CSE Faculty took part in the College of Engineering’s UNT Cybersecurity Summit held on October 27, 2017 at the Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center. The summit featured three panels and two keynote speakers and was attended by one hundred participants. Led by CSE’s Cybersecurity Program, which is the only program in the U.S. to be federally certified by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance, Education and Research, and Cyber Defense Research, the summit covered cybersecurity topics associated with today’s business world, including the Internet of Things, network security and wireless security.
CSE Professor Dr. Ram Dantu, Director of UNT’s Center for Information and Cyber Security, made the opening remarks and participated in the first panel on Network Security. CSE Professor Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the Network Centric Systems Center at UNT, was on the second panel that discussed Security in the Age of the Internet of Things (IoT). CSE Assistant Professor Dr. Hassan Takabi, CSE Cyber Center of Excellence at UNT, was on the final panel that discussed Big Data Analytics for Security: Large Scale Threat Analysis.
More information about this Cybersecurity Summit is available on this
College of Engineering page.
CSE Security Program is recertified at NICE 2017
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE Conference & Expo 2017 held November 7-8, 2017 in Dayton, OH. The redesignation is good through Academic Year 2022. This is the fourth renewal of UNT, which is one of the few schools continuing the Centers for Excellence from inception.
This certificate was presented in recognition of significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing a growing number of professionals with cyber defense expertise, and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure. The certificate was signed by Danny Toler, Acting Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, NSA/Chief, CSS.
History Channel Show Features UNT Computer Science Faculty Member
CSE faculty member Dr. Ryan Garlick was featured on the History Channel beginning on November 14 in a five part series on the infamous Zodiac serial killer and the various coded messages he sent to newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Viewers were able to follow the code team digging into clues in the ciphers while working together with seasoned field investigators Sal LaBarbera and Ken Mains as they chased the many clues in the Zodiac case.
The "Code Team" was led by University of Southern California research director and computer science professor Kevin Knight and included University of North Texas computer science professor Ryan Garlick, Google staff research scientist Sujith Ravi, York University math and cryptology professor Craig Bauer, and Zodiac cipher expert David Oranchak.
CSE is Bronze Sponsor at ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
Dr. Barrett Bryant and seven CSE students attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing held September 20-23, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. The CSE Department was a bronze sponsor of the conference. Richard Ervin, Jr. and Victor Musasia received scholarships from the conference to attend and Sultanah Alshammari presented at the doctoral symposium. Aaron Arthur, Aaron Batch, Alfredo De Leon, and Marco Duarte received travel awards to attend from the CSE Department, funded in part by the BRAID program.
The Tapia conference has always been a premier venue to acknowledge, to promote and to celebrate diversity in computing. The goal of the Tapia Conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to:
The Tapia 2017 conference theme was "Diversity Simply Smarter" which evoked
the basic yet irrefutable concept that diversity is simply the smarter
choice. "Whether we seek innovation, intelligence, creativity, strength or
beauty of ideas, the best outcomes will come from a diverse set of
perspectives, a diverse set of experiences, and a diverse set of people."
CSE students and faculty attend Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, with the support from the BRAID grant, funded 13 women students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Orlando, Florida the week of October 4th. BRAID stands for Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity and is funded by Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft. In addition, Natalie Parde was sponsored by Google to attend the conference and Katie Ouelette was sponsored by QualComm to attend. Here is a student report on the conference:
By Roxann Rivera
During the summer of 2017, I found myself opening an email that showed I had been selected to attend the Grace Hopper Conference. I was extremely surprised because my overall GPA is not as high as my major GPA. I knew people more worthy. Before this email I found myself doubting my career as a whole. Do not get me wrong, I love coding, but I doubted it simply because I was not involved in the Computer Science Department, and I did not know where to start. This email changed my life because I realized that all the hard work I had been putting in all my classes was paying off. Someone was noticing, my professors knew who I was and that was something I was not aware of; and it made me proud.
As we arrived in Orlando, I never imagined how impactful Grace Hopper would be on my life. How the speakers and the people who I interacted with would shape who I am now. One of the speakers words have resonated in my head since I heard her speak "I used to think I could not do it and then I did it. I failed and chose not to stop. And that failure turned into success." Before this conference I was afraid to even search for internships because I felt as if I was not good enough and the men around me would always have priority. Grace Hopper taught me I was wrong. I even got to interview with two companies that I never imagined would even consider me.
Overall, Grace Hopper gave me confidence and drive I realized I lacked. It
showed me a community of women who have the desire for me to succeed exist
and most importantly are aiming for me to succeed. I strongly feel that
every woman in the Computer Science Department should experience this at
least once in their life, even if their GPA is not the highest. I am
extremely thankful for the professor who nominated me to go to this
conference because of the impact it had on my life. I am also thankful for
the people who nominated me because it was better than anything I have ever
experienced in my life.
CSE Computer Engineering 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 12-13, 2017 in Houston. The TSGC Design Challenge is a unique academic experience offering undergraduate students an opportunity to propose, design, and fabricate a solution towards solving research objectives that are of importance to NASA and its mission.
Apollo’s Legacy project was Intelligent Lighting Control System. Team Apollo won awards for Best Model, Second Top Overall Team, Second Best Oral Presentation, and Fifth Best Poster. Jesse Boswell was the team leader. Other members of the team were Cory Fairweather, Scarlett Jones, and Charles Goff, Jr.
TEAM 2B|!2B’s project was Spacecraft Lighting Network System. They won an award for Best Patch. Team leader was Taylor Shinn with other team members John Todd, Jorge Cardona and Gladys Hernandez-Amaya.
Both teams were mentored by George Salazar, NASA Johnson Space Center. They are all in CSCE 4910, Computer Engineering Design I, which is part of a two-semester capstone sequence. They will continue working on their projects next semester in CSCE 4915, Computer Engineering Design II.
CSE faculty member Robin Pottathuparambil was the faculty advisor for both
teams. He would like to thank the College of Engineering for travel support
for both teams. He said, "These teams are providing solutions to problems
faced by astronauts and it’s a great experience."
First CSE students graduate from Teach North Texas
Congratulations to Garren Wilson and Mitchell Pavel on graduating from Teach North Texas on November 9, 2017 at the UNT Gateway Center Ballroom. Fifty-two students graduated from the Teach North Texas Program. CSE Associate Professor Dr. Philip Sweany began the Computer Science & Engineering collaboration with Teach North Texas. Mr. David Keathly is the current coordinator for this program.
Teach North Texas (TNT) prepares and supports secondary teachers of science, mathematics and computer science, addressing the national and regional need for excellence and innovation in science and technology. Their mission is to provide the best undergraduate education experience in Texas through:
Co-Directors are Dr. Ruthanne "Rudi" Thompson in the Biology/Advanced
Environmental Research Institute at the College of Science and Dr. Pamela
Esprívalo Harrell in Teacher Education & Administration at the UNT College
Distinguished Speakers at CSE in Fall 2017
The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomed two
Distinguished Speakers in November 2017. Dr. Jun (Luke) Huan presented a
seminar on Data Science Programs at NSF:
Future Large-Scale Predictive Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges
on November 3, 2017. Dr. Vitor Carvalho lectured on
Personalized Neural Conversation Models and Other Research Projects at Snapchat
on November 17, 2017.
CSE Advisory Council meets in Fall 2017
The CSE Advisory Council met on November 10, 2017 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 Xuan Guo made a presentation on his 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 its Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering 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."
News from the Center for Information and Cyber Security
The Center for Information and Cyber Security CICS welcomed Dr. Kirill Morozov in Fall 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005 from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Dr. Morozov continued his career in research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo and a research scientist at AIST, Japan, and then as a faculty, becoming an assistant professor at Kyushu University in 2010 and an adjunct associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2016. His research is focused on cryptography and cyber security.
In addition to the news above about the Cybersecurity Summit and the CSE Security Program being recertified at NICE 2017, three faculty members and two students attended the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2017). One of the major conferences in cyber security, it was held in Dallas from October 30 to November 3, 2017. CICS faculty member Dr. Hassan Takabi chaired the travel grant committee for the conference and also a session on "Insider Threat Technologies" at the 9th International Workshop Managing Insider Security Threats (MIST 2017). CICS Ph.D. student Yassir Hashem presented a paper "A Multi-Modal Neuro-Physiological Study of Malicious Insider Threats" co-authored by Yassir Hashem, Hassan Takabi, Ram Dantu and Rodney Nielsen. CICS Ph.D. student Josh Talkington also attended the conference.
Congratulations to CICS Ph.D. student Srikanth Jonnada on defending his
dissertation "Analysis and Performance of a Cyber Human System and Protocols
for Geographically Separated Collaborators" on August 23, 2017! His Major
Professor was Professor Ram Dantu, Director of the Center for Information
and Cyber Security.
Computer Systems Research Lab Students present papers
Two Ph.D. students from the Computer Systems Research Lab (CSRL) presented the following papers at conferences:
The Computer Systems Research Laboratory is a research group made up of
faculty members and students in the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering at the University of North Texas. While we are interested in
many topics within computer science, our current research focuses mainly on
3D RAM design, Processing-in-Memory and memory analysis tools. We are also
investigating hardware and system level security enhancements, ontologies
for capturing and analyzing security vulnerabilities.
NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC ) News
Dr. Krishna Kavi Serves as Panelist at UNT College of Engineering Cybersecurity Summit
The University of North Texas College of Engineering hosted a Cybersecurity Summit on October 27 in Allen, TX. Led by UNT’s College of Engineering, the summit covered relevant cybersecurity topics associated with today’s business world, including the Internet of Things, network security and wireless security. Dr. Krishna Kavi was a panelist at the Cybersecurity Summit, and presented his views on the need to focus on security of IoT devices that control a physical system (or cyber physical systems). He emphasized the need to standardize security requirements, customize security levels based on the physical domain and the criticality of the function controlled by an IoT device. The one-day summit was attended by nearly 125 people.
Dr. Krishna Kavi is Distinguished Speaker at University of Georgia
Dr. Kavi was invited as a Distinguished Speaker in the University of Georgia College of Engineering Seminar Series. His seminar on November 3, 2017 described the current research of his research group on Computer Systems Architecture. He received significant interest in collaborations from UGa faculty. He is planning to explore joint workshops with UGa on cyber physical systems security. University of Georgia started a new College of Engineering in 2012 and the College is focusing on multi-disciplinary research as can be seen by how the different departments are organized by bringing faculty with different research expertise into a single unit.
Successful Fall IAB Meeting
We had 49 people in attendance at the October 2017 NCSS I/UCRC IAB meeting at the University of North Texas - 11 of whom were industry members, 23 students plus faculty and visitors. The Fall meeting included 16 project presentations (five new proposals, nine in-progress reports, and 2 continuing proposals), and a "Wicked" Problem Industry Panel. The meeting was attended virtually by Dmitri Perkins, the I/UCRC CISE NSF Director, who gave a brief overview of the I/UCRC program. We started the first day of the conference with lunch and poster presentations and followed that with new project proposals, the Wicked Problem session, and finally, a music-filled reception. We were honored to have two students from UNT’s jazz program grace us with beautiful melodies. Day 2 of the meeting included in-progress project presentations and IAB business.
Recorded poster presentations, proceedings, and other meeting documents can be found on our website, http://netcentric.unt.edu. Questions about the Center or interested in learning more? Please contact Center Coordinator, Melanie Dewey, at Melanie.Dewey@unt.edu.
SESL Members Win Both First and Second Prize in Poster Awards at the IEEE MetroCon 2017
At the IEEE MetroCon 2017, students of the Smart Electronic Systems Laboratory (SESL) of the Computer Science and Engineering Department won both first and second prizes in the Poster Competition. IEEE MetroCon 2017 was held on October 26 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington,TX. The research themes and the corresponding posters submitted are the following:
The Smart Electronic Systems Laboratory, formerly called the NanoSystem Design Laboratory, has graduated 7 Ph.D. dissertations and 25 M.S. theses in the last decade. The students are very well placed in the industry and academia. Eight of its graduates have received outstanding student awards at UNT. The SESL currently has 5 Ph.D. students engaged in cutting-edge research in energy-efficient and security aware smart electronics. The SESL is directed by Prof. Saraju P. Mohanty and Prof. Elias Kougianos.
IEEE MetroCon 2017 is in the 30th year of the event that brings the latest
technology to the DFW Metroplex. It typically features many technical
tracks, industry exhibits, and a poster competition for students. The
industrial sponsors of MetroCon 2017 include Lockheed Martin, Oncor,
Mentor, IBM, and Mouser.