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Wu, Min

2142 Jeong H. Kim Building

Research Interests 

Information security and forensics; multimedia signal processing. She leads the Media and Security Team in projects such as secure information retrieval and multimedia identification using fingerprints.



Dr. Min Wu received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering and the B.A. degree in economics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996 (both with the highest honors), and the M.A. 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 on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies at University of Maryland, College Park, where she is now an Associate Professor.

Dr. Wu's research interests include information security and forensics, and multimedia signal processing and communications. She has published two books and about 75 refereed journal and conference publications. She holds five U.S. patents on media security and communications, with a few more pending. Dr. Wu has been elected to the IEEE Technical Committees 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, 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. She is a co-recipient of two Best Paper Awards from the IEEE and EURASIP Signal Processing Societies for two journal publications she co-authored on multimedia forensics.

ISR Research Brief on Digital Fingerprinting for Multimedia Data

More information about Min Wu's research

Curriculum Vitae (in pdf format)

Honors and Awards 

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
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
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, 2013
E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, 2009
George Corcoran Education Award, 2003

Related News 

UMD Invention of the Year Nominees Push Limits in Cybersecurity, Health, Quantum Computing, and More
Campus Innovators to be Honored at 2019 Innovate Maryland event March 12, 2019

Wu Named AAAS Fellow
Wu is amongst 395 other scientists and scholars elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow November 20, 2017

Students of Khaligh, Wu win China Scholarship Council awards
The award is given to outstanding self-financed Chinese students who are studying abroad. April 14, 2017

Congratulations ISR graduates!
These new alumni graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2016. December 20, 2016

Khaligh wins Clark School junior faculty teaching award
Khaligh will receive the Robert E. Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty at winter commencement. December 1, 2016

Sennur Ulukus named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Ulukus is the ninth ISR faculty member to be so honored. March 29, 2016

Wu Wins 2015 Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award
Exemplary service and leadership garner IEEE award for Clark School Professor. December 7, 2015

Elisabeth Smela named ADVANCE Professor
She joins the ranks of five other ISR faculty associated with the ADVANCE program. September 4, 2015

Rubloff, Wu win UMD Invention of the Year Awards
Inventions selected for potential impact on science, society, and the open market. May 1, 2015

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. March 26, 2015

UMD To Celebrate Innovations and Partnerships April 29
Nine nominees for Invention of the Year to be recognized at annual event March 23, 2015

Six ISR Ph.D. students selected as Future Faculty Fellows
Program prepares students for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools. December 15, 2014

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. October 3, 2014

Reza Ghodssi named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Ghodssi is the eighth ISR faculty member to be so honored by the university. March 13, 2014

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. August 15, 2013

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. July 5, 2013

Min Wu named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Wu is the seventh ISR faculty member to be so honored. February 7, 2013

Student team reaches finals of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship competition
Adi Hajj-Ahmad and Chau-Wai Wong are advised by Professor Min Wu. December 20, 2012

Min Wu is named a 2012 Innovator of the Year
Her novel timestamp technology will authenticate when and where AV recordings were captured. October 24, 2012

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. May 20, 2012

Wu, Garg and Varna win 2012 Invention of the Year
Abshire and Sander were finalists in the annual awards honoring the university's inventions. April 18, 2012

Six ISR grad students in Clark School Future Faculty Program
Program helps students prepare for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools. February 14, 2012

Alumnus Zhao Granted Tenure at University of Alberta
Zhao, former Ph.D. student under Professor Liu, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. February 3, 2012

Garg, Varna and Wu Win 'MM 11 Best Paper Award
ECE graduate student Garg, and recent alumnus Varna receive best student paper accolades. January 6, 2012

Pamela Abshire wins Kent Teaching Award
Chosen for engaged teaching, curriculum development and advising student research. December 22, 2011

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research
Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair. August 5, 2011

ISR faculty earn promotions
Sennur Ulukus, Elisabeth Smela, Min Wu and Bruce Jacob promoted to Full Professor. May 18, 2011

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. December 6, 2010

Bhattacharyya, Wu Elected IEEE Fellows
ECE professors elected fellows of world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. November 24, 2010

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." September 13, 2010

Qu and Wu Awarded AFOSR Grant for Trusted Computing System Design
ECE faculty receive $450K grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research. August 9, 2010

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research
Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair. August 6, 2010

Min Wu wins outstanding teaching award
Wu is the recipient of the Clark School's E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty. May 26, 2010

MERIT-BIEN Poster Wins Two Awards at NSF Program Meeting
Undergraduate summer research earns two awards for most interesting & technically challenging project. March 26, 2010

Three ISR students are named ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Beyaz, Mitra and Varna honored for research excellence. March 23, 2010

Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty Fellows
Ph.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors. February 28, 2010

Min Wu receives IEEE early career teaching award
Wu was honored for her teaching performance, development of new teaching methods, and curricular innovation. September 4, 2009

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. May 27, 2009

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s
Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates! May 22, 2009

Wu and Liu awarded AFOSR grant for media forensics
Faculty win 3-year grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research. February 2, 2009

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration
Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide. May 2, 2008

MERIT and TREND Fair Showcases Summer Research
Undergraduate presenters honored for their 11-week research internship projects. August 10, 2007

Alumnus Trappe Appointed Associate Director of Rutgers' WINLAB
Ph.D. alumnus selected to help direct innovative wireless networking research center. July 30, 2007

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. July 9, 2007

Confidentiality Preserving Rank-Ordered Search (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 23, 2007

Component Forensics of Visual Sensors and Devices (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

Data Hiding in Compiled Program Binaries for Enhancing Computer System Performance (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

Effective and Efficient Collusion-Resistant Fingerprinting for Multimedia (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

Curve-Based Data Hiding for Protecting Map Document (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

ISR alum Wade Trappe earns tenure at Rutgers
Research focuses on wireless security, ad hoc and sensor network security, and multimedia security. May 10, 2007

ISR students chosen for ECE dissertation fellowship awards
He, Qiu and Sadek are honored for their research excellence. March 26, 2007

Wu and Qu awarded AFOSR grant for high-performance trusted computing platforms
Research will focus on novel applications of data hiding in computer programs. February 15, 2007

Computerworld honors research by Subrahmanian; Liu and Wu
Magazine's Horizon Awards recognize opinion analysis software, digital fingerprinting technology August 22, 2006

New ISR Systems Solutions available online
Latest ISR newsletter highlights 20 years of research achievements August 21, 2006

ECE Faculty Promotions Announced
Two promoted to professor and four promoted to associate professor. April 27, 2006

Engineers Pioneer New Digital Forensics Technology
Digital fingerprinting technique introduced by Clark School researchers. March 28, 2006

Shapiro, Barua, Ulukus and Wu receive tenure
Four ISR faculty promoted to associate professor rank March 16, 2006

ISR quartet writes multimedia fingerprinting book
Wu, Liu, Wang and Trappe book covers emerging digital forensics technology January 20, 2006

Mao and Karakos selected for IBM symposium
Grad student and alum among select group presenting scholarly research October 29, 2005

ISR alumna Haitao Zheng named to 'top 35 innovators under 35' list
MIT Technology Review magazine cites her work on cognitive radios September 5, 2005

Wang, Trappe, Wu and Liu win EURASIP best paper award
Research focuses on group-oriented fingerprinting for multimedia forensics July 21, 2005

Min Wu selected for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
National Academy of Engineering chooses nation's "brightest young engineers" for event July 17, 2005

Student paper wins multimedia signal processing award
IEEE conference recognizes work by Swaminathan, Mao and faculty member Min Wu April 10, 2005

Min Wu selected as ONR Young Investigator
Award to support research in digital fingerprinting for multimedia security and forensics March 6, 2005

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. December 6, 2004

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. September 3, 2004

Min Wu's research featured in Technology Review
Story spotlights her work in digital watermarking. December 3, 2003

Wu and Liu receive one-year DDET award
The one-year grant is for $220,000 July 5, 2003

Wu and Liu are PIs for AFRL anti-collusion fingerprinting
Research will design efficient and effective fingerprints for plain text and multimedia content. July 2, 2003