Dr. Mihalcea was one of twenty PECASE awardees from the National Science Foundation who had already been selected to receive the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. She was one of the 100 recipients of the PECASE award from the following government agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation.
The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated
by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive
Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two
criteria: Pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science
and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated
through scientific leadership, public education, or community
outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year
research grant to further their study in support of critical
CSE Programming Team competes in China
The CSE programming team of (L-R) Daniel Hooper, Robert Mitchell-Burke and James Pascoe competed in the Battle of the Brains, an international computer programming competition sponsored by IBM and the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. The competition was held February 1-6 at Harbin Engineering University in northeast China. CSE doctoral student Michael Mohler coached the team. Dr. Ryan Garlick is the Faculty Advisor and accompanied the team to China.
The UNT programming team finished in 86th place out of 103 teams. Our team qualified for the competition after placing second to UT Austin at the regional contest in Oklahoma in October 2009, but went on to place higher than their regional rival at the world finals in China.
UNT Research features CSE faculty members and doctoral students
UNT Research is a UNT publication that focuses on science, scholarship and the arts at UNT. In the Initiatives section, read about how UNT is planning to expand its research impact to gain from a new state of Texas program which will help seven emerging research universities become the next generation of national research universities.
"Researchers Use Simulations to Forecast Disease Outbreaks" features Associate Professor Dr. Armin Mikler, Director of the Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis. Marty O'Neill II and Jorge Reyes, current CSE doctoral students, and Courtney Corley, CSE Ph.D. graduate in August 2009, are also included in this UNT Research article.
Associate Professor Rada Mihalcea appears in the Awards section of UNT Research as a "Top Young Scientist." Her NSF CAREER and PECASE awards are highlighted in this section. Dr. Mihalcea is also recognized again in the News Brief section as a UNT Honors Faculty.
Dr. Krishna Kavi, Professor, is featured in the Spring 2010 edition of UNT Research. "UNT Leads NSF Center for Networks of the Future" explains how the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center is creating cutting-edge software to make complex networks possible. Dr. Kavi is Director of the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center, led by UNT. CSE graduate student Tomislav Janjusic is also included in the article.
Dhruva Ghai, who received his Ph.D. in Spring 2009, appears in the Student Researchers section of UNT Research. Dr. Ghai's research with
nanoscale circuit design is featured. He is a former student of CSE Assistant
Professor Saraju Mohanty.
CSE hosts NACLO 2010
NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. It challenges students to develop strategies for tackling problems in fascinating real languages and formal symbolic systems.
Rada Mihalcea, Associate Professor, and Genene Murphy, Student Assistant, supervised this event, along with Carmen Banea, Samer Hassan, and Ben Leong. Hakan Ceylan, Michael Mohler, and Ravi Sinha also helped set up.
The Laboratory for Recreational Computing ended the Fall 2009 semester with a Game Contest held in CSCE 4210/5250. Thanks to contest judges Ryan Monday and LARC alumni, Joe Scheinberg, Harold Myles and Byron Goodman. Game demos from CSCE 4210/5250 are now available online. Dr. Parberry says "These students are fresh out of Computer Science III using C++ and DirectX for the first time. Some of these demos will really knock your socks off!"
Dr. Parberry and LARC were mentioned in two paragraphs on page 2 of "Geeks Get Respect", which appeared in the December 2-8 issue of Fort Worth Weekly. Dr. Parberry is serving as an at-large member of the Program Committee of the 5th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games to be held in Monterey, CA in June 2010. He will also serve on the Program Committee of the Workshop on Procedural Generation in Games to be co-hosted with the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games in June.
LARC PhD student Jon Doran had his first refereed journal publication accepted in IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. The paper, "Controlled Procedural Terrain Generation Using Software Agents", coauthored with LARC Director Ian Parberry, explores a controllable system that uses intelligent agents to generate terrain elevation heightmaps according to designer-defined constraints.
Another LARC PhD student, Dhanyu Amarasinghe, passed his Research Readiness test on December 7. His next step is the research proposal. Dhanyu is a Teaching Fellow in the CSE department this semester. He is teaching a section of CSCE 1020.
LARC alumnus, Cesar Stastny, worked on the Call of Duty: World at War Map Packs 1, 2 and 3 which took the top 3 places for premium downloads on the Playstation Network Charts for 2009. Cesar is Director of Tools and Libraries at Treyarch (Activision).
Other LARC alumni were busy at the end of 2009. Lynn Duke is featured in a video on Spike TV about his work on the game Splosion Man for Twisted Pixel Games. Ryan Inselmann is now a game programmer at Bonfire Studios. He was previously employed as a game programmer at MumboJumbo and Spidermonk Entertainment.
For more information about LARC, go to http://larc.unt.edu/.
News from VLSI Design and CAD Laboratory (VDCL)
Dr. Mohanty was a session chair for "Low-Power Architecture" session at 23rd IEEE International Conference on VLSI Design held in Bangalore, India. Dr. Mohanty also served as publication chair of 12th IEEE International Conference on Information Technology (ICIT) held in Bhubaneswar, India. He edited the conference proceedings which were published by McGraw-Hill with ISBN: 978-0-07-068014-2.
VDCL graduates one more student with master's thesis. Ms. Ruchi
Rastogi Bani defended her thesis titled "A New N-Way Reconfigurable
Data Cache Architecture for Embedded Systems". With this, a total of
15 dissertations/theses have been produced from the VDCL.
Dr. Krishna Kavi and students in Taiwan
Professor Krishna Kavi and two of his graduate students, Paul Lin and Tomislav Janjusic are spending the Spring 2010 semester at the National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU), in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Hsinchu is approximately 50 miles southwest of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The Computer Science department at NCTU is ranked #1 in Taiwan and among the top 25 in Asia.
Dr. Kavi is collaborating with several faculty members at NCTU on
research in computer architecture for embedded and handheld smart
devices. He is exploring research collaborations with Taiwan IT
companies including Acer and Taiwan universities. He will be
presenting talks at NCTU and several other universities in Taiwan. He
feels that this is a great experience for him and also for his
The Texas Workforce Commission Summer Merit Program has awarded $63,000 to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering to run 6 more Robotics and Game Programming Summer Camps in 2010. This coming Robocamp season will be announced during the first week of March, with registration opening March 22. Availability of student work positions will be announced April 5. Stay tuned to http://www.cse.unt.edu/robocamp for further information.