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Tam Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Computer Science


Email: Tam Nguyen
Phone: 937-229-3893
Website: Visit Site
Anderson Center, Room 152


Dr. Tam Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Prior to coming to the University of Dayton, he was a research scientist and principal investigator at ARTIC research center in Singapore. He was also a lecturer (adjunct) at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Nguyen received his Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore (NUS) under the guidance of Prof. Shuicheng Yan in 2013. Prior to joining NUS, he obtained his B.Sc. degree from HCMUS in 2005, and M. Eng degree from Chonnam National University, Korea in 2009. He graduated with first ranking in terms of GPA in both bachelor and master's study. He has completed his doctorate in 2 1/2 years.

He has 10 years of working experience in both research and industrial sectors. His research topics include computer vision, applied machine learning, and multimedia content analysis. He has authored and co-authored 30+ research papers with 400+ citations (from Google Scholar). He is the recipient of numerous awards including Young Vietnamese of the year 2005, the second prize winner of ICPR 2012 contest on action recognition, the best technical demonstration from ACM Multimedia 2012, the best student paper award at NUS-GSS 2013, and Singapore Polytechnic R&D commendation award 2015.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2013
  • M.Eng in Computer Engineering, Chonnam National University, 2009
  • B.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Science, 2005

Professional Activities


IEEE: Transactions on Multimedia, Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Transactions on Affective Computing

ACM: Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology

Springer: Artificial Intelligence Review, Multimedia Systems Journal, The Visual Computer

Elsevier: Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Pattern Recognition Letters, Neurocomputing


ACM Multimedia, SIGGRAPH Asia, IEEE Virtual Reality, Multimedia Signal Processing, British Machine Vision Conference, Asian Conference on Computer Vision, MultiMedia Modeling, Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia

Research Interests

  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Multimedia
  • Mixed Reality 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Tam V. Nguyen, Mohan Kankanhalli. “As-Similar-As-Possible Saliency Fusion”, Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTA), 2016 - IF = 1.346

Tam V. Nguyen, Jose Sepulveda. “Augmented Immersion: Video Cutout and Gesture-guided Embedding for Gaming Applications”, Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTA), 2016 - IF = 1.346

Tam V. Nguyen, Canyi Lu, Jose Sepulveda, Shuicheng Yan. “Adaptive Nonparametric Image Parsing”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (T-CSVT), pp. 1565-1575, 2015 - IF = 2.615.

Tam V. Nguyen, Zheng Song, Shuicheng Yan. “STAP: Spatial-Temporal Attention-aware Pooling for Action Recognition”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (T-CSVT), Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 77-86, 2015 - IF = 2.615.

Tam V. Nguyen, Jiashi Feng, Shuicheng Yan. “Seeing Human Weight from a Single RGB-D Image”, Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST), Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 777-784, 2014 - IF = 0.642.

Bingbing Ni, Mengdi Xu, Tam V. Nguyen, Congyan Lang, Zhongyang Huang, Meng Wang, Shuicheng Yan. “Touch Saliency: Characteristics and Prediction”, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (T-MM), Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 1779-1791, 2014 - IF = 1.776.

Yanxiang Chen, Tam V. Nguyen, Mohan Kankanhalli, Jun Yuan, Shuicheng Yan. “Audio Matters in Visual Attention”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (T-CSVT), Vol. 24, No. 11, pp. 1992-2003, 2014 - IF = 2.259.

Tam V. Nguyen, Bingbing Ni, Hairong Liu, Wei Xia, Jiebo Luo, Mohan Kankanhalli, Shuicheng Yan, “Image Re-Attentionizing”, In IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (T-MM), Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 1910-1919, 2013 - IF = 1.935.

Tam V. Nguyen, Si Liu, Jun Tan, Bingbing Ni, Yong Rui, Shuicheng Yan. “Towards Decrypting Attractiveness via Multi-Modality Cues”. In ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (TOMM formerly TOMCCAP), Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 28:1-28:20, 2013 - IF = 1.425.

Tam V. Nguyen, Luoqi Liu, Khang Nguyen. “Image Parsing with Global-to-Local Convolutional Neural Networks”, accepted to International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV) 2016.

Tam V. Nguyen, Dorothy Tan, Jose Sepulveda. “MARIM: Mobile Augmented Reality for Interactive Manuals”, ACM Multimedia 2016.

Erik Cambria, Tam V. Nguyen, Brian Cheng, Kenneth Kwok, Jose Sepulveda. “GECKA3D: A 3D Game Engine for Commonsense Knowledge Acquisition ”, AAAI Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS) 2016

Tam V. Nguyen, Jose Sepulveda. “Salient Object Detection via Augmented Hypotheses”, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), pp. 2176-2182, 2015.

Kang Wang, Tam V. Nguyen, Jiashi Feng, Jose Sepulveda. “Sense Beyond Expressions: Cuteness”, pp. 1067-1070, ACM Multimedia 2015.

Xiang Chen, Tam V. Nguyen, Mohan Kankanhalli. “SalAd: A Multimodal Approach for Contextual Video Advertising”, IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM), pp. 211-216,

Tam V. Nguyen, Mengdi Xu, Guangyu Gao, Mohan Kankanhalli, Qi Tian, Shuicheng Yan. “Static Saliency vs. Dynamic Saliency: A Comparative Study”, ACM Multimedia 2013, pp. 987-996.

Congyan Lang*, Tam V. Nguyen*, Harish Katti*, Karthik Yadati, Mohan Kankanhalli, Shuicheng Yan, “Depth Matters: Influence of Depth Cues on Visual Saliency”, European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2012, pp. 101-115. (* indicates equal contribution).

Tam V. Nguyen, Si Liu, Bingbing Ni, Jun Tan, Yong Rui, Shuicheng Yan, “Sense Beauty via Face, Dressing, and/or Voice”, ACM Multimedia 2012, pp. 239-248.

Tam V. Nguyen. “Salient Object Detection via Objectness Proposals”, in Proceedings of AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), pp. 4286-4287, 2015.

Si Liu, Tam V. Nguyen, Jiashi Feng, Meng Wang, Shuicheng Yan, “Hi, Magic Closet, Tell Me What to Wear!”, in Proceedings of ACM Multimedia 2012, pp. 1333-1334

Tam V. Nguyen, Lusong Li, Jun Tan, Shuicheng Yan, “3DME: 3D Media Express from RGB-D Images”, in Proceedings of ACM Multimedia 2012, pp. 1331-1332

Tam V. Nguyen, Kim Jinkook, Deokjai Choi, “ISS: The Interactive Smart-home Simulator”, International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology (ICACT) 2009, pp. 1828-1833.

Tam V. Nguyen, Yi Chang Woo, Deokjai Choi,“ CCBR: Chaining Case Based Reasoning in ContextAware Smart Home”, Asian Conference on Intelligent Information and Database Systems (ACIIDS) 2009, pp. 453-458.

Tam V. Nguyen, Wontaek Lim, Huy Nguyen, Deokjai Choi, “Context Awareness Framework based on Contextual Graph”, IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Optical Communications Networks (WOCN), pp. 1-5, 2008.

Tam V. Nguyen, Dong Gun Lee, Yong Ho Seol, Myung Hwan Yu, Deokjai Choi, “Ubiquitous Access to Home Appliance Control System using Infrared Ray and Power Line Communication”, IEEE International Conference on Internet (ICI) 2007, pp. 1-4.