Research Seminars

Introduction

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 will feature topics in engineering and computer science, health, humanities, and business management and are open to all members of the VinUni community.

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

​​​All seminars are held from 5 pm – 6 pm on Wednesdays online via Zoom until further notice.

Faculty Seminars Academic Year 21-22

August 18, 2021 Topic: The evolution of the wireless communications networks and the key technologies for the upcoming 6G networks

Speaker: Nguyen Viet Tu, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

September 1, 2021 Topic: Designing services and experiences for enhanced customer value: The role of peak pleasure/pain sequence, anticipation, and surprise

Speaker: Rohit Verma, PhD, Provost, Professor, College of Business and Management

September 22, 2021 Topic: Shifting the traditional model of analysing downloaded electronic health records to the novel open-source analytics OpenSAFELY platform

Speaker: Angel Wong PhD, OpenSafely, a project of the Oxford Data Lab (UK)

September 29, 2021 Topic: Asia’s Post-Pandemic Order and Regional Integration: ASEAN Perspectives

Speaker: Anupama Devendrakumar PhD, Senior Lecturer of Global Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

October 6, 2021
Topic: Global Mindset; what is it and how to develop it?

Speaker: Amita Verma MBA, Executive Director, Research Management and Accreditation, Senior Fellow, College of Business & Management

November 3, 2021 Topic: Race and Racism in Medicine

Speaker: Toni Marie Biskup MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP, Residency Program

November 10, 2021 Topic: Recommender Systems: Machine Learning and Beyond

Speaker: Le Duy Dung PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

November 17, 2021 Topic: Hyperphosphatemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: The culprit induces vascular calcification

Speaker: Nguyen Thi Nhung, College of Health Sciences

November 24, 2021 Topic: Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Sexual Development

Speaker: Stephen P. Schiffer PhD, Professor, College of Health Sciences

December 1, 2021 Topic: Alcohol consumption after a Myocardial infarction and mortality

Speaker: Maurizio Trevisan MD, Professor and Dean, College of Health Sciences

December 8, 2021 Topic: Digital technology use during COVID-19 pandemic – An example in Vietnam

Speaker: Dr. Tran Anh Tu (NIHE) and Dr. Ha Minh Thuy, College of Health Sciences

December 15, 2021 Topic: Customer satisfaction and customer delight and proposed model to measure customer delight in the 5 star hotel context in Vietnam

Speaker: Tran Phuong Lan PhD, Vice Dean, College of Business and Management

August 18, 2021: The evolution of the wireless communications networks and the key technologies for the upcoming 6G networks

Speaker: Nguyen Viet Tu, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Over the past 40 years, we see a tremendous advancement in wireless communication networks. From the first generation (1G) in around 1980 to today’s fifth generation (5G), the data peak throughput, for example, has increased from ~2.4kbps to about ~20Gbps (about a million-fold). This talk will present some of the emerging technologies and a few research topics that interest both academic and industry researchers.  First, I will review the evolution of wireless communications networks (from 1G to 5G), focusing on the leading technologies that enable its vast improvements. The second part of this talk will focus on the limitations of the 5G network and upcoming 6G wireless communications networks. Specifically, the demand for higher requirements on communication networks for rising industries on telemedicine, smart city, autonomous driving, etc. Finally, I will present my unpublished research results on the intelligent reflecting surface (IRS) technology for 6G wireless networks. Currently, I am working on managing interference and leveraging secondary reflections amongst multiple IRSs to improve the throughput of the overall network.”

September 1, 2021: Designing services and experiences for enhanced customer value: The role of peak pleasure/pain sequence, anticipation, and surprise

Speaker:  Rohit Verma, PhD, Provost, Professor, College of Business and Management

(Joint research with Prof. Mike Dixon, Utah State University and Prof. Liana Victorino, University of Victoria)
The most salient or “peak” encounter (either pleasure or pain) often defines customers’ perceived value (or utility) of a service or an experience. Past research suggests that the “sequence” of pleasure or pain can significantly impact overall value, even when the core offering remains the same. Furthermore, an “anticipated” or a “surprise” appearance of a peak (either pleasure or pain) can also have significant overall impact on value, everything else being equal. This presentation will provide a summary of insights derived from a series of inter-related research studies that explore the impact of pleasure/pain sequence on perceived customer value in a service or an experience.

September 22, 2021: Shifting the traditional model of analysing downloaded electronic health records to the novel open-source analytics OpenSAFELY platform

Speaker: Angel Wong PhD, OpenSafely, a project of the Oxford Data Lab (UK)

Abstract

Much electronic health record clinical research involves a traditional model of running analyses on large datasets extracted from data providers to a local machine which may carry data security risk. Other limitations of this model are lack of research transparency and out-of-date data. Working on behalf of the National Health Service, England, we have rapidly developed a new open-source analytics OpenSAFELY platform to address urgent COVID-19 research questions. OpenSAFELY uses a model that runs all analyses within the secure data centre so that patient data are never transferred outside of the data centre. All outputs are restricted to aggregate data with small number suppression, released to GitHub. As of 18 Jan 2021, we have published 3 pharmacoepidemiologic studies including examining the role of inhaled corticosteroids, hydroxychloroquine and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on COVID-19 mortality; and completed 5 other COVID-19 related studies. We openly shared >200 codelists and analytic codes on GitHub. This new model balances the need for protecting data security and promoting openness in research, whilst facilitating timely evidence generation.

 

September 29, 2021: Globalization and Asia’s Post-Pandemic Order: How Can ASEAN Respond?

Speaker: Anupama Devendrakumar PhD, Senior Lecturer of Global Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic is raising difficult political, economic, social, and institutional questions. The ongoing impact of the pandemic has not only questioned the globalization processes but also has laid bare the loopholes in them. The leaders, scholars, academia, businesses, and the public are divided on the future of globalization and the imminent changes that will mark the post-pandemic world order. Mixed views on globalization such as the possibility of its reversal, demise, transformation, are debated. These divided views are compelling the economies and societies across the world to reconsider the future course of globalization. In this context, this preliminary research will examine how the nature of globalization in Asia might change and shape the post-pandemic order. The research focuses on the pandemic experiences of ASEAN countries. In that, ASEAN countries’ response to the pandemic, its catastrophic impact, recovery approaches will be discussed. Keeping in perspective the structures and characteristics of ASEAN economies, the research proposes how can ASEAN respond to the future course of globalization.

Faculty Seminars Academic Year 20-21

Jan 13, 2021 Topic: Radar: History (as the Game Changer of WWII) and Current Research (for Self-Driving Cars)

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

March 10, 2021 Topic: Vietnam’s 1954-1955 Great Migration

Speaker: Jason Picard, PhD, Founding Assistant Professor of Vietnamese History and Culture, VinUniversity

March 17, 2021 Topic: Humanitarian Assistance in South Sudan: A Physician’s Perspective on Disease, Dissent, and Professional Dilemmas

Speaker: Ryan McAuley, MD, MPH, Program Director Internal Medicine Residency Program, VinUniversity

March 31, 2021 Topic: Novel light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for efficient lighting sources and advanced displays

Speaker: Le Van Quynh, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, VinUniversity

April 6, 2021 Topic: I’m Doing as Well as I Can: Modeling People as Rational Finite Automata

Speaker: Joe Halpern, PhD, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Cornell University

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

Speaker: Dung Le (Jenny), PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Business and Management, VinUniversity

April 28, 2021 Topic: The Motherboard of Myriad Things: Zhuangzi, Xin, and the Internet

Speaker: Billy Wheeler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Science and Society, Arts and Sciences, VinUniversity

May 5, 2021 Topic: AI, I need consoling!

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

May 12, 2021 Topic: Maximum Entropy Principle and out-of-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

Speaker: Thomas Oikonomou, PhD, Faculty, College of Engineering and Computer Science, VinUniversity

May 19, 2021 Topic: Immune System Measuring: a Study on Patients with Infections and Cancers

Speaker: Huynh Dinh Chien, MD, PhD, Professor, College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

May 26, 2021

 

Topic: Privacy Protection for Autonomous Vehicles

Speaker: Kok-Seng Wong, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, VinUniversity

June 2, 2021 Topic: Hotel’s strategic responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and potential research collaboration
June 9, 2021 Topic: Risk, Uncertainty, and the Uncertainty Mindset

Speaker: Vaughn Tan, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at University College London’s School of Management, in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group. Vaughn received his PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard University

June 16, 2021 Topic: Ethical dilemmas and ethical reasoning: some insight discussions

Speaker: Nguyen Hoang Long, RN, PhD, Program Director, Nursing Program, College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

June 30, 2021 Topic: Time series classification methods

Speaker: Do Danh Cuong, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

August 18, 2021 Topic: The evolution of the wireless communications networks and the key technologies for the upcoming 6G networks

Speaker: Nguyen Viet Tu, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, VinUniversity

Jan 13, 2021: Radar: History (as the Game Changer of WWII) and Current Research (for Self-Driving Cars)

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

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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March 10, 2021: Vietnam’s 1954-1955 Great Migration

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

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.

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March 17, 2021: Humanitarian Assistance in South Sudan: A Physician’s Perspective on Disease, Dissent, and Professional Dilemmas

Speaker: Ryan McAuley, MD, MPH, Program Director Internal Medicine Residency Program

Abstract:

South Sudan is the newest country on Earth, having gained its independence from Sudan 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 December 2013, South Sudan suffered an attempted coup and the start of a new civil war within its hard-fought borders. In this session, I will summarize the timeline of the current humanitarian crisis in South Sudan as well as the consequences of protracted war and violence on healthcare access, education, nutrition, and livelihoods. I will also highlight several of the puzzling professional and ethical dilemmas that emerged during my field work as a physician with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders.

Bio Sketch:

Dr. Ryan McAuley is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and he joined the VinUniversity CHS Team in April 2019 as Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. McAuley completed his MD degree at East Tennessee State University, his MPH degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and his residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has a keen interest in humanitarian assistance, refugee health, and medical education. Prior to joining VinUni, Ryan completed 4 field missions with the International NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders with 3 separate missions to South Sudan and 1 mission to Egypt.

Click here to see the presentation slides.

 

 

March 31, 2021: Novel light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for efficient lighting sources and advanced displays

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

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 6, 2021: I’m Doing as Well as I Can: Modeling People as Rational Finite Automata

Professor Joseph Halpern, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Cornell University. (Full Bio: https://math.cornell.edu/joseph-halpern)

Abstract: Several Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work showing  that humans do not behave as maximum utility maximizers, as standard economic theory predicts.  Yet they are “predictably irrational”:  their deviations from rational behavior are quite systematic.  Our goal is to see the extent to which we can explain and justify these deviations as the outcome of rational but resource-bounded agents doing as well as they can, given their limitations.  We model people as probabilistic finite automata (a simple model of resource-bounded computation), and show that in a number of games, probabilistic finite automata doing “as well as they can” exhibit quite human-like behavior, ranging from confirmation bias to probability matching.

Moreover, this human-like behavior can actually improve performance, showing that this seemingly irrational behavior can be quite rational.

This talk covers joint work with Rafael Pass, Lior Seeman, and Lily Liu.

 

 

April 28, 2021: The Motherboard of Myriad Things: Zhuangzi, Xin, and the Internet

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

Title: 

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, 2021: AI, I need consoling!

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

Title: 

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 12, 2021: Maximum Entropy Principle and out-of-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

Speaker: Thomas Oikonomou, PhD, Faculty, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Topic: 

There have recently been various proposals of statistical entropic measures in order to create a theoretical thermodynamic foundation for complex out-of-equilibrium systems. Their (in)appropriateness is discussed and analyzed on the ground of the Maximum Entropy Principle. In this presentation, I will demonstrate a new State-of-the-Art this approach.

 

 

May 19, 2021: Immune System Measuring: a Study on Patients with Infections and Cancers

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

Topic: 

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

 

May 26, 2021: Privacy Protection for Autonomous Vehicles

Speaker: Kok-Seng Wong, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Topic: 

In the awakening of cutting-edge technology, companies such as Apple, Waymo, and Tesla are racing to launch the industry’s first fully autonomous car. Besides the technical challenges (safeness and infrastructure), privacy and data protection have attracted the autonomous vehicle industry and researchers’ attention. Although we are aware of how much data autonomous vehicles will generate per day, there is a lack of knowledge of how the collected data will be used. In this talk, I will discuss some privacy concerns in autonomous vehicle systems and possible solutions to protect sensitive information such as location, visual data, etc.

 

June 2, 2021: Hotel’s strategic responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and potential research collaboration.

Speaker: Dung Le (Jenny), Assistant Professor, College of Business and Management, VinUniversity

The Covid-19 pandemic has long-lasting impacts that require the hotel sector to revise, innovate and transform their businesses. However, the literature related to this area remains vastly under-developed. Based on 219 articles collected from global news media and an integrated crisis management framework, this research note map out “strategic responses” from the hotel sector and suggest implications for hotels to address the evolving pandemic situation. Three modifications were proposed to refine and further develop a pandemic crisis management framework. Future research directions are then further discussed.

 

June 9, 2021: Risk, Uncertainty, and the Uncertainty Mindset

Speaker: Vaughn Tan, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at University College London’s School of Management, in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group. Vaughn received his PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard University

Abstract:

“Risk” and “uncertainty” are usually conflated—but they are fundamentally different and have different implications for management research and practice. In particular, treating uncertain situations as if they are risky can have enormously damaging consequences, as we have seen in the context of coronavirus response worldwide in 2020 and the regulation of complex financial derivatives in 2008. In this talk, I use rich ethnographic research from cutting-edge innovation teams in high-end cuisine to 1) distinguish between risk and uncertainty, 2) explain a novel approach to action that is appropriate for uncertainty (the “uncertainty mindset”), and 3) briefly outline how the uncertainty mindset modifies organisational processes for hiring, goal-setting, and motivation and thus makes organisations more likely to be innovative and adaptable in uncertain situations.

Vaughn Tan, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at University College London’s School of Management, in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group. Vaughn received his PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard University.

http://www.mgmt.ucl.ac.uk/people/vaughntan

Dr. Tan is a London-based strategy consultant, and an author. His research focuses on understanding how individuals and organizations can be resilient to, and benefit from, uncertainty. His practice focuses on developing practical tools and design principles for building teams that can flourish in uncertain situations. He’s spent over a decade working with the food and beverage industry. Vaughn is the recent author of The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food.‌ He’s also just launched idk, a training tool for productive discomfort. He is on the executive board of Rethink Food, the advisory board of Oyster Sunday, and the founding director of the Data Protection Foundation.

 

 

June 16, 2021: Ethical dilemmas and ethical reasoning: some insight discussions

Speaker: Nguyen Hoang Long, PhD, Program Director, Nursing Program 

 

 

June 30, 2021:  Time series classification methods

Speaker: Do Danh Cuong, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Abstract:

Time series is involving many aspects of our lives hence it is very important and challenging problem to classify them. Many algorithms have been proposed.

This talk discuss on some of the most popular conventional methods and comparing with the recent popularity of deep neural network on this area.

The last part is on an application of transfer learning of image Deep Learning into time series data.