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.


News

  • 11/2017: Our Ph02 is nominated for Best Paper at ACM SenSys'17. Congrats Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen and Hoang Truong
  • 10/2017: Our Ph02 is awarded Best Paper at MobiCom S3 Workshop 2017 . Congrats Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen and Hoang Truong
  • 10/2017: Our MobileOx won 2nd Prize MobileCom 2017 App Contest. Congrats Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen and Hoang Truong
  • 10/2017: Our Drone Detection paper (Matthan) is selected as SIGMOBILE Research Highlights. Congrats Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, and Anh Nguyen
  • 09/2017: Delivered an invited talk on In-ear Sensing at MIT Media Lab
  • 09/2017: Our In-ear Sensing (LIBS) paper is selected as ACM Research Highlights. Congrats Anh Nguyen
  • 07/2017: PhO2 paper is accepted to ACM SenSys'17. Congrats Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen and Hoang Truong
  • 04/2017: Our In-ear Sensing (LIBS) paper is selected as SIGMOBILE Research Highlight. Congrats Anh Nguyen
  • 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

  • Photometry based Blood Oxygen Estimation through Smartphone Cameras, Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Ashwin Ashok, Thang Dinh, Robin Deterding and Tam Vu
    ACM S3 2016 - The ACM MobiCom S3 Workshop, October 2017.
    - Best Paper Award, 2017

  • PhO2: Smartphone based Blood Oxygen Level Measurement Systems using Near-IR and RED Wave-guided Light, Nam Bui, Anh Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Ashwin Ashok, Thang Dinh, Robin Deterding and Tam Vu
    ACM SenSys 2017 - The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, Nov. 2017.
    (26 out of 151 submissions, acceptance ratio: 17.2%)
    - Best Paper Award Nominee 2017; 2nd Prize ACM MobiCom App Contest 2017

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

  • Matthan: Drone Presence Detection by Identifying Physical Signatures in the Drone’s RF Communication, Phuc Nguyen, Hoang Truong, Mahesh Ravindranathan, Anh Nguyen, Richard Han, and Tam Vu
    ACM MobiSys 2017 - The ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services, June 2017.
    (34 out of 188 submissions, acceptance ratio: 18%)
    - ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlights, 2017


  • A Lightweight And Inexpensive In-ear Sensing System For Automatic Whole-night Sleep Stage Monitoring, Anh Nguyen, Raghda Alqurashi, Zohreh Raghebi, Farnoush Banaei-kashani, Ann C. Halbower, and Tam Vu
    ACM SenSys 2016 - The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, November 2016.
    (21 out of 119 submissions, acceptance ratio: 17.6%)
    - Best Paper Award 2016; ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlights 2016; CACM Research Highlights 2017


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

  • WikiSpiro: Non-contact Respiration Volume Monitoring during Sleep, Phuc Nguyen, Shane Transue, Min-Hyung Choi, and Tam Vu
    ACM S3 2016 - The ACM MobiCom S3 Workshop, October 2016.
    - Best Paper Award, 2016

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

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

  • Detecting Driver Phone Use Leveraging Car Speakers [PDF] , Jie Yang, Simon Sidhom, Gayathri Chandrasekaran, Tam Vu, Hongbo Liu, Nic Cec, Yingying Chen, Marco Gruteser, Rich Martin
    MobiCom 2011 - The 17th ACM Annual Int' Conf' on Mobile Computing and Networking
    (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]
    - Best Paper Award, 2011

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    Activites


    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
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    Awards


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