|September 2012 Edition|
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News
B.S. in Computer Science accredited by ABET
Welcome picnic on September 19
Dr. Kavi's Center wins Tech Titan award
Welcome New CSE Faculty
Under Prof. Mohanty's Leadership, UNT gets Major Visibility at International Conference
Visiting Scholar at Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems Lab
News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab
News from Software Engineering Language Lab
Software Testing Lab receives new grant
Convergence Technology Center Upgraded
CSE receives grant from STARS Alliance
CSE Summer Camps
Congratulations to CSE graduates
Students defend M.S. Theses
CRA-W/CDC Computer Architecture Summer School Experience
Tommy Janjusic's summer internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
CSE Undergraduate Student co-authors paper
Career Fair at Discovery Park on September 27
CSE Help Lab moved to F208
Geek Week welcomes CSE students
College of Engineering News
|Greetings from the CSE Chair|
Dear CSE Students,
I want to welcome you to our CSE Department in Fall 2012 and invite you to our CSE picnic this Wednesday, September 19, at 11:30 am. Just before the semester began, Dr. Krishna Kavi's Net-Centric Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center won the Tech Titan of the Future, University award. Our Robocamp program won the same award in 2010. We are proud these programs are being recognized in the North Texas region.
We recently received notification from the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission that our Computer Science B.S. has been re-accredited so I am very glad to bring you this news. Our department was among the first departments to receive ABET CAC accreditation for a B.S. in computer science in 1986, and we have followed this with accreditation of our B.S. in computer engineering in 2008. Our B. A. in Information Technology is now mature enough that we plan to seek accreditation for this in the next accreditation cycle. ABET CAC accreditation adds considerable value to your degree by certifying it as meeting national and international standards.
Welcome to our new CSE faculty members Dr. Renee Bryce, Dr. Cornelia Caragea, and Dr. Rodney Nielsen. Congratulations to Dr. JungHwan Oh and Dr. Xiaohui Yuan on their promotions to Associate Professor with Tenure in our CSE Department. We also welcome Dr. Mohammed Yassine Belkhouche as our new Computer Engineering adjunct instructor. Lastly we thank Dr. Robert Akl for serving the last 4 years as Undergraduate Coordinator, including his leadership during the recent successful re-accreditation of our B.S. in computer science. Dr. Robert Renka is our new Undergraduate Coordinator.
You are invited to join in the activities and events in our CSE Department. I encourage you to participate in the professional societies for computer scientists and engineers - the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society – both with student chapters. Check this newsletter and our website to find out what is happening. Please LIKE us on Facebook to get all the latest news and information. I hope you have a great semester! See you around the department!
|Department of Computer Science and|
|B.S. in Computer Science accredited by ABET|
The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering has received accreditation from ABET for its B.S. in Computer Science program. This program has been continuously accredited since 1986. Earning a degree from a program accredited by ABET:
ABET accreditation provides the best proof possible of a program's quality. The CSE Department is proud to offer programs that are accredited by ABET. ↑
|Welcome picnic on September 19|
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering invites all CSE Students to attend a Welcome picnic on Wednesday, September 19 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the covered pavilion at the back of Discovery Park by the entrance to Materials Science and Engineering. Food, drinks and place settings will be provided. Students are invited to bring a side dish or a dessert to share with everyone. How about a game of volleyball between the students and faculty? Sounds like fun so we hope you will join us! ↑
|Dr. Kavi's Center wins Tech Titan award|
Congratulations to Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the NSF Net-Centric Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for winning the Tech Titan of the Future, University award on August 24, 2012. This award, presented annually by The Metroplex Technology Business Council, recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path. This award category spotlights DFW area higher educational institutions' tech-related curricula and incentives to perpetuate tech-related knowledge transfer.
A joint venture between academic, government and commercial institutions, the Net-Centric Software and Systems I/UCRC focuses on fundamental research needed for the development and deployment of software and applications into cloud and net-centric environments – software and information available over a network or in a central location rather than on individual computers.
The Net-Centric Software and Systems I/UCRC was established by the National Science Foundation in 2009 and includes University of North Texas, Arizona State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Southern Methodist University and more than 20 industry partners. Over the past 3.5 years, the center universities raised $1.65M from industry and $2.33M from NSF and other funding agencies to support center research. Nearly 60 students have participated on various research projects.
The Tech Titans Awards were launched in 2001 to recognize outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made contributions during the past year locally, as well as to the technology industry overall. UNT also won the Tech Titan of the Future at the university-level for its summer Robocamp for Girls program in 2010.
|Welcome New CSE Faculty|
Renee Bryce joins the CSE faculty as an Associate Professor. Dr. Bryce received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2006. Before coming to UNT, Dr. Bryce was at Utah State University.
Dr. Bryce's research is in software testing. Her primary goal is to develop and examine new software testing techniques that may help testers to more effectively identify software defects. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S.D.A. (Forest Service), and the Computing Research Association (CRA-W) Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU).
This semester Dr. Bryce is teaching Software Development (CSCE 5420 crosslisted with CSCE 4444). Find out more about Dr. Bryce at her website.
Cornelia Caragea completed her Ph.D. in computer science in 2009 at Iowa State University and earned her B.S. in computer science at the University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1997. She joins UNT as an Assistant Professor; her home department will be Computer Science and Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Library and Information Sciences.
Dr. Caragea's research applies machine learning techniques to text classification in large library databases, sequence analysis in bioinformatics, and emergency response management in disasters, including the development of effective and efficient methods for classification, organization, indexing, and summarization, to facilitate retrieval of content that is tailored to the interests of specific users or groups.
Dr. Caragea is teaching CSCE 5215, Machine Learning, in Fall 2012. Learn more about Dr. Caragea at her website.
Rodney Nielsen joins the CSE Faculty as an Associate Professor. Dr. Nielsen received a dual Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. Before coming to UNT, Dr. Nielsen was an Assistant Professor Adjunct in the Computer Science Department at CU, a Research Scientist in CU's Center for Computational Language and Education Research, and a Research Scientist with Boulder Language Technologies.
Dr. Nielsen's research is primarily in the areas of Machine Learning, Computational Semantics, Natural Language Processing, and the application of these fields to Educational Technology, Health Informatics, Companion Robots, and End-User Development.
|Under Prof. Mohanty's Leadership, UNT gets Major Visibility at International Conference|
Prof. Saraju Mohanty was the conference chair for IEEE-CS International Symposium on VLSI 2012 (ISVLSI 2012) which was held in Amherst, MA August 19-21, 2012. As the general chair, he provided leadership role for ISVLSI 2012. Prof. Mohanty was guest editor for two special issues in highly visible international journals. One special issue titled Power, Parasitics, and Process-Variation (P3) Awareness in Mixed-Signal Design appeared in ASP Journal of Low-Power Electronics, Volume 8, Issue 3, June, 2012. Another special issue titled New Circuit and Architecture Level Solutions for Multidiscipline Systems appeared in ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC), Volume 8, Issue 3, August, 2012.
Two of Dr. Mohanty's students Geng Zheng and Karo Okobiah also attended ISVLSI 2012. Both Geng and Karo are Ph.D. candidates and pursuing research in the areas of nanoscale CMOS mixed-signal metamodeling and Verilog-AMS modeling, respectively under the supervision of Prof. Mohanty. Their presentations at ISVLSI 2012 included the following papers:
|Visiting Scholar at Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems Lab|
|News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab|
Dr. Song Fu, Director of the DCS Lab, has been appointed as the Program Chair of the 31st IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference. IPCCC 2012 will be held in Austin, December 1-3, 2012. Dr. Fu believes this event will bring significant visibility to UNT.
Graduate student Qiang Guan passed the Ph.D. Proposal examination on August 20, 2012 by giving a dissertation proposal on Autonomic Failure Detection and Diagnosis for Building Dependable Cloud Computing Systems, to his Ph.D. Committee, consisting of Drs. Song Fu (advisor and committee chair), Yan Huang, Krishna Kavi, and Xiaohui Yuan. Congratulations to Qiang!
Two research papers, coauthored by Chi-Chen Chiu, a senior undergraduate student worked in the DCS Lab, were recently accepted by two IEEE international conferences on system dependability.
The following papers were published/accepted by the DCSL group in the past four months:
LARC Alumnus Jason West was presented with UNT's Distinguished Alumni Award in Spring 2012. In May 2012, Jason was interviewed in a Game Informer article about a lawsuit brought by a former employer, Activision.
Another LARC Alumnus Dr. Timothy Roden was featured in an article Riding the Game Trend, on TMCNet.com. Tim is now the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Angelo State University. According to the article, their computer science program now boasts the highest per capita undergraduate enrollment of any state university in Texas due to Tim's game development program. Tim received his Ph.D. under Ian Parberry in 2005 with a thesis entitled "Procedural Content Creation and Technologies for 3D Graphics Applications and Games".
Graduate student Dhanyu Amarasinghe passed his Ph.D. proposal last Spring. Dhanyu and Dr. Parberry's paper "Real-time Rendering of Burning Solid Objects in Video Games" was presented at the 17th International Conference on Computer Games held in Louisville, KY in July 2012. ↑
|News from Software Engineering Language Lab|
The Software Engineering Language Lab has merged with the Declarative Programming Languages and Computational Mathematics Laboratory. The new lab co-directed by Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Phil Sweany and Dr. Paul Tarau is now located in F212. In addition to returning students from both labs, Gaith Albadarin, Patrick Burke, Danielle Gaither, Famida Hamid, David Haraburda, and Tomyo Maeshiro, David Adamo joins us this Fall. David is from Nigeria and is the brother of Oluwayomi Adamo who completed his Ph. D. in our department last year.
In July, Dr. Bryant and Ph.D. student Danielle Gaither visited the INRIA research lab in Rennes, France, to establish a collaboration in the area of formalization of domain-specific modeling languages. Domain-specific modeling languages provide a very high level of abstraction for constructing models of software systems within a given application domain (e.g., aerospace, automotive, health, telecom, etc.). This work intends to establish such a formalization for the purpose of automated tool generation to facilitate the software engineering of such systems. The planned collaboration with INRIA will include the opportunity for UNT students working in software engineering to visit their lab. ↑
|Software Testing Lab receives new grant|
Dr. Renee Bryce's Software Testing Lab received a new CRA-W CREU grant for $30,300 that funds four excellent students to work on undergraduate research this year.
Left to right in the above picture are Mallory Smith, Nick Stradford, Lisa Reynolds and Heather Wilson.
|Convergence Technology Center Upgraded|
UNT CSE has been a partner for the last four years in the Convergence Technology Center, an NSF Advanced Technology Education center hosted at Collin College. The Center promotes programs and curriculum development in Convergence areas including networking, information security, mobile and cloud computing and related areas. In September the center was awarded a new 4-year NSF grant of just over $4 million dollars and upgraded to a National NSF center. Over 60 Community Colleges are part of the network and there are now 7 partner schools in the program that represent the entire US region.
UNT CSE's David Keathly is a Co-PI for the Center. Plans for this grant period include new summer programs in mobile app development for middle and high schools students, a recurring conference on Mobile and Cloud computing, as well as programs for faculty professional development and conference presentations. UNT CSE will receive directly about $183,000 in support plus have access to additional funds in the grant to support conference attendance by faculty and students and to host conferences and professional development events outside the scope of the primary sub-award.
|CSE receives grant from STARS Alliance|
UNT CSE received a grant from the STARS Alliance to broaden participation in computing. This grant funds students to work on various projects involving outreach, recruiting, and retention. The project is led by Professors Ryan Garlick and David Keathly of the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
A class has formed, with one team of students tasked with working on CSE's popular RoboCamp and adding an AppCamp component to the existing summer camp lineup.
Another team will help develop an App Development Incubator at UNT with collaboration from industry. The idea is to bring students, multi-disciplinary faculty, and industry together to learn about app development while creating real-world software that can assist at UNT and in the community. The CSE Department at UNT has been collaborating with BottleRocket Apps of Dallas to further the idea.
Another team will revive the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) chapter at UNT, promoting the programming competition and bringing guest speakers to campus.
We are excited to be a new school for 2012 in the STARS Alliance, and look forward to success in the program! ↑
|CSE Summer Camps|
UNT CSE held their eighth annual Summer Camp program in June and July with 2 XBox Game Camps and 4 Robocamps. One camp was held in conjunction with the Convergence Technology Center on the Collin College Campus in Frisco and combined Robotics activities with IT and Networking skills development. The remaining camps were held at Discovery Park. This year a fee was charged for the first time. Several CSE alumni donated scholarships as did the CSE Department and the Convergence Technology Center. A total of 43 scholarships were offered for the 120 seats that were available.
Plans are being made for next year's 9th camp season and include development of a new camp program focused on Mobile Application development, as well as curriculum updates for the Robotics and Gaming programs. Efforts are also underway to secure additional grant funding for next year's program.
|Congratulations to CSE graduates|
Ph.D. Graduates in Spring 2012
Terry Wayne Griffin
Dr. Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX.
Ph.D. Graduates in Summer 2012
Mohammed Yassine Belkhouche
Dr. Belkhouche is an adjunct instructor for the UNT CSE Department.
Michael Augustine Gaylord Mohler
Dr. Mohler is a Research Scientist with Language Computer Corporation, in Richardson, TX.
|Students defend M.S. Theses|
Congratulations to these graduate students who defended in May 2012!
Matthew Hoyt (center with Dr. Brazile on left and Dr. Yuan on right)
Dayin He (right with Dr. Huang on left)
|CRA-W/CDC Computer Architecture Summer School Experience|
By Mahzabeen Islam, CSE Ph.D. student
I went to Chicago on 26th of August and from O'Hare airport I took a taxi to Hilton Orrington hotel at Evanston. Rooms for the participants of the workshop were booked there by the organizers. There I met other participants coming from different universities for the same workshop. Since there was no workshop on the 26th, we had plenty of time to roam around. Some of us went to Chicago to have a view of the city from Willis (Sears) tower Skydeck and some of us were wandering around the Northwestern University's Evanston campus which is just along the shore of Lake Michigan. I really enjoyed the wonderful campus with old buildings by the magnificent blue lake.
The workshop was held on Ford Center on Northwestern's Evanston campus, which was a 20 minute walk from the hotel. On the first day of the workshop there were speeches on emerging topics of computer architecture research, finding good advisors, mentors and references, how to create and find internships, post-docs and career opportunities. There were speakers from academia like MIT, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Washington and also from organizations like Intel, IBM, AMD, Microsoft, and Google. On the same day there was a networking dinner in a cozy restaurant just by the hotel. At each table the speakers were sitting with the attendees like myself to answer our questions. On the second day there were talks on how to excel in graduate school, how to successfully present our research in various formats: poster, paper, elevator, talk, proposals, balancing life and career, etc.
This was the first workshop I attended after starting my Ph.D. at the University of North Texas and I must say it is truly motivating for students like us who are in the early stage of starting their research in different areas of computer architecture. And also we had many valuable suggestions from the organizers and speakers about how one should start networking and looking for career opportunities. As a whole, I found this workshop really worthwhile for graduate students to attend. I express my sincere gratitude to Professor Krishna Kavi who recommended me to the workshop and the organizers of the workshop. ↑
|Tommy Janjusic's summer internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory|
By Tommy Janjusic, CSE Ph.D. student
This summer I had the privilege of working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, or ORNL for short. ORNL is home to arguably the smartest people in the scientific community. It is home to one of the fastest and largest super-computers in the world. A working day at ORNL is an everyday learning experience. From meeting with mentors to hallway conversations with fellow colleagues, working at ORNL is an ongoing intellectual challenge and satisfaction. In addition, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a regular host to a large number of academic and research personnel. Attending the talks gives an unprecedented perspective on present scientific disciplines and challenges they face.
During my summer internship, I had the pleasure of working with ORNL's Performance Tools Group within the Computer Science and Mathematics Division. They are a group of brilliant and dedicated scientists involved in shaping the next generation software for future high performance computers. My involvement at ORNL involved the study of communication primitives known as "message passing interfaces". In layman's terms they are pieces of software code that distribute data across the system. My task was to figure out timing anomalies that occurred during different simulation runs. These underlying communication primitives add overhead to the total running time of simulations, and any improvements in reducing that overhead will undoubtedly improve overall system performance. It will speed up scientific simulations, increase scientific throughput, save energy consumption, and ultimately save operational costs.
I worked on Jaguar-XT5, ORNL's latest technological marvel. Jaguar is a super-computer comprised of over 224,000 processing cores and serves as the fundamental tool for cutting edge scientific research. It is capable of simulating anything from star explosions to building blocks of matter. To put its size in perspective, Jaguar spans over 4000 sq. feet (larger than an NBA's basketball court), and requires several million dollars in electricity costs to keep running.
My summer internship was an enormous success as I have learned and gained a lot to further my educational, professional, and personal experience. ↑
|CSE Undergraduate Student co-authors paper|
Anil Pathak, a CSE senior in Dr. Qunfeng Dong's lab, is a co-author of a recently published peer-reviewed paper entitled "A web-based multi-genome synteny viewer for customized data in BMC Bioinformatics. The author list also includes Chi-Chen Chiu, a former CSE student in Dr. Dong's lab. They have earned their authorships in this paper by making significant contributions to a web based bioinformatics software that was developed for genome biologists. Although this paper was just recently published on August 2, the paper is already being ranked as "highly accessed" by the journal. ↑
Welcome to Fall 2012 and the 2012-13 academic year! Hopefully you have found the new Advising portal on the CSE department website. Look for the Advising link and follow it to the Undergraduate advising page. Many of your most common questions (and even a few unusual ones) are answered there. Maybe it will save you an extra trip to campus! Also be aware that your CSE Advisors are no longer taking appointments, but have now defined open advising times throughout the week. You will find these hours posted each semester on the Main Office window in F201 as well as on the new advising web page. You can also email many common questions to your advisors and often receive answers more quickly than waiting on a return phone call or open advising session.
Some of you experienced problems getting in to needed classes for the Fall at the last minute. We always advise using early registration to make sure you are getting the classes you really need and want. The CSE department will be adopting a new policy beginning in the Spring semester regarding these class registrations. Rather than holding a few seats in reserve and then having the ever "popular" and chaotic Override Day to fill those last few seats, the courses for Spring will be set in EIS to maximum capacity from the very beginning of early registration. So more seats will be available, but once the class is full there will be no overrides. The capacity is determined by room capacity, so more popular classes will be moved to larger capacity rooms but there will still be only a fixed number of seats available.
So to reiterate, FULL CLASSES ARE FULL for Spring 2013 and there will not be an override day as in the past. So plan ahead, check your degree audit online, talk to your advisor and be ready to register at early registration! Check online with the Registrar's office as there are options for payment plans, short term loans and other programs (regardless of financial aid eligibility) if those early payment deadlines have steered you away from early registration in the past. Also check with the financial aid office early if you receive aid as usually pending aid will hold your class reservations even past the early payment deadlines. So do your homework and be ready in October for early registration! ↑
|Career Fair at Discovery Park on September 27|
The Career Center and Office of Internships and Cooperative Education will host an Engineering and Computer Science Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, September 27, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Discovery Park Commons. This is a great opportunity for senior students to find a job and the rest of the student body to get exposed to employer recruiting activities and the interview process.
The UNT Career Center will host an Engineering and Technology Industry Interviewing Day on Friday, October 5 from 9 am to 4 pm. Computer Science, Technology and Engineering firms will participate. Employers interested in students in various engineering and technology majors for internships and full-time jobs post day-long interview schedules. Interview schedules can be viewed in the Eagle Network in the INTERVIEWING section of the student's account. ↑
|CSE Help Lab moved to F208|
You may have noticed that research labs are being shuffled around to improve the space needs and organization of our research labs. During the shuffle, the CSE help lab located in F205 has been temporarily removed. The department plans to open a new help lab, including new computers, in room F208 (just around the corner) by the end of September. Please bear with us. If you need assistance with your classes, please contact the TA or grader assigned to your class (if one is assigned). If that does not help, please contact Sally Pettyjohn at 940-565-2803 and we will work with you to find someone to assist you. ↑
|Geek Week welcomes CSE students|
Geek Week is a week-long series of events in September that has become a tradition for welcoming new students to the College of Engineering. Here are the activities planned for Geek Week, September 24-28, 2012:
September 24, Distinguished Lecture Series presents Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, Co-Hosts of Mythbusters at the UNT Coliseum at 7pm. Get tickets HERE.
September 25, Gaming Night 7-9pm at the Syndicate, lower level of the Union on the main UNT campus.
September 26, Welcome Picnic & Organization Fair, 5-7pm, Outside area behind Discovery Park. Free picnic dinner, organization fair, games, live entertainment, giveaways and more!
September 27, Engineering Career & Intern Fair at Discovery Park, 10am-2pm, sponsored by the UNT Career Center. Students must register via the Eagle Network, event 1317.
September 28, School Outreach Project, 10 am-noon. To volunteer, stop by the CSA office in G140 or email DPLife@unt.edu..
|College of Engineering News|
|CSE students serve as CENG Ambassadors|
Four students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are serving as Student Ambassadors for the College of Engineering. John Carlson, Brett McCormick, Natalie Parde and Tawfiq Shah were selected to serve as the face of the College of Engineering and represent the College at events and assist in recruitment activities. You may even see these Student Ambassadors giving tours of Discovery Park to prospective students, parents and other visitors. We are proud to have these students representing our CSE Department and serving the UNT College of Engineering. ↑
|BSET-Construction Engineering Technology Program receives ABET Accreditation|
The UNT Department of Engineering Technology in the College of Engineering is proud to announce that the BSET-Construction Technology program has been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation of ABET. ↑
|National Academy of Engineering Member joins UNT faculty|
Dr. Jim Williams, one of the world's leading authorities on titanium alloys and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has joined the UNT College of Engineering. Williams came to UNT as a distinguished research professor with a part-time appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on July 1. Most recently Williams served on the faculty and previously as the Dean of Engineering at Ohio State University. He also served on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for 13 years, included six years as the Dean of the College of Engineering. For more information about Dr. Williams, see this UNT press release. ↑
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