November 2013 Edition
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News
ABET accreditation visit in Fall 2013
New Labs in CSE
Distinguished Speakers in 2013-2014
Active Faculty Research Grants in Fall 2013
Gifts to CSE
CSE Faculty recognized for promotion at UNT Faculty Success Dinner
CSE attends Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing
CSE runs Camp Android at National Convergence Technology Center
NACLO coming to CSE in 2014
Dr. Bryant presents keynote lecture in Poland
Dr. Caragea gives talk in Greece; IIT seeks collaboration with CSE
Dr. Huang develops location-based social media search function
Dr. Kavi presents paper at workshop on Dataflow Models
Professor Mohanty Guest Edits Journal Special Issue on Nanoelectronics
New members join Human Language Technologies Lab
Net-Centric Software & Systems Center News
News from Software Engineering Language Laboratory (SELL)
ACM and ACM-W hosts Halloween event

Student News

College of Engineering News

Greetings from the CSE Chair
Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chairman

Dear CSE Students,

The end of our Fall semester is approaching and I wanted to share the news of our CSE Department with you. We were visited by ABET evaluators in the past month to reaccredit our Computer Engineering B.S. program and accredit for the first time our Information Technology B.A. program. Thanks to all faculty, staff, alumni and students who met with the evaluators. One of the purposes of accreditation is to achieve continuous improvement, and so based on recommendations from the evaluators, we will be incorporating some new topics into some of our courses. In Spring, we will offer a new special topics course in systems administration. Please check the department website for more information.

Our CSE research groups have been busy this semester. Dr. Krishna Kavi’s Net-Centric Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center just had its semi-annual meeting in October. More members have joined the Human Languages Technologies Lab. Check out more news below from our faculty and research groups. Did you know that our total active funded research projects amounts to $11,120,895? Please consider joining some of these research projects by talking to faculty members. You may find out what our faculty work on by looking at our website. If there is something you would like to know more about, just ask!

There are many opportunities for students to get involved in the activities of our CSE Department. You can join the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), the ACM-W (Women, but men are welcome also), and the IEEE Computer Society. Please find out more below about how you can join these groups. Check this newsletter and our website to find out the latest news.

Good luck with your end of semester projects and exams!

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

ABET accreditation visit in Fall 2013

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering applied for reaccreditation for its BS in Computer Engineering program and first-time accreditation for its new BA in Information Technology program from ABET. The BS in Computer Engineering program was first accredited in 2008. Our BS in Computer Science program has been continuously accredited since 1986.

The CSE Department submitted Self-Studies for each program in July. In October, a team of ABET program evaluators visited our CSE Department. Thanks to all faculty, staff, alumni and students who met with the evaluators. We are continually working to improve our programs. 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. 

New Labs in CSE

F270 lab on the left and Student Research Collaboration Lab on the right.

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering opened three new teaching labs in Fall 2013. The Networking and Security Teaching Laboratory moved from F270 to F206 with a new projection system and a laptop for each student station. F270 was renovated for use with CSCE 1030 and 1040 now that CSCE 1040 has a required lab. The purpose of this new lab is to improve student retention in the second CSCE course.

The Student Research Collaboration Laboratory opened in F221 as a place for students to meet and discuss research collaboration. The highlight of this lab is the espresso machine, which has a storied history. Dr. Bryant saw a similar machine in use when he visited Texas A&M University in Fall 2012 and arranged to order our machine from the same vendor. When Bjarne Stroustrup of Texas A&M visited in October, he told Dr. Bryant that it was he who had arranged for Texas A&M to have this machine when he moved there from AT&T Bell Labs. A similar machine had been in Dr. Stroustrup's lab when he developed the C++ programming language. That machine had been used in this lab dating back to the time of the development of the original Unix operating system. So when you drink an espresso from our machine, you are reliving an experience of the developers of Unix, C and C++. Espresso packets may be purchased for $0.75/shot from Sally Pettyjohn in the CSE front office. 

Distinguished Speakers in 2013-2014

(L-R): CENG Associate Dean Dr. Miguel Garcia-Rubio,
Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup, and CSE Chair, Dr. Barrett Bryant.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted Bjarne Stroustrup, University Distinguished Professor and holder of the College of Engineering Chair of Computer Science at Texas A&M University, on October 11, 2013. Dr. Stroustrup invented the C++ programming language and spoke to CSE students, alumni and faculty on "The Essence of C++ with examples in C++84, C++98, C++11, and C++14." Media gallery page is here.

The third Distinguished Speaker was Dr. Jeff Gray, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama. On November 15 he visited the CSE Department and made a presentation about "Supporting Software Evolution through Model Transformation."

Other Distinguished Speakers are being scheduled for Spring 2014 and will be announced at the beginning of the Spring semester. 

Active Faculty Research Grants in Fall 2013

Total active projects in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for FY2013 are $11,120,895:

Robert Akl, PI; Texas Workforce Commission: Summer Merit Program; $63,000

Renee Bryce
National Science Foundation: REU Site: Bug Wars: A Collaborative Software Testing Research Experience for Undergraduates; $250,711

National Science Foundation: CAP-BUGS: A Process to Capture, Analyze and Prevent Bugs; $175,459

Utah State University: Developing Improved Metadata Software; $191,579.67

National Institute of Standards and Technology: Combinatorial-based Techniques for Web Application Test Selection, $128,000

Computing Research Association Women, Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates Program: An Empirical Study of Engaging Students Through

University of North Texas STARS, STARS Alliance, $14,000

Ram Dantu
National Science Foundation: Collaborative Research: CRI: IAD: A Testbed for Research and Development of Next Generation 9-1-1 Services; $639,546

National Science Foundation: RET Supplement: Collaborative Research: CRI: IAD: A Testbed for Research and Development on Next Generation 9-1-1 Services; $25,000

National Science Foundation: MRI: Development of a Flexible Instrument and Tools for Experimental Research in Next-Generation 9-1-1 Services; $380,000

National Science Foundation: SFS-NEW: Advancing Learning and Leadership Through an Integrated Multidisciplinary Doctoral Program in Information Assurance; $495,774

National Science Foundation: MRI: CloudCar: Development of a Diverse Distributed Instrument for Vehicles in the Cloud; $450,000

Qunfeng Dong
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Lung Microbiome and Pulmonary Inflammation/Immunity in HIV infection; $72,519

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Collaborative NIH Project: The Urethral Microbiome in Adolescent Males; $83,697

University of Washington: Diversity of Dynamic Stability of the Ocular Surface Microbiome; $42,654.80

Mahadevan Gomathisankaran
National Science Foundation: I/UCRC FRP: Risk Assessment Techniques for Off-line and On-line Security Evaluation of Cloud Computing, $89,468

National Science Foundation: Workshop on Airborne Networking and Communications, $7,861.80

Arizona State University: Sensor Fusion Research for Net-Centric Application, $25,000

Yan Huang
National Science Foundation: III: Small: AegisDB: Integrated Real-Time Geo-Stream Processing and Monitoring System: A Data-Type-Based Approach, $450,562

National Science Foundation: RET Site: Research Experiences for Teachers in Sensor Networks, $69,990.48

National Science Foundation: REU Supplemental Request for 1017926 III: Small: AegisDB: Integrated Real-Time Geo-Stream Processing and Monitoring System: A Data-Type-Based Approach, $15,245

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Geotagging Social Media for Enhanced Location-Based Search, $449,425

Texas Department of Transportation: Evaluation of Existing Smartphone Applications and Data Needs for Travel Surveys, $164,231

Krishna Kavi
National Science Foundation: IUCRC Center Proposal: Net-Centric Software and Systems, $446,261

National Science Foundation: FRP: QoS-Assured Service Composition and Execution, $98,294

National Science Foundation: Supplement to IUCRC - Collaborative Research: IUCRC Center Proposal: Net-Centric Software and Systems (AFRL MIPR to support Missouri University of Science and Technology), $46,715

National Science Foundation: EAGER: Compiler and Architecture Support for Avoiding Writes to Memory - Preliminary Study, $74,861

Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas: MRI Consortium: Development of Instrumentation for Measuring the Dependability and Quality of Cloud Computing Systems, $191,320

David Keathly, Collin College: National Convergence Technology Center, $258,253

Armin Mikler
National Institutes of Health: A Computational Framework for Assessing the Feasibility of Bio-Emergency Response Plans, $214,804

National Institutes of Health: Minimizing Access Disparities in Bio-Emergency Response Planning; $799,911

National Science Foundation: Collaborative Research: CCLI (Exploratory): Introduction of Nanoelectronics Courses in Undergraduate Computer Science, $44,999.50

Rodney Nielsen
U.S. Department of Education: Comprehension SEEDING: Comprehension Through Self-Explanation Enhanced Discussion and Inquiry Generation, $1,459,275

National Science Foundation: SHW: Large: Collaborative Research: Companionbots For Proactive Therapeutic Dialog On Depression, $1,118,752

Paul Tarau, National Science Foundation: SHF: Small: A Framework of Bijective Data Transformations, $97,500

Constantinos Tsatsoulis, State Energy Conservation Office: UNT Distributed Renewable Energy Initiative: Eagle Point Campus Project, $658,380.59 

Gifts to CSE

Scholarships for students and student travel are largely supported by gifts from faculty, alumni and friends of the CSE department. This past year, CSE received over $35,000 in such gifts, including a recent donation of $3,250 from PepsiCo for student scholarships. Faculty donated $10,000 and alumni donated over $21,000. We are grateful for their support of our students!

The picture on the right was taken at the Fall 2013 College of Engineering Advisory Board meeting in November. From left to right, Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis; Etta Clark (BS 1980), Director of Information Technology for PepsiCo and Chair of the CENG Advisory Board; CSE Chair Dr. Barrett Bryant; and Devin Joll (BA in IT 2011), Process Improvement Analyst for PepsiCo and Chair of the CENG Graduate Advisory Board. 

CSE Faculty recognized for promotion at UNT Faculty Success Dinner

UNT President Dr. Lane Rawlings and David Keathly

The Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony was held September 27 at Apogee Stadium. The black-tie dinner honored faculty members for receiving tenure and promotion, emeritus faculty status and top awards including three cash awards funded by the UNT Foundation, a co-sponsor of the faculty showcase.

CSE Faculty member Paul Tarau was recognized for being promoted from Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering to Professor. David Keathly was recognized for being promoted from Senior Lecturer of Computer Science and Engineering to Principal Lecturer. Congratulations to both on this achievement!

To see a complete list of Salute to Faculty Excellence 2013 Winners, please go here

CSE attends Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing

From left, Dr. Yan Huang, Dr. Barrett Bryant, Veronica Perez-Rosas, Dr. Renee Bryce, Yiwen Wan,
Natalie Parde, Lisa Reynolds, and Mallory Smith

The Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota October 2-5, 2013. Approximately 5,000 attendees visited talks that were geared to women in computing at different stages of their careers. For the first time UNT was a Bronze Academic Sponsor and was well represented with undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty attendees who organized a recruiting table at the career fair. In particular, they worked to recruit applicants for our graduate program and faculty positions.

Mallory Smith and Lisa Reynolds presented posters about their undergraduate research work that drew a lot of attention. Mallory received a travel scholarship from the conference organizers. The Computing Research Association-Women CREU program provided Lisa's travel funding. Veronica Perez-Rosas and Yiwen Wan received travel awards from the conference and Natalie Parde and Shanti Thiyagaraja received travel awards from the CSE Department.

Renee Bryce organized the REU Site Posters at the conference, which included a dozen of the best undergraduate researchers from REU Sites across the country. The applications were quite competitive. We thank the National Science Foundation for providing funding for these students to present their posters and to UNT for administering their travel scholarships. 

CSE runs Camp Android at National Convergence Technology Center

David Keathly works with a student at App Camp.

The National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College's Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, TX hosted an Android App Camp this past summer. The Collin College camp was one of several summer camps run by UNT's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This camp was led by Joan King, a UNT computer science and engineering doctoral student, and Gaith Albadarin, a teaching fellow and PhD student in the same department.

David Keathly, now a principal lecturer in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering, started the RoboCamp program ten years ago with CSE Associate Professor Dr. Robert Akl. This past summer UNT coordinated ten different camps: four Android App Camps, three RoboCamps, and three Xbox Game camps.

To read more about Camp Android at Collin College this summer, see this article

NACLO coming to CSE in 2014

In 2013, Teacher Ian Connally brought his NACLO Club members from R.L. Paschal High School
in Fort Worth to the competition.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) on January 30, 2014. Last year, more than 40 high school students from North Texas participated in this competition.

NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. It challenges high school students to develop strategies for tackling problems in fascinating real languages and formal symbolic systems.

Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Professor and Director of the Human Language Technologies Lab, and graduate students in his lab will supervise the local competition for this event in the CSE Department. More information is available about the NACLO competition on the HiLT website

Dr. Bryant presents keynote lecture in Poland

Dr. Barrett Bryant at Wawel Castle,
Krakow, Poland

Dr. Barrett Bryant presented a keynote lecture on "Grammarware, Semantics and Modelware" on September 10, 2013, at the Federated Conference On Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2013) in Kraków, Poland. This talk presented applications of grammar inference to software engineering, namely in development of domain-specific language (DSL) specifications and software model evolution, and explored how semantics may be used to improve this process. Dr. Bryant also participated in a panel on "Data Mining in Cyber Age – Opportunities and Limitations" where he discussed applications of machine learning in software engineering. Further details of this panel may be found here

Dr. Caragea gives talk in Greece; IIT seeks collaboration with CSE

Dr. Caragea, standing fourth from the left, with other students and researchers.

Dr. Cornelia Caragea, Assistant Professor in the CSE Department, gave a talk at the International Research-Centered Summer School in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics, Social Media, and Digital Preservation, organized by the Software & Knowledge Engineering Lab at the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos," in Athens, Greece, July 29, 2013. During her visit to NCSR "Demokritos," she had many interactions with students from the summer school and with researchers from NCSR "Demokritos."

Constantine D. Spyropoulos and Vangelis Karkaletsis, third and fourth from the right,
after their presentation to CSE faculty and students.

On November 13, the CSE Department hosted a presentation by the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunication of NCSR "Demokritos." Constantine D. Spyropoulos and Vangelis Karkaletsis discussed opportunities for research and education cooperation with our CSE Department.

Constantine D. Spyropoulos is the Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National Centre for Scientific Research. Vangelis Karkaletsis is the Research Director at NCSR "Democritos" and head of the Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications. 

Dr. Huang develops location-based social media search function

Dr. Yan Huang, Associate Professor in the CSE Department, is developing a location-based social media search function that will allow users to search for and find more information about events around them than ever before. Her research is funded by a Department of Defense grant.

Dr. Huang is developing a robust model for detecting events that incorporates check-in data, text data and a user's hometown location in their social profiles to solve that problem. The model will predict user locations using postings on social platforms and the locations referenced in text on social platforms, and will also rely heavily on how people connect and interact with each other on social networks.

For more information, see this UNT press release and Dr. Huang's website

Dr. Kavi presents paper at workshop on Dataflow Models

Dr. Kavi at the entrance to the Edinburg castle.

Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the Computer Systems Research Lab (CSRL and the NSF Net-Centric Industry / University Cooperative Research Center IUCRC), traveled to Edinburg, Scotland in September 2013 to present a paper titled "MT-SDF: Scheduled dataflow architecture with mini-threads" at a workshop on Dataflow Models held in conjunction with Parallel Architectures and Compiler Technologies conference. The conference was held on the campus of the University of Edinburg.

During this trip, Dr. Kavi met Dr. Richard Kenway, the Director of the High Performance Computing center at the University of Edinburg. Kavi discussed possible collaborations with Dr. Richard Kenway. Dr. Kenway was very enthusiastic about collaborating with Dr. Kavi's research group and the NSF Net-Centric Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. 

Professor Mohanty Guest Edits Journal Special Issue on Nanoelectronics

Dr. Saraju Mohanty was a guest editor for a special issue titled "Design Methodologies for Nanoelectronic Digital and Analog Circuits" for IET Circuits, Devices & Systems (CDS) Journal, which was published as its Volume 7, No. 5, on September 2013. In the current semiconductor technology trend, while the nanoscale MOSFET is still doing well, other nanoelectronics technologies like Multigate FET, Graphene FET, Tunnel FET, are being researched widely as possible successors. In fact, the triple FET has been used in fabricating current high-end processors.

The new technologies may provide new mechanisms to address key issues in the processor design including power consumption, thermal effects, process variation, reliability, and security while at the same time bring new unknown problems for the design engineers. Overall making robust and efficient chips with high yield while addressing the known and unknown design issues need research. The special issue brings selected papers to drive this research.

Prof. Mohanty was also a guest editor for another special issue titled "Advanced Techniques for Efficient Electronic System Design", for Springer Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing Journal", which was published as its Volume 32, Issue 6, on December 2013. This special issue of electronic system design including the multi-standard communication, digital watermarking, memory Integrity detection and protection in embedded systems, and information security in a system-on-a-chip (SoC).

In the other news from NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL), Dr. Mohanty has been invited to deliver a keynote address at IEEE Sponsored International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Embedded System (CARE), to be held during 2013. CARE 2013 is organized by IIIT, Jabalpur, India. 

New members join Human Language Technologies Lab

The Human Language Technologies (HiLT) Lab, directed by Dr. Rodney Nielsen, has been growing. With a new name, the HiLT Lab replaces the former LIT Lab. Currently, the HiLT Lab's major projects include the Comprehension SEEDING Project, researching new forms of HLT-enabled educational technology that enable enhanced classroom discourse, and the Companionbots project, researching HTL-enabled health and wellbeing interactions with the elderly. Check out more on the new HiLT Lab website at or, for up-to-date information, follow them on twitter @hiltlab.


James Glenn and Mingyu Lin won the best poster award at this year's Showcasing Undergraduate Research in Engineering event (see more details in the College of Engineering section in this newsletter).


We are happy to introduce some new additions to the team.

Keerat Baweja is a junior at the Texas Academy of Math and Science at University of North Texas campus. TAMS is a two-year academic curriculum focused on mathematics and science that allows students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credits. Keerat is interested in the field of robotics and has participated in various competitions. She has joined Dr. Rodney Nielsen's HiLT lab to learn about the field of computational linguistics. She is really excited to be a part of this lab and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and skills.

Benjamin Garside is an undergraduate student working towards his BS in Computer Science. He was selected to participate in UNT's Research Experience for Undergraduates program during the summer of 2013, where he researched combinatorial testing, regression testing, and user-generated test-case prioritization algorithms. Currently, he is testing as part of the Comprehension SEEDING team. He appreciates the opportunity to be working in the HiLT Lab and cannot wait to see where his education will take him in the future.

Dan Wakeem Jarvis is a Computer Science undergraduate at the University of North Texas. He has been recruited to the development team working on the SEEDING project in Dr. Rodney Nielsen’s HiLT lab. He is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the team and expand his knowledge of server side applications.

Suranjana Trivedy joined the HiLT Lab of University of North Texas in September 2013 as a Research Assistant. She is working on the Companionbot project under the guidance of Dr. Rodney Nielsen. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering in the year of 2008, and thereafter pursued her Masters in Computer Science from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. During her Masters she worked on image processing. Her sophomore dissertation is on "Skin Disease Recognition using Automated Texture Analysis Techniques". In addition to her academic experience, she also worked in industry for two years (2008-2010) as a programmer in Kolkata, India.

Tanner Van De Walle is a computer science undergraduate who joined UNT in August 2013. He recently was given the opportunity to help out in Dr. Rodney Nielsen's lab, and is excited to be part of the team. He will be working on the SEEDING project as a developer. Tanner hopes to go to graduate school to study artificial intelligence.

Banlu, Bobby and Grace: Three other new members have also joined the Companionbots team in the HiLT Lab. These include Grace (left), Bobby (right), and Banlu (center). Find out more about the Companionbots project and follow Grace and Bobby on Twitter at

You can check out the rest of the team at

Net-Centric Software & Systems Center News

Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the IUCRC, welcomes members.
More pictures are HERE.

The National Science Foundation Net-Centric Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (Net-Centric IUCRC) met on October 16, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas, at the Great Wolf Lodge Convention Center. More than 50 people attended and 17 project reports and proposals were made during the meeting. More than 20 industrial representatives attended the semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board meeting where the IAB selects projects and provides guidance on new research needs of industry.

Current members of the Net-Centric Software and Systems IUCRC are AFRL. AMD, Ahum, Boeing, CloudMatrice, Intel, JPHA, LG, Lockheed-Martin, NTT Data, Raytheon, Spring, Streber-Tech, Tektronix, and Texas Instruments Unique*Soft.

Five universities are members of the IUCRC. The research focus of the University of North Texas site is on multicore processing, reliability and resource management of networked and cloud computing systems. The research focus of the University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University sites is on Service-Oriented Architecture, software service composition and QoS of software services when running on net-centric and cloud computing systems. The research focus of the Arizona State University site is on communication systems including signal processing and communication protocols. The Missouri University of Science and Technology site focuses on secure communications for networked systems. 

News from Software Engineering Language Laboratory (SELL)

SELL PhD student Danielle Gaither attended the ACM/IEEE 16th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems in Miami, Florida from September 29 to October 4. She presented a paper at the International Workshop on The Globalization of Modeling Languages entitled "Toward Denotational Semantics of Domain-Specific Modeling Languages for Automated Code Generation." The paper was co-authored with Dr. Bryant. 

ACM and ACM-W hosts Halloween event

Elmo with Dr. Bill Buckles.

ACM and ACM-W hosted the Halloween trick-or-treat event for students in the CSE Department on October 31. Participants visited selected labs and faculty offices to ask a question and then received candy. The event was a great opportunity for students to learn about CSE labs and the work of the faculty members. Prizes for best costumes were awarded to CSE Graduate Students Pat Burke, Joseph Helsing, Quentin Mayo, and Jason Powell. To see the winning costumes and more about our Halloween event, please go to this media gallery page.

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society and is dedicated to advancing computing as a science and a profession. ACM-W is dedicated to increased participation of women both within ACM and in the larger computing community.

ACM and ACM-W are planning other activities throughout the school year. Membership in the UNT chapters of both organizations is open to all UNT students with an interest in computing. To find out more about ACM, contact Quentin Mayo. To find out more about ACM-W, contact Danielle Gaither

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Student News

CSE PhD Student wins Toulouse Dissertation Award

Dr. Baatarjav with his major professor, Dr. Ram Dantu.

Enkh-Amgalan Baatarjav received the 2013 Toulouse Dissertation Award in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering field of competition. As a winner of the Toulouse Dissertation Award, he will receive a $1000 cash prize.

The title of his dissertation is "Privacy Management for Online Social Networks." He was nominated by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and selected by a university-wide faculty committee because of his outstanding demonstration of individual and innovative work in his dissertation.

Dr. Baatarjav graduated in Summer 2013 and is now an adjunct instructor for the CSE Department. Congratulations to him on winning this award and being recognized for this scholarly achievement! 

CSE Students win at LeadingAge Hackfest

(L-R) Quentin Mayo and David Adamo, Jr.

Congratulations to our CSE graduate students Quentin Mayo and David Adamo, Jr., and computer engineering undergraduate student Mahsa Kia for winning awards at the LeadingAge HackFest held at the Dallas Convention Center October 25-27. Quentin and Mahsa were on the Amaze team which won the People's Choice Award for $1,000. David was on Team Global EngAge which won the top prize of $5,000 for their creation of the Engage Platform, which allows retirement communities to offer their activities online so that home-bound elderly can participate.

The 2013 LeadingAge HackFest, co-sponsored by Ziegler and LeadingAge, is an event designed to bring together participants with a variety of backgrounds to create technology-driven tools aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their caregivers. Learn more about LeadingAge Hackfest in this UNT news release

CSE Students defend PhD Dissertations

Congratulations to these PhD students for successfully defending their dissertations!

Iris Gomez-Lopez

Dissertation: "Studying the Spread of Infectious Diseases in Heterogeneous Populations with Diverse Interactions Characteristics"

Major Professor: Dr. Armin R. Mikler

Defense Date: October 9, 2013

Chia-en Lin

Dissertation: "Performance Engineering of Software in Web Services and other Distributed Software Systems"

Major Professor: Dr. Krishna Kavi

Defense Date: October 18, 2013

Eric Ayeh

Dissertation: "Statistical Strategies for Efficient Signal Detection and Parameter Estimation in Wireless Sensor Networks"

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: October 23, 2013 

CSE Student defends MS Thesis

Congratulations to this graduate student who defended his MS Thesis!

Sultan Alotaibi

Thesis: "3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) Scheduling"

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Akl

Defense Date: November 1, 2013 

CSE Student presents at ATE PI's Conference

Principal Lecturer David Keathly and
CSE graduate student James Glenn.

CSE graduate student James Glenn attended the American Association of Community Colleges Advanced Technological Education's National Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, DC in October to present his poster as part of CSE's partnership with the National Convergence Technology Center. His project was developed as part of his senior design class, CSCE 4925, IT Capstone. "Tru Identity" developed an Identity Protection Mobile App to design a solution for mobile devices that allows a user to log into websites from their mobile device using only one unique and creative authentication method without remembering passwords and usernames. UNT is one of the major partners in the National CTC and David Keathly is a Co-PI for the program.

The 20th National ATE Principal Investigators Conference brought together approximately 850 people to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country participated in the conference. Conference attendees represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, four-year colleges, and research and development centers covering projects in a wide variety of areas such as: information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others. 

CSE Students work on Pain and Fear Study

(L-R) Nick Fischer, Jon Tran and Josh Talkington

Nick Fischer, Josh Talkington, and Jon Tran are working with Dr. Thomas D. Parsons, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Lab at the University of North Texas as part of a therapy study.

The students are enrolled in CSCE 4410, Software Development I with Dr. Ryan Garlick, working on software that uses the Xbox Kinect sensor for the research project on mobility and pain perception. The study is titled "Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy as Treatment for Pain-Related Fear and Disability in Chronic Pain." The study hopes to use the Kinect to measure mobility and reduce pain-related fear and disability for those with chronic musculoskeletal pain and disability. 

Graduate Exhibition on March 1, 2014

Get ready for the Graduate Exhibition on Saturday, March 1, 2014! The Graduate Exhibition celebrates research in all its aspects as an essential and exciting part of graduate education at the University of North Texas. The Graduate Exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavor to a general audience and offers an unusual opportunity for professional development by challenging graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields.

The Graduate Exhibition is also an opportunity for graduate students to see themselves as part of the larger University community, to share their creativity, and to appreciate the breadth of quality research being done at the University of North Texas.

The Graduate Exhibition includes music performances, visual arts and digital display, and poster exhibits by students about their research and scholarship. All events are free and open to the public. 

Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week is December 9-15. Computer Science is a foundation for every student. Help introduce Computer Science to students. All it takes is one Hour of Code. Find out how you can participate HERE. You can either host an Hour of Code or participate yourself. 

Advising Corner

Just a reminder that there are some changes to our advising procedures this year. Most advising procedures are now done in the College of Engineering Advising office on the first floor at Discovery Park. If you need help with selecting classes, need a degree audit, need to apply for graduation, please see one of the advisors at the College. If input from the CSE advisors is needed, the College advisors will contact us or refer you to us to make an appointment. If you need help selecting elective classes in CSE to meet a particular career plan, then you can email us, or talk to any faculty member in the department to seek that advice. Many questions can be answered via email to or

A list of the most frequently asked advising questions is available on the CSCE department webpage HERE

College of Engineering News

CSE Students shine at CENG Showcase of Undergraduate Research

Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis, Dean of the UNT College of Engineering, congratulates James Glenn and Mingyu Lin on the left, Zachary Morgan in the center, and Jason He on the right.

The first Showcase for Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) was held on Friday, September 20th at UNT’s Discovery Park. There were five divisions for prizes and CSE students won three of the five divisions.

Congratulations to James Glenn and Mingyu Lin on winning the top prize in the Software Technology category. Their presentation was on their "Comprehensive SEEDING Project." Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Associate Professor in the CSE Department, was their faculty advisor.

Congratulations to Zachary Morgan on winning the top prize in the Healthcare and Medical Technology division. Zachary's project was "Adaptive Blood Pressure Measurement on Android." His faculty advisor for this project was Dr. Ram Dantu, Professor in the CSE Department.

Congratulations to Jason He on winning the top prize in the Energy Engineering division. Jason’s project, "Characterizing Power and Energy Usage with Resource Auto-Configuration in Cloud Computing, was supervised by Dr. Song Fu, Assistant Professor in the CSE Department.

To see all the CSE students who participated please see this media gallery page. The Showcase for Undergraduate Research in Engineering will become an annual event celebrating the outstanding work of the undergraduate researchers in the College of Engineering at the University of North Texas. 

SWE members attend national conference

(L-R): Hollie King, Treasurer; Mayaria Johnson, President;
and Ariel Jackson, Vice-President

From October 24-26, 2013, the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland hosted the WE13 Annual Conference for the Society of Women Engineers. There were over 6,000 people in attendance from around the world. Those in attendance included professional and collegiate members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Going to the conference provides excellent opportunities for professional development. Some of these opportunities include attending the Career Fair to network with employers and possibly land an internship or post-graduation job or learn more about graduate school. Conference attendees are also able to participate in workshops and panel discussions.

Three UNT SWE officers attended the Annual Conference in Baltimore. Vice-President Ariel Jackson received a co-op offer from Toyota. UNT SWE is now preparing to attend the Region C Conference "Mobilize to Energize" in Houston, Texas in the Crowne Plaza Downtown Hotel from February 7-9, 2014. This conference is being hosted by the SWE collegiate sections of Rice University and the University of Houston.

For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, visit To contact UNT SWE, e-mail, visit, or join the Facebook group by searching "UNT Society of Women Engineers." 

The CSE Student Email Newsletter was assembled and produced by Genene Murphy and Don Retzlaff. It is a publication of the UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department. Contact the department at UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department November 2013