Congratulations to Fall 2014 Graduates from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

(The following students were expected to meet degree requirements and recognized in the commencement guide.)

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering

Patrick William Burke
Dissertation: A New Look at Retargetable Compilers
Major Professor: Philip Sweany

Mohamed Fazeen Mohamed Issadeen
Dissertation: Modeling and Analysis of Intentional and Unintentional Security Vulnerabilities in a Mobile Platform
Major Professor: Ram Dantu

Verónica Pérez Rosas
Dissertation: Exploration of Visual, Acoustic, and Physiological Modalities to Complement Linguistic Representations for Sentiment Analysis
Major Professor: Rada Mihalcea

Yi Zhou
Dissertation: Uncertainty Evaluation in Large-Scale Dynamical Systems: Theory and Applications
Major Professor: Robert Akl and Yan Wan

Master of Science in Computer Science

Ali Alammari
Ramakrishna Reddy Bairi
Manideep Krishna Bhimavarapu
Alexander Breinig
Zhongjie Chen
Sam Cook
Naina Grewal
Kesavan Karunagaran
Pratyusha Koduri
Sasi Koneru
Srujan D. Kotikela
Vanessa Nancy Loza Ponce
Tomyo Gerardo Maeshiro Salinas
Mukund Sastry Malladi
Narendra Muppavarapu
Vengala Rao Pachva
Madhavi Paidipalli
Venkata Sai Pulluri
Gouri Shankar Puram
Keshavan Ravi
Sneha Reddy Suravaram
Gabriel Vinado

Qian Wang
Thesis: Smartphone-Based Household Travel Survey: A Literature Review, an App, and a Pilot Survey

Chengyuan Zhuang

Master of Science in Computer Engineering

James Buchanan
Randy Scott Burrow
Sree Bhargav Chava
Trinath Reddy Dhamera
Venkata Nikhilesh Jaladi

Sarada Karlaputi
Thesis: Evaluating the Feasibility of Accelerometers in Hand Gestures Recognition

Bhoomi Manharbhai Raval
Edward Nathaniel Reid
Siddhartha Vadlamudi

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Robert James Atchley
Duncan Richard Beggs
Robert Louis Bevly
Macie Leeann Bey
Thomas Chenoweth
Sean Philip Collins
Brent Michael Dowdy
Matthew R. Eastman
Nicholas Daniel Fischer
Giovanni Gottardi
Louis Carl Hamilton II
Curtis Robert Hollibaugh
Shannon Kristi Iype
Miguel Gustavi Kano
Donald Joe Martin Jr.
Dillon Alexander Murray
Joseph Penrod
Zachary Scott Ritzie
Nimesh Shrestha
Roshan Shrestha
Ashley Kyle Smith
John Stinnett
Junkai Sun
Gregory Joshua Talkington
Fred Lamar Watkins III
Jeffrey C. Watson
Htoo Aung Win

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Anibal De Leon
Jamal C. Gillis
Joel Michael Thomas

Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology

Sami Saád Aljabr
Brittany Janette Nelms
Wesley Nyamangwanda

CSE Graduate Student wins Spirit of Innovation Competition

Shanti Thiyagaraja

Congratulations to Shanti Thiyagaraja on winning the Spirit of Innovation Competition, sponsored by the US India Chamber of Commerce DFW (USICOC), on December 4, 2014. Shanti is a CSE graduate student in Dr. Ram Dantu’s Network Security Lab. Shanti won $5,000 for her presentation on "Smart Phone Monitoring of Second Heart Sound Split." Students from local universities, including Southern Methodist University (SMU), the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the University of North Texas, participated in the competition.

This is the second year that the USICOC has hosted the Spirit of Innovation Competition. This event brings together students from local universities and gives them the opportunity to showcase their innovative business ideas. This year 29 submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges which included professors from all four universities, venture capitalists and management from Texas Instruments and other companies. Eight finalists were selected to present their concepts to the judging panel live at Texas Instruments. The winners and more information are included in this USICOC press release.

December 2014 Editions of CSE Student and Alumni Newsletters sent

The CSE Department December 2014 Student and Alumni Email Newsletters have been sent. You can view the student newsletter online HERE, and the alumni newsletter online HERE.

L-3 Mission Integration donates equipment for CSE programs

Keith Seawright, Director of Technology Development for L-3 Mission Integration, and Ram Dantu, Director of the CSE Network Security Lab.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering received a donation of equipment from L-3 Mission Integration, a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 donated Cisco servers to the Network Security Teaching Lab and Dell servers for our BA in Information Technology program. Based in Greenville, Texas, L-3 Mission Integration is a division of L-3 Communications, which is the sixth largest defense company in the United States and is headquartered in New York City.

Thanks to L-3 for their donation to our CSE Department!

CSE Seminar on October 31

On Friday, October 31, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host a CSE Seminar with Sridhar Rajagopal from Samsung. He will present "mmWave Mobile Communication for 5G Challenges and Opportunities" at 11:00 am in F223. Abstract of his presentation: With the possibility of GHz of available spectrum and ability to provide multi-Gb/s data rates, mmWave mobile communication is being actively researched in academia and industry for 5G communication. This talk provides an overview of the opportunities and research challenges for enabling this spectrum.

Sridhar Rajagopal is currently a Sr. Staff Engineer at Samsung Research America in Dallas, TX. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Eng. from Rice University. He has previously worked at Nokia Research Center and at WiQuest Communications, and has contributed to multiple communication standards. His research interests are in algorithms and architectures for short-range, high throughput and low power technologies, mmWave and optical wireless communication.

UNT CSE Robotics Society works with Art Institute of Dallas on Music Video

Two UNT CSE Robotics Society students, Joel Thomas and Leonardo Acosta, built a remote controlled robotic head for use in a music video. The group was approached by students form the Art Institute of Dallas to assist them in creating a robot prop for a music video. The turnaround time for the project was approximately one week. Using an Arduino processor and some ingenuity the group was able to produce a working robot head. A video demonstration of the robot can be viewed here. The final video product will be forthcoming.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on October 17

On Friday, October 17, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host its second Distinguished Speaker in Fall 2014. Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman, Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances with Dell Research, USA, will present "Understanding and Preparing for Disruptive Information Technologies" at 11:30 am in NTDP F223, the main conference room of the CSE Department. Everyone is invited to attend!

For more information, see this announcement.

CSE Student teams up with Mark Cuban to create social media app

With the help and funding of technology entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Computer Science senior Jesse Stauffer recently released Xpire, an application for iOS devices that helps users manage their digital footprints on social media. Read about Jesse’s new partnership and how Jesse teamed up with Cuban in this Dallas Business Journal article. Jesse says in the article, "My goal is to stick with Xpire and just grow. By the time graduation comes, we should be generating good revenue." Congratulations to Jesse on his new app and partnership!

September 2014 Editions of CSE Student and Alumni Newsletters sent

The CSE Department September 2014 Student and Alumni Email Newsletters have been sent. You can view the student newsletter online HERE, and the alumni newsletter online HERE.

CSE one of 15 CS Departments in U.S. selected for BRAID

CSE BRAID faculty: (L-R): Phil Sweany, David Keathly, Renee Bryce, Barrett Bryant, Armin Mikler

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been selected to be one of fifteen Computer Science departments in the U.S. to participate in the Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative to increase the percentage of undergraduate majors that are female and students of color. This initiative is being launched by The Anita Borg Institute, a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, and Harvey Mudd College.

The BRAID initiative was announced on September 24 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her address at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), as part of the Girl’s CHARGE, a CGI commitment toward programs for girls and women. BRAID is supported by three-year funding commitments from Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft, which provides $30,000/year to each of the participating departments. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of ABI, will lead the BRAID initiative.

For more information, see this press release.

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