Tam N. Vu

Assistant Professor

Director, Mobile and Networked Systems (MNS) Laboratory

Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Science

Department of Computer Science

University of Colorado Boulder

1111 Engineering Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

Email: tam.vu@colorado.edu

Phone: (+1) 303 315 0050

Tam Vu founded and directs the Mobile and Networked Systems (MNS) lab at University of Colorao Boulder, where he and his team have been working on building systems to improve pediatric health care practices. The team designs and implements novel and practical cyber-physical systems to make physiological sensing (e.g. breathing volume measurement, brainwave signal monitoring, muscle movement recording, and sleep quality monitoring) less intrusive at lower cost. They evaluate their systems on patients in in-hospital environments such as Colorado's Children Hospital and CU School of Medicine to prove the medical meanings and technical advances of their novel devices and technologies. He is actively pushing his research outcomes to practice through technology transfer activities with 10 patents filed and forming startups to commercialize them. In addition, he has been also working on other topics including securing critical cyber-physical systems and providing seamless network connectivity for smart and connected cities.

He is the recipient of Google Faculty Research award in 2014; four best paper awards at ACM SenSys 2016, ACM MobiCom S3 2016, ACM MobiCom 2012, and ACM MobiCom 2011; UC Denver Creative Research Fellowship in 2015; and received wide press coverage including Denver post, CNN TV, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio (NPR), The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, MIT TechReview, and Yahoo! News. Before joining University of Colorado Boulder in 2017, he was a faculty member at Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of Colorado Denver since 2013. Tam Vu received his Ph.D. from Computer Science and WINLAB, Rutgers in 2013.


  • 07/2017: PhO2 paper is accepted to ACM SenSys'17. Congrats Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen and Hoang Truong
  • 03/2017: Outward Influence Measurement paper is accepted to ACM SIGMETRICS'17
  • 02/2017: Drone Detection paper is accepted to ACM MobiSys 2017. - Congrats Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, and Anh Nguyen
  • 12/2016: Deliver a keynote on pediatric mobile healthcare at ACM SoICT
  • 11/2016: Our In-ear biological signal sensing paper is Awarded Best Paper at ACM SenSys 2016 - Congrats Anh Nguyen
  • 10/2016: Our WikiSpiro is Awarded Best Paper at MobiCom S3 Workshop 2016 - Congrats Phuc Nguyen and Shane Transue
  • 10/2016: Co-Chairing MobiCom 2017 workshops with Bozidar Radunovic (MSR Cambridge)
  • 09/2016: Co-Chairing MobiSys 2017 workshops with Ben GreenStein (Google)
  • 07/2016: Our NSF SCH proposal on Camera-based respiratory monitoring is recommended for funding (as Lead-PI)
  • 07/2016: Our NSF TWC proposal on Wearable Authentication is recommended for funding (as Lead-PI)
  • 07/2016: Battery-free capacitive paper is accepted to ACM SenSys, Congrats Phuc Nguyen
  • 07/2016: In-ear biological signal sensing paper is accepted to ACM SenSys, Congrats Anh Nguyen
  • 07/2016: Our proposal on Pediatric Asthma Monitoring to Colorado AIA is awarded (as Co-PI)
  • 07/2016: Our proposal on Mobile Health Research Platform to Colorado AIA is awarded (as Co-PI)
  • 07/2016: Denver Post's interview on Pokemon Go's privacy and security concerns (link)
  • 07/2016: Deliver a Keynote at MobiHoc’s MobileHealth workshop 2016 in Germany
  • 06/2016: Co-Chair MobiSys’s Wearable Systems workshop 2016 in Singapore
  • 05/2016: "Real-time Hand Gesture Recognition via 3-D Printed Capacitive Wristband" project is awarded UCD Senior Design Winner
  • 05/2016: Co-Chair MobiCom’s Demo Session - Please consider submitting the proud demo of your work.
  • 03/2016: Real-time tidal volume estimation using Iso-surface reconstruction paper is accepted to IEEE CHASE 2016
  • 03/2016: A Smart Shoe for Building a Real-Time 3D Map is accepted to Journal of Auto & Construction
  • 01/2016: Organizing WearSys workshop at ACM MobiSys 2016 in Singapore. Please consider submitting!
  • 12/2015: Low-Power Radio-Optical localization is accepted to ACM Transaction on Mobile Computing
  • 11/2015: Fine-grained breathing volume estimation paper is accepted to IEEE INFOCOM 2016
  • 06/2015: Received Creative Research Collaborative Interdisciplinary Fellowship
  • 06/2015: Serve on the TPC for IEEE INFOCOM 2016
  • 08/2014: Invited to serve on the TPC for ACM MobiSys 2015; please consider submitting there.
  • 08/2014: GPS jammer detection paper is accepted to ACM CCS’14
  • 02/2014: Awarded Google Faculty Research Award 2014
  • 07/2013: Received my Ph.D. degree from WINLAB/Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers University.
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    Selected Publications

  • PhO2: Optical 3D printed elements and NIR/R light extraction techniques for phone-base blood oxygen level measurement
    ACM SenSys 2017 - The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, Nov. 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%)

  • Outward Influence & Cascade Size Estimation in Billion-scale Networks
    ACM SIGMETRICS 2017 - The ACM International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems, June 2017.
    Hung Nguyen, Tri Nguyen, Tam Vu, and Thang Dinh
    (Acceptance ratio: 14.3%)

  • Matthan: Drone Presence Detection by Identifying Physical Signatures in the Drone’s RF Communication
    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%)

  • A Lightweight And Inexpensive In-ear Sensing System For Automatic Whole-night Sleep Stage Monitoring
    - Best Paper Award, 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%)

  • Battery-Free Identification Token for Touch Sensing Devices
    ACM SenSys 2016 - The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, November 2016.
    Phuc Nguyen, Ufuk Muncuk, Ashwin Ashok, Kaushik R Chowdhury, Marco Gruteser and Tam Vu
    (21 out of 119 submissions, acceptance ratio: 17.6%)

  • WikiSpiro: Non-contact Respiration Volume Monitoring during Sleep
    - Best Paper Award, 2016

    ACM S3 2016 - The ACM MobiCom S3 Workshop, October 2016.
    Phuc Nguyen, Shane Transue, Min-Hyung Choi, and Tam Vu

  • Detection of On-Road Vehicles Emanating GPS Interference
    ACM CCS 2014 - Proceedings of ACM CCS 2014
    Gorkem Kar, Hossen Mustafa, Yan Wang, Yingying Chen, Wenyuan Yu, Marco Gruteser, Tam Vu
    (114 out of 585 submissions, acceptance ratio: 19%)

  • Distinguishing Users with Capacitive Touch Communication [PDF] [Slides]
    - Best Paper Award, 2012

    MobiCom 2012 - The 18th ACM Annual Int' Conf' on Mobile Computing and Networking
    Tam Vu, Akash Baid,Simon Gao, Marco Gruteser, Richard Howard, Janne Lindqvist, Predrag Spasojevic, Jeffrey Walling
    (32 out of 212 submissions, acceptance ratio: 15.1%).
    Press Release: MIT Technology Review, Phys.org, Demo Video , Interdigital Innovation Challenge Finalist

  • Detecting Driver Phone Use Leveraging Car Speakers [PDF]
    - Best Paper Award, 2011

    MobiCom 2011 - The 17th ACM Annual Int' Conf' on Mobile Computing and Networking
    Jie Yang, Simon Sidhom, Gayathri Chandrasekaran, Tam Vu, Hongbo Liu, Nic Cec, Yingying Chen, Marco Gruteser, Rich Martin
    (29 out of 214 submissions, acceptance ratio: 13.6%)
    Press Release: MIT Technology Review, The Wall Street Journal, CNET News, Yahoo News, National Public Radio 1] [NPR 2]

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    Technical Program Committee:

  • 2017: SenSys, MobiSys (External), IPSN, PerCom, VNC, DCOSS.
  • 2016: Infocom, VNC
  • 2015: Mobisys, ICC, Percom, DISSECT, SecureComm, WearSys, MSCE, MobiSPC
  • 2014: DCOSS, VNC, SecureComm, MobiSPC
  • 2013: MobiArch, ICC, VNC, SecureComm

  • Keynotes:
  • ACM MobiHoc - Mobile Health 2016 workshop; ACM SoICT

  • Chair & Co-Chair:
  • Co-Chair: ACM MobiCom 2017 Workshop, ACM MobiSys 2017 Workshop, ACM IPSN 2017 Publicity, ACM MobiCom 2016 Demo, ACM WearSys 2016
  • Session Chair: ACM MobiSys 2015 - Understanding and Improving Mobile App Capabilities; ACM WearSys 2015 - Mobile health session, MCSE 2015

  • Panelist:
  • National Science Foundation: SCH and SaTC programs

  • Journals Reviewer:
  • ACM Transactions on CPS, Transactions on Networking, Transactions on ISS, Transactions on Sensor Networks
  • ACM Computer Communication Review
  • IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing, Transaction on HMS, Transaction on DSC, Transaction on CST, Transaction on Wireless Communication, Transaction on IFS
  • IEEE Pervasive Computing
  • IEEE Journal on Internet of Things
  • Communication of the ACM
  • Computer Networks Journal, Ad-Hoc Networks Journal, Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal


  • ACM Sigmobile Highlight 2017
  • Best Paper Award, SenSys, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, MobiCom S3 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Mobicom 2012
  • Best Paper Award, Mobicom 2011
  • Google Faculty Research Award 2014
  • UC Denver Creative Research Fellow 2015
  • UC Denver Engineering Senior Design Winner 2016