NSL Student Chaitra Vijaygopalraj Urs Wins Outstanding Master's Student in Computer Engineering Award
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. Chaitra is also employed as a Graduate Technology Assistant at Texas Center for Digital Knowledge (TxCDK), under the College of Information, UNT, where she develops and redesigns websites along with handling Virtual Machines and Servers.
Chaitra defended her thesis titled "A Vehicle-Collision Learning System using Driving Patterns on the Road" in March 2013. Her research work resulted in studying different dynamics of the vehicle system using various sensors, along with understanding the collision types and their signatures in correlation with vehicle driving maneuvers, to further develop potential safety applications for the vehicle on the road. Her work involving vehicle collision and notification framework was selected to be presented at the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
She was involved as a System Support and Volunteer, at the iConference 2013 in Fort Worth, hosted by the College of Information, UNT. She is an active member at the World Echoes organization, serving as the event coordinator, enthusiastically participating and conducting events. During her free time she likes paint, sketch and create artistic works.