Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Robotics Center
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, College Park. She is serving as Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs at the A. James Clark School of Engineering and affiliated with the Institute of Systems Research (ISR).
At UMD, Dr. Wu leads the Media, Analytics, and Security Team (MAST), with main research interests in information security and forensics, multimedia signal processing, and applications of data science and machine learning for health and IoT. She was elected as IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She was a founding member of APSIPA and elected to serve on its Board of Governors. She chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Information Forensics and Security, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Currently, she is President-Elect (2022-2023) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
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 and recognitions
2022-2023 President-Elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (IEEE SPS). SPS President (2024-2025)
IEEE Harriett B. Rigas Award, the IEEE Education Society, 2019
Maryland Innovator of the Year Award, 2012
IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, 2005
MIT Technology Review's top 100 young innovators in the world (TR100), 2004
EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing Best Paper Award, 2004
University of Maryland awards
Outstanding Research Award for Senior Faculty, Clark School of Engineering, 2021
Meritorious Service Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2015.
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.
- When was a video captured? Where? Was the sound track captured together with the visual? Or added on later? Check out our latest work addressing these issues using environmental fingerprint from power grid:
- R. Garg, A.L. Varna and M. Wu, " 'Seeing' ENF: Natural Time Stamp for Digital Video via Optical Sensing and Signal Processing," ACM Multimedia 2011, Best Student Paper Award. [17% acceptance]
- W-H. Chuang, R. Garg, and M. Wu, "How Secure are Power Network Signature Based Time Stamps?” ACM CCS, Oct. 2012. [19% acceptance]
- R. Garg, A. Hajj-Ahmad and M. Wu, “Geo-Location Estimation from Electrical Network Frequency Signals,” IEEE ICASSP, to appear May 2013.
Celebrating Women's History MonthWomen continue to shape history, including at the Clark School of Engineering. This month we celebrate those landmarks and the work necessary to forge them, and how it’s incumbent upon our larger community to assist in this work.
New Appointment for Professor Min WuRecognized for Achievements in Research, Teaching and Leadership
Maryland Engineers Awarded Grants to Address Humanity's Grand ChallengesTwelve projects led by or involving Maryland Engineering faculty have been awarded funding through the Grand Challenges Grants Program, the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind ever introduced at the University of Maryland.
Better 'lifetime predictions' for NAND flash memoryNew ADLPT techniques developed by Gang Qu and colleagues can mimimize redundant prediction operations.
Ten Maryland MSE Faculty Members Ranked in Top 2% of World ScientistsElsevier releases updated science-wide database
ISR-affiliated graduates, December 2022ISR congratulates these students, all advised by ISR faculty!
Alum Chao Wu elected to Maryland House of DelegatesWu (EE Ph.D. 2009) is a former student of Eyad Abed and Patrick O'Shea.
Alumnus David A. Bader to be Inducted into Clark School Innovation Hall of FameInduction 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 202215 MRC faculty and researchers to present 15 papers at IROS 2022
New system could improve thermal devices used to check our temperatures and respirationThe 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 TranslationProfessor 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 verificationThe new forensic technique could help determine where and when digital still images were captured.
New Research Showcased at TRBTransportation safety, impact of telecommuting among topics covered by UMD experts.
Alumnus David Bader Named Association for Computing Machinery FellowAlumnus 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 TimesThe findings recently were published in PNAS, in a special feature on political polarization.
Min Wu receives Senior Faculty Outstanding Research AwardThe 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 SecurityThe papers cover hot topics like key management for cryptocurrencies, fuzzy message detection and more.
Min Wu Elected President of IEEE Signal Processing SocietyWu will begin serving as IEEE SPS President on January 1, 2024.
Wu, Ranadive developing accurate, convenient home heart monitoring systemA 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-TeacherShe is one of six Clark School faculty honored at the university's annual convocation.
Making AI safe with independent auditsNew work by Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Ben Shneiderman bases the audits on financial and accounting models.
9/11 20th Anniversary CommemorationJoin us on September 10 for a reflection and lessons-learned discussion.
UMD Researchers to Have a Strong Showing at ICRA 2021University 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 systemsThe Maryland Robotics Center will administer the program, which begins in Fall 2021.
Qu, Singh, Chakraborty, D'Antonio win 2020 ISR awardsThe 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 counterfeitingThe optical features of paper can be used to authenticate documents with mobile cameras and illumination.
Wu, Milton receive NSF funding to improve telemedicineMicro-signals on videos could be used to infer physiological conditions.
New Markov chain predictive model aids COVID-19 decisionmakersThe 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-TeacherThe program recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.
UMD Presents New Research at TRB Annual MeetingPapers 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 ResearchAMBIC Industry Board members and other researchers convened to discuss new and ongoing projects.
Min Wu, Ray Liu named National Academy of Inventors FellowsNew inductees are latest of six UMD faculty recognized by NAI for ‘prolific spirit of innovation.’
Behtash Babadi wins Clark School teaching award for junior facultyThe 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 SocietyProfessor 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 ProgramsProfessor Wu’s appointment will begin August 23, 2019.
Jiang, Marakby, Vaswani, and Wu named 2019 ECE Distinguished AlumniThe 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.
UMD Invention of the Year Nominees Push Limits in Cybersecurity, Health, Quantum Computing, and MoreCampus Innovators to be Honored at 2019 Innovate Maryland event
Spacecraft carrying Adomaitis thin film experiment docks with the International Space StationThe 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 facultyHis 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 bioreactorsThe 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 instituteThe Maryland Transportation Institute will coordiate more than $20 million in annual research expenditures.
Alumnus Philip Twu's exciting career in space roboticsTwu has worked on both the Parker Solar Probe and the 2020 Mars Rover.
The Clark School Celebrates Women's History MonthThe Clark School is featuring our female engineering faculty members throughout March.
Wu Named AAAS FellowWu is amongst 395 other scientists and scholars elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow
Research Review: Combating biofilms with microsystem devicesNew 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 AwardsThe ECE Department honored four alumni for their leadership and meritorious contributions to the field of engineering.
ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation FellowsFive 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 awardsThe 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 ProgramGrant marks more than $30,000 in student-awarded grants given through landmark engineering philanthropy course.
Khaligh wins Clark School junior faculty teaching awardKhaligh 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-TeacherUlukus is the ninth ISR faculty member to be so honored.
Wu Wins 2015 Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service AwardExemplary service and leadership garner IEEE award for Clark School Professor.
Elisabeth Smela named ADVANCE ProfessorShe joins the ranks of five other ISR faculty associated with the ADVANCE program.
Rubloff, Wu win UMD Invention of the Year AwardsInventions selected for potential impact on science, society, and the open market.
Min Wu is finalist for Invention of the YearHer 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 YearOffice of Technology Commercialization to announce winners at the Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships, April 29.
UMD To Celebrate Innovations and Partnerships April 29Nine nominees for Invention of the Year to be recognized at annual event
Six ISR Ph.D. students selected as Future Faculty FellowsProgram prepares students for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.
Wu Named Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing MagazineIEEE 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 REUResearch ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.
Herrmann receives NSF grant for problem decomposition in facility designHerrmann will conduct fundamental research into how teams of engineers solve medical and factory facility design problems.
Reza Ghodssi named UMD Distinguished Scholar-TeacherGhodssi 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 TeamsThe 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 forensicsResearch will have wide-ranging applications for security, journalism and smart grid management.
Two ECE Graduate Students Receive Inaugural Kulkarni FellowshipBiswadep 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 CompetitionClark School of Engineering undergrads help middle and high school students prepare, compete.
Min Wu named Distinguished Scholar-TeacherWu is the seventh ISR faculty member to be so honored.
Student team reaches finals of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship competitionAdi Hajj-Ahmad and Chau-Wai Wong are advised by Professor Min Wu.
Rubloff Co-Authors Major DoE Report on Emerging Energy TechnologiesPublication focuses on opportunities in mesoscale science.
Min Wu is named a 2012 Innovator of the YearHer novel timestamp technology will authenticate when and where AV recordings were captured.
MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate ResearchMore than 20 undergraduate students participate in research projects sponsored by ECE and IREAP.
Derek Paley leads 'Robots and Roaches' workshopEvent for high school students introduces concepts of neurophysiology and robotics.
Alumna Mingyan Liu promoted to full professor; wins best paper awardFormer John Baras student a member of EECS Department faculty at the University of Michigan.
Wu Invited to National Academies' Annual Presidents' Circle MeetingExperts 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 YearAbshire and Sander were finalists in the annual awards honoring the university's inventions.
Six ISR grad students in Clark School Future Faculty ProgramProgram helps students prepare for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.
Alumnus Zhao Granted Tenure at University of AlbertaZhao, former Ph.D. student under Professor Liu, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
Garg, Varna and Wu Win 'MM 11 Best Paper AwardECE graduate student Garg, and recent alumnus Varna receive best student paper accolades.
Pamela Abshire wins Kent Teaching AwardChosen for engaged teaching, curriculum development and advising student research.
Profile of alumnus Parag BanerjeeFormer student of Gary Rubloff now on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.
MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate ResearchStudents present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair.
ISR faculty earn promotionsSennur 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 hidingThe invention is a system for embedding information in program code.
Bhattacharyya, Wu Elected IEEE FellowsECE professors elected fellows of world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.
Wu Receives NSF Grant for Research in Trustworthy Sensing, CommunicationsProf. Min Wu will conduct research in "Forensic Hash for Assured Cyber-based Sensing and Communications."
2010 Maryland Robotics Day draws large crowdGovernment officials, industry representatives, prospective students attend Maryland Robotics Day.
Qu and Wu Awarded AFOSR Grant for Trusted Computing System DesignECE faculty receive $450K grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer ResearchStudents present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair.
Min Wu wins outstanding teaching awardWu 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 MeetingUndergraduate summer research earns two awards for most interesting & technically challenging project.
Three ISR students are named ECE Distinguished Dissertation FellowsBeyaz, Mitra and Varna honored for research excellence.
Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty FellowsPh.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors.
Min Wu receives IEEE early career teaching awardWu was honored for her teaching performance, development of new teaching methods, and curricular innovation.
Cleaveland, Marcus part of $10 million NSF collaborative research grantThe project focuses on model checking and abstract interpretation for embedded control and systems biology. Maryland's portion is $1.8M.
Jacob Introduces New Guitar TechnologyElectric 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.sCongratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates!
Wu and Liu awarded AFOSR grant for media forensicsFaculty win 3-year grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Maryland Students Win Underwater Vehicle ContestClark School students part of first-place team in international contest.
Ghodssi, Rubloff receive bioMEMS patentU.S. patent 7,375,404 is awarded for fabrication and integration of polymeric bioMEMS.
ECE Students, Alumnus Among UM $50K Business Plan Competition WinnersECE undergrad Randolph Ballard & alumnus and faculty researcher Mehdi Kalantari among competition winners.
ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research CelebrationTwenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide.
MERIT and TREND Fair Showcases Summer ResearchUndergraduate presenters honored for their 11-week research internship projects.
Alumnus Trappe Appointed Associate Director of Rutgers' WINLABPh.D. alumnus selected to help direct innovative wireless networking research center.
Wu named to Computerworld's "40 Under 40" list of rising starsInformation security expert identified as one of 40 technology innovators under age 40.
Confidentiality Preserving Rank-Ordered Search (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Component Forensics of Visual Sensors and Devices (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Data Hiding in Compiled Program Binaries for Enhancing Computer System Performance (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Effective and Efficient Collusion-Resistant Fingerprinting for Multimedia (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Controlled Electromechanical Deposition of Polysaccaride Film and Hydrogel and Materials Formed Therefrom (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Assembly of Chitosan onto an Electrode Surface (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Curve-Based Data Hiding for Protecting Map Document (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Programmable Selective Deposition of Biofunctional Polymer Surfaces (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Thermo-Bio-Lithography (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
Fabrication and Integration of Polymeric BioMEMS (ISR IP)This IP is available to license.
ISR alum Wade Trappe earns tenure at RutgersResearch focuses on wireless security, ad hoc and sensor network security, and multimedia security.
TV news highlights Shneiderman's 911.gov ideaConcept would provide better networking in a time of disaster.
ISR students chosen for ECE dissertation fellowship awardsHe, Qiu and Sadek are honored for their research excellence.
Wu and Qu awarded AFOSR grant for high-performance trusted computing platformsResearch will focus on novel applications of data hiding in computer programs.
Computerworld honors research by Subrahmanian; Liu and WuMagazine's Horizon Awards recognize opinion analysis software, digital fingerprinting technology
New ISR Systems Solutions available onlineLatest ISR newsletter highlights 20 years of research achievements
ECE Faculty Promotions AnnouncedTwo promoted to professor and four promoted to associate professor.
Engineers Pioneer New Digital Forensics TechnologyDigital fingerprinting technique introduced by Clark School researchers.
Shapiro, Barua, Ulukus and Wu receive tenureFour ISR faculty promoted to associate professor rank
ISR quartet writes multimedia fingerprinting bookWu, Liu, Wang and Trappe book covers emerging digital forensics technology
Wu, Liu, Wang and Trappe win best paper awardIEEE Signal Processing Society honors work in anti-collusion codes
Mao and Karakos selected for IBM symposiumGrad student and alum among select group presenting scholarly research
ISR alumna Haitao Zheng named to 'top 35 innovators under 35' listMIT Technology Review magazine cites her work on cognitive radios
Wang, Trappe, Wu and Liu win EURASIP best paper awardResearch focuses on group-oriented fingerprinting for multimedia forensics
Min Wu selected for NAE Frontiers of Engineering SymposiumNational Academy of Engineering chooses nation's "brightest young engineers" for event
Student paper wins multimedia signal processing awardIEEE conference recognizes work by Swaminathan, Mao and faculty member Min Wu
Min Wu selected as ONR Young InvestigatorAward 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 ReviewSept 2004—ISR assistant professor called one of world's best; makes MIT's 'TR 100' list.
Min Wu's research featured in Technology ReviewStory spotlights her work in digital watermarking.
Wu and Liu receive one-year DDET awardThe one-year grant is for $220,000
Wu and Liu are PIs for AFRL anti-collusion fingerprintingResearch will design efficient and effective fingerprints for plain text and multimedia content.
Faculty participating in three different MURI awardsResearch 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
National Academy of Inventors
- Fellow, 2019
- Counterfeit Detection Scheme using Paper Surfaces and Mobile Cameras
- Data Hiding in Compiled Program Binaries for Supplementing Computer Functionality
- Dynamic Network Resource Allocation Using Multimedia Content Features and Traffic Features
- Human Visual Model for Data Hiding
- Methods and Apparatus for Multi-Layer Data Hiding
- Watermarking scheme for image authentication
- Rotation, scale, and translation resilient public watermarking for images using a log-polar fourier transform
- Fairness in Artificial Intelligence: Toward Fair Decision Making and Resource Allocation with Application to AI-Assisted Graduate Admission and Degree Completion
- Explainable Learning of Heart Actions from Pulse to Broaden Cardiovascular Healthcare Access
- Understanding and Facilitating Remote Triage and Rehabilitation during Pandemics via Visual Based Patient Physiologic Sensing
- NSF: CIF: Toward Trustworthy Information Forensics and Anti-Forensics
- NSF: Exploring Power Network Attributes for Information Forensics
- Forensic Hash for Assured Cyber-Based Sensing and Communications
- Information Hiding Based on Trusted Computing System Design
- Theories and algorithms to perform non-intrusive forensic analysis on multimedia devices and digital content
- NSF: Addressing Physical-Layer Challenges via CLAWS: Cross-Layer Approaches to Wireless Secure Communications
- Space estimation of self-exciting point processes with application to LGN neural modeling
- Power signatures for digital humanities and immersive media
- Power signatures for information forensics
- Security & Forensics: Signals, Content & Devices
- Data Hiding in Curves with Fingerprinting Applications for Maps
- Distortion Management of Real-time MPEG-4 FGS Video over Downlink Multicode CDMA Networks
- Dynamic Distortion Control for 3-D Embedded Wavelet Video over Multiuser OFDM Networks
- Anti-Collusion Fingerprinting for Multimedia