Tin Vu

Database Lab · Department of Computer Science and Engineering · University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 · tin.vu@email.ucr.edu

I am a PhD candidate and an engineer who is passionate about turning challenges into opportunities with inspired data. My research interests include big data analytics, database management systems, query optimization, spatio-temporal database, distributed systems, storage systems, but not limited. Here is my CV


Research Assistant

University of California, Riverside

Indexing Techniques for Big Spatial Data: build a big data management system which fully supports spatial data processing. Source Code.

Query Optimization using Deep Learning: explore the capabilities of deep learning in the context of query optimization.

September 2016 - Present

Teaching Assistant

University of California, Riverside

CS 014 - Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms (Fall 2017, Summer 2018): CS 014 introduces the students to the fundamental data structures and algorithmic analysis techniques such as lists, stacks, queues, search trees, sorting algorithms, hash tables, and graphs.

CS 141 - Intermediate Data Structures and Algorithms (Winter 2018, Spring 2018): CS 141 provides the basic background for a computer scientist in the area of data structures and algorithms. During this course, students will learn problem solving skills, how to compare them, and how to apply them in real problems.

CS 218 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms (Fall 2018): Study of efficient data structures and algorithms for solving problems from a variety of areas such as sorting, searching, selection, linear algebra, graph theory, and computational geometry. Worst-case and average-case analysis using recurrence relations, generating functions, upper and lower bounds, and other methods.

September 2017 - Present

Data Engineer

VNG Corporation

ZingDB: developed distributed key-value store from scratch that favors availability with following features: persistent storage, memory caching, high scalability, and fault-tolerance, served as backends for 2M+ online game users.

Anomaly detection system: developed a data mining system to identify cheaters in online games. This project was applied for dozen of online game systems at VNG.

April 2014 - July 2016

Research Assistant

Mimas Research Group

Emotion recognition system: developed a machine learning system to identify human emotion based on EEG signal.

April 2010 - July 2012


University of California, Riverside

PhD Candidate in Computer Science

Advisor: Dr. Ahmed Eldawy. I also have collaboration projects with Dr. Vassilis Tsotras, Dr. Vagelis Hristidis and Dr. Vagelis Papalexakis

September 2016 - Present

Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology

September 2008 - June 2013



Tin Vu, Ahmed Eldawy, Vagelis Hristidis and Vassilis Tsotras, "Incremental Indexing for Big Spatial Data", 35th IEEE International Conference in Data Engineering, Under Submission

Tin Vu and Ahmed Eldawy, "From Trees to Groves: An in-depth Study of Big Spatial Indexes", 35th IEEE International Conference in Data Engineering, Under Submission


Tin Vu and Ahmed Eldawy, "R-Grove: Growing a Family of R-trees in the Big-Data Forest", in Proceedings of the 26th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2018), in Seattle, WA, November 6-9, 2018


Thanh Nguyen Trung, Tin Vu, Minh Nguyen, "BFC: High performance distributed big file cloud storage based on key value store", 16th IEEE/ ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/ Distributed Computing, Takamatsu, Japan, 06/2015


Programming Languages
  • Java
  • C++
  • Python
Platforms & tools
  • Apache Hadoop
  • Apache Spark
  • TensorFlow
  • Scikit-learn, matplotlib


I love running. I run ~3 miles every day.

I also like books, especially historical books. This is my reading list.

Other links: Ha Tran, the most incredible female vocalist at Vietnam.

Awards & Certifications

  • Dean's Distinguished Fellowship, College of Engineering, University of California, Riverside(2016-2017)
  • NSF Student Travel Awards (SIGSPATIAL 2017, SIGSPATIAL 2018)
  • 1st Prize of Microsoft Start-up Students Contest (10 teams in the Final Round), April 2013.
  • 1st Prize of Samsung SmartTV Development Contest, October 2013
  • 1st Prize of WOWZAPP 2012, World wide hackathon for Windows 8, Microsoft (ranked 1st position in 82 teams of the contest), November 2012
  • Certificate of Merit for having graduated with Very Good degree, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, July 2013
  • Government ­sponsored Scholarship, granted annually based on academic performance; Ministry of Education and Training, 2008-2013
  • PVFCCo scholarship: Encourage Scholarship for outstanding students; PetroVietnam Fertilizers & Chemicals corporation (PVFCCo), Vietnam Oil and Gas group, 2011-2012
  • Acer scholarship: Scholarship for outstanding students from Acer Inc, 2010
  • Itochu scholarship: Scholarship for outstanding student from Itochu Corporation, Japan, 2009