Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas PS Financials: Budget Deficit Handling Workshop Friday, Jul 25
(9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.)

This course is intended for UT Dallas staff and/or faculty using PeopleSoft's Financial Management System (Gemini Financials). The session explores various tools such as the OBIEE Budget Deficit Report, Encumbrance Query and other tools to review and correct Budget Deficits.

Course length: 45 minutes

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ETS Workshop: Getting Started with eLearning Friday, Jul 25
(9 a.m. - 10 a.m.)

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This one-hour hands-on workshop covers the basic skills needed to get started using the new eLearning system in your class.  Topics include learning the new system's interface, uploading and organizing content, discussing basic communication tools (i.e. announcements, discussions), and taking a first look at the Grade Center.  (Please Note: Classes will be limited to fifteen participants each. Additional dates will be added if needed.)




The materials covered in this training are also available by watching the "NEW eLearning Demo for Faculty" video.  If you are unable to attend one of the sessions below or would prefer to watch the training online, this online video is an alternative available to you.

Tasks 1836.106 and 1836.103, CMOS IF-Sampler with 100 dB Linearity and MARS for Reliable Bioelectronic Interface Circuits by Dr. Yun Chiu, UT Dallas Friday, Jul 25
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)



We present a calibration technique to linearize the sample-and-hold (S/H) circuits realized exclusively in CMOS technology for IF-sampling applications that can achieve a spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of over 100 dB. A derivative-based error model is developed to address the dynamic nonlinearity in CMOS S/H circuits. An analog high-pass filter (HPF) derivative-estimation technique is also proposed to obtain direct derivative information (DDI) of the analog input as opposed to using digital interpolation filters that suffer from bandwidth limitations. A 65-nm CMOS S/H circuit with an accompanying analog derivative filter is designed and simulated. The results post-processed using the calibration model reveal that the S/H SFDR is improved from ~70 dB to over 100 dB for input frequencies up to 500 MHz.


In the second part of this talk, a background calibration technique is reported to track and correct motion-induced distortions for electrocardiogram (ECG) and electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring. A low-level test signal is injected into the electrode-tissue interface (ETI) for online detection of the interface impedance variation. The test signal upon detection is cross-correlated to its original known form to determine the time-varying gain of the signal acquisition path including the ETI, the cable, and the front-end of a biopotential recorder. This work embodies the first attempt to adaptively compensate the ETI characteristic variation in the form of multiplicative motion artifact (MMA). When combined with the treatment of additive motion artifact (AMA) or baseline wander, highly reliable bioelectronic interface can become practical using low-cost, dry-contact electrodes. Some ECG and EEG measurements results will be shown and a prototype chip plan will be identified.




Yun Chiu is an Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is in charge of the Analog and Mixed-Signal Lab of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Chiu's research interests are in the design of energy-efficient, highly integrated analog-digital interface ICs, encompassing data converters (ADC, DAC), amplifiers and filters, RF transmitter and receiver front-ends, power electronics, bio-electronic interfaces, and detector front-end electronics for particle/nuclear experiments.

Dr. Chiu co-received the Jack Kilby Outstanding Paper Award from the 2004 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the 46th ISSCC/DAC Student Design Contest Award in 2009, and the Best Regular Paper Award from the 2012 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs from 2007 to 2009, and has served or is serving on the technical program committees of a few IEEE solid-state circuits conferences including CICC, A-SSCC, and VLSI

Summer Listening Camp (The Crystal Charity Ball Cochlear Implant Camp) Monday, Jul 21 - Friday, Jul 25
(9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: Cross Creek Ranch.

July 21 - 25 Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Age Requirement: 4 - 11 years

Melissa Sweeney
214-905-3139Tuition: $225
Send a non-refundable $75 deposit before May 16
Summer Camp Experience Scholarship

Registration Deadline: May 16, 2014
Registration Form (English)
Registration Form (Spanish)

Cross Creek Ranch
(formerly Swingin' D Ranch)
3406 Dublin Road
Parker, TX 75002

UT Dallas Summer Chess Camp (week 4) Friday, Jul 25
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Make the right move for your child this summer! Chess develops your child’s reading and math ability, critical and analytical thinking skills, and builds character and self-esteem. But don’t tell the kids...they think chess is fun!

UT Dallas Chess Camp instructors include top-ranked and internationally recognized winners of various collegiate chess tournaments. Camp tuition includes a souvenir T-shirt, a chess board and pieces, trophy, certificate, score book and group photo (snacks and drinks are also provided). Classes are grouped by ability, age, experience and instructor assessment. Classes are small with a low student-to-teacher ratio.

Additional info


• 7-13

Camp groups include

  • Beginners, who master the basic rules and fundamentals of chess
  • Intermediate players, who build on basic chess knowledge with key strategies and ideas
  • Advanced players, who sharpen their competitive edge with advanced strategies for tournament play

Choose the session that fits your child’s schedule: morning sessions are from 9 a.m. - noon, and afternoon sessions are from 1 - 4 p.m.

Enroll your child for multiple weeks and watch their chess skills improve over the summer.

UT Dallas also offers an Absolute Beginners Class (ABC) for adults with little or no chess knowledge. In addition to learning the basics, adults will learn how to organize scholastic chess clubs and participate in tournaments. ABC sessions are available morning or afternoon all weeks.

2014 Summer Camp Details



Chess camps are held in the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management.
JSOM on the UT Dallas Campus map


  • July 21-25
If you REALLY want to know - Shawn Mayer MFA Exhibition Saturday, Jul 12 - Saturday, Jul 26 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12,  8 pm 

CentralTrak resident Shawn Mayer presents a series of videos and photographic installations titled “If you REALLY want to know.” Mayer’s thesis exhibition re-examines slice-of-life moments and injects them with a wild dose of existential humor bordering on a stand-up comedy routine. The work is inspired by various forms of amature digital media such as YouTube volgs, Reddit posts, animated gifs, and Instagram images.  Many of the installations incorporate modern vernacular mediums such as flat-screen TVs, cell phones, GPS devices and computers.



Shawn Mayer

Shawn Mayer completed his MFA in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas this spring and holds a BA in Music and a BFA in drawing from the University of Missouri (2008). He has since worked in animation, production and post-production for television and commercial programming. His work aims to bridge the gap between physical, traditional and technological media combining them with immersive and often interactive elements to create new, unconventional art. His areas of focus include online media, emergent play, and folk practices used in gallery spaces to create unexpected experiences. Shawn was accepted as resident at CentralTrak: the UT Dallas artists’ residency in 2013. His work has been shown at the Lawndale Art Center, the Houston Art League, and Deep Ellum Windows.

Visit CentralTrak online


Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free




CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion exhibition space encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.

CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Comet Debate Institute Sunday, Jul 13 - Saturday, Jul 26

The Comet Debate Institute (CDI) is your opportunity to work with the faculty and debaters at The University of Texas at Dallas, one of the nation’s fastest-rising and most successful debate programs. The CDI offers outstanding instruction in preparation for the 2014 National Forensics League topic for 2 person cross-examination debate. New to CDI this year are our Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum sections!

36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society Wednesday, Jul 23 - Saturday, Jul 26 Location: Quebec City, Canada.

July 23-26: CogSci2014, co-located with AAAI
Quebec City, Canada

Co-Chairs: Paul Bello, Marcello Guarini, Marjorie McShane and Brian Scassellati

Summer 2014 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 2nd 5-week Session Friday, Jul 11 - Monday, Jul 28 ]]> 100+ Computer Programming Summer Camps for school students! Monday, Jun 9 - Friday, Aug 22
(9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Various classrooms/labs in ECSS, SPN and ATC buildings.

Lots of changes for 2014 Programming Summer Camps! Residential option (stay on-campus) for campers, more frequency for popular camps, expansion to Elementary & middle school students, introduction of 1/2 day camps, 12 off-site camps and class size limit to 20 students! We plan to run 100+ camps in 11 weeks! Each camp will run for the whole week (Exception: Week 4 camps will end on Thursday, since Friday July 4th is a holiday). Half-day camps will meet in the mornings or evenings as specified in the schedule. See the full list & registration information @

Computer Programming Summer Camps Monday, Jun 9 - Friday, Aug 22
(9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Several classrooms/labs in ECSS, ATC and SPN buildings.

Tons of summer camps in 11 weeks of Summer (86 and counting - includes 21 off-site camps)! All camps will run for 1 week, but there will be a few Mornings-only & Afternoons-only camps too. Each camp will be limited to 20 students. Popular ones will run every 2-3 weeks once. Details @