Congratulations to Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the NSF Net-Centric Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for winning the Tech Titan of the Future, University award on August 24, 2012. This award, presented annually by The Metroplex Technology Business Council, recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path. This award category spotlights DFW area higher educational institutions' tech-related curricula and incentives to perpetuate tech-related knowledge transfer.
A joint venture between academic, government and commercial institutions, the Net-Centric Software and Systems I/UCRC focuses on fundamental research needed for the development and deployment of software and applications into cloud and net-centric environments – software and information available over a network or in a central location rather than on individual computers.
The Net-Centric Software and Systems I/UCRC was established by the National Science Foundation in 2009 and includes University of North Texas, Arizona State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Southern Methodist University and more than 20 industry partners. Over the past 3.5 years, the center universities raised $1.65M from industry and $2.33M from NSF and other funding agencies to support center research. Nearly 60 students have participated on various research projects.
The Tech Titans Awards were launched in 2001 to recognize outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made contributions during the past year locally, as well as to the technology industry overall. UNT also won the Tech Titan of the Future at the university-level for its summer Robocamp for Girls program in 2010.
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Welcome New CSE Faculty
Renee Bryce joins the CSE faculty as an Associate Professor. Dr. Bryce received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2006. Before coming to UNT, Dr. Bryce was at Utah State University.
Dr. Bryce's research is in software testing. Her primary goal is to develop and examine new software testing techniques that may help testers to more effectively identify software defects. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S.D.A. (Forest Service), and the Computing Research Association (CRA-W) Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU).
This semester Dr. Bryce is teaching Software Development (CSCE 5420 crosslisted with CSCE 4444). Find out more about Dr. Bryce at her website.
Cornelia Caragea completed her Ph.D. in computer science in 2009 at Iowa State University and earned her B.S. in computer science at the University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1997. She joins UNT as an Assistant Professor; her home department will be Computer Science and Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Library and Information Sciences.
Dr. Caragea's research applies machine learning techniques to text classification in large library databases, sequence analysis in bioinformatics, and emergency response management in disasters, including the development of effective and efficient methods for classification, organization, indexing, and summarization, to facilitate retrieval of content that is tailored to the interests of specific users or groups.
Dr. Caragea is teaching CSCE 5215, Machine Learning, in Fall 2012. Learn more about Dr. Caragea at her website.
Rodney Nielsen joins the CSE Faculty as an Associate Professor. Dr. Nielsen received a dual Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. Before coming to UNT, Dr. Nielsen was an Assistant Professor Adjunct in the Computer Science Department at CU, a Research Scientist in CU's Center for Computational Language and Education Research, and a Research Scientist with Boulder Language Technologies.
Dr. Nielsen's research is primarily in the areas of Machine Learning, Computational Semantics, Natural Language Processing, and the application of these fields to Educational Technology, Health Informatics, Companion Robots, and End-User Development.
In Fall 2012, Dr. Nielsen is teaching Natural Language Processing
(CSCE 5290). More information about Dr. Nielsen is available at his website.
Under Prof. Mohanty's Leadership, UNT gets Major Visibility at International Conference
Prof. Saraju Mohanty was the conference chair for IEEE-CS International Symposium on VLSI 2012 (ISVLSI 2012) which was held in Amherst, MA August 19-21, 2012. As the general chair, he provided leadership role for ISVLSI 2012. Prof. Mohanty was guest editor for two special issues in highly visible international journals. One special issue titled Power, Parasitics, and Process-Variation (P3) Awareness in Mixed-Signal Design appeared in ASP Journal of Low-Power Electronics, Volume 8, Issue 3, June, 2012. Another special issue titled New Circuit and Architecture Level Solutions for Multidiscipline Systems appeared in ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC), Volume 8, Issue 3, August, 2012.
Two of Dr. Mohanty's students Geng Zheng and Karo Okobiah also attended ISVLSI 2012. Both Geng and Karo are Ph.D. candidates and pursuing research in the areas of nanoscale CMOS mixed-signal metamodeling and Verilog-AMS modeling, respectively under the supervision of Prof. Mohanty. Their presentations at ISVLSI 2012 included the following papers:
Visiting Scholar at Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems Lab
News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab
Dr. Song Fu, Director of the DCS Lab, has been appointed as the Program Chair of the 31st IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference. IPCCC 2012 will be held in Austin, December 1-3, 2012. Dr. Fu believes this event will bring significant visibility to UNT.
Graduate student Qiang Guan passed the Ph.D. Proposal examination on August 20, 2012 by giving a dissertation proposal on Autonomic Failure Detection and Diagnosis for Building Dependable Cloud Computing Systems, to his Ph.D. Committee, consisting of Drs. Song Fu (advisor and committee chair), Yan Huang, Krishna Kavi, and Xiaohui Yuan. Congratulations to Qiang!
Two research papers, coauthored by Chi-Chen Chiu, a senior undergraduate student worked in the DCS Lab, were recently accepted by two IEEE international conferences on system dependability.
The following papers were published/accepted by the DCSL group in the past four months:
LARC Alumnus Jason West was presented with UNT's Distinguished Alumni Award in Spring 2012. In May 2012, Jason was interviewed in a Game Informer article about a lawsuit brought by a former employer, Activision.
Another LARC Alumnus Dr. Timothy Roden was featured in an article Riding the Game Trend, on TMCNet.com. Tim is now the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Angelo State University. According to the article, their computer science program now boasts the highest per capita undergraduate enrollment of any state university in Texas due to Tim's game development program. Tim received his Ph.D. under Ian Parberry in 2005 with a thesis entitled "Procedural Content Creation and Technologies for 3D Graphics Applications and Games".
Graduate student Dhanyu Amarasinghe passed his Ph.D. proposal last
Spring. Dhanyu and Dr. Parberry's paper "Real-time
Rendering of Burning Solid Objects in Video Games" was presented
at the 17th International Conference on Computer Games held in
Louisville, KY in July 2012.
News from Software Engineering Language Lab
The Software Engineering Language Lab has merged with the Declarative Programming Languages and Computational Mathematics Laboratory. The new lab co-directed by Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Phil Sweany and Dr. Paul Tarau is now located in F212. In addition to returning students from both labs, Gaith Albadarin, Patrick Burke, Danielle Gaither, Famida Hamid, David Haraburda, and Tomyo Maeshiro, David Adamo joins us this Fall. David is from Nigeria and is the brother of Oluwayomi Adamo who completed his Ph. D. in our department last year.
In July, Dr. Bryant and Ph.D. student Danielle Gaither visited the
INRIA research lab in Rennes, France, to establish a collaboration in
the area of formalization of domain-specific modeling languages.
Domain-specific modeling languages provide a very high level of
abstraction for constructing models of software systems within a given
application domain (e.g., aerospace, automotive, health, telecom,
etc.). This work intends to establish such a formalization for the
purpose of automated tool generation to facilitate the software
engineering of such systems. The planned collaboration with INRIA will
include the opportunity for UNT students working in software
engineering to visit their lab.
Software Testing Lab receives new grant
Dr. Renee Bryce's Software Testing Lab received a new CRA-W CREU grant for $30,300 that funds four excellent students to work on undergraduate research this year.
Left to right in the above picture are Mallory Smith, Nick Stradford, Lisa Reynolds and Heather Wilson.
Ph.D. student, Quentin Mayo, also participated in undergraduate
research at Dr. Bryce's NSF REU Site this past summer. Find out more
information at the Software Testing Lab website.
Convergence Technology Center Upgraded
UNT CSE has been a partner for the last four years in the Convergence Technology Center, an NSF Advanced Technology Education center hosted at Collin College. The Center promotes programs and curriculum development in Convergence areas including networking, information security, mobile and cloud computing and related areas. In September the center was awarded a new 4-year NSF grant of just over $4 million dollars and upgraded to a National NSF center. Over 60 Community Colleges are part of the network and there are now 7 partner schools in the program that represent the entire US region.
UNT CSE's David Keathly is a Co-PI for the Center. Plans for this grant period include new summer programs in mobile app development for middle and high schools students, a recurring conference on Mobile and Cloud computing, as well as programs for faculty professional development and conference presentations. UNT CSE will receive directly about $183,000 in support plus have access to additional funds in the grant to support conference attendance by faculty and students and to host conferences and professional development events outside the scope of the primary sub-award.
The Center award was recently featured in this Plano Star-Courier article.
CSE receives grant from STARS Alliance
UNT CSE received a grant from the STARS Alliance to broaden participation in computing. This grant funds students to work on various projects involving outreach, recruiting, and retention. The project is led by Professors Ryan Garlick and David Keathly of the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
A class has formed, with one team of students tasked with working on CSE's popular RoboCamp and adding an AppCamp component to the existing summer camp lineup.
Another team will help develop an App Development Incubator at UNT with collaboration from industry. The idea is to bring students, multi-disciplinary faculty, and industry together to learn about app development while creating real-world software that can assist at UNT and in the community. The CSE Department at UNT has been collaborating with BottleRocket Apps of Dallas to further the idea.
Another team will revive the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) chapter at UNT, promoting the programming competition and bringing guest speakers to campus.
We are excited to be a new school for 2012 in the STARS Alliance, and
look forward to success in the program!
CSE Summer Camps
UNT CSE held their eighth annual Summer Camp program in June and July with 2 XBox Game Camps and 4 Robocamps. One camp was held in conjunction with the Convergence Technology Center on the Collin College Campus in Frisco and combined Robotics activities with IT and Networking skills development. The remaining camps were held at Discovery Park. This year a fee was charged for the first time. Several CSE alumni donated scholarships as did the CSE Department and the Convergence Technology Center. A total of 43 scholarships were offered for the 120 seats that were available.
Plans are being made for next year's 9th camp season and include development of a new camp program focused on Mobile Application development, as well as curriculum updates for the Robotics and Gaming programs. Efforts are also underway to secure additional grant funding for next year's program.
For more information and to see pictures from summer camps, visit our website.