After eight years as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Krishna Kavi is stepping down at the end of Summer 2009. He will then focus on the new NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Net-Centric Software and Systems and spend more time on his personal research and teaching. Dr. Kavi is also exploring the possibility of spending a semester at the National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan to establish stronger collaborations with faculty and industry there.
Dr. Krishna Kavi, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was quoted in the New York Times article "Airlines Study Alternatives to Jetsâ€™ Black Boxes" about his idea to transmit in real time the information from the flight data recorder. Read the NY Times article from July 13, 2009.
Rada Mihalcea has won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor a beginning scientist or engineer can receive in the United States. She is among the top 100 university researchers nationwide, among a dozen professors who received a NSF CAREER award, and the only professor in the Dallas/Fort Worth region to achieve this recognition. For more information, see this UNT press release.
Robocamp at UNT was one of 18 programs to receive a grant for young people to attend summer youth camps that focus on science, techology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Department of Computer Science and Engineering received $42,000 for 40 scholarships to teach participants coding and programming principles using computers and gaming consoles, and the role of physics and mathematics in game design. For more information, see this TWC press release.
The CSE Department June 2009 Alumni Newsletter has been sent to our alumni and other interested parties. You can view this printed newsletter online HERE.
In the aftermath of the recent Air France crash over the Atlantic Ocean, air safety experts are calling for an online black box. Dr. Krishna Kavi is quoted in Spiegel Online International regarding his 10 year old crusade to eliminate black boxes in airplanes and continuously transmit the data to a ground station.
The 2009 summer camp season has begun! June 8 we are hosting the Denton Robocamps for Boys and Girls at Discovery Park. The rest of the summer we will host camps at UNT Dallas, Carrollton's Newman Smith High School, and the Stewpot in Downtown Dallas. Advanced Robotics Workshops are retuirning to Denton and Dallas, along with the new XBox Game Development Camps in Denton only. Counselors and Teachers can enjoy our Teacher's Robocamp in Denton and Frisco. We are anticipating over 250 students in our camps this summer. So welcome to UNT and get ready to have fun!!
For more information about the cmap programs, and to register, please visit http://www.cse.unt.edu/robocamp
Congratulations to our graduates. You can view a list of graduates by going HERE.
CSE doctoral students, Courtney Corley and Jorge Reyes, have been tracking the spread of swine flu by finding mentions of flu and swine flu on English- and Spanish-language online social media, such as blogs, that are dated since October, when the infection began. See this article in the Denton Record-Chronicle.