Prof. Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu

Prof. Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu
Docent, DEng, MEng, BEng (Hons),
Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science

Contact Details
Tel: +60 85 630100 Ext:2525
Location: Skylark 3 Room 407
Fax: +60 85 630254

Academic History

  • Docent, GeoInformatics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014
  • DEng, Remote Sensing and GIS, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2003
  • MEng, Remote Sensing and GIS, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2000
  • BEng, Telecommunication, HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam, 1997


  1. 2018 The best paper awards – IBIMA 2018
  2. 2005 Japan Survey Technology Award
  3. 2000 Government of Japan Scholarship (2000-2003)
  4. 2000 Tim Kendall Prize, Asian Institute of Technology
  5. 1992 The best student award, The people committee of HoChiMinh city

Research Interest

  • Geospatial Data Science, Open Geospatial Science
  • Geospatial Applications to disaster management, urban environment, and agriculture

Research Grants

  • Living Delta Hub, UK Research and Innovation
  • Enhance the quality of remote-sensing-derived information with crowd-sourced data, NAFOS-TED Vietnam
  • Remote Sensing Image Understanding Cloud-Computing Service, FRGS, MOE, Malaysia
  • Investigating aerosol properties and their impact on radiative forcing in Malaysia using AERONET and satellite measurements, FRGS, MOE, Malaysia
  • AWS Education Research Grant, Amazon Web Services
  • Remote sensing synergy for monitoring large-scale construction project, MOSTI, Malaysia
  • TerraSAR X for monitoring large-scale construction project, DLR, Germany
  • Geospatial Resource for Agriculture Species and Pests (GRASP), in collaboration with Nottingham Geospatial Institute, UK
  • Multi-scale remote sensing monitoring urban growth, Faculty of Science Pump printing grant, University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus
  • Multi-scale remote sensing for disaster recovery monitoring, GeoGRID, AIST
  • Rapid disaster tsunami damage estimation – international collaborative grant, NEDO, Japan – in collaboration with Uni. of Tohoku and AIST (Japan), and Thammasat Uni. (Thailand) 

Selected Publication

  1. Khanh N.D., Lechner A.M., Vu T.T., 2020. Land cover mapping of the Mekong Delta to support natural resource management with multi-temporal Sentinel-1A synthetic aperture radar imagery. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment.
  2. Hampton S.E., McGowan S, Virdis S.,Vu T.T. et al. 2018. Recent ecological change in ancient lakes. Limnnology and Oceanography 63(5), pp.2277-2304. (ISI 3.383)
  3. Vu T.T., Thy P., and Nguyen L.D., 2018. Multiscale remote sensing of urbanization in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam – A focused study of the south. Applied Geography 92, pp.168-181. (ISI 2.687)
  4. Wickramasinghe D.C., Vu T.T., Maul T., 2018. Satellite remote sensing monitoring of a railway construction project. International Journal of Remote Sensing 39(6), pp. 1754-1769. (ISI 1.859)
  5. Tuong P.K., Maul T., Vu T.T., Lai W.K, 2018. DropCircuit : A Modular Regularizer for Parallel Circuit Networks. Neural Processing Letters 47(3), pp. 841-858 (ISI 1.620)
  6. Chan K.M, Vu T.T., 2017. A landscape ecological perspective of the impacts of urbanization on urban green spaces in the Klang Valley. Applied Geography (85), pp. 89-100 (ISI 2.687)
  7. Manesh A.B., Wickramasinghe D.C., Ghaffar M.A.A., Vu T.T., Tang Y.H., 2016. An automated progress monitoring system for large repetitive construction using satellite remote sensing. Automation in Construction (68), pp. 114-127. (ISI 2.414)
  8. Ghaffar M.A.A., Vu T.T., Maul T., 2016. An Integrated Cloud-based Framework for Remote Sensing Data Processing. International Journal of Geoinformatics, Vol. 12(2), pp. 40-47. (Scopus 0.247)
  9. Tuong P.K., Maul T., Vu T.T., 2016. An Empirical Study on Improving the Speed and Generalization of Neural Networks Using a Parallel Circuit Approach. International Journal of Parallel Programming, 12 May 2016, pp. 1-17. (ISI 0.491)
  10. Sun J., Vu T.T., 2016. Hierarchical segmentation and object-based classification for damage mapping. Geomatics, Natural Hazards, and Risk 7(6), pp.1962-1972. (ISI 1.465)
  11. Yuchu Q., Vu T.T., Ban Y., and Niu, Z., 2015. Synergic applications of Geometric and Radiometric Attributes of LiDAR data for urban land cover mapping. Optics Express, vol. 23(11), pp. 13761-13775. (ISI 3.499)
  12. Yuchu Q., Yao W., Vu T.T., Niu Z., and Ban Y, 2015. Characterizing Radiometric Attributes of Point Cloud using a Normalized Re ective Factor Derived from Small Footprint LiDAR waveform. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Vol. 8(2), pp. 740-749. (ISI 3.303)
  13. Yuchu Q., Vu T.T., Ban Y., and Niu, Z., 2012. Range Determination for Generating Point Clouds from Airborne Small Footprint LiDAR Waveform. Optics Express 20(23), pp. 25935-25947. (ISI 3.499)
  14. Yuchu Q., Vu T.T., and Ban Y., 2012. Optimal algorithm for LiDAR waveform decomposition. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 9(3), pp. 482-486. (ISI 2.339)
  15. Vu T.T., 2011. Building extraction from high-resolution satellite image for tsunami early damage estimation. Applied Geomatics, Vol. 3(2), pp. 75-81. (Scopus 0.489)
  16. Wen L., Yamazaki F., and Vu T.T., 2011. Automated vehicle extraction and speed determination from QuickBird satellite images. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Vol. 4 (1), pp. 75-82. (ISI 3.303)
  17. Vu T.T. and Ban Y., 2010. Context-based damage mapping from high-resolution optical satellite images. International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 31 (13), pp. 3411-3425. (ISI 1.859)
  18. Vu T.T., Matsuoka M., and Yamazaki F., 2009. Multi-scale solution for building extraction from LiDAR and image data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Vol. 11(4), pp. 281-289. (ISI 3.487)
  19. Vu T.T., Matsuoka M., and Yamazaki F., 2007. Dual-scale approach to detect the tsunami-affected areas using optical satellite images. International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 28, No. 13-14, pp. 2995-3011. (ISI 1.859)
  20. Huyck, C.K., Matsuoka M., Takahashi, Y. and Vu T.T., 2006. Reconnaissance technologies used after the 2004 Niigata Ken Chuetsu, Japan earthquake. Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 22, No. S1, pp. S133-S145. (ISI 1.474)
  21. Vu T.T., Matsuoka M., and Yamazaki F., 2005. Detection and Animation of Damage Using Very High Resolution Satellite Image Following the 2003 Bam, Iran Earthquake. Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 21, No. S1, pp. S319-S327. (ISI 1.474)
  22. Vu T.T. and Tokunaga M., 2004. Filtering airborne laser scanner data: A wavelet-based clustering method. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Vol. 70, No. 11, pp. 1267-1274. (ISI 2.325)
  23. Vu T.T., Tokunaga M. and Yamazaki F., 2003. Wavelet-based Extraction of Buildings Features from Low-Density Airborne Laser Scanner Data, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp. 783-791. (ISI 1.685)
  24. Vu T.T., Tokunaga M., and Yamazaki F., 2003. Extraction of buildings from airborne laser scanner data and aerial photograph: A wavelet-based approach. Journal of the Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 40-47.
  25. Vu T.T. and Tokunaga M., 2000. Effect of Coherence on DEMs Derived from SAR Interferometry. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, Vol.1, No.2, pp.33-39.

Graduate Research Supervision

  1. Khanh N.D. (UNMC) – Radar Remote Sensing for mapping landscape fragmentation (main supervisor, PhD on-going)
  2. Darshana W. (UNMC) – High-resolution image fusion for monitoring large-scale construction project (main supervisor, PhD on-going)
  3. Ghaffar M.A.A. (UNMC) – Remote sensing image understanding service on cloud-computing platform (main supervisor, 2019)
  4. Tuong P.K. (UNMC) – Web-based image search tool (co-supervisor, 2019)
  5. Syafiudin M.F. (UNUK) – Satellite InSAR for land subsidence monitoring in Bandung basin, Indonesia and its correlation to the ground-based piezometric data (co-supervisor, PhD on-going)
  6. Chen Z.Y. (UNMC) – UAV for oil palm plantation management (co-supervisor, PhD on-going)
  7. Nazarin E.B.M.N. (UTM) – Estimating biomass of oil palm using ALOS PALSAR (co-supervisor, PhD on-going)
  8. Mo T. (KTH) – Feature extraction from 8-band WorldView-2 images (main supervisor, MSc on-going)
  9. Manesh A.B. (UNMC) – Application of a location-based monitoring and control framework for linear construction projects (co-supervisor, MPhil 2016)
  10. Lai Yoke Hwa (UNMC) – How ecotourism development in Pahang Affects Indigenous Community: A study on Che Wong Tribe (main supervisor, MSc 2016)
  11. Chan Kar Men (UNMC) – Landscape ecological assessment of urban development and its impact on urban green space in the Klang Valley (main supervisor, MSc 2016)
  12. Garima Prasher (UNMC) – Modeling Soil Erosion due to Anthropogenic impact in Lake Biwa watershed using RUSLE and GIS (co-supervisor, MSc 2016)
  13. Qin Y. (KTH) – From LiDAR waveform to urban Land Cover Map: Modeling, Processing and Application (main supervisor, PhD 2014)
  14. Sun J. (KTH) – Semi-automated rapid damage assessment using high-resolution satellite imagery: a case study of the 2008-Wenchuan earthquake, China (main supervisor, MSc 2013)
  15. Khanh N.D. (KTH) – Relief Planning Management Systems – Investigation of the Geospatial Components (main supervisor, MSc 2013)
  16. Ganesan P.D. (UNMC) – Spatial and Pattern Analysis of existing urban green space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (main supervisor, MSc 2014)
  17. Lock Y. C. (UNMC) – Oil Palm (Elaeis Guinensis) Remote Sensing: Verification of Spectral Difference and Actual Palm Status (main supervisor, MSc 2013)
  18. Sulaimani N. A. (UNMC) – Role of Industrialization in land use and land cover change using remote sensing and social science methods: a case study of Sohar, Oman (main supervisor, MSc 2013)
  19. Sammathuria M.K. (UNMC) – Water quality monitoring in Lake Chini, Peninsular Malaysia using SPOT imagery (co-supervisor, MSc 2012)
  20. Lau C. (KTH) – Comparison and Fusion of L-, C- and X- Band SAR Imageries for Damage Identification by Image Classification in Sichuan Earthquake (main supervisor, MSc 2010)
  21. Hu H. (KTH) – Urban Land-cover Mapping with High-resolution Spaceborne SAR Data (co-supervisor, Lic 2010)
  22. Ahmad M.N. (KTH) – Development of MetroMan with Open Source and Commercial web GIS technologies (main supervisor, MSc 2010)
  23. Ornum M.J.S. (KTH) – Design of a Flexible Location-Based Services Architecture (main supervisor, MSc 2010)
  24. Rodriguez R. L. and Dorado Y. P. (KTH) – Assessing tsunami vulnerability using MCE in Phanga, Thailand (main supervisor, MSc 2009)

Professional Development

  • Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education, University of Nottingham, 2014
  • Malaysia HDRF Train the Trainer Certificate, 2015

Professional Membership

  • Chair of Asia (inc. Australia and NZ), GeoForAll, 2014-present
  • OSGEO Charter member (elected), 2013-present
  • Member of IEEE (senior grade from 2014), 2009-present
  • Vice Chair of IEEE GRS Malaysia chapter, 2015-2016
  • Hons Secretary of IEEE GRS Malaysia chapter, 2013-2014
  • Founding member of OSGEO Malaysia local chapter, 2012
  • Member of ASPRS, 2004-2014
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, 2014-present
  • Founding member of ASEAN Geoinfo NET, 2015-present


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