Tuong-Thuy Vu

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

Contact Details
Tel: +60 85 630100 Ext:2525
Location: Skylark 3 Room 407
Fax: +60 85 630254
Email: tuongthuy.vu@curtin.edu.my


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A geospatial scientist by training, Professor Vu has over 20 years of research and teaching experience across Eurasia. After obtaining his PhD degree in 2003, he worked as a research scientist in Japan until 2008 followed by three years of teaching at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. In 2011, he joined the University of Nottingham Malaysia where he became an Associate Professor and was appointed the Head of the Environmental and Geographical Sciences. In 2017, he joined Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as its Dean of Science and Engineering, and later as the Vice-President. Now, he is a Professor and Dean of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia. Prof Vu was the recipient of the 2005 Japan Survey Award and conferred the title of Docent by the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 2014. Professor Vu is an elected charter member of the OSGEO, a senior member of IEEE. He is also a Fellow and a council member of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), and a fellow of Higher Education Academy.

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
  • Disaster Monitoring
  • Urban Remote Sensing

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. Vu T.T., Vu N.V.A., Phung H.P., Nguyen L.D., 2021. Enhanced urban land use map with free and open-source data. International Journal of Digital Earth 14 (11), 1744-1757. (10.1080/17538947.2021.1970262)
  2. Khanh N.D., Son V.N., Lechner A.M., Vu T.T., 2021. Building Structure Mapping on Level Terrains and Sea Surfaces in Vietnam. Remote Sensing 13 (13), 2439. (10.3390/rs13132439)
  3. Mahmood T, Vu TT, Campos-Arceiz A, Akrim F, Andleeb S, Farooq M, Hamid A, Munawar N, Waseem M,Hussain A, Fatima H, Khan MR, Mahmood S. 2021. Historical and current distribution ranges and loss of mega-herbivores and carnivores of Asia. PeerJ 9:e10738. (10.7717/peerj.10738)
  4. Kamthonkiat D., Thanyapraneedkul J.,Nuengjumnong N., Ninsawat S., Unapumnuk K., Vu T.T., 2021. Identifying priority air pollution management areas during the burning season in Nan Province, Northern Thailand. Environment, Development and Sustainability 23, pp. 5865–5884. (10.1007/s10668-020-00850-7)
  5. 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. (10.1016/j.rsase.2019.100272)
  6. 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. (10.1002/lno.10938)
  7. 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. (10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.12.026)
  8. 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. (10.1080/01431161.2017.1415481)
  9. 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. (10.1007/s11063-017-9677-4)
  10. 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. (10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.06.002)
  11. 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. (10.1016/j.autcon.2016.05.002)
  12. 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. (10.1007/s10766-016-0435-4)
  13. 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. (10.1080/19475705.2016.1171257)

Invited Speakers

  • International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition, November 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (invited speaker).
  • International Meeting on Land Use and Emissions in South/Southeast Asia, October 2016, HCMC Vietnam (invited speaker).
  • Technology & Applications of Disaster Management International Conference 2015, October 2015, Kuala Lumpur (international keynote speaker).
  • FOSS4G-SEA, July 2012, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Plenary speaker).
  • Asia Geospatial Forum, September 2013, Kuala Lumpur (invited speaker).
  • Malaysia Geospatial Forum, March 2012, Melaka, Malaysia (invited speaker)

Graduate Research Supervision

  1. Khanh N.D. (UNMC) – Radar Remote Sensing for mapping landscape fragmentation (main supervisor, PhD, 2022)
  2. Ghaffar M.A.A. (UNMC) – Remote sensing image understanding service on cloud-computing platform (main supervisor, 2019)
  3. Tuong P.K. (UNMC) – Web-based image search tool (co-supervisor, 2019)
  4. Manesh A.B. (UNMC) – Application of a location-based monitoring and control framework for linear construction projects (co-supervisor, MPhil 2016)
  5. Lai Yoke Hwa (UNMC) – How ecotourism development in Pahang Affects Indigenous Community: A study on Che Wong Tribe (main supervisor, MSc 2016)
  6. 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)
  7. Garima Prasher (UNMC) – Modeling Soil Erosion due to Anthropogenic impact in Lake Biwa watershed using RUSLE and GIS (co-supervisor, MSc 2016)
  8. Qin Y. (KTH) – From LiDAR waveform to urban Land Cover Map: Modeling, Processing and Application (main supervisor, PhD 2014)
  9. 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)
  10. Khanh N.D. (KTH) – Relief Planning Management Systems – Investigation of the Geospatial Components (main supervisor, MSc 2013)
  11. Ganesan P.D. (UNMC) – Spatial and Pattern Analysis of existing urban green space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (main supervisor, MSc 2014)
  12. Lock Y. C. (UNMC) – Oil Palm (Elaeis Guinensis) Remote Sensing: Verification of Spectral Difference and Actual Palm Status (main supervisor, MSc 2013)
  13. 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)
  14. Sammathuria M.K. (UNMC) – Water quality monitoring in Lake Chini, Peninsular Malaysia using SPOT imagery (co-supervisor, MSc 2012)
  15. 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)
  16. Hu H. (KTH) – Urban Land-cover Mapping with High-resolution Spaceborne SAR Data (co-supervisor, Lic 2010)
  17. Ahmad M.N. (KTH) – Development of MetroMan with Open Source and Commercial web GIS technologies (main supervisor, MSc 2010)
  18. Ornum M.J.S. (KTH) – Design of a Flexible Location-Based Services Architecture (main supervisor, MSc 2010)
  19. 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 Affiliation 

  • Fellow and Council member, ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (2018-present)
  • Chair of Asia (inc. Australia and NZ), GeoForAll, 2014-present
  • OSGEO Charter member (elected), 2013-present
  • Senior Member of IEEE (Geoscience and Remote Sensing)
  • 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

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board: International Journal of Geoinformatics, Vietnam Journal of Earth Science.
  • Guest Editors for the Special Issue of the International Journal of Geoinformatics for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing workshop 2015 (IWGRS 2015)
  • Special Guest Editors for the Special Issue of the Malaysian Journal of Remote Sensing & GIS for the International Symposium on Multi-Hazard and Risk 2015 (ISMHR 2015) (Vol. 4, Num. 2)
  • Reviewer, “Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing”, “Earthquake Spectra”, “International Journal of Remote Sensing”, “IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing”, “IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters”, “IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing”, “ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing”, “Natural Hazard Review”, “Landscape and Urban Planning”, “Remote Sensing”
  • Honorary Chair: GEOCOST 2021, KICSS 2019
  • Organising committee: IGARSS2022, IWGRS2021, IWGRS2015, IWGRS2014, IWGRS2013, AgriGIS 2012, FOSS4G Asia 2012
  • Programme committee: FOSS4G 2019, GBDSP 2019, FOSS4G Asia 2018, FOSS4G 2016, GGT 2016, FOSS4G 2015, IconSpace 2015, ISMHR 2015, GGT 2015, EARSeL2015, SCBAsia 2014, FOSS4G Asia2014, ICARES2014, FOSS4G2014, ISG2014, FOSS4G2013, IWGRS2014, IWGRS2013, ISG2013 and Gi4DM2012.