April 2015 Edition
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News

Student News

College of Engineering News

Greetings from the CSE Chair
Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chairman

Dear CSE Students,

This Friday many of our senior undergraduate students will present their posters and presentations at the College of Engineering’s annual Design Day. CSE Students in Computer Engineering and Information Technology capstone classes will present their posters in front of our department between 9 am and 11 am. After that at 11:30 am, each team of students will give presentations in D215. All team projects and team members are listed below. Faculty and students are invited to attend. In Spring 2016, Computer Science students will have a capstone experience and make presentations as well.

This semester our Center for Information and Computer Security hosted a workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security and our NSF Net-Centric Industry/University Cooperative Research Center hosted its semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board meeting. For the second consecutive year, our CSE Department was a bronze sponsor of the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and sent four students to this conference. Our graduate students won awards in the 3rd Annual UNT Toulouse Graduate School Exhibition and participated in HackDFW. The CSE Department will once again host Robocamp in Summer 2015.

Congratulations to our CSE Outstanding Students who were recognized at UNT Honors Day on April 10. Congratulations to our PhD and MS students who defended their dissertations and theses, respectively, this semester. Please read about all these students and other news below. Congratulations to our CSE students who will graduate in May. We wish you the best in your future career. Please keep in touch with us by registering on the alumni page of our website. We are proud of our alumni and hope you will come back to visit us in the future.

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

CSE Students to present projects on Design Day on April 24

Undergraduate students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will present their projects at the UNT College of Engineering’s Design Day on Friday, April 24, 2015. The Design Day program will begin with poster presentations on the 1st and 2nd level hallways in Discovery Park from 9 to 11 am. Following the poster presentations, each department will have project presentations.

The following projects will be presented by CSE students in CSCE 4915 Computer Engineering Senior Design beginning at 11:30 am in D215:

Team Name: Team Jaws
Sponsor: Jim Buchanan
Team Members: Julius Corsiga, Derek Forbes, Kevin James, John Borsch

TACOCAT an autonomous vehicle that can navigate between various points within Discovery Park. The vehicle should be able to navigate Discovery Park autonomously using only the destination point received from the user. It should be able to avoid stationary objects and people. If the system were fitted to a golf cart or equivalent size vehicle, that vehicle would be used to taxi users between these various destinations.

Team Name: Cobra Alpha 5
Sponsor: Kris Chesky
Team Members: Pavan Aripakula, Blake Beavers, Evan Fritts, Andrew Koehler, Evan Rodrigues

Our project is to design and develop a network of dosimeters for use in The College of Music at The University of North Texas. This network of dosimeters will potentially replace the system currently in use by The College of Music. The dosimeter itself will measure the noise exposure in decibels (dB) within a room. The information will then be sent to a central database on the network for analysis. The faculty of the college will then be able to use this data to lessen the noise exposure that occurs during their class.

Team Name: Team Royal
Sponsor: Thomas Parsons, Ph.D.
Team Members: Noel Behailu, Gabrielle Cho, Heath Guthrie, Kayla Rose

Our group will be using the Microsoft Kinect to record gesture tracking into a database. The Kinect, along with our software, will detect the way people move from the waist upwards in order to be used for analysis in Dr. Parsons’ lab. This project is meant to store users data, both personal information and gesture tracking, into a database that is easy to access and identify. Our main goal is to complete an application such that we record the gesture movement of the user, and save it into a directory. This information will provide critical details to Parsons’ experiment when he’s analyzing the behaviors of individuals in scenarios like a poker game.

Team Name: Division by Zero
Sponsor: Mitchell Altimus (Team Member)
Team Members: Mitchell Altimus, Christopher Harris, Jeremy Gonzales, Adam Haselden

Our project is based on enhancing home automation using a software platform and a microcontroller connected to sensors. We will implement this on a swimming pool pump unit. Our system will be designed to work on a real time swimming pool with implementation on a prototype.

The vision we have in mind for our project is using sensors to gather information on a pool so that it can perform different operations to alert or automatically activate a system without the end user having to test or activate the system manually.

Our goal for this project is to interact with the Vera user interface platform to monitor the different sensors that will be constantly observing and detecting the changes of the pool. These sensors will include PH levels, chlorine levels, water volume, water pressure, temperature of the air outside, temperature of the air in the pump. Using these sensors to detect when these changes hit a certain level, we will either activate a system (such as turning the pump on or off), or we will send an alert to the user to let them know to check or activate the correct system.

Team Name: Firecode
Project: BioComm
Sponsor: Dr. Krishna Kavi
Team Members: Landry Nda, Tyler Watson, Ruby Lo, Jordan Salinas, Peter Awori

When soldiers/law enforcement officers are in the field they typically find themselves in dangerous situations and need to operate undetected and, or with efficient communication. One idea to fulfill this is by using hand signals to communicate so that their voices don’t give them away. The problem with using hand signals to communicate however is that personnel must remain within each other’s line of sight. To alleviate this problem the company, Raytheon, has funded a project at UNT to build a system which will capture hand gestures and send them to a display device inside a soldier’s visor. To accomplish this many individual parts are required: sensors, signal transmitters, and signal analysis hardware and software. Our team, FireCode, will work on improving the performance of the signal transmitter. Our goal is to allow many sensors to interface with a signal transmitter that will transmit digitized signals with as little latency as possible.

The following student teams will be presenting their projects as part of CSCE 4915 Information Technology Capstone II at 11:30 am in D215:

Team Name: DNL Solutions
Sponsor: University of North Texas CSE Department
Team Members: Nathan Thurmond, David Figge, Larry Ellis

DNL Solutions aims to recreate UNT’s Robotics Camp website in order to attract attention to the site and allow visitors to the site to register for the different camps offered throughout the summer. The site Redesign will support more functionality for the end user as well as provide a more robust back end for administrators managing the site. The website will provide information regarding the summer camps, make more of an effort to "sell" the summer camp, and keep track of/manage data related to running the RoboCamp site. Our goals are to draw an increase in enrollees, create a visually appealing website more in line with the UNT theme, and publicize the advantages of the learning experiences offered through the UNT Robotics camp.

Team Name: SQL Solutions
Sponsor: Daisy Gillam, David Keathly
Team Members: Andrew Aurzada, Cjivona Hicks, Spencer Newell, Katerina Tiagunov

This team is presented with the task to introduce automation to the book processing in the CSE Textbook Library. SQL Solutions team will provide the librarians with a software package to manage the contents of their library. The software will have the ability to scan barcodes for book check-out and check in, allow librarians to track book usage, and add and remove books from the library’s database. In addition to these inventory management tasks, the system should be able to send out automatic notifications to the users, in the case of overdue notices, reminders, or promotions.

Team Name: Color Your Hat
Team Members: Sean Bell and Tyler Clements

Our goal is to create a comprehensive, interactive, learn-by-doing system to teach a user the ins and outs of computer exploitation. We will create a website to serve as a guide, as well as a knowledge-base resource for the necessary conceptual aspects of computer security. Throughout the instruction, wherever possible, we will provide opportunities to practice and explore the techniques and systems described in the lessons via downloadable Oracle VirtualBox images preconfigured to optimally demonstrate the core of the applicable material. We want to provide the user with a thorough and concrete foundation upon which the user can build and secure their own specialized, professional, and continually evolving expertise within the field of offensive computer security.

Team name: Team RamRod
Sponsor: Jim Buchanan
Team Members: Joseph Adams, Gerardo Picazo, David Inguanzo, Pa Sanna Ceesay, Reginald Randolph

Our vision and goals are to create an easy to use inventory system that will keep track of individuals that are borrowing, as well as the suggested period of time it will be on loan. In order to make the inventory system easy to use, we will be matching the UNT and department policies and identities. To help keep track of the loan time, we will create report pages and send automatic emails to the borrowers. Ultimately we will have a self-sustaining system that will keep track of all the inventory registered. It will check items out and back in with simple and minimal effort, while tracking the borrower and creating lending period reports automatically.


CSE hosts Robocamp in Summer 2015

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering is hosting summer programs to introduce young men and women entering the 7th thru 12th grades to Robotics, Game Development, Mobile Apps, and Computer Science and Engineering. Registration is now open at http://capstone.cse.unt.edu/robocamp/. Depending on the camp they choose, students will experience modules on Mobile App Development and either Robotics or Video Game Development as part of this program. Each camp is Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm and will cover two disciplines. Discovery Park camps will be June 15-19 and July 6-10. The Ericsson camp in Plano is June 15-19 and the Collin College camp in Frisco is July 6-10. These are App/Robo and App/Game respectively. 

UNT Center for Information and Computer Security hosts Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security (HoNeST)

Program Chair Dr. Ram Dantu welcomed everyone to the workshop.

On March 27, the UNT Center for Information and Computer Security hosted a Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security (HoNeST) at Ericsson, Inc. in Plano, TX. Several experts in the field of cybersecurity talked to an audience of more than 220 people. Seventy percent of the audience was from industry, which included managers, directors, and software developers. More than 50 companies were represented at the event. Other attendees included faculty from community colleges (more than 10 represented), faculty from universities and students.

UNT CSE Chair Dr. Barrett Bryant introduced the morning Keynote Speaker Jeremy Epstein, Program Director at the National Science Foundation, who spoke on "Voting Security and Risk Management." During lunch, UNT Graduate Students shared their research with attendees with their poster presentations. Following lunch, Dr. Dantu introduced the afternoon Keynote Speaker Dr. Henning Schulzrinne, Professor at Columbia University and Chief Technical Officer at the FCC. Dr. Schlzrinne’s speech was "Insanity Is—Or How Can We Finally Make Progress on Securing our Computing Infrastructure?"

CSE Professor Dr. Dantu is the Director of the UNT Network Security Lab. He was the Conference and Program Chair. CSE Principal Lecturer David Keathly was the Proceedings and Publicity Chair. Both Dr. Dantu and Mr. Keathly were on the Steering Committee, along with CSE Lecturer Dr. Mark Thompson. This event was sponsored by the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering; the National Convergence Technology Center, an NSF National Center hosted at Collin College; Ericsson; and Master Computing in Denton. A media gallery page with pictures of the conference is here

NCSS I/UCRC Spring 2015 meeting

CSE Doctoral Students at the meeting. (L-R): Patrick Kamongi, Srujan Kotikela, Mahzabeen Islam and Marko Scrbak

The semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board meeting of the NSF Net-Centric Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (NCSS I/UCRC) was held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas, April 8, 2015, Dr. Krishna Kavi is the director of the center, which includes the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Arizona State University and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

There were over 50 attendees including current IAB members, potential industrial members, students, faculty and a National Science Foundation (NSF) evaluator. There were a dozen formal presentations, with more than 20 poster presentations included in the program. Photos from the event can be found on our CSE Facebook page. In addition to Dr. Kavi, post-doctoral researcher Dr. Chen-Yu Lee and CSE doctoral students Mahzabeen Islam, Patrick Kamongi, Srujan Kotikela, and Marko Scrbak attended the meeting. 

Dr. Bryant and CSE Students attend Diversity in Computing Conference

(L-R) Quentin Mayo, PhD student; Daniel Akintitan, undergraduate student; Taylor Terry, GradTrack student; Viivi Raina, undergraduate student; and Dr. Barrett Bryant.

Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and four CSE Students attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing held February 18-21, 2015 in Boston, MA. The CSE Department was a bronze sponsor of the conference. Students received travel awards to attend from the CSE Department, CSE Advisory Board member and CSE Graduate Kathy Foster and her company Texas Instruments, and Nokia.

The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to:

  • Celebrate the diversity that exists in computing;

  • Connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference;

  • Obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry;

  • Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.

This year’s conference theme was "Diversity at Scale" as the Tapia Conference celebrates efforts to move diversity in all aspects of computing beyond conversation and study into full practice and implementation. As a community, Tapia recognizes that we must scale our diversity efforts to fully utilize computing to address the larger problems faced by today’s society. 

Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory News

Members of the UNT Computational Epidemiology Research Lab (CeCERA) were selected to hold a 90 Minute Interactive Demo entitled "It’s Finally Here: Easy-to-Use, Data-Driven Methods for Response Planning" at the 10th Annual Preparedness Summit, April 14-17, 2015, in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Armin R. Mikler (CSE Professor and CeCERA Director), Terry LaFon (Community Preparedness Manager, Texas Department of State Health Services); and Dr. Martin O’Neill (CeCERA Research Analyst), conducted the 90-minute session with the assistance of Joshua Urbanovsky (CSE Ph.D. Student) and Saratchandra Indrakanti (CSE Doctoral Candidate); and Dr. Chetan Tiwari (UNT Department of Geography Assistant Professor).

Until now, the lack of geographic information system (GIS) or computer programming expertise among preparedness planners has served as a barrier to data-driven response planning. In this session, participants learned how to bridge this gap using NIH-funded RE-PLAN software (developed by CeCERA researchers). Participants were introduced to the software and guided through the construction and analysis of their own response plans. No special technical expertise was required to participate in these exercises. 

News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory

Douro River passing through Porto, Portugal. Port wine has its roots in Porto and grapes for Port
come from Douro river valley.

Krishna Kavi traveled to Porto, Portugal to present the following paper at the 28th International Conference on Architecture of Computer Systems (ARCS-2015), held on March 24-27, 2015: "Processing-in-Memory: Exploring the design Space" by Marko Scrbak, Mahzabeen Islam, Krishna Kavi, Mike Ignatowski, Nuwan Jayasena. The paper was the result of research supported by AMD and the Net-centric and Cloud Software and Systems Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

Charles Shelor, a PhD student working with Dr. Kavi traveled to Honolulu, HI to present the following paper at the 30th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (CATA-2015), held on March 9-11, 2015:"Moola: Multicore Cache Simulator" by Charles Shelor and Krishna Kavi.

Chen Yu Lee, a post-doctoral researchers working with Dr. Kavi traveled to Daytona Beach, FL to present the following paper at the 16th International Symposium on High Assurance Systems Engineering (HASE-2015), held on January 8-10, 2015: "Ontology of secure service level agreement", by Chen-Yu Lee, K.M. Kavi, R.A. Paul and M. Gomathisankaran.

Patrick Kamongi, a PhD student working with Dr. Kavi traveled to Boston, MA to present the following paper at the 6th ASE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT-2014) held on December 13-16, 2014: "Nemesis: Automated architecture for threat modeling and risk assessment for cloud computing" by P. Kamongi, M. Gomathisankaran, K. Kavi. Patrick also received the Outstanding Doctoral Student in Computer Science and Engineering recognition.

Dr. Kavi is looking for PhD and MS students to work on his research projects. Only students with strong programming, systems and architecture background should contact him. 

Laboratory for Recreational Computing News

Joshua Taylor and Ian Parberry

Laboratory of Recreational Computing (LARC) member Joshua Taylor completed the requirements for the PhD in Computer Science and Engineering by successfully defending his dissertation "The Procedural Generation of Interesting Sokoban Levels" on March 23, 2015. Dr. Taylor’s dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Ian Parberry and the other members of his committee were Dr. Robert Akl, Dr. Armin Mikler and Dr. Robert Renka.

Modeling Real-World Terrain with Exponentially Distributed Noise by Ian Parberry has been accepted for publication in Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques in March 2015.

"Modality Specific Assessment of Video Game Player’s Experience Using the Emotiv" by Timothy McMahan, Thomas De. Parsons, and Ian Parberry has appeared in Entertainment Computing, Vol. 7. Pp. 1-6, March 2015. This marks PhD student Timothy McMahan’s first refereed journal publication, and LARC Director Ian Parberry’s first collaboration with Dr. Parsons, who is a member of UNT’s Department of Psychology. A preliminary version of this paper was published as LARC Technical Report LARC-2014-03 in 2014.

LARC Technical Report LARC-2015-04 is "Neurogaming-based Classification of Player Experience Using Consumer-Grade Electroencephalography", by Thomas D. Parsons, Timothy McMahan and Ian Parberry. LARC Technical Reports are preliminary versions of papers to be submitted or in review in refereed journals, conferences, and workshops. They are published online for fast dissemination and citation.

"Evaluating Electroencephalography Engagement Indices During Video Game Play" by Timothy McMahan, Ian Parberry and Thomas D. Parson has been accepted to appear in FDG 2015, the Foundations of Digital Games Conference Pacific Grove, CA, June 22-25, 2015.

"Comparing Player Attention on Procedurally Generated vs. Hand Crafted Sokoban Levels with an Auditory Stroop Test" by Joshua Taylor, Thomas D. Parsons and Ian Parberry has been accepted to appear in FDG 2015, the Foundations of Digital Games Conference, Pacific Grove, CA, June 22-25, 2015.

Evaluating Player Task Engagement and Arousal using Electroencephalography by Timothy McMahan, Ian Parberry and Thomas D. Parsons has been accepted by the 3rd International Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design (affiliated with the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics), Las Vegas, NV, July 26-30, 2015. 

News from Software Engineering Language Laboratory

Barrett Bryant at the main gate of the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Barrett Bryant attended the 30th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2015) at the University of Salamanca, Spain. The university was founded in 1134 and is the fourth oldest university in Europe. Dr. Bryant is a member of the SAC Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Programming Languages Track at SAC. 

Prof. Mohanty publishes a Major Textbook with McGraw-Hill and initiates a New Letter for IEEE-CS

Professor Saraju Mohanty has published a comprehensive textbook on Nanoelectronic Nanoelectronic Mixed-Signal System Design was published by McGraw-Hill under the ISBN: 978-0071825719 and 0071825711 in 2015. This is 800-page text with 700 illustrations comprehensively covers all aspects of Nanoelectronic VLSI Circuits and Systems.

The book discusses mixed-signal circuit and system design based on both existing nanoscale CMOS and emerging nanoelectronic technologies. The book presents the important issues, challenges, and solutions for digital, analog, and mixed-signal designs which have significant usage in daily applications like smart mobile phones. The key techniques which are required for design for excellence, power, variability, and manufacturability are discussed in this practice-driven text. It discusses design flow as well as simulation methods needed for Nanoelectronic VLSI Circuits and Systems.

The book is adopted by CSCE 4730/5470 as well as CSCE 6731 courses in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the UNT College of Engineering. The book will provide nanoelectronic system learning opportunity for hundreds of students at the College of Engineering at UNT. Prof. Mohanty has plans to make companion lecture slides available after approval from publisher in the future. Based on the feedback Prof. Mohanty has received from various conferences that he has attended, the book will have widely adopted at other universities in the USA, Europe and India.

Professor Mohanty has initiated a new letter for the Technical Committee on Very Large Scale Integration (TCVLSI, IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS). The letter called "VLSI Circuits and Systems Letter" is meant for fast dissemination of finding new research, presenting opinions of leading researchers, publicizing various conferences, and engaging in education and outreach. The inaugural issues are available HERE. Prof. Mohanty who chairs TCVLSI invites students and faculty to join TCVLSI. There is no fee to join. Click HERE to join TCVLSI.

In other news from NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL), PhD student Umar Albalawi has cleared the qualifier examination and now becomes a PhD candidate. PhD student Shital Joshi is in the process of taking his qualifier examination. PhD student V. Prasanth Yanambaka travelled Santa Clara, CA to present the following paper: S. P. Mohanty, E. Kougianos, and V. P. Yanambaka, "Ultra-Fast Process-Aware Design Optimization of PLL using Bootstrapped Kriging and PSO", in Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, pp. 239--242, 2015. 

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Student News

Outstanding CSE Students recognized

CSE faculty members selected the following outstanding students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering who were recognized at the UNT Honors Day on April 10, 2015.

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Computer Science and Engineering — Patrick Kamongi

Patrick Kamongi received his BS in Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Information Assurance from University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012. He joined UNT as a Computer Science and Engineering PhD student in Fall 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Krishna Kavi and Dr. Mahadevan Gomathisankaran. His research interests are in Cyber Security, Cryptography, and Information Assurance with a focus on leveraging the power of Big Data and Cloud Computing. His PhD research is on Vulnerability Analysis and Assessment for Cloud Computing.

Patrick is currently a Research Assistant within the Computer Systems Research Laboratory (UNT), and had served as a Lab and Teaching Assistant for Introduction to C programming course. He has recently served as a graduate student mentor to two undergraduate students (Summer 2014).

Patrick has been awarded various travel grants in support of his research work contribution presentations and learning experiences. He presented his recent research publication on "Nemesis: Automated Architecture for Threat Modeling and Risk Assessment for Cloud Computing" at Harvard University during the sixth ASE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT) 2014. He had attended the 10th LASER Summer School on Software Engineering in Elba — Italy in 2013, where he learned more on Software for the Cloud and Big Data.

His other extra curricula activities are his memberships in the ACM UNT chapter and Club for Cyber Security & Intelligence. He also participates regularly in cyber security competitions such as Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) and National Cyber League (NCL).

Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Engineering — Ajith Loka

Ajith received his Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad in 2011. He worked for two years as Software Engineer for HCL Technologies in New Delhi, India. He received the ’Problem Solver’ award from an HCSC client.

Ajith is interested in pursuing his career in Systems Engineering and Systems Architecture. He joined UNT in Spring 2014 and started his graduate program in Computer Engineering. His area of interest is Real Time Systems. He enjoys programming and scheduling processes in Real Time Operating Systems. His other interest include Design Patterns and Database Design.

Ajith would like to thank his major professor Dr. Song Fu for his guidance and his parents and his brother for their support and love.

Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Science — Deepankar Mohapatra

Deepankar graduated first class with distinction and received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 2010 from Maharashtra Academy of Engineering in Pune, India. Before coming to Texas, he worked as a Senior Software Developer for Compumatrice Multimedia Pvt Ltd in Pune.

Deepankar began his education at UNT in August 2013. He worked as a Research Assistant for the UNT Net-Centric Laboratory. Now he is a Teaching Assistant in the CSE Department and a member in the Computer Vision Laboratory. He is currently working on shadow removal from videos as his thesis problem under Dr. Xiaohui Yuan.

Deepankar will graduate in Summer 2015.

Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Computer Science and Engineering — David Adamo, Jr.

David Adamo Jr. received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Babcock University, Nigeria in 2010. He started his Computer Science PhD program at UNT in Fall 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Barrett Bryant and received a pass-through MS in Computer Science in 2014. His specific interests include automated software testing, requirements engineering and model-driven software engineering.

David received the Graduate Assistant Tuition Scholarship for the year 2012. He was also awarded the College of Engineering Annual Scholarship in 2014 and served as a student volunteer at the 2013 International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE).

Outside of teaching and research, David spends a lot of his time converting simple ideas into usable web and mobile applications. He also enjoys reading biographies and books about human psychology.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Computer Science and Engineering — Longbo Kong

Longbo Kong began his Doctoral study in Spring 2014 with his research field in image processing. He is working on his first project which is real-time human pose tracking and detection. Before his Doctoral study, he studied game programming and obtained his Master’s degree at UNT.

Spring 2015 was his first semester to work as a Teaching Assistant. Previously, he worked as a grader for game programming courses. He also worked as an intern twice for NVIDIA.

Longbo would like to thank his professor, Dr. Yuan for helping him in his work and research. He plans to pursue a PhD degree in Computer Science under the supervision of Dr. Yuan.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Engineering — Kevin James

Kevin James expects to graduate in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Since Summer 2014, he has been working as a research assistant in the Human Intelligence and Language Technologies (HiLT) Lab at Discovery Park where he picked up on natural language processing and machine learning concepts.

During the Fall semester, he worked in a Directed Study with Dr. Saraju Mohanty. Additionally, Kevin also has been working on his Senior Capstone project: an autonomous vehicle to serve as an indoor taxi service for visitors of Discovery Park.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science — Logan Widick

Logan Widick is an undergraduate research assistant in the Network Security Laboratory (NSL) at the University of North Texas. At the NSL, Logan has designed, developed, and tested vital sign monitoring applications for Android smartphones. He participated in a webcast at the National Science Foundation and presented the vital sign monitoring applications, and helped conduct field trials of these applications in Boston, MA. Logan plans to begin his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at UNT in the Fall after completing his BS in Computer Science this summer.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Information Technology — Garren Wilson

Garren Wilson is currently a senior level student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology. He attained his Associate’s Degree of Arts from Tarrant County College in 2012. In the Spring of 2014, he joined the Teach North Texas program which aims to prepare highly qualified STEM teachers for grades 7 through 12. He currently is the first IT major in the history of UNT to pursue and add a minor in Math & Science Secondary Teaching. After graduation, he plans to begin teaching High School Computer Science in the Fall.

Garren would like to thank Dr. Philip H. Sweany and UNT faculty for creating the opportunity for him to make a difference in future students. He started out at UNT as a Computer Science major with interest in software engineering but switched to IT when Dr. Sweany introduced TNT to pursue a career in education. When he’s not doing projects and homework, Garren enjoys watching TV shows, online gaming, and playing board games with friends.

Outstanding Computer Science and Engineering Sophomore Student Award — Kathryn Malone-Miller

Katie Malone-Miller received her first B.A in History with a minor in Jewish Studies before returning to pursue her B.S in Computer Science. She is the president of the UNT ACM-W chapter, has conducted Android mobile application software testing research, is a multiple semester STARS recipient, and will be traveling to New York this summer to improve implicit association tests and to collect data related to educators’ impressions of the field of Computer Science. In her free time, she enjoys studying Buddhist and Jewish texts.

Outstanding Computer Science and Engineering Freshman Student Award — Tanner Van De Walle

Tanner Van De Walle is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. Since coming to UNT, he has joined Dr. Nielsen’s HiLT lab and is working on the SEEDING project while also working on some software projects of his own. His most recent project has been working with some friends to develop gminspiration.com, an online repository for "homebrewed content" for tabletop games. Some of his other interests include reading, being outdoors, church, playing dungeons and dragons, spending time with friends and learning new things.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Tanner intends to continue his education at graduate school and focus on machine learning. He hopes to eventually teach at the university level while doing research of his own. 

CSE Faculty recognized by Outstanding Students

On Honors Day, the following CSE faculty members were recognized by the Outstanding Students as a positive influence in their college career:

Dr. Barrett Bryant
Dr. Renee Brice
Dr. Ram Dantu
Dr. Song Fu
Dr. Krishna Kavi
Dr. Armin Mikler
Dr. Rodney Nielsen
Dr. Xiaohui Yuan 

CSE Students defend Dissertations and Theses

Congratulations to these PhD students for successfully defending their dissertations!

Ian Brooks

Dissertation: SEM Predicting Success of Student Global Software Development Teams

Major Professor: Dr. Kathleen Swigger

Defense Date: March 17, 2015

Joshua Taylor

Dissertation: The Procedural Generation of Interesting Sokoban Levels

Major Professor: Dr. Ian Parberry

Defense Date: March 23, 2015

Guangchun Cheng

Dissertation: Video Analytics with Spatio-temporal Characteristics of Activities

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: March 24, 2015

Bayaner Arigong

Dissertation: Space and Spectrum Engineering High Frequency Components and Circuits

Major Professor: Dr. Song Fu

Defense Date: March 26, 2015

Ziming Zhang

Dissertation: Adaptive Power Management for Autonomic Resource Configuration in Large-Scale Computer Systems

Major Professor: Dr. Song Fu

Defense Date: April 22, 2015

Congratulations to these MS students for successfully defending their theses!

Bandita Sarma

Thesis: Towards Resistance Detection in Health Behavior Change Dialogue Systems

Major Professor: Dr. Rodney Nielsen

Defense Date: March 24, 2015

Ramu Reddy Venumuddala

Thesis: A Distributed Framework towards Building an Open Data Architecture

Major Professor: Dr. Song Fu

Defense Date: March 26, 2015

Milko Balakchiev

Thesis: Unique Channel Email System

Major Professor: Dr. Song Fu

Defense Date: April 3, 2015

Tawfiq Shah

Thesis: Radium: Secure Policy Engine in Hypervisor

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: April 21, 2015


Junfei Xie wins Wanda J. Shafer Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Junfei Xie, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, on receiving the 2015 Wanda J. Shafer Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar to encourage women to pursue careers in transportation.

The Wanda J. Shafer Graduate Scholarship was instituted in 2002 in honor of the first chapter president of the Dallas/Fort Worth WTS. It is issued to one awardee per year in the North Texas-Oklahoma area. The scholarship is open to women who:

  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a transportation-related field in certain universities in Texas and Oklahoma, and
  • are planning to pursue a career in a transportation-related field.

Xie’s research aim is to provide automation solution to improve the safety and efficiency of next-generation air transportation systems. Xie received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chendu, China in 2012 and her master’s degree from the University of North Texas in 2013. She said that she plans to pursue a career path in academia, and continue to make contributions to the transportation field. For more information about Xie and this award, see this College of Engineering news release

CSE Graduate Students participate in 3rd Annual Graduate Exhibition

CSE Graduate Student Shanti Thiyagaraja

Congratulations to our CSE Graduate Students in the 3rd Annual Graduate Exhibition hosted by the UNT Toulouse Graduate School on March 7, 2015. Wes Solomon received first place for "Predicting Changes in Systolic Blood Pressure Using Longitudinal Patient Records" in the Computer Science and Information Technology Category. Eric Bengfort received second place for "True Security for Private Cloud Data" and Shanti Thiyagaraja received third place for "Smart Phone Monitoring of Second Heart Sound Split" in the Engineering Category. We are proud of all of our CSE students who participated! 

CSE Graduate Students place in top 25% at HackDFW

Deepankar Mohapatra                             Longbo Kong    

Congratulations to CSE Graduate Students Deepankar Mohapatra, and Longbo Kong on placing in the top 25% at the HackDFW competition held February 28-March 1, 2015 at The Women’s Museum in Dallas. HackDFW is Dallas’s first major student hackathon hosted by students at UTD, SMU, and UNT. For more information about this event, see this website. Check out Deepankar and Longbo’s project here

College of Engineering News

UNT’s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to host Regional Leadership Conference

Members of the UNT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) attended the SHPE National Conference in Detroit, MI in November 2014. (L-R) Juan Gonzalez (Engineering Technology), Jacob Acosta (Mechanical and Energy Engineering) and Alfonso Barajas (Electrical Engineering)

The UNT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will host the Regional Leadership Development Conference for the first time at UNT April 24-26. The UNT chapter will host students and professionals from Region 5 of the organization, which includes chapters from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Around 250 people will attend the regional conference, which will feature workshops and training in communication, ethics, networking, business leadership and other skills necessary in the engineering field and provide networking opportunities for attendees.

According to the College of Engineering news, Jacob Acosta, President of UNT SHPE and a student in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, said "Our chapter of the society is only five years old, so this is a big step for us. Nothing but good things can come from the conference, and it also brings a lot of attention to UNT’s College of Engineering." For more details about the conference, please see this CENG news release.  

CENG Students invited to participate in Cold-formed Steel Structural Design Competition

Dr. Cheng Yu an Associate Professor in the CENG Department of Engineering Technology launched the International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel five years ago. The competition helps promote a professional interest in cold-formed steel, an economical and recyclable construction material, by challenging students to develop a cold-formed steel solution to a specific design problem. This year, the competition focuses more on industrial needs. Students are invited to use their creative thinking skills to solve engineering problems.

The deadline to submit entries is September 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in December. The sponsors of the competition are the University of North Texas, National Science Foundation, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), and Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. For more information about this competition, please see this CENG news release.  

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 April 2015