The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering opened three new teaching labs in Fall 2013. The Networking and Security Teaching Laboratory moved from F270 to F206 with a new projection system and a laptop for each student station. F270 was renovated for use with CSCE 1030 and 1040 now that CSCE 1040 has a required lab. The purpose of this new lab is to improve student retention in the second CSCE course.
The Student Research Collaboration Laboratory opened in F221
as a place for students to meet and discuss research collaboration.
The highlight of this lab is the espresso machine, which has a storied
history. Dr. Bryant saw a similar machine in use when he visited Texas
A&M University in Fall 2012 and arranged to order our machine from the
same vendor. When Bjarne Stroustrup of Texas A&M visited in October,
he told Dr. Bryant that it was he who had arranged for Texas A&M to
have this machine when he moved there from AT&T Bell Labs. A similar
machine had been in Dr. Stroustrup's lab when he developed the C++
programming language. That machine had been used in this lab dating
back to the time of the development of the original Unix operating
system. So when students drink an espresso from our machine, they are
reliving an experience of the developers of Unix, C and C++.
Distinguished Speakers in 2013-2014
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted Bjarne Stroustrup, University Distinguished Professor and holder of the College of Engineering Chair of Computer Science at Texas A&M University, on October 11, 2013. Dr. Stroustrup invented the C++ programming language and spoke to CSE students, alumni and faculty on "The Essence of C++ with examples in C++84, C++98, C++11, and C++14." Media gallery page is here.
The third Distinguished Speaker was Dr. Jeff Gray, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama. On November 15 he visited the CSE Department and made a presentation about "Supporting Software Evolution through Model Transformation."
Other Distinguished Speakers are being scheduled for Spring 2014 and
will be announced at the beginning of the Spring semester.
Active Faculty Research Grants in Fall 2013
Total active projects in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for FY2013 are $11,120,895:
Robert Akl, PI; Texas Workforce Commission: Summer Merit Program; $63,000
National Science Foundation: CAP-BUGS: A Process to Capture, Analyze and Prevent Bugs; $175,459
Utah State University: Developing Improved Metadata Software; $191,579.67
National Institute of Standards and Technology: Combinatorial-based Techniques for Web Application Test Selection, $128,000
Computing Research Association Women, Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates Program: An Empirical Study of Engaging Students Through
University of North Texas STARS, STARS Alliance, $14,000
National Science Foundation: RET Supplement: Collaborative Research: CRI: IAD: A Testbed for Research and Development on Next Generation 9-1-1 Services; $25,000
National Science Foundation: MRI: Development of a Flexible Instrument and Tools for Experimental Research in Next-Generation 9-1-1 Services; $380,000
National Science Foundation: SFS-NEW: Advancing Learning and Leadership Through an Integrated Multidisciplinary Doctoral Program in Information Assurance; $495,774
National Science Foundation: MRI: CloudCar: Development of a Diverse Distributed Instrument for Vehicles in the Cloud; $450,000
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Collaborative NIH Project: The Urethral Microbiome in Adolescent Males; $83,697
University of Washington: Diversity of Dynamic Stability of the Ocular Surface Microbiome; $42,654.80
National Science Foundation: Workshop on Airborne Networking and Communications, $7,861.80
Arizona State University: Sensor Fusion Research for Net-Centric Application, $25,000
National Science Foundation: RET Site: Research Experiences for Teachers in Sensor Networks, $69,990.48
National Science Foundation: REU Supplemental Request for 1017926 III: Small: AegisDB: Integrated Real-Time Geo-Stream Processing and Monitoring System: A Data-Type-Based Approach, $15,245
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Geotagging Social Media for Enhanced Location-Based Search, $449,425
Texas Department of Transportation: Evaluation of Existing Smartphone Applications and Data Needs for Travel Surveys, $164,231
National Science Foundation: FRP: QoS-Assured Service Composition and Execution, $98,294
National Science Foundation: Supplement to IUCRC - Collaborative Research: IUCRC Center Proposal: Net-Centric Software and Systems (AFRL MIPR to support Missouri University of Science and Technology), $46,715
National Science Foundation: EAGER: Compiler and Architecture Support for Avoiding Writes to Memory - Preliminary Study, $74,861
Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas: MRI Consortium: Development of Instrumentation for Measuring the Dependability and Quality of Cloud Computing Systems, $191,320
David Keathly, Collin College: National Convergence Technology Center, $258,253
National Institutes of Health: Minimizing Access Disparities in Bio-Emergency Response Planning; $799,911
National Science Foundation: Collaborative Research: CCLI (Exploratory): Introduction of Nanoelectronics Courses in Undergraduate Computer Science, $44,999.50
National Science Foundation: SHW: Large: Collaborative Research: Companionbots For Proactive Therapeutic Dialog On Depression, $1,118,752
Paul Tarau, National Science Foundation: SHF: Small: A Framework of Bijective Data Transformations, $97,500
Constantinos Tsatsoulis, State Energy Conservation Office: UNT
Distributed Renewable Energy Initiative: Eagle Point Campus Project,
Gifts to CSE
Scholarships for students and student travel are largely supported by gifts from faculty, alumni and friends of the CSE department. This past year, CSE received over $35,000 in such gifts, including a recent donation of $3,250 from PepsiCo for student scholarships. Faculty donated $10,000 and alumni donated over $21,000. We are grateful for their support of our students! If you would like to make a gift to support CSE, please go to this page.
The picture on the right was taken at the Fall 2013 College of Engineering
Advisory Board meeting in November. From left to right, Dean of the College of
Engineering Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis; Etta Clark (BS 1980), Director of
Information Technology for PepsiCo and Chair of the CENG Advisory Board; CSE
Chair Dr. Barrett Bryant; and Devin Joll (BA in IT 2011),
Process Improvement Analyst for PepsiCo and Chair of the CENG Graduate
CSE Faculty recognized for promotion at UNT Faculty Success Dinner
The Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony was held September 27 at Apogee Stadium. The black-tie dinner honored faculty members for receiving tenure and promotion, emeritus faculty status and top awards including three cash awards funded by the UNT Foundation, a co-sponsor of the faculty showcase.
CSE Faculty member Paul Tarau was recognized for being promoted from Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering to Professor. David Keathly was recognized for being promoted from Senior Lecturer of Computer Science and Engineering to Principal Lecturer. Congratulations to both on this achievement!
To see a complete list of Salute to Faculty Excellence 2013 Winners,
CSE attends Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing
The Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota October 2-5, 2013. Approximately 5,000 attendees visited talks that were geared to women in computing at different stages of their careers. For the first time UNT was a Bronze Academic Sponsor and was well represented with undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty attendees who organized a recruiting table at the career fair. In particular, they worked to recruit applicants for our graduate program and faculty positions.
Mallory Smith and Lisa Reynolds presented posters about their undergraduate research work that drew a lot of attention. Mallory received a travel scholarship from the conference organizers. The Computing Research Association-Women CREU program provided Lisa's travel funding. Veronica Perez-Rosas and Yiwen Wan received travel awards from the conference and Natalie Parde and Shanti Thiyagaraja received travel awards from the CSE Department.
Renee Bryce organized the REU Site Posters at the conference, which
included a dozen of the best undergraduate researchers from REU Sites
across the country. The applications were quite competitive. We thank
the National Science Foundation for providing funding for these
students to present their posters and to UNT for administering their
CSE runs Camp Android at National Convergence Technology Center
The National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College's Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, TX hosted an Android App Camp this past summer. The Collin College camp was one of several summer camps run by UNT's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This camp was led by Joan King, a UNT computer science and engineering doctoral student, and Gaith Albadarin, a teaching fellow and PhD student in the same department.
David Keathly, now a principal lecturer in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering, started the RoboCamp program ten years ago with CSE Associate Professor Dr. Robert Akl. This past summer UNT coordinated ten different camps: four Android App Camps, three RoboCamps, and three Xbox Game camps.
To read more about Camp Android at Collin College this summer, see
NACLO coming to CSE in 2014
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) on January 30, 2014. Last year, 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 high school students to develop strategies for tackling problems in fascinating real languages and formal symbolic systems.
Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Professor and Director of the Human Language
Technologies Lab, and graduate students in his lab will supervise the
local competition for this event in the CSE Department. More
information is available about
the NACLO competition on the HiLT website.
Dr. Bryant presents keynote lecture in Poland
Dr. Barrett Bryant presented a keynote lecture on "Grammarware,
Semantics and Modelware" on September 10, 2013, at the Federated
Conference On Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2013)
in Kraków, Poland. This talk presented applications of grammar
inference to software engineering, namely in development of domain-specific
language (DSL) specifications and software model evolution, and explored how
semantics may be used to improve this process. Dr. Bryant also participated
in a panel on "Data Mining in Cyber Age – Opportunities and Limitations" where
he discussed applications of machine learning in software engineering. Further
details of this panel may be found
Dr. Caragea gives talk in Greece; IIT seeks collaboration with CSE
Dr. Cornelia Caragea, Assistant Professor in the CSE Department, gave a talk at the International Research-Centered Summer School in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics, Social Media, and Digital Preservation, organized by the Software & Knowledge Engineering Lab at the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos," in Athens, Greece, July 29, 2013. During her visit to NCSR "Demokritos," she had many interactions with students from the summer school and with researchers from NCSR "Demokritos."
On November 13, the CSE Department hosted a presentation by the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunication of NCSR "Demokritos." Constantine D. Spyropoulos and Vangelis Karkaletsis discussed opportunities for research and education cooperation with our CSE Department.
Constantine D. Spyropoulos is the Director of the Institute of
Informatics and Telecommunications of the National Centre for
Scientific Research. Vangelis Karkaletsis is the Research Director at
NCSR "Democritos" and head of the
Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory
of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications.
Dr. Huang develops location-based social media search functionDr. Yan Huang, Associate Professor in the CSE Department, is developing a location-based social media search function that will allow users to search for and find more information about events around them than ever before. Her research is funded by a Department of Defense grant.
Dr. Huang is developing a robust model for detecting events that incorporates check-in data, text data and a user's hometown location in their social profiles to solve that problem. The model will predict user locations using postings on social platforms and the locations referenced in text on social platforms, and will also rely heavily on how people connect and interact with each other on social networks.
Dr. Kavi presents paper at workshop on Dataflow Models
Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the Computer Systems Research Lab (CSRL and the NSF Net-Centric Industry / University Cooperative Research Center IUCRC), traveled to Edinburg, Scotland in September 2013 to present a paper titled "MT-SDF: Scheduled dataflow architecture with mini-threads" at a workshop on Dataflow Models held in conjunction with Parallel Architectures and Compiler Technologies conference. The conference was held on the campus of the University of Edinburg.
During this trip, Dr. Kavi met Dr. Richard Kenway, the Director
of the High Performance Computing center at the University of Edinburg. Kavi
discussed possible collaborations with Dr. Richard Kenway. Dr. Kenway
was very enthusiastic about collaborating with Dr. Kavi's research
group and the NSF Net-Centric Industry/University Cooperative Research
Professor Mohanty Guest Edits Journal Special Issue on NanoelectronicsDr. Saraju Mohanty was a guest editor for a special issue titled "Design Methodologies for Nanoelectronic Digital and Analog Circuits" for IET Circuits, Devices & Systems (CDS) Journal, which was published as its Volume 7, No. 5, on September 2013. In the current semiconductor technology trend, while the nanoscale MOSFET is still doing well, other nanoelectronics technologies like Multigate FET, Graphene FET, Tunnel FET, are being researched widely as possible successors. In fact, the triple FET has been used in fabricating current high-end processors.
The new technologies may provide new mechanisms to address key issues in the processor design including power consumption, thermal effects, process variation, reliability, and security while at the same time bring new unknown problems for the design engineers. Overall making robust and efficient chips with high yield while addressing the known and unknown design issues need research. The special issue brings selected papers to drive this research.
Prof. Mohanty was also a guest editor for another special issue titled "Advanced Techniques for Efficient Electronic System Design", for Springer Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing Journal", which was published as its Volume 32, Issue 6, on December 2013. This special issue of electronic system design including the multi-standard communication, digital watermarking, memory Integrity detection and protection in embedded systems, and information security in a system-on-a-chip (SoC).
In the other news from NanoSystem Design Laboratory
(NSDL), Dr. Mohanty has been
invited to deliver a
at IEEE Sponsored International Conference on Control,
Automation, Robotics and Embedded System (CARE), to be held during
2013. CARE 2013 is organized by IIIT, Jabalpur, India.
New members join Human Language Technologies Lab
The Human Language Technologies (HiLT) Lab, directed by Dr. Rodney Nielsen, has been growing. With a new name, the HiLT Lab replaces the former LIT Lab. Currently, the HiLT Lab's major projects include the Comprehension SEEDING Project, researching new forms of HLT-enabled educational technology that enable enhanced classroom discourse, and the Companionbots project, researching HTL-enabled health and wellbeing interactions with the elderly. Check out more on the new HiLT Lab website at http://hilt.cse.unt.edu/ or, for up-to-date information, follow them on twitter @hiltlab.
James Glenn and Mingyu Lin won the best poster award at this year's Showcasing Undergraduate Research in Engineering event (see more details in the College of Engineering section in this newsletter).
We are happy to introduce some new additions to the team.
Keerat Baweja is a junior at the Texas Academy of Math and Science at University of North Texas campus. TAMS is a two-year academic curriculum focused on mathematics and science that allows students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credits. Keerat is interested in the field of robotics and has participated in various competitions. She has joined Dr. Rodney Nielsen's HiLT lab to learn about the field of computational linguistics. She is really excited to be a part of this lab and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and skills.
Benjamin Garside is an undergraduate student working towards his BS in Computer Science. He was selected to participate in UNT's Research Experience for Undergraduates program during the summer of 2013, where he researched combinatorial testing, regression testing, and user-generated test-case prioritization algorithms. Currently, he is testing as part of the Comprehension SEEDING team. He appreciates the opportunity to be working in the HiLT Lab and cannot wait to see where his education will take him in the future.
Dan Wakeem Jarvis is a Computer Science undergraduate at the University of North Texas. He has been recruited to the development team working on the SEEDING project in Dr. Rodney Nielsen’s HiLT lab. He is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the team and expand his knowledge of server side applications.
Suranjana Trivedy joined the HiLT Lab of University of North Texas in September 2013 as a Research Assistant. She is working on the Companionbot project under the guidance of Dr. Rodney Nielsen. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering in the year of 2008, and thereafter pursued her Masters in Computer Science from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. During her Masters she worked on image processing. Her sophomore dissertation is on "Skin Disease Recognition using Automated Texture Analysis Techniques". In addition to her academic experience, she also worked in industry for two years (2008-2010) as a programmer in Kolkata, India.
Tanner Van De Walle is a computer science undergraduate who joined UNT in August 2013. He recently was given the opportunity to help out in Dr. Rodney Nielsen's lab, and is excited to be part of the team. He will be working on the SEEDING project as a developer. Tanner hopes to go to graduate school to study artificial intelligence.
Banlu, Bobby and Grace: Three other new members have also joined the Companionbots team in the HiLT Lab. These include Grace (left), Bobby (right), and Banlu (center). Find out more about the Companionbots project and follow Grace and Bobby on Twitter at http://hilt.cse.unt.edu/companionbots.html.
You can check out the rest of the team at
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 16, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas, at the Great Wolf Lodge Convention Center. More than 50 people attended and 17 project reports and proposals were made during the meeting. More than 20 industrial representatives attended the semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board meeting where the IAB selects projects and provides guidance on new research needs of industry.
Current members of the Net-Centric Software and Systems IUCRC are AFRL. AMD, Ahum, Boeing, CloudMatrice, Intel, JPHA, LG, Lockheed-Martin, NTT Data, Raytheon, Spring, Streber-Tech, Tektronix, and Texas Instruments Unique*Soft.
Five universities are members of the IUCRC. The research focus of the
University of North Texas site is on multicore processing, reliability
and resource management of networked and cloud computing systems. The
research focus of the University of Texas at Dallas and Southern
Methodist University sites is on Service-Oriented Architecture,
software service composition and QoS of software services when running
on net-centric and cloud computing systems. The research focus of the
Arizona State University site is on communication systems including
signal processing and communication protocols. The Missouri University
of Science and Technology site focuses on secure communications for
News from Software Engineering Language Laboratory (SELL)SELL PhD student Danielle Gaither attended the ACM/IEEE 16th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems in Miami, Florida from September 29 to October 4. She presented a paper at the International Workshop on The Globalization of Modeling Languages entitled "Toward Denotational Semantics of Domain-Specific Modeling Languages for Automated Code Generation." The paper was co-authored with Dr. Bryant.
ACM and ACM-W hosts Halloween event
ACM and ACM-W hosted the Halloween trick-or-treat event for students in the CSE Department on October 31. Participants visited selected labs and faculty offices to ask a question and then received candy. The event was a great opportunity for students to learn about CSE labs and the work of the faculty members. Prizes for best costumes were awarded to CSE Graduate Students Pat Burke, Joseph Helsing, Quentin Mayo, and Jason Powell. To see the winning costumes and more about our Halloween event, please go to this media gallery page.
ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society and is dedicated to advancing computing as a science and a profession. ACM-W is dedicated to increased participation of women both within ACM and in the larger computing community.
ACM and ACM-W are planning other activities throughout the school
year. Membership in the UNT chapters of both organizations is open to
all UNT students with an interest in computing. To find out more about
ACM, contact Quentin Mayo.
To find out more about ACM-W, contact Danielle Gaither.