During the 2008-2009 academic year, UNT and the College of Engineering adopted a progressive career track program for non tenure-track faculty previously classified only as lecturers. Three CSE faculty members received promotions for the 2009-2010 academic year under this new policy. David Keathly was promoted to Senior Lecturer, while Ryan Garlick and Don Retzlaff were elevated to the Principal Lecturer rank.
According to College of Engineering guidelines, the classifications are outlined as follows:
Lecturer: To be eligible for the classification of lecturer, the faculty member must demonstrate effectiveness in teaching or, in the case of a new appointment, show promise of effectiveness if the candidate has no prior teaching experience. Appointment contracts may be for one to three years, renewable annually.
Senior Lecturer: To be eligible for the classification of senior lecturer, the faculty member must have a record of substantial and continued effectiveness in teaching and have the equivalent of three years of college-level teaching and/or equivalent professional experience. Full-time senior lecturers may be eligible to apply for development leave and certain travel funds and grants if they meet university, college, and department requirements. Faculty promoted from lecturer to senior lecturer will receive a standard increase in base salary at the time the new rank appointment begins. Senior lecturers may hold up to three-year appointment contracts, which are renewed annually.
Principal Lecturer: To be eligible for the classification of principal lecturer, the faculty member must have a record of sustained excellence in teaching and have the equivalent of five years of college-level teaching, including at least two years qualified at the senior lecturer rank and/or the equivalent professional experience. Full-time principal lecturers may be eligible to apply for development leave and certain travel funds and grants if they meet university, college, and department requirements. Faculty promoted from senior lecturer to principal lecturer will receive a standard increase in base salary at the time the new rank appointment begins. Principal lecturers may hold up to five-year appointment contracts, which are renewed annually.
Congratulations to all of our outstanding lecturers!
Net-Centric I/UCRC Meeting on October 8-9
The Net-Centric Industry/University Cooperative Research Center administration has announced that its next Industrial Advisory Board meeting will be held October 8-9, 2009. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott at Legacy, 6840 North Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024.
The meeting is open to anyone who wants to find out more about the Industry/University Cooperative Center concept, meet current members, hear about current research projects undertaken by the center, and meet students and faculty researchers working on these projects. There is no registration fee to attend the meeting, but registration is required. Please register at http://netcentric.cse.unt.edu/registers/.
Dr. Krishna Kavi, Professor in the Department of Computer Science
and Engineering, is one of the founders of this NSF supported center.
More information is available at http://netcentric.cse.unt.edu/.
Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty receives multiple research grants from NSF and SRC for his Low-Power Research
Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty, received a NSF (National Science Foundation) research grant to support his research in nanoscale CMOS device and architecture modeling. The project titled "Infrastructure Acquisition for Statistical Power, Leakage, and Timing Modeling Towards Realization of Robust Complex Nanoelectronic Circuits" received funding of $249,265 and will span over 2009-2012. Accurate modeling of power, leakage, and timing while accounting for process variations is crucial for the manufacturable design of nanoscale CMOS integrated circuits. Thus, there is a pressing need for statistical models that allow design engineers to make fast architectural or system level design space exploration without resorting to a complete design iteration, from system to physical level.
The research is applicable in everything from mobile phones to laptop computers to PDAs to automobiles in which battery life or energy cost is critical. While the new NSF grant deals with "nano-CMOS modeling," the other active NSF grant of Dr. Mohanty (titled "A Comprehensive Methodology for Early Power-Performance Estimation of Nano-CMOS Digital Systems") deals with "nano-CMOS estimation". In addition, Dr. Mohanty internationally collaborates with the University of Bristol in a closely related project titled "Process Variation Aware Synthesis of Nano-CMOS Circuits", funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK which deals with "nano-CMOS synthesis".
The educational impact of the project is three-fold: impact on curricula at UNT, impact on curricula of other researchers who will use this infrastructure, and impact on the community colleges around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. To conduct research on nanoscale CMOS modeling that can be used for realization of robust circuits, and to make the deliverables available to the VLSI and educational communities, the project utilizes the following infrastructure:
For further natural progression of his research from power to thermal aspects, Dr. Mohanty received a SRC (Semiconductor Research Corporation) research grant. The project titled "Fast PVT-Tolerant Physical Design of RF IC Components" received funding of $105,000 and will span over 2009-2012. In this project, Dr. Mohanty will study the effect of temperature on Radio Frequency (RF) circuits which are present in all consumer appliances, such as mobile phones and remote controls.
For more information on VDCL, go to http://www.cse.unt.edu/~smohanty/.
Multimedia Information Group receives NIH grant
Dr. JungHwan Oh is one of five PIs (from Mayo Clinic, Indiana University Hospital, Iowa State University and University of North Texas) to be awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for a research project entitled "Improving Colonoscopy Quality Through Automated Monitoring." Dr. Oh's Multimedia Information Group will receive $190,000 of a $700,000 grant. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, claiming more than 50,000 lives in 2006. Colonoscopy is currently the preferred screening modality for colorectal cancer. However, recent data suggest that there is a significant (4 to 12 percent) miss-rate associated with colonoscopy for the detection of even large polyps and cancers.
This project hypothesizes that computer algorithms can generate quality-related metrics from video files obtained during colonoscopy, that metrics are different for beginning versus experienced endoscopists, and that awareness of monitoring alters endoscopist behavior. Using novel computer algorithms developed specifically for generation of quality-related metrics, the research will test whether computer-derived metrics reflect quality of colonoscopy, whether computer-derived metrics reflecting quality differ among beginning and experienced endoscopists, and whether awareness of automated quality monitoring alters endoscopic behavior towards best possible adherence to recommended American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastroenerology guidelines.
Successful evaluation and implementation of the proposed, automated system has the potential to improve the quality of care for over 14 million US citizens—the approximate number of people undergoing colonoscopy—on an annual basis. In addition, the technology lends itself for rapid adaptation to other endoscopic medical procedures such as upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, cystoscopy, arthroscopy and bronchoscopy.
For more information on this grant and CSE's Multimedia Information
Group, please go to http://mig.cse.unt.edu/.
News from the Information and Knowledge Management and Discovery Lab
Drs. Yan Huang and Bill Buckles received a $138,178 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to investigate using low-cost wireless network camera sensors for data collection and traffic monitoring.
The paper titled "A Two-level Protocol to Answer Private Location-based Queries" authored by Ph.D. student Roopa Vishwanathan and Dr. Yan Huang received the "Best Paper Honorable Mention" award at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), 2009.
Ph.D. student Chengyang Zhang will present a paper titled "Map-Matching for Low-Sampling-Rate GPS Trajectories" at the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in Seattle in November. This is a joint work among UNT, Microsoft Research Asia, and Fudan University of China. The paper is authored by Yin Lou, Chengyang Zhang, Yu Zheng, Xing Xie, Wei Wang, and Yan Huang.
Chengyang will also present a demo paper titled "Querying Geospatial Stream in SECONDO" at the same conference authored by Chengyang Zhang and Yan Huang.
As part of the outreach program of one of the NSF projects led by Dr.
Huang, the IMKD lab will co-host the TechFest 2009@Discovery Park
program through the Elm Fork Education center of UNT. The program
will be a one day event scheduled on Oct. 24. Kids in strollers to
K-12 will come with their families to participate in dozens of fun
activities such as hide-and-seek using sensors. Students and
faculties from Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biology, and
Environmental Science will be organizing this event.
CoVIS Research Group News
Dr. Xiaohui Yuan is co-principal investigator on the NSF grant entitled "Infusing Advanced Sensor Network Research into Cross-disciplinary Undergraduate Education," in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Houston. The project is integrating current technological advances of smart sensor networks into the undergraduate engineering and technology curriculum. It is developing instructional materials and project-oriented laboratories to provide students with extensive hands-on experiences on smart sensor networks in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the design principles in next generation data acquisition systems using off-the-shelf components, modern testing equipment, and software tools. This project-driven curriculum is guiding students through the process of designing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining sensor networks while applying this process to real world problems.
In other news from CoVIS, Vaibhav Sarma successfully defended his M.S.
thesis and Balathasan Giritharan received an award to present his
research work in the SACNAS National Conference in Dallas in October
2009. The award covers his registration and transportation to the
conference. For more information about CoVIS, see http://covis.cse.unt.edu/.
LARC News in Fall 2009
Dr. Ian Parberry, Director of the Laboratory for Recreational Computing (LARC), has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering by the Dean of the College of Engineering, Costas Tsatsoulis. He has been appointed to serve in this position from September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2010.
In August 2009, Dr. Parberry gave a one-hour and 15 minute invited talk entitled "Education and Research in Game Programming at UNT's Laboratory for Recreational Computing" at IEEE MetroCon 2009 http://www.metrocon.org/ in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. Parberry will serve on the Editorial Board of the journal Computer Game Education Review, published by A.K. Peters. CGER will be a peer-reviewed academic publication addressing issues that concern the teaching of game design and development that are of interest to faculty and institutions involved in the education and training of future game developers.
LARC is pleased to announce that it has placed its 51st student in the game industry. Congratulations to Katina Ferguson on her new position as content designer at Red Indigo in California. To find out more about LARC alumni in the game industry, see our LARC alumni list http://larc.unt.edu/alumni.html
If you are interested in Game Programming, you can get a Game
Programming Certificate by taking the following courses: CSCE 4210,
Game Programming I, CSCE 4215, Game Math and Physics; CSCE 4220, Game
Programming II; and CSCE 4250, Topics in Game Development. This
program is designed to prepare CSE students for careers as
programmers in the video game industry. For more information about
LARC, visit http://larc.unt.edu/.
News from the Language and Information Technologies group
Rada Mihalcea has recently received a new grant from the National Science Foundation for a project on "Word Sense and Multilingual Subjectivity Analysis." The three-year project is a collaboration with Prof. Janyce Wiebe from the University of Pittsburgh, for a total of $450,000.
Additionally, several publications by the members of the LIT group have been recently accepted for publication in international venues:
Finally, Rada Mihalcea was the keynote speaker of the ACL Workshop on
The People's Web Meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic
Resources, held in Singapore in August, where she delivered a
presentation on "Large Scale Semantic Annotations Using Encyclopedic
Convergence Technology Center partnership extended by NSF Grant
UNT CSE's partnership was extended for three years as part of a recent NSF ATE Grant. The grant totaled $994,000 of which UNT will receive approximately $60,000 in direct funding during the new three year period, and benefit from almost $300,000 in programming, curriculum development and conference opportunities available to member entities, including UNT CSE faculty and students. Co-PI David Keathly has been involved with the center under a previous supplemental award totaling about $20,000.
The CTC promotes the development of careers paths and education in convergence technologies - technologies that bring together voice, data, video and other media in a single network or delivery medium - throughout the community college systems in the US via curriculum development and a unique mentoring program.
UNT joined the center to promote "convergence" of these programs with
four year degrees such as the new BA in Information Technology.
During the next three year period, the center will be promoting Green
IT through a number of initiatives. UNT faculty will take the lead in
developing curriculum for mobile device applications development, as
well as their use in educational settings.
Dr. Paul Tarau presents paper in Portugal
Dr. Paul Tarau has presented on September 7, 2009 in Coimbra, Portugal the paper "An Embedded Declarative Data Transformation Language" to appear in the "Proceedings of 11th International ACM SIGPLAN Symposium, PPDP 2009". This is part of a new research direction combining declarative programming languages and computational mathematics, that has resulted in two other recent paper presentations in July at the "Intelligent Computer Mathematics, 16th Symposium, Calculemus 2009" in Grand Bend, Canada and a paper at the "ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2009" in Honolulu, Hawaii.