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January 2015  

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Greetings from the CSE Chair

Chairman Barrett Bryant

Dear CSE Alumni and Friends,

At the beginning of our Spring 2015 semester, I want to share some news from our CSE Department. We welcome our new faculty member, Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil and you may find out more about him below. At the same time we bid farewell and best wishes to departing faculty Dr. Qunfeng Dong and Dr. Mahadevan Gomathisankaran. We are recruiting this semester for a new faculty member in the computer systems area and will be looking to replace Drs. Dong and Gomathisankaran as quickly as possible.

Our CSE Department is sponsoring several events this semester. Our Distinguished Speaker series will continue in Spring 2015. We will have four speakers this semester, including experts in domain-specific programming languages and computer security. We are also sponsoring a Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security. Please read more information below on those events. Alumni are welcome to attend

In Alumni News, George Mobus is featured in our Alumni Focus below. Engineering Week is coming up and we invite alumni to come back to UNT to be a "Professor for a Day." It is always a great experience for our current students when our alumni lecture in our classes about their path to success. Contact me to find out how you can help support our CSE Department now!

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

Welcome New CSE Faculty Member

Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil joins the CSE faculty as a Lecturer. After receiving his PhD from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Aug 2013, he worked at UNC Charlotte as a Visiting Lecturer for a year. Prior to his graduate studies he has worked three years building embedded systems for medical equipment, home security systems, and wireless sensor nodes. Dr. Pottathuparambil completed his M.S in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi, India in 2005, and B.E Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Madras University, India in 2001.

His research focuses on building FPGA-based hardware accelerators for computational science applications. His other research interests include embedded systems, high-performance computing, designs for living computational science applications, algorithmic trading, and high-performance trading.

In Spring 2015, Dr. Pottathuparambil will be teaching Computer Engineering classes: CSCE 3020, Communications Systems; CSCE 3612, Embedded System Design; and CSCE 4510, Introduction to Wireless Communication.

CSE Distinguished Speakers in Spring 2015

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is proud to announce the following CSE Distinguished Speakers for Spring 2015:

On February 13, Professor Marjan Mernik from the University of Maribor in Slovenia will be our first Distinguished Speaker. His topic will be "A Parameter Control Method of Evolutionary Algorithms Using Exploration and Exploitation Measures". He is on the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Institute of Computer Science. He directs the Programming Methodologies Lab and also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

On February 20, Steven K. Reinhardt, Senior Fellow at AMD Research, will be our second Distinguished Speaker. His presentation will be on Heterogeneous Systems: Today and Tomorrow. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been at AMD since 2008, directing research in the areas of high-speed networking, memory hierarchy designs, and on-chip interconnects. Previously, Steve was an associate professor in the EECS department at the University of Michigan, where he was a full-time faculty member from 1997 to 2006. At Michigan, he led research in memory-system architecture, networking, reliability, processor microarchitecture, multithreading, and system simulation.

On March 6, Elisa Bertino, Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, will be our third Distinguished Speaker. She is the Research Director of The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security CERIAS. Her main research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing as well applications in a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities.

On April 17, Ellen Riloff, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah, will be our final Distinguished Speaker in Spring 2015. She is a member of the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Research Group and her current research areas are event extraction, semantic class induction, coreference resolution, sentiment/opinion analysis, social media analysis, and text processing for clinical medicine.

These Distinguished Speakers will make their presentations in F223, the main conference room in the CSE Department. Everyone is invited to attend!

Welcome First CSE Grad Track Students

(L-R) Evan Rodrigues, Taylor Terry, Addison Mink, Mayaria Johnson, and Danny Stieban. Missing is Dillon Stout.

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 website.

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:

  • Opportunistic Security
  • NFV
  • TCP Encryption
  • DNS Privacy
  • SDN
  • Autonomic Networking
  • Interfaces to Network Security Functions in the Enterprise
  • Other topics as approved by the Program Chair

Please submit proposed session titles and abstracts to the Program Chair, Dr. Ram Dantu, at 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 website.

The HiLT Lab hosts NACLO 2015

Students from R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth participated in their fourth NACLO Competition at UNT. Ian Connally, NACLO Club Director and German and Linguistics Teacher, is on the far left.

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 HiLT website.

CERL (Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory) News

Dr. Armin Mikler is the Director of CERL.

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 Ebola outbreaks.

News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory

David Struble presenting his paper.

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 on the right at HASE 2015 with Prof. Wuwei Shen, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Western Michigan University.

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

Dr. Hassan Takabi directs the 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

HiLT Lab members in back (L-R): Hamed Khanpour, Darius Simmons, Austin Lane, Wes Solomon, Milad Pejmanrad, Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Dr. Eduardo Blanco, Adam Hair, Kevin James, Tanner Van De Walle, Tailyr Mack, Amitava Das.
Front (L-R): Daniel Jarvis, Frank Paiva, Kate Farmer, Bandita Sarma, Daniela Caballero, Natalie Parde, Nishitha Guntakandla, Karen Mazidi, Jacob Figueroa.
On the table are HiLT Companionbots Bobby and Grace.

News from the Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab (HiLT) co-directed by Drs. Rodney Nielsen and Eduardo Blanco.

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.

Moving On

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 Mohanty welcoming the audience in the inaugural speech.
Professor Mohanty receives a distinguished alumni award from the Principal (i.e. Dean) of the Government College of Engineering & Technology, Bhubaneswar.

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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • S. P. Mohanty, M. Gomathisankaran, and E. Kougianos, "Variability-Aware Architecture Level Optimization Techniques for Robust Nanoscale Chip Design", Elsevier International Journal on Computers and Electrical Engineering (IJCEE), Volume 40, Issue 1, January 2014, pp. 168-193.

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CSE Alumni News

Alumni Focus - George Mobus

George E. Mobus is the lead author on Principles of Systems Science (Springer, New York, 2014), with co-author Mike Kalton (emeritus professor at University of Washington Tacoma). He is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science & Systems and Computer Engineering & Systems in the Institute of Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma. In addition to teaching computer science and engineering courses, he teaches courses in systems science to a broad array of students from across the campus. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of North Texas in 1994 and joined the faculty at Western Washington University in 1995. His research program at Western, extending his dissertation work at UNT, involved developing autonomous robot agents by emulating natural intelligence as opposed to using some form of artificial intelligence. That work was funded by a grant from NSF. He received tenure and promotion in 2000 at Western, but moved to the University of Washington Tacoma to help found the Institute of Technology. He was instrumental in developing the CS undergraduate and graduate degrees, and more recently the computer engineering program.

He has written a number of papers, book chapters, and articles on emulating natural intelligence. But over the last decade and a half he has turned his attention to researching a wide array of phenomena from the systems perspective, such as biophysical economics, and sapience or the brain basis for wisdom. Much of his work is captured in the Principles book. His official website is: and his personal blog is: Question Everything:

Be a Professor for a Day at UNT

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will celebrate Engineers Week February 23-27, 2015. CSE Alumni are invited to come back to UNT to be a "Professor for a Day." All you need is a desire to share your knowledge and experience with our current CSE students.

Russell Anthony, BS 2009, was a "Professor for a Day" in CSCE 3420, Internet Programming in Spring 2014. He skyped with the class about important web development technologies and also discussed with the students how to build a business as a freelancer, meet clients and partners. Russell founded Augimo, a web development firm specializing in e-commerce and online marketing, and Deep Origins, an online publishing company. He will soon be launching a new App startup.

We welcome the opportunity to have you talk about your career experiences in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Information Technology fields. If you can’t come during Engineers Week, you are invited to come when it is convenient for you. Check out the Spring 2015 schedule and contact if you would like to be a "Professor for a Day" in our CSE Department.

We want to hear from you! What have you been doing since graduating from UNT? Please send a few paragraphs and a picture to

Student News

Congratulations to CSE graduates

Congratulations to all of our Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduates in Fall 2014!

PhD Graduates in Fall 2014

Patrick Burke

Dissertation: A New Look at Retargetable Compilers

Major Professor: Philip Sweany

Mohamed Fazeen Mohamed Issadeen

Dissertation: Modeling and Analysis of Intentional and Unintentional Security Vulnerabilities in a Mobile Platform

Major Professor: Ram Dantu

Verónica Pérez Rosas

Dissertation: Exploration of visual, acoustic, and physiological modalities to complement linguistic representations for sentiment analysis

Major Professor: Rada Mihalcea

Yi Zhou

Dissertation: Uncertainty Evaluation in Large-scale Dynamical Systems: Theory and Applications

Major Professor: Robert Akl and Yan Wan

CSE Graduate Student wins Spirit of Innovation Competition

Congratulations to Shanti Thiyagaraja on winning the Spirit of Innovation Competition, sponsored by the US India Chamber of Commerce DFW (USICOC), on December 4, 2014. Shanti is a CSE graduate student in Dr. Ram Dantu’s Network Security Lab. Shanti won $5,000 for her presentation on "Smart Phone Monitoring of Second Heart Sound Split." Students from local universities, including Southern Methodist University (SMU), the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the University of North Texas, participated in the competition.

This is the second year that the USICOC has hosted the Spirit of Innovation Competition. This event brings together students from local universities and gives them the opportunity to showcase their innovative business ideas. This year 29 submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges which included professors from all four universities, venture capitalists and management from Texas Instruments and other companies. Eight finalists were selected to present their concepts to the judging panel live at Texas Instruments. The winners and more information are included in this USICOC press release.

CSE students participate in NASA Design Challenge

(L-R) David Figge, Chelsey Batchelor, Hollie King, Jeremy Tinker, Houston Chapman, Juan Hernandez.

Six CSE Undergraduate Students participated in NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design Challenge during the Fall 2014 semester. The team consisted of Hollie King, Juan Hernandez, Chelsey Batchelor, Jeremy Tinker, Houston Chapman, and David Figge. The team, and their faculty advisor, Dr. Mark A. Thompson, traveled down to Houston on November 17, 2014, where they presented their poster and model presentation for their Multi-Modal Human Interfaces Habitat System. For their efforts, the team was voted Forum Favorite and awarded approximately $900 in scholarship funds.

Graduate Exhibition on March 7

The Toulouse Graduate School is hosting the third annual Graduate Exhibition on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Entry forms may be submitted electronically until Friday, February 6, 2015. For entry form and guidelines for presenters, please see this Toulouse Graduate School page.

The Graduate Exhibition celebrates research in all its aspects as an essential and exciting part of graduate education at the University of North Texas. The Graduate Exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavor to a general audience and offers an unusual opportunity for professional development by challenging graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields.

The Graduate Exhibition is also an opportunity for graduate students to see themselves as part of the larger University community, to share their creativity, and to appreciate the breadth of quality research being done at the University of North Texas. All events are free and open to the public.

CSE Students invited to join ACMW Book Club

The ACMW Book Club will meet several times in the Spring 2015 semester to discuss the book, "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey. Participants will receive a complimentary book. We will also cover the cost of meals during the meetings. Meetings will be scheduled by polling interested students for input on the meeting time. Please find more details at this ACMW website.

Interested students should contact

Meet our Spring 2015 Teaching Fellows,
Teaching Assistants and Graders

College of Engineering News

Engineers Week and Career Fair coming up

The Council of Engineering Organizations and the Center for Student Affairs are planning the annual celebration for Engineers Week February 23-27 to promote and educate about the field of engineering as a profession. Please check the schedule at the Council Organizations website for all the plans for Engineering Week.

On Thursday, February 26, the Career Center is hosting the Engineering Career and Internship Fair at Discovery Park. This is a great opportunity for upper class students to find a job and other students to learn about employer recruiting activities and the interview process.

If you would like to help with Engineering Week, please stop by the Center for Student Affairs at G140 at Discovery Park or email

College of Engineering Tutoring Center

The College of Engineering invites students to stop by the Tutoring Center in Discovery Park C119 for peer-assisted help. The Tutoring Center offers help in prerequisite courses for upper-level College of Engineering classes. Students are welcome to stop by Monday through Friday for personal assistance with coursework. No appointment is necessary. To see the Spring 2015 hours and courses for which tutoring is provided, please see this College of Engineering announcement.

College of Engineering offers Undergraduate Student Professional Development Fund

The Undergraduate Student Professional Development Fund is administered through the Dean’s Office in the College of Engineering and is supported through the College of Engineering Fees effective Fall 2013. Events eligible under the fund include, but are not limited to, programs or projects led by students, and participation in national or regional conferences or competitions.

UNT College of Engineering students who are planning to attend such an event are encouraged to apply. Find out more from this College of Engineering PDF file. The application deadline for the Spring semester is February 1 and for the Fall semester is October 10.


DESIGN DAY — April 24, 2015

Poster and Project Presentations by CENG Students

University of North Texas News

General Wesley Clark to speak at UNT on February 4

General Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme allied commander, presidential candidate and author, will speak on Wednesday, February 2, as part of the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series. Clark will speak at 8 pm in UNT’s Auditorium Building at 1401 West Hickory Street.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by UNT’s Division of Student Affairs. Student tickets are free and student guest tickets are $5; UNT faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $8 and tickets for the public are $10.

For more information, please see this UNT press release. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Great Conversations on February 24

Great Conversations will be hosted by the UNT Honors College on February 24 in the clubroom at UNT’s Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae, in Denton. Twenty-seven conversation leaders are a mix between UNT faculty and staff members and well-known Denton and Dallas-Fort Worth personalities.

Tickets are $75 and must be purchased at the Honors College website. Proceeds from the event directly benefit Honors College students by supporting scholarships and programming. Read more about Great Conversations in this UNT press release. To see a complete list of table hosts and to purchase tickets online go to the Great Conversations website.

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