Dr. Mark A. Thompson, Sr.
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of North Texas
 
E-mail: Mark.Thompson2 at unt.edu
Office: NTDP F264
Office Phone: (940) 369-7055
 


News

  • Cyber Carnival. Sinclair Community College has a BILT team member who helped develop a "Cyber Carnival", which might be fun for students and faculty. Admission is free. Please visit Cyber Carnival Games 2020 throughout October to check it out!

  • On March 9, 2020, UNT received formal approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for the new B.S. and M.S. in Cybersecurity degrees to be offered starting in Fall 2020.

  • UNT is designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for 2017-2022 and Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) for 2019-2024 by the NSA and DHS.

Brief Biography

Dr. Mark Thompson has over 15 years industry experience at Bell-Northern Research, the research and development arm of Nortel Networks, on all phases of development as a senior member of scientific staff on large, real-time telecommunications systems. During his tenure at Nortel Networks, he successfully led numerous project development teams to deliver on-time high-quality software solutions across multiple platforms using new and innovative technologies and often served as a subject matter expert (SME) and systems architect responsible for the technical and strategic leadership of the design and business teams.

Affiliated with the Center for Information and Computer Security and Network Security Lab at UNT, Dr. Thompson has been teaching and advising students in math and computer science with a special interest in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University in Computational Analysis and Modeling, an interdisciplinary program in mathematics, computer science, and statistics with a focus on cybersecurity. He has master's degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Tulane University.

Dr. Thompson architected the curriculum proposal for the new B.S. in Cybersecurity degree housed in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UNT that is being offered starting in Fall 2020.

Research Interests

Dr. Thompson is affiliated with the Center for Information and Cyber Security and Network Security Lab at UNT, Denton, TX.

His broad research interests are in cybersecurity, including:

  • Cybersecurity and Cyber Intelligence
  • Networks and Network Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • Quantum Communications

Students

  • TBD

Publications

Journals

  1. Shanti R. Thiyagaraja, Ram Dantu, Mark A. Thompson, Pradhumna L. Shrestha, Tom Sarma, M.D., and Siva Dantu, M.D., "A Novel Heart-Mobile Interface For Detection and Classification of Heart Sounds", Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Volume 45, pp. 313-324, August 2018.

  2. Mark Thompson and Hassan Takabi, "Effectiveness of Using Card Games to Teach Threat Modeling for Secure Web Application Developments", International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS), Issues in Information Systems, Volume 17, Issue III, pp. 244-253, 2016.

Conferences

  1. Mark Thompson and Ram Dantu, "An Innovative Approach Using Mixed Reality to Improving Career Readiness", in 2019 CAE in Cybersecurity Community Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, November 21-22, 2019.

  2. Mark Thompson and Ram Dantu, "Pathway for Community College Students to an ABET-Accredited Degree in Cybersecurity", in 2019 CAE in Cybersecurity Community Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, November 21-22, 2019.

  3. Anudeep Sai Muttavarapu, Ram Dantu, and Mark Thompson, "A Distributed Ledger for Spammers' Resume", in 2019 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), Washington, D.C., June 10-12, 2019.

  4. Mark Thompson and Ram Dantu, "Bridging the Gap: Developing Innovative Minds Early On for Cybersecurity", in 2018 CAE in Cybersecurity Community Symposium, Miami, FL, November 8-9, 2018.

  5. Rajasekhar Ganduri, Samuel Evans, Logan Widick, Mark Thompson, and Ram Dantu, "Adapting Security Through Community Engagement", in 2018 CAE in Cybersecurity Community Symposium, Miami, FL, November 8-9, 2018.

  6. Jagannadh Vempati, Ram Dantu, and Mark Thompson, "Uninterrupted Video Surveillance in the Face of an Attack", in 2018 17th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications / 12th IEEE International Conference on Big Data Science and Engineering (TrustCom/BigDataSE), New York, NY, USA, August 1-3, 2018.

  7. Nilanjan Sen, Ram Dantu, Jagannadh Vempati, and Mark Thompson, "Performance Analysis of Elliptic Curves for Real-Time Video Encryption", in National Cyber Summit 2018 (NCS18), Huntsville, AL, June 5-7, 2018.

  8. Shanti R. Thiyagaraja, Ram Dantu, Pradhumna L. Shrestha, Mark A. Thompson, and Christopher Smith, "Optimized and Secured Transmission and Retrieval of Vital Signs from Remote Devices", in Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE/ACM Second International Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies (CHASE 2017), Philadelphia, PA, USA, July 17-19, 2017.

  9. Jagannadh Vempati, Mark Thompson, and Ram Dantu, "Feedback Control for Resiliency in Face of an Attack", in Proceedings of the 12th Annual Cyber and Information Security Research Conference (CISRC '17), Oak Ridge, TN, USA, April 4-6, 2017.

Panels

  1. Tastle, W., Longenecker B., Feinstein, D., Guarneri, J., Pierce, M., Russell, J., Thompson, M. (2013). "Is Now the time to Bring Business Intelligence into the Curriculum?" In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference, v30 n.2654, San Antonio, TX, November 7-9, 2013. Internet: http://proc.isecon.org/2013/panels/2654.html.

Teaching

Fall 2020

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 1035: Computer Programming I
  • CSCE 3110: Data Structures and Algorithms

Summer 2020

  • CSCE 3110: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCE 4555: Computer Forensics
  • CSCE 5555: Computer Forensics

Spring 2020

  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming
  • CSCE 4999: Senior Thesis
  • CSCE 5560: Secure Electronic Commerce
  • CSCE 5580: Computer Networks

Fall 2019

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming
  • CSCE 4940: Computer Application Problem

Summer 2019

  • CSCE 3110: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCE 4555: Computer Forensics
  • CSCE 5555: Computer Forensics

Spring 2019

  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming
  • CSCE 5560: Secure Electronic Commerce
  • CSCE 5580: Computer Networks

Fall 2018

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming
  • CSCE 4550: Introduction to Computer Security

Summer 2018

  • CSCE 3110: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCE 4930: Special Topics: Computer Forensics
  • CSCE 5555: Computer Forensics

Spring 2018

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming
  • CSCE 5560: Secure Electronic Commerce

Fall 2017

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 3110: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming

Summer 2017

  • CSCE 4930: Special Topics: Computer Forensics
  • CSCE 5933: Special Topics: Computer Forensics

Spring 2017

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 4600: Introduction to Operating Systems
  • CSCE 5560: Secure Electronic Commerce

Fall 2016

  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming
  • CSCE 4550: Introduction to Computer Security

Summer 2016

  • CSCE 1040: Computer Science II
  • CSCE 4930: Special Topics: Computer Forensics
  • CSCE 5933: Special Topics: Computer Forensics

Spring 2016

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming
  • CSCE 5560: Secure Electronic Commerce

Fall 2015

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 4550: Introduction to Computer Security

Summer 2015

  • CSCE 2110: Computing Foundations II
  • CSCE 3600: Principles of Systems Programming

Spring 2015

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 4890: Directed Study (NASA TSGC Design Challenge)
  • CSCE 5560: Secure Electronic Commerce

Fall 2014

  • CSCE 1030: Computer Science I
  • CSCE 3110: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSCE 4550: Introduction to Computer Security
  • CSCE 4890: Directed Study (NASA TSGC Design Challenge)

Summer 2014

  • CSCE 2610: Assembly Language and Computer Organization
  • CSCE 3110: Data Structures and Algorithms

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