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Wu, Min

Dr. Min Wu
2142 Kim Building

Research Interests 

  • Information Security and Forensics
  • Multimedia Signal Processing
  • Multimedia Communications


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 University of Maryland, College Park. 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.


  • B.S.E Engineering Automation, Tshingua University
  • B.A. Economics, Tshingua Univesity 
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

Selected Publications 

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.

Honors and Awards 

  • IEEE Fellow, Class 2011, for contributions to multimedia security and forensics. 
  • University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, an honor for excellence in research and teaching, 2013. 
  • 2012: Innovator of the Year Award (The Daily Record); and Invention of the Year Award (Univ. Maryland). 
  • 2007: Computer World "40 under 40" Young IT Innovator Award. 
  • 2005: U.S. DoD ONR Young Investigator Award (YIP), 2005.
  • 2004: MIT Technology Review Magazine TR100 award, as one of the 100 top young innovators under age of 35 whose contribution to emerging technologies will profoundly influence our world.  [UMD news;  photo article from the Chinese edition of TR magazine]
  • 2002: U.S. NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER).
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award (2005); and EURASIP Best Paper Award (2004). For two journal publications in multimedia and forensics. 
  • Best Student Paper Awards, ICASSP 2005 and ACM Multimedia 2011, with student coauthors. 
  • 2009: IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award.
  • 2009-2010: Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Univ. Maryland, College Park.
  • 2003: George Corcoran Faculty Education Award in electrical engineering.

Professional Memberships 

  • IEEE Fellow

Related News 

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

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

Ghodssi Named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Professor Ghodssi is the 12th ECE Professor to be honored as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. March 19, 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

Professor Wu Named Distinguished Scholar Teacher
Min Wu joins illustrious list of ECE faculty members to receive this University award. 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

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 UMD's 2012 Invention of the Year
Three ECE research teams recognized at Invention of the Year gala. April 18, 2012