UNT offers Research Experience for Undergraduates in Summer 2015

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Summer 2015. Dr. Renee Bryce and Dr. Hassan Takabi are the directors of this program that focuses on "Secure Software Testing for Mobile and Web Applications." No prior research experience is required and we particularly encourage more applicants from 4-year colleges that have limited research opportunities at their universities to apply. Students may apply for paid positions, including a stipend, housing and relocation at this website.

January 2015 Editions of CSE Student and Alumni Newsletters sent

The CSE Department January 2015 Student and Alumni Email Newsletters have been sent. You can view the student newsletter online HERE, and the alumni newsletter online HERE.

The HiLT Lab hosts NACLO 2015

The regional competition for high school students to participate in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad NACLO 2015 will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The HiLT Lab in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering will be hosting the competition. UNT’s NACLO enrollment is in the top six in North America, along with Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Maryland, and University of Toronto.

NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. It challenges students to develop strategies for tackling problems in real languages and formal symbolic systems. Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Associate Professor, and Genene Murphy, CSE Staff, will supervise this event, along with HiLT PhD students Nishitha Guntakandla and Wes Solomon and undergraduate lab assistant Erin Eversoll. Thanks to Dr. Ian Parberry for allowing his lab to be used for the competition. More information is available at this HiLT Lab News & Events page.

Welcome from Dr. Barrett Bryant

Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chair
Happy New Year and welcome to the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering for the Spring 2015 semester! Please join me in welcoming our new faculty member, Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil. You may find out more about him on our website. At the same time we bid farewell and best wishes to departing faculty Dr. Qunfeng Dong and Dr. Mahadevan Gomathisankaran. We are recruiting this semester for a new faculty member in the computer systems area and will be looking to replace Drs. Dong and Gomathisankaran as quickly as possible.

If you are graduating next year with an outstanding academic record, I encourage you to consider the Grad Track for undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. Students who are admitted to Grad Track can enroll in up to nine credit hours of 5000-level graduate courses which will count toward BOTH the undergraduate degree and Master's degree. This will allow students to complete both the B. S. and M. S. degrees in five years. More details may be found here. If you are graduating in Spring 2015, it is not too late to apply for our M. S. or Ph. D. programs. For more information on these programs, see here or contact Stephanie Deacon, our Graduate Administrative Assistant.

We will have three distinguished speakers this semester, including experts in domain-specific programming languages and computer security. Please check this website and the student email newsletters that we'll be sending out during the semester for information on our planned activities this semester. Good luck with all of your classes!

Barrett Bryant
CSE Chair

Join the ACMW Book Club!

The ACMW Book Club will meet several times in the Spring 2015 semester to discuss the book, "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey. Participants will receive a complimentary book. We will also cover the cost of meals during the meetings. Meetings will be scheduled by polling interested students for input on the meeting time. Please find more details at: http://untacmw.weebly.com/book-club-2015.html.

Interested students should contact: unt.acmw@gmail.com.

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

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

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.

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