Chaitra Vijaygopalraj Urs started UNT's Graduate program in Computer Engineering in the Fall semester of 2010 with Communication and Networks as her specialization. Her interest to learn motivated her to initially start helping fellow students in their projects at the Network Security Lab (NSL), later continuing to take up a thesis under Dr. Ram Dantu.
CSE's Network Security Lab is the lead Principal Investigator on a new NSF $500,000 grant which will develop a CloudCar, a cloud-based infrastructure to monitor and collect data about drivers, vehicles and road conditions. The type of data to be collected included driver's biometrics (eyeball tracking, heart rate, blood pressure, and EEG brain wave analysis), sensory data from the vehicle, traffic data, and sensed data about road condition.
The National Science Foundation has featured CSE Professor Dr. Ram Dantu's"Mobile Life Guard" on the front page of its website. Dr. Dantu and his team created this app that keeps drivers focused and safe on the roads. A year ago, Dr. Dantu was among the first group of scientists to receive a $50,000 National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award which help scientists and engineers extend their focus beyond the laboratory into the commercial award.
Brett McCormick transferred to UNT in the Fall of 2009 from Collin College (Collin County Community College), where he studied Convergence Technology in an NSF funded ATE program. He found out about UNT's IT program through David Keathly and Convergence Technology Center staff Ann Blackman. Once he got to UNT, he dove straight into college life at Santa Fe dorms, where he met his best friends and girlfriend, and started adjusting to Engineering school.
Brandon Gozick received his BS in Computer Engineering from University of North Texas in Summer 2010. The following semester, he began UNT's Graduate program and received a position as a Research Assistant in the Network Security Lab (NSL). During his time here, his interests have grown tremendously in adaptive and ubiquitous mobile computing. He worked with a fellow student on project creating an indoor navigation method for the blind which was subsequently awarded UNT's 2012 Graduate Students Impact Award.
Dr. Ram Dantu, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has created a new way to check blood pressure using a smartphone. Instead of the usual cuff to check blood pressure, Dantu created a small attachment that uses the flat disk of a stethoscope. The diaphragm can be placed over clothing and still take an accurate measurement. Dantu said this is just a prototype and he wants to make something more sophisticated and manufacture it for consumer use.
The UNT Toulouse Graduate School recently announced that Kalyan Pathapati Subbu has been named the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Graduate Students Impact Award. This award goes to the graduate student whose graduate work made or could make the biggest impact on improving lives and society.
Dr. Ram Dantu has received an Innovation Corps award from the National Science Foundation to develop his Mobile Life Guard program for a commercial audience. Dr. Dantu is the only professor in Texas to receive one of the inaugural I-Corps awards, and one of only 21 awardees in the country.
Huiqi Zhang, center, graduated in May 2010 with a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering. At graduation, Dr. Zhang is shown with UNT Provost Warren Burggren on his left and Dr. Ram Dantu, his major professor, on his right. Dr. Zhang defended his dissertation on April 15, 2010. The title of his dissertation was "Socioscope: Human Relationship and Behavior Analysis in Mobile Social Networks." In addition to Dr. Dantu, Dr. Philip Sweany from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Parthasarathy Guturu from the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Dr.