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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!