Wahbeh presents kratom research at system sciences conference


Jan. 20, 2021

Abdullah Wahbeh, a Slippery Rock University assistant professor of computer science, was the lead author on a paper that was presented virtually at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences earlier this month.

Wahbeh and three co-authors presented their paper titled “Adverse Health Effects of Kratom: An Analysis of Social Media Data.” The study investigated the adverse health care effects associated with the use of kratom, a plant that’s used as herbal medicine which has opioid properties and some stimulant-like effects. The researchers used machine learning techniques to analyze more than 36,000 social media posts by kratom users.

HICSS is one of the longest-standing scientific conferences, providing an interactive working environment for scholars from academia and the industry from more than 40 countries to exchange ideas in various areas of information, computer, and system sciences. HICSS is the No. 1 information systems conference in terms of citations as recorded by Google Scholar.