The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been selected to be one of fifteen Computer Science departments in the U.S. to participate in the Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative to increase the percentage of undergraduate majors that are female and students of color. This initiative is being launched by The Anita Borg Institute, a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, and Harvey Mudd College. The BRAID initiative was announced on September 24 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her address at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), as part of the Girl’s CHARGE, a CGI commitment toward programs for girls and women. BRAID is supported by three-year funding commitments from Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of ABI, will lead the BRAID initiative.
Under BRAID, the 15 academic institutions’ computer science departments have committed to implementing a number of approaches that have demonstrated success at Harvey Mudd and other institutions. These approaches include expanding outreach to high school teachers and students, modifying introductory CS courses to make them more appealing and less intimidating to students from underrepresented groups, building community among underrepresented students, and developing joint majors in areas like CS and biology to encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Each of the 15 departments will receive $30,000 per year for three years to help support their efforts.
For more information, see this
Distinguished Speakers in 2014-2015
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host several Distinguished Speakers again in 2014-2015. The first Distinguished Speaker was James Caverlee on Friday, September 19. Dr. Caverlee’s lecture was "Geo-Social Footprints in Social Media: Opportunities and Challenges." He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on web-scale information management, distributed data-intensive systems, and social computing. Most recently, he has been working on (i) spam and crowdturfing threats to social media and web systems; and (ii) geo-social systems that leverage large-scale spatio-temporal footprints in social media.
Caverlee is a recipient of the 2010 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, the 2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award, and a 2012 NSF CAREER Award. He received his PhD from Georgia Tech in 2007, M.S. degrees in Computer Science (2001) and in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research (2000) from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from Duke University (1996, magna cum laude).
Our second speaker will be Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman, Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances in Dell Research. Dr. Silberman will speak about "Understanding and Preparing for Disruptive Information Technologies" on Friday, October 17. Before joining Dell in 2013, he accumulated over 30 years of academic and industrial research experience, including serving as Chief Scientist at Owl Computing Technologies, and, at CA Technologies, creating CA Labs, the research arm of the company, as well as the CA Council for Technical Excellence, an advisory virtual organization.
In August 2014, Dr. Silberman joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University as an adjunct instructor. He has served on academic advisory boards at several universities and research institutes around the world. He was a Council Member-at-Large of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and serves on editorial boards as well as conference organizing and technical program committees. He is also a member of the International Federation of Information Processing Working Group 10.3, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Computer Society.
These talks are open to the public and our alumni and friends are invited
Bug Wars REU at CSE in Summer 2014
Congratulations to the Bug Wars Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) group above that finished their summer research experience. We wish them the best as they finish up their undergraduate studies and hope to see some of them back at UNT for graduate school!
Bug Wars is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and run by Dr. Renee Bryce. This program provides undergraduate students with a research experience and prepares them for graduate programs. No prior research experience is required.
The 2014 cohort of students spent the summer working on projects that exposed them to research on software testing through both competition and collaboration. Some students worked on user-session-based testing, model-based testing, and the combination of these two techniques as applied to web applications in an effort to find as many "bugs" as possible in the systems under test.
Some of the students also worked on CS Education research that focuses on
helping introductory students to avoid common programming bugs. Future UNT
students will use their work!
UNT Provost awards Venture Fund grant to CSE Faculty to teach in China
Associate Professor Xiaohui Yuan received a grant for CSE faculty
members to teach in China during Summer 2014. UNT’s China Advisory Council
awarded the grants from the UNT Provost’s Venture Fund for China.
Awards were made for bold, transformative ideas that will make a positive
impact on UNT’s ability to engage China academically, in research and
to educate students about China, U.S.-China relations, Chinese culture and
language. Thirteen UNT professors received grants from this Venture Fund.
Dr. Yuan’s grant allowed him, Dr. Barrett Bryant, and Dr. Song Fu to
teach in China. In the CSE research lab reports below, each explains how
they used their portion of the grant.
CSE Faculty attends ICCCNT in China
In July 2014, Dr. Bill Buckles attended the 5th IEEE Intern. Conference on Computers and Communication Networking Technologies (ICCCNT) held in Hefei, China. Dr. Buckles and Dr. Luca Daniel of MIT were honored to present the opening addresses at the conference. The photograph above shows them receiving a memento of the event from the conference chair. Dr. Xiaohui Yuan from our CSE department also attended ICCCNT.
UNT received a publicity boost when five of the student volunteers decided
to wear UNT CSE t-shirts the second day. Four are shown in the picture
above having breakfast with Dr. Buckles and his wife.
Invendo Medical’s Colonoscope at UNT
This summer Invendo Medical requested Dr. JungHwan Oh and his team (Dr. Wallapak Tavanapong and Dr. Johnny Wong in Iowa State University, and Dr. Piet de Groen in Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota) to integrate their new investigational colonoscopy device which is called Invendoscopy TM (see Figure 1) with a software called EM-Automated-RT which has been developed by Dr. Oh and his team. This new colonoscope is not pushed or pulled like a traditional colonoscope, but driven in and out of the colon using a handheld device. It is the only market-cleared single-use colonoscope and reduces the potential force in the colon wall. On March 20, 2014, this company received €20.3 million ($28 million) financing for their research.
Dr. Oh has been investigating an integration between Invendoscopy system
and EM-Automated-RT which does real-time video analysis for quality of a
colonoscopy procedure and provides corresponding visual feedback to assist
the endoscopist to achieve optimal inspection of the colon during the
procedure. First, the video signal coming from the Invendoscopy system is
fed into a PC with video capture device. And, this signal is processed
and analyzed by EM-Automated-RT software. As seen in Figure 2, this
integration is seamlessly running and provides corresponding visual
News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory
Dr. Krishna Kavi traveled to Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal during the last week of August 2014. He presented a paper titled, "Improving node-level Map-Reduce performance using processing-in-memory technologies", co-authored with his students, Mahzabeen Islam, Marko Scrbak and two AMD fellows, Mike Ignatowski and Nuwan Jayasena. The paper was presented at the EuroPar 2014, held in Porto, Portugal. Porto is famous for port wine and a beautiful city on the Atlantic Ocean. Before going to Porto, Kavi visited researchers at the Barcelona Supercomputer Center to explore collaborations. BSC is highly regarded for its research on computer architecture, high performance computing and security.
Kavi authored two chapters for the book, "An introduction to queuing theory, 2nd edition. The principal author of the book is Professor U. Narayan Bhat of SMU.
The CSRL group has been very active with its publications during 2014. They published 2 book chapters, 2 journal papers, and 8 conference papers. These papers can be found online here.
CSRL is investigating many exciting and challenging research problems, many of which are supported by AMD, Boeing, Samsung, and federal agencies. We welcome new students interested in pursuing research in Computer Systems (including but not limited to computer architecture, memory systems, real-time/embedded systems, Cloud computing systems, performance measurement and tuning, hardware security)
Computer Vision and Intelligence Systems News
Dr. Xiong Wei from the College of Math and Computer Science, Wuhan Textile University, is visiting the Computer Vision and Intelligence Systems (CoVIS) Lab at UNT. He will be working with Dr. Yuan and his team on parallel computing for improved computation efficiency object tracking. Dr. Wei received his PhD from Wuhan University and worked as a postdoc researcher in the National University of Defense Technology. Since 2012, he has been working at Wuhan Textile University as an associate professor. His visit to CoVIS is fully supported by the Hubei Ministry of Education. Dr. Yuan is on the left and Dr.Wei is on the right in the picture.
Dr. Xiaohui Yuan visited several universities in China including Hefei University of Technology, East China Normal University, Anhui Agricultural University, and Anhui Xinhua University. Visits to Hefei University of Technology and Anhui Xinhui University were joined by staff of UNT Sponsored Students and Special Programs (picture on the right). His visits were partially supported by a UNT venture fund project to expand existing research collaboration with universities in China and establish a pathway of recruiting high quality students and facilitating faculty exchange. The project team includes Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Song Fu, and Dr. Jianguo Liu (Math Deptartment) The project also supported visits to three Chinese institutions by the other project team members including Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tongji University, and Guangdong University of Technology.
Dr. Yuan was invited by Dr. Surapong Auwatanmongkol and Dr. Raweewan Auapanwiriyakul to visit the National Institute of Development Administration>, Thailand to give a short course on "Learning from Big Data — Scalability and Imbalance Issues". During this visit, Dr. Yuan met with Dr. Pradit Wanarat, the president, who is a graduate from UNT, and discussed departmental collaboration in education and research. He also met professors including Dr. Tanasai Sucontphunt, Dr. Thitirat Siriborvornratanakul, Dr. Pipat Hiranvanichakorn, and Dr. Ohm Somil. In the picture, Dr. Yuan is on the left and Dr. Auwatanmongkol is on the right.
Dr. Yuan was invited to give a keynote speech in the 2nd International
Conference on Current Trends in Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore,
India, July 8-9, 2014 and was in the technical committee of the 5th
International Conference on Computing Communication and Networking
Technologies, Hefei, China, July 11-13, 2014.
News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab
Dr. Song Fu, the director of DCS Lab, visited two universities at Nanjing, China, in July 2014. He taught a two-week course on "Cloud Computing and Applications" at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). 53 junior and sophomore CS students attended the classes. The course was well received. Dr. Fu also discussed with the Associate Dean of the College of Computer Science and Technology at NUAA and several faculty members of CS about the possibility of developing joint education programs and student recruitment. In addition, Dr. Fu visited Nanjing University and gave a talk on Exascale Resilience to the students and faculty of the Computer Science and Technology Department.
Our project on the detection and correction of silent data corruptions (SDC) was supported by NVIDIA. We are developing CPU-GPU co-design techniques to achieve SDC resilience.
Our work on soft error fault injection and vulnerability analysis of HPC applications were presented on premier conferences in HPC and system dependability conferences: IEEE IPDPS 2014 and IEEE/IFIP DSN 2014.
Human Language Technologies Lab News
Dr. Eduardo Blanco joined the HiLT Lab this Fall. His primary research interest is in computational semantics. Specific topics include semantic relation extraction and inference, extra-propositional aspects of meaning (negation, modality, uncertainty, etc.), probabilistic semantic inference and customization of relation inventories. Dr. Blanco is recruiting students, if you are interested contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Papers and Awards
Karen Mazidi presented "Pedagogical Evaluation of Automatically Generated Questions" at the 2014 Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference in Manoa, Hawaii in June. During the same month, she presented "Linguistic Considerations in Automatic Question Generation" at the ACL 2014 conference in Baltimore. In July, she attended AAAI 2014 in Quebec, sponsored by a NSF-CRA travel grant. Karen will be teaching a course in the Engineering Technology department: ENGR 2750, Introduction to Microprocessors, which uses one of the textbooks she co-authored.
Frank Paiva presented "Comprehension SEEDING: Comprehension through Self Explanation, Enhanced Discussion, and INquiry Generation" at the twelfth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems in Mano, Hawaii, June 5-9, 2014.
Natalie Parde spent the month of July in Athens, Greece, attending the International Research-Centered Summer School in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics, Data and Content Analysis. Her team’s project, "Fun, Dynamic, Multimodal Robot Learning with I Spy and 20 Questions," won first prize out of 13 projects created by teams of students from around the world. The project also won the competition’s "People’s Choice" award. In June, Natalie Parde visited Pittsburgh to present her paper, "Design Challenges and Recommendations for Multi-Agent Learning Systems Featuring Teachable Agents," at the 2nd Annual GIFT Users Symposium, held at Carnegie Mellon University.
Bandita Sarma presented a paper poster "A Framework for Health Behavior Change using Companionable Robots" at the 8th International Natural Language Generation Conference held in Philadelphia, PA, 19-21 June 19-21, 2014.
New Members in the HiLT Lab
Daniela Caballero is a 5th year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. Broadly, her research interests focus on older adults, caregiving, and Latino mental health. While working on her dissertation and administering assessments to older adults, she collaborates with Dr. Nielsen with the hopes of developing technology to help older adults live longer independently. Daniela’s responsibilities in the lab broadly include developing motivational interviewing scripts and assisting with other areas of the project that involve psychology and health behavior change.
Kate Farmer is a Research Scientist in the HiLT lab. She began working full time in the lab in May 2014. She received an MA in Linguistics from UNT in May 2014. She is interested in how linguistic meaning is encoded by speakers and interpreted by listeners via the use of specific syntactic constructions, metaphors and extra-linguistic pragmatic elements. Within the HiLT lab, she uses her skills to help annotate data for the Companionbot and SEEDING projects and also offers analysis and interpretation of linguistic patterns as they pertain to each of these projects. Outside of her work in the lab, Kate is involved in organizing workshops and presentations for the Student Linguistics Association at North Texas (SLANT). Most recently, she organized a three-week series, "Programming for Linguists," in which she and the other two presenters encouraged students of linguistics to develop technological skills and demonstrated how those skills could be used in a wide variety of linguistic research. Kate plans to continue her studies and is applying for PhD programs in Linguistics which she hopes to begin in Fall 2015.
Jacob Figueroa has a BA in linguistics from UNT. Currently, he is studying German at the undergrad level at UNT with the aim of attending a Graduate School in Germany, He hopes this will help him earn an MA in either Linguistics or Classics. Jacob expressed, "Working in the HiLT Lab has given me a great opportunity to both exercise and grow my linguistic knowledge while working with talented individuals."
Adam Hair is an honors college student finishing his last year of undergraduate study in computer science with minors in accounting and Spanish. He spent a semester studying at La Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. Kevin is an undergraduate researcher on the SEEDING Project. Adam said, "Challenging projects and a fun, knowledgeable team come together to make a great environment to work and learn in." He also works for UNT System Central Web Support, providing back-end technical support for a majority of the university websites. After he graduates, he plans to pursue a PhD in computational finance or a related field.
Austin Lane is an Honors College student and National Merit Scholar, intending to graduate in May 2015 with a BA in Linguistics with a minor in French and a Certificate in Professional French. He spent a year abroad in France, studying at both the Collège International de Cannes and Paris IV, La Sorbonne. This year, his first paper, "’You tryna grammaticalize?’ An analysis of ’tryna’ as a grammaticalized semi-auxiliary." was accepted for publication in UNT’s undergraduate journal, the Eagle Feather. Austin recently presented at "Programming for Linguists," a three-week series organized by Kate Farmer to encourage linguistics students to acquire and utilize programming skills in their research. He joined the HiLT lab in April 2014, and will be conducting his senior thesis under Dr. Nielsen. His research interests include cognitive science, multilingualism, and natural language processing. Austin intends to continue his education by pursuing a PhD in Linguistics, starting Fall 2015.
Kevin James is a Senior at University of North Texas pursuing a BS in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He has been working hard to expand performance in education systems since joining the HiLT lab early summer and hopes to further pursue research in natural language processing and machine learning in the HiLT lab until graduation. In addition to his dedication in the HiLT lab, Kevin is working with Dr. Saraju Mohanty in a directed study in "Analog CMOS Layout Level Design in LASI" and on his Senior capstone project during his final year as an undergraduate. Kevin said, "I appreciate the opportunity to work in the HiLT Lab and cannot wait to see where my education will take me in the future."
Darius Simmons is a sophomore computer science student at Caltech interning at the HiLT lab for the summer. His main interests are machine learning and artificial intelligence. Darius said, "It has been great experience for me to work on an active research project and apply things I have learned in a practical manner." His future goals are to learn as much computer science as he can and see where his interests take him.
Visit http://hilt.cse.unt.edu/ for
more information about the HiLT Lab.
News from INformation Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab
Welcome to our newest CSE lab directed by Dr. Hassan Takabi!
Professor Mohanty has been elected as the Chair of TCVLSI, IEEE-Computer
|As a General Chair ISVLSI 2014, Dr. Mohanty distributes a best paper award.|
In other news from the NSDL, Dr. K. K. Mahapatra, Professor and Dean (Academics), National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, visited NSDL during Summer 2014. He was sponsored under Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of Government of India (TEQIP) for visiting a reputed lab/institute in USA. He interacted with various members of NSDL for future research collaboration.
Dr. Mohanty served as a general chair for IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI, held in Tampa, Florida, USA, July 9-11, 2014. The event was very-well attended by participants all over the world. ISLVIS 2014 had approximately 100 talks and presentations and 4 keynote talks from leaders from academia and Industry.
Two students from NSDL defended their PhD dissertation and MS thesis. Karo Okobiah successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled "Geostatistical Inspired Metamodeling and Optimization of Nanoscale Analog Circuits." Anthony Hanson defended his MS thesis titled "General Purpose Computing in GPU - A Watermarking Case Study." NSDL welcomes several new PhD students and MS thesis student members in Fall 2014. In the year so far, the NSDL members have published 14 journal/conference papers, and selected are the following:
S. P. Mohanty and E. Kougianos, "Incorporating Manufacturing Process Variation Awareness in Fast Design Optimization of Nanoscale CMOS VCOs", IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), Volume 27, Issue 1, February 2014, pp. 22-31.
O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Fast Layout Optimization through Simple Kriging Metamodeling: A Sense Amplifier Case Study", IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (TVLSI), Volume 22, Issue 4, April 2014, pp. 932-937.
S. P. Mohanty and E. Kougianos, "Polynomial Metamodel Based Fast Optimization of Nano-CMOS Oscillator Circuits", Springer Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing Journal, Volume 79, Issue 3, June 2014, pp. 437-453.
O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Kriging Bootstrapped Neural Network Training for Fast and Accurate Process Variation Analysis", in Proceedings of the 15th IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), 2014, pp. 365-372.
D. Ghai, S. P. Mohanty, G. Thakral, and O. Okobiah, "Variability-Aware DG FinFET-based Current Mirrors", in Proceedings of the 23rd ACM/IEEE Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI), 2014, pp. 347-352.
O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Exploring Kriging for Fast and Accurate Design Optimization of Nanoscale Analog Circuits", Ph.D. Forum, in Proceedings of the 13th IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2014, pp. 244-247.
Dr. Bryant was a participant in Dr. Yuan’s China Advisory Council grant for CSE faculty members to teach in China during Summer 2014. He taught a two-week course on automata theory, languages and computability, similar to CSCE 4115 to students at the Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China, in order to prepare the students in the class for graduate study at UNT. Dr. Bryant held discussions with GDUT officials about joint undergraduate programs between GDUT and UNT and graduates of GDUT joining the UNT graduate programs.
|Dr. Bryant at the Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.|
Dr. Tarau has been awarded a $253,161 from NSF for a 3 year project that studies algorithms with a new tree-based numbering system, Hereditarily Binary Numbers. With them, computations with giant numbers, including towers of exponents and all record holding prime numbers become tractable. He is also a coPI on another NSF proposal awarded this year with Dr. Cornelia Caragea on keyphrase extraction in document networks.
Dr. Tarau is presenting in September three papers related to this line of research at peer-reviewed international conferences, "Bijective Collection Encodings and Boolean Operations with Hereditarily Binary Natural Numbers" at the 16th International Symposium on Principles and Practice of Declarative Programming (PPDP 2014) in Canterbury, England, "The Arithmetic of Recursively Run-length Compressed Natural Numbers" at the 11th International Colloquium on Theoretical Aspects of Computing, (ICTAC 2014), in Bucharest, Romania, and "New Arithmetic Algorithms for Hereditarily Binary Natural Numbers" at the 16th International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing (SYNASC 2014) in Timisoara, Romania.
Dr. Tarau’s paper "Towards a generic view of primality through multiset decompositions of natural numbers" has been published this Summer in the journal Theoretical Computer Science.
His PhD student, Fahmida Hamid has presented two papers written in
collaboration with Dr. Tarau at peer-reviewed international conferences,
"Text Summarization as an Assistive Technology" at the 7th International
Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
(PETRA 2014) in Rhodes, Greece, and "Interclausal Logic Variables"
at the 30th International Conference on Locic Programming (ICLP 2014) in Vienna,
Austria. Fahmida has been a student volunteer helping with the Vienna Summer
of Logic — the largest federated conference in the field, with more than
|TSSL members (L-R): Umar Albalawi, Patrick Kamongi, Tawfiq Shah, TSSL Director Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, and Srujan Kotikela.|
TSSL has had a busy and productive year so far in 2014. We have published 5 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles and one book chapter. We also have several articles under submission. The published articles and book chapters are:
Ontology-based Privacy Setting Transfer Scheme on Social Networking Systems (Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran), In The 2014 International Conference on Security & Management (SAM 2014), 2014. (In Print)
Component Rejuvenation for Security for Cloud Services (Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran), In The 2014 International Conference on Security & Management (SAM 2014), 2014. (In Print)
Glitch resistant private circuits design using HORNS (Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Akhilesh Tyagi), In 2014 IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2014. (In Print)
Secure Rejuvenation for Malware Elimination for Cloud Computing (Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Patrick Kamongi), In The Ninth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA 2014), 2014. (Accepted)
Variability-aware architecture level optimization techniques for robust nanoscale chip design (Saraju P. Mohanty, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Elias Kougianos), In Computers & Electrical Engineering, volume 40, 2014.
Towards Data Confidentiality and a Vulnerability Analysis Framework for Cloud Computing (Kerim Y. Oktay, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Murat Kantarcioglu, Sharad Mehrotra, Anoop Singhal), Chapter in Secure Cloud Computing (Sushil Jajodia, Krishna Kant, Pierangela Samarati, Anoop Singhal, Vipin Swarup, Cliff Wang, eds.), Springer New York, 2014.
|(L-R) Dr. Kavi, Dr. Mohanty, Satyajeet Nimgaonkar, Dr. Gomathisankaran, Dr. Fu|
Satyajeet Nimgaonkar successfully defended his dissertation "Secure and Energy Efficient Execution Frameworks Using Virtualization and Light-Weight Cryptographic Components" on June 3, 2014. He is currently working as Software Engineering in Cisco R&D in the area of Cloud Computing Security.
Umar Albalawi has joined TSSL in Fall 2014. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia in 2006 and he got his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2013. He will be pursuing his dissertation in the area of secure computing platforms. We are happy to have Umar on board and we wish him all the success.
Srujan Kotikela and Patrick Kamongi, PhD students of TSSL, were awarded Blackhat USA 2014 Student Scholarship worth $900 each. Blackhat is a leading security conference for Computer Security professionals. (More info here.)
Dr. Gomathisankaran mentored the UNT team for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition 2014. Eight undergraduate students and four graduate students were part of the UNT team. A new course, Advanced Information Systems Security, was introduced in Fall 2013 to train the students for this competition. This focused training helped our team to successfully qualify and participated in the Southwest Regional Finals held at San Antonio in March 8-9, 2014. We won 3rd place in the regional finals beating several strong teams. Dr. Gomathisankaran has started mentoring for the 2015 competition. We encourage all UNT students who want to participate in the CCDC competition to take the Advanced Information Systems Security course that is offered in Fall 2014.
Dr. Gomathisankaran has been awarded a patent (#8,824,672) for his Reconfigurable Block Encryption Function (REBEL) by the US Patent Office on September 2, 2014. Prof. Akhilesh Tyagi of Iowa State University is a co-inventor of this patent. This patent provides methods and systems for cryptography that use reconfigurable platform to perform cryptographic functions. The function schema may be maintained as public while the configuration may be used as a secret key. The reconfigurable platform may be implemented in a manner to provide desirable families of functions, including reconfigurable functions which are pseudo one-way and pseudo random. (More information here.
Dr. Gomathisankaran is serving as one of the Program Chairs
for the 13th International Conference on Information and Technology
(ICIT 2014). He co-organized and
chaired the Workshop on Airborne Networks and Communications held at
MobiHoc 2014. This
workshop is supported by NSF through its award #1446639. Dr.
Gomathisankaran organized and chaired a special session on "Secure and
Trustworthy Embedded Systems" at the IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium
on VLSI 2014. This special session
focused on recent developments and advances in the field of secure and
trustworthy embedded systems.
Dr. Ryan Garlick travelled to Hong Kong in May for the 2014 International Conference on E-Commerce, E-Business and E-Service to present the paper "Entrepreneurial Learning in a Secure e-Commerce Course through Creating Competitive Real-World Sites".
This paper covered pedagogical experiences with the Spring 2013 Secure e-Commerce course at UNT where graduate and undergraduate teams created real-world e-commerce sites. Students then tried to hack the sites to test the security of the opposing team.
The conference was well represented by attendees from around the globe
including Carnegie Mellon University and schools throughout Asia.
Before he defended his dissertation in August, Pat Burke
presented his paper titled "Hybrid Hardware/Software Synergism" at the 26th
Annual IEEE Software Technology Conference (STC’14) on April 3, 2014,
in Long Beach, California.
The IEEE Software Technology Conference attracts software practitioners
across the full spectrum of industry and government software engineering
organizations. The paper explores the processing improvements that can be
expected using a heterogeneous set of computing devices (CPUs, ASICs,
FPGAs, etc.) along with a retargetable compiler which can automatically
extract parallelism from source code. Pat is a member of IEEE, ACM, and
was designated by IEEE as a Certified Software Development Professional
(CSDP) in its first class of designees in 2002.
The North Texan announced in June 2014 that Daniel William Scott III, former professor and first chair of the Department of Computer Science, died on May 17, 2013 in Wayne, Oklahoma. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory before earning his PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During the 1960s, he worked for General Electric in the U.S. and France and later for University Computing Co. in Dallas. In 1971, he was hired to establish UNT’s new Department of Computer Science. He served as chair for eight years and taught for ten, defining the policies for computer science education and the department’s courses and scope. He also developed microprocessor-based equipment for the chemistry and music departments and was an outside consultant in software development.
He went on to teach at Portland State University and worked for Teneron in
Ponca City, Oklahoma, before retiring in 2005. Throughout his life, he had a
passion for science. A CSE memorial page for Dr. Scott is
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Alumni Focus - Charles Gura
I graduated from UNT in 1993 with a BS in Computer Science I was immediately promoted to Software Design Engineer at Texas Instruments working on a radar system and documenting the software requirements. After leaving Texas Instruments, I did some consulting and went on to work in Information Security at NationsBank where I remained for a few years. From there I went back into consulting working for Nortel Networks and a new Internet company named Verio, Inc, where I began developing solutions for monitoring servers, switches, and routers used by the customers for their internet business.
I spent the next 16 years working in the Internet industry architecting solutions for Network Operations Centers (NOC) to monitor and manage a company’s intranet and internet solutions. I worked for Verio for 3 years before Verio was bought by NTT Communications Corp, and formed a subsidiary called NTT America. I have been working for NTT America for a total of 8 years in the Network Management Systems in the company. I am a Senior Software Architect in the Operational Support Systems group.
I have designed and built a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) system to collect data from a variety of networked devices including servers, switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers and more, which is referred to as the Network Management System. The performance data and is used to determine whether the device is performing correctly or if there may be a problem. If there is a problem with a device, the monitoring software sends an alert to the NOC letting them know there is a problem with a device, and the NOC engineers can then address the problem and fix it.
NTT America is a subsidiary of NTT Communications Corp, Headquartered in
Tokyo, Japan, which has a Global Tier1-IP Network and have provide 100G
Ethernet connection at The North American Network Operators Group (NANOG)
this year. "Tokyo Broadcasting Service utilized the Global IP Network to
broadcast live and prerecorded news, updates and interviews of the Japanese
National Football Team during the World Cup in Brazil this summer. With a
distance of about 20,000 km, typical satellite broadcasts experience delays
of 3-4 seconds in duration. Using the GIN network, with high capacity ports
in Brazil and Tokyo, the TBS broadcasts experienced delays of less than 1
second to near real-time, according to their technology department." -
Monitoring the infrastructure of a network or the internet is vital to make
sure business can be conducted in the global economy we have today. Today
I continue to architect new ways for NTT America to monitor and make sure
everyone can conduct business and you can stream your favorite movie or TV
Alumni invited to CENG tent for UNT Homecoming
CSE alumni and friends are invited to join the UNT Homecoming celebration November 3-8. This year’s theme is "The Greatest Homecoming on Earth – Mean Green Circus."
The Homecoming Picnic will be held on November 4 from 11 am to 1 pm on the Library Mall. The Spirit March will begin at 7 pm on November 7 at Fraternity Row followed by the Bonfire at 8 pm at Apogee Stadium. On Saturday, November 8, the Homecoming Parade will be at 1 pm down Hickory Street to the Denton Square.
If you would like a tour of the College and our CSE Department, Student Ambassadors from the College of Engineering will be at Discovery Park, 3940 N. Elm Street, on Saturday, November 8, from 1 pm to 3 pm. CSE Department tours will also be held on Friday, November 7, at 2 pm and 4 pm.
The College of Engineering will again host a hospitality tent behind Victory Hall outside Apogee Stadium before the football game on November 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Come join us and meet College of Engineering faculty members and students and find out what is happening in your Department of Computer Science and Engineering. That evening at 6 pm, the Homecoming Football Game will be your Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic at Apogee Stadium.
For more details about the UNT Homecoming, see this
CSE Alumni sponsor AppCamp
RoboCamp 2014 sessions were held in June and July 2014. Two sessions of Co-Ed Super Camp and one session of Co-Ed AppCamp were held in the CSE Department at UNT Discovery Park in Denton. A Girls Appcamp was held at the Frisco Campus of Collin College in Plano and a Co-Ed AppCamp was held at the Cisco Campus in Richardson, TX.
We are grateful to the following Computer Science alumni who sponsored the App Camp on the Cisco Campus:
In AppCamp, students learned about Mobile App development for Android devices using AppInventor a tool developed by Google and supported by MIT. Students learned to build a number of apps using various sensor technologies found in most smartphones and tablets.
David Keathly, Principal Lecturer in the CSE Department, directs the
RoboCamp program with Associate Professor Robert Akl. For more information
on RoboCamp, please see this
CSE Alumni attend Steve Wozniak lecture
Steve Wozniak came to UNT for the Distinguished Lecture Series on August 18, 2014. We are grateful to Mark and Laura Venator who worked with their employer Cima Solutions Group to sponsor the reception at the UNT Alumni Center following the lecture. Mark is the Chief Technology Officer for Cima. Mark’s wife, Laura, is a Project Manager for Cima.
The following CSE Alumni attended Steve Wozniak’s lecture:
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with
Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. Wozniak currently serves as
Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of
his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to
Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a
prestigious honor given for "outstanding extra-career services by engineers
CSE Alumnus now President of SHPE-DFW
In 2012, Juan Meza graduated from UNT with a BS in Computer Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. While at the College of Engineering, Juan was active in UNT SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and now he is the President on the Board of Directors at SHPE DFW. Juan now works in PepsiCo apart of the Global End User Services Device Engineering group, providing PepsiCo new technologies proof of concepts. Congratulations to Juan on being the President of SHPE DFW!
SHPE’s Mission Statement: SHPE changes lives by empowering the
Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world
through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) awareness,
access, support and development. If anyone is interested in finding out
more information on SHPE DFW, please see their
CSE Alumni attend UNT football game
Dr. Barrett Bryant and other Chairs from the UNT College of Engineering
joined Dean Costas Tsatsoulis to greet alumni, faculty, staff and students
at the CENG tent before the Mean Green football team played Southern
Methodist University on Saturday, September 6, 2014. A delicious breakfast
brunch was served and everyone enjoyed visits by the UNT dance team and
Scrappy, the Mean Green eagle mascot. Following the gathering, everyone
went to Apogee Stadium for the football game at 11 am to see UNT beat SMU
by a score of 43-6. For more pictures of this event, please see this
media gallery page.
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 $89,000 in such gifts, including $ 75,250 from companies,
$11,600 from Alumni, $1,000 for the Benjamin Hamilton Memorial Scholarship,
$1,000 from CSE Faculty/Staff, and $500 from UNT Presidential Match. We are
expecting a major upcoming gift from L-3 Communications which is a donation
of $25,000 in equipment to support the BA in Information Technology program and
the Network Security Instructional Lab. We are grateful for this support of
our students! If you would like to make a gift to support CSE, please go to
Alumni Mentoring and Support needed for CSE Students
The Fall semester once again brings the opportunity for students to become involved in a variety of professional societies, special interest groups and honor societies. These organizations can benefit them in many ways, as our alumni are aware. But how can you assist our student organizations to contribute effectively at UNT? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Volunteer as a guest speaker or recommend someone at your company or in your network that would be interesting and educational. Perhaps you are a member of a society that has a speaker’s bureau!
2. Help organize a field trip to your company for something interesting.
3. Volunteer as a mentor to work with a small group of students to develop their leadership skills and invite them to the DFW area section meetings of the various societies if you are a member.
4. Donate funds or materials to help the organizations provide programming and host special events, or sponsor a scholarship to subsidize the membership fees for students. Many companies have matching funds available for scholarships.
5. Encourage your company to sponsor an event or other funding for these organizations in exchange for advertising and opportunities to recruit potential employees at career fairs and other events.
6. Sponsor a student to attend one of the Student Leadership conferences or a technical conference sponsored by a society. Be a part of our National Engineers Week activities.
7. Visit a student group meeting once a year so the students will begin to understand their importance and potential impact on their immediate and long term career success.
8. Encourage your company to offer internships at UNT so that our students can gain valuable work experience and improve their technical, communications and leadership skills.
9. Suggest and mentor a project for one of our Capstone courses. We have one year sequences in IT and Computer Engineering and a one semester course in Computer Science. These students work on real projects for clients and follow a full product development lifecycle from requirements to delivery. The results are presented annually at our Design Day event in the College of Engineering in April. Come visit to see what our students are doing!
10. When you order from Amazon, you can support ACM and ACM-W by using this link.
We have a number of honor societies, including Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. These groups also need help from our alumni in a fashion similar to those listed above. Also if you are an honor society member, you can assist with induction ceremonies and other events.
We also currently have student chapters of ACM, ACM-W, IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, SWE, as well as a Robotics Society, Information Security Group, a Linux Users group and a Competitive Programming Team associated with our department. There is also an Eta Kappa Nu honor society (Computer engineering) and we are trying to revive the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society Chapter (Computer Science).
Please consider helping us create an active, supportive and vibrant
collection of student professional and honor organizations. Contact the
department for more information on how you can help.
Congratulations to CSE graduates
PhD Graduates in Spring 2014
Dissertation: Monitoring Dengue Outbreaks Using Online Data
Major Professor: Armin R. Mikler
Dissertation: Autonomic Failure Identification and Diagnosis for Building Dependable Cloud Computing Systems
Major Professor: Song Fu
Dissertation: Performance Engineering of Software Web Services and Distributed Software Systems
Major Professor: Krishna Kavi
Dissertation: Geostatistical Inspired Metamodeling and Optimization of Nanoscale Analog Circuits
Major Professor: Saraju Mohanty and Co-Major Professor: Elias Kougianos
PhD Graduates in Summer 2014
Dissertation: Procedural Generation of Content for Online Role Playing Games
Major Professor: Ian Parberry
Dissertation: Secure and Energy Efficient Execution Frameworks Using Virtualization and Light-Weight Cryptographic Components
Major Professor: Mahadevan Gomathisankaran
Martin Joseph O’Neill II
Dissertation: A Computational Methodology for Addressing Differentiated Access in Response Plan Design
Major Professor: Armin Mikler
Jorge A. Reyes Silveyra
Dissertation: Modeling Epidemics on Structured Populations: Effects of Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Immune Response Quality
Major Professor: Armin Mikler
CSE Students defend Dissertations and Theses
Congratulations to these PhD students for successfully defending their dissertations!
Dissertation: Trajectories as a Unifying Cross Domain Feature for Surveillance Systems
Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles
Defense Date: June 25, 2014
Dissertation: A New Look at Retargetable Compilers
Major Professor: Dr. Phil Sweany
Defense Date: August 18, 2014
Congratulations to these MS students for successfully defending their theses!
Thesis: General Purpose Computing in GPU — A Watermarking Case Study
Major Professor: Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty
Defense Date: May 1, 2014
Thesis: Evaluating the Feasibility of Accelerometers in Hand Gestures Recognition
Major Professor: Dr. Robert Akl
Defense Date: July 10, 2014.
Grad Track offered for Undergraduate Students
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is proud to offer Grad Track for undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. Students who are admitted to Grad Track can enroll in up to nine credit hours of 5000-level graduate courses which will count toward BOTH the undergraduate degree and Master’s degree. This will allow students to complete both the BS and MS degrees in five years.
For students who are graduating in Spring or Summer, the deadline to apply
is October 15. If you are a junior or senior with an outstanding academic
record, please consider applying for this opportunity. For more information
about requirements and an application, please see this
Top 10 Reasons for CSE Majors to Join Teach North Texas
Teach North Texas (TNT) is a program to prepare teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. If you are interested, please contact Phil Sweany, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering with any questions. Now here are the 10 top reasons to join TNT:
1. Two for one—you get both a Bachelor’s degree in a CS subject area and teaching credentials in a four-year, 122 credit-hour curriculum.
2. The first TNT course, Step 1, includes actual classroom teaching which allows you to determine if teaching "is for you" early in your college career.
3. The collaboration and presentation skills you’ll start learning in Step 1 and refine throughout other TNT courses will make you a more valuable employee in non-teaching jobs. (One of the biggest "concerns" we hear from potential employers is that CS graduates don’t have strong presentation and teamwork skills.)
4. While teaching in Texas requires passing a certification exam, TNT graduates have traditionally done very well passing these exams in all STEM fields. (To date 98% of TNT graduates have passed the certification exam for their discipline.)
5. Step 1 is a one-hour course so it can be easily added to most academic schedules with minimal (tuition) cost.
6. You’ll be addressing a significant national need for high school Computer Science teachers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has started a "CS 10k" project to see to it that we have 10,000 new "well-prepared Computer Science Teachers" as soon as possible. Obviously they (and others) see a significant need.
7. You’ll find multiple job opportunities once you finish your CS degree and TNT courses. (See reason 6 above.)
8. You’ll become a better college student as you’ll learn modern pedagogy (teaching techniques) and recognize it in other classes you take.
9. You’ll be working with other TNT students, a group of interesting people who are passionate about their STEM subjects and teaching as well.
10. You’ll have fun!
Join ACM and ACM-W!
The ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) is back for another year with many new events and opportunities for students. Their first meeting was held on September 3, 2014. Everyone is welcome to join this group to find out what ACM and ACM-W. Why join? Besides looking good on your resume and CV, there are many opportunities for internships and networking.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 17, for the ACM Python Coding Contest and ice cream crash course. Then on Wednesday, October 1, come to the meeting to find out 10 things you didn’t know about the CSE Department and UNT. On Wednesday, October 15, the ACM will sponsor Hack Phooey. Finally, the ACM is holding another big Halloween event in the CSE Department on October 31.
Scott McKeefer is the ACM President. Quentin Mayo is the
Vice President. Danielle Gaither is the Treasurer. Tawfiq Shah
is the Webmaster. Sami Aljabr is the Public Relations and Design Artist.
Srujan Kotikela is the Photographer. Dr. Renee Bryce is the Faculty Advisor.
Find out more about UNT’s Student Chapter of the Association for Computing
Machinery at ACM and
ACM for Women and join
today. You don’t have to be a Computer Science student to be a
member, you can just like technology !
CSE Students invited to join UNT SWE
The UNT Society of Women Engineers is a student organization that
supports engineering as a viable career choice for women. UNT SWE invites females
majoring in any program at the College of Engineering to join. UNT SWE is
dedicated to promoting math, science and engineering to area middle and
high school girls by hosting and participating in outreach activities. In
addition, the chapter encourages professional development in the workplace
by hosting workshops and bringing in professionals employed in the
technology field. Workshops cover areas such as resume building,
professional dress, and how to best prepare yourself for internships, jobs,
and research opportunities. For more information, please go to the
CSE Graduate Student attends Stars Celebration
CSE graduate student Quentin Mayo attended the
Stars Celebration 2014 Conference
in Washington, D.C. in August 2014. This
annual gathering is a Call to Action to broaden participation in computing
by advancing yourself and others. Student cohorts from over 42 institutions
attended the Stars Celebration which strives to engage new participants and
increase interest in student-led regional engagement. Stars Celebration
seeks to empower a larger, more diverse national computing workforce for
the 21st Century. Students had a great opportunity to attend several
workshops to learn about issues facing minorities, research, and new
UNT SHPE invites CSE Students to join
The UNT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) are not all engineers, but we are brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people through the use of science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits, and leadership. We obtain excellence through integrity, empowerment, achievement, diversity and continuous improvement. SHPE UNT welcomes all students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — regardless of race.
SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers. SHPE is not just for Hispanics or engineers, although most of our members fall into one of the those categories. We are about improving our education, giving back to our community, and providing students with skills necessary to landing internships and great jobs. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through S.T.E.M. awareness, access, support and development.
CSE Graduate Student attends conference in Greece
A wonderful experience at my first conference "PETRA 2014"
— by Fahmida Hamid
It was my immense pleasure to attend the 7th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments in Rhodes Greece in May 2014. PETRA 2014 had ten different sessions, with five workshops, and a poster presentation. The conference was enriched with 37 full papers, 11 short papers and 9 posters. Scholars and students, from 16 different countries, joined here. It was an inter-disciplinary conference that focused on improving and enhancing the quality of human life. A few sessions were so interesting that they went over the allocated time and the audience kept listening and interacting with the speaker with equal interest. It was interesting to see how people from different areas are contributing on assistive technologies. Besides regular sessions, we had two excursions (the old town of Rhodes and Lindos City) that also helped us travel around and get to know each other more.
I was one of the NSF Travel Award winners of PETRA 2014. I presented my
paper "Text Summarization as an Assistive Technology" in the very last
session. My idea was to assist elderly people (or people with vision
deficiencies). Our model was able to summarize a large document without
missing the most important information conveyed in the original document.
Though most people did not have Natural Language Processing as their area
of interest, they welcomed my presentation, paid attention and asked
several interesting and relevant questions. I even had a discussion on my
topic at the breakfast table the next morning with Dr. Matt Bishop,
professor of UC Davis. We had a discussion about some NLP techniques to be
used for Computer Security. It was a nice experience to be the part of the
event. I would like to encourage my fellow UNT colleagues to submit some of
their works, as it could be a good platform to show how their research can
contribute to society.
Career Fair at Discovery Park on October 2
The UNT Career Center will host an Engineering and Computer Science
Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, October 2, from 10 am to 2 pm in
the Discovery Park Commons. This is a great opportunity for upper class
students to find a job and the rest of the students to learn about employer
recruiting activities and the interview process. For more information about
this Career Fair and other opportunities for students, please see the
Career Center website.
College of Engineering News
College welcomes Biomedical Engineering Students
August 25, 2014 was a special day for the College of Engineering. The first ever class in Biomedical Engineering (BMEN), the college’s newest kid in the block, met from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. in room B185 at Discovery Park. The class was ‘Discover Biomedical Engineering’, a discovery course taught by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Interim, founding Chair of BMEN, Dr. Vijay Vaidyanathan.
For a department that was approved by the THECB in late February, the class
has 73 enthusiastic students, all of whom were there for the historic
occasion. Thirty-seven percent of the new students in BMEN are female.
The biomedical engineering degree at UNT is unique in that it offers
students a 3-in-1 opportunity: a degree in Biomedical Engineering, a minor
in math and an option to minor in another engineering discipline – all in
Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering
CENG undergraduate students are invited to present at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering on October 23. The Showcase for Undergraduate Research in Engineering will provide an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to share the knowledge they have gained through their research as well give them experience in conducting a poster presentation.
The event will consist of a poster presentation that will be followed by an awards ceremony. Presenters should be prepared to design a poster displaying the research project, present information about the research in a professional manner and stay for the duration of the event.
The College of Engineering will be making some more announcements about the Showcase Undergraduate Research soon.
University of North Texas News
UNT Enrollment is at 36,216
UNT also saw an increase in students enrolling full-time at the university, with fall 2014 numbers at 27,183, up 1.6 percent over fall 2013’s 26,765. The retention rate for 2013 high school graduates who entered UNT in the fall of 2013, rose 2.8 percent to 78.3 percent, a key factor in students graduating on time.
In addition, more than 4,700 students are taking advantage of UNT’s new 4-year graduation incentive program, Eagle Express, which will save each student $3,000 if he or she graduates within four years.
For more information about enrollment and the new Eagle Express plan,
please see this
UNT press release.
New University Union Topped Off
The Topping Off Ceremony was held on September 4 for the new UNT University Union. The new union has been under construction since August 2013 and will open in Fall 2015. During construction, the UNT bookstore, now Barnes & Noble at UNT, has been located at the corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Food options from the Campus Chat have moved to a modular food pavilion on the Campus Green between Sage and Sycamore Halls.
The transformation of the University Union will embrace and enhance the architectural character of Central Campus, be sustainable and efficient in operations, symbolize the UNT Brand, and feature bright, daylight filled spaces throughout its open and airy interior. As the bustling hub of campus activity and the place to see and be seen at UNT, the revitalized University Union will serve as an anchor for the educational journey and destined greatness of UNT students for generations to come.
For more information about the new UNT Union, please check this Division of Student Affairs website.
The CSE Email Newsletter was assembled and produced by Genene Murphy and Don Retzlaff. It is a publication of the UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department. Contact the department at email@example.com.
Alumni gifts to the department make it possible to provide students with scholarships and travel to competitions and conferences. To give to CSE, please visit https://development.unt.edu/givenow/givenow_ceng.php and select "Computer Science and Engineering" as the designation for your gift.
http://www.cse.unt.edu UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department — September 2014