Engineering and Information Sciences


Son Lam Phung

Current Positions:

Associate Professor


Son Lam Phung received B. Eng. with first-class honours and Ph.D. in computer engineering, from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. He was awarded the University Medal in 2000 as the graduating student with the highest course average. Son Lam is currently an Associate Professor at University of Wollongong.

Son Lam¿s research is in the area of image, video, and signal processing. He has published over 80 papers in international journals and conferences, which have received over 820 Scopus citations (h-index: 12). Son Lam has received paper awards at 4 international conferences (ANZIIS-2001, AVSS-2009, EUVIP-2010, DICTA-2014), and the Highly Commended Supervisor Award at the 2012 Canon Extreme Imaging Competition. Dr Phung has been a Chief Investigator for 2 ARC Discovery Projects and 9 university grants. To date, Son Lam has co-supervised 16 HDR students (10 PhDs and 6 Masters) to successful completion, with 7 students as the principal supervisor. He has been an Organizing Committee member for three international conferences, and a peer reviewer for numerous journals and conferences.

In teaching, Dr Phung has received the UOW OCTAL Faculty Early Career Award in 2010, Peer Recognition Teaching Award by the Australian College of Educators in 2007 and 2011, and two ESDF teaching grants in 2008 and 2010, and an ERDA teaching project in 2015. Son Lam has served as a member of EIS Faculty Research Committee (2013-present), SECTE Research Committee (2011-present), and SECTE School Education Committee (2009-2011).

Research Interests:

- image, video, and signal processing
- visual perception
- artificial neural networks
- pattern recognition
- machine learning
- magnetic resonance imaging
- radar imaging
- ground-penetrating radar
- atomic force microscopy imaging

Professional Activities:

IEEE Senior Member


Best Recognition Paper Prize, International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications, 2014.

Highly Recommended Supervisor (3rd prize), Annual Cannon Extreme Imaging competition for research project "3-D imaging for assistive navigation of blind people", 2012.

Third Prize Student Paper, European Workshop on Visual Information Processing, 2010.

Best Student Paper, IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance, 2009.

Third Prize Student Paper, Australian New Zealand Conference on Intelligent Information Systems, 2001.

UOW Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Informatics Early Career Award, 2010.

Peer Recognition Teaching Award by the Australian College of Educators, 2011.

Peer Recognition Teaching Award by the Australian College of Educators, 2007.

University Medal, Edith Cowan University, 2000.

Faculty of Communications, Health and Science Medal, Edith Cowan University, 2000.

Engineers Australia - Electrical College Prize, 2000.

Engineers Australia - John Renner Medal, 2000.

National Finalist in Siemens Prize for Innovations, 2000.

CRC Broadband Telecommunications and Networking Prize, 1999.

Golden Key National Honour Society Scholarship (one of 4 ECU recipients), 1998.

Institution of Electrical Engineers Prize, 1998.

Future Research Topics:

See "Research Interests".

Research Students

  • Xiaolin Tang : Video sequence classification using spatio-temporal features
  • Soan Duong : Artefact Removal for High-Resolution FMRI and Its Application in Brain Imaging
  • Abigail Copiaco : Domestic Multi-channel Acoustic Scene Detection and Classification for Monitoring of Dementia Patients using Neural Networks