September 2014 Edition
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News
Welcome Picnic on September 15
Welcome New CSE Faculty and Staff
ABET accredits two CSE programs
Grad Track offered for Undergraduate Students
Distinguished Speakers in 2014-2015
Top 10 Reasons for CSE Majors to Join Teach North Texas
Bug Wars REU at CSE in Summer 2014
RoboCamp has Successful Summer
UNT Provost awards Venture Fund grant to CSE Faculty to teach in China
CSE Faculty attends ICCCNT in China
Invendo Medical’s Colonoscope at UNT
News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory
Computer Vision and Intelligence Systems News
News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab
Human Language Technologies Lab News
News from INformation Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab
Professor Mohanty has been elected as the Chair of TCVLSI, IEEE-Computer Society, and Other News from NSDL
News from Trusted Secure Systems Lab (TSSL)
Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News
Dr. Garlick presents paper in Hong Kong
Dr. Burke presents paper at IEEE Software Technology Conference
First Chair of Department of Computer Science has died

Student News

College of Engineering News

Greetings from the CSE Chair
Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chairman

Dear CSE Students,

I want to welcome you to our CSE Department in Fall 2014 and invite you to our CSE picnic on Monday, September 15, beginning at 11:30 am. Welcome to our new faculty members Eduardo Blanco, Patrick Burke, Mark Thompson and our new staff member Daisy Gillam. Congratulations to Yan Huang on her promotion to Professor and Renee Bryce and Qunfeng Dong on their promotions to Associate Professor.

I am very proud to announce that our newest CSE program the BA in Information Technology has been accredited by ABET retroactive to 2012 when our first students graduated from the program. Also, our BS in Computer Engineering program has been reaccredited by ABET. This year we will be seeking reaccreditation for our BS in Computer Science program. Find out below why accreditation is important.

Our major development for 2014-2015 is Grad Track for undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. Students who are admitted to Grad Track can enroll in up to nine credit hours of 5000-level graduate courses which will count toward BOTH the undergraduate degree and Master’s degree. This will allow students to complete both the BS and MS degrees in five years. If you are a junior or senior with an outstanding academic record, please consider applying for this opportunity. You can find out more information about Grad Track below.

Our Distinguished Speakers Seminar will continue in 2014-2015 and will be coordinated by Dr. Blanco. There are ten reasons below to join the Teach North Texas program. Teaching computer science provides a rewarding career alternative to those interested in computer science and CSE is actively recruiting students to participate in TNT. Read more about CSE in TNT and other important department news below.

Please join in the activities and events in our CSE Department. I encourage you to participate in the professional societies for computer scientists and engineers. More information is below about the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and ACM-W . Check this newsletter and our website to find out what is happening. Please LIKE us on Facebook to get all the latest news. I hope you have a great semester!

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

Welcome Picnic on September 15

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering invites all CSE Students to attend a Welcome picnic on Monday, September 15 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 will be catered by El Guapo. Drinks and place settings will be provided. We hope you will join us for food and fun! 

Welcome New CSE Faculty and Staff

Dr. Eduardo Blanco joins the CSE faculty as an Assistant Professor this Fall. He received his PhD from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2011. Dr. Blanco was previously a Research Scientist at Lymba Corporation and Adjunct Faculty at Southern Methodist University.

His primary research interest is in computational semantics. Topics include semantic relation extraction and inference, extra-propositional aspects of meaning (negation, modality, uncertainty, etc.), probabilistic semantic inference and customization of relation inventories.

Dr. Pat Burke joins the CSE Faculty as a Visiting Lecturer. He received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas in 2014. Dr. Burke completed his MS in Computer Science at the University of North Texas in 1988, and earned a BS in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977.

His main research interest is software engineering with an emphasis on finding better development tools and processes to avoid errors in the final software products. Retargetable compilers provide some potential in this area and formed the basis for his disseratation research. Dr. Burke completed most of his PhD studies concurrent with his employment with Raytheon in North Texas. He retired after nearly 30 years in the Software Engineering industry in order to complete his dissertation.

His goal is to put all that experience to good use by helping his students avoid some of the same pitfalls in their careers.

Dr. Mark Thompson joins the CSE faculty as a Lecturer. He received his PhD from Louisiana Tech University in Computational Analysis and Modeling, an interdisciplinary program in mathematics, computer science, and statistics with a focus in Cyber Security. Dr. Thompson possesses Master’s degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and has a BS in Computer Engineering from Tulane University.

Before coming on board at UNT, Dr. Thompson was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of CIS at Northwestern State University (NSU) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he taught courses across several disciplines in CIS, mathematics, and computer science. His broad research interests include telecommunications and networks, cyber security, computer forensics, programming and algorithms, and data mining.

Prior to joining the ranks in the teaching profession, Dr. Thompson spent more than 15 years in industry working at Bell-Northern Research, the research and development arm of Nortel Networks, in Richardson, Texas, on all phases of development as a senior programmer and systems architect on large, real-time telecommunications systems.

Daisy Gillam joins the CSE Department staff as the Undergraduate Administrative Assistant. She is willing to help any undergrad that walks into the office! She also assists in classroom scheduling, textbooks, and all sorts of fun forms. She is currently completing her degree at UNT. 

ABET accredits two CSE programs

ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) announced in August 2014 that it is reaccrediting our BS in Computer Engineering for the second time. This degree has been accredited since 2008 when the first Computer Engineering students graduated with a BS degree. In addition, ABET has accredited the BA in Information Technology for the first time. This will be retroactive to 2012 when the first CSE students graduated from this program.

Earning a degree is a significant achievement and an important investment in your future. Since so much of your future success depends on your educational foundation, the quality of the education you receive makes a big difference. Earning a degree from a program accredited by ABET:

  • Verifies that the quality of the educational experience you’ve received meets the standards of the profession.

  • Increases and enhances employment opportunities.

  • Permits and eases entry to a technical profession through licensure, registration, and certification.

  • Establishes eligibility for many federal student loans, grants, and/or scholarships.

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. 

Grad Track offered for Undergraduate Students

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is proud to offer Grad Track for undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. Students who are admitted to Grad Track can enroll in up to nine credit hours of 5000-level graduate courses which will count toward BOTH the undergraduate degree and Master’s degree. This will allow students to complete both the BS and MS degrees in five years.

For students who are graduating in Spring or Summer, the deadline to apply is October 15. If you are a junior or senior with an outstanding academic record, please consider applying for this opportunity. For more information about requirements and an application, please see this website

Distinguished Speakers in 2014-2015

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host several Distinguished Speakers again in 2014-2015. The first Distinguished Speaker will be James Caverlee on Friday, September 19, at 11:30 am. Dr. Caverlee will speak on Geo-Social Footprints in Social Media: Opportunities and Challenges." He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on web-scale information management, distributed data-intensive systems, and social computing. Most recently, he has been working on (i) spam and crowdturfing threats to social media and web systems; and (ii) geo-social systems that leverage large-scale spatio-temporal footprints in social media.

Caverlee is a recipient of the 2010 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, the 2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award, and a 2012 NSF CAREER Award. He received his PhD from Georgia Tech in 2007, M.S. degrees in Computer Science (2001) and in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research (2000) from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from Duke University (1996, magna cum laude).

Our second speaker will be Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman, Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances in Dell Research. Dr. Silberman will speak about "Understanding and Preparing for Disruptive Information Technologies" on Friday, October 17. Before joining Dell in 2013, he accumulated over 30 years of academic and industrial research experience, including serving as Chief Scientist at Owl Computing Technologies, and, at CA Technologies, creating CA Labs, the research arm of the company, as well as the CA Council for Technical Excellence, an advisory virtual organization.

In August 2014, Dr. Silberman joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University as an adjunct instructor. He has served on academic advisory boards at several universities and research institutes around the world. He was a Council Member-at-Large of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and serves on editorial boards as well as conference organizing and technical program committees. He is also a member of the International Federation of Information Processing Working Group 10.3, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Computer Society. 

Top 10 Reasons for CSE Majors to Join Teach North Texas

Teach North Texas (TNT) is a program to prepare teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. If you are interested, please contact Phil Sweany, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering with any questions. Now here are the 10 top reasons to join TNT:

1. Two for one—you get both a Bachelor’s degree in a CS subject area and teaching credentials in a four-year, 122 credit-hour curriculum.

2. The first TNT course, Step 1, includes actual classroom teaching which allows you to determine if teaching "is for you" early in your college career.

3. The collaboration and presentation skills you’ll start learning in Step 1 and refine throughout other TNT courses will make you a more valuable employee in non-teaching jobs. (One of the biggest "concerns" we hear from potential employers is that CS graduates don’t have strong presentation and teamwork skills.)

4. While teaching in Texas requires passing a certification exam, TNT graduates have traditionally done very well passing these exams in all STEM fields. (To date 98% of TNT graduates have passed the certification exam for their discipline.)

5. Step 1 is a one-hour course so it can be easily added to most academic schedules with minimal (tuition) cost.

6. You’ll be addressing a significant national need for high school Computer Science teachers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has started a "CS 10k" project to see to it that we have 10,000 new "well-prepared Computer Science Teachers" as soon as possible. Obviously they (and others) see a significant need.

7. You’ll find multiple job opportunities once you finish your CS degree and TNT courses. (See reason 6 above.)

8. You’ll become a better college student as you’ll learn modern pedagogy (teaching techniques) and recognize it in other classes you take.

9. You’ll be working with other TNT students, a group of interesting people who are passionate about their STEM subjects and teaching as well.

10. You’ll have fun! 

Bug Wars REU at CSE in Summer 2014

Top Row: Stephanie Shu, Maxwell Daum
Middle Row: Meredith Singletary, Ryan Michaels (mentor), Vincent Bundage II
Bottom Row: Kathryn Malone-Miller, William Kelly Hudgins, Kyle Haptonstall
Not pictured: Salvador Ariza

Congratulations to the Bug Wars Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) group above that finished their summer research experience. We wish them the best as they finish up their undergraduate studies and hope to see some of them back at UNT for graduate school!

Bug Wars is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and run by Dr. Renee Bryce. This program provides undergraduate students with a research experience and prepares them for graduate programs. No prior research experience is required.

The 2014 cohort of students spent the summer working on projects that exposed them to research on software testing through both competition and collaboration. Some students worked on user-session-based testing, model-based testing, and the combination of these two techniques as applied to web applications in an effort to find as many "bugs" as possible in the systems under test.

Some of the students also worked on CS Education research that focuses on helping introductory students to avoid common programming bugs. Future UNT students will use their work! 

RoboCamp has Successful Summer

RoboCamp 2014 sessions were held in June and July 2014. Two sessions of Co-Ed Super Camp and one session of Co-Ed AppCamp were held in the CSE Department at UNT Discovery Park in Denton. A Girls Appcamp was held at the Frisco Campus of Collin College in Plano and a Co-Ed AppCamp was held at the Cisco Campus in Richardson, TX.

For the first time, the new CSE SuperCamp was offered as a two-week session. It incorporated elements from many of our previous summer programs into a 2-week Grand Experience. Students experienced modules on Robotics, Video Game Development, Animation and Mobile App Development as part of this program.

In AppCamp, students learned about Mobile App development for Android devices using AppInventor a tool developed by Google and supported by MIT. Students learned to build a number of apps using various sensor technologies found in most smartphones and tablets.

David Keathly, Principal Lecturer in the CSE Department, directs the RoboCamp program with Associate Professor Robert Akl. For more information on RoboCamp, please see this website

UNT Provost awards Venture Fund grant to CSE Faculty to teach in China

Associate Professor Xiaohui Yuan received a grant for CSE faculty members to teach in China during Summer 2014. UNT’s China Advisory Council awarded the grants from the UNT Provost’s Venture Fund for China. Awards were made for bold, transformative ideas that will make a positive impact on UNT’s ability to engage China academically, in research and to educate students about China, U.S.-China relations, Chinese culture and language. Thirteen UNT professors received grants from this Venture Fund. Dr. Yuan’s grant allowed him, Dr. Barrett Bryant, and Dr. Song Fu to teach in China. In the CSE research lab reports below, each explains how they used their portion of the grant. 

CSE Faculty attends ICCCNT in China

(L-R) Dr. Ye Yu, Conference Co-Chair, Dr. Luca Daniel of MIT, Dr. Bill Buckles of UNT

In July 2014, Dr. Bill Buckles attended the 5th IEEE Intern. Conference on Computers and Communication Networking Technologies (ICCCNT) held in Hefei, China. Dr. Buckles and Dr. Luca Daniel of MIT were honored to present the opening addresses at the conference. The photograph above shows them receiving a memento of the event from the conference chair. Dr. Xiaohui Yuan from our CSE department also attended ICCCNT.

UNT received a publicity boost when five of the student volunteers decided to wear UNT CSE t-shirts the second day. Four are shown in the picture above having breakfast with Dr. Buckles and his wife. 

Invendo Medical’s Colonoscope at UNT

Figure 1. Invendoscopy system

This summer Invendo Medical requested Dr. JungHwan Oh and his team (Dr. Wallapak Tavanapong and Dr. Johnny Wong in Iowa State University, and Dr. Piet de Groen in Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota) to integrate their new investigational colonoscopy device which is called Invendoscopy TM (see Figure 1) with a software called EM-Automated-RT which has been developed by Dr. Oh and his team. This new colonoscope is not pushed or pulled like a traditional colonoscope, but driven in and out of the colon using a handheld device. It is the only market-cleared single-use colonoscope and reduces the potential force in the colon wall. On March 20, 2014, this company received €20.3 million ($28 million) financing for their research.

Figure 2: Invendoscopy system running with EM-Automated-RT

Dr. Oh has been investigating an integration between Invendoscopy system and EM-Automated-RT which does real-time video analysis for quality of a colonoscopy procedure and provides corresponding visual feedback to assist the endoscopist to achieve optimal inspection of the colon during the procedure. First, the video signal coming from the Invendoscopy system is fed into a PC with video capture device. And, this signal is processed and analyzed by EM-Automated-RT software. As seen in Figure 2, this integration is seamlessly running and provides corresponding visual feedback. 

News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory

Dr. Krishna Kavi traveled to Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal during the last week of August 2014. He presented a paper titled, "Improving node-level Map-Reduce performance using processing-in-memory technologies", co-authored with his students, Mahzabeen Islam, Marko Scrbak and two AMD fellows, Mike Ignatowski and Nuwan Jayasena. The paper was presented at the EuroPar 2014, held in Porto, Portugal. Porto is famous for port wine and a beautiful city on the Atlantic Ocean. Before going to Porto, Kavi visited researchers at the Barcelona Supercomputer Center to explore collaborations. BSC is highly regarded for its research on computer architecture, high performance computing and security.

Kavi authored two chapters for the book, "An introduction to queuing theory, 2nd edition. The principal author of the book is Professor U. Narayan Bhat of SMU.

The CSRL group has been very active with its publications during 2014. They published 2 book chapters, 2 journal papers, and 8 conference papers. These papers can be found online here.

CSRL is investigating many exciting and challenging research problems, many of which are supported by AMD, Boeing, Samsung, and federal agencies. We welcome new students interested in pursuing research in Computer Systems (including but not limited to computer architecture, memory systems, real-time/embedded systems, Cloud computing systems, performance measurement and tuning, hardware security)

Dr. Kavi in front of the famous Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.
Bridge in Porto, Portugal built by Gustave Eiffel who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
 

Computer Vision and Intelligence Systems News

Dr. Xiong Wei from the College of Math and Computer Science, Wuhan Textile University, is visiting the Computer Vision and Intelligence Systems (CoVIS) Lab at UNT. He will be working with Dr. Yuan and his team on parallel computing for improved computation efficiency object tracking. Dr. Wei received his PhD from Wuhan University and worked as a postdoc researcher in the National University of Defense Technology. Since 2012, he has been working at Wuhan Textile University as an associate professor. His visit to CoVIS is fully supported by the Hubei Ministry of Education. Dr. Yuan is on the left and Dr.Wei is on the right in the picture.

Dr. Xiaohui Yuan visited several universities in China including Hefei University of Technology, East China Normal University, Anhui Agricultural University, and Anhui Xinhua University. Visits to Hefei University of Technology and Anhui Xinhui University were joined by staff of UNT Sponsored Students and Special Programs (picture on the right). His visits were partially supported by a UNT venture fund project to expand existing research collaboration with universities in China and establish a pathway of recruiting high quality students and facilitating faculty exchange. The project team includes Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Song Fu, and Dr. Jianguo Liu (Math Deptartment) The project also supported visits to three Chinese institutions by the other project team members including Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tongji University, and Guangdong University of Technology.

Dr. Yuan was invited by Dr. Surapong Auwatanmongkol and Dr. Raweewan Auapanwiriyakul to visit the National Institute of Development Administration>, Thailand to give a short course on "Learning from Big Data — Scalability and Imbalance Issues". During this visit, Dr. Yuan met with Dr. Pradit Wanarat, the president, who is a graduate from UNT, and discussed departmental collaboration in education and research. He also met professors including Dr. Tanasai Sucontphunt, Dr. Thitirat Siriborvornratanakul, Dr. Pipat Hiranvanichakorn, and Dr. Ohm Somil. In the picture, Dr. Yuan is on the left and Dr. Auwatanmongkol is on the right.

Dr. Yuan was invited to give a keynote speech in the 2nd International Conference on Current Trends in Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, India, July 8-9, 2014 and was in the technical committee of the 5th International Conference on Computing Communication and Networking Technologies, Hefei, China, July 11-13, 2014. 

News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab

Dr. Song Fu, the director of DCS Lab, visited two universities at Nanjing, China, in July 2014. He taught a two-week course on "Cloud Computing and Applications" at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). 53 junior and sophomore CS students attended the classes. The course was well received. Dr. Fu also discussed with the Associate Dean of the College of Computer Science and Technology at NUAA and several faculty members of CS about the possibility of developing joint education programs and student recruitment. In addition, Dr. Fu visited Nanjing University and gave a talk on Exascale Resilience to the students and faculty of the Computer Science and Technology Department.

Our project on the detection and correction of silent data corruptions (SDC) was supported by NVIDIA. We are developing CPU-GPU co-design techniques to achieve SDC resilience.

Our work on soft error fault injection and vulnerability analysis of HPC applications were presented on premier conferences in HPC and system dependability conferences: IEEE IPDPS 2014 and IEEE/IFIP DSN 2014.

  • Qiang Guan, Song Fu, Nathan DeBardeleben and Sean Blanchard, "F-SEFI: A Fine-grained Soft Error Fault Injection Tool for Profiling Application Vulnerability", in Proceedings of the 28th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), Phoenix, AZ, May 19-23 2014.

  • Qiang Guan, Song Fu, Nathan DeBardeleben and Sean Blanchard, "Towards Building Dependable Cloud Computing System with Autonomic Failure Identification and Diagnosis Mechanisms" (PhD Forum), in Proceedings of the 28th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), Phoenix, AZ, May 19-23 2014.

  • Qiang Guan, Nathan DeBardeleben, Sean Blanchard and Song Fu, "Towards Exploring the Soft Error Susceptibility of Heapsort Algorithms", in Proceedings of the 44th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), Atlanta GA, June 23-26 2014.

 

Human Language Technologies Lab News

HiLT Lab members in back (L-R): Hamed Khanpour, Darius Simmons, Austin Lane, Wes Solomon, Milad Pejmanrad, Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Dr. Eduardo Blanco, Adam Hair, Kevin James, Tanner Van De Walle, Tailyr Mack, Amitava Das.
Front (L-R): Daniel Jarvis, Frank Paiva, Kate Farmer, Bandita Sarma, Daniela Caballero, Natalie Parde, Nishitha Guntakandla, Karen Mazidi, Jacob Figueroa.
On the table are HiLT Companionbots Bobby and Grace.

Members of the Human Technologies Lab (HiLT) have been busy over the summer. Some members shared with us below what they accomplished this summer. Rodney Nielsen directs the HiLT Lab.

New Faculty

Dr. Eduardo Blanco joined the HiLT Lab this Fall. His primary research interest is in computational semantics. Specific topics include semantic relation extraction and inference, extra-propositional aspects of meaning (negation, modality, uncertainty, etc.), probabilistic semantic inference and customization of relation inventories. Dr. Blanco is recruiting students, if you are interested contact him at eduardo.blanco@unt.edu

Papers and Awards

Karen Mazidi presented "Pedagogical Evaluation of Automatically Generated Questions" at the 2014 Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference in Manoa, Hawaii in June. During the same month, she presented "Linguistic Considerations in Automatic Question Generation" at the ACL 2014 conference in Baltimore. In July, she attended AAAI 2014 in Quebec, sponsored by a NSF-CRA travel grant. Karen will be teaching a course in the Engineering Technology department: ENGR 2750, Introduction to Microprocessors, which uses one of the textbooks she co-authored.

Frank Paiva presented "Comprehension SEEDING: Comprehension through Self Explanation, Enhanced Discussion, and INquiry Generation" at the twelfth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems in Mano, Hawaii, June 5-9, 2014.

Natalie Parde in the center with her team at a conference in Athens, Greece. Her team won first prize for their project "Fun, Dynamic, Multimodal Robot Learning with I Spy and 20 Questions." The project also won the "People’s Choice" award.

Natalie Parde spent the month of July in Athens, Greece, attending the International Research-Centered Summer School in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics, Data and Content Analysis. Her team’s project, "Fun, Dynamic, Multimodal Robot Learning with I Spy and 20 Questions," won first prize out of 13 projects created by teams of students from around the world. The project also won the competition’s "People’s Choice" award. In June, Natalie Parde visited Pittsburgh to present her paper, "Design Challenges and Recommendations for Multi-Agent Learning Systems Featuring Teachable Agents," at the 2nd Annual GIFT Users Symposium, held at Carnegie Mellon University.

Bandita Sarma presented a paper poster "A Framework for Health Behavior Change using Companionable Robots" at the 8th International Natural Language Generation Conference held in Philadelphia, PA, 19-21 June 19-21, 2014.

New Members in the HiLT Lab

Daniela Caballero is a 5th year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. Broadly, her research interests focus on older adults, caregiving, and Latino mental health. While working on her dissertation and administering assessments to older adults, she collaborates with Dr. Nielsen with the hopes of developing technology to help older adults live longer independently. Daniela’s responsibilities in the lab broadly include developing motivational interviewing scripts and assisting with other areas of the project that involve psychology and health behavior change.

Kate Farmer is a Research Scientist in the HiLT lab. She began working full time in the lab in May 2014. She received an MA in Linguistics from UNT in May 2014. She is interested in how linguistic meaning is encoded by speakers and interpreted by listeners via the use of specific syntactic constructions, metaphors and extra-linguistic pragmatic elements. Within the HiLT lab, she uses her skills to help annotate data for the Companionbot and SEEDING projects and also offers analysis and interpretation of linguistic patterns as they pertain to each of these projects. Outside of her work in the lab, Kate is involved in organizing workshops and presentations for the Student Linguistics Association at North Texas (SLANT). Most recently, she organized a three-week series, "Programming for Linguists," in which she and the other two presenters encouraged students of linguistics to develop technological skills and demonstrated how those skills could be used in a wide variety of linguistic research. Kate plans to continue her studies and is applying for PhD programs in Linguistics which she hopes to begin in Fall 2015.

Jacob Figueroa has a BA in linguistics from UNT. Currently, he is studying German at the undergrad level at UNT with the aim of attending a Graduate School in Germany, He hopes this will help him earn an MA in either Linguistics or Classics. Jacob expressed, "Working in the HiLT Lab has given me a great opportunity to both exercise and grow my linguistic knowledge while working with talented individuals."

Adam Hair is an honors college student finishing his last year of undergraduate study in computer science with minors in accounting and Spanish. He spent a semester studying at La Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. Kevin is an undergraduate researcher on the SEEDING Project. Adam said, "Challenging projects and a fun, knowledgeable team come together to make a great environment to work and learn in." He also works for UNT System Central Web Support, providing back-end technical support for a majority of the university websites. After he graduates, he plans to pursue a PhD in computational finance or a related field.

Austin Lane is an Honors College student and National Merit Scholar, intending to graduate in May 2015 with a BA in Linguistics with a minor in French and a Certificate in Professional French. He spent a year abroad in France, studying at both the Collège International de Cannes and Paris IV, La Sorbonne. This year, his first paper, "’You tryna grammaticalize?’ An analysis of ’tryna’ as a grammaticalized semi-auxiliary." was accepted for publication in UNT’s undergraduate journal, the Eagle Feather. Austin recently presented at "Programming for Linguists," a three-week series organized by Kate Farmer to encourage linguistics students to acquire and utilize programming skills in their research. He joined the HiLT lab in April 2014, and will be conducting his senior thesis under Dr. Nielsen. His research interests include cognitive science, multilingualism, and natural language processing. Austin intends to continue his education by pursuing a PhD in Linguistics, starting Fall 2015.

Kevin James is a Senior at University of North Texas pursuing a BS in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He has been working hard to expand performance in education systems since joining the HiLT lab early summer and hopes to further pursue research in natural language processing and machine learning in the HiLT lab until graduation. In addition to his dedication in the HiLT lab, Kevin is working with Dr. Saraju Mohanty in a directed study in "Analog CMOS Layout Level Design in LASI" and on his Senior capstone project during his final year as an undergraduate. Kevin said, "I appreciate the opportunity to work in the HiLT Lab and cannot wait to see where my education will take me in the future."

Darius Simmons is a sophomore computer science student at Caltech interning at the HiLT lab for the summer. His main interests are machine learning and artificial intelligence. Darius said, "It has been great experience for me to work on an active research project and apply things I have learned in a practical manner." His future goals are to learn as much computer science as he can and see where his interests take him.

Visit http://hilt.cse.unt.edu/ for more information about the HiLT Lab. 

News from INformation Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab

(L-R) Parisa Kaghazgaran, Masoud Narouei, Dr. Hassan Takabi, Yassir Hashem, Suraiya Tairin

Welcome to our newest CSE lab directed by Dr. Hassan Takabi!

  • Our undergraduate intern from Thailand, Taweekiat Trongwongsa, was named winner of the Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research poster presentation for his poster titled "Detection and Validation of Identity Cloning and Fake Profile Attacks in Social Networks."

  • Dr. Takabi traveled to Japan to attend the 9th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS 2014) and workshops where he presented the paper "Privacy Aware Access Control for Data Sharing in Cloud Computing Environments."

  • Four new graduate students (Parisa Kaghazgaran, Yassir Hashem, Masoud Narouei, and Suraiya Tairin) join the lab in Fall 2014. Yassir is recipient of SFS Scholarship and will be co-advised by Dr. Takabi and Dr. Dantu.

  • Dr. Lei Chen, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University, joins the lab as visiting scholar for Fall 2014 semester.

  • Our joint work with researchers from University of Pittsburgh titled "Exploiting Users’ Inconsistent Preferences in a Social Network System to Discover Private Friendship Links" was accepted in ACM CCS-WPES 2014.

  • Dr. Takabi serves as panels chair of the ACSAC 2014 and Poster/Demo co-Chair of the ACM CCS 2014.

 

Professor Mohanty has been elected as the Chair of TCVLSI,
IEEE-Computer Society, and Other News from NSDL

Professor Saraju Mohanty has been elected to serve as the Chair of Technical Committee on Very Large Scale Integration (TCVLSI), IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS). He has been elected for the term September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2016. TCVLSI addresses the interaction among the various key aspects of VLSI design including circuit-level design, system-level design, semiconductor process as well as the computer-aided design techniques. It deals with digital circuits, analog circuits, and mixed-signal circuits. The emphasis of TCVLSI falls on integrating the design, computer-aided design, fabrication, application, and business aspects of VLSI while accounting both hardware and software. TCVLSI sponsors conferences, special sessions, and workshops for the IEEE-CS and in effect serves as the quality control watchdog. This is a unique recognition of technical leadership of Dr. Mohanty in the area of VLSI and nanoelectronics. It will bring significant visibility to UNT.

As a General Chair ISVLSI 2014, Dr. Mohanty distributes a best paper award.

In other news from the NSDL, Dr. K. K. Mahapatra, Professor and Dean (Academics), National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, visited NSDL during Summer 2014. He was sponsored under Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of Government of India (TEQIP) for visiting a reputed lab/institute in USA. He interacted with various members of NSDL for future research collaboration.

Dr. Mohanty served as a general chair for IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI, held in Tampa, Florida, USA, July 9-11, 2014. The event was very-well attended by participants all over the world. ISLVIS 2014 had approximately 100 talks and presentations and 4 keynote talks from leaders from academia and Industry.

Two students from NSDL defended their PhD dissertation and MS thesis. Karo Okobiah successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled "Geostatistical Inspired Metamodeling and Optimization of Nanoscale Analog Circuits." Anthony Hanson defended his MS thesis titled "General Purpose Computing in GPU - A Watermarking Case Study." NSDL welcomes several new PhD students and MS thesis student members in Fall 2014. In the year so far, the NSDL members have published 14 journal/conference papers, and selected are the following:

  • S. P. Mohanty and E. Kougianos, "Incorporating Manufacturing Process Variation Awareness in Fast Design Optimization of Nanoscale CMOS VCOs", IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), Volume 27, Issue 1, February 2014, pp. 22-31.

  • O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Fast Layout Optimization through Simple Kriging Metamodeling: A Sense Amplifier Case Study", IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (TVLSI), Volume 22, Issue 4, April 2014, pp. 932-937.

  • S. P. Mohanty and E. Kougianos, "Polynomial Metamodel Based Fast Optimization of Nano-CMOS Oscillator Circuits", Springer Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing Journal, Volume 79, Issue 3, June 2014, pp. 437-453.

  • O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Kriging Bootstrapped Neural Network Training for Fast and Accurate Process Variation Analysis", in Proceedings of the 15th IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), 2014, pp. 365-372.

  • D. Ghai, S. P. Mohanty, G. Thakral, and O. Okobiah, "Variability-Aware DG FinFET-based Current Mirrors", in Proceedings of the 23rd ACM/IEEE Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI), 2014, pp. 347-352.

  • O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Exploring Kriging for Fast and Accurate Design Optimization of Nanoscale Analog Circuits", Ph.D. Forum, in Proceedings of the 13th IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2014, pp. 244-247.

 

News from Trusted Secure Systems Lab (TSSL)

TSSL members (L-R): Umar Albalawi, Patrick Kamongi, Tawfiq Shah, TSSL Director Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, and Srujan Kotikela.

TSSL has had a busy and productive year so far in 2014. We have published 5 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles and one book chapter. We also have several articles under submission. The published articles and book chapters are:

  • Ontology-based Privacy Setting Transfer Scheme on Social Networking Systems (Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran), In The 2014 International Conference on Security & Management (SAM 2014), 2014. (In Print)

  • Component Rejuvenation for Security for Cloud Services (Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran), In The 2014 International Conference on Security & Management (SAM 2014), 2014. (In Print)

  • Glitch resistant private circuits design using HORNS (Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Akhilesh Tyagi), In 2014 IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2014. (In Print)

  • Secure Rejuvenation for Malware Elimination for Cloud Computing (Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Patrick Kamongi), In The Ninth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA 2014), 2014. (Accepted)

  • Variability-aware architecture level optimization techniques for robust nanoscale chip design (Saraju P. Mohanty, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Elias Kougianos), In Computers & Electrical Engineering, volume 40, 2014.

  • Towards Data Confidentiality and a Vulnerability Analysis Framework for Cloud Computing (Kerim Y. Oktay, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Murat Kantarcioglu, Sharad Mehrotra, Anoop Singhal), Chapter in Secure Cloud Computing (Sushil Jajodia, Krishna Kant, Pierangela Samarati, Anoop Singhal, Vipin Swarup, Cliff Wang, eds.), Springer New York, 2014.

(L-R) Dr. Kavi, Dr. Mohanty, Satyajeet Nimgaonkar, Dr. Gomathisankaran, Dr. Fu

Satyajeet Nimgaonkar successfully defended his dissertation "Secure and Energy Efficient Execution Frameworks Using Virtualization and Light-Weight Cryptographic Components" on June 3, 2014. He is currently working as Software Engineering in Cisco R&D in the area of Cloud Computing Security.

Umar Albalawi has joined TSSL in Fall 2014. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia in 2006 and he got his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2013. He will be pursuing his dissertation in the area of secure computing platforms. We are happy to have Umar on board and we wish him all the success.

Srujan Kotikela and Patrick Kamongi, PhD students of TSSL, were awarded Blackhat USA 2014 Student Scholarship worth $900 each. Blackhat is a leading security conference for Computer Security professionals. (More info here.)

Dr. Gomathisankaran mentored the UNT team for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition 2014. Eight undergraduate students and four graduate students were part of the UNT team. A new course, Advanced Information Systems Security, was introduced in Fall 2013 to train the students for this competition. This focused training helped our team to successfully qualify and participated in the Southwest Regional Finals held at San Antonio in March 8-9, 2014. We won 3rd place in the regional finals beating several strong teams. Dr. Gomathisankaran has started mentoring for the 2015 competition. We encourage all UNT students who want to participate in the CCDC competition to take the Advanced Information Systems Security course that is offered in Fall 2014.

Dr. Gomathisankaran has been awarded a patent (#8,824,672) for his Reconfigurable Block Encryption Function (REBEL) by the US Patent Office on September 2, 2014. Prof. Akhilesh Tyagi of Iowa State University is a co-inventor of this patent. This patent provides methods and systems for cryptography that use reconfigurable platform to perform cryptographic functions. The function schema may be maintained as public while the configuration may be used as a secret key. The reconfigurable platform may be implemented in a manner to provide desirable families of functions, including reconfigurable functions which are pseudo one-way and pseudo random. (More information here.

Dr. Gomathisankaran is serving as one of the Program Chairs for the 13th International Conference on Information and Technology (ICIT 2014). He co-organized and chaired the Workshop on Airborne Networks and Communications held at MobiHoc 2014. This workshop is supported by NSF through its award #1446639. Dr. Gomathisankaran organized and chaired a special session on "Secure and Trustworthy Embedded Systems" at the IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI 2014. This special session focused on recent developments and advances in the field of secure and trustworthy embedded systems. 

Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News

Dr. Bryant was a participant in Dr. Yuan’s China Advisory Council grant for CSE faculty members to teach in China during Summer 2014. He taught a two-week course on automata theory, languages and computability, similar to CSCE 4115 to students at the Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China, in order to prepare the students in the class for graduate study at UNT. Dr. Bryant held discussions with GDUT officials about joint undergraduate programs between GDUT and UNT and graduates of GDUT joining the UNT graduate programs.

Dr. Bryant at the Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.

Dr. Tarau has been awarded a $253,161 from NSF for a 3 year project that studies algorithms with a new tree-based numbering system, Hereditarily Binary Numbers. With them, computations with giant numbers, including towers of exponents and all record holding prime numbers become tractable. He is also a coPI on another NSF proposal awarded this year with Dr. Cornelia Caragea on keyphrase extraction in document networks.

Dr. Tarau is presenting in September three papers related to this line of research at peer-reviewed international conferences, "Bijective Collection Encodings and Boolean Operations with Hereditarily Binary Natural Numbers" at the 16th International Symposium on Principles and Practice of Declarative Programming (PPDP 2014) in Canterbury, England, "The Arithmetic of Recursively Run-length Compressed Natural Numbers" at the 11th International Colloquium on Theoretical Aspects of Computing, (ICTAC 2014), in Bucharest, Romania, and "New Arithmetic Algorithms for Hereditarily Binary Natural Numbers" at the 16th International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing (SYNASC 2014) in Timisoara, Romania.

Dr. Tarau’s paper "Towards a generic view of primality through multiset decompositions of natural numbers" has been published this Summer in the journal Theoretical Computer Science.

His PhD student, Fahmida Hamid has presented two papers written in collaboration with Dr. Tarau at peer-reviewed international conferences, "Text Summarization as an Assistive Technology" at the 7th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2014) in Rhodes, Greece, and "Interclausal Logic Variables" at the 30th International Conference on Locic Programming (ICLP 2014) in Vienna, Austria. Fahmida has been a student volunteer helping with the Vienna Summer of Logic — the largest federated conference in the field, with more than 2000 participants. 

Dr. Garlick presents paper in Hong Kong

Dr. Ryan Garlick travelled to Hong Kong in May for the 2014 International Conference on E-Commerce, E-Business and E-Service to present the paper "Entrepreneurial Learning in a Secure e-Commerce Course through Creating Competitive Real-World Sites".

This paper covered pedagogical experiences with the Spring 2013 Secure e-Commerce course at UNT where graduate and undergraduate teams created real-world e-commerce sites. Students then tried to hack the sites to test the security of the opposing team.

The conference was well represented by attendees from around the globe including Carnegie Mellon University and schools throughout Asia. 

Dr. Burke presents paper at IEEE Software Technology Conference

Before he defended his dissertation in August, Pat Burke presented his paper titled "Hybrid Hardware/Software Synergism" at the 26th Annual IEEE Software Technology Conference (STC’14) on April 3, 2014, in Long Beach, California. The IEEE Software Technology Conference attracts software practitioners across the full spectrum of industry and government software engineering organizations. The paper explores the processing improvements that can be expected using a heterogeneous set of computing devices (CPUs, ASICs, FPGAs, etc.) along with a retargetable compiler which can automatically extract parallelism from source code. Pat is a member of IEEE, ACM, and was designated by IEEE as a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) in its first class of designees in 2002. 

First Chair of Department of Computer Science has died

The North Texan announced in June 2014 that Daniel William Scott III, former professor and first chair of the Department of Computer Science, died on May 17, 2013 in Wayne, OK. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory before earning his PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During the 1960s, he worked for General Electric in the U.S. and France and later for University Computing Co. in Dallas. In 1971, he was hired to establish UNT’s new Department of Computer Science. He served as chair for eight years and taught for ten, defining the policies for computer science education and the department’s courses and scope. He also developed microprocessor-based equipment for the chemistry and music departments and was an outside consultant in software development.

He went on to teach at Portland State University and worked for Teneron in Ponca City, Oklahoma, before retiring in 2005. Throughout his life, he had a passion for science. A CSE memorial page for Dr. Scott is here


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Student News

Congratulations to CSE graduates

Congratulations to all of our Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduates in Spring 2014 and Summer 2014!

PhD Graduates in Spring 2014

Jedsada Chartree

Dissertation: Monitoring Dengue Outbreaks Using Online Data

Major Professor: Armin R. Mikler



Qiang Guan

Dissertation: Autonomic Failure Identification and Diagnosis for Building Dependable Cloud Computing Systems

Major Professor: Song Fu



ChiaEn Lin

Dissertation: Performance Engineering of Software Web Services and Distributed Software Systems

Major Professor: Krishna Kavi



Oghenekarho Okobiah

Dissertation: Geostatistical Inspired Metamodeling and Optimization of Nanoscale Analog Circuits

Major Professor: Saraju Mohanty and Co-Major Professor: Elias Kougianos



PhD Graduates in Summer 2014

Jonathon Doran

Dissertation: Procedural Generation of Content for Online Role Playing Games

Major Professor: Ian Parberry



Satyajeet Nimgaonkar

Dissertation: Secure and Energy Efficient Execution Frameworks Using Virtualization and Light-Weight Cryptographic Components

Major Professor: Mahadevan Gomathisankaran



Martin Joseph O’Neill II

Dissertation: A Computational Methodology for Addressing Differentiated Access in Response Plan Design

Major Professor: Armin Mikler



Jorge A. Reyes Silveyra

Dissertation: Modeling Epidemics on Structured Populations: Effects of Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Immune Response Quality

Major Professor: Armin Mikler

 

CSE Students defend Dissertations and Theses

Congratulations to these PhD students for successfully defending their dissertations!

Yiwen Wan

Dissertation: Trajectories as a Unifying Cross Domain Feature for Surveillance Systems

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: June 25, 2014



Patrick Burke

Dissertation: A New Look at Retargetable Compilers

Major Professor: Dr. Phil Sweany

Defense Date: August 18, 2014



Congratulations to these MS students for successfully defending their theses!

Anthony Hanson

Thesis: General Purpose Computing in GPU — A Watermarking Case Study

Major Professor: Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty

Defense Date: May 1, 2014



Sarada Karlaputi

Thesis: Evaluating the Feasibility of Accelerometers in Hand Gestures Recognition

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Akl

Defense Date: July 10, 2014. 

Join ACM and ACM-W!

(L-R) Tawfiq Shah, Webmaster; Scott McKeefer, ACM President, Quentin Mayo, ACM Vice President;
and Treasurer Danielle Gaither

The ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) is back for another year with many new events and opportunities for students. Their first meeting was held on September 3, 2014. Everyone is welcome to join this group to find out what ACM and ACM-W. Why join? Besides looking good on your resume and CV, there are many opportunities for internships and networking.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 17, for the ACM Python Coding Contest and ice cream crash course. Then on Wednesday, October 1, come to the meeting to find out 10 things you didn’t know about the CSE Department and UNT. On Wednesday, October 15, the ACM will sponsor Hack Phooey. Finally, the ACM is holding another big Halloween event in the CSE Department on October 31.

Scott McKeefer is the ACM President. Quentin Mayo is the Vice President. Danielle Gaither is the Treasurer. Tawfiq Shah is the Webmaster. Sami Aljabr is the Public Relations and Design Artist. Srujan Kotikela is the Photographer. Dr. Renee Bryce is the Faculty Advisor. Find out more about UNT’s Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery at ACM and ACM for Women and join today. You don’t have to be a Computer Science student to be a member, you can just like technology ! 

CSE Students invited to join UNT SWE

(L-R) Jordan Luper (Treasurer) – Information Technology, Sarah Smith (Historian) – Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Hollie King (Secretary) – Computer Science, Mayaria Johnson (President) – Computer Science, Haley Barnes (Webmaster) – Materials Science and Engineering, Sandra Ruiz (Vice-President) – Materials Science and Engineering, Brian Miles (Event Coordinator) – Materials Science and Engineering,
and Jessica Hampton (Recruitment Chair) – Mechanical and Energy Engineering.

The UNT Society of Women Engineers is a student organization that supports engineering as a viable career choice for women. UNT SWE invites females majoring in any program at the College of Engineering to join. UNT SWE is dedicated to promoting math, science and engineering to area middle and high school girls by hosting and participating in outreach activities. In addition, the chapter encourages professional development in the workplace by hosting workshops and bringing in professionals employed in the technology field. Workshops cover areas such as resume building, professional dress, and how to best prepare yourself for internships, jobs, and research opportunities. For more information, please go to the SWE website

CSE Graduate Student attends Stars Celebration

Quentin Mayo (far right), the UNT STARS Evaluation Assistant, at the STARS Celebration
in Washington, D.C. in August 2014.

CSE graduate student Quentin Mayo attended the Stars Celebration 2014 Conference in Washington, D.C. in August 2014. This annual gathering is a Call to Action to broaden participation in computing by advancing yourself and others. Student cohorts from over 42 institutions attended the Stars Celebration which strives to engage new participants and increase interest in student-led regional engagement. Stars Celebration seeks to empower a larger, more diverse national computing workforce for the 21st Century. Students had a great opportunity to attend several workshops to learn about issues facing minorities, research, and new teaching strategies. 

UNT SHPE invites CSE Students to join

(L-R) Yesenia Montano, Leticia Hernandez, Brooke Reed, Jacqui Oquendo (back), Alejandro Olvera,
Jaime Flores (back), Jose Montes, Ruben Lopez, Juan Gonzalez, and Alex Martinez

The UNT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) are not all engineers, but we are brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people through the use of science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits, and leadership. We obtain excellence through integrity, empowerment, achievement, diversity and continuous improvement. SHPE UNT welcomes all students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — regardless of race.

SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers. SHPE is not just for Hispanics or engineers, although most of our members fall into one of the those categories. We are about improving our education, giving back to our community, and providing students with skills necessary to landing internships and great jobs. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through S.T.E.M. awareness, access, support and development.

For more information about UNT SHPE, see our website or our Facebook page

CSE Graduate Student attends conference in Greece

Fahmida Hamid (wearing white sweater in front) with the group at the aquarium in Rhodes, Greece.

A wonderful experience at my first conference "PETRA 2014"

— by Fahmida Hamid

It was my immense pleasure to attend the 7th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments in Rhodes Greece in May 2014. PETRA 2014 had ten different sessions, with five workshops, and a poster presentation. The conference was enriched with 37 full papers, 11 short papers and 9 posters. Scholars and students, from 16 different countries, joined here. It was an inter-disciplinary conference that focused on improving and enhancing the quality of human life. A few sessions were so interesting that they went over the allocated time and the audience kept listening and interacting with the speaker with equal interest. It was interesting to see how people from different areas are contributing on assistive technologies. Besides regular sessions, we had two excursions (the old town of Rhodes and Lindos City) that also helped us travel around and get to know each other more.

I was one of the NSF Travel Award winners of PETRA 2014. I presented my paper "Text Summarization as an Assistive Technology" in the very last session. My idea was to assist elderly people (or people with vision deficiencies). Our model was able to summarize a large document without missing the most important information conveyed in the original document. Though most people did not have Natural Language Processing as their area of interest, they welcomed my presentation, paid attention and asked several interesting and relevant questions. I even had a discussion on my topic at the breakfast table the next morning with Dr. Matt Bishop, professor of UC Davis. We had a discussion about some NLP techniques to be used for Computer Security. It was a nice experience to be the part of the event. I would like to encourage my fellow UNT colleagues to submit some of their works, as it could be a good platform to show how their research can contribute to society. 

Career Fair at Discovery Park on October 2

CSE Alumnus Zachary Derrick (BS 2012) on the right recruiting for L3 Communications.

The UNT Career Center will host an Engineering and Computer Science Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, October 2, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Discovery Park Commons. This is a great opportunity for upper class students to find a job and the rest of the students to learn about employer recruiting activities and the interview process. For more information about this Career Fair and other opportunities for students, please see the Career Center website.  

College of Engineering News

College welcomes Biomedical Engineering Students

August 25, 2014 was a special day for the College of Engineering. The first ever class in Biomedical Engineering (BMEN), the college’s newest kid in the block, met from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. in room B185 at Discovery Park. The class was ‘Discover Biomedical Engineering’, a discovery course taught by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Interim, founding Chair of BMEN, Dr. Vijay Vaidyanathan.

For a department that was approved by the THECB in late February, the class has 73 enthusiastic students, all of whom were there for the historic occasion. Thirty-seven percent of the new students in BMEN are female. The biomedical engineering degree at UNT is unique in that it offers students a 3-in-1 opportunity: a degree in Biomedical Engineering, a minor in math and an option to minor in another engineering discipline – all in 120 SCH. 

Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering

CENG undergraduate students are invited to present at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering on October 23. The Showcase for Undergraduate Research in Engineering will provide an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to share the knowledge they have gained through their research as well give them experience in conducting a poster presentation.

The event will consist of a poster presentation that will be followed by an awards ceremony. Presenters should be prepared to design a poster displaying the research project, present information about the research in a professional manner and stay for the duration of the event.

The College of Engineering will be making some more announcements about the Showcase Undergraduate Research soon. 

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 csenewsletter@unt.edu.

http://www.cse.unt.edu UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department September 2014