September 2015 Edition
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News
Congressman Michael Burgess hosts Cyber-Security Roundtable at CSE
New Faculty Member at CSE
CSE Faculty receive National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) Designation
First Distinguished Speaker in Fall 2015
Dr. Renee Bryce receives NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award
Building, Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity
Bug Wars REU at CSE in Summer 2015
Grad Track offered for CSE Undergraduate Students
Top 10 Reasons for CSE Majors to Join Teach North Texas
CSE hosts Robocamp in Summer 2015
CSE Students participate in Big Data Challenge
Bill Buckles Chairs 6th IEEE ICCCNT
Prof. Mohanty has been Granted Multiple Patents by USPTO
News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab
News from Information Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab
NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) will meet in October 2015
Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News

Student News

College of Engineering News

Greetings from the CSE Chair
Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chairman

Dear CSE Students,

Welcome to our CSE Department in Fall 2015! Dr. Hyunsook Do is joining our CSE faculty and we welcome her to our department! Congratulations to Dr. Saraju Mohanty on his promotion to Professor! Congratulations to Dr. Renee Bryce on her NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award! This Fall ABET will visit and evaluate our B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Information Technology programs. The CSE Department is proud to offer programs that are accredited by ABET.

I am very pleased that we have received National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) for the academic years 2015 through 2019. Following that recognition, Congressman Michael C. Burgess held a cyber-security roundtable featuring our faculty and students. Our Distinguished Speakers Seminar will continue in 2015-2016. Undergraduate students are invited to check out our Grad Track and Teach North Texas programs below. Read more about our research labs at CSE and other important department news below.

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

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

Congressman Michael Burgess hosts Cyber-Security Roundtable at CSE

Congressman Burgess with Dr. Ram Dantu and his Ph.D. Students.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., hosted a Cyber-Security Roundtable on August 19, 2015 at Discovery Park. After UNT President Dr. Neal Smatresk welcomed everyone, Congressman Burgess gave his opening remarks. Dr. Dantu, CSE Professor and Director of the UNT Center for Information and Computer Security, participated on a Cyber-Security Panel with David Wagner, President of Entrust Datacard; Stephen Bohanon, Founder, Chief Strategy and Sales Officer for Alkami Technology, Inc.

The panel was moderated by Larry Parker, Owner of the Denton Depot. James Elliott, Assistant Regional Director of the Southwest Region of the Federal Trade Commission also made remarks before a question and answer session with the audience. Read more about this event in this Denton Record-Chronicle article.  

New Faculty Member at CSE

Dr. Hyunsook Do joins the CSE faculty as an Associate Professor this Fall. She received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. She was previously employed as a senior research staff in Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI), South Korea. She was also a visiting professor at Ewha Women’s University in South Korea.

Her research interests lie in software engineering, particularly software testing, maintenance, and empirical methodologies. She has been working on problems on evolution-aware testing techniques including test case prioritization, test selection, test case generation, requirements-based regression testing, and regression testing using data mining approaches. She received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2012 for her research on software maintenance and testing.

We welcome Dr. Do to our CSE Department! She is teaching Software Engineering in Fall 2015. 

CSE Faculty receive National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) Designation

Professors Ram Dantu and Barrett Bryant (Chair) of the Computer Science and Engineering department (CSE), and Guillermo Oyarce of the Library and Information Sciences department (LIS), attended the Southeastern Cyber Security Summit in Huntsville, AL where they received the center designation from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. To their left is Mr. Curt W. Dukes, Director of NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) and to their right, Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary Communications and Programs Directorate, DHS.

UNT is one of 36 universities in the nation and one of four universities in Texas designated as CAE-R and CAE-IAE by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The UNT Center for Information and Computer Security offers research expertise in Internet-based technologies, protocol security, privacy, access control, cryptography, secured electronic commerce, secured mobile applications and VoIP security. 

First Distinguished Speaker in Fall 2015

Our first distinguished speaker in Fall 2015 will be Gopal Rao on Friday, September 18, at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. His presentation will be on "Big Data Management in Advanced Semiconductor High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) Operations." His talk will give an inside view of HVM operations and look at how, what, why and when large amounts of data are generated. Read more about his presentation here.

Gopal Rao is currently the U.S. Chair for the Intelligent Manufacturing working group under the auspices of FUMEC (Fundación México Estados Unidos Para la Ciencia/The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science). This is a part of a joint effort between US and Mexican governments to realize the economic potential of the US-Mexico border region. Mr. Rao holds Masters degrees in Physics and Solid State Materials. He has authored two technical books, along with many other publications to his credit. 

Dr. Renee Bryce receives NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

(L-R) Barrett Bryant, Renee Bryce, Mayim Bialik

CSE Associate Professor Dr. Renee Bryce received the Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) in May 2015. This award is presented to faculty members who conduct research with undergraduate students which embody the objectives of NCWIT: individual or team research experiences, including undergraduate women, leading to student accomplishment and professional success.

Dr. Bryce encourages students to develop research skills and enthusiasm to pursue graduate school. Bryce co-chaired the poster session for the Grace Hopper Conference in which there were over 150 posters. Thirteen of her students have been funded CRA-W CREU grants, including the USU Best Honors Thesis Award. In addition, 97% of the undergraduates she has mentored have earned a CS degree, and 37% have gone onto graduate school. Of her undergraduate protégés, 62% are female and 27% are members of underrepresented groups.

Congratulations to Dr. Bryce on receiving this award! 

Building, Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity

Dr. Bryant at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California.

The Department has been a member of the BRAID program for almost one year and has been awarded a second year of funding. Dr. Bryant attended a meeting of the 15 BRAID departments at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, in July, to report our work during the first year, including a training class for prospective teachers of computer science principles, running software testing competitions across a number of high schools, offering a middle school summer camp, and sending students to the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.  

Bug Wars REU at CSE in Summer 2015

(L-R) Back Row: Nigel Pugh, Walter Squires, Joe Lilleberg, Cree White, Jazzmine White, Wesley Coomber.
Front Row: Suu Magai, Mari Flores, Lydia Buzzard, Dralia Tulley-Patton.

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 and Dr. Hassan Takabi. This program provides undergraduate students with a research experience and prepares them for graduate programs. No prior research experience is required for participation, and students can apply at any point in their undergraduate education.

REU Graduate Student Director, Ryan Michaels, worked with half of the students to explore research in software testing and security. The group focused on software testing experienced the breadth of the testing process on mobile applications: test-case generation, fault seeding, replaying of test cases to discover those errors, and evaluation of test suites. Additionally they assisted in testing a new tool for mobile test case generation. This experience not only helped to prepare the REU students for paths to graduate school, but it also gave Ryan the opportunity to practice mentoring students since he plans to apply for faculty positions at teaching colleges soon.

In security the students investigated the potential role that brain wave scanners can play in computer security, specifically in the Android and PC mediums. The students created applications which had the user select a number or image, and then used brain wave readers to determine what number or image the user was thinking of based on fluctuations in the readings. Both research studies will be continued by UNT students in the future. 

Grad Track offered for CSE 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. Nine CSE undergraduate students are in the Grad Track program. 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 B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years. 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

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! 

CSE hosts Robocamp in Summer 2015

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted 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. Depending on the camp they chose, students experienced modules on Mobile App Development and either Robotics or Video Game Development as part of this program.

Camps were held at Discovery Park on June 15-19 and July 6-10. App/Game camp was held at the Ericsson campus on Legacy Drive in Plano on June 15-19. The App/Robo camp was held at the Collin College camp in Frisco on July 6-10. For more information, see the RoboCamp website

CSE Students participate in Big Data Challenge

Students in Dr. Ryan Garlick’s CSCE 4350 Introduction to Database Systems Design course will be participating in the UNT Innovation Greenhouse Big Data Challenge during the Fall semester. Forming groups to independently work on the tasks set forth in the challenge, students will be working on extrapolating useful information from the extremely large dataset over the course of the semester. Some students will focus on implementation and optimization of the database, while others focus on creating search interfaces and visualization of the data. 

Bill Buckles Chairs 6th IEEE ICCCNT

Bill Buckles, Prakash Duraisamy, and an attendee
Bill Buckles and Invited Speaker Krishna Kavi

The 6th IEEE International Conference on Computing, Communications and Networking Technologies (ICCCNT) was held in Denton on July 13-15, 2015. The conference was sponsored by UNT and students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering were instrumental in its success. Dr. Bill Buckles was the General Chair and former UNT Ph.D. graduate and current Miami University faculty member, Prakash Duraisamy, was the key in organizing the conference and moving it to the United States this year.

Invited speakers included Vivek Goyal (Boston University, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow), Upendra N. Singh (NASA Langley, SPIE Fellow), Krishna Kavi (UNT), and Masahiro Fujita (University of Tokyo). Participants, many of whom visited UNT on the last day, came from India, Taiwan, Oman, Australia, Korea, Norway, and many other countries.

The conference is unique in that it mixes on-site lectures with Skype lecturers having more limited access to international travel support. Eighty-one full papers, each peer-reviewed were represented on the program. Images from the event can be viewed at this Flickr link.  

Prof. Mohanty has been Granted Multiple Patents by USPTO

Professor Mohanty as a Program Chair Inaugurating ISVLSI 2015 held at Montpellier, France.

Professor Saraju Mohanty has been granted multiple patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A patent titled Intelligent Metamodel Integrated Verilog-AMS for Fast and Accurate Analog Block Design Exploration with US Patent Number 9,026,964 was issued on May 5, 2015. This patent presents an idea called iVAMS which makes system-level models described in Verilog-AMS circuit aware by making metamodels from the circuits and including them in Verilog-AMS thus bridging the gap of circuit-level and system-level descriptions.

The overall iVAMS is circuit-level accurate while having capability of system-level high-speed simulations. Therefore iVAMS is a paradigm shift idea in electronic design automation that can allow full-chip parasitic simulation of the analog/mixed-signal (AMS) circuits which is not easily possible in traditional analog simulator like SPICE. As UNT president Neal Smatresk ‏@UNTPrez tweeted on May 20, 2015: "#UNT, invention, patent...3 words that describe how our researchers solve problems and create new technologies! @UNTEngineering."

Another patent titled Methodology for Nanoscale Technology based Mixed-Signal System Design with US Patent Number 9,053,276 was issued on June 9, 2015. This patent presents several new design optimization methods that can speed up the design exploration process of AMS circuits by 10,000X. This creates the possibility of reducing non-recurrent design cost of the chip and making electronics for larger mass of the society.

Prof. Mohanty as a Program Chair Inaugurating ISVLSI 2015 held at Montpellier, France

Professor Mohanty was a program chair for the 14th edition of ISVLSI which was held at Montpellier, France during Summer 2015. ISVLSI 2015 is a sponsored meeting of IEEE-CS which is very well attended by researchers around the globe. It had a total of 34 technical sessions and 2 keynote addresses from Industry researchers.

University of North Texas received major visibility during this conference in France. Prof. Mohanty, as Chair of the Technical Committee of VLSI, attended the IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) held in Glasgow, Scotland. IEEE POCO gave very good detailed information to conference organizers in what is involved in organizing a conference. Prof. Mohanty acknowledges the travel support from IEEE-CS TCVLSI as well as from Cadence Academic Network for his conference travels during summer.

In the other news from the NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL), Ph.D. candidate Shital Joshi travelled to ISVLSI 2015 to present the following two papers:

  • S. Joshi, E. Kougianos, and S. P. Mohanty, "Simscape based Ultra-Fast Design Exploration of Graphene-Nanoelectronic Systems", in Proceedings of the 14th IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2015, pp. 292—296.

  • E. Kougianos, S. Joshi, and S. P. Mohanty, "Multi-Swarm Optimization of a Graphene FET Based Voltage Controlled Oscillator Circuit", in Proceedings of the 14th IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), 2015, pp. 567—572.

ISVLSI is an IEEE-CS sponsored meeting which is a quite selective venue and follows a double blind review process for paper selection. Shital had a very good experience at his first international conference presentation. 

News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab

 
Qiang Guan (LANL), Nathan Debardeleben (LANL) and Song Fu (UNT)  Song Fu (UNT) and Sean Blanchard (LANL)

Dr. Song Fu spent two and a half months during the summer break as a Research Scientist at DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico. During this time he worked on two projects, gave four research talks, and explored collaborations with scientists at LANL. The outcomes of his visit include one secured research grant, one collaborative research proposal submitted to DOE, and two technical papers. Song Huang, a Ph.D. candidate of Dr. Fu, also worked at LANL as a research intern this summer. He presented results of the collaborative project on Measurement and Characterization of Haswell Power and Energy Consumption in the LANL’s Student Mini Showcase.

Graduate student Ziming Zhang passed the Ph.D. dissertation defense on Adaptive Power Management for Autonomic Resource Configuration in Large-Scale Computer Systems. His Ph.D. Committee consisted of Drs. Song Fu (advisor), Yan Huang, Krishna Kavi, and Saraju Mohanty. Congratulations to Ziming!

The following papers were recently accepted by international conferences.

  • S. Huang, S. Fu, Q. Zhang, and W. Shi, "Characterizing Disk Failures with Quantified Disk Degradation Signatures: An Early Experience", accepted by IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC), 10 pages, October 2015.

  • Q. Guan, N. Debardeleben, S. Blanchard and S. Fu, "Addressing Statistical Significance of Fault Injection: Empirical Studies of the Soft Error Susceptibility", accepted by the 21st IEEE International Symposium on Dependable Computing, 10 pages, December 2015.

  • S. Huang, S. Fu, N. Debardeleben, Q. Guan and C. Xu, "Differentiated Failure Remediation with Action Selection for Resilient Computing", accepted by the 21st IEEE International Symposium on Dependable Computing, 10 pages, December 2015.

  • Q. Guan, N. Debardeleben, S. Blanchard and S. Fu, "Soft Error Susceptibility of Sorting Algorithms to Statistical Fault Injection", accepted by Fault Tolerance for HPC at eXtreme Scale in ACM Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing, June 2015.

 

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

Congressman Burgess with Dr. Hassan Takabi and his Ph.D. Students.
  • Two new Ph.D. students (Ehsan Hesamifard and Shoaib Haque Khan) and two Masters students (Samir Koppikar and Anuj Bhalotiya) join the lab.

  • INSPIRE Lab researchers have published 6 papers in Spring and Summer semesters and several others are under review.

  • Dr. Takabi is co-editing a book "Security, Privacy, and Digital Forensics in the Cloud" to be co-published by Wiley USA and Higher Education Press (HEP, China).

  • Dr. Takabi serves as Demo Chair of the ACM SACMAT 2016, Panels co-Chair of the ACSAC 2015 and Travel Grant co-Chair of the ACM CCS 2015.

  • Our undergraduate intern from India, Gunjan Soni, (pictured below with Dr. Takabi) was named the winner of the College of Engineering’s Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering (SUPER) Research poster presentation.

     

NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) will meet in October 2015

The next Net-centric IUCRC Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting will be held in Dallas on October 14-15, 2015. More details will be posted at the IUCRC website soon. Please register for this event here. NCSS IUCRC has been in operation for 6 years and has been conducting over $1M worth of research per year. Students that participated in IUCRC research have been employed by our industrial members or were offered internships. For more information about the IUCRC, please send an email to either kavi@cse.unt.edu or struble@airmail.net

Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News

Dr. Bryant in Santorini, Greece.

Dr. Barrett Bryant presented a keynote lecture on "Grammar Inference Technology Applications in Software Engineering" at the 3rd Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation on June 30 in Athens, Greece. Dr. Bryant also discussed research and graduate student recruiting at Demokritos, the Greek National Center for Scientific Research, with which our department has a partnership.

Dr. Paul Tarau has presented the following papers:

  • "On logic programming representations of lambda terms: de Bruijn indices, compression, type inference, combinatorial generation, normalization" at PADL’2015 in Portland, Oregon.

  • "On a Uniform Representation of Combinators, Arithmetic, Lambda Terms and Types" at PPDP’2015 in Siena, Italy.

  • "Ranking/unranking of Lambda Terms with Compressed de Bruijn Indices" at CICM’2015 in Washington, D.C.

Ph.D. student David Adamo interned at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, this summer. 


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Student News

Congratulations to CSE graduates

Congratulations to all of our Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduates in Spring 2015!

Ph.D. Graduates in Spring 2015

Bayaner Arigong

Dissertation: Space and Spectrum Engineered High Frequency Components and Circuits

Major Professor: Song Fu
Co-Major Professors: Hualiang Zhang and Hyoung Soo Kim



Ian Brooks

Dissertation: SEM Predicting Success of Student Global Software Development Teams

Major Professor: Kathleen Swigger



Guangchun Cheng

Dissertation: Video Analytics with Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of Activities

Major Professor: Bill Buckles



Jason Powell

Dissertation: Predictive Modeling for Persuasive Ambient Technology

Major Professor: Kathleen Swigger



Wasana Santiteerakul

Dissertation: Trajectory Analytics

Major Professor: Bill Buckles



Shijun Tang

Dissertation: Investigation on Segmentation, Recognition and 3D Reconstruction of Objects Based on LiDAR Data or MRI

Major Professor: Bill Buckles



Joshua Ray Taylor

Dissertation: The Procedural Generation of Interesting Sokoban Levels

Major Professor: Ian Parberry



Yiwen Wan

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

Major Professor: Bill Buckles



To see all of our Ph.D. graduates from past years, please see this Ph.D. page

CSE Students defend Dissertations and Theses

Congratulations to these Ph.D. students who have successfully defended their dissertations, but have not graduated!

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



Jin Shao

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

Major Professor: Dr. Song Fu

Defense Date: April 22, 2015



Saratchandra Indrakanti

Dissertation: Computational Methods for Vulnerability Analysis and Resource Allocation in Public Health Emergencies

Major Professor: Dr. Armin R. Mikler

Defense Date: June 4, 2015



Yiheng Liang

Dissertation: Computational Methods of Discovering and Analyzing Causal Relationships in Health Data

Major Professor: Dr. Armin R. Mikler

Defense Date: June 25, 2015



Ashok Dahal

Dissertation: Detection of Ulcerative Colitis Severity and Enhancement of Informative Frame Filtering using Texture Analysis in Colonoscopy Videos

Major Professor: Dr. JungHwan Oh

Defense Date: August 26, 2015



Congratulations to these M.S. students for successfully defending their theses!

Thesis: Application Integrity Verification on Radium

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: April 21, 2015



Deepankar Mohapatra

Thesis: Automatic Removal of Complex Shadows from Indoor Videos

Major Professor: Dr. Xiaohui Yuan

Defense Date: April 30, 2015



Kelly H. Bristow

Thesis: Freeform Cursive Handwriting Recognition using a Clustered Neural Network

Major Professor: Dr. Kathleen Swigger

Defense Date: April 30, 2015



Wasi Ur-Rehman

Thesis: Web Application Integrity on Radium

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: May 7, 2015



Lisa Reynolds

Thesis: An Empirical Study of Software Debugging Games with Introductory Students

Major Professor: Dr. Renee Bryce

Defense Date: June 23, 2015



Jacob Danks

Thesis: Algorithm Optimizations in Genomic Analysis using Entropic Dissection

Major Professor: Dr. Kathleen Swigger

Defense Date: June 23, 2015



 

Shijun Tang receives 2015 Toulouse Dissertation Award

CSE Ph.D. graduate Shijun Tang has received the Toulouse Dissertation Award in Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering category. Dr. Tang presented his dissertation "Investigation on Segmentation, Recognition and 3D Reconstruction of Objects Based on LiDAR Data or MRI" in Fall 2014 and received his Ph.D. at the UNT Commencement in Spring 2015. Dr. Bill Buckles was his Major Professor.

The Toulouse Dissertation Award is presented annually in four categories of competition and recognizes individuals who have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to a discipline. Read more about the Toulouse Dissertation Award here. Congratulations to Dr. Tang! 

CSE Student receives Linux Training Scholarship

CSE Student Kyri’ay Vanderpoel has received a Linux Training Scholarship from the Linux Foundation. Kyri’ay works as a helpdesk technician at System Medical and studies computer science at the University of North Texas. His goal is to work in secure development, penetration testing, cloud security, or database designs after graduation. He believes that he can spread his passion for open source software to create a better ecosystem for developers and users. Kyri’ay is currently a junior in the Computer Science program.

Congratulations to Kyri’ay! For more information about the Linux Training Scholarship, please see this release from the Linux Foundation.  

Join ACM and Women in Computing Club!

(L-R): Danielle Gaither, Treasurer for both organizations; Quentin Mayo, President of ACM; and Katie Malone-Miller, President of Women in Computing Club.

The ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) is back for another year with many new events and opportunities for students. ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing organization and is dedicated to advancing computing as a science and as a profession. Joining the local student chapter is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience. There are also opportunities to network with important people in academia and industry. Most importantly, being part of the student chapter helps build connections among your peers, who can provide support with coursework and job searching, among other things. Past activities have included paintball, an ice cream social, and trick-or-treating in the CSE department. Join now to make your voice heard on future activities!

The Women in Computing Club (formerly the Association of Computing Machinery Women’s Chapter) and State Farm IT are working together this year to run the popular Women in Computing Book Club. The purpose of the Women in Computing Book Club is to provide a casual environment for female Computing students to meet one another on a recurring basis and to engage in supportive discussions which are relevant both academically and professionally. The group includes students at all stages (freshman through Ph.D.), faculty advisors, and mentors from State Farm IT. The group will discuss Sheryl Sandberg’s "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" which focuses on developing leadership skills and taking on leadership roles within our field. Please contact Katie Malone-Miller if you are interested in participating. 

CSE Students invited to join UNT SWE

SWE Officers (L-R) Back row: Samantha Zellner - Event Coordinator, Jordan Luper - Webmaster and CSE Information Technology major; Next row down: Tyseanah Spell - Secretary and CSE Computer Engineering major, Sarah Smith - Historian, Amber Sodikov - Public Relations Chair; Next row down: Haley Barnes - Vice President, Jessica Lanier - Treasurer; Bottom row: Bria Miles - President

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 Science, Technology, Engineering or Math to join the organization. UNT SWE is dedicated to promoting math, science and engineering to local 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 Students at STARS Celebration 2015

Dr. Phil Sweany and three graduate students pictured above left to right Alejandro Cruz, Ryan Michaels and Quentin Mayo attended the 10th anniversary of the STARS Celebration in Charlotte, NC in August 2015. The event celebrated diversity in computing and provided opportunities for learning, collaborating, and networking with academic and industry partners.

We are proud that Quentin received the award for Best Evaluation Assistant (EA) from STARS! They presented him with the honor and a prize (a tablet) at the conference. Congratulations to Quentin on his award! 

UNT SHPE invites CSE Students to join

SHPE Officers (L-R): Jose Montes - External VP (Computer Science), Charles Laws - Treasurer (Information Technology), Sergio Turrubiartes - Internal VP (Mechanical & Energy Engineering), Danny Rios - Secretary (Construction Engineering Technology), Alfonso Barajas - President (Electrical Engineering), Cynthia Moreno - Electrical Engineering (SHPE JR. Chair), Juan Hernandez - Webmaster (Computer Science), Alan-Michael Vargas - Electrical Engineering Masters (Academic Chair), Alejandro Rivas - (Mechanical & Energy Engineering), Alex Martinez - Public Relations Officer (Computer Engineering)

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 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 Facebook page

College of Engineering News

Career Fair at Discovery Park on October 1

Daniel Cave graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Science and was recruiting students for his company at the February 2015 Career Fair.

College of Engineering students are invited to attend the Engineering and Computer Science Career and Internship Fair hosted by the UNT Career Center on Thursday, October 1, from 11 am to 3 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.  

Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)

CSE Student Adam Hair participated in SURE in November 2014.

College of Engineering undergraduate students are invited to present their research at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) on Friday, November 6, 2015. 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 SURE 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 2015