CSE Undergraduate Students present capstone projects at Design Day on April 29

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 29, 2016. CSE students will present their project posters in the hallway in front of the CSE Department from 9 am to 12 noon. Following lunch, Computer Engineering projects for CSCE 4915 Computer Engineering Design II will be presented in B190 at 1 pm. Computer Science projects for CSCE 4901 Software Development Capstone will be presented in D215 at 2 pm. Information Technology projects for CSCE 4925 Information Technology Capstone II will be presented in D215 at 1 pm. More information about each project is HERE. Everyone is invited to attend!

April CSE Student and Alumni Newsletters

The April CSE Department newsletters have been sent. The CSE Student newsletter is online HERE and the CSE Alumni Newsletter is online HERE.

CSE M.S. Student wins People’s Choice Award in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Rajasekhar Ganduri on winning the People’s Choice award at the UNT Toulouse Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition for M.S. students on April 9, 2016! His prize for winning the award was $1,000. After several preliminary contests, ten finalists emerged to explain their thesis to a general audience in only three minutes. The finalists presented their thesis research methods, findings, and its significance in non-technical language. Rajasekhar’s presentation was “Network Security by YOU.” Rajasekhar is a student of Dr. Ram Dantu, CSE Professor and Director of the Center for Information and Computer Security.

In the picture on the right, Rajasekhar holds the People's Choice Award certificate presented by Dr. Joseph Oppong, Professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Research and Professional Development at UNT's Toulouse Graduate School.

CSE hosts Summer Camps for students in grades 8-12

Registration is now open for summer camp programs hosted by the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering to introduce young women and young men entering the 8 thru 12 grades to Robotics, Game Development, Mobile Apps and Computer Science and Engineering. See the camp schedule.

AppCamp/GameCamp teaches students about Mobile App development for Android devices using AppInventor – a tool developed by Google and supported by MIT. Students will build a number of apps using various sensor technologies found in most smartphones and tablets. Students will also use GameMaker to learn about building a variety of styles of Video Games for PC Platforms. Scholarships for eligible students are provided by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CB), the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) and the Braid program from the Computing Research Association.

Further information can be found at www.cse.unt.edu/robocamp. Registration will continue until all camps are full. Seats and scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on April 22

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Jun Yang, Professor of Computer Science at Duke University, on Friday, April 22, 2016 as our final Distinguished Speaker in Spring 2016. His presentation will be on Cumulon: Simplifying Matrix-Based Data Analytics in the Cloud.

Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2001. He is broadly interested in databases and data-intensive systems. His current research interests lie in making data analysis easier and more scalable for scientists, statisticians, and journalists.

His presentation will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

Outstanding CSE Students

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

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Computer Science and Engineering – Garima Bajwa
Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Engineering – Nagaraju Mukka
Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Science – Rajendar Mudam
Outstanding Senior in Computer Engineering – Thomas Kanabay
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science – Daniel Jarvis
Outstanding Senior in Information Technology – Michele Hindman
Outstanding Junior in Computer Engineering - Zachary Simpson
Outstanding Junior in Computer Science - Jacob White
Outstanding Junior in Information Technology - Matthew Holladay
Outstanding Sophomore Student – Jonathan Roosa
Outstanding Freshman Student – Katie Ouellette
Outstanding Teaching Fellow – Joseph Helsing
Outstanding Teaching Assistant – Jagannadh Vempati

These students were recognized at UNT Honors Day on April 1, 2016.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on April 1

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Noah Smith, Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, on Friday, April 1, 2016. His presentation will be on Learning Political Embeddings from Text.

Dr. Smith is widely regarded as a leading researcher in natural language processing, known for significant contributions in both core algorithms and innovative applications. His presentation will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

HiLT Lab hosts second round of NACLO

On January 28, the HiLT Lab hosted 35 high school students for NACLO, the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. Six students from the UNT test site scored in the top 10% of the U.S. and were invited to a second round on March 10, 2016. Those students are (back row, L-R) Wyatt Reeves, Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Hanjun Ryu, also from Paschal; and Eli Riggs, TAMS; and (front row, L-R) Sarah Freeman, TAMS; Eleanor Halbert, Denton High School; and Jocelyn Lo, Lovejoy High School.

NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. Dr. Rodney Nielsen supervised this event, along with HiLT Ph.D. students Nishitha Guntakandla and Natalie Parde, undergraduate lab assistant Erin Eversoll and CSE Staff member Genene Murphy. More information is available at this HiLT page: http://hilt.cse.unt.edu/naclo.html

Saraju Mohanty wins McGraw-Hill textbook award

Saraju P. Mohanty's textbook Nanoelectronic Mixed-Signal System Design has received the 2016 PROSE Award for best Textbook/Physical Sciences & Mathematics. The PROSE Awards are the annual American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence and are organized by the PSP (Professional & Scholarly Publishing) division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to recognize the best works in professional and scholarly publishing. A complete list of all the winners can be found on the PROSE Awards website at here.

Dr. Saraju Mohanty Serves as the Chair of the Technical Committee on Very Large Scale Integration (TCVLSI)

Dr. Saraju Mohanty has been serving as the Chair of the Technical Committee on Very Large Scale Integration (TCVLSI) for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Mohanty was appointed to this significant leadership role in 2014, and is already overseeing a league of "sister conferences" (such as ASAP, ISVLSI, ARITH, etc) sponsored by TCVLSI around the globe, and has also been funded by TCVLSI to attend the IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers in Glasgow, Scotland last summer. The committee Mohanty now chairs is aptly named: it focuses on integrating the design, computer-aided design, fabrication, application, and business aspects of very large-scale integration while accounting for both hardware and software. TCVLSI also sponsors conferences, special sessions, and workshops for the IEEE's Computer Science division, and in effect, serves as a quality control watchdog.

Mohanty is the author of 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 books, including best-seller "Nanoelectronic Mixed-Signal System Design." With TCVLSI's funding and support, Mohanty has also initiated 12 student travel grants and 3 best paper awards.

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