Dr. Ram Dantu wins the Outstanding Technology Advocate Award at the inaugural D CEO CIO/CTO awards ceremony on September 27, 2016 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. A partnership between D CEO magazine and the Information Systems Security Association, the program honors chief information officers, chief technology officers and others in top IT posts in the North Texas region. Dr. Dantu thanked all of his past and present students in the Network Security Lab and said they are the reason for the recognition.
Dantu, the director of the Center for Information and Computer Security at UNT since 2003, researches 4G/5G networks; Next generation Network security; Internet of Things (IoT) Security, and Data Security. Dr. Dantu also is heading a team of six students participating in a "Scholarship for Service" program through the National Science Foundation, giving the group more than $1 million in funding. The money from NSF pays for the students to complete their doctoral degrees as long as they agree to work for a federal organization in the field once they graduate. The team is now researching cybersecurity aspects such as insider threats, intrusion detection, health information technology and data breaches.
All of the finalists and winners of the Dallas-Fort Worth CIO/CTO Awards for 2016 are pictured below and listed here. Congratulations to Dr. Dantu on his award!
CSE Professors recognized at UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence
The Salute to Faculty Excellence was held September 22, 2016 at the
University of North Texas. Dr. Song Fu was recognized for his promotion to
Associate Professor. CSE Professor Ram Dantu was recognized with the
Research Leadership Award presented by the Office of Research and Economic
Development. CSE Professor Saraju P. Mohanty was recognized with the
Toulouse Scholar Award presented by the Toulouse Graduate School. To see
all the winners at the Salute to Faculty excellence, please go to this
Office for Faculty Success page.
Congratulations to all of our CSE faculty who were recognized!
CSE Advisory Council meets in Fall 2016
The CSE Advisory Council met on November 4, 2016 for updates on the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from Barrett Bryant, CSE Chair; Robert Akl, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies; and Robert Renka, Undergraduate Coordinator. New CSE faculty member Hui Zhao made a presentation on her research "Designing High Performance Power Efficient Many-Core Systems." Members were given a tour of the new CSE research labs and faculty offices and then joined the College of Engineering IAB for SURE and lunch. The next meeting will be on Design Day on April 28, 2017.
The Mission Statement for the Advisory Council is "to enhance the quality
and content of the computer science’s research and educational
programs through active practitioner-educator partnering. The department
will look to the council for advice, supervision, and recommendations to
further its research, educational, and professional programs. The faculty
will benefit from the industrial experience of the council members."
CSE seeks collaborations with Chinese Universities
Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Song Fu, Dr. Xiaohui Yuan and College of Engineering Dean Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis visited ten highly ranked universities in China to pave the way to start our Gradtrack program with several universities. They visited 7 cities in China from October 7-22. This trip to China is part of our China Venture Fund project to initiate and build collaborations in research and recruit graduate students. Once Memorandums of Agreements are signed by both parties, we are expecting applications in Spring 2017.
CSE seeks collaborations with Indian Universities
Dr. Barrett Bryant and Dr. Ram Dantu visited eight universities in India,
many of which we have had students from, to pave the way to start our
Gradtrack program with several universities. They visited Hyderabad,
Vijayawada and Tirupathi from August 3-10. This trip is part of our
departmental initiative to build collaborations in research and recruit
graduate students. Once Memorandums of Agreements are signed by both
parties, we are expecting applications in Spring 2017.
CSE at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
Dr. Barrett Bryant and three CSE students attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computer held September 14-17, 2016 in Austin, TX. The CSE Department was a bronze sponsor of the conference. Students received travel awards to attend from the CSE Department.
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to:
The Tapia conference has always been a premier venue to acknowledge, to
promote and to celebrate diversity. Given the current global academic,
professional and societal climates, the Tapia 2016 conference theme was
"Diversity Matters!" which recognized the Tapia Conference’s
commitment to diversity in all its wonderful forms.
CSE at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
With support from the BRAID grant and UNT IED, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering funded 32 women students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, October 19-21, 2016, in Houston. BRAID is Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity, a $30,000/year grant funded by Facebook Google, Intel and Microsoft. Here is a student report on the conference.
By Allison Goins
About a month ago, I got an invitation to some conference I knew nothing about from the department of the major I still felt unsure about me being in. Way before that, I was a TAMS dropout who had a short time to choose between staying at UNT as a computer science major or going back to high school. While I’ve never regretted choosing staying at UNT, I’ve had my doubts and worries about a career in CS. Going to GHC, however, completely changed that mindset.
The Grace Hopper Celebration is supposed to be a way for women in computing to connect and learn from each other. But, that is a serious understatement. You get to meet one-on-one with major companies, attend seminars on any subject in computing, and discover new opportunities for yourself. You can even get personalized advice from practically anyone you talk to. There is just so much opportunity for growth at GHC; I even had my very first interview with a company!
The after effects of GHC include motivation to learn as much as possible,
inspiration to reach out and join computing clubs and organizations, and an
interest in applying for jobs or internships that may have seemed out of
reach. Most importantly, however, the feeling of being a part of a
community who wants to help you grow.
CSE Teams at Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering sent two teams from the Computer Engineering program to the Design Challenge at the Texas Space Grant Consortium sponsored by NASA on November 13-14, 2016 in Houston. The TSGC Design Challenge is a unique academic experience offering undergraduate students an opportunity to propose, design, and fabricate a solution to a toward solving research objectives of importance to NASA and its mission.
Team Iris’s project was Internet Protocol Version 6 Addressing in Space. They won 4th place for best poster. Their NASA Mentor was Chatwin Lansdowne. Team Spatium Lucis’s project was Intelligent Lighting Control System. They won 3rd place for best model. They were mentored by George Salazar, NASA JSC.
CSE faculty member Robin Pottathuparambil was the faculty advisor for both
teams. He said, "This is a great experience for undergraduate students as
they are solving problems faced by astronauts in the space shuttle." More
information about this Design Challenge is available at this
Texas Space Grant Consortium website.
Distinguished Speaker at CSE in Fall 2016
Lluís Màrquez was our Distinguished Speaker on October 31, 2016. His presentation was on "Answering Complex Questions in Community Forums Combining ’Old’ and ’New’ Machine Learning."
Lluís Màrquez is a Principal Scientist at the Arabic Language Technologies
group from the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) since 2013.
Previously, he was Associate Professor at the Technical University of
Catalonia (UPC, 2000-2013). He holds a university award winning Ph.D. in
Computer Science from UPC (1999). His research focuses on natural language
understanding by using statistical machine learning models. A substantial
part of his research has addressed natural language structure prediction
problems, such as syntactic and semantic parsing. Regarding applications,
Dr. Màrquez works on statistical machine translation and its evaluation,
and question answering in community forums. He has 140+ papers in Natural
Language Processing and Machine Learning journals and conferences. He has
been General and Program Co-chair of major conferences in the area (EMNLP,
EACL, CoNLL, EAMT, etc.), and held several organizational roles in ACL and
Follow BAIT on Social Media
UNT CSE faculty member David Keathly is currently exploring Social Media as part on an NSF-Funded effort by the Education Development Corporation to assess the impact of Social Media on student recruiting. People interested in following the progress of recruiting for the BAIT, as well as students interested in learning more about the program, can follow these efforts on the following platforms:
News from The Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis
Dr. Armin Mikler, Director of the Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis, took his research lab students to SC16, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, in Salt Lake City from November 13-18, 2016.
Dr. Mikler said “This conference was an opportunity for the students to
experience how computer science is used to solve real-world computational
Center for Information and Computer Security News
CSE Professor Dr. Ram Dantu
directs UNT’s Center for Information and Computer Security.
UNT is the only university in the country to receive NSF funding of more than
$1 million for a Scholarship for Service program for Ph.D. students studying
cybersecurity. UNT’s team of six Scholarship for Service students
research topics including cyber physical security, insider threats, intrusion
detection, data breaches, health information technology, identity management,
big data security analysis and more. Read more about CSE’s cybersecurity
News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab
Dr. Song Fu, Director of the DCS Lab was recently awarded a research grant from the Department of Energy Los Alamos National Laboratory. The multi-year grant will support Dr. Fu and his lab to develop system tools to analyze disk health and proactively rescue data with little human intervention. This research will systematically address the availability challenge faced by production storage systems at DOE labs and the high overhead of current data recovery practices.
Dr. Fu serves as the General Chair of 2016 IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference. IPCCC has been a premier IEEE conference presenting research in the performance of computer and communication systems for 35 years. This year, the conference received 159 high-quality papers, covering topics of big data processing, IoT, CPS, and software defined network in addition to other computer and communication systems areas. The main conference, workshop and poster sessions will be held at Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 9 to 11.
The following papers were recently accepted by international conferences in the DCS Lab.
INSPIRE Lab News
The Information Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab is directed by Professor Hassan Takabi.
NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) News
The October 2016 NCSS I/UCRC IAB meeting at the University of North Texas was a success. We had 59 people in attendance — 5 of whom were industry members and 11 of whom were industry/government visitors. The Fall meeting included 14 presentations (12 new proposals and two in-progress reports) and a "Wicked" Problem Industry Panel. In an effort to work together as a center, a collaborative project involving UNT, UTD, and ASU was also presented. The meeting was attended virtually by Dmitri Perkins, I/UCRC CISE NSF Director, who gave a brief overview of the I/UCRC program. Following the IAB meeting was a 2-hour interactive poster session which included almost 20 posters.
The next meeting will take place in Dallas/Denton on April 26-27, 2017.
Software Engineering Lab (SELL) News
The SELL lab will soon be joining with the Software Testing laboratory to
make a new lab in the newly constructed space. In September, Dr. Bryant was
hosted by four universities in Korea to discuss research collaborations in
software engineering and graduate student recruiting. The universities he
visited were Dankook University, Hanyang University, Soongsil University,
and Sungkyunkwan University. He also visited Meiji University in Japan.