Department of Computer Science and
CSE Students to present projects on Design Day on April 29
Undergraduate students from the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering will present their projects at the UNT College of
Engineering’s Design Day on Friday, April 29, 2016. The Design Day
program will begin with poster presentations in the hallways in Discovery
Park from 9 to 12 noon. Following the poster presentations, each department
will have project presentations.
The following Computer Engineering projects will be presented for CSCE 4915
Computer Engineering Design II beginning at 1 pm in B190:
Team Name: Animaniacs
Sponsor: Jim Buchanan
Team Members: David Samaniego, Sebastian Riojas, Ester Lee, Tailyr Mack
Our Adaptive Home Automation System is a technology to improve overall home
efficiency. We are devoted to create a system that can adapt and improve
to a homeowner’s lifestyle. By using a combination of hardware
components and software, it tracks the homeowner’s movements from one
room into another. With every data of the homeowner’s movement, our
software will then be able to make choices on its own to create an
environment that is at the homeowner’s most convenience. The
homeowner can also create their own lifestyle to their liking and override
Our system that interconnects all our hardware and software component is
call the HUB. Our hardware includes many sensors to track the homeowner
and the temperature of the house which are interconnected with an Arduino.
Sensors will set off certain automation’s according to the
homeowner’s movement between the rooms. Our Arduino then stores that
data into our database and gather information on the homeowner’s
movement. That allows our system to turn his movement into a habit. More
habits are then created and merged together as more information is
gathered. We want to create a convenient and stress free environment that
can enhance a healthier lifestyle.
Team Name: Work in Progress (WIP)
Sponsor: Shannon Cain
Team Members: Mitch Curran, Jarryd Shirley, Tyseanah Spell, Kiana Casebeer
The Bobwhite Quail population is declining at an alarming rate, and
researchers are having a difficult time finding the cause. In order to
study the problem, researchers have put an avian RF transmitter on the
birds to track them. Current prominent research techniques involve
pedestrian data acquisition which is time consuming, contaminates the data,
and can be extremely dangerous for researchers. We have been tasked with
using a UAV to autonomously acquire the animal transmitter signal, and to
use that to acquire GPS, visual, and temperature information in the
vicinity of the quail.
Team Name: Deep Blue
Sponsor: Dr. Hassan Takabi
Team Members: Tyler Toth, Christopher Romero, Luis Segura, Henry Flowers, Gobind Rauniyar
The purpose of this project is to design a system where a user can
effectively fly a drone using simple thoughts. To decipher thoughts, EEG
technology will be used to monitor electrical signals in the brain and
translate them into meaningful information. This involves creating and
designing a pathway for the brain to be able to communicate, control and
fly a drone.
Team Name: BECK Teck
Sponsor: James Buchanan
Team Members: Carlton Allred, Brendon Knapp, Edmund Sannda, Kyle Upton
Project Muninn is an autonomous navigating, 3D mapping capable unmanned
aerial vehicle (UAV). We have modified the Parrot- AR.Drone 2.0 with the
Arduino Uno microcontroller to use LIDAR technology, in combination with
proprietary and open source point cloud software, allowing it to
autonomously navigate and map an indoor environment. The field of drone
technology and autonomy is fast growing with a diverse range of
applications. Autonomous UAV’s could be used by the police and
defense industry to gain information about potentially dangerous
environments. There is also great potential for architecture research and
design, as well as commercial real estate applications.
Team Name: Banana
Team Members: Daniel Akintitan, Aaron Hardie, David Marquez, Jacquelyn Oquendo, Sammy Sirak
Banana’s aim was to create an electric longboard that will safely
transport a user from one destination to another. The board is ideal for
travelling short distances (e.g. across a university campus) and is an
alternative to driving or walking. Our goal is for the board to be able to
travel up to 10 miles without recharging, and to reach speeds up to 10
miles per hour.
The longboard is powered by two 11.1V lipo batteries and an electric motor.
We used an Arduino, a modified wii nunchuck and an electronic speed
controller as a means for the user to control the speed of the board.
Since the board is electric, it is an environmentally friendly choice for
Team Name: Enlightened
Sponsor: Acculight USA
Team Members: Alex Adamcik, Maria Moreno, Matthew Davidson, Tara Thompson, Thomas Kanabay
Our client, Acculight USA, is a company that produces LED lighting
solutions for commercial, residential and industrial applications.
Acculight USA was looking to deploy their LED lamps as street lights
worldwide. While they currently had high intensity LED lights, which were
corrosion resistant and engineered to reduce heat, they wanted to offer a
technologically advanced "smart street light" system that would reduce the
problems of deploying lamps in that environment. In addition, they also
wanted this system to deliver remote monitoring and control, maximize
efficiency, and improve the ability for staff to identify failures and
provide maintenance. We, the project group Enlightened, worked with
Acculight USA to develop a system that provided these solutions, while
incorporating their existing LED lamp models.
Our system is a prototype comprised of a Central Management Server (CMS)
and four Smart Lights that communicate though Power Line Communication
(PLC). The primary job of the CMS is to control and monitor the four Smart
Lights and send out alerts regarding the status of the light when
The following Computer Science projects will be presented for CSCE 4901
Software Development Capstone beginning at 2 pm in D215:
Team Name: Focal Point
Team Members: Wayne Wong, Jacob Kizhazeparampil, Ching Kwan Yeung, Satender Yadav
We will be creating a web-based application that handles the inventory of
any restaurant. At first, business owners will be able to add their
restaurant and suppliers. Furthermore, they will be also able to add items
to their inventory, and each item will be linked to a specific supplier.
There will be a feature that alerts the user when their items are "low" in
quantity, allowing them to order more before they run out. Each individual
item will have a different "low quantity" that users will have to set prior
to adding to their inventory list. Any item that is low will automatically
be marked in red.
Additionally, there will be a feature that allows users to send an email to
the supplier manually, unless the item is set to automatically notify the
supplier once it’s low by sending an automated email. Users can also
view the purchase history, track sales, and item popularity displayed as a
graph or chart. When items arrive, users can confirm their order and the
program will then update the user’s inventory list with the newest
quantity. Users can also see the top 10 items that have been ordered the
most, to identify what is popular among customers.
Team Name: Bowie
Sponsor: Dr. Parsons
Team Members: Matthew "Phil" Escobedo, Alexandra Woods, Johnathan Morgan
We need a way to capture output from a game controller and/or steering wheel.
One route to this goal would be to use a raspberry pi or similar hardware to
build an embedded system that can act as a bypass for a USB controller.
The device needs to read input from the game controller and pass it on to a
computer that is running a simulation (e.g., videogame, virtual environment).
Simultaneously the data from the controller needs to be output via an
Ethernet port to another computer — on which a program records with a
timestamp which button was pushed on the controller
Team Name: Mediamancer ™
Sponsor: Stryker Communications
Team Members: Dan Biwer, Tommy Conto, Dustin Eaton
Stryker® is one of the leading providers of technology solutions for the
medical field. The Stryker Media Engine (SME) was created as an addition to
Stryker’s media management system to assist hospitals and medical
professionals in modifying media. SME is a RESTful API that allows users to
edit, convert, and annotate different forms of media. It was built in
Node.js using the Express framework, making requests fast and easy. This,
in conjunction with Stryker’s Studio 3 archiving capabilities, will
provide a simple interface for the following services:
- Converting videos and images to different resolutions, formats, and bitrates
- Merging video files of different formats
- Cutting and splicing video files
- Burning annotations onto image files
The Mediamancer team is excited to demo SME, and we’re happy to answer any
questions you may have.
Team Name: Omelet Whispers
Team Members: Chad Smith, Thomas Lee, Wade Powers
Home Room will be a web-based teaching and tutoring tool designed to help
teachers communicate assignments, offer guidance, and administer tests and
quizzes to their students. Students will be able to complete and upload
assignments to the website for grading and review. Parents will be able to
take a hands-on role in their child’s education by monitoring
assignment progress and communicating with their child’s teacher. We
envision this website to be utilized by professional, private tutors, and
large school districts with a high number of students in the 3rd Grade
through High School age group.
Team Name: Nova Elite
Team Members: Jason Hoang, Imran Akhtar, Kai-Chuan Chan, Sabrin Thamed
This project consists of a teacher app and student apps that communicate
directly with each other, giving the teacher the ability to guide the
students who spread across the marching field/rehearsal room via a single
device and allowing students to ask questions and take notes with ease. The
program will focus on compiling all of the paperwork, sheet music, and
coordinate sheets involved with students learning, rehearsing, and performing a
marching band show onto their own personal devices and tablets.
This will make the process of teaching easier and help the students stay
organized with all of their papers. All apps will also have access to vital
learning tools for a performing ensemble so that the students can practice
with the app on their own. These apps will be designed for marching bands
across the United States, but they can be adjusted to satisfy other indoor
rehearsals for any type of ensemble.
Team Name: UNSC
Team Members: Charlie Pipes, Matthew Hermes
With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has included a voice
"companion" called Cortana. Cortana has a function that allows you to open
an app/program by simply uttering the phrase "Hey Cortana, Open
". However, this functionality is very limited as Cortana
will only open programs and apps that have embedded this functionality in
their software or those that are created by Microsoft. Many programs are
excluded from this function as well as common folders in Windows 10.
Our proposal is to create a piece of software that will allow Cortana to
open and close any App, Program, Drive, or File on your computer with the
"Hey Cortana" voice command. The software would allow the user to input the
file path and then allow the user to give their program a name so that
Cortana knows what the file is called.
We want to include a CPC History functionality would be to allow the user
to see what has been changed as well as revert any changes made.
There is a degree of flexibility to allowing the user to call a program whatever
they wish. For instance, Skype could be called "Skype" or if there are conflicts
with that word then you could use something as arbitrary as "Apples".
There are a few extra functionalities we would like to implement such as
opening multiple programs at once or simply closing files using a voice
command. These extra features would apply to all programs and files as well.
The customer base for this project is rather vast. Any person that uses
Cortana will be able to use this program. Windows is a common OS that many
people use and the use of this application allows Cortana to be used to her
Team Name: Team Pudding
Team Members: Charles Alan Macon, Jordan Sanders, Hunter Ross
We are creating a "smart" mirror that uses a monitor behind a one-way
mirror to display various types of information including the time, weather,
RSS feeds, and greetings. It will also include useful features such as a
motion sensor night light, automatic screen shut off, and built in music
To keep costs low, we will be using a raspberry pi for the internal
computer and cheap sensors available for the platform. The monitor will be
housed inside a custom wooden frame with a two way mirror placed above the
screen panel. All necessary materials will be provided by Jordan.
This is the first draft feature list:
- Weather Display with image/animation
- Digital/Analog Clock
- Greeting messages based on time with user’s name
- RSS Feed chosen by user
- Have Pandora music capabilities
- A motion sensor for screen on/off
- Light sensor with and LED for temporary night light
- Picture display for comparison (Hairstyle, makeup, etc.)
- A power button
- Air Play Mouse support for iPhone and android so a user could configure
the mirror (Login to Pandora, select station, move UI elements)
- Startup animation
- Pause and play button for music
Team Name: Pump You Up
Team Members: Christian Schwartz, Jacob Donnelly
Next Pump is a mobile sharing application where users have the ability to
build and find workout playlists. The aim of this project is not only to
help new users easily find workout routines, but also set up a community
where users are able to share their fitness knowledge. It will help new users find
a place to start and stick to routines that have been proven to work. It will
also allow more experienced users to find new workouts to keep them engaged.
Users will be able to build workout routines by selecting exercises which
will be organized by muscle groups and target area. If an exercise cannot
be found the user has the ability to create their own and share it with the
Next Pump community. User can then build a schedule in order to plan out
their activity. Next Pump is a social application, if someone has no idea where to
start they can find preset workout routines others have shared or simply discover
new exercises. Once a workout has built users can save it for later use as well
as share the entire workout or individual exercises to others.
Team Name: Breadcrumbs
Team Members: Zachary Serna, Manuel Vargas, Bereket Teweldebrhan, Loc Huynh
This application is an android mobile program that creates a map of
walkable locations that services like Google Maps have not charted before
such as campuses, theme parks, etc. Once these places have been charted,
the application can provide paths from location to location to anyone who
visits the previously mapped area.
The application will utilize the mobile phone location to create paths that
users can submit; using graph theory, paths will eventually be built to
create a working map of the locations. Once these maps have been built, our
algorithm will find the shortest walkable distance and help the user arrive
at their destination.
Team Name: Twenty
Sponsor: David Keathly
Team Members: Philip Bright, Danny Stieben, Brian Mauldin
Project Twenty is the calendar of social media. Users can put all their
work, events, classes, and all other schedules into the calendar with the
address of each event. Using Twenty to schedule appointments at the
doctor’s office is a breeze, instead of going through several
dates/times to find the one that works patients just give their calendar ID
or login information to the receptionist and Twenty will calculate all the
times they are available to come in. Since it includes addresses it will
calculate drive time, including traffic calculated by Google. When the
receptionist books the appointment it puts it straight on the
patient’s calendar and their set. This is just one of the many
scenarios where Twenty makes troublesome scheduling a thing of the past.
Team Name: The Tutors
Sponsor: The Gideon Foundation
Team Members: Erika Gutierrez, Scott McKeefer, Paul Yapobi, George Ndede, Christopher Cruz
The Gideon Foundation is a community based organization that involves
parents and their children in advancing both reading and math skills so
that children are prepared to enter college or the job market. The goal is
to help the students by not only offering specific skills building
exercises, but also to give parents and their child achievable work
sessions that serve as a guide for efficient use of study time. The
Foundation provides a safe after school program to children and young
people in our community especially to those families are not able to pay
for the services.
Our job is to design a web application where users students can get access
to the instructor through tablets provided by the Gideon Foundation. The
application will provide live sessions with instructors, share screen to monitor
activity progress and student progress report elaboration that will help instructors
when presenting to the parents the students progress over time.
Team Name: Closed Loop
Sponsor: David Keathly
Team Members: Addison Mink, Jackson Kelley
EnGen makes every adventurers’ job easier. Using the standard system
and guidelines of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, EnGen allows users to
produce procedurally generated encounters. Encounters can be generated
using user made content or by downloading opensource material made by the
D&D community. User made content will include: Monsters, environments,
loot, and room types. Allowing Dungeon Masters to fully customize the
generated encounter, and help in making it a fun and unique experience.
Team Name: Cloud Control
Team Members: Jacob Pebworth, Luis Alvarez
Our client has asked for a website that utilizes an inventory database to
set items on the site as sold out or in stock. We have decided on using the
MVC 6 and Azure services to deliver a website that is able to be used
long-term and with plenty of scalability. Our plan has plenty of room for
expansion of functionality and appearances.
Team Name: The Absolutists
Team Members: Travis Allan, Chris Fitch, Ian Henderson
For our project, Maker’s Board, we felt inspired to create an online
community and marketplace for artists and art enthusiasts to share, rate
and sell original works. We hope our project will be like an online art
gallery or coffee shop where people will gather to share their love for
Art. It will be especially beneficial for new artists who are seeking
exposure. Our site will focus on community, an intuitive interface, and a
secure form of payment (or donation) with PayPal.
Our design incorporates a web-based app with individual accounts, a server
database, a search engine, and posting boards with different categories.
Users will be able to upload works, complete with a description, price, and
location. Users will be able to rate and review other user’s artwork.
Pieces can be listed as "for sale," while others could be simply uploaded
to receive feedback from the community. The site will aim to become a
cultural hub for artists.
The following Information Technology projects will be presented for CSCE
4925 Information Technology Capstone II beginning at 1 pm in D215:
Team Name: Travel Bug
Sponsor: Bilbrey Tours
Team Members: Jordan Luper, Tyler Page, Yesenia Montano, Michele Hindman
Team Travel Bug has been contracted to create a front-end and back-end
website for Bilbrey Tours. This website is designed to increase efficiency,
reduce the load on the staff workers, and eliminate forms to send in
payments. The website will streamline the process of customers browsing
available tours, creating an account, opting for travelers insurance,
signing up for a mailing list, reserving a tour, and making a payment online.
Bilbrey Tours has been around since 1990 and this year they are celebrating
25 years of business. To date, Bilbrey Tours has traveled to 47 countries
and continues to look for new and exciting destinations for their
travelers. Right now, Bilbrey Tours has a current website that allows
customers to view travel packages and then they have to download two forms.
One of the forms is for payment on the deposit and the other form is for
travelers insurance. Both of these forms have to be mailed into their
office and then the staff deals with the payment and enters in the
customer’s information in the system.
Our goal is to make this website user friendly for both their senior
citizen customers and for their staff members when they need to update the
website for future usage. When creating the website we want to keep the
owner and her staff members involved.
Team Name: The Squad
Sponsor: John Franklin
Team Members: Duy Tran, Julie Quiroz, Shaddy Zayour, Victor Akinnawo
We are in development of a social media website for athletes and sport
organizations looking for leagues or teams to be a part of. Our concept, is
to create a user friendly web application for those who are sport
enthusiasts or athletes that want to show off their skills in an atmosphere
that others can openly appreciate. The site will include basic social media
functionalities like messaging and user dashboards along with the
integration of personal stats, thoughts, and a sport themed feed. Our
application is going to be run by Drupal with their offered plugins for
group management, user relationships, and inviting friends. Our hopes are
to later expand on this project through other mediums like android/apple
applications or standalone computer applications; and imputing
advertisements at the ends of development that is currently working as an
incentive for our group. We hope to take on Design Day with an awesome
application to exhibit to our audiences and promote it all in the same day!
Team Name: Digital Defenders
Sponsor: Jim Buchanan
Team Members: Cody Abbott, Ben Sunny, Andrew Day, Emanuel Taylor
The purpose of the project is to develop an application that can help our
client better communicate with his student athletes and their associated
parents without having to go through some other type of medium. The
Denton3c Website (D3C) will be the hub of the communication as well as a go
to area for student athletes to check on the latest scheduled events, check
what events the student athletes might be participating in, as well as
getting feedback from the coaches. Athletes and parents will also be able
to view how the athlete is doing by being able to view the list of
achievements associated with that athlete.
Team Name: CODA
Sponsor: Hasan Takabi
Team Members: Corbin Watkins, Oanh Ngyuen, David Loughran, Alejandro Luna
This is the concept of how our headset will connect to the android device
and perform its task. We will develop a connection between the headset and
the android device (tablet) with an on and off switch. Once a connection is
developed the user is able to send a thinking command of choice. It will
reiterate until the user is done performing tasks and powers off the
Dr. Mohanty named Associate Chair for Computer Engineering
Dr. Saraju Mohanty was named Associate Chair of Computer Engineering on
March 1, 2016, to raise the profile of Computer Engineering within the
department. His duties will include developing collaborations with related
departments in UNT as well as Computer Engineering programs at other
universities, to facilitate the growth in research and students in Computer
As part of his new role, Dr. Mohanty joined CSE
Chair Barrett Bryant in attending the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department Heads Association (ECEDHA)
conference March 18-22, 2016 in La Jolla, CA. The Association is composed
of heads or chairs of departments offering accredited programs in
electrical and/or computer engineering. The purpose is to help advance the
field, facilitate member interaction and idea exchange, and to improve
communication with the profession, industry, government, and others.
CSE hosts Summer Camps in 2016
The UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department is hosting a number of
summer programs to introduce young women and young men entering the 8th
thru 12th grades to Game Development, Mobile Apps Development, and Computer
Science and Engineering. Registration is open now
Our Summer Camps incorporate elements from many of our previous summer
programs into a week that focuses on mobile app development or game
development depending on the camp. The one week day camp includes lunch and
snacks each day and is a great opportunity for our students and faculty to
interact with tomorrow’s engineers. Please refer to the table below
for this summer’s schedule.
|June 27-July 1|
Ph.D. students attend CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop
|(L-R) Nishitha Guntakandla, Junfei Xie, Natalie Parde, Andreea Godea, Alakananda Vempala,
Not pictured: Zahra Sarabi and Shuwen Liang.
UNT’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering recently sent
eight Ph.D. students to the
CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop
in San Diego, California. CRA-W Grad Cohort is an
annual workshop for women in their first three years of pursuing graduate
degrees in computer science. The workshop offers sessions that provide
career advice for both academic and non-academic career paths, as well as
sessions that provide advice for different aspects of students’
graduate school careers, targeted specifically toward women studying
computer science and related technical fields. Sessions noted by
UNT’s attendees this year as being particularly valuable included
"Balancing Graduate School and Personal Life," "Ph.D. Academic Career Paths
and Job Search," and "Strategies for Human-Human Interaction."
The workshop also included numerous opportunities for students to network
with their peers and with faculty mentors in their own research areas,
through highly interactive sessions, Birds of a Feather luncheons where
students could share meals with faculty and other students having common
research or mentoring interests, and a Friday night dance party attended by
all of the students and faculty at the workshop. The workshop also hosted
a poster session, where two of UNT’s Ph.D. students, Natalie Parde
and Alakananda Vempala, presented the following posters:
Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2016). Getting to the Heart of
Metaphors: Dependency-based Detection of Metaphoric Juxtapositions. Poster
at the 2016 CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop. San Diego, California,
April 15-16, 2016.
Alakananda Vempala and Eduardo Blanco (2016). Complementing Semantic Roles
with Temporally Anchored Spatial Knowledge: Crowdsourced Annotations and
Experiments. Poster at the 2016 CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop. San
Diego, California, April 15-16, 2016.
UNT’s students had a fantastic time attending the workshop and
sightseeing in San Diego, and are grateful for the financial support that
enabled them to attend. UNT’s students’ attendance at the
CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop was generously funded by CRA-W, the
Natalie Parde’s NSF GRFP fellowship, and
CSE professors Drs. Song Fu and Rodney Nielsen.
CSE Women attend WiCyS conference
|(L-R) Shanti Thiyagaraja, Paula Mears, Hsia-Ching Chang, Professor Ram Dantu,
Parisa Kaghazgaran, Dralia Tulley-Patton, Garima Bajwa, Im Lai, Quynh Nguyen and
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering was well-represented at
the Women in Cybersecurity
(WiCyS) conference held in
Dallas March 31st to April 2nd. Parisa Kaghazgaran and Lola Obamehinti
presented posters at the conference. Eight of the ten students who attended
are Ph.D. students.
Thanks to the CSE department for sponsoring the booth at the conference.
Also, the registration was sponsored by the CSE department, Fidelity Investments
and NSF SFS grant (PI, Ram Dantu, Co-PIs, Suliman Hawamdeh and Dan Kim).
Dr. Dantu said, "It is interesting to note that around 50% of the PhD
students pursuing cyber security in UNT are women. Also, around 30% of the
PhD students pursuing cyber security in UNT are from minorities."
Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory News
|Dr. Marty O’Neill and Dr. Armin Mikler conduct a 90 minute learning session
they were selected to organize|
at the 2016 Preparedness Summit.
Students and faculty from the Center for Computational Epidemiology and
Response Analysis (CeCERA) attended the
2016 Preparedness Summit in
Dallas to disseminate their research results to the approximately 1,800
federal, state, and local preparedness planners in attendance. At the
summit, Dr. Armin R. Mikler (CSE Professor and CeCERA Director), Dr. Marty
O’Neill (Research Associate Professor, Institute of Applied Science),
and Dr. Susie Ramissety-Mikler (Research Associate Professor in CSE) organized
and presented a 90 minute learning session entitled,
"Identifying Patterns of Vulnerability: A Data-Driven Approach for Accommodating At-Risk Populations".
They were joined in the summit exhibition hall by Dr. Chetan Tiwari
(Associate Professor, Geography), Dr. Barrett Bryant (CSE Chair), and CSE
students Joshua Urbanovsky (Doctoral Candidate), Joseph Helsing (Doctoral
Candidate), Sultanah Alshammari (Doctoral Candidate), Cree White (Ph.D.
Student), Faris Hawamdeh (Ph.D. Student), Harsha Gwalani (Ph.D. Student),
Tim de Reuse (M.S. Student), and Clayton Rowe (M.S. Student). At the CeCERA
booth, hundreds of planners from across the country participated in guided
tours of how the data-driven methods developed at CeCERA
could enable them to build more efficient response
plans to increase the resiliency of their regions.
|Cree White and Dr. Marty O’Neill||Joseph Helsing|
Human Intelligence and Language Technologies (HiLT) Lab News
HiLT Lab directors: Drs. Rodney Nielsen and Eduardo Blanco. More
information at the HiLT Lab website.
HiLT Lab Ph.D. Student Natalie Parde Wins Inaugural Golden Eagle Award
Natalie Parde, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Nielsen in the HiLT Lab, won an
Inaugural Golden Eagle Award — the most prestigious award that UNT bestows on a student
leader. The recipients are those who show a tremendous commitment to co-curricular
activities and enhancing campus life at UNT by engaging in considerable service and
displaying great leadership, all while achieving excellence in the classroom. Among
many roles, Natalie’s considerable service and leadership includes being president of
UNT’s Women in Computing organization, outreach to K-12 students, volunteering for the
National Center for Women & Information Technology, and mentoring TAMS students.
HiLT Lab Undergrad Dralia Tulley-Patton Wins SWSIS Scholarship
Dralia Tulley-Patton was awarded a scholarship by the Applied Computer
Security Associates, the CRA-W, and the Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The
Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) supports
exceptional students in their final two years as an undergraduate. Dralia
became passionate about working at the intersection of Natural Language
Processing (NLP) and Security, after she attended several related talks at
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Specifically, Dralia
plans to advance research in the area of insider threat detection, exploring
the use of NLP and ML in analyzing the differences between the language of a
typical employee and the language of an insider who poses a security threat.
Dralia is pursuing this research with Drs. Rodney Nielsen and Hassan Takabi.
HiLT Lab Undergrad Dan Jarvis Wins this Year’s CSE Department Award
for Outstanding Senior in Computer Science
Congratulations to HiLT Lab undergraduate student Daniel Jarvis for
winning the 2016 Computer Science and Engineering Department’s award for
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science. Dan is a research assistant with Dr. Nielsen
working on classroom engagement technology.
HiLT Lab Hosts NACLO Invitational
The HiLT Lab hosted the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
(NACLO) Invitational Round on Thursday, March 10th. NACLO is an educational
competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer
algorithms to solve linguistic problems and process natural human language.
Six of the 35 students who originally competed in NACLO’s Open Round at
UNT made it to the invitational round, which allows the highest-scoring 10% of
NACLO participants nationwide to compete for a place on the North American team
in the International Linguistics Olympiad in Mysore India, July 25-29.
Pictured left-to-right are HiLT Lab Ph.D. students Nishitha Guntakandla and
Natalie Parde, HiLT director Dr. Rodney Nielsen, undergraduate lab
assistant Erin Eversoll, and (not pictured) Genene Murphy supervised the
event. More information is available at
this HiLT page.
Andreea Godea, Nishitha Guntakandla, Natalie Parde, Zahra Sarabi, and
Alakananda Vempala all received CRA-W Grad Cohort awards
Congratulations to HiLT Lab Ph.D. students for winning CRA-W Grad Cohort
awards, left-to-right, Zahra Sarabi, Andreea Godea, Natalie Parde, Alakananda Vempala,
and Nishitha Guntakandla.
HiLT Lab TAMS Student Sara Adams Wins NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award
Sara Adams won a DFW NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award! The Aspirations
in Computing Award is a prestigious award sponsored by the National Center
for Women & Technology that honors female high school students for their
exemplary achievements in computer science. Sara, a TAMS student, has been
a member of the HiLT Lab since the Spring 2015 semester, working on the
lab’s I Spy project.
HiLT Lab Ph.D. Student Natalie Parde Serves on NCWIT Panel
Natalie Parde was selected to be the graduate student panelist at the DFW
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony! The panel brought together female
leaders from academia and industry from across the DFW metroplex to speak to award
winners and their guests about the challenges and exciting opportunities for women
in STEM fields.
HiLT Lab TAMS Student Noelle Davis in the North Texan
Noelle Davis was one of a handful of UNT students featured in the article
"Women find STEM research opportunities, leadership roles at UNT." Noelle was
interviewed about her experiences as a TAMS student and how working at the HiLT
Lab has helped her in her success. Read more in this
North Texan article.
The HiLT Lab Welcomes New Member
Namratha Urs, M.S. C.S. student, joined the HiLT Lab this Spring.
Namratha is working with Dr. Nielsen on ML and NLP algorithms to improve the
effectiveness of communication between our Companionbots and their human
The HiLT Lab Bids Farewell to Kevin James
We wish last year’s CSE Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer
Engineering awardee, Kevin James, the best of luck in his new job at Seagate!
We will miss you Kevin, and have no doubt you will continue to excel!
News from Information Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab
|INSPIRE lab members Parisa Kaghazgaran (in red shirt) and Dralia Tulley-Patton
(on the far right end)|
attended the WiCyS conference.
Dr. Hassan Takabi is the Director
of the INSPIRE Lab.
- INSPIRE Lab researchers published several journal papers including two
papers in ELSEVIER Computers & Security.
- Manar F. Alohaly joined the INSPIRE Lab as a new Ph.D. student in
- INSPIRE Lab’s undergraduate researcher Dralia Truley-Patton has
been selected as a SWSIS Scholar by the Scholarship for Women Studying
Information Security (SWSIS)
program. The SWSIS program is a partnership of the Applied Computer
Security Associates (ACSA) and the
CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research
(CRA-W), with sponsorship from ACSA and
the Hewlett-Parkard Enterprise
- Members of INSPIRE Lab attended the Women in Cybersecurity
(WiCyS) conference held in
Dallas, March 31st–April 2.
- Parisa Kaghazgaran won an award from CRA to attend CRA-Women’s Grad
Cohort Workshop which was held on April 15-16, 2016 in San Diego, California.
NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) News
The Net-Centric and Cloud Software and Systems
(NCSS) I/UCRC held its semi-annual Industry
Advisory Board meeting on March 2-3 at Arizona State University. There were 66
attendees representing industry and government. The plenary session on the first
day included presentations on six new project proposals, eight in-progress reports,
and five industry roadmap presentations.
At the recommendation of the NSF Center Evaluator, a panel discussion was
conducted with the industry members on the subject of "wicked" technical problems
faced by each company. The members identified problem areas spanning topics that
included machine learning, big data, cyber-security, and man/machine interfaces in
high complexity systems. Each of these figure prominently in the NCSS I/UCRC list
of competencies and present immediate opportunities for engaging with the industry
members on related research projects.
UNT computer science graduate students Charles Shelor, Patrick Kamongi and
Marko Scrbak also gave presentations on their respective areas of research.
More than 35 poster presentations were made available following the plenary
session and were well received by the attendees. The next semi-annual IAB
meeting will be held at UNT on October 19-20, 2016.
Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News
|Barrett Bryant in Pisa, Italy|
Barrett Bryant attended the 31st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
(SAC 2016) in Pisa, Italy.
Dr. Bryant is a member of the SAC Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Programming
Languages Track at SAC.