Categories: General
      Date: Jan  7, 2009
     Title: Final Report on US-Vietnam Seminar: Digital Signal Processing

The Nation Science Foundation (NSF) award number 0634011 supported the “Digital Signal Processing Summer Seminar” (DSPSS; dspss.vef.gov), which was held at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT; http://www.hcmut.edu.vn), Vietnam Nation University, from June 21th to July 2nd, 2008.  Other sponsors of DSPSS 2008 were the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF; www.vef.gov), the HCMUT, Texas Instruments, and National Instruments.

The Nation Science Foundation (NSF) award number 0634011 supported the “Digital Signal Processing Summer Seminar” (DSPSS; dspss.vef.gov), which was held at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT; http://www.hcmut.edu.vn), Vietnam Nation University, from June 21th to July 2nd, 2008.  Other sponsors of DSPSS 2008 were the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF; www.vef.gov), the HCMUT, Texas Instruments, and National Instruments.

The goal of the DSPSS was to foster research and training collaboration between American and Vietnamese scientists. Furthermore, DSPSS aimed to address a high level of interest and to develop competence in signal processing among students and researchers in Vietnam.

The funding from NSF supported the travel expenses of the following faculty and graduate students from the U.S.

Faculty:

US Graduate Students:

(The sixth student Alex Dapore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was planning to attend.  But he had to cancel due to a last-minute problem with his airline tickets).

In addition, the NSF grant partially supported the following VEF Fellows who are currently graduate students in the U.S.

Three out those 11 U.S. graduate students participating at DSPSS 2008 are female.

From the Vietnam side, there were about 60 participants, including senior undergraduate students, graduate students, instructors and researchers in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and related areas.  The participants were selected from an open, competitive, and merit-based application process through out the whole Vietnam.

The DSPSS 2008 consists of 4 short courses in Image Processing, Video Processing, Multimedia Communications, and Real-time DSP Systems. Each course lasted for three days with lectures in the morning and lab exercise sessions in the afternoons. In addition, there were seminars on current research problems in signal processing and education systems in the US and Vietnam.  Following is the program of the seminars.

Saturday June 21st       

Monday June 23rd

Tuesday June 24th

Wednesday June 25th

Thursday June 26th

Friday:  June 27th

Saturday June 28th

Sunday June 29th

Monday June 30th

Tuesday July 1st

Wednesday July 2nd

The DSPSS 2008 was a great success.  The main beneficiaries of the DSPSS 2008 were the students from both the U.S. and Vietnam.  The experience working along with Vietnamese students and exposing to a new culture will leave a long lasting impact on the American students.  As these students will be the future leaders in science and technology in the U.S., they will greatly benefit from this global experience.  We recorded more than 10 Vietnamese students from DSPSS 2008 are actively pursuing for graduate studies in the US by contacting us for recommendation letters.

The DSPSS 2008 will serve as a model for future collaborations in research and education between the U.S. and Vietnam.  Again, the students are the ones that are leading the efforts.  For example, on their own initiatives, students from DSPSS 2008 have setup a forum at dspss.wikispaces.com to facilitate discussion and interactions beyond DSPSS 2008.  We expect many fruitful collaborations and friendships will come out from this event and its forum.