ACM Chapter meetings announced for Spring 2016

Happy New Semester. This semester UNT's ACM chapter will focus on offering information and activities not offered in our courses. These meetings will be tailored for computer science students or just students desiring to learn something new. A tentative schedule is listed below. Anyone that would like to suggest an activity that they think would help the student body should post these suggestions on this page. Our first meeting will held on February 8 at Discovery Park F223 at 1 pm. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact ACM President Quentin Mayo with any questions, suggestions, or comments at

February 8, 1 pm - (Coding) Python in 45 minutes - Python Basics

February 22, 1 pm - (Coding) Advance Python Coding ( Big Data | Web Scrapping | w\ Machine Learning - Beautiful-soup, Sklearn, Panda )

March 7, 1 pm - (Debugging Analysis) Reverse- Engineering

March 21, 1 pm - (Development) Web Development in minutes using AngularJS, Larval, and MySQL

April 4, 1 pm - (Hacking) Forgot your password? No Problem

April 18, 1 pm - (Ubuntu) Basic to Advance Terminal Commands

April 25, 1 pm - (Tentatively) Short Programming Competition Open Programming Competition

The HiLT Lab hosts NACLO 2016

The regional competition for high school students to participate in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad NACLO 2016 will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2016. 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 five in North America, along with Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University and University of Washington.

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 Natalie Parde and undergraduate lab assistant Erin Eversoll. A special 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.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on January 22

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Lori Pollock as our first guest speaker for Spring 2016 on Friday, January 22, 2016. Her presentation will be on “Building Power Tools for Software Engineering through Natural Language Analysis of Software and Related Artifacts. Dr. Pollock is a Professor in Computer and Information Sciences at University of Delaware. For more information about her talk and her bio, please click here. Her presentation will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

UNT CSE's research receives exposure at Oak Ridge National Lab

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computer Facility tool featured in "Finding New Ways to Optimize Code", utilizes Gleipnir, a plug-in that studies and analyzes data structure elements to understand the memory behavior of applications. Gleipnir was developed at the University of North Texas by Tomislav "Tommy" Janjusic and continued under OLCF funding during Janjusic’s postdoctoral appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Janjusic (on the left) received his Ph.D. in Summer 2013 as a student of Professor Krishna Kavi (on the right). Dr. Janjusic left ORNL and is currently working at Melanox in Austin, Texas.

Congratulations to Fall 2015 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 Professor Ian Parberry named a Distinguished Scientist by ACM

Congratulations to Dr. Ian Parberry on being named a Distinguished Scientist by the ACM in 2015! The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s leading association of computing professionals, has selected 49 computing leaders from ACM honors members working in the areas of education, engineering and science (see complete list at this ACM news release.

The 2015 ACM Distinguished Members are drawn from leading academic institutions, as well as corporate and national research laboratories around the world. The criteria for selection to the Distinguished Member grade include at least 15 years of professional experience, five years of continuous ACM membership, and significant accomplishments or impact within the computing field.

November CSE Student and Alumni Newsletters

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

CSE Database Students win DHISCO Big Data Challenge

Congratulations to students in the CSCE 4350 Database Systems class on winning the DHISCO Big Data Challenge held at UNT on November 12, 2015! Students analyzed a very large real-world set of hospitality and travel booking data and presented their insights into the dataset using custom visualization tools. Details about the contest are here.

The "SQL 6" team won the grand prize of $1500. Pictured (L to R) Sonali Surpur, Janet Sleiman, Connor Bey, Mary Omoyele, Austin Waters, course instructor Dr. Ryan Garlick, Courtney Cartwright (not pictured).

The "Charlie's Angels" team (Dan Biwer, Blake Miller, Charlie Pipes, and Michael Launius) received the award for best presentation, with a very nice interactive website for analyzing the data.

CSE Faculty and Students at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. We are proud that 21 students and 5 faculty members from the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering will attend this event. On October 13, most of the group left on this bus from the Discovery Park parking lot and more were to be picked up in Lewisville. The Grace Hopper conference is expecting 12,000 people to attend this event which is being held October 14-16 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. This Celebration of Women in Computing is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM. More information here.

Net-Centric IUCRC Industrial Advisory Board to meet on October 14

NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems Industry and University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) will hold its Industrial Advisory Meeting on October 14, 2015 at the Gateway Center at the University of North Texas. NCSS IUCRC has been in operation for 6 years and has been conducting over $1M worth of research per year. Students that participated in IUCRC research have been employed by our industrial members or were offered internships. Dr. Krishna Kavi is the Director of the NCSS IUCRC. For more information, please see the website at

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