Research


Research

 

COMPUTING ALLIANCE OF HISPANIC-SERVING INSTITUTIONS (CAHSI)

UTEP CS leads an effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) areas.

Location: CCSB 3.1002; Contact: Claudia Casas, ccasas@utep.edu.

 

CENTERS

ARMY HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING RESEARCH CENTER (AHPCRC)

The research conducted in this lab addresses some of the Army’s most difficult scientific and engineering challenges using high performance and power-and energy -efficient computing, emerging technologies, algorithm development, simulation and analytical modeling. Current research aims to: (1) reduce the energy footprint of important battlefield applications, while producing timely output that facilitates decision making; (2) guide the design and operation of private computing Cloudlets that will serve mission critical operations; and (3) develop the services (application solutions) that will be provided by these Cloudlets via migration of applications to emerging technologies embedded in portable devices carried by Warfighters and fielded mobile computing platforms.

Location: Prospect Hall Room 121; Contact: Pat Teller, Professor, pteller@utep.edu.

 

CYBER-SHARE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

The mission of Cyber-ShARE Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology is to advance education and research through cyber infrastructures that support information exchange and integration, as well as collaborative interdisciplinary research. The Center’s cyber infrastructure (CI) efforts are focused on the following: 1) CI, computational science, and technology-enabled science research that link methods across multiple fields to support scientific data acquisition, integration, and analysis; and 2) CI, dissemination and training that focus on making CI products and tools accessible and usable.

Location: Classroom Building, Room 401; Contact: Monika Akbar, Phd, makbar@utep.edu.

 

CENTER FOR INFORMATION ASSURANCE

The Center has a portfolio of research projects in such areas as privacy-preserving databases and authentication and trust in distributed systems.

Contact: Luc Longpré, Associate Professor, longpre@utep.edu.

 

RESEARCH LABS

DISCOVERY ANALYTICS LABORATORY

The Discovery Analytics Laboratory (DAL) is engaged in research on knowledge discovery from big data. Specific research foci of this lab lie in the following areas: data mining and machine learning, text analytics, artificial intelligence, transfer learning, computational biology, and visual analytics. Along with the development of theoretical algorithmic frameworks, the lab builds prototypes to solve data mining problems in different disciplines. The research efforts include, but are not limited to, applications in biomedical science, biology, intelligence analysis, social network analysis, mechanical engineering, sustainability, and software engineering.

Location: CCSB 3.1202; Contact: Mahmud Shahriar Hossain, Assistant Professor, mhossain@utep.edu.

 

HIGH PERFOMANCE SYSTEMS LAB (HIPERSYS)

The research conducted in the HiPerSys lab, under the direction of Teller and Arunagiri, focuses on performance-enhancing adaptations, both static and dynamic, of high performance computer applications, operating systems, runtime systems, I/O subsystems, and computer architectures. In this case, the term performance encompasses execution time, resource utilization, power and energy efficiency, output accuracy, throughput, and latency guarantees. This research involves workload characterization, algorithm analysis and development, and performance measurement, modeling, and analysis.

Location: Prospect Hall Room 121; Contact: Pat Teller, Professor, pteller@utep.edu.

 

LINKING KNOWLEDGE ACROSS DISCIPLINES, DATA AND MODELS (iLink)

iLink interdisciplinary research aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the discovery, integration, processing and interpretation of scientific data. Our current approaches link human and machine knowledge to address societally-relevant problems in the areas of biomedical informatics, environmental sciences, geosciences and climate change.

Location: CCSB 3.1202; Contact: Natalia Villanueva-Rosales, Assistant Professor, nvillanuevarosales@utep.edu.

 

INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS GROUP (ISG)

The students and faculty of the interactive Systems Group conduct research in models of interaction and the engineering of interactive systems. The Group’s research focuses on the intersection of spoken language and human-computer interaction, applying multiple methods: statistical, linguistic, systems-building, and experimental. Current research projects include using prosodic information to improve speech recognition and using paralinguistic behaviors to improve the realism of embodied conversational agents. To see more about the ISG, check out their website at: http://isg.cs.utep.edu/

Location: CCSB 1.0404; Contact: Nigel Ward, Professor, nigel@utep.edu & David Novick, Professor, novick@utep.edu.

 

INTELLIGENT AGENTS AND STRATEGIC REASONING LABORATORY (IASRL)

The Intelligent Agents and Strategic Reasoning Lab is engaged in research on how computers can help us to reason about complex, multi-agent environments to make better strategic decisions. We develop new techniques and algorithms that draw on many areas of artificial intelligence, including computational game theory, agent-based simulation, optimization, and machine learning. We are also involved in many exciting real-world applications of strategic reasoning, including scheduling and resource allocation policies for Homeland Security and Border Patrol, game theory for computer network security, and designing trading agents for decentralized energy markets.

Location:  CCSB 2.0902, Contact: Christopher Kiekintveld, Assistant Professor, cdkiekintveld@utep.edu.

 

MEDIA-PROPELLED COMPUTATIONAL-THINKING (IMPACT)

The iMPaCT educational research group creates and evaluates educational learning modules that use the programming of low-level graphics to engage students in the exploration of mathematics and various dynamics phenomena. iMPaCT modules have been embedded into into a variety of introductory programming, mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering courses and collaborators include faculty from UTEP’s college of Science, education, and business, El Paso public schools, NYU, and the US Military Academy at West Point.

Location: CCSB 3.1202, Contact: Eric Freudenthal, Associate Professor, efreudenthal@utep.edu.

 

PERFOMANCE-ORIENTED MODELS AND MECHANISMS FOR MULTI-CORE BASED MULTIPROCESOR SYSTEMS (POM4S)

The POM4S research group is part of the U.S Army High Performance Research Center that aims to apply advanced computational science and engineering to critical Army research challenges. Areas include: stream programming for high performance computing, simulation and modeling to enhance performance of multicore processor systems, high performance optimization, and hybrid optimization schemes for parameter estimation problems.

 

ROBUST AUTONOMIC SYSTEMS GROUP

The students and faculty in the Robust Autonomic Systems group examine automatic techniques that provide performance scalability, and stability in dynamic contexts including partial system failure. Prior efforts have developed techniques for or related to distributing and updating authorization credentials, providing secure and timely communications with biomedical devices, adaptively modulating surveillance camera resolution, monitoring communications within military aircraft, and using virtualization to reduce the overhead of workstation maintenance.

Location: CCSB 3.1202, Contact: Eric Freudenthal, Associate Professor, efreudenthal@utep.edu.

 

SOFTWARE SPECIFICATION AND VERIFICATION LABORATORY (SSVL)

The SSVL research group aims to advance the practices that support development of correct and reliable computer programs. The focus is on formal methods–mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of computer programs–in the development of computer programs. The research aims to develop theories and techniques that are usable by practicing programmers with minimal mathematical background.

Location: CCSB 3.1202, Yoonsik Cheon, Associate Professor, ycheon@utep.edu.

 

THEORETICAL RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (TRACS)

The focus of TRACS is on development of theory for useful applications. Areas of interest include data (and image) and decision making under uncertainty, constraints, and possible adversity, in particular in relation to online systems and cyber infrastructure. Current applications include the following environmental research, geosciences, biomedical applications, security, and privacy, among others. Special areas of expertise include computer security, constraints, decision making, and interval uncertainty.

Location: CCSB 2.0902; Contact: Martine Ceberio, Associate Professor, mceberio@utep.edu , Luc Longpré, Associate Professor, longpre@utep.edu, & Vladik Kreinovich, Professor, vladik@utep.edu.

 

VISION AND LEARNING LAB (VLL)

The VLL group works on research aimed at developing solutions based on Machine Learning to challenging practical problems. Areas of particular interest include transfer learning from unbalanced datasets and intelligent optimization, as well as applications is computer vision, human-computer interaction, natural language processing and scientific data analysis.

Location: CCSB 2.0902; Contact: Olac Fuentes, Associate Professor, ofuentes@utep.edu.