The regional competition for the 2009 North American Computational
Linguistics Olympiad was hosted on February 4 by the Computer Science
and Engineering Department. Twenty-nine high school students from
North Texas participated in the competition at the UNT location.
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. Rada
Mihalcea, Associate Professor, supervised this event, along with
Genene Murphy, Carmen Banea, Courtney Corley, Samer Hassan, and
Michael Mohler. For more information about this competition, see http://lit.csci.unt.edu/index.php/NACLO_2009.
Global Software Development Team meets in Istanbul
The Global Software Development International team recently met in Istanbul to review last year's projects and set up a schedule for the coming year's activities. The group members identified in the picture to the right are (from left to right): Dr. Cemile Serce from Atilim University, Ankara Turkey; Dr. Ferda Nur Alpaslan from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; Dr. Robert Brazile from UNT, Dr. Kathleen Swigger from UNT, and Dr. George Dafoulas, from Middlesex University in England.
Dr. Victor Lopez (former student, not pictured) is also participating
in the grant activities. Dr. Lopez now teaches at the Technological
University of Panama. The researchers currently plan to run several
projects this semester with students from the participating
universities. Dr. Alpaslan received her Ph.D. in Computer Science at
UNT in 1993. For more information about this project, go to http://cory.csci.unt.edu/testSite1.
The building in the background of the picture is the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Dr. Mohanty presents an Invited Talk at International Conference
Dr. Saraju Mohanty presented an invited talk titled "Unified Challenges in Nano-CMOS High-Level Synthesis" at the 22nd IEEE International Conference on VLSI Design held in New Delhi, India, January 5-9, 2009. This International Conference on VLSI Design is one of top conferences in VLSI design with a very selective paper blind review acceptance process. In addition, he presented a paper titled "Single Ended Static Random Access Memory for Low-Vdd, High-Speed Embedded Systems" in the same conference.
VLSI Design and CAD Laboratory (VDCL) also had two presentations at
the 27th IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics held
during January 12-14, 2009 in Las Vegas. Ph.D. student, Dhruva Ghai,
presented these two papers.
Dr. Ian Parberry named Microsoft MVP for 6th Consecutive Year
For the sixth consecutive year, Microsoft has awarded its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award to Dr. Ian Parberry in the Windows-XNA/DirectX category. Microsoft presents the MVP Award to thank individuals for their exceptional contributions to technical communities worldwide. Microsoft also benefits from engaging with MVPs through conferences, user groups, code camps, the MVP Global Summit, and other events. MVPs share their independent, real-world feedback with Microsoft, thereby helping Microsoft better understand users' needs, improve current products, and develop future technology.
In April 2009, Dr. Parberry will attend FDG '09, the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games. This conference is targeted at researchers making contributions that promote new game capabilities, designs, applications and modes of play. For more information on this conference, go to http://www.foundationsofdigitalgames.org/.
Dr. Parberry is also on the editorial boards of two new journals: Entertainment Computing and IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.
Dr. Ryan Garlick featured in the National Geographic program "Code Breakers"
The CSE Department's own Dr. Ryan Garlick is featured in the National Geographic program “Code Breakers” that airs on the National Geographic channel on Sunday, March 1st, at 7 p.m. CST. The program is about the science behind secrecy: how codes work, why we need them, and how they changed the course of history. Dr. Garlick is featured because of his research into the famous Zodiac "340 Cipher" that has never been solved since the Zodiac killer confounded investigators back in 1969.
In Fall 2007, Dr. Garlick's Symbolic Processing class attempted to decode the unsolved 340-character cipher sent by the infamous Zodiac killer to the San Francisco Chronicle on November 8, 1969. The 2007 David Fincher movie, “Zodiac” stirred new interest in the case, and the students used modern techniques on this nearly 40 year old mystery. The bay area serial killer sent an earlier message to newspapers that was successfully decoded, but the text of this message has never been revealed. Students in Dr. Garlick's class worked to develop methods to reduce the number of keys that must be evaluated and to effectively score potential solutions to the cipher.
You can view more information about the show on the National Geographic
as well as watch a brief preview clip of the show.
Robocamp 2009 Registration opening soon
The Robocamp program will start another ambitious year of summer programs for area secondary school students in June of 2009. Current plans are for approximately 10-12 camps over the summer in Denton, Dallas, Lewisville and Carrollton. The schedules for the camp, as well as application forms, are available on the website at http://www.cse.unt.edu/robocamp.
Registration will begin March 15, 2009. The camps are offered at no
cost to the participants and registration is on a first come – first
served basis. If you live in the DFW area, please be sure to tell
young women and men ages 14 to 18 to register for this exciting
program. Thanks for helping us spread the word about Robocamp!
News from the Language and Information Technologies group
This Spring, the Language and Information Technology (LIT) group was involved in the organization and supervision of the local site for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. In addition, the members of the LIT group had several recent achievements:
Pam Vincent retires
Pam Vincent has been the Front Office Manager and Student Worker Supervisor for the Department since June 1990. She has worked with four chairs, Drs. Fisher, Godwin, Jacob, and Kavi. Pam has been a continuing force in the department through all these years.
Outside of UNT, Pam loves spending time working in her yard. In retirement, Pam will help her two older sisters, work on family history, travel to visit relatives, and perform volunteer work with the Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity. She also plans to go hiking and swimming with her nieces and nephews.
Thank you, Pam, for your service to our Department of Computer Science and Engineering! To see pictures of Pam's retirement party, go HERE.