Guest Speaker Dr. Ray Mooney on June 26

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Ray Mooney, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas at Austin, on as our Guest Speaker on Friday, June 26, 2015. His presentation will be on Learning Probabilistic Scripts for Text Understanding. Dr. Mooney received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is the author of over 150 published research papers, primarily in the areas of machine learning and natural language processing. His presentation will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

Congratulations to Spring 2015 Graduates from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Congratulations go to the Computer Science and Engineering Spring Graduates. A full list of our graduates can be seen here.

UNT Computer Science degrees ranked a top return on investment by PayScale.com

Computer Science degrees from the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering ranked fourth in the country for the best annual return on investment value by PayScale.com. According to their website, UNT computer science degrees have a 13.5 percent annual return on investment. Computer science majors have the best 20-year return on investment out of all the degrees ranked by the website because of the high earning potential a computer science degree warrants in today’s technology-driven world, according to PayScale.com’s report.

CSE Chair Barrett Bryant said, "It is excellent news that our computer science program has been nationally recognized for its value by PayScale.com. We are very proud of our many alumni who have contributed to this recognition through their success."

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering was founded in 1971. Its undergraduate programs are accredited by ABET. Faculty in the CSE Department have been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the Association of Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. For more information, see this UNT press release.

Outstanding CSE Students

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering congratulates these outstanding CSE students:

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Computer Science and Engineering – Patrick Kamongi
Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Engineering – Ajith Loka
Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Science – Deepankar Mohapatra
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Engineering – Kevin James
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science – Logan Widick
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Information Technology – Garren Wilson
Outstanding Computer Science and Engineering Sophomore Student Award – Kathryn Malone-Miller
Outstanding Computer Science and Engineering Freshman Student Award – Tanner Van De Walle
Outstanding Teaching Fellow – David Adamo, Jr.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant – Longbo Kong

These students were recognized at the UNT Honors Day on April 10 and at our CSE Department lunch on May 1. For pictures of our department event, please visit this media gallery page.

CSE Students present projects at Design Day on April 24

Undergraduate students in capstone classes 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. Computer Engineering and Information Technology capstone class projects will be presented by teams of students beginning at 11:30 am in D215. Everyone is invited to attend!

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on April 17


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Ellen Riloff, Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing at the University of Utah as our final guest speaker for Spring 2015 on Friday, April 17, 2015. Her presentation will be "Bootstrapped Learning of Affective Indicators in Social Media Text." Her primary research areas are information extraction, semantics, sentiment analysis, and coreference resolution. A major emphasis of her research has been automatically acquiring the knowledge needed for natural language processing using bootstrapping methods that learn from unannotated texts. The seminar will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

UNT Center for Information and Computer Security will host a Hot Topics in Network Security Workshop

On Friday, March 27, the UNT Center for Information and Computer Security will host a Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security (HoNeST) from 9 am to 5 pm at the Ericsson, Inc. campus in the Austin Conference Room, 6300 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX. More than 250 people have already registered for this event. To find out more about this workshop, please this website.

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering is home to the Center for Information and Computer Security which has been designated a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Ram Dantu, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, directs the interdisciplinary Center at UNT. For more information about UNT’s cybersecurity program, see this UNT press release.

CSE Graduate Students participate in 3rd Annual Graduate Exhibition

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 (in picture to the right) 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!

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on March 6

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Elisa Bertino, Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, as our next Distinguished Speaker on Friday, March 6. Her presentation will be on Big Data Security and Privacy. She is the Research Director of The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security CERIAS at Purdue University. Her main research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing as well applications in a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities. The seminar will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on February 20

On February 20, Steven K. Reinhardt, Senior Fellow at AMD Research, will be our second Distinguished Speaker. His presentation will be on Heterogeneous Systems: Today and Tomorrow. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been at AMD since 2008, directing research in the areas of high-speed networking, memory hierarchy designs, and on-chip interconnects. Previously, Steve was an associate professor in the EECS department at the University of Michigan, where he was a full-time faculty member from 1997 to 2006. At Michigan, he led research in memory-system architecture, networking, reliability, processor microarchitecture, multithreading, and system simulation.

The seminar will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223, the main CSE conference room. Everyone is invited to attend! If you would like to meet Dr. Reinhardt, contact Dr. Krishna Kavi.

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