I am currently a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder and work with Dr. Tam Vu in association with the Mobile and Networked Systems (MNS) Lab. I completed my B.S. degree in computer science with a major in mathematics from University of Science (HCMC - Vietnam) in 2009. I continued my education through my M.S. degree from the Chonnam National University (South Korea) in 2012 with a research focus on pattern recognition, machine learning, and visual information processing.


My research interest spans the areas of building wearable and mobile systems to capture various physiological signals for understanding human body’s health, improving current health care practice, and enhancing smart building efficiency. I have been leading three (03) pivotal projects in which we design and implement novel, practical, and industrial-level hardware and software to realize closed-loop personalized sleep care through high-fidelity brain tracking and just-in-time brain stimulation wearables. We have been collaborating with Children’s Hospital Colorado and Anschutz Medical Campus to prove the medical significance and technical advances of our novel systems. Our contributions were published in selective venues including ACM MobiCom, ACM SenSys, ACM MobiSys with two Best Paper awards from ACM SenSys 2016 and ACM MobiCom 2019, two Best Paper Runner Up awards from ACM MobiCom 2017 and ACM SenSys 2018, three Research Highlights from CACM 2018 and SIGMOBILE 2017 and 2016, and four patents.


I am currently in the academic job market.

News

  • 04/2021: Successfully proposed my Ph.D. dissertation
  • 04/2021: Invited to give a Guest Lecture in a graduate NetSys class
  • 04/2020: Awarded Departmental Summer Research Fellowship 2020
  • 03/2020: Our Painometry is accepted to ACM MobiSys 2020
  • 10/2019: Our eBP is awarded Best Paper at ACM MobiCom 2019
  • 08/2019: Our Smartphone-Based SpO2 Measurement paper is accepted to TOSN
  • 07/2019: Our eBP paper is accepted to ACM MobiCom 2019
  • 02/2019: Served as a Committee Member in Grace Hopper Celebration 2019
  • 01/2019: Served as a Social media Co-Chair in N2 Women Board 2019
  • 11/2018: My Grad Talk in RMCWiC'18 is awarded Honorable Mention
  • 11/2018: Giving a Grad Talk on our in-ear sensing (iES) system in Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing (RMCWiC) 2018, ACM Celebration Event
  • 11/2018: Our LIBS paper is published in Communications of the ACM Vol. 61(11)
  • 11/2018: Our CapBand paper won Best Paper Runner-up Award at ACM SenSys 2018
  • 07/2018: Our CapBand paper is accepted to ACM SenSys'18
  • 02/2018: Our LIBS work is awarded in Google Faculty Research Award 2017
  • 02/2018: Our TYTH paper is accepted to ACM MobiSys'18
  • 01/2018: Served as a Social media Co-Chair in N2 Women Board 2018
  • 10/2017: Our "Android User Privacy Preserving through Crowdsourcing" paper is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security
  • 10/2017: Our PhO2 paper is awarded Best Presentation at ACM MobiCom-S3 workshop 2017
  • 10/2017: Our MobileOx App won the 2nd prize in the MobiCom 2017 App Contest
  • 09/2017: Our LIBS paper is awarded CACM Research Highlights
  • 08/2017: Organized a N2 Women meeting in conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2017. Kindly find the flyer here.
  • 08/2017: Awarded N2 Women Young Researcher Fellowship
  • 08/2017: Our PhO2 paper is accepted to ACM MobiCom-S3 workshop 2017
  • 07/2017: Our PhO2 paper is accepted to ACM SenSys'17
  • 07/2017: Served as a Technical Program Committee Member in ACM MobiCom - S3 Workshop 2017
  • 05/2017: Awarded NSF Student Travel Grant from ACM MobiSys 2017
  • 04/2017: Our LIBS paper is awarded ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlights
  • 04/2017: Our Capacitive Sensing Wirstband is accepted to ACM MobiSys-WearSys workshop 2017
  • 04/2017: Our PaperKey demo is accepted to ACM MobiSys 2017
  • 02/2017: Our Matthan is accepted to ACM MobiSys 2017
  • 11/2016: Awarded Best Paper at ACM SenSys 2016
  • 10/2016: Awarded NSF Student Travel Grant from ACM SenSys 2016
  • 08/2016: Our LIBS paper is accepted to ACM MobiCom-S3 workshop 2016
  • 07/2016: Our In-ear biological signal sensing paper is accepted to ACM SenSys 2016
  • 06/2016: Our "Android Permission Recommendation using Transitive Bayesian Inference Model" paper is accepted to ESORICS 2016
  • 05/2016: Our In-ear biosignal recording system paper is accepted to ACM MobiSys-WearSys workshop 2016
  • 04/2016: Our "Cost-effective RF-based Detection of Drones" paper is accepted to ACM MobiSys-DroNet workshop 2016
  • 04/2015: Awarded NSF Student Travel Grant from CRA-Women Grad Cohort Workshop 2015
  • 02/2015: Our mSleepWatcher paper is accepted to ISSAT MCSE 2015
  • 09/2014: Awarded Student Travel Grant Award from Broadening Participation Workshop hosted by ACM Ubicomp 2014
  • 05/2014: Accepted into the Engineering and Applied Science Ph.D. Program in University of Colorado Denver

Publications

  • Painometry: Wearable and Objective Quantification System for Acute Postoperative Pain [PDF]
    ACM MobiSys 2020 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, June 2020
    Hoang Truong, Nam Bui, Zohreh Raghebi, Marta Ceko, Nhat Pham, Phuc Nguyen, Anh Nguyen, Taeho Kim, Katrina Siegfried, Evan Stene, Taylor Tvrdy, Logan Weinman, Thomas Payne, Devin Burke, Thang Dinh, Sidney D’Mello, Farnoush Banaei-Kashani, Tor Wager, Pavel Goldstein, and Tam Vu
  • eBP: A Wearable System For Frequent and Comfortable Blood Pressure Monitoring From User's Ear [PDF]
    Best Paper Award
    ACM MobiCom 2019 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, October 2019
    Nam Bui, Nhat Pham, Jessica Jacqueline Barnitz, Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Taeho Kim, Anh Nguyen, Zhanan Zou, Nicholas Farrow, Jianliang Xiao, Robin Deterding, Thang Dinh, and Tam Vu
  • Smartphone-Based SpO2 Measurement by Exploiting Wavelengths Separation And Chromophore Compensation [PDF]
    ACM TOSN - The ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, 2019
    Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Ashwin Ashok, Thang Dinh, Robin Deterding, and Tam Vu
  • Demo: Earable - An Ear-Worn Biosignal Sensing Platform for Cognitive State Monitoring and Human-Computer Interaction [PDF] [DEMO]
    ACM MobiSys 2019 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, June 2019
    Nhat Pham, Taeho Kim, Frederick M Thayer, Anh Nguyen, and Tam Vu
  • LIBS: A Bioelectrical Sensing System from Human Ears for Staging Whole-Night Sleep Study [PDF] [Link]
    Magazine Communications of the ACM
    Anh Nguyen, Raghda Alqurashi, Zohreh Raghebi, Farnoush Banaei-kashani, Ann C. Halbower, and Tam Vu
  • CapBand: Battery-free Successive Capacitance Sensing Wristband for Hand Gesture Recognition [PDF]
    Best Paper Award Nominee
    ACM SenSys 2018 - The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, November 2018
    Hoang Truong, Shuo Zhang, Ufuk Muncuk, Phuc Nguyen, Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Qin Lv, Kaushik Chowdhury, Thang Dinh, and Tam Vu
    (23 out of 147 submissions, acceptance ratio: 15.6%)
  • TYTH-Typing On Your Teeth: Tongue-Teeth Localization for Human-Computer Interface [PDF]
    ACM MobiSys 2018 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, June 2018
    Phuc Nguyen, Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Abhijit Suresh, Matthew Whitlock, Duy Pham, Thang Dinh, and Tam Vu
    (37 out of 138 submissions, acceptance ratio: 26.8%)
  • LIBS: A Lightweight and Inexpensive In-Ear Sensing System for Automatic Whole-Night Sleep Stage Monitoring [PDF] [Link]
    ACM GetMobile Highlights
    Anh Nguyen, Raghda Alqurashi, Zohreh Raghebi, Farnoush Banaei-kashani, Ann C. Halbower, and Tam Vu
  • Android User Privacy Preserving through Crowdsourcing [PDF]
    IEEE TIFS 2017 - IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, 2017
    Bahman Rashidi, Carol Fung, Anh Nguyen, Tam Vu, and Elisa Bertino
  • Photometry based Blood Oxygen Estimation through Smartphone Cameras [PDF]
    Best Presentation Award
    ACM MobiCom-S3 2017 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking - The Ninth Wireless of the Students, by the Students, and for the Students Workshop, October 2017
    Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Ashwin Ashok, Thang Dinh, Robin Deterding, and Tam Vu
  • PhO2: Optical 3D printed elements and NIR/R light extraction techniques for phone-base blood oxygen level measurement [PDF]
    Best Paper Award Nominee
    ACM SenSys 2017 - The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, November 2017
    Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Ashwin Ashok, Thang Dinh, Robin Deterding, and Tam Vu
    (26 out of 151 submissions, acceptance ratio: 17.2%)
    (The app won the 2nd prize ACM MobiCom App Contest in 2017.)
  • Demo: Fusing Mobile Sensors for Paper Keyboard On-the-Go [PDF] [DEMO] [Link]
    ACM MobiSys 2017 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, June 2017
    Anh Nguyen, Duy Nguyen, Nhan Nguyen, Ashwin Ashok, Binh Nguyen, Bao Pham, and Tam Vu
  • Matthan: Drone Presence Detection by Identifying Physical Signatures in the Drone’s RF Communication [PDF] [DEMO]
    ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlights
    ACM MobiSys 2017 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, June 2017
    Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Mahesh Ravindranathan, Anh Nguyen, Richard Han, and Tam Vu
    (34 out of 188 submissions, acceptance ratio: 18%)
  • Capacitive sensing 3D-printed Wristband for Enriched Hand Gesture Recognition [PDF] [DEMO]
    ACM MobiSys-WearSys 2017 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services - Workshop on Wearable Systems, June 2017
    Hoang Truong, Phuc Nguyen, Anh Nguyen, Nam Bui, and Tam Vu
    (The demo won College-wide Best Senior Design Project Competition Award at CU Denver in 2016)
  • Whole Night Sleep Monitoring with a Low-cost In-ear Wearable Device [POSTER] [Link]
    ATS International Conference 2017 - The American Thoracic Society International Conference, May 2017
    Anh Nguyen, Zohreh Raghebi, Farnoush Banaei-kashani, Thang Dinh, Ann C. Halbower, and Tam Vu
  • A Lightweight And Inexpensive In-ear Sensing System For Automatic Whole-night Sleep Stage Monitoring [PDF] [YouTube]
    Best Paper Award
    CACM Research Highlights
    ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlights
    ACM SenSys 2016 - The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, November 2016
    Anh Nguyen, Raghda Alqurashi, Zohreh Raghebi, Farnoush Banaei-kashani, Ann C. Halbower, and Tam Vu
    (21 out of 119 submissions, acceptance ratio: 17.6%)
  • LIBS: a low-cost in-ear bioelectrical sensing solution for healthcare applications [PDF]
    ACM MobiCom-S3 2016 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking - The Eighth Wireless of the Students, by the Students, and for the Students Workshop, October 2016
    Anh Nguyen, Zohreh Raghebi, Farnoush Banaei-kashani, Ann C. Halbower, and Tam Vu
  • Android Permission Recommendation using Transitive Bayesian Inference Model [PDF]
    ESORICS 2016 - The European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, September 2016
    Bahman Rashidi, Carol Fung, Anh Nguyen, and Tam Vu
  • In-ear Biosignal Recording System: A Wearable For Automatic Whole-night Sleep Staging [PDF]
    ACM MobiSys-WearSys 2016 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services - Workshop on Wearable Systems and Applications, June 2016
    Anh Nguyen, Raghda Alqurashi, Zohreh Raghebi, Farnoush Banaei-kashani, Ann C. Halbower, Thang Dinh, and Tam Vu
  • Investigating Cost-effective RF-based Detection of Drones [PDF]
    ACM MobiSys-DroNet 2016 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, June 2016
    Phuc Nguyen, Mahesh Ravindranathan, Anh Nguyen, Richard Han, and Tam Vu
  • Sensing Occupant Comfort using Wearable Technologies: A Pilot Study [PDF]
    ASCE CRC 2015 - Construction Research Congress - American Society of Civil Engineers
    Moatassem Abdallah, Caroline Clevenger, Tam Vu, and Anh Nguyen
  • mSleepWatcher: Why didn’t I sleep well? [PDF]
    ISSAT MCSE 2015 - ISSAT International Conference on Modeling of Complex Systems and Environments, June 2015
    Anh Nguyen, Raghda Alqurashi, Ann C. Halbower, and Tam Vu
  • 3D Human Face Recognition Using Sift Descriptors of Face’s Feature Regions [PDF]
    New Trends in Computational Collective Intelligence 2014
    Nguyen Hong Quy, Nguyen Hoang Quoc, Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Hyung-Jeong Yang, and Pham The Bao
  • Color Image Segmentation using a Morphological Gradient-based Active Contour Model [PDF]
    IJICIC 2013 - International Journal of Innovative Computing Information and Control
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Soo-Hyung Kim, Hyung-Jeong Yang, and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Proximity based Object Segmentation in Natural Color Images Using Level Set Method [PDF]
    IEICE 2013 - Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications, and Computer Sciences
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Object Segmentation based on Location Information for Level Set Method [PDF]
    ACM ICUIMC 2013 - The 7th International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication, January 2013
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Vo Quang Nhat, and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Color Image Segmentation using Distance Regularized Level Set [PDF]
    KSII 2012 - Journal of Korea Society for Internet Information
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Fast Automatic Saliency Map driven Geometric Active Contour Model for Color Object Segmentation [PDF]
    ICPR 2012 - The 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition, November 2012
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Vo Quang Nhat, Elyor Kodirov, Soo-Hyung Kim, and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Morphological Gradient Applied to New Active Contour Model for Color Image Segmentation [PDF]
    ACM ICUIMC 2012 - The 6th International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication, February 2012
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Young-Chul Kim, and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Object Segmentation in Color Images using Distance Regularized Level Set [PDF]
    ICONI 2011 - The 3rd International Conference on Internet, December 2011
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Nguyen Huy Hoang, Le Thi Khue Van, and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Camera Based Motion Tracking by Camera Images [PDF]
    HCI 2011 - The Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 2011
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Jeong-Hwan Kim, and Guee-Sang Lee
  • Fingerprint Authentification System in Banking Transaction [PDF]
    GESTS 2011 - GESTS International Transactions on Computer Science and Engineering
    Nguyen Tran Lan Anh, Phan Thi My Dung, and Pham The Bao

Patents

  • In-Ear Sensing Systems and Methods for Biological Signal Monitoring
    PCT International Patent Application, PCT/US2017/045517, 08/2017
    Tam Vu, Ann Halbower, and Anh Nguyen
  • Systems And Methods For Determining Physiological Information With A Computing Device
    U.S. Patent Application, No. 16/342,944, 09/2019
    Tam Vu, Robin Deterding, Anh Nguyen, and Phuc Nguyen
  • Thermal comfort building monitoring with wearables: method, apparatus, and system
    U.S. Provisional Patent Application, No. 62/288,924, 03/2016
    Caroline Clevenger, Moatassem Abdullah, Tam Vu, and Anh Nguyen
  • Resource Access Permission Recommendation Method for Mobile Applications
    U.S. Patent pending, 10/2016
    Carol Fung, Bahman Rashidi, Tam Vu, and Anh Nguyen

Research

  • iES

  • - iES -
    In-ear Bioelectrical Sensing System
  • PhO2

  • - MobileOx -
    Blood Oxygen Level Measurement System
  • mSleepWatcher

  • - mSleepWatcher -
    Understanding of Bedroom Environment
  • matthan

  • - Matthan -
    Drone Detection
  • droidnet

  • - DroidNet -
    Android Resource Access Permission Recommendation System
  • thermalcomfort

  • Individualization of Thermal Comfort of Building Occupants

Teaching

  • Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder, USA.
    • Spring 2021
      • CSCI 3753: Design and Analysis of Operating Systems - Teaching Assistant
    • Fall 2020
      • CSCI 3753: Design and Analysis of Operating Systems - Teaching Assistant
    • Spring 2020
      • CSCI 3753: Design and Analysis of Operating Systems - Teaching Assistant
    • Fall 2019
      • CSCI 3753: Design and Analysis of Operating Systems - Teaching Assistant
    • Spring 2019
      • CSCI 3753: Design and Analysis of Operating Systems - Teaching Assistant
    • Fall 2018
      • CSCI 3753: Design and Analysis of Operating Systems - Teaching Assistant
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado Denver, USA.
    • Spring 2017
      • CSCI 1410: Fundamentals of Computing - Instructor
    • Fall 2016
    • Summer 2016
      • CSCI 1410: Fundamentals of Computing - Instructor
    • Spring 2016
    • Fall 2015
      • CSCI 1411: Fundamentals of Computing Lab - Instructor
      • CSCI 1410: Fundamentals of Computing - Teaching Assistant
    • Summer 2015
      • CSCI 1411: Fundamentals of Computing Lab - Instructor
    • Spring 2015
      • CSCI 1411: Fundamentals of Computing Lab - Instructor
      • CSCI 1410: Fundamentals of Computing - Teaching Assistant
    • Fall 2014
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Science, VNU-HCMC, Vietnam.
    • Spring 2014
      • Advanced Machine Learning - Teaching Assistant
      • Discrete Mathematics - Instructor
      • Object Oriented Programming - Instructor
    • Fall 2013
      • Pattern Recognition - Instructor
      • Discrete Mathematics - Instructor
      • Introduction of Machine Learning - Teaching Assistant
      • Data Structure and Algorithms - Lab Instructor
    • Spring 2013
      • Object Oriented Programming - Instructor
      • Algorithm Analysis - Lab Instructor
    • Fall 2012
      • Discrete Mathematics - Instructor

Activities

  • Reviewer Activities:
    • Conference Reviewer:
      • ACM UbiComp 2017, ACM SenSys 2017, IEEE/ACM CHASE 2017, ACM MobiSys 2017, ACM/IEEE IPSN 2017, IEEE PerCom 2017
      • IEEE VNC 2015, ACM MobiSys 2015
      Journal Reviewer:
      • IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI)
      • IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • Technical Program Committee:
      • ACM S3 2017
  • Event Organizer:
      • N2 Women Meeting at MobiCom 2017
  • Professional Services:
      • Social media Co-Chair in N2 Women Board, 2018 - 2019
      • Committee member in Grace Hopper Celebration, 2019
  • Undergraduate Student Mentoring:
      • YOU'RE@CU program, a freshman in biochemistry major, Spring 2020

Awards

  • Departmental Summer Research Fellowship 2020
  • Best Paper Award from ACM SenSys 2016 & ACM MobiCom 2019
  • Honorable Mention Grad Talk from RMCWiC ACM Celebration Event 2018
  • CACM Research Highlights 2017
  • N2 Women Young Researcher Fellowship Award from Networking Networking Women 2017
  • NSF Student Travel Grant Award from ACM MobiSys 2017
  • SIGMOBILE Research Highlights from ACM SIGMOBILE 2016 & 2017
  • NSF Student Travel Grant Award from ACM SenSys 2016
  • NSF Student Travel Grant Award from CRA-Women Grad Cohort Workshop 2015
  • Student Travel Grant Award from Broadening Participation Workshop hosted by ACM Ubicomp 2014
  • Academic Achievement Award at Chonnam National University, Korea 2012
  • Annual Global Graduate Scholarship at Chonnam National University, Korea 2010 – 2012
  • Annual scholarships of Vietnamese Government for excellent students at VNU-HCMC, Vietnam 2006 - 2009

Education

Ph.D. Student in Computer Science (2014 - Present)

University of Colorado, USA

Campus: Denver and Boulder
Advisor: Dr. Tam Vu

M.Sc. in Software Engineering (2010 - 2012)

Chonnam National University, Korea

Thesis: Location based Active Contour Model for Object Segmentation from Natural Color Images
Advisor: Dr. Guee-Sang Lee

B.Sc. in Computer Science (2005 - 2009)

University of Science, VNU-HCMC, Vietnam

Thesis: Fingerprint identification system in banking transactions
Advisor: Dr. Pham The Bao

Miscellaneous