Vikram Chandrasekaran is originally from India. He received his B.E. from Anna University, India and will be receiving his M.S. in Computer Science in August 2010. He is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Ram Dantu.
Santi Phithakkitnukoon received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at the December 2009 graduation. Santi has defended his dissertation "Inferring Social and Internal Context using a Mobile Phone" in October 2009. His major professor was Ram Dantu, Associate Professor in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Santi Phithakkitnukoon defended his dissertation "Inferring Social and Internal Context using a Mobile Phone" on October 1, 2009. His major professor was Ram Dantu, Associate Professor in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Other members on his committee included Phil Sweany, Associate Professor in the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Parthasarathy Guturu, Assistant Professor in the UNT Department of Electrical Engineering; and João Cangussu, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Santi Phithakkitnukoon is originally from Chiang Mai, Thailand. He received both of his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Digital Signal Processing and Communications from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He is currently working with Dr. Ram Dantu as a research assistant. His interest has been about applying machine learning techniques to real world problems to design and develop algorithms that allow computing devices to assist people for a better quality of life.
Paul Sroufe will be receiving his M.S. in Computer Science in December 2009. He specializes in computer networks where his passion is information security. Paul has been working with Dr. Ram Dantu for over a year on various research projects and papers. He has recently published a paper on his work involving behavioral feature extraction of emails. Another long paper is in submission currently. The work includes spam and ham classification, identifying spam botnets, and personal finger print analysis of emails. This work will hopefully be a good foundation for his thesis.
The research of Dr. Ram Dantu, Associate Professor, is featured on the cover of the Spring 2009 edition of UNT Research. "Computer Scientists Overhaul 9-1-1 System to keep up with new Technology" is about Dr. Dantu's work with a multi-university team experimenting on the next generation of 9-1-1 services which will address the challenges presented by Internet-based phones and other emerging technology. Dr. Dantu's research lab was also featured in the November 2008 student newsletter.
Santi Phithakkitnukoon, a NSL doctoral student, has received one of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation awards for support to begin in Fall 2008. The Thesis and Dissertation awards support outstanding masters or doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are in the last year of actively working on their thesis or dissertation research and writing. Congratulations, Santi, on receiving this award!
Prakash Kolan graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in Fall 2007. While he was a graduate student, he worked as a Research Assistant under Dr. Ram Dantu in the Network Security Laboratory. In July 2007, Prakash successfully defended his dissertation titled "Socio-Technical Defense against Voice Spamming". His Ph.D. work resulted in solutions for identifying unwanted calls on a Voice over IP network. His techniques are based on adaptive learning of end user's behavior in making and receiving calls.
Dr. Ram Dantu has been named a finalist for the Innovator Award for the 2008 Tech Titan Awards given by the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC). The Innovator Award recognizes the pioneering accomplishments of a person, team or group responsible for the creation of breakthrough ideas, processes or products which have advanced the discipline(s) of the arts, education, electronics, energy, engineering, environment, medicine, and/or science.
Paul Sroufe will be receiving his B.S. in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He specializes in computer networks where his passion is information security. When not playing games, Paul spends a lot of his free time doing self projects using Unix/Linux. Recently, he went down to Corpus Christi to the Cyber Defense Competition where his team placed 5th. This experience was a definite highlight during college and he recommends it to everyone.