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Wu, Min

Wu, Min

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2142 Kim Building

Dr. Min Wu received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering and a B.A. degree in economics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996 (both with the highest honors), and an M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. She was with NEC Research Institute and Signafy, Inc. Princeton, NJ, in 1998, and with the Media Security Group, Panasonic Information & Networking Laboratories, Princeton, NJ, in 1999. Since Fall 2001, she has been a faculty member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Systems Research (ISR) in the same university.

Dr. Wu's research interests include information security and forensics, and multimedia signal processing and communications. She has published one book "Multimedia Data Hiding" (Springer-Verlag, 2003) and about 65 refereed journal and conference publications. She holds four U.S. patents on media security. Dr. Wu is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Signal Processing and on Multimedia Systems and Applications. She has served as publicity chair for 2003 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME'03), finance chair for 2007 IEEE International Conference on Acoustic, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP'07), and in the technical program committees of several international conferences on multimedia, signal processing, communications, and information security. She also co-edited a Special Issue on Multimedia Security and Rights Management for EURASIP Journal of Applied signal Processing in 2004.

Dr. Wu received an NSF CAREER award on information security and protection in 2002, and a George Corcoran Education Award from University of Maryland in 2003, a 2004 Best Paper Award from the EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing, and a Young Investigator award on multimedia security and forensics from U.S. Office of Naval Research in 2005. In 2004, she was selected by the MIT Technology Review Magazine as one of the 100 top young innovators whose contribution to emerging technologies will profoundly influence the world.

Honors and awards


National Academy of Inventors, 2019

American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2017

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2010

Young faculty awards

ONR Young Investigator for "Digital Fingerprinting for Multimedia Security and Forensics," 2005

NSF CAREER for "Signal Processing Approaches for Multimedia Security and Information Protection," 2001

Other awards

2022-2023 President-Elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (IEEE SPS). SPS President (2024-2025)

Harriett B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society, 2019

Maryland Innovator of the Year Award, 2012

IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, 2005

Technology Review's top 100 young innovators in the world, 2004

EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing Best Paper Award, 2004

University of Maryland awards

Invention of the Year Award for "Verifying the Source of Video Streams using Electric Network Frequency (ENF) Signals," 2015

University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, 2013

Invention of the Year Award for "Environmental Signatures for Forensic Analysis and Alignment of Media Recordings," 2012

E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, 2009

George Corcoran Education Award, 2003

Information security and forensics, multimedia signal processing, multimedia communications.

Alumnus David A. Bader to be Inducted into Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame

Induction celebrates Bader’s work to democratize supercomputing through the creation of the first Linux supercomputer.

MRC Faculty and Researchers to Present 15 Papers at International Robotics Conference - IROS 2022

15 MRC faculty and researchers to present 15 papers at IROS 2022

New system could improve thermal devices used to check our temperatures and respiration

The infrared thermographs were widely installed in medical facilities, airports and offices during the pandemic.

Updates from Maryland Power Electronics Lab (MPEL)

Continued success for the MPEL Team.

Improving Fairness and Trust in AI Used for College Admissions and Language Translation

Professor Min Wu and Associate Professor Dana Dachman-Soled part of NSF/Amazon-funded research team.

Electric power grid signatures may aid in image and video verification

The new forensic technique could help determine where and when digital still images were captured.

New Research Showcased at TRB

Transportation safety, impact of telecommuting among topics covered by UMD experts.

Alumnus David Bader Named Association for Computing Machinery Fellow

Alumnus David A. Bader (Ph.D. ’96) selected for contributions to high-performance computing systems, graph analytics and technical leadership in parallel computing.

Congratulations to our December 2021 ISR graduates!

ISR advisors graduated 22 Ph.D., 2 M.S., and 4 M.S.S.E. new alumni in December!

Nonlinear feedback dynamics research by alum Naomi Leonard featured in the New York Times

The findings recently were published in PNAS, in a special feature on political polarization.

Min Wu receives Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Award

The Clark School recognizes Wu's research in multimedia signal processing, information security, and digital forensics.

MC2 Researchers Present Six Papers at ACM Conference on Information Security

The papers cover hot topics like key management for cryptocurrencies, fuzzy message detection and more.

Min Wu Elected President of IEEE Signal Processing Society

Wu will begin serving as IEEE SPS President on January 1, 2024.

Wu, Ranadive developing accurate, convenient home heart monitoring system

A new $1.2M NSF grant funds their AI research into the relationship between ECG and PPG monitoring technologies.

Pamela Abshire is named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

She is one of six Clark School faculty honored at the university's annual convocation.

Making AI safe with independent audits

New work by Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Ben Shneiderman bases the audits on financial and accounting models.

9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration

Join us on September 10 for a reflection and lessons-learned discussion.

UMD Researchers to Have a Strong Showing at ICRA 2021

University of Maryland researchers will present 15 papers at the IEEE International Conference on Robotis and Automation (ICRA 2021) to held on May 30 to June 5, 2021.

New undergraduate minor in robotics and autonomous systems

The Maryland Robotics Center will administer the program, which begins in Fall 2021.

Qu, Singh, Chakraborty, D'Antonio win 2020 ISR awards

The 2020 ISR Welcome Back Reception and Awards Ceremony was held online due to the pandemic situation.

Wu and Wong granted U.S. patent for method to detect counterfeiting

The optical features of paper can be used to authenticate documents with mobile cameras and illumination.

Wu, Milton receive NSF funding to improve telemedicine

Micro-signals on videos could be used to infer physiological conditions.

New Markov chain predictive model aids COVID-19 decisionmakers

The research is helping medical team in Wuhan’s Jinyintan Hospital prepare and allocate resources and support decisions.

UMD names Derek Paley as a 2020–2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

The program recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

UMD Presents New Research at TRB Annual Meeting

Papers and poster sessions addressed topics ranging from crash data analysis to tracking the outcomes of major highway projects.

Institute Hosts AMBIC December Conference, Unveils New Research

AMBIC Industry Board members and other researchers convened to discuss new and ongoing projects.

Min Wu, Ray Liu named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

New inductees are latest of six UMD faculty recognized by NAI for ‘prolific spirit of innovation.’

Behtash Babadi wins Clark School teaching award for junior faculty

The Clark School annually presents the E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty at its winter commencement.

Wu Awarded Harriett B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society

Professor Min Wu received the prestigious Harriett B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society for outstanding leadership in signal processing, education, and mentoring.

Min Wu named Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Professor Wu’s appointment will begin August 23, 2019.

Jiang, Marakby, Vaswani, and Wu named 2019 ECE Distinguished Alumni

The four alumni were nominated for their leadership and meritorious contributions to the field of engineering, their humanitarian efforts, and the application of their engineering education to other disciplines.

Spacecraft carrying Adomaitis thin film experiment docks with the International Space Station

The experiment will travel on the ISS for a year, exposing samples to the environment of low earth orbit.

Alumnus Omur Ozel joins George Washington University as tenure-track faculty

His research addresses reliability, timeliness, security and robustness in existing and emerging communication and computation settings.

Are you ready to compete in the e-Bike student challenge?

Build a prototype electric bicycle with a range of 125 miles.

‘Smart Marbles’ hold promise for better outcomes from bioreactors

The marbles, or 'bPods,' will contain microsystems that can “eavesdrop on biology” during fermentation, cell or culture-growing processes.

State, university officials celebrate launch of newly formed, cross-discipline transportation institute

The Maryland Transportation Institute will coordiate more than $20 million in annual research expenditures.

Alumnus Philip Twu's exciting career in space robotics

Twu has worked on both the Parker Solar Probe and the 2020 Mars Rover.

The Clark School Celebrates Women's History Month

The Clark School is featuring our female engineering faculty members throughout March.

Wu Named AAAS Fellow

Wu is amongst 395 other scientists and scholars elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow

Research Review: Combating biofilms with microsystem devices

New microsystems detect, treat bacterial biofilms—the source of many post-operative infections; latest device can sense and treat biofilm inside urinary catheters.

Four Honored at 6th Annual ECE Distinguished Alumni Awards

The ECE Department honored four alumni for their leadership and meritorious contributions to the field of engineering.

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17.

Students of Khaligh, Wu win China Scholarship Council awards

The award is given to outstanding self-financed Chinese students who are studying abroad.

Congratulations ISR graduates!

These new alumni graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2016.

UMD Engineering for Social Change Class Awards Non-Profit V-LINC $10,000 Grant to Support Custom Assistive Technology Program

Grant marks more than $30,000 in student-awarded grants given through landmark engineering philanthropy course.

Khaligh wins Clark School junior faculty teaching award

Khaligh will receive the E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty at winter commencement.

Transparent Wood: Clark School Research in the News

‘Cooler than glass’ windows receive international coverage

Sennur Ulukus named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Ulukus is the ninth ISR faculty member to be so honored.

Wu Wins 2015 Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award

Exemplary service and leadership garner IEEE award for Clark School Professor.

Elisabeth Smela named ADVANCE Professor

She joins the ranks of five other ISR faculty associated with the ADVANCE program.

Rubloff, Wu win UMD Invention of the Year Awards

Inventions selected for potential impact on science, society, and the open market.

Min Wu is finalist for Invention of the Year

Her invention enables the source of a video stream to be identified based on electric network frequency signals.

Rubloff One of 9 Finalists for UMD Invention of the Year

Office of Technology Commercialization to announce winners at the Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships, April 29.

UMD To Celebrate Innovations and Partnerships April 29

Nine nominees for Invention of the Year to be recognized at annual event

Six ISR Ph.D. students selected as Future Faculty Fellows

Program prepares students for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.

Wu Named Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine

IEEE Signal Processing Society recognizes Wu's dedication, commitment, and contributions to the field through her selection for this influential position.

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU

Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.

Herrmann receives NSF grant for problem decomposition in facility design

Herrmann will conduct fundamental research into how teams of engineers solve medical and factory facility design problems.

Reza Ghodssi named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Ghodssi is the eighth ISR faculty member to be so honored by the university.

NSF-Backed DC I-Corps Kicks Off First Cohort with 20 Federal Laboratory, University and Regional Inventors, Entrepreneur Teams

The Silicon Valley-tested, Lean Startup-based initiative is slated to train 300 top entrepreneurial research teams over three years.

NSF grant will allow Min Wu to explore power network attributes for information forensics

Research will have wide-ranging applications for security, journalism and smart grid management.

Two ECE Graduate Students Receive Inaugural Kulkarni Fellowship

Biswadep Dey and Ravi Garg receive assistance from the Kulkarni Foundation in the final stages of their Ph.D. research.

Robotics Team Mentored by UMD Students Advances to FIRST Championship Competition

Clark School of Engineering undergrads help middle and high school students prepare, compete.

Min Wu named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Wu is the seventh ISR faculty member to be so honored.

Student team reaches finals of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship competition

Adi Hajj-Ahmad and Chau-Wai Wong are advised by Professor Min Wu.

Rubloff Co-Authors Major DoE Report on Emerging Energy Technologies

Publication focuses on opportunities in mesoscale science.

Min Wu is named a 2012 Innovator of the Year

Her novel timestamp technology will authenticate when and where AV recordings were captured.

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research

More than 20 undergraduate students participate in research projects sponsored by ECE and IREAP.

Derek Paley leads 'Robots and Roaches' workshop

Event for high school students introduces concepts of neurophysiology and robotics.

Alumna Mingyan Liu promoted to full professor; wins best paper award

Former John Baras student a member of EECS Department faculty at the University of Michigan.

Wu Invited to National Academies' Annual Presidents' Circle Meeting

Experts at Presidents' Circle meeting tackle issues regarding energy security, nuclear energy, biomedical research, and science and technology.

Wu, Garg and Varna win 2012 Invention of the Year

Abshire and Sander were finalists in the annual awards honoring the university's inventions.

Six ISR grad students in Clark School Future Faculty Program

Program helps students prepare for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.

Alumnus Zhao Granted Tenure at University of Alberta

Zhao, former Ph.D. student under Professor Liu, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Garg, Varna and Wu Win 'MM 11 Best Paper Award

ECE graduate student Garg, and recent alumnus Varna receive best student paper accolades.

Pamela Abshire wins Kent Teaching Award

Chosen for engaged teaching, curriculum development and advising student research.

Profile of alumnus Parag Banerjee

Former student of Gary Rubloff now on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research

Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair.

ISR faculty earn promotions

Sennur Ulukus, Elisabeth Smela, Min Wu and Bruce Jacob promoted to Full Professor.

Wu, Swaminathan and Mao issued U.S. Patent 7,840,789 for data hiding

The invention is a system for embedding information in program code.

Bhattacharyya, Wu Elected IEEE Fellows

ECE professors elected fellows of world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

Wu Receives NSF Grant for Research in Trustworthy Sensing, Communications

Prof. Min Wu will conduct research in "Forensic Hash for Assured Cyber-based Sensing and Communications."

2010 Maryland Robotics Day draws large crowd

Government officials, industry representatives, prospective students attend Maryland Robotics Day.

Qu and Wu Awarded AFOSR Grant for Trusted Computing System Design

ECE faculty receive $450K grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair.

Min Wu wins outstanding teaching award

Wu is the recipient of the Clark School's E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty.

MERIT-BIEN Poster Wins Two Awards at NSF Program Meeting

Undergraduate summer research earns two awards for most interesting & technically challenging project.

Three ISR students are named ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Beyaz, Mitra and Varna honored for research excellence.

Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty Fellows

Ph.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors.

Min Wu receives IEEE early career teaching award

Wu was honored for her teaching performance, development of new teaching methods, and curricular innovation.

Cleaveland, Marcus part of $10 million NSF collaborative research grant

The project focuses on model checking and abstract interpretation for embedded control and systems biology. Maryland's portion is $1.8M.

Jacob Introduces New Guitar Technology

Electric guitars developed by ECE professor, students, expand sound range and control.

NSA designates University of Maryland as 'National Center of Academic Excellence'

OIT IT director and ECE/ME/ISR faculty honored for work in information assurance research.

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s

Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates!

Wu and Liu awarded AFOSR grant for media forensics

Faculty win 3-year grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Maryland Students Win Underwater Vehicle Contest

Clark School students part of first-place team in international contest.

Ghodssi, Rubloff receive bioMEMS patent

U.S. patent 7,375,404 is awarded for fabrication and integration of polymeric bioMEMS.

ECE Students, Alumnus Among UM $50K Business Plan Competition Winners

ECE undergrad Randolph Ballard & alumnus and faculty researcher Mehdi Kalantari among competition winners.

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration

Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide.

MERIT and TREND Fair Showcases Summer Research

Undergraduate presenters honored for their 11-week research internship projects.

Alumnus Trappe Appointed Associate Director of Rutgers' WINLAB

Ph.D. alumnus selected to help direct innovative wireless networking research center.

Wu named to Computerworld's "40 Under 40" list of rising stars

Information security expert identified as one of 40 technology innovators under age 40.

Thermo-Bio-Lithography (ISR IP)

This IP is available to license.

ISR alum Wade Trappe earns tenure at Rutgers

Research focuses on wireless security, ad hoc and sensor network security, and multimedia security.

TV news highlights Shneiderman's 911.gov idea

Concept would provide better networking in a time of disaster.

ISR students chosen for ECE dissertation fellowship awards

He, Qiu and Sadek are honored for their research excellence.

Wu and Qu awarded AFOSR grant for high-performance trusted computing platforms

Research will focus on novel applications of data hiding in computer programs.

Computerworld honors research by Subrahmanian; Liu and Wu

Magazine's Horizon Awards recognize opinion analysis software, digital fingerprinting technology

New ISR Systems Solutions available online

Latest ISR newsletter highlights 20 years of research achievements

ECE Faculty Promotions Announced

Two promoted to professor and four promoted to associate professor.

Engineers Pioneer New Digital Forensics Technology

Digital fingerprinting technique introduced by Clark School researchers.

Shapiro, Barua, Ulukus and Wu receive tenure

Four ISR faculty promoted to associate professor rank

ISR quartet writes multimedia fingerprinting book

Wu, Liu, Wang and Trappe book covers emerging digital forensics technology

Wu, Liu, Wang and Trappe win best paper award

IEEE Signal Processing Society honors work in anti-collusion codes

Mao and Karakos selected for IBM symposium

Grad student and alum among select group presenting scholarly research

ISR alumna Haitao Zheng named to 'top 35 innovators under 35' list

MIT Technology Review magazine cites her work on cognitive radios

Wang, Trappe, Wu and Liu win EURASIP best paper award

Research focuses on group-oriented fingerprinting for multimedia forensics

Min Wu selected for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

National Academy of Engineering chooses nation's "brightest young engineers" for event

Student paper wins multimedia signal processing award

IEEE conference recognizes work by Swaminathan, Mao and faculty member Min Wu

Min Wu selected as ONR Young Investigator

Award to support research in digital fingerprinting for multimedia security and forensics

Washingtonian magazine names Min Wu one of 20 'young people to watch'

December 2004—Magazine notes ISR-affiliated faculty member's expertise in digital watermarking.

Min Wu named 'top young innovator' by Technology Review

Sept 2004—ISR assistant professor called one of world's best; makes MIT's 'TR 100' list.

Min Wu's research featured in Technology Review

Story spotlights her work in digital watermarking.

Wu and Liu receive one-year DDET award

The one-year grant is for $220,000

Wu and Liu are PIs for AFRL anti-collusion fingerprinting

Research will design efficient and effective fingerprints for plain text and multimedia content.

Faculty participating in three different MURI awards

Research includes networked control systems, hybrid smart materials and radiofrequency pulses

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Fellow, 2010

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • Fellow, 2017