Research Seminars


Research Seminars help to establish a culture of sharing and peer discussion of the research that scholars are engaged in. They help to inform the community of the type of research that is occurring at an institution, foster collaborations, and engagement with the larger scholarly and practitioner communities. The University Research Seminar series begins in Jan 2021, and we expect it to be a bi-weekly event, with topics ranging from engineering and computer science, health, humanities, and business management.

Information on how to register and participate will be sent in advance of each event.

​​​All seminars are held from 4:45-5:45 pm on Wednesdays in Lecture Hall C202


Jan 13: Minh Do, ScD, Vice-Provost, VinUniversity
Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Topic: Radar: History (as the Game Changer of WWII) and Current Research (for Self-Driving Cars)

Abstract: Radar is considered as a game-changer in World War II and an exemplar story of innovation. Recent low-cost single-chip radar systems allow them to be widely used in automotive applications. Current research on the intelligent processing of radar signals would enable even greater applicability and capability of the radar in the future.

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Upcoming Seminars

Feb 3: Jason Picard, PhD, Founding Assistant Professor of Vietnamese History and Culture

Topic: Vietnam’s 1954-1955 Great Migration.

The significance of this event should not be underestimated – about 8% of the northern population fled South, setting the stage for war. Yet the migration remains little understood and, when discussed, clouded by the politics of the Vietnam War/Cold War. I will plan to present on some causes and legacies.


Feb 24: Ryan McAuley, MD, MPH, Program Director

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Topic: Humanitarian Assistance in South Sudan: A Physician’s Perspective on Disease, Dissent, and Professional Dilemmas

South Sudan is the newest country on Earth, having gained its independence in 2011 after 40 years of brutal civil war. The world looked upon this new nation with high hopes for growth and economic development, but unfortunately peace and prosperity did not last long. In this session, we will review the timeline of the new civil war within South Sudan. And we will explore the consequences of protracted violence and political instability on public health, nutrition, livelihoods, education and more.


March 3: Le Van Quynh, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Topic: Novel light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for efficient lighting sources and advanced displays

In this talk, I will introduce the prospects of nanotechnologies to address global energy challenges. In the second part, I will focus on the directions of my research group. We use advances in nanotechnology to develop a new generation of LEDs with more functionalities for applications in lighting and displays.


April 7: Dung Le (Jenny)

Topic: Hotels’ strategic responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and potential research collaboration (details will follow)


April 21: Billy Wheeler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Science and Society

Topic: The Motherboard of Myriad Things: Zhuangzi, Xin, and the Internet

From a Daoist point of view what should the appropriate relationship be between man and machine? Although technology has influenced mankind for millennia, the exponential growth of digital technologies in recent years has transformed the way we live beyond recognition. In this talk I consider what a Daoist attitude should be towards the internet: both its use and design. I will start by introducing three existing views on Daoism and technology: (i) anti-technology, (ii) anti-efficiency and (iii) “wu wei-effectiveness”. I shall argue that of the three wu wei-effectiveness is the better interpretation. However, whilst wu wei-effectiveness is well-suited for analogue technologies, it is ill-suited for digital technologies. I offer an amendment inspired by Zhuangzi’s conception of the heart-mind (xin 心). I then show how this offers both a diagnosis of the current negative effects of the internet and a remedy for its better use and design.


May 5: Kyunghwa Chung (Jenny), PhD, Assistant Professor of Marketing, College of Business and Management

Title: AI, I need consoling!

The importance of AI is increasing in the service industry. Many firms are replacing their call center staff with AI chatbot services. But are consumers really satisfied with AI services? What do consumers really want when they contact customer service? In this seminar, Jenny C’s experiments related to consumer responses to AI service are introduced.


May 19: Huynh Dinh Chien, PhD, Director, Pre-Clinical Medicine and Teaching Labs

Topic: Immune System Measuring: a Study on Patients with Infections and Cancers

Some early results of the study will be shown with some discussion about the quality of the measurement.


June 16: Nguyen Hoang Long, PhD, Program Director, Nursing Program

Topic: How nursing students deal with hypothetical ethical dilemmas (details will follow)