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.
Keith Seawright, Director of Technology Development for L-3 Mission Integration, and Ram Dantu, Director of the CSE Network Security Lab.
Thanks to L-3 for their donation to our CSE Department!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.