The Department of Computer Science and Engineering received a donation of equipment from L-3 Mission Integration, a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 donated Cisco servers to the Network Security Teaching Lab and Dell servers for our BA in Information Technology program. Based in Greenville, Texas, L-3 Mission Integration is a division of L-3 Communications, which is the sixth largest defense company in the United States and is headquartered in New York City.
Thanks to L-3 for their donation to our CSE Department!
CSE attends Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing
The Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing was held in Phoenix, AZ October 8-10, 2014. The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering was a Bronze Academic Sponsor and was well represented by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members. CSE organized a table at the career fair for recruiting applicants for our graduate program and faculty positions.
The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of
women technologists. Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
and co-founded in 1994 by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney, the Grace
Hopper Celebration is designed to focus on the research and career
interests of women in computing. The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration will be
held October 14-16 in Houston, Texas.
CSE Advisory Council meets
The CSE Advisory Council met on October 24 in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The group’s purpose is to give advice and support for our CSE programs from members of industrial companies. Several CSE alumni serve on this Council. At the recent meeting, Dean Tsatsoulis gave a brief report on the College of Engineering followed by Dr. Barrett Bryant’s review of activities in the CSE Department. Dr. Robert Renka, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Committee, reported on undergraduate programs. Dr. Bill Buckles, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, reported on graduate programs. Dr. Hassan Takabi made a presentation about his research.
The Council members learned about research in our department from poster
presentations by five CSE graduate students: Song Huang, Srujan Kotikela,
Chen-Yu Lee, Jason Powell, and Wes Solomon. After lunch with the students,
the Council members continued their discussion about how to improve our CSE
programs for our students. A media gallery page about the meeting is
CSE hosts seminar with presenter from Samsung
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted a CSE Seminar with Sridhar Rajagopal on the last day of October. His presentation was "mmWave Mobile Communication for 5G Challenges and Opportunities." Following is an abstract of his presentation: With the possibility of GHz of available spectrum and ability to provide multi-Gb/s data rates, mmWave mobile communication is being actively researched in academia and industry for 5G communication. This talk provides an overview of the opportunities and research challenges for enabling this spectrum.
Sridhar Rajagopal is currently a Senior Staff Engineer at Samsung Research
America in Dallas, TX. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and
Computer Engineering from Rice University. He has previously worked at
Nokia Research Center and at WiQuest Communications, and has contributed to
multiple communication standards. His research interests are in algorithms
and architectures for short-range, high throughput and low power
technologies, mmWave and optical wireless communication.
CERL (Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory) News
Dr. Armin Mikler, Dr. O’Neill, Josh Urbanovsky, Yiheng Liang, Bradley Slayter, Timothy DeReuse, Joan King, and Joseph Helsing attended the annual Supercomputing convention held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group listened to a brilliant keynote lecture given by Dr. Brian Greene about the future of quantum computing and then wandered the expo floor viewing the stalls of the many companies, groups, and universities. Additionally, Dr. Mikler and Dr. O’Neill gave a presention alongside the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, entitled HPC: A Matter of Life or Death, during the HPC Impact & Emerging Tech Showcase. The group looks forward to attending next year’s convention in Austin, Texas.
TAMS Student Aditya Vaidya is working with Dr. Armin Mikler on a
computer model that could help cities better manage mosquito-borne illness
outbreaks. Aditya presented his research at the ACM Conference on
Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics in Newport
Beach, CA on September 23, 2014. Read this
TAMS press release
for more information.
News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory
Dr. Krishna Kavi traveled to Nice, France and Barcelona, Spain in October. He attended the 9th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA-2014) held in Nice, France, October 12-16, 2014. He presented the following two papers at the conference:
1. Security Through Software Rejuvenation by Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Patrick Kamongi.
2. Performance Engineering Using Performance Antipatterns in Distributed Systems by Chia-En Lin, Krishna Kavi.
In addition, he presented a seminar at the Barcelona Super Computer Center (BSC) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). The talk highlighted Computer Systems research conducted at the Computer Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL) of UNT. BSC houses a supercomputer called MareNostrum that is ranked among the top 500 fastest computers. This computer is housed inside a deconsecrated Chapel Torre Giorna at the university. Kavi is exploring collaborations, faculty/student exchanges with BSC at UPC.
The semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board Meeting of the NSF Net-centric and Cloud Software and Systems (NCSS) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) was held on Oct 8-9, 2014 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. The meeting was attended by more than 50 industrial and university participants and showcased research conducted by faculty and students at UNT, UTD, ASU, SMU and MST—these universities are members of the NCSS I/UCRC.
Kavi and his students are continuing their collaborations with various industrial partners conducting research on next generation processor and memory technologies, and evaluation of security risks associated with hardware and software systems. The CSRL group welcomes motivated and interested students to join us in any of the exciting research projects. More details can be found on Dr. Kavi’s home page.
The pictures below show Dr. Kavi inside the supercomputer center at BSC, the computer is known as MareNostrum (or Mediterranean Sea), and the second picture shows the Chapel Torre Giorna that houses the supercomputer.
Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab News
Awards and Papers
Dr. Rodney Nielsen was honored with the 2014 Competitive Funding Award this Fall at the Salute to Faculty Excellence awards dinner on September 26. This is one of the Office of Research and Economic Development’s highest honors and is part of UNT’s Faculty Research and Creativity Awards recognition process. The Competitive Funding Award goes to the Principal Investigator who promoted the mission of the University of North Texas in being responsible for the highest total amount of research funding on their competitive extramural grants during the preceding fiscal year.
Amir H. Kargar B., Ali Mollahosseini, Taylor Struemph, Wilson Pace, Rodney D. Nielsen and Mohammad H. Mahoor. (2014) Automatic measurement of physical mobility in get-up-and-go test using Kinect sensor. In the Proceedings of the 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’14). Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 26–30, 2014.
Xiao Zhang, Ali Mollahosseini, Amir H. Kargar B., Evan Boucher, Richard M. Voyles, Rodney D. Nielsen and Mohammad H. Mahoor. (2014) eBear: An Emotive Bear-Like Robot. In the Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014). Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, August 25–29, 2014.
Kate Farmer presented work with Jacob Figueroa, Austin Lane, Hamed Khan Pour and Rodney D. Nielsen: "Topic Identification: Is that a Car or is it a Honda" at the DFW Metroplex Linguistics conference in Texas A&M University-Commerce, Rockwall Center, Dallas, Texas, November 1, 2014.
John Wes Solomon and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2014) Predicting changes in systolic blood pressure in longitudinal patient records. Submitted in AMIA 2014 Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) workshop on Challenges in Natural Language Processing for Clinical Data. Washington, D.C., November 14, 2014.
Nishitha Guntakandla and Rodney D. Nielsen (Accepted). Modelling Turn-Taking in Human Conversations. In AAAI 2015 Spring Symposium on Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine Interaction. Palo Alto, California, March 23-25, 2015.
New Members in the HiLT Lab
Alakananda Vempala is a first year Masters student. She is working with Dr. Eduardo Blanco on semantic relation inference and improving semantic representation of text in general. Her interests lie in topics related to Natural Language Processing and she would like to gain knowledge in related fields, which will enable her to pursue further research.
Erin Eversoll is a sophomore at the University of North Texas pursuing
a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of
Science in Mathematics, and is expected to graduate in Spring of 2019. Erin
is a new lab assistant working with Dr. Nielsen and other members of the
HiLT lab. While Erin’s own career focus is finance, working in the
HiLT lab has broadened her interests and is providing many opportunities to
make connections between business and computational linguistics.
News from Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Lab
Dr. Yan Huang was the General Chair and Dr. Bill Buckles was the Local Arrangement Chair of the 22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014). The conference was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, November 4-7, 2014. PhD student Zhi Liu was the programming contest CUP master and Phuc Nguyen is the proceedings chair of the Geostreaming workshop associated with the conference. Dr. Huang and Zhi Liu also presented a poster "Community Detection from Location-Tagged Networks." The University of North Texas CSE Deaprtment sponsored the shuttle buses for Tuesday’s dinner.
The ACM SIGSPATIAL conference is the leading international forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data with more than 300 attendees, 12 workshops, 1 poster session, and 1 CUP competition. This year’s keynote speeches were "Mapping the World with Street View" by Luc Vincent at Google and "Interactive Crowd Simulation for Spatial Analysis of Indoor and Outdoor Environments" by Dinesh Manocha from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News
Dr. Bryant was an invited participant at the Dagstuhl Seminar on "Globalizing Domain-Specific Languages," held at Dagstuhl Castle near Wadern, Germany, October 5-10. The 27 participants worked during the 5 days to create a first draft of a book on the use of multiple heterogeneous domain-specific languages which are needed to build various aspects of a large software system and how these languages need to be integrated to improve the construction of such systems. Dr. Bryant worked on a chapter related to software language engineering.
Dr. Paul Tarau has been recently elected as an Executive Committee
member for the Association of Logic Programming that also serves as the steering
committee for the top conference of the field, ICLP. Dr. Tarau has served
on this year’s ICLP program committee, which was held In Vienna, as
part of the Vienna Summer of Logic federated conference
(http://vsl2014.at/). He has also been
invited to be an area editor for the Logic Programming Newsletter which is
distributed electronically to the members of the association at