CSE at UNT
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE Conference & Expo 2017) held November 7-8, 2017 in Dayton, OH. The redesignation is good through Academic Year 2022. This is the fourth renewal of UNT, which is one of the few schools continuing in the Centers for Excellence since inception.
Dr. Ram Dantu is the Director of the UNT Center for Information and Cybersecurity (CICS). Requirements for our CSE Undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate may be found here.
(L-R) Dr. Leonard T. Reinsfelder, National Cryptologic School, National Security Agency; Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Ram Dantu, Dr. Mark Thompson, CSE PhD student Logan Widick, and Mr. Daniel R. Stein, Branch Chief, Cybersecurity Education and Awareness, Department of Homeland Security.
Tune in to the History Channel starting Tuesday, November 14th at 9PM to watch a 5 part series on the infamous Zodiac serial killer and the various coded messages he sent to newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow the code team as they dig into clues in the ciphers while working together with seasoned field investigators Sal LaBarbera and Ken Mains, as they chase the many clues in the Zodiac case.
The “Code Team” was led by University of Southern California research director and computer science professor Kevin Knight and included University of North Texas computer science professor Ryan Garlick, Google staff research scientist Sujith Ravi, York University math and cryptology professor Craig Bauer, and Zodiac cipher expert David Oranchak.
Watch the trailer for The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer here and read the article in the Denton Record-Chronicle here.
The “Code Team” left to right: Ryan Garlick, Sujith Ravi, Kevin Knight and Craig Bauer. Dave Oranchak is out of the frame in this picture.
The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering will welcome two Distinguished Speakers in November 2017. Dr. Jun (Luke) Huan will present Future Large-Scale Predictive Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11 am. Dr. Vitor Carvalho will present Personalized Neural Conversation Models and Other Research Projects at Snapchat on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm. Both presentations will be held in NTDP F285.
Dr. Jun (Luke) Huan is a Program Director in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division at the National Science Foundation. At NSF he manages programs such as IIS core, Big Data, CAREER, and Partnerships for International Research and Education among others. Dr. Huan joins NSF from his home institute, the University of Kansas, where he is the Charles E. & Mary Jane Spahr Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Dr. Vitor Carvalho is a Lead Research Scientist at Snap Research. He is interested in applied research interfacing Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining and Search. He finished his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University working under William W. Cohen. He holds multiple patents, tens of papers in top conferences, and has more than 10 years of R&D experience in institutions such as Snap Research, Qualcomm Research, Microsoft Bing, Ericsson and Inome.
Congratulations to students of the Smart Electronic System Laboratory (SESL) on winning both first and second prizes in the poster competition at the IEEE MetroCon 2017 held on October 26 in Arlington, TX!
The first place paper was Energy-Efficient Physical Unclonable Functions for Secure IoT Environment, authored by V. P. Yanambaka, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos. The student author Venkata Prasanth Yanambaka was awarded the Best Student Poster of the Conference with a cash prize of $1,000.
The second place paper was I-Stress: A Stress Monitoring System through the IoT, authored by L. Rachakonda, P. Sundaravadivel, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos. Student authors Laavanya Rachakonda and Prabha Sundaravadivel were awarded Second Best Student Poster with a cash prize of $500.
From left to right: Prabha Sundaravadivel, Laavanya Rachakonda, Venkata Prasanth Yanambaka, SESL Directors Prof. Saraju Mohanty and Prof. Elias Kougianos.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, with the support from the BRAID grant, funded 13 women students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Orlando, Florida the week of October 4th. BRAID stands for Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity and is funded by Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft. In addition, Natalie Parde was sponsored by Google to attend the conference and Katie Ouelette was sponsored by QualComm to attend.
(L-R in the top row): Hailey Burleson, Perrin Kern, Prabha Sundaravadivel, Sundos Al Subhi, Mahzabeen Islam, Mr. David Keathly, and Dr. Armin Mikler. (L-R in the front row): Aisha Shrestha, Shraddha Piparia, Sultanah Alshammari, Harsha Gwalani, Natalie Parde, Gxara Munda, and Dhivya Chinnappa.
(Katie Ouelette, Abigail Rivera, and Roxann Rivera not pictured).