Research, Magellan, SCAMP,  and SMART Research Grant Programs. His research team members have been hired by DOD, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Astellas Pharma, and CGI.  He also has external collaborations with  different universities such as JHU, Syracuse,  UNC Chapel Hill, and UMBC, and internal collaborations with some UofSC units including Medicine, Geography, Public Health, Political Science, Computer Science, and Psychology. 

Funded Research

Detecting and Characterizing Health Posts of Malicious Actors on Twitter. PI: Amir Karami. The University of South Carolina College of Information and Communications Internal Grant. $7,440. 2019-2020.

Understand the Role of Emotions in Disaster Communication: A Computational Analysis. Co-PI: Amir Karami. University of South Carolina Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE I). $11,988. 2019-2020.

Big Data Health Science Center. Co-I & Social Media Core Director: Amir Karami. UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research/Provost Office (Excellence Initiative Project). $2,996,000. 2019-2023.

Knowledge Discovery in Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Experiences. PI: Amir Karami. University of South Carolina Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE I). $14,698. 2018-2019.

Computational Analysis of the US 2016 Presidential Election in Social Media. PI: Amir Karami. UofSC Provost Office Social Science Research Grant Program. $15,019. 2017-2018.


Karami believes that teaching is an opportunity to share the excitement of knowledge with the curious minds of students. He teaches SLIS 301: Information Storage and Retrieval, SLIS 330: Introduction to Computer Technology and Applications for Information Environment, SLIS 434: Introduction to Knowledge Discovery (Data Science), SLIS 770: Design and Management of Databases, SLIS 776: Web Technologies for Information Specialists, and SLIS 780: Information Networks. He also received the  2017 Two Thumbs Up Award for faculty & staff across campus who have been influential to students registered with UofSC Office of Student Disability Services.

Recent Publications

Karami A.  (2019), Application of Fuzzy Clustering for Text Data Dimensionality Reduction , International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Data Mining . Acceptance Rate= 21%.

Karami, A. , Ghasemi M., Sen S., Moraes M. F., Shah V. (2019). Exploring Diseases and Syndromes in Neurology Case Reports from 1955 to 2017 with Text Mining . Computers in Biology and Medicine. Impact Factor=2.51. H.Index=68.

Shin, G., Jarrahi, M. H., Fei, Y., Karami, A. , Gafinowitz, N., Byun, A., Lu, X. (2019). Wearable Activity Trackers, Accuracy, Adoption, Acceptance and Health Impact: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Impact Factor=3.5. H.Index=76. Acceptance Rate= 25%.

Karami A. , Suzanne S., White N., Ford K. (2019), Hidden in Plain Sight For Too Long: Using Text Mining Techniques to Shine a Light on Workplace Sexism and Sexual Harassment , Psychology of Violence. Impact Factor=2.5. H.Index=23. Acceptance Rate= 29%.

Karami A. , Shah V., Vaezi R., Bansal A. (2019),Twitter Speaks: A Case of National Disaster Situational Awareness , Journal of Information Science. Impact Factor=1.939. H.Index=54.



  • Undergraduate Committee Member
  • MGO & Strategic Plan Committee Member 
  • Research and Doctoral Committee Member
  • TP committee member for Workshop on Analytics for Security in Cyber Physical Systems 2018 Collocated with ICDNC 2018
  • Reviewer for  IJFS, IJUFKS, IJIM, JIS, iConference, AMIA, ASIST, AMCIS, IEEE ISI, CHI, Southern AIS, ICIS

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