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


Research Assistant

University of California, Riverside

Dynamic Indexes for Big Spatial Data: build a big data management system which fully supports spatial data processing. My research provides a solution to leverage the cost of data preprocessing with query performance. Source Code.

Hybrid System for Heterogeneous Big Data Processing: build a platform - agnostic, extensible and high - performance system for big data analytics. My research frees users from complicated data processing engines so that they only need to focus on their business logics.

September 2016 - Present

Teaching Assistant

University of California, Riverside

CS 014 - Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms (Fall 2017): 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): 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.

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 Student in Computer Science

Advisors: Dr. Ahmed Eldawy and Dr. Vassilis J. Tsotras

September 2016 - Present

Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology

September 2008 - June 2013


SNPD 2015

Takamatsu, Japan

Thanh Nguyen Trung, Tin Vu Khac, Minh Nguyen, "BFC: High performance distributed big file cloud storage based on key value store"

June 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 have a passion for 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)
  • SIGSPATIAL 2017 Student Travel Grants
  • 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