Department of Computer Science and
Center for Information and Computer Security helps Denton achieve recognition as a data security center
The City of Denton has been named among the 10 best data security
cities in the U.S by The Boyd Company's study, "Banking & Financial
Services: A Comparative Cost Analysis for Information Assurance
Operations." Cities were chosen based on their "robust bandwidth,
telecommunications, power infrastructures, and favorable operating
cost structures and secure location insulated from natural disasters,"
the study says. It compares the nation's largest regional centers and
selected the best cities that met certain criteria for housing highly
secure, low-risk and cost-effective data security operations for the
banking and financial services industry.
One of the reasons for Denton's selection, according to the study, is
because of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering's
Center for Information and Computer Security. The CICS is an
interdisciplinary center, bringing together individuals and
organizations with an interest in the areas of information security,
computer security, information assurance, and cybercrime. CICS has
been recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of
Homeland Security as a "Center of Academic Excellence in Information
Dr. Ram Dantu
was interviewed for this
Denton-Record Chronicle article and this
Dallas Business Journal article. Dantu said, "Information
assurance is being addressed at different angles at UNT." He added,
for example, computer science, criminal justice and library
information are some of the courses already addressing information
assurance topics. In the future, Dantu said, UNT will host information
assurance workshops in Denton.
CSE hosts NACLO 2012
The regional competition for the North American Computational Linguistics (NACLO)
was hosted on February 2, 2012 by the Department of Computer
Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. More than 40
high school students from North Texas participated in this competition.
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, CSE Staff,
supervised this event, along with the following graduate students:
Bharath Dandala (CSE), Chris Hokamp (Linguistics), Ben Leong (CSE),
Vanessa Loza (CSE), and Veronica Perez-Rosas (CSE).
To see more pictures of this competition, go to this media gallery page.
Dr. Bryant visits China to prepare for CSE Study Abroad in May 2012
Dr. Barrett Bryant visited China in November 2011 to give a talk
"Challenges and Directions in Formalizing the Semantics of Modeling
Languages" to the School of Software at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Dr. Bryant received a Memorandum of Understanding between UNT and the Future House from Mr. Yu Yonggang, the Facilities and
Equipment Manager at the Future House, shown in the picture above.
Dr. Bryant made this visit to China in preparation for his study
abroad program, "Software Engineering and Information Technology in
China" in May 2012. This program is primarily for undergraduate
students and will be offered as a special topics class, CSCE 4930.
Graduate students can also register for this program as CSCE 5933.
Dr. Bryant said this new study abroad program would "give students a
chance to interact with professors at one of the leading engineering
universities in China, as well as give them a chance to see the local
IT scene there in Beijing and how the companies work from both a
technical and business point of view."
The program is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate
- Provide exposure to the information technology sector in China, both
with respect to technical management and business model
- Understand cultural factors in the Chinese information technology
- Tour companies developing software for the local and international
- Experience the environment at Tsinghua University, an
internationally renowned university for engineering in China
- Attend lectures on software engineering for cloud computing,
requirements engineering for global/local markets, and service-oriented
- Visit historical sites in and around Beijing, including the Great
Wall and the Forbidden City
For more information, see this UNT International Page.
Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory featured on Spectra
Dr. Armin R. Mikler,
CSE Professor and Director of the UNT Computational Epidemiology Research
Laboratory talked with Julie West on Spectra in this
interview, along with
Dr. Sudha Arlikatti, Associate Professor and EADP Coordinator in the
UNT Department of Public Administration.
Spectra, ntTV's newest show is being co-produced by the UNT Office of Research and
Economic Development. Spectra is designed to stimulate dialogue
and interest in a variety
of innovative research projects across the university. In each episode
of Spectra, two faculty members from different academic departments
and disciplines will discuss topics that are relevant to their research
and explore the underlying concepts, strategies and approaches that guide
their respective fields.
News from Computer Systems Research Lab
|(L-R) Front row: Bandon Potter, Paul Lin, Dr. Kavi, Sagarika
Adepu, Mahzabeen Islam.|
Back row: Robert Tidwell in white hat, Charles Shelor, Tommy Janjusic,
Mark Moudy, Marko Scrbak, Jared Sherman.
Dr. Krishna Kavi spent a month during the semester break as a visiting
professor at the National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) in Hsinchu,
Taiwan. During this time he served on 2 MS thesis defenses, presented
2 seminars, and explored research collaborations with faculty at this
university. NCTU Computer Science department is very highly ranked (#1
in Taiwan, and among top 20 in Asia).
Kavi is the director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative
Research Center. His research group in the Computer Systems Research
Lab has been working on several projects with funding from NSF and
industrial partners. The following students are currently working with
Dr. Kavi: Tommy Janjusic, Charles Shelor, Paul Lin, Mahzabeen Islam,
Jared Sherman, Ademola Fawibe, Brandon Potter, Sagarika Adepu, and
The following papers were published by the CSRL group during the past
- A. Fawibe, J. Sherman, K. Kavi, M. Ignatowski and D. Mayhew. "New
memory organizations for 3D DRAM and PCMs", Proceedings of the
ARCS2012: Architecture of Computing Systems, TU Muenchen, Germany, Feb
28-March 02, 2012.
- K. Kavi, I. Nwachukwu, A. Fawibe . "A comparative analysis of
perofrmance improvement schemes for L-1 caches", Elsevier Journal of
Computers and Electrical Engineering.
- I. Nwachukwu, K. Kavi, A. Fawibe, C. Yan, "Evaluation of techniques
to improve cache access uniformities", Proceedings of the 40th Annual
Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP-2011), pp 31-40, Taipei,
Taiwan, Sept 13-16, 2011,
- M. Dubasi, A. Fawibe, O. Garitselov, K. Kavi, I. Nwachukwu, O.
Okabia, V. Prabhu, "Parabilis: Speeding up single-threaded
applications by extracting fine-grained threads for multi-core
execution", Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on
Parallel and Distributed Computing (ISPDC 2011), July 6-8, 2011, Cluj
- T. Janjusic, K. Kavi and B. Potter, "Gleipnir: A memory analysis
tool", Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Computational
Science (ICCS 2011), June 1-3, 2011, Singapore, pp 2058-2067.
In the latest news, graduate student Joshua Taylor passed the PhD
Research Readiness examination on January 10, 2012 by giving a lecture
on Procedural Content Generation to his PhD Committee, consisting of
Drs. Ian Parberry (adviser and committee chair), Robert Akl, Robert
Renka, and Armin Mikler. Congratulations to Joshua!
Game demos from Game Programming I, CSCE 4210 and Intro to Game Programming, CSCE 5250 for Fall 2011 are now available online. Dr. Parberry says some of them will really
knock your socks off!
PhD student Dhanyu Amarasinghe and Ian Parberry's paper "Fast, Believable
Real-time Rendering of Burning Low-Polygon Objects in Video Games"
received the Best Paper Award at the 6th International North American
Conference on Intelligent Games and Simulation held in Troy, NY, in
The Second Edition of Fletcher Dunn and Ian Parberry's book, 3D Math Primer
for Graphics and Game Development is now available from CRC Press and Amazon.
Chuck Flores, LARC
Alumnus #38 was a game programmer for the Facebook game Castleville being sold by Zynga.
Thanks to Larry Sullivan, Director of Engineering at Microsoft and a
1992 BS in Computer Science graduate at UNT, for donating 10 Kinect
sensors to LARC in September 2011. These will be used by students in
Dr. Parberry's Game
Programming classes, where students will learn how to use the
Kinect SDK to add motion sense technology to their games.
Dr. Mohanty appointed General Chair of ISVLSI 2012
Dr. Saraju Mohanty has been appointed as the General Chair of the
IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI. ISVLSI 2012 will be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst,
August 19-21, 2012. Dr. Mohanty believes that this is a true
demonstration of the leadership VLSI research undertaken at NanoSystem
Design Laboratory (NSDL) and the event will bring significant visibility to UNT.
In other news from NSDL, student member Oleg Garitselov traveled to
Hyderabad, India during the first week of January 2012. He presented
two papers and received very important international exposure. The
following two papers were presented:
- O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, E. Kougianos, and O. Garitselov,
"Kriging-Assisted Ultra-Fast Simulated-Annealing Optimization of a
Clamped Bitline Sense Amplifier", in Proceedings of the 25th IEEE
International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), pp. 310-315, 2012.
- O. Garitselov, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Fast-Accurate
Non-Polynomial Metamodeling for nano-CMOS PLL Design Optimization", in
Proceedings of the 25th IEEE International Conference on VLSI Design
(VLSID), pp. 316-321, 2012.
Dr. Mohanty also presented the following paper in Kochi India:
O. Garitselov, et al., "Bee Colony Inspired Metamodeling Based Fast
Optimization of a Nano-CMOS PLL", in Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International
Symposium on Electronic System Design (ISED), pp. 6-11, 2011.
A U.S. patent was issued to Dr. Mohanty in November 2011 with title
"Methods and Devices for Enrollment and Verification of Biometric
Information in Identification Documents", US Patent Number:
Dr. Paul Tarau presents papers
Dr. Paul Tarau (left) has presented the paper "A Declarative Specification .
of Tree-based Symbolic Arithmetic Computations" at the Fourteenth International
Symposium on Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages (PADL'12). David Haraburda (right), a PhD student working with Dr. Tarau,
has obtained a grant to attend the POPL'12 conference,
one of the most important events in programming language research. He
will also present in March at the ACM SAC'2012 conference in Trento, Italy, the paper "On Computing with Types"
co-authored with Dr. Tarau. Their work is supported by Dr. Tarau's
NSF grant: "A Bijective Data Transformation Framework."
David Keathly assists TAMS students to win prize
David Keathly, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science
and Engineering, and a group of senior IT students known as "Prestige
Worldwide" in the CSE department, helped seven students from UNT's
Texas Academy of Math and Science (TAMS win first place and
$30,000 in UNT's annual Murphy Center for
Entrepreneurship New Ventures Creation Contest. Their company, Forward Tutoring,
requires students to pay for tutoring services with volunteer hours
rather than cash.
TAMS students Stephanie Nguyen, David Chi, J.J. Echaniz, Shannon Lu,
Mariko Nakamura, Mitchell Powell and Brian Ng beat out dozens of
competing teams in the months-long contest, which requires applicants
to create an innovative business model with their idea for an
Internet-based nonprofit tutoring service.
Mr. Keathly recruited a number of Information Technology Seniors to
participate in a directed study project, which then turned into a
Capstone project to transform the Forward Tutoring concept into reality.
For more information, see this NT Daily article