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2nd Annual CS Research Expo Encourages Research Amongst Undergraduate Students

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Last February, the UT Dallas Computer Science Department held the second Annual Computer Science Research Expo (CSREX) as a way to encourage undergraduate research. Computer Science students from around Texas and the Southwest submitted their research papers, posters, and software demos for the Expo. The Expo aimed to promote undergraduate research by having Computer Science (CS) and Software Engineering (SE) undergraduate students present their research. Undergraduate UT Dallas CS/SE Students were especially encouraged to participate.

The 2016 CS Research Expo received twenty-one submissions,DSC_0147 including several from students outside UT Dallas. Of those, fifteen submissions were selected to be presented at the Expo. Among the selected submissions, five were selected from schools outside of UT Dallas, including Louisiana State University (LSU), Kansas State University, California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Houston. Notably, three of the UT Dallas student teams came from Drs. Linda Morales and Janell Straach’s Undergraduate Research course in Fall 2015 where students conducted research under the guidance of UT Dallas CS/SE faculty.

Presentations at the Undergraduate CS Research Expo were selected and judged by a program committee consisting of UT Dallas CS faculty including Prof. John Cole (chair), Prof. Shyam Karrah, Dr. Gopal Gupta, Dr. Zygmunt Haas, Dr. Ryan McMahan, Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, and Dr. Ovidiu Daescu.

The 15-minute student presentations in the morning and afternoon ranged from research papers to posters to software demos. DSC_0175Presentations covered a wide variety of topics in computer science including cyber security, computing theory, intelligent systems, interactive computing, networking, software engineering, and systems. The presentations subsequently were judged by the Program Committee aided by Dr. Khiem Le, UT Dallas CS professor. The Expo offered cash prizes of up to $5,000.

The expo also included a series of brief talks given by UT Dallas CS faculty members. Dr. Zygmunt Haas gave a short presentation on the importance of attaining a PhD and the advantages of obtaining a PhD from UT Dallas. Drs. Andrian Marcus, Sanda Harabagiu, Xiaohu Guo, Benjamin Raichel, Jason Jue, and Bhavani Thuraisingham highlighted research currently being conducted in areas of Cyber Security, Computer Systems, Software Engineering, Networking, Computing Theory, and Intelligent Systems groups, respectively, within the UT Dallas CS Department.


 

The winners of the 2015 Computer Science Expo were the following:

First PlaceImproving CRISPR colorectal cancer prognostic measurements using algorithmic mining and Deep Learning (poster) – Vasu Jindal – UT DallasDSC_0307Second PlaceExperimental Study with Real-world Data for Android App Security Analysis using Machine Learning (paper) – Jordan DeLoach – Kansas State UniversityDSC_0327

Third PlaceAn Answer Set Programming Approach to the Degree Audit Problem (paper) – Arman Sobhi and Saikiran Srirangapalli – UT Dallas

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Honorable Mention – Closed World Website Fingerprinting Using Data Mining (paper) – Haneya Khan – UT DallasDSC_0323


 

The following is a list of all the undergraduate research projects presented at the 2016 Undergraduate Computer Science Research Expo:

  1. Experimental Study with Real-world Data for Android App Security Analysis using Machine Learning (paper) – Jordan DeLoach – Kansas State University
  2. Optimal Entropy Transformation Algorithms (paper) – Michael Casebolt – California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo
  3. EEG Data Visualization with an iOS App (paper) – Jonathan Garza, Israel Cervantes, Eloy Perez, Yuchou Chang and Hong Lin – University of Houston-Downtown
  4. Feature Extraction and Signal Processing of Open-Source Brain-Computer Interface (paper) – Eloy Perez, Israel Cervantes, Esteban Duran, Gabriel Bustamante, Jomar Dizon, Yuchou Chang and Hong Lin – University of Houston-Downtown
  5. Software Safety in the Machine Protection of the LHC: Its Significance and Evolution (paper) – Kyle Eastin Louisiana State University
  6. Linear Cryptanalytic Attack on Quasigroup Block Cipher (paper) – Leonora Gerlock and Abhishek Parakh – University of Nebraska at Omaha
  7. An Answer Set Programming Approach to the Degree Audit Problem (paper) – Arman Sobhi and Saikiran Srirangapalli – UT Dallas
  8. Closed World Website Fingerprinting Using Data Mining (paper) – Haneya Khan – UT Dallas
  9. Enhancing Website Fingerprinting Attacks in an Open World Scenario (paper) – Asim Siddiqui – UT Dallas
  10. Ask Jen^2y, a Watson-Based Application For Solving Physics Word Problems (paper) – Adrian Armaselu, Nathan Hayes and John Southerland – UT Dallas
  11. A Parallel C++ Standard Template Library: Developing Tools for the Future (poster) – Grant Mercer – Louisiana State University
  12. Dynamic, Real-Time Generation and Navigation of a Navigation-Mesh Map (poster) – Winston Carlile – UT Dallas
  13. American Sign Language Translator Using Gesture Recognition (poster) – James Perkins and Dvijesh Shastri – University of Houston-Downtown
  14. Galois Field (poster) – Amber Hasan – UT Dallas
  15. Improving CRISPR colorectal cancer prognostic measurements using algorithmic mining and Deep Learning (poster) – Vasu Jindal – UT Dallas

 

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Please  click here  to view additional photos from the 2016 Computer Science Research Expo & click here to see photos from past UT Dallas CS related events.


About the UT Dallas Computer Science Department

The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 1,600 bachelor’s-degree students, more than 1,100 master’s students, 160 PhD students, and 80 faculty members, as of Fall 2015. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.

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