The Computer Science and Engineering Department, in collaboration with the entire College of Engineering, participated in the 2005 Homecoming activities this year by hosting a tent in the Mean Green Village on Saturday, November 19. Each Department in the College provided poster displays and brochures and contributed to a continuously-running presentation highlighting some of the features and activities of each department, visible throughout the pavilion via several LCD displays.
In addition, CSE faculty and students provided the attention-getters for the pavilion by providing a Robot Race where visitors could bet on the winning robot for prizes. The robots and maze are part of the equipment used for the RoboCamp Summer Experience for young women sponsored by the department. Student-developed games from the LARC were also on display at two gaming centers where visitors could try out the games with assistance from CSE students. Additional monitors provided onlookers with a duplicate view as the players battled killer squirrels, invading aliens and samurai warriors.
During the event many of our faculty and students had a chance to visit with prospective students, alumni and retired faculty, and spread the word about UNT's newest college.
Saraju Mohanty Builds Research Group
Saraju P. Mohanty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, joined the CSE faculty in Fall 2004 when the department began its graduate program in Computer Engineering. Dr. Mohanty received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2003 with a Master's from Indian Institute of Science, Banaglore, India. He is the author of 30 refereed ACM/IEEE transactions and ACM/IEEE conference papers.
During the last year, Dr. Mohanty has presented papers in three ACM/IEEE conferences. He presented "A Dual Dielectric Approach for Performance Aware Gate Tunneling Reduction in Combinational Circuits" at the 23rd IEEE International Conference of Computer Design (ICCD), San Jose, CA in October 2005. He presented "Analytical Modeling and Reduction of Direct Tunneling Current during Behavioral Synthesis of Nanometer CMOS Circuits" at the 14th ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS) with partial travel support from ACM-SIGDA held in Lake Arrowhead, CA in June 2005. He presented "Reduction of Direct Tunneling Power Dissipation during Behavioral Synthesis of Nanometer CMOS Circuits", at the IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI) held in Tampa, FL in May 2005.
Dr. Mohanty served as DAC/ISSCC student design contest judge for the 42nd design automation conference in 2005 and technical review committee member for Global Signal Processing Expo and Conference (GSPx), 2005.
Dr. Mohanty has established a very strong research group, which includes one Ph.D. and 6 M.S. Computer Science as well as Computer Engineering students. His research group pursues cutting edge research in several areas, such as CAD and Modeling for Nanoscale, VLSI Circuits, Synthesis and Optimization for Low Power, Power Aware System Design, and VLSI Architecture for Security and Copyright Protection. Further information about his research can be obtained at: http://www.vdcl.cse.unt.edu.
This semester Dr. Mohanty has been teaching CSCE 6651, Advanced VLSI Design. In Spring 2006, he will teach two courses, CSCE 4730, VLSI Design and CSCE 5730 Digital CMOS/VLSI Design. These two courses are the core for VLSI curriculum and provide strong foundations to computer engineering as well as electrical engineering students interested in VLSI.
Computer Security Program Expanding
Stephen R. Tate, Associate Professor, has been working to expand both research and educational opportunities in computer security. In working with Ph.D. student Vandana Gunupudi, Dr. Tate is preparing to release SAgent, a major security framework implementation for the JADE mobile agent platform. This software will be the first major easy-to-use implementation of cryptographic protections for general mobile code computation, and papers describing the system design and experimental results have been submitted for publication.
In addition to publications and presentations at recent conferences such as the International Conference on Information Security, and the Symposium on Information and Security, Dr. Tate has served on the program committee of many security conferences, including among others the International Workshop on Security in Networks and Distributed Systems, and the IASTED International Conference on Communication, Network and Information Security. Dr. Tate also is on the founding editorial board of a new journal, the Journal of Information Assurance and Security (JIAS).
Dr. Tate is launching a new research initiative in hardware-assisted security, looking into ways of increasing security and trust in distributed applications by making small changes in computer hardware. The first major step of this initiative is a Spring 2006 offering of CSCE 6933, an advanced topics course in hardware-assisted security. This course will be seminar-style, examining current research in this area, and students will be encouraged to "push the boundaries" with the goal of producing publishable research results.
On the educational side, Dr. Tate was involved in the first Texas Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, coaching a team of 8 students (6 from CSE and 2 from the College of Business's Information Technology and Decision Sciences program) that participated in this contest in San Antonio in April. In this first-of-its-kind contest, student teams spent three days locking down and managing a small corporate-style network from attacks by a professional penetration testing team while still keeping the network functioning and available. Dr. Tate described the experience at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Atlanta, on a panel which was the highest evaluated panel discussion at the 4-day event. Dr. Tate is currently organizing a team for the next competition which will be held in March 2006.
Other Faculty News
Krishna Kavi, CSE Chair, served on the Program Committee for MEDEA-2005 held September 17-21 in Saint Louis, MO. Afrin Naz, CSE Ph.D. student, Krishna Kavi, Wentong Li, CSE Ph.D. student, and Mehran Rezaei, Ph.D. 2004 and Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Arlington, authored "Making a Case for Split Data Caches for Embedded Applications." Afrin Naz presented this paper at the Workshop on Memory performance dealing with applications, systems and architecture (MEDEA- 2005), which was held in conjunction with Parallel Architectures and Compiler Technology (PACT-2005) conference.
Krishna Kavi also served on two other program committees during the second half of 2005: IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IRI-2005, August 15-17, 2005, Las Vegas; and the International Conference on Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing, ICA3PP-2005, October 2-5, 2005, Melbourne, Australia.
Rada Mihalcea, Assistant Professor, was a guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Natural Language Engineering on "Parallel Texts" (Cambridge University Press), which appeared in September 2005.
Armin Mikler, Associate Professor, and Courtney Corley, CSE M.S. student, authored "Predicting Human Papilloma Virus Prevalence and Vaccine Policy Effectiveness in Demographic Strata." Courtney presented the paper at the IEEE 5th Symposium on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering held October 19-21, 2005, in Minneapolis, MN.
Armin Mikler was invited to give a talk "From Mathematical Models to Computational Epidemiology" at the National Cancer Institutes in Washington, D.C. on October 31, 2005. Dr. Mikler also presented "Computational Epidemiology: Facilitating Epidemiological Research through Computational Tools" at Iowa State University in Ames, IA on November 10, 2005.
We would welcome the opportunity to have you discuss your career experiences in Computer Science and Computer Engineering related fields with our current students. There are many class times available in the morning, afternoon and evening. Please contact David Keathly at email@example.com or (940) 565-4801 if you would like to participate in this popular and expanding program.
CSE Department Seeks Assistance from Alumni
As our programs in Computer Science and Computer Engineering grow and change to meet the challenges of new technology and shifting demands from industry, our faculty and advisors seek your assistance in a number of critical areas of need.
1. Beginning in the Fall of 2006, the Computer Engineering students will begin taking the Senior Design course sequence for the first time. We would like to have industry-sponsored projects for them to tackle, as well as industry mentors and resources to interact with during the process.
2. Many of our students enjoy having the opportunity to perform independent research and development work through the Directed Studies course. These could also benefit from industry projects and sponsorship. These projects are usually on a smaller scale than those used in the Capstone Design courses. Typically a directed study is completed either by a single student or a small team of two to three students.
3. In order to attract quality graduates and undergraduates to our programs, sponsored scholarships and research fellowships are needed. Many companies have programs and funds to sponsor such efforts. Please check with your employer and encourage them to invest in the UNT Computer Science and Engineering program. Private donors are also welcomed and encouraged.
4. Our program can also benefit from donations-in-kind of equipment or funding to purchase equipment and set up student research and exploratory labs. Having equipment that provides exposure to a variety of platforms and tools enhances the skills set of our students and makes them more attractive to potential employers.
5. We are also looking for a sponsor to assist us in providing some small gift to our graduating students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many departments provide some small memento that represents the university, the department and their major to each graduating student. Perhaps your company would be interested in sponsoring such a program.
If you or your employer are interested in any of these areas, please contact either our Department Chair, Dr Krishna Kavi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our undergraduate advisor, David Keathly, at email@example.com.
The UNT team of Jack Lindamood, John Rizzo and Michael Mohler are to be congratulated on their third place finish at the ACM Regional Programming Competition at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA on November 11 and 12, 2005.
This team solved 6 of 8 problems and finished behind a Rice University team who solved 7 of 8 problems and a University of Texas at Dallas team who also solved 6 of 8 problems, but in slightly less time. This is the best finish for UNT at this contest in the past 6 or 7 years.
Two other UNT teams also competed. Team CSEagles consisted of Tyler Cole, Chris Gibson and Hector Guillermo Cuellar Rios. Team CSEagles II included Chris Sims, Andrew Dittman and William Garner. These first time competitors, including several freshmen and sophomores, gained a lot of experience for future contests.
Our ACM region, which consists of Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, had approximately 50 teams from about 25 schools competing this year. In the spring, our programming teams will compete at East Central University, SMU and in the IBM Online World Competition.
For more information on these programming events, contact the Team Coach, David Keathly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students Invited to Join ACM
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), founded in 1947, has had a major role in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. Over 80,000 members and the public turn to ACM for the industry's leading Portal to Computing Literature, authoritative publications and pioneering conferences, providing leadership for the 21st century.
The UNT student chapter of the ACM coordinates several activities, such as high school programming competitions, student/faculty mixers and development projects. ACM's goal is to facilitate the means to give our student members a competing edge to future employers. Employers always look for extracurricular work, especially that involving team work.
Membership in the ACM includes benefits such as access to thousands of research papers, reduced costs for attending conferences, networking opportunities, and more! Any persons interested in applying for membership should visit our ACM chapter website at http://acm.csci.unt.edu, and contact one of our officers for details.
Undergraduate Advising Forums Announced
The CSE Undergraduate Advisors are pleased to announce two new services for students. The first is a set of online forums available at http://www.cse.unt.edu/forums beginning Spring 2006. One forum will provide a regularly updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), while the other will provide a means for students to pose questions to the advisors and receive a response, as well as be able to view past questions and responses.
The second service is the introduction of once-a-semester "town hall" style advising meetings where questions can be addressed live with the departmental advisors. For more information, contact David Keathly (email@example.com) or Dr. Ryan Garlick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CSEagles Applications Available to Students
Applications are currently available for the new CSEagles program created as a result of a Texas Technology Workforce Development Grant received this year by Dr. Robert Akl and David Keathly. This program will award ten scholarships of $1,000 each ($500 per semester) to women enrolled full-time in the Computer Science or Computer Engineering programs at UNT. Those chosen will be required to participate in a number of recruiting and mentoring activities throughout the normal academic year to support the department in attracting and retaining female students.
Additional eligibility requirements for the program as well as expectations and duties can be found here. Applications are available here. Applications should be submitted by email to email@example.com. There will be a training course in December and duties will begin in the Spring 2006 semester.
Scholarship Opportunities in Computer Security
As a part of UNT's designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency, U.S. citizens studying computer security at UNT are eligible to apply for scholarships through the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program. These scholarships cover all tuition and room and board expenses, as well as pay a stipend to students, and are designed for students with two years of study remaining in their degree program (either undergraduate or graduate).
In return for the scholarship, students agree to work as an intern for a DoD organization between the two supported years, and commit to two years of employment by the DoD after graduating. These are very generous scholarships, but are competitive on a national scale. Top students with two years remaining in their degree program are encouraged to contact Dr. Stephen Tate at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.