Department of Computer Science and
Distinguished Speakers in Spring 2016
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is proud to announce the
following CSE Distinguished Speakers for Spring 2016:
On Friday, March 4,
Professor in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, will
present "Smarter Prediction Mechanisms in Computer Architecture.".
Dr. Lin’s research interests are compilers, parallel computing and
microarchitecture. This presentation will take place at 11:30 am in F223.
On Friday, April 1,
from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the
University of Washington, will be here to make his presentation. The title will
be announced later in the semester. Dr. Smith is widely regarded as a leading
researcher in natural language processing and known for his contributions in
both core algorithms and innovative applications. This presentation will take
place at 11:30 am in F223.
On Friday, April 22, Jun Yung,
Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Duke University, will be our
Distinguished Speaker. His presentation will be on "Cumulon: Simplifying
Matrix-Based Data Analytics in the Cloud." Dr. Yung’s primary research
interest is in the area of database and data-intensive computing. This
presentation will take place at 11:30 am in F223.
The first Distinguished Speaker for Spring 2016 was Dr. Lori Pollock,
Professor in Computer and Information Sciences at University of Delaware,
on January 22, 2016. Dr. Pollock’s presentation was "Building Power
Tools for Software Engineering through Natural Language Analysis of
Software and Related Artifacts."
ACM Chapter meetings announced for Spring 2016
This semester UNT’s ACM chapter will focus on offering information
and activities not offered in our courses. These meetings will be tailored
for computer science students or just students desiring to learn something
new. A tentative schedule is listed below. Anyone that would like to
suggest an activity that they think would help the student body should post
these suggestions on this
Meetings are held at Discovery Park F223 at 1 pm and refreshments are
always provided. Please contact ACM President Quentin Mayo with any
questions, suggestions, or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 22, F219 1 pm - (Coding) Advance Python Coding ( Big Data | Web Scrapping |
w/ Machine Learning - Beautiful-soup, Sklearn, Panda )
March 7, F219, 1 pm - Statefarm Coding Interview Prep Guide!!!
March 21, F223, 1 pm - (Debugging Analysis) Reverse- Engineering
April 4, F223, 1 pm - (Development) Web Development in minutes using AngularJS, Laravel, and MySQL
April 18, F223, 1 pm - (Hacking) Forgot your password? No Problem
April 25, F223, 1 pm - (Ubuntu) Basic to Advance Terminal Commands
Cybersecurity at UNT CSE featured in the North Texan
Cybersecurity at UNT is featured in the cover story of the Winter 2015
edition of the North Texan. UNT alumnus Tawfiq Shah (’13,
’15 M.S.) is a computer science and engineering graduate who is a senior
research engineer at a Richardson-based company called Armor developing
innovative solutions to protect companies. Shah creates cloud solutions for
healthcare, financial, retail, and other industries. Read more about Shah
in the "Arming Industry" section of the
Valmiki Mukherjee (’06 M.S.), Dr. Saraju Mohanty’s first UNT
Computer Engineering graduate with VLSI specialization, was also featured
in The Winter 2015 edition of the North Texan in
"Cyber Security Tips".
Mukherjee is the chief security architect of Cognizant’s Security
Products business for North America. He is a globally recognized expert in
cyber and cloud security domains. In 2014, Mukherjee established the Cyber
Future Foundation, a global think tank of cybersecurity and policy experts.
News from the Center for Information and Computer Security
The Center for Information and Computer Security
(CICS) is an interdisciplinary
center, bringing together individuals and organizations with an interest in
the areas of information security, computer security, information
assurance, and cybercrime. CICS has been recognized by the National
Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a "Center of
Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education."
Dr. Ram Dantu, Director of the Center for Information and Computer
Security, was noted in a
speech by the National Science Foundation Director
Dr. France A. Córdova at the Texas Research Summit. Dr. Córdova talked about
Dr. Dantu’s research in Voice over IP (VoIP) security as an example of
how cybersecurity research like his has led to products, services, startups
and innovative solutions in the marketplace.
The HiLT Lab hosts NACLO 2016
|Students from R.L. Paschal High School participated in their fifth NACLO
Competition at UNT. NACLO Club Director Ian Connally is on the far right.|
The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
(NACLO) was hosted on January 28, 2016
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 five in
North America, along with Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University,
Columbia University, and the University of Washington.
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 Natalie Parde and undergraduate lab assistant Erin Eversoll. A special
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
HiLT Lab News
HiLT Lab member Natalie Parde
traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to present at the
2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence,
one of the top two conferences for artificial intelligence research.
Natalie Parde, Adam Hair, Michalis Papakostas, Konstantinos Tsiakas,
Maria Dagioglou, Vangelis Karkaletsis, and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2015). Grounding
the meaning of words through vision and interactive gameplay. In Proceedings
of the Twenty Fourth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(IJCAI 2015), pp 1895-1901. Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 25-31, 2015.
HiLT Lab members also presented at
AIED, a top-tier
conference for research in intelligent systems and cognitive science for
Janice Mazidi, and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2015). Leveraging multiple
views of text for automatic question generation. In Proceedings of the
Seventeenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education
(AIED 2015), pp 257-266. Madrid, Spain, June 22–26, 2015.
News from LARC
Congratulations to Dr. Ian Parberry on being named an
ACM Distinguished Scientist
in November 2015. The ACM Distinguished Member program, initiated in 2006,
recognizes those members with at least 15 years of professional experience who
have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the
CSE Ph.D. Graduate
and Professor Ian Parberry
received the Best Paper Award for "A Server-Side Framework for the
Execution of Procedurally Generated Quests in an MMORPG" at the 16th Annual
European Conference on Simulation and AI in Computer Games
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on December 3, 2015.
LARC Alumni Stephen Kenney and Zachary Corley became game programmers at
From the Future in January
2016. To see where all the LARC Alumni are working, see this
Dr. Parberry’s Game Programming I class experienced record enrollment
in Fall 2015. Enrollment increased to 88 students. This is the largest
class size since its inception in 1993. For comparison, Fall 2014
enrollment was 56 students and Fall 2013 enrollment was 38 students.
The LARC received funding from the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering and the College of Engineering for the purchase of 12
workstations, bringing the total to 24. All workstations now have an Intel
Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.2GHz (6-core, hyperthreaded) with 32GB of RAM, dual
monitors, and NVidia GeForce GTX 660 video cards.
Game Programming I in Fall 2015 now features Active Learning. Students are
divided into 4 weekly 1-hour lab sessions in which they get hands-on
experience working with code under the expert eye of TA Curtis Chambers to
reinforce the material covered in the weekly 2-hour lectures. Active Learning
has been shown to increase retention and improve performance in STEM courses.
For the most recent news about LARC, see this
Professor Mohanty receives 2016 PROSE Award
|Professor Mohanty at the IEEE iNIS conference.|
Professor Saraju Mohanty received the 2016 PROSE (Professional &
Scholarly Excellence) Award for the best textbook in Physical Sciences &
Mathematics from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Dr. Mohanty’s
book, Nanoelectronic Mixed-Signal System Design, was published in February
2015 by McGraw-Hill Education. See all the award PROSE Award winners
here. Congratulations to
Professor Mohanty was the founding general chair for IEEE International
Symposium on Nanoelectronic and Information Systems
(IEEE-iNIS 2015) which was held
during December 21-23, 2015 at Indore, India. iNIS has been initiated as a
sponsored meeting of IEEE-CS Technical Committee on VLSI
that endorses a league of successful meetings such as ASAP, ISVLSI, and ARITH.
The conference had four keynote speakers from various U.S. universities and
research institutes in France. The conference proceedings were published by
IEEE-CS conference publication services (CPS). Prof. Mohanty discussed IEEE
scholarship and outreach activities. IEEE Circuits and System Society outreach
initiative sponsored this meeting, along with UNT Computer Science and
In other news from NanoSystem Design Laboratory
(NSDL), several more students have
recently joined. NSDL now has 7 Ph.D. students and 3 M.S. thesis students
engaged in various area of Nanoelectronic system design targeted for
Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City components. For example, Abu Sayeed
joined NSDL from Lamar University in Spring 2016. NSDL student Manoj Kumar
Mukka defended his masters thesis titled "Simulink based Design and
Implementation of a Solar Power based Mobile Charger" in Fall 2015. In the
last year, members of NSDL published a total of 10 journal/conference
articles. A selected example includes the following:
D. Roy, P. Ghosal, and S. P. Mohanty, "FuzzRoute: A Thermally Efficient
Congestion-Free Global Routing Method for Three-Dimensional Integrated
Circuits", ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems
(TODAES), Volume 21, Issue 1, November 2015, pp. 1:1–1:38.
E. Kougianos and S. P. Mohanty, "A Nature-Inspired Firefly Algorithm
Based Approach for Nanoscale Leakage Optimal RTL Structure", Elsevier The
VLSI Integration Journal, Volume 51, September 2015, pp. 46–60.
S. P. Mohanty, E. Kougianos, and V. P. Yanambaka, "Ultra-Fast
Process-Aware Design Optimization of PLL using Bootstrapped Kriging and
PSO", in Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Quality
Electronic Design (ISQED), pp. 239–242, 2015. (Blind Review)
S. Joshi, E. Kougianos, and S. P. Mohanty, "Simscape based Ultra-Fast
Design Exploration of Graphene-Nanoelectronic Systems", in Proceedings of
the 14th IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2015, pp.
U. Albalawi, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "A Hardware Architecture
for Better Portable Graphics (BPG) Compression Encoder", in Proceedings of
the 1st IEEE International Symposium on Nanoelectronic and Information
Systems, 2015, pp. 291–296. (Blind Review)
Z. Zhao, A. Srivastava, S. Chen, and S. P. Mohanty, "An Algorithm Used
in a Power Monitor to Mitigate Dark Silicon on VLSI Chip", in Proceedings
of the 14th IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2015,
pp. 191–194. (Ph.D. Forum) (Awarded Best Ph.D. Forum Paper).
NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) News
|Dr. Janjusic came back to UNT to visit with Dr. Kavi in 2015.|
Dr. Krishna Kavi’s former student Tomislav "Tommy" Janjusic
(Ph.D. 2013) developed Gleipnir while
at UNT. Following his graduation from UNT, Janjusic received a postdoctoral
fellowship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He continued his work on
Gleipnir which is featured in
"Finding New Ways to Optimize Code"
at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.
Another student in Dr. Kavi’s lab is Patrick Kamongi. He is a
computer science and engineering Ph.D. student at the University of North
Texas, who is being supported by I/UCRC NCSS projects. His research work
focuses on cloud computing security. Under the advising of Dr. Krishna
Kavi, he has gained invaluable research experience working on I/UCRC
projects and his ongoing work has resulted into some preliminarily novel
This past summer 2015, Patrick was offered and completed a competitive
internship with a cyber threat intelligence security firm ’iSIGHT
Partners’ where he worked as a cyber threat researcher intern. His
responsibility duties were in lieu of supporting department activities such
as conducting malware research, collecting cyber threat data, and many
other tasks. While working independently or through collaboration with
global researchers, he enjoyed the learning experience and applied proven
research techniques in an industry setting.
I/UCRC projects and internship experiences have enabled him to put his
ongoing education on a fast track. In addition, he has been able to make
great professional connections and this has opened up to him, various
opportunities at both academic and industry levels. Read other internship
stories below in the Student News section.
Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News
Dr. Paul Tarau presented the papers "Computing with Catalan Families,
Generically" and "A Size-proportionate Bijective Encoding of Lambda Terms
as Catalan Objects endowed with Arithmetic Operations" at the "Eighteenth
International Symposium on Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages
in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he also chaired the session on Logic