Happy Birthday to us! Our Computer Science program is turning 45 this year. UNT’s program is one of the oldest computer science programs in the nation. The stories of three UNT Computer Science Alumni are featured in this College of Engineering article. Willie Barber graduated in 1977 with a M.S. degree in Computer Sciences Systems. He was part of the very first class to graduate from that program. Willie talks about how everyone was so friendly, especially Dr. Denis Conrady, who taught at UNT from 1974 to 1995 and passed away in 2011. Barber is now 72 years old and still working as an IT specialist for the Internal Revenue Service.
CSE alumnus Greg Thurman is also featured in the Engineering article. Greg graduated in 1998 with a B.S. in Computer Science. Greg remembered Don Retzlaff as one of the best. Retzlaff taught at UNT from 1978 to 2013 and retired from UNT as a Principal Lecturer. Thurman spent 10 years as a developer/programmer. Now he’s the director of Clinical Information Systems for Sonic Healthcare USA and serves on the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering’s Advisory Council.
CSE alumna Tyseanah Spell is a recent graduate in 2016. She credits Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil, current CSE lecturer, with pushing her to actually learn and work harder. She said the hard work paid off and now she has a position at L3 Technologies in Rockwall. While Tyseanah was at UNT, she was part of the Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the NAACP. She said these organizations helped her broaden her horizons and make friends.
The Computer Science Department became the Department of Computer Science
and Engineering when it added Computer Engineering and joined the new UNT
College of Engineering in 2003. The undergraduate Information Technology
degree was added in 2008.
Cornelia Caragea receives NSF CAREER award
Cornelia Caragea’s research focuses on machine learning, data mining and information retrieval. As an assistant professor at the University of North Texas, Caragea has received more than $1.6 million in National Science Foundation funding for her research initiatives.
Her NSF CAREER project is aimed at designing solutions that will make information more accessible and comprehensible to scholarly web users, helping them discover knowledge more effectively and efficiently. She plans to develop an integrated framework that focuses on the extraction and utilization of scholarly knowledge graphs in online scholarly environments.
Caragea’s past projects aimed at automatic key phrase extraction from research papers, addressing online image privacy issues, and collecting and forwarding information garnered from social media to emergency response and disaster relief teams.
She earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Bucharest. Prior to joining the University of North Texas in fall 2012, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University.
For more information about Caragea and her award, please see this
UNT press release.
CSE Students to present projects on Design Day on April 28
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 28, 2017. The Design Day program will begin with poster presentations in the hallways in Discovery Park from 9 am to 11 am. Following the poster presentations, each department will have project presentations.
The following Senior Design projects will be presented for CSCE 4915 Computer Engineering Design II beginning at 1:00 pm in B140:
Team Name: IRIS
Internet in space is implemented using Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) transmitted over a Delay/Disruption Tolerant Network (DTN) protocol. IPv4 addresses are statically assigned to spacecraft and all network communication is done using network addresses instead of names. This requires manual interacting with address assignment and is not fault tolerant. The constantly varying line of sight and the propagation delays cause traditional TCP and DHCP handshakes to take too much time. The current Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) are merely repeaters and amplifiers, but have no routing capabilities.
The challenge is to find a way to dynamically assign Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) addresses of the TDRS using Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking practices. This will be accomplished on the ground with a proof of concept using traditional, commercial, off-the-shelf parts. A link-local network will be created to simulate space networks and incorporate rudimentary versions of DTN. The goal is to create a system that can accommodate dynamic addressing in the less-than-ideal situations presented by space networking.
While complicated and challenging, dynamic addressing in space is solvable. There exists a ground based simulated scenario that strongly resembles the actual situation in orbit. The solution to dynamic addressing over DTN does not yet exist, but through using network switches, the DTN protocol and delays can be simulated. The issue will be circumvented via simulation and a solution will filter to the top.
You can read more about this project on the GitHub page.
Team Name: Hear Me Out
The Bat is a wearable, indoor navigation assistant for the visually impaired. It is designed to be discreet when compared to other aids, such as a cane or service animal, which can give the user more independence. The user can use this device to freely roam around the interior of a building or enable the navigation system to be guided, with verbal instruction, to an exit.
Sonar sensors are mounted on a wireless headset detect the walls around the user and adjacent hallways. Another sensor is mounted on a belt and is able to detect obstacles on the ground that could be a hazard. If an obstacle is detected the device will give the user a verbal response of what the obstacle is and, if necessary, how to avoid it. The navigation system uses GPS to find the user’s location in comparison to the exit and will map out a simple route for the user to follow. The detection of obstacles will still be in effect while the navigation system is enabled to guide the user out of the building safely. A small computer is used as the central control unit for the system. It controls how to interpret the sensor data and deliver messages to the user. The user interacts with the device via smartphone. Once connected, the user can enable navigation, and select between exits. The app also has an area for advance users to add maps to the system.
Team Project: Remote Embedded Systems Lab (RESL)
The Remote Embedded Systems Lab (RESL) is a development environment for embedded systems. This lab is remotely accessible through web browser, and allows users to upload compiled code to an embedded systems board, and to monitor the board’s outputs by camera, microphone, and serial port. The lab includes hardware capable of interacting with the target board, to activate sensors and buttons, through the web interface. This includes relays, peltier modules, and LEDs, to manipulate buttons, temperature sensors, and light sensors on the target boards. The Remote Embedded Systems Lab also features an extensive database, permitting the management of boards, users, permissions, and statistics of usage. This lab provides a web-based method of developing embedded systems, which opens paths to distance education as well as helping to reduce the required number of workstations and boards in the traditional Labs
Team Project: Algorithmic Stock Trading System
The Algorithmic Stock Trading System uses historical stock data to make predictions for future stock high and low trading values. Team Pythia developed and adapted a predictive algorithm based on the genetic model to run in both software and hardware.
The software implementation is programmed in C++ and runs in a Linux environment on an x86 architecture CPU. The hardware implementation is in VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) and runs on a Xilinx Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).
The stock trader can use a graphic user interface (GUI) to select up to ten stocks at a time to analyze. The analysis and performance results are displayed for the user on the GUI. Both implementations are compared to identify performance gains from the hardware implementation of the predictive algorithm.
The VHDL implementation takes advantage of the hardware level parallelism of the FPGA which results in lower latency than the software implementation. Therefore, stock traders can make better informed sales and purchases, faster. This project serves as a proof of concept that FPGAs are a viable solution for stock trading.
Team Name: Spatium Lucis
The Intelligent Lighting Control System (ILCS) is a response to a project proposed by NASA to address lighting in spacefaring vehicles. An intelligent lighting system is needed not only for allowing sight in the blackness of space, but to also maintain the circadian rhythms of the crew to keep them mentally and physically healthy. The ILCS will be customizable to the personal and working spaces of individual crewmembers and attempt to maintain healthy circadian rhythms of said crewmembers by modeling light intensity and color values. In addition, the ILCS will be capable of monitoring light intensity and color values and be capable of compensation for any degradation of said values. Any intensity measured below the correct value from 8 feet away will cause the system to compensate by increasing output or activating a secondary source and will cause the system to emit auditory and visual warnings.
The ILCS will consist of three subsystems in order to accomplish these tasks: The Control Subsystem, Sensor Subsystem, and Lighting Subsystem. The Control Subsystem uses a mini-PC to host a webserver and houses a database which will allow the user to view the status of the system from anywhere in the spacecraft using a browser enabled device. The Sensor Subsystem uses a Raspberry Pi 3 to interact with an RGB color sensor, a range sensor, and a motion sensor by using Python in order to check the status of the lights and provide feedback. The Lighting Subsystem also uses a Raspberry Pi 3 and Python to interact with an RGB LED network to provide light to the user based on the time of day. Since the system will theoretically be distributed throughout the entire spacecraft, a wireless communication network will be developed to tie the systems together and send all information to the central "hub" of the user interface.
Team Name: Team MARS
With SpaceX, NASA, ESA, and Roscosmos all proposing and developing technology to establish a colony on Mars, there will inevitably be communication issues between Earth and the red planet. The colony would have all the essential data available to them on local storage, but they would still need to be able to retrieve data from the internet on Earth. Limited by vast distances and connectionless transmission protocols, the colonists need a way to access the terrestrial internet.
The main focus of this project is to create a priority-driven, connectionless file distribution network between the Mars colony and the global internet on Earth. This network would be able to accept data and website requests from the colonists on Mars, securely and efficiently download the data from Earth, and store it on the Martian servers. During the course of this project, the development would include a connectionless software communication system, an interface to request content from Earth, and compression/encryption algorithms to ensure secure communication and achieve minimal data loss.
The simulation environment will be built to mimic the bandwidth and transmission window limitations Martian colonists will experience, and adjust to these constraints. As interplanetary communication technology improves and allows for more uptime, higher bandwidth, and lower latency, the system’s simulation environment can be adjusted to best utilize these improvements.
Team Name: Navigators
Our project named Beacate is an indoor navigation and user interaction iOS application using the Bluetooth Low Energy Signal. We are looking forward to building an indoor navigation system that can be used in a specific indoor environment but can be implemented on different locations all around the world. We will be using Beacons to get the signals and using that signal the application will find the user’s location and help them to navigate and a lot more such as save parking spot, add notes, add reminder, etc.
We found that there is no practical application that is used to describe the user’s position within inside the buildings and stores, and that the Satellite technology that is used on roadmaps is not an alternative since it lacks on the tight places accuracy, where it’s unable to determine an accurate position inside a specific building due to many factors. So we are trying to find a solution by using Beacons to locate the user inside the building and help them navigate inside the building precisely.
Team Name: Disease Contact Detectives (DCD)
A project called Detect Disease Contacts Initiative (DDCI) has been created to assist in research directed by Dr. Armin Mikler from the University of North Texas. The team Disease Contact Detectives (DCD) accepted a proposal to work on this project for Dr. Mikler. A research tool was requested that would allow for the measurement of the number of contacts that a person receives in an average day. This research data has many applications; but is primarily focused on the potentiality of airborne disease spread. The tool that was requested will focus detecting the presence of an individual (or multiple people) within 6 feet of a subject with the tool.
A volunteer will wear the DDCI tool for a period up to 12 hours collecting data of the contacts that they acquire during that period. Once the period has lapsed the data will is then collected and processed by Dr. Mikler and his research team. To facilitate this, function the tool or tools will cover a 360 field of view and sustain both power and data requirements for the 12-hour period. The tool has a software component that processes the data from the sensors and delivers that data to the research team in a workable format.
The DDCI tool allows Dr. Mikler and his team to accurately measure person to person contact over a period of time. This data is instrumental in forming an algorithm of the ways certain diseases spread in a population.
Team Name: Team Lux
AcculightUSA is a light manufacturer with a focus on sustainability and efficiency. The company creates custom built LED lighting solutions for industrial, commercial, and public use. They have reached out with the University of North Texas to implement a "smart street light" system that will provide greater functionality and positively impact the communities served by their products.
Team Enlightened (UNT, 2015-2016) implemented a prototype version of the design, which features a Central Management Server that communicates using powerline communication (PLC). Streetlight features implemented include dimmable LED control, light-sensitive LED control, temperature monitor for overheat detection, a camera, a motion sensor, and a sleek, user-friendly web interface. The web interface allows for the control of the LED lights and the ability to live stream and record video from the camera.
AcculightUSA agreed to continue its partnership with the University of North Texas and provide another year for prototype design and testing. Our team will augment the design by adding a speaker system, with the capability for announcements; a network attached storage device, for backing up video feed from the onboard camera for later review; solar panel and battery backup, for powering the LED; networked lighting detection, for automatically brightening the area when car or pedestrian traffic is detected, and dimming when there is none; and finally, a Wi-Fi access point, for public internet use.
The following Computer Science projects will be presented for CSCE 4901 Software Development Capstone beginning at 1:00 pm in D212 on Friday, April 28:
Team Name: Lyst:Recipe
This project is a web-based recipe system where users may enter a list of ingredients that they have available and will be given a list of recipes they could make with those ingredients. The user will select from abridged lists of ingredients to avoid validating user entry, and will be subject to several criteria such as food groups (meat, grain, vegetable, fruit, dairy), meal type (breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, dessert), and required preparation time. The system is predicated on the concept of being a social network in that its content is heavily user-based. Recipes will initially be sourced by developers to ensure trusted content, but will eventually be more self-regulating by its users as the consumer base grows. This is done by allowing users to submit their own recipes as well as comment and rate existing ones. Recipes entered by developers from known sources (such as Food Network, allrecipes.com, or McCormick) will be marked as trusted, and user submissions will require a certain number of positive ratings to be marked as trusted in order to ensure a certain level of quality.
Team Name: Geosocial System (Front-end UI)
We created a front-end website for a prototype social network referred to as Geosocial System. The website will display a map of transects which are specific areas that a user controls (referred to as Homer). Descriptive data in the form of video, audio, pictures, etc. can be uploaded by Homer to characterize multiple points within a transect. The data will be pulled from the back-end Geosocial System database(s) and collected via API calls (see description of the Back-end project below). The website can be used by Homers, which are the users that produce content for the website, as well as regular’ users who view contents produced by the Homers, but do not produce content for the website.
The point of the Geosocial System concept is to allow a user, over a specified time period (normally one calendar year), to "tell their story" of a physical place on earth, through time (historical content), current day observation/interviews/documentation, cultural analysis, personal narrative and citizen-driven data, including hard data archival information. The goal is to tell and archive a complicated tale of a place through multilayered narratives, images, audio, and text. The site exists not just as an archival repository, but also serves to create a sense of "agency" and to make a bridge between nature’s drama and humans.
Team Name: Geosocial System (Back-end)
This is a companion project to the Geosocial System Front-end and implements the database functionality of the Geosocial System web application, a social media and research tool to help users tell the story of a location through varied types of media, and introduce new users to an area through the stories of Homers. Users will be able to browse data points via a map that will automatically populate itself with transects that Homers will create and populate with data they find interesting about their area of interest. Search criteria and granularity are filtered through an engaging front-end interface and supported by our back-end data management techniques. We use the google maps API for our map-related data requirements.
Team Name: Rippetzar (Visual Programming Environment)
The purpose of this project is to combine an existing open-source visual programming paradigm, PencilCode, with support for the programming language Not Exactly C (NXC) and the hardware and software contained in Lego Mindstorms NXT robots. This will allow users, primarily children and adolescents, to program the robots using the PencilCode interface. Additionally, the system provides screen-reading capabilities to easily accommodate visually impaired users.
The following Senior Design projects will be presented for CSCE 4925 Information Technology Capstone II beginning at 1 pm in D201:
Team Name: Allys
Pencil Code is a powerful learning tool for youth learning computer programming. Pencil Code combines a puzzle-like visual representation of code and raw text input, making it a hybrid of code representation that’s easy for beginners to comprehend. Unfortunately, this powerful tool is not designed to work with assistive technologies and the user interface strictly requires mouse input. This limits Pencil Code’s utility as an education software because its features are not accessible for users with disabilities.
Our team will implement the necessary accessibility enhancements to Pencil Code by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG, a specification that is standard in all web browsers.
Team Name: Bytesized
This project is about removing access barriers to labs. Safety cannot be emphasized enough both in the real world and laboratory environments. Providing all CENG students access to the various labs (e.g. ET machine shops, MEEN machine shop, MTSE labs, EE labs, common labs, etc.) further enhances their practical skills while simultaneously fostering more creativity. However, removing barriers to provide greater student access can only be successfully accomplished provided an appropriate safety training and tracking mechanism is in place. Students successfully completing a series of safety training not only qualifies them to obtain less restrictive access to the labs, it also can be used for developing their own personal/professional skills portfolio.
Team Name: Codenics
PDX, Inc. currently provides software solutions for 20% of all prescriptions filled in the US. They provide support to 40 different customers and 8,000 pharmacies. A common problem that pharmacies run into are shortages in certain drugs. This can result in lost sales, unsatisfied patients, and excessive stock. Pharmaceutical Inventory management is currently in need of a powerful application that can provide a complete solution. The system we created is one that customers can view, transfer, and manage Real-Time On Hand inventory levels. The system will provide control back into the customers’ hands. This will result in increased sales, patient satisfaction, and reduce overstocking of drugs.
Team Name: Dynamic Nodes
Local Nomads is a business that strives to connect people with local food providers in their area, including farmers and restaurants that specialize in using local ingredients. They plan to do this by creating a place for people to connect with the individuals who run these businesses.
Team Name: Umbrella
KidID a database that will allow parents to store the vital information
about their children that is always available and accessible anywhere there
is internet. We are here to put your mind at ease knowing that if the worst
happens it is a simple process to access important information and even to
send it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Computer Engineering Teams win top awards at Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge
Congratulations to our two Computer Engineering teams on winning the top awards at the Design Challenge at the Texas Space Grant Consortium sponsored by NASA in Houston on April 23-24, 2017! They competed with a total of 13 teams from other Texas colleges and universities to win multiple awards. CSE lecturer Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil was the faculty advisor for both teams. He would like to thank Dr. Nandika D’Souza for supporting these NASA teams with supplement funding in Fall 2016 through the Undergraduate Student Professional Development Fund (USPDF).
Team Iris’s project was "Dynamic Addressing in Space Networks." Team members were Jacen Kohler (team leader), Alexander Fatum, Yale Empie and Tyler Alvarez. Team Iris won Top Overall Design Team, Best Model, Best Poster, and Second Best Oral Presentation. Their mentor was Chatwin Lansdowne, NASA JSC.
Team Spatium Lucis’s project was "Intelligent Lighting Control System." Team members were Zachary Simpson (team leader), Chukwuebuka Nwankwo, Terry So and Jeremy Trammell. Team Spatium Lucis won Second Best Model, Fourth Top Overall Team, and Fifth Best Poster. They were mentored by George Salazar, NASA JSC.
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. More information about this Design Challenge is available
at this Texas Space Grant Consortium website.
BRAID funding renewed
In 2014, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering was one of fifteen computer science departments in the U.S. to be selected to participate in the Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID). We are pleased to announce that our BRAID funding of $30,000/year has been renewed. The College of Engineering has agreed to provide sponsorship support for the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing again so we can send as many students from underrepresented groups as possible to these events. Additional alumni and corporate donations to support this effort would be very welcome. To make a donation, please visit this website.
Dr. Barrett Bryant is PI and Co-PIs are Dr. Renee Bryce, Mr. David Keathly, Dr. Armin Mikler and Dr. Phil Sweany. The BRAID initiative was launched by the Anita Borg Institute and Harvey Mudd College to support computer science departments to help increase the percentage of women and underrepresented minority students in their undergraduate computing programs.
BRAID is funded by Facebook, Google, Intel, and Microsoft, with additional
research funds provided by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the
National Science Foundation (NSF). The National Center for Women &
Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Center for Minorities and People
with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) are nonprofit partners on the BRAID
CSE Graduate Students in 3MT® competition
Congratulations to Sreedevi Koppula on winning the People’s Choice Award at the 3MT® Three Minute Thesis competition at the UNT Toulouse Graduate School on April 22, 2017. We are proud that two CSE graduate students, Anurag Chitnis from the CSE Network Security Lab and Sreedevi Koppula from the Research Innovations in Software Engineering (RISE) Lab, made it to the final round of the competition.
Sreedevi’s presentation of "Automated Testing of Mobile Applications" won her the People’s Choice award and a prize of $1,000. Her major professor is Dr. Renée Bryce. Anurag’s presentation was "Smart Auscultation" and his major professor is Dr. Ram Dantu.
The first 3MT® was held at The University of Queensland in 2008 with 160
PhD students competing. PhD, DMA and Master’s students had three
minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its
significance. 3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or
’dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate
their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to
a non-specialist audience.
Developing High School Teachers of Computer Science Principles
At a recent CSE faculty meeting and photo opportunity to celebrate a gift that State Farm provided to the CSE department, Tim Shoop (UNT Alum and State Farm Agent in Denton) described how State Farm believes in giving back to the communities it serves, particularly in its hub locations. This gift of $28,700 is being used by Dr. Phil Sweany to help prepare both current public high school teachers and current CSE undergraduate students to teach a new high school/college CS curriculum called CS Principles (CSP). CSP has become the focus of a new Advanced Placement Exam in the 2016-17 school year. The gift is being used to provide professional development in CSP for current teachers and also to encourage and prepare current computer science students for future service as high school computer science teachers. As part of the effort to train current UNT computer science students for service as teachers, Mitchell Pavel and Garren Wilson have been designated to receive scholarships supported by State Farm’s gift.
State Farm has one of its three major business hubs in Richardson, TX,
including about 7,000 employees. The hub is largely focused on information
technology and computer science support of State Farm’s headquarters
in Bloomington, IL, its insurance business, and its many agents and
customers. State Farm began recruiting CS and IT majors at UNT in Spring
2016 to support its operations in the Richardson hub. Similar hubs exist
in Atlanta, GA and Phoenix, Arizona.
CSE Faculty participate in Pathways to Careers
CSE faculty members Phil Sweany, Ryan Garlick and David Keathly participated in the STEM Vertical Accelerator in the Pathways to Careers program on March 4, 2017. They worked with a team of math and computer science faculty from community colleges, business people and a facilitator to identify how they can impact problems in the classroom.
Dr. Sweany was in the Wave 1 group which started a year ago in Spring 2016.
Dr. Garlick and Mr. Keathly are in Wave 2 which started in Fall 2016. Each
team has developed specific activities to address the problems they have
identified and they are implementing them in their classrooms. The Workshop
was primarily for the Wave 1 group to report their activities and results
thus far, as well as discuss some other work. The Wave 2 group will have
their report out sometime in Summer or early Fall 2017.
CSE will host UNT GenCyber Summer Program
The UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department will host a number of
summer cybersecurity programs for students who are in 8th-12th grades. The
goal of the summer camps is to help students understand correct and safe
on-line behavior, increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and
careers in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation. The "UNT GenCyber Summer
Program: Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyber Stars in North Texas" is
directed by Dr. Takabi and Dr. Akl and jointly funded by the National Security
Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Please see this
for more information.
David Keathly recognized in Faculty Success Newsletter
CSE faculty member David Keathly was featured in the April 2017 UNT Faculty Newsletter. David joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2004. Since that time he has raised the awareness of UNT through his robotics and information technology summer camps for children held at UNT and other locations in the Metroplex.
Since 2008, Professor Keathly has been partnered with Collin College and 65 other community colleges as part of the National Convergence Technology Center, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation. Thanks to Professor Keathly’s involvement, the B.A. in Information Technology program offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has become part of the National Convergence Technology Center.
Congratulations to Professor Keathly on his UNT Faculty Success story!
Please read more in the
UNT Faculty Newsletter.
Stephanie Ludi helps Visually Impaired Students
CSE Professor Stephanie Ludi was featured this month in the UNT News. Dr. Ludi joined the CSE faculty in Fall 2016. Dr. Ludi knows how simple tasks can be difficult for a person who is visually impaired because she is also visually impaired. She struggled to follow lectures and labs due to not being able to see the board.
Ludi learned from her struggle and helped to create a curriculum and tools to help visually impaired students to overcome obstacles in studying computer science. Her program caught the attention of the White House, which recently touted Ludi in a news release stressing the importance of giving every American child the opportunity to learn computer science.
Ludi offers all her educational tools and curriculum online for free so
that they can be used by any student. Her biggest hope is to have some
impact for some teachers to present the curriculum in a more inclusive way
and to help kids who want to pursue computer science. For more details,
please see this
UNT press release.
Dr. Armin Mikler is Keynote Speaker for ACM SIGAPP Symposium
Dr. Armin R. Mikler was the keynote speaker for the 32nd ACM SIGAPP
Symposium on Applied Computing held April 4-6, 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco.
The title of his keynote speech was "RE-PLAN: A Computational Framework for
Response Plan Design and Analysis." His presentation provided the
highlights of RE-PLAN, a computational framework for placing facilities
based on different optimization criteria. He also explored computational
methods to address plan limitations and access disparities from specific
demographic characteristics such as distribution vulnerabilities in the
population. For more information about Dr. Mikler’s keynote address,
please see this SIGAPP website.
Dr. Bryant and Dr. Fu attend ECEDHA
Dr. Barrett Bryant and Dr. Song Fu attended the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) conference and ECExpo March 17-21 in Miramar Beach, FL. ECEDHA is composed of nearly 300 ABET accredited ECE university department heads and chairs from across the United States and Canada. The conference is to discuss the latest trends and advances in professional development, global branding, educational innovation, and shared experiences.
The ECExpo is to discover the latest advances in ECE technology from more
than 40 leading corporations showcasing their products and services to
ECEDHA members. This year, Ph.D. candidates from 23 universities including
UNT presented their dissertation research. CSE Ph.D. candidate Prabha Sundaravadivel,
working with Professor Saraju Mohanty on smart healthcare, presented a poster
at the conference. Please read her report in the student section below.
Prof. Saraju Mohanty Guest Edits an ACM JETC Special Issue
Professor Saraju Mohanty was a guest editor for a Special Issue of ACM Journal of Emerging Technology in Computing (ACM JETC) published in March 2017. The special issue titled "Nanoelectronic Circuit and System Design Methods for Mobile Computing Era" presented a set of articles to cover design methods for nanoelectronic circuits and systems. To address new massive markets of the Internet of Things (IoT), high performance with energy constraints, low leakage dissipation, as well as reliability and security still remain critical challenges in the circuits and systems design. Imagine, the life of a battery in a smartwatch is a matter of only 24 hours! The special issue specifically presents design challenges and solutions facing current designers for fast performing, energy-efficient, and reliable computing platforms.
NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL) recent Ph.D. graduate Dr. Umar Albalawi joined University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia as an Assistant Professor. NSDL M.S. (Thesis) student member Nagaraju Mukka who received Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Engineering Award for year 2015-2016 joined Sirius XM Satellite Radio. NSDL Ph.D. candidate Prabha Sundaravadivel recently attended iREDEFINE workshop in Florida and presented her research as poster titled "Design of Application Specific Architectures for Smart Healthcare." Prabha, who has co-authored half a dozen of peer-reviewed articles, was funded for her travel. NSDL M.S. (Thesis) student member Vandana Dhayal recently defended her thesis titled "Exploring SimscapeTM Modeling for Piezoelectric Sensor Based Energy Harvesters." NSDL members have recently published the following articles:
NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) News
Congratulations to Dr. Krishna Kavi on his 15 years as a Professor with the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering! Dr. Kavi was Chair of the CSE Department from 2001 to 2009. He founded the NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center and became the Director in 2009.
Dr. Krishna Kavi traveled to the 30th International Conference on Architecture of Computer Systems (ARCS 2017), held at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria in April 2017. While there, Dr. Kavi presented papers co-authored with two Ph.D. students in the Computer Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL), Mahzabeen Islam and Marko Scrbak. Mahzabeen and Marko have been working on a collaborative project with AMD Research and recently got their papers accepted at ARCS 2017. In her paper titled "HBM-Resident Prefetching for Heterogeneous Memory Systems," Mahzabeen has shown that memory-resident prefetching is an effective optimization technique for next generation heterogeneous memory systems involving emerging high-bandwidth memory (HBM) and non-volatile memory. Dr. Kavi also presented Marko’s paper titled "DVFS Space Exploration in Power Constrained Processing-in-Memory Systems."
The next Net-Centric I/UCRC Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting will
take place in Richardson, Texas on April 26-27, 2017. The meeting will be
held at The University of Texas at Dallas in the Synergy Park North (SPN)
Building at 3000 Waterview Parkway in Richardson, TX. There will be
presentations by faculty and graduate students on the research that is
currently supported by the NCSS I/UCRC. We welcome any industry visitors,
faculty, and students. More information is available on the
Research Innovations in Software Engineering (RISE) Lab News
Dr. Barrett Bryant attended the 32nd ACM SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing April 4-6, 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. He is a member of the conference Steering Committee and also co-chairs the track on programming languages. This is the 25th consecutive SAC conference he has attended and he was joined this year by Dr. Armin Mikler who gave the conference keynote lecture.
The RISE (Research Innovations in Software Engineering) Lab hosted
the 2nd annual TEASER (TExAs Software Research) Doctoral Symposium on February 10,
2017 in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Myra
Cohen from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln was the Keynote Speaker.
Faculty and students attended from Baylor, SMU, UTA, UTD, SMU, and UNT.