Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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Main Departmental Office
UNT Research Park, F201
P.O. Box 311366
Denton, TX 76203-1366
(940) 565-2767
Web site: www.cse.unt.edu

Krishna M. Kavi, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Akl, Brazile, Dantu, Deng, Garcia, Huang, Irby, Jacob, Kavi, Li, Mihalcea, Mikler, Mohanty, Parberry, Renka, Shahrokhi, Sweany, Swigger, Tarau, Tate, Varanasi.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

For information regarding these degree programs, including admission requirements and degree requirements, contact the department.

The objective of the master’s degree is to produce professional computer scientists capable of contributing technically to the basic core areas of computer engineering and computer science as well as to application areas. The purpose of the doctoral degree is to produce professionals capable of conducting and directing research within the discipline of computer science.

The department is committed to overall excellence in graduate education. Consequently, the programs of study for these degrees include a mixture of course, laboratory and research work designed to place graduates at the forefront of technical excellence.

The department also supports an interdisciplinary doctorate with a major in information science. See the School of Library and Information Sciences section of this catalog for more information.

Research

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has a broad-based research program. Current faculty research interests include artificial intelligence, data and knowledge bases, computer systems architecture, computer graphics and visualization, logic programming, mathematical software, wired and wireless networking, computer security, neural computing, operating systems, parallel and distributed computing, pattern recognition and robotics, programming languages, natural language processing, theory of algorithms and VLSI.

The Center for Research in Wireless Computing (CRWC) was established by a group of faculty in the Department of Computer Sciences in 1990. CRWC is dedicated to the promotion and fostering of basic and applied research in all aspects of the theory and practice of parallel and distributed computing. In addition, the Network Research Laboratory (NRL) provides facilities for research in networking, parallel and distributed algorithms, and large network simulations.

The Computer Systems Research Laboratory investigates multithreaded architectures, compiler optimizations, memory systems, intelligent memory devices and real-time and embedded processing. The resources available to this research include Compaq (DEC) Alpha Servers, Sun Workstations, a four-node SUN SMP server, a tera-byte storage system and several PC based Linux and Window systems.

The CoPS (Computer Privacy and Security) Laboratory conducts research on improving privacy and security of computer systems. The Interactive Media Laboratory conducts research related to human-computer interaction, intelligent interfaces and visualization. Resources include high-end 2D workstations as well as virtual reality hardware and software.

In addition to facilities provided for instructional purposes, the department maintains a large number of PC-based systems, which are available to faculty and graduate students.

Additional support is provided through the potential for interdisciplinary work with other departments and laboratories and a local area network linking the department to the facilities of the campus computer center.

Grants from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the National Science Foundation, the state of Texas, IBM, TWA, EDS and Texas Instruments have contributed to faculty research in algorithm development, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, parallel and distributed computing, computer architecture, computer security and scientific computation. Each of these projects has involved the work of a number of graduate students.

The main library contains more than 36,000 computer-oriented volumes and subscribes to 133 periodicals specializing in the computer field. The library subscribes to both ACM and IEEE digital libraries and several very powerful search engines to help faculty and graduate students with their research.

The department enjoys a friendly working relationship with local and national companies. The department’s Advisory Council is composed of representatives from government agencies and high-tech firms. During the past few years they have helped obtain research funding, fellowships and internships for students in the department.

Degree Programs

The department offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

For information regarding these degree programs, including admission requirements and degree requirements, contact the department.

In all cases admission to graduate degree programs in computer science is competitive since available facilities and faculty do not permit admission of all qualified applicants. Applications, complete with transcripts, and GRE and TOEFL scores, must reach the computer science and engineering department by the following dates to be considered for the term/semester indicated.

October 1 – spring term/semester

March 1 – first summer session

March 1 – fall term/semester

Note that fall applications must be received by March 1 in order to be considered for an assistantship. Students must submit a completed application for assistantship by the above deadline to be considered for financial assistance.

Computer Engineering Program

Master of Science

The department offers the Master of Science with a major in computer engineering.

Program Objectives

1. Graduates will exhibit skills needed to pursue doctoral-level work as well as research careers in industry and academia.

2. Graduates will possess a strong background in the breadth of computer engineering, as evidenced by a good balance between software and hardware skills, including software development, design of digital systems, microprocessors, embedded systems, real-time systems and digital communication networks.

3. Graduates will demonstrate a strong, in-depth knowledge in one of the department’s specialty areas: VLSI, real-time systems, computer systems and communication networks.

4. Graduates will exhibit excellent communication skills, both oral and written, that will assist them in achieving their career goals.

5. Graduates will be highly recruited in a competitive market and make valuable contributions to a wide variety of industries, particularly in computer and information technology.

6. Graduates will pursue life-long learning and continued professional development.

7. Graduates will demonstrate high levels of professional responsibility and ethical behavior.

8. Graduates will undertake leadership roles in their profession, in their communities and in the global society.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the MS with a major in computer engineering will be the same as the requirements for the MS with a major in computer science (see below).

Admission to Candidacy

After removal of all deficiencies and upon completion of all the leveling courses (as described below), the student is required to submit a formal degree plan to his or her adviser and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Failure to fulfill this requirement may prevent the student from enrolling the following term/semester. Admission to candidacy is granted by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies after the degree plan has been approved.

Leveling Courses

All entering students must demonstrate knowledge of the material covered in these courses. An entering student may demonstrate knowledge of the material by:

A student may be required to successfully pass a placement exam to demonstrate their knowledge of the material.

Degree Requirements

Option A: Thesis Option (24 hours of organized course work plus 6 hours of thesis and CSCE 5020). Leveling courses cannot be counted towards these 24 hours.

Option B: Course Option (36 hours of organized course work which may include 3 hours of project and CSCE 5020). Leveling courses cannot be counted towards these 36 hours.

Course Selection

Course Requirements

Area 1: VLSI

Area 2: Communication and Networks

Area 3: Real-Time Systems

Area 4: Computer Systems

General Courses

Computer Science Program

Master of Science

The department offers the Master of Science with a major in computer science.

Admission Requirements

The student must satisfy all the general admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies as well as the admission requirements of the computer science and engineering department as delineated below:

1. an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); contact the department or the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies for information concerning acceptable admission test scores;

2. for applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of at least 580 for the written test or 237 for the computer test also is required;

3. a GPA of at least 3.0 on the most recent 60 hours of course work;

4. completion of a sufficient amount of prior work in the field of computer science, including courses equivalent to CSCE 2610, 3110, and 3600; some undergraduate leveling sequences are available; and

5. at least 15 hours of mathematics, including differential and integral calculus, discrete mathematics and two other courses selected from statistics, linear algebra, abstract algebra, logic, numerical analysis and differential equations.

Students not satisfying conditions 1 through 3 will not be admitted to the computer science program nor will they be allowed to enroll in graduate computer science courses. Those students who satisfy conditions 1 through 3 but who lack some of the computer science background may be provisionally admitted to the program and may enroll in graduate-level courses once any required leveling courses are completed with a grade of B or better. Admission is competitive, and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission to Candidacy

After removal of all deficiencies and upon completion of an additional 12 hours of graduate credit, the student is required to submit a formal degree plan to his or her adviser and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Failure to fulfill this requirement may prevent the student from enrolling the following term/semester.

Admission to candidacy is granted by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies after the degree plan has been approved.

Degree Requirements

The program for the Master of Science degree with a major in computer science is either 31 hours (with thesis) or 37 hours (with 3-hour research project or 6-hour problem in lieu of thesis or just course work). No more than 3 hours of credit in non-organized courses beyond the thesis or project (such as CSCE 5890 or 5900) may be applied toward a master’s degree.

Course Selection

Every graduate student must enroll in CSCE 5020, Current Research in Computer Science and Engineering, during the first fall term/semester of graduate work (after any necessary leveling courses have been completed).

At least 24 hours of graduate work in computer science are required, including the core courses, CSCE 5150, 5450, and 5640. Every graduate student may choose to concentrate in one of several specialty areas (contact the department for a listing of the specialty areas.) To qualify for the master’s degree, the student must earn a grade of B or better in each of the core courses.

Additional courses to be included in the CSCE graduate degree program may be selected from the full listing of CSCE courses, except CSCE 5012 and CSCE 5013.

Minor

From 6 to 12 hours of graduate work in a minor field of computer science application are required. With prior approval of the graduate coordinator, this work may be done outside the computer science and engineering department.

Academic Standards

If a student’s GPA on all graduate and/or deficiency courses falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation the following term/semester. Students who cannot raise their GPA above 3.0 during that term/semester will be dropped from the program.

Graduate Minor in Computer Science

A graduate minor in computer science requires 9 to 12 hours of graduate credit. CSCE 5011-5013 are service courses designed for students who are not computer science majors. Since these are introductory courses, only one of these courses is allowed in the 9-hour minor option, and no more than two of these courses may be included in the 12-hour minor option.

Doctor of Philosophy

The program of study for the doctoral degree with a major in computer science includes formal course work, independent study and research. The purpose of the degree is to produce a professional capable of directing and conducting research within the discipline of computer science.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the doctoral program must meet all general requirements for doctoral candidates at UNT and must have completed all of the requirements (or equivalent work) for the master’s degree as defined in the previous section. Additional requirements are delineated below:

1. an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); contact the department or the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies for information concerning acceptable admission test scores;

2. a 3.5 GPA on the most recent 30 hours of course work;

3. for applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of at least 580 for the written test or 237 for the computer test is required; and

4. three letters of recommendation.

Admission is competitive, and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Degree Requirements

In addition to satisfying the general requirements for all UNT doctoral degrees, a student must satisfactorily complete the following:

1. a minimum of 12 hours of 6000-level organized courses in computer science;

2. the residence requirement, consisting of two consecutive terms/semesters of enrollment in at least 9 semester hours;

3. satisfactory completion of a written comprehensive examination prior to submitting a proposal for dissertation research; and

4. submission and successful defense of the doctoral dissertation.

More detailed information on degree requirements is available upon request from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Language or Tool Subject Requirements

Consult the graduate adviser, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, for requirements.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.