Dantu's program would allow drivers to integrate their smartphones with their cars' on-board computers. Through the integration, the smartphone would be able to analyze driver behavior and road conditions, and then send alerts to the driver or other drivers in the area. For instance, the program could alert drivers of construction delays ahead, poor weather conditions or that a driver ahead of them is braking for a speed bump.
Dantu's team will include a student entrepreneur and a mentor. Brandon Gozick, a student in UNT's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will fulfill the student role, and Alan Kushner, former chief technology advisor for the National Transportation Safety Board, will serve as the team mentor.
Krishna Kavi recognized for 10 years at UNT
Dr. Krishna Kavi was recognized by Dr. Barrett Bryant at the CSE
Faculty Meeting on November 16 for his 10 years of service to the
University of North Texas. Dr. Kavi is the Director of The National
Science Foundation Net-Centric Software and Systems
Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (Net-Centric IUCRC).
Armin Mikler to present webinar on November 30
Dr. Armin R. Mikler will present a webinar "Utilizing Computational Tools for the Design and Analysis of Bio-Emergency Response Plans" for the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin on November 30. Dr. Mikler is the Director of the Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory at the University of North Texas.
Following the accidental or deliberate release of harmful biological agents, responders have little time to mount an adequate response. Researchers at the newly formed Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis at the University of North Texas are developing new tools that will help to prepare for such events. "Where?" and "How?" questions are the basis for developing efficient emergency response plans long before these health emergencies actually occur.
For more information, see this Department of State Health Services website.
Dr. Ali Hurson is ACM Guest Speaker
ACM Distinguished Speaker Professor A. R. Hurson visited the Department of Computer Science and Engineering on November 4, 2011. Dr. Hurson's presentation was on Heterogenous and Mobile Databases. Dr. Hurson (bio) is currently a Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. His research is in pervasive computing, heterogenous and multi databases. He also worked on computer architecture. A Media Gallery page of Dr. Hurson's talk is HERE.
Professor Hurson's visit was made possible by our reactivation of the
UNT ACM Student Chapter. ACM is the largest and oldest professional
society for computing. In addition to sponsoring the Distinguished
Speaker Program, it also sponsors the International Collegiate
Programming Contest. For further information about ACM and how you can
participate in ACM Events, please contact Contact Dr. Ryan Garlick.
News from the Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Lab
IMKD member Favyen Bastani (TAMS student, class of 2012) is a Regional Finalist in the most recent round of Siemens (high school) competition. TAMS students won a total of 14 semifinalist positions and 5 finalist honors. Favyen's work is mentored by Dr. Yan Huang and is titled "A Greener Transportation Mode - Flexi: Routes Planning and Evaluation". This work, co-authored by Favyen Bastani, Yan Huang, Xing Xie (Microsoft Research Asia) and Jason Powell, was accepted by ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2011 and presented earlier this month at the conference in Chicago.
Chao Shen's paper titled "The Design of a Benchmark for Geo-Stream Management Systems" was accepted by ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2011. This work was co-authored by Chao Shen, Yan Huang and Jason Powell. Chao also defended his Master's thesis on this topic on October 26 and attended the conference in Chicago.
Jason Powell presented a paper titled "Towards Reducing Taxicab Cruising Time Using Spatio-Temporal Profitability Maps" in Minneapolis at the 12th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases in August 2011. The paper was co-authored by Jason Powell, Yan Huang, Favyen Bastani, and Minhe Ji (Eastern China Normal University).
Dr. Yan Huang visited Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) in Beijing for
three months in the Summer of 2011. During her visit, she formed
research collaborations with several distinguished researchers at MSRA
and those visiting MSRA. She is currently visiting Fudan University
in Shanghai China for Fall 2011. Fudan is one of the top ranked
universities in China, featuring very talented faculties and students.
She attended the National Database Conference of China on October
21-23 hosted by Fudan and gave an invited talk titled "Towards Smarter
and Greener Transportation Systems". Her 11 year old son believes MSRA
is a better place than Fudan mainly because of the Kinect and friends
he found in the open area and fresh fruits served daily at 3:00 p.m.
at MSRA. He is still trying to get used to the amount of homework at
the international school he is attending in Shanghai.
NanoSystem Design Laboratory Acquires State-of-the-Art VLSI Instruments
NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL) in the CSE Department has received state-of-the-art equipment for VLSI design and characterization. An advanced probing station was acquired for facilitating wafer characterization. A dual channel arbitrary function generator was obtained that can generate signals to provide input signals. For analysis and characterization of chips, a mixed-signal analyzer was acquired. Altogether they provide the NSDL an opportunity to fully characterize chips.
As a demonstration of leadership VSLI CAD research conducted at the NSDL, director Dr. Mohanty was invited to join the International Conference on VLSI Design 2012 technical committee as a track chair for "CAD for Analog Mixed-Signal Circuits". Dr. Mohanty also serves as the publication chair of International Symposium on Electronic-System Design (ISED) 2011 which is technically co-sponsored by IEEE-CS and IEEE-CAS.
In last several months the following papers have been published/accepted from NSDL members. A selection of those is listed here. A significant paper is the IEEE Transaction paper co-authored by student Oleg Garitselov.
Oleg will be traveling to VLSI design conference in 2012 to present
the two papers accepted there.
Net-Centric Software & Systems Center News
The National Science Foundation Net-Centric Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (Net-Centric IUCRC) met on October 18-19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona, on the campus of Arizona State University. The meeting was a great success. The Net-Centric IUCRC organizes two meeting per year. At these semi-annual meetings, faculty and students make presentations on their current research projects that are funded by the industrial members of the center. New project proposals are reviewed for funding by the Industrial Advisory Board of the center.
At present the IUCRC includes 17 industrial members and 4 universities (with UNT as the lead university). Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as the University of Missouri at Rolla) will be joining the center in Spring 2012 and will bring 4 additional industrial members to the center.
In addition to normal presentations, the October meeting organized an open house with nearly 70 poster presentations by faculty and students from Arizona State University, Southern Methodist University, UNT and UTD. Nearly 35 guests representing various industrial organizations from Phoenix area attended this open house.
The next semi-annual meeting of the Net-Centric IUCRC will be held
April 3-4, 2012 in Dallas. If you are interested in
the center's research and how you can join the center, contact, Dr. Krishna Kavi,
the director of the center.
Network Security Lab's Fall 2011 News
The Network Security Lab (NSL), under Dr. Ram Dantu's supervision, has been actively involved in research projects in varied topics ranging from pervasive computing, context-aware computing, biomedical application development to privacy in online social networks and security in VoIP networks. The lab had an inclusion of four new students - two PhDs, one Master's and an undergraduate. Below are some highlights of the NSL:
Enkh-Amgalan Baatarjav is a Ph.D candidate who recently passed his qualifying exam and proposal defense in September. His two papers titled "Unveiling Hidden Patterns to Find Social Relevance" and "Current and Future Trends in Social Media", were accepted at The Third IEEE International Conference on Social Computing held at the MIT campus with a 11% acceptance rate. One of his papers was also nominated for the best paper award. Currently, he is working on his dissertation "On sharing information on online social networks" to develop the next generation of social network.
Kalyan Pathapati Subbu successfully defended his dissertation "Indoor Localization Using Magnetic Fields" on October 21, 2011. He had a paper titled "Indoor Localization using Dynamic Time Warping" along with Brandon Gozick accepted at the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics conference held in Alaska in October 2011. He also has a paper titled "LocateMe: Fine Localization Using Magnetic Fields" under review in ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technologies.
Neeraj Gupta is a Ph.D. candidate, working on Next Generation 911 system. He successfully passed his Ph.D. qualifying examination and dissertation proposal. He has a paper titled "Emergency Dispatch Protocols for NG 911" under review in IEEE Transactions Information Technology and Biomedical Engineering. He is also working on a smartphone application that calculates the depth of CPR compressions from accelerometer sensor in a smartphone.
Srikanth Jonnada is a Master's student in Computer Science. His primary work is developing smartphone based applications for estimating the blood pressure, heart beat, finger pulse localization and remote heart beat monitoring using smartphones. He recently attended the International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services in Los Angeles to present his work titled "Are you burning fat?". He has also another paper titled "Cuffless Bloodpressure Measurement using Smartphones" accepted at the mHealth Summit conference on Mobile Health to be held in Washington later this year. He is expecting to complete his thesis work before the end of this semester.
Mohamed Fazeen Mohamed Issadeen, a Ph.D. student, is focusing on road safety using smartphones and brain computer interfaces (BCI). He is developing techniques that can measure changes in human emotion using multi sensor Electroencephalogram (EEG) recording that will contribute to the drivers' safety. Specifically, he is researching on quantifying driver distraction using EEG, identifying human brain activities while drivers perform various safe and unsafe driving activities in a vehicle, and developing a mobile application that can read and process the EEG from a BCI device.
Brandon Gozick, a Master's student in Computer Engineering, is working on analyzing driving behavior and road conditions using the embedded sensors in smartphones. His work was accepted to the NSF Innovation Corps program at Stanford University (1 of 21 teams) in which research is transitioned into a potential startup. He has been selected as the Entrepreneurial Lead of his team. He along with Mohamed Fazeen has a paper titled "Safe Driving Using Mobile Phones" under review in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems. He recently had a paper titled "Indoor Localization using Dynamic Time Warping" along with Kalyan Pathapati Subbu accepted at IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics.
Shanti Thyagaraja is a Ph.D. student currently working in the areas of mobile health and signal processing, developing healthcare apps for Android based smartphones. Prior to joining NSL she pursued her Bachelors from Malaysia where she was conferred the valedictorian title.
Chaitra Urs, a Master's student in Computer Engineering, is currently working in the area of vehicular communication and ad-hoc networks. She is also focusing on P2P VoIP Client infrastructure as part of her thesis work.
Garima Bajwa is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently working on mathematical modeling of bio-signals for real time application in smartphones. Prior to joining NSL she completed her Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.
Mike Trenfield is an undergraduate physics major working to create mathematical models for activity recognition in driving. His goal is to create a guidance and performance evaluation program for young drivers.
Brett McCormick is a senior in Information Technology. He will be pursuing his Master's degree in Computer Science at UNT after he graduates. He won an award from the National Science Foundation for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Technological Education which came with a scholarship to represent UNT at the ATE Principal Investigator's Conference 2011 in Washington D.C.
Cynthia Claiborne is pursuing her Master's in Computer Science at
Oklahoma State University. As part of her project work, she is
currently working with NSL. Her work is focused on object recognition
and detecting the change in the position of objects using the magnetic
field sensor in smart phones.
News from Trusted Secure Systems Lab
Dr. Mahadevan Gomathisankaran's Trusted Secure Systems Lab is having a very productive and rewarding semester. We have had two conference papers accepted, one poster accepted, and two papers are under submission. Our results will be presented in International Symposium on Electronic Design (ISED), International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems (PDCS), and Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC).
Our Ph.D. student Satyajeet Nimgaonkar has been awarded the
Raupe Travel Grant by UNT's Student Government Association to present his
work at these conferences. Fahmida Hamid, a new Ph.D. student, has joined our
lab. Dr. Gomathisankaran has been invited by the Computer Science
Department at the University of Texas at Dallas to talk about his
"Homomorphic Encryption System" at their Computer Science Colloquium.
CSE to host NACLO in February 2012
The regional competition for the 2012 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering on February 2, 2012. 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 real languages and formal symbolic systems.
The competition will be held in the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering on the second floor of Discovery Park, 3940 N. Elm Street,
in Denton. Rada Mihalcea, Associate Professor, will supervise this
event, along with Genene Murphy and graduate students from the LIT
lab. For more information, see this NACLO website.
Dr. Ebru Çankaya and her graduate student to present paper in 2012
Senior Lecturer Dr. Ebru Çankaya (left) and her graduate student Jennifer Melkus Israelson (right) have their paper titled "A Hybrid Web Based Personal Health Record System Shielded with Comprehensive Security" accepted for publication in HICSS 2012 in Maui, Hawaii, in January 2012.
In this work, they present the design and development of a hybrid, web-based scheme for creating, maintaining and sharing personal health records (PHRs) with embedded security. They adopt a hybrid approach to processing PHRs and present a prototype called Personal Health Manager (PHM) that is based on this hybrid model. PHRs in the PHM prototype are owned by patients but updated by medical professionals who have been granted access to the record by the owner.
Their prototype design provides a framework to begin exploring the
major security concerns such as confidentiality, integrity,
availability, authentication, authorization and non-repudiation (as
part of the X.800 security architecture) that arise with the adoption
of an electronic method for maintaining and sharing highly sensitive
healthcare information. They provide comparison of their work with
existing PHR tools based on parameters that distinguish PHR models
such as ownership of data and security considerations.
CSCE 3410: Advanced Programming creates Apps
CSCE 3410: Advanced Programming is in full swing again this semester, with students each creating their own Android app (and a few iPhone apps). The course is primarily on software development, but also focuses on the marketability and economics of app development. We may also be collaborating toward the end of the semester with students in Visual Design for graphics help.
Interesting apps this semester include an iPhone app that examines an image for the main colors present and can match similar colors from a given palette. This could be used for interior designers to automatically choose matching furniture for a photo of wall color, for example.
Another student is working on an Android app to automatically log you in to web based wi-fi connections. We also have several games, flashcards for kids to learn math, travel guides, and mapping applications. Contact Dr. Ryan Garlick for more information.