A research article released last year shares findings from faculty and undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Tyler.
These students were Jonathan M. Comer, Juan C. Cerda and Chris D. Martinez.
The paper, published in the International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing, shared their research regarding the design of a certain type of cellular computing machinery (cellular automata-based pseudo-random number generators) on field-programmable gate arrays, a type of reconfigurable electronics hardware.
This was a new way to look at the technologies, the professor said, and they considered the advantages and disadvantages of it.
Hoe said their research showed an efficient way to build a high-quality random-number generator based on the field-programmable gate arrays.
This research — specifically in the area of pseudo-random number generators — has applications in encryption devices that could be used in mobile computing, identification cards, passports or credit cards.
Shirvaikar said they hope to develop the research and secure grant funding for it.
They presented a conference paper in Idaho.
Last summer, they started research with another undergraduate student, Lakshman Raut, on a stream cipher encryption circuit suitable for use in radiofrequency ID tags.
If that goes well for the next couple of years, they could apply for a patent on the technology.
Raut’s research was presented at a statewide poster competition in El Paso in September, where he won first prize in the engineering category.
“It’s great,” Shirvaikar said of the undergraduate research.
“It creates more involved and excited and dedicated students because they really see, I should say, (a) higher level of thinking, and they can see the applications and they really fall in love with the work. And so we get really motivated students.”
“Once they started getting interested in the work, we literally could not get them out of the lab,” Shirvaikar said.
All the participating students graduated with undergraduate degrees from UT Tyler.
Cerda and Martinez continued at the university in the electrical engineering master’s program and were working in the lab.
Comer began work in the fall on a doctorate in cell biology at UT Dallas.
“It’s a good milestone to get a journal paper out because it shows the quality of your research since it’s been reviewed by your peers in academia,” Hoe said.