The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) was hosted by the Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab (HiLT) on January 26, 2017. 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 Ph.D. students Nishitha Guntakandla,
Natalie Parde and Namratha Urs. A special thanks to Dr. Ian Parberry for
allowing his Laboratory for Recreational Computing to be used for the
competition. For more information, see this
NACLO page on the
CSE hosts NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host the "Secure Software Testing for Web and Mobile Applications" Research Experience for Undergraduates Site at UNT in Summer 2017. Accepted students will receive:
More details and the application are available at
Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2017 and will continue until
all places are filled.
CSE acknowledged in White House Computer Science Education press release
For Computer Science Education Week in December 2016, The White House announced support of new programs in its press release "Fact Sheet: A Year of Action Supporting Computer Science for All." CSE Professor Dr. Stephanie Ludi is responsible for the new program that our CSE Department will pilot using a new version of the JBrick robotics programming software, the Glance data analysis tool, and an accessible version of Blockly to support visually impaired students in learning computer science.
Our CSE Department will work in partnership with Perkins School for the
Blind and the California School for the Blind Additionally, the team will
test an accessible block-based programming tool for visually impaired
students over the next year, with the aim of ultimately enabling visually
impaired students to participate in Hour of Code and similar activities.
Read The White House press release
Women in Computing partners with Mozilla
UNT’s Women in Computing organization has partnered with Mozilla for Spring 2017. Mozilla is very interested in connecting with students at all levels in our Department of Computer Science and Engineering, from those working on Bachelor’s degrees all the way up to the Ph.D. level. Additionally, they have non-technical roles available in areas including marketing and legal. Information about Mozilla’s summer internship program can be found HERE.
Information about full-time jobs and the company in general can be found HERE.
If you’re interested in an internship or full-time opportunity at
Mozilla, please email your resume to UNT.Women.in.CS@gmail.com.
Dr. Buckles visits University of Central Missouri
Professor Bill Buckles was invited to present a talk on doctoral studies in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) on December 7, 2016. Prakash Duraisamy, UNT CSE Ph.D. 2012, arranged for Dr. Buckles to give this seminar for the UCM Center for Teaching and Learning and Department of Computer Science.
Students from UCM attended this seminar and interacted with the professor for pursuing their higher studies. Prof Bill Buckles talked about the Ph.D. program in the CSE department. He spoke about the specializations in natural language processing, VLSI, computer games, computer vision, data mining, informatics (databases), security, and data science. He talked about Ph.D. graduates getting faculty positions at leading institutions, Google, Microsoft Research, entrepreneurial opportunities, and digital engineering firms such as AMD.
During his talk, he addressed more on how the UNT CSE department supports doctoral students and how students can get additional support and available scholarships. He also addressed getting internships and successful career paths after graduation.
Professor Buckles also suggested that UNT is interested in collaborating with UCM in terms of research and teaching. He also added that UNT is interested in joint funded proposals for teaching and research like NSF, Homeland Security, Air Force and other top companies in the U.S.
Thanks to Dr. Prakash Duraisamy, UNT CSE Ph.D. 2012, for sharing this news.
Prof. Saraju Mohanty Chairs IEEE-iNIS 2016 at Gwalior, India
Professor Saraju Mohanty is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. He was the general chair for 2nd IEEE International Symposium on Nanoelectronic and Information Systems (IEEE-iNIS 2016) which was held during December 21-23, 2016 at Gwalior, 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 3 keynote speakers from universities in the U.S., India and research Institute of France. This is the second time he has been the general chair for iNIS which brought significant visibility to UNT. IEEE Women in Engineering was a new initiative started in this conference this year and continues to become a separate session in the future years. The conference proceedings were published by IEEE-CS conference publication services (CPS). NSDL Ph.D. student Prasanth Yanambaka travelled to iNIS 2016 to present his research findings.
In other news from NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL), Dr. Jawar Singh from IIIT Jabalpur, India visited NSDL research under a theme "Exploring Emerging Technology based Energy Efficient IoT Sensors for Smart Cities" which was funded by Building Energy Efficiency Higher & Advanced Network (BHAVAN) Fellowship Program of Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), 2016. The funding covered a semester of Research Assistantship, health insurance, round-trip flight charges, and a conference travel support. This is a strong example of active International Collaboration of NSDL/UNT with Indian Universities. All the students are engaged in cutting edge research in areas of hardware security and healthcare using Internet of Things. NSDL student members
More NSDL student news: Umar Albalawi defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "New Frameworks for Secure Image Communication in the Internet of Things (IoT)" in Summer 2016. He joined as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. NSDL student member Nagaraju Mukka received Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Engineering Award for year 2015-2016 and defended his thesis titled "Simulink® Based Modeling of A Multi Global Navigation Satellite System" in Summer 2016. Gunasekhar Aluru defended his thesis titled "Exploring Analog and Digital Design Using Open-Source Electric VLSI Design System." In the last year, members of NSDL published a total of 17 journal/conference articles. A selected example include the following:
NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) News
Dave Struble recently completed his third year as Innovative Managing Director of Dr. Kavi’s Net-Centric and Cloud Software and Systems (I/UCRC). In his IMD role, he developed and institutionalized common processes and methods that have been adopted by all the member universities. Dave’s position was funded by a 3-year supplement award from the NSF that ended in December 2016, but he will continue to support the Center in a pro bono capacity. He has also been hired as an adjunct instructor for the CSE department for the Spring semester and is teaching the software development capstone course. Our thanks to Dave for his ongoing support of the NCSS I/UCRC.
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 75080. 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 will be available soon on the net-centric website. Stay tuned!
Two students in the Computer Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL), Mahzabeen Islam and Marko Scrbak, recently had papers published. Mahzabeen Islam, a Ph.D. student, had been working on a collaborative project with AMD Research and recently got the paper "HBM-Resident Prefetching for Heterogeneous Memory System" accepted at the 30th International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems (ARCS 2017) to be held at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria in April 2017. In this paper they have 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. Ph.D. student, Marko Scrbak, will also be presenting his work titled "DVFS Space Exploration in Power Constrained Processing-in-Memory Systems" at ARCS 2017.
The work is the result of a nine month long internship at Advanced
Micro Devices (AMD). During that time, Marko was closely involved in
research on next generation heterogeneous computing systems and the
development of computer system simulation and modelling tools. The Computer
System Research Lab has been collaborating with Advanced Micro Devices
(AMD) for over five years and has been closely involved in research on
utilization of new emerging technologies and implementation of future
heterogeneous computing systems. The collaboration will continue in the
future as new members of the lab take over the responsibilities and broaden
the research area in the field of computer system architecture.
Research Innovations in Software Engineering Lab (RISE) News
The Software Engineering Languages Lab and Software Testing Lab have merged
to form the Research Innovations in Software Engineering (RISE) Lab.
This lab is now co-directed by Drs. Barrett Bryant, Renee Bryce, Hyunsook Do,
Stephanie Ludi, Phil Sweany and Paul Tarau. RISE will be hosting the 2nd
TEASER Workshop, described earlier in this newsletter.