Six CSE undergraduate students are in the new Grad Track program. Mayaria Johnson began in Fall 2014. Evan Rodrigues, Danny Stieban, Dillon Stout, Taylor Terry, and Addison Mink joined the Grad Track program in Spring 2015. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is proud to offer Grad Track for undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs.
Mayaria Johnson was the first undergraduate student to enroll in the Grad Track program. She said, "It is an honor and I am humbled to have been selected as the first undergraduate student accepted into the CSE Grad Track Program. Besides allowing me the fiscal responsibility of being cost effective, this program gives me the opportunity to work on my bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously, smoothly transitioning my undergraduate research into my graduate thesis. I was already planning to go to graduate school after completing my undergraduate degree so being able to get a head start is an automatic plus."
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. 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
UNT REU renewed for 2015-2017
The UNT Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site was renewed for $359,991 to support 30 undergraduate research students for summers 2015, 2016, and 2017. Dr. Renee Bryce and Dr. Hassan Takabi are the directors of this program. The site focuses on "Secure Software Testing for Mobile and Web applications". Students may apply for paid positions, including a stipend, housing and relocation at this website.
No prior research experience is required and we particularly encourage more applicants from 4-year colleges that have limited research opportunities at their universities to apply.
The previous REU Site ran from 2012-2015 and included 30 undergraduate
research students, including students from UNT, TWU, and many other
universities from across the country. The photo above shows participants
from the past three years. Approximately half of the REU participants
published research papers and presented posters. Some of these students
continued to graduate programs! We look forward to three more years of
continued fun and success through this program.
CSE sponsoring Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security
The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering and The National Convergence Technology Center (an NSF Center hosted by Collin College, Frisco, TX) will host the Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security (HoNeST) on Friday, March 27, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Ericsson, Inc. campus in the Austin Conference Room, 6300 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX.
Speakers from area Faculty, Graduate Students, and Industry Professionals are all welcome and encouraged to participate and attend. Topics will include:
Please submit proposed session titles and abstracts to the Program Chair, Dr. Ram Dantu, at Ram.Dantu@unt.edu by February 1. Final notification to presenters will be made by March 1, 2015.
Dr. Ram Dantu, CSE Professor and Director of the UNT Network Security Lab is the Conference and Program Chair. David Keathly, CSE Principal Lecturer and Co-PI National Convergence Technology Center, is the Proceedings and Publicity Chair. Both Dr. Dantu and Mr. Keathly are on the Steering Committee, along with CSE Lecturer Dr. Mark Thompson.
For more information about HoNeST, please see this
The HiLT Lab hosts NACLO 2015
The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) was hosted on January 29, 2015 by the Human Intelligence and Language Technologies lab (HiLT) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. UNT’s NACLO enrollment is in the top six in North America, along with Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Maryland, and University of Toronto.
NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. It challenges students to develop strategies for tackling problems in fascinating real languages and formal symbolic systems.
Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Associate Professor, and Genene Murphy, CSE Staff,
supervised this event, along with HiLT
PhD students Nishitha Guntakandla
and Wes Solomon and undergraduate lab assistant Erin Eversoll. Thanks to
Dr. Ian Parberry for allowing his lab to be used for the competition. For
more information, see this
NACLO page on the
CERL (Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory) News
Following successful integration of the UNT-developed RE-PLAN Framework into the response planning process at Tarrant County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has awarded CERL $120,622 for assistance in developing functional response plans for nine additional North Central Texas counties as part of the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI). To this end, CERL researchers are actively collecting and integrating pertinent data into a database for use with the RE-PLAN Framework. Based on the availability of data at the state level, new computational methods are being developed and integrated into the framework to aid in the analysis and development of functional response plans.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded CERL $119,834
under the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Program to develop computational
methods which can be used immediately to address global challenges stemming
from recent Ebola outbreaks in the United States and abroad. CERL researchers
are developing computational methodologies to integrate data pertaining to
available regional health infrastructure with population-specific
information to identify capabilities and resources for mitigating potential
News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory
David Struble attended the 2015 NSF I/UCRC Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on January 8-9 and participated as a panelist and presenter on the topic of "Innovative Ideas from Innovative Managing Directors." His presentation covered major milestones in 2014 toward development of an I/UCRC Innovative Managing Director (IMD) Model.
Dr. Krishna Kavi was invited by the National Chiao-Tung University and the National Taiwan University to present a series of seminars. Kavi was in Taiwan December 16-28, 2014, including giving a seminar on December 25th. There is no Christmas holiday in Taiwan. Kavi lectured primarily on the research conducted in his Computer Systems Research Lab at UNT.
ChenYu Lee, a post-doctoral researcher in CSRL lab, traveled to Daytona Beach, FL, January 7-10 to present the following paper at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on High-Assurance Systems Engineering HASE 2015: "Ontology of Secure Service Level Agreement" by ChenYu Lee, K. Kavi, R. Paul and M. Gomathisankaran.
In addition, CSRL team’s research is published in the following papers during 2014:
P. Kamongi, M. Gomathisankaran, K. Kavi. "Nemesis: Automated architecture for threat modeling and risk assessment for cloud computing", The 6th ASE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT-2014), December 13-16, 2014, Cambridge, MA, USA.
K. Kavi, D. Pace and C. Shelor. "Concurrency, Synchronization, Speculation - the Dataflow way", Volume 96, Advances in Computers, November 2014.
C.F. Shelor, J. Buchanan, K. Kavi and R. Cytron. "Potential energy savings through eliminating unnecessary writes in the cache-memory hierarchy", International Journal of Computers and Their Applications (IJCA), Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2014, pp 178-187.
Chia-En Lin and K. M. Kavi, "Performance engineering using performance anti-patterns", 9th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA-2014), October 12-16, 2014, Nice, France.
ChenYu Lee, K.M. Kavi, M. Gomathisankaran, P. Kamongi, "Security through Software Rejuvenation", 9th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA-2014), October 12-16, 2014, Nice, France.
M. Islam, M. Scrback, K.M. Kavi, M. Ignatowski and N. Jayasena. "Improving node-level Map-Reduce performance using processing-in-memory technologies", 7th Workshop on UnConventional High Performance Computing (UCHPC2004), held in conjunction with the 20th European Conference Parallel Processing (EuroPar 2014), Porto, Portugal, August 25-29, 2014.
Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, "Component Rejuvenation for Security for Cloud Services," Proceedings of The 2014 International Conference on Security and Management (SAMí14), pp. 392-398, July 21-24, 2014, Las Vegas, USA.
Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, "Ontology-based Privacy Setting Transfer Scheme on Social Networking Systems," Proceedings of The 2014 International Conference on Security and Management (SAMí14), pp. 399-405, July 21-24, 2014, Las Vegas, USA.
J. Shidal, Z. Gottlieb, R. Cytron, K. Kavi. "Trash in Cache: Detecting eternally silent stores", ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Memory Systems Performance and Correctness (MSPC-2014), June 13, 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland, Co-located with PLDI 2014.
X. Wang, S. Fu and K. Kavi. "Characterizing workload of web applications on virtualized servers", BPOE-4: the fourth workshop on Big data benchmarks, Performance Optimizations and Emerging hardware, held in conjunction with ASPLOS-2014, Salt Lake City, UT, March 1, 2014.
T. Janjusic and K. Kavi. "Hardware and application profiling tools - a survey", Advances in Computers, Volume 12, No. 1, January 2014, published by Academic Press, pp 105-160.
K. Kavi, D. Pace and C. Shelor. "Concurrency, Synchronization, Speculation - the Dataflow way", Volume 96, Advances in Computers, November 2014.
C.F. Shelor, J. Buchanan and K. Kavi. "Quantifying wasted write energy in the memory hierarchy", International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (CATA-2014), Las Vegas, March 2014.
K. Kavi, S. Pianelli, G. Pisano, G. Regina and M. Ignatowski. "3D DRAM and
PCMs in Processor Memory Hierarchy", International Conference on
Architecture of Computer Systems (ARCS 2014), pp 183-195, February 25-28,
2014, Luebeck, Germany.
News from INformation Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab
Welcome to two new members, Farzaneh Abazari from Iran University of Science & Technology and Mohammad GhasemiGol from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. They join the INSPIRE Lab as visiting scholars.
Dr. Hassan Takabi traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to attend the 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2014) and workshops where he served as Poster/Demo co-Chair, chaired a session, and presented the paper "Exploiting Users’ Inconsistent Preferences in a Social Network System to Discover Private Friendship Links."
Yassir Hashem presented the paper "Venue Attacks in Location-Based Social Networks" at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014 Workshop on Privacy in Geographic Information Collection and Analysis which was held in Dallas, TX, November 4-7, 2014.
Dr. Takabi was invited to give a talk on "Privacy Aware User Centric Data Sharing in Cloud Computing Environments" at the 2014 International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Security in Hangzhou, China.
Dr. Takabi and Masoud Narouei traveled to New Orleans, LA to attend
the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference
(ACSAC2014) where Dr. Takabi served as
Panel chair and chaired a session and Masoud presented a poster
"Structural Mining for Malware Detection." Masoud was also a recipient of
student travel grant from ACSAC 2014.
Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab News
Awards and Papers
Natalie Parde traveled to Austin, Texas, to present two papers at the AAAI-15 Conference on Artificial Intelligence. One of the papers was presented as part of the AAAI Student Poster Program, and the other was presented orally at the AAAI-15 Workshop on Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots:
Natalie Parde, Michalis Papakostas, Konstantinos Tsiakas, Maria Dagioglou, Vangelis Karkaletsis, and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2015). I Spy: An Interactive Game-Based Approach to Multimodal Robot Learning. In Proceedings of the AAAI-15 Workshop on Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots, Austin, Texas, January 25, 2015.
Natalie Parde, Michalis Papakostas, Konstantinos Tsiakas, and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2015). "Is It Rectangular?" Using I Spy as an Interactive, Game-Based Approach to Multimodal Robot Learning. In Proceedings of the AAAI-15 Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Texas, January 25-30, 2015.
John Wes Solomon presented at the American Medical Informatics Association 2014 Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) workshop in Washington D.C.:
John Wes Solomon and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2014). Predicting changes in Systolic Blood Pressure Using Longitudinal Patient Records. The 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.
New Members in the HiLT Lab
Fran Chadwick is joining the HiLT lab as a first year PhD student in Computer Science. She has worked as a software developer in industry for 33 years for a variety of companies including Boeing, Microsoft and Bank of America. She started off developing applications for science and engineering, but in recent years she has worked in the financial industry. She received her Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee in 1982. She has also completed graduate level courses in Computer Science at Seattle University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her main research interest is in recruiting and retaining women and other underrepresented groups in Computer Science. One avenue that she intends to pursue is improving the classroom experience of women and minorities in the first few Computer Science courses not only in college, but also in middle and high school.
Dr. Amitava Das, a postdoc in the HiLT Lab working with Prof. Rodney Nielsen, joined the faculty of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at NIIT University, Neemrana, Rajasthan, India, as an Assistant Professor on January 15th. Amitava obtained his PhD from Jadavpur University, India, where he worked for an Indo-Japan collaborative project with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. His doctoral work was on automatic sentiment analysis from natural language text. Before working at UNT, he worked for Samsung Research India, Bangalore, as a Chief Engineer, and spent one year working as ERCIM Post-Doctoral Fellow at NTNU, Norway.
Amitava’s research interests broadly span human language, cognition and artificial intelligence. Presently, he is working on language code-mixing in social media text and Computational Creativity.
We wish Amitava the best in his new faculty position.
Professor Mohanty Chairs International Conference and Honored as a Distinguished Alumnus
Professor Saraju Mohanty was a general chair for 13th International conference on information held in Bhubaneswar, India during December 22-24, 2014. The conference had 7 keynote speakers from various universities in the US and India. The conference proceedings was published by IEEE-CS conference publication services (CPS). This event brought significant visibility to UNT. Professor Mohanty discussed graduate studies opportunities at UNT with students at the event.
In the alumni meeting of Government College of Engineering & Technology, Bhubaneswar (CETB), Professor Mohanty was honored as a distinguished alumnus. CETB is the constituent college and nerve center of the technical university of the state of Odisha called Biju Patanaik University of Technology (BPUT) which looks after all the engineering colleges of the state. A fully Government funded institute, CETB is located in the capital city Bhubaneswar of the Odisha state. CETB admits students who rank in the top 1% in the state level examination in which approximately 40,000 students participate every year. Prof. Mohanty discussed possible collaborations between UNT and this Institute. Prof. Mohanty also discussed possibilities of graduate studies at UNT with many students of CETB and invited them apply to UNT in their areas of interest.
In other news from NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL), several more students have joined. NSDL now has 5 Ph.D. students and 4 M.S. thesis students engaged in various area of Nanoelectronics. For example, graduate student Shital Joshi comes from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Varanasi, a leading institute of India. In the last year, members of NSDL published a total of 14 journal/conference articles. A selected example include the following: