Hien Vu

Position title: Ph.D. Student

Email: hien.vu@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-515-2815

3605 Engineering Hall


I received my BSc in Electronics and Computer Engineering from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. I obtained my MSc in Computer Science from Soongsil University, South Korea. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UW-Madison.


  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    September 2021 – Present
  • Soongsil University
    Master of Science in Computer Science
    March 2019 – December 2020
  • Hanoi University of Science and Technology
    Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering
    September 2012 – February 2018

Research Interests

  • Low-power embedded systems


  • Hien Vu, Donghwa Shin, Simultaneous internal heating for balanced temperature and state-of-charge distribution in lithium-ion battery packs,
    Journal of Energy Storage, 2023 [Link]
  • NA Nguyen, H Vu, M Pedram, D Shin, An Attachable Battery–Supercapacitor Hybrid for Large Pulsed Load,
    IEEE Design & Test, 2022 [Link]
  • Hien Vu and Donghwa Shin, Scheduled Pre-heating of Li-ion Battery Packs for Balanced Temperature and State-ofcharge Distribution,
    Energies MDPI 2020 [Link]
  • Hien Vu, Nhan Tran, Loan Pham-Nguyen and Huy-Dung Han, LQG Regulator for Control Moment Gyroscope based Balancing System,
    IEEE ICCE 2018 [Link]

Featured Projects

  1. CPS: Medium: Mitigating heat stress in dairy cattle (on-going): Design and implement a cyber-physical system (CPS) that drastically reduces heat stress in dairy cattle with optimal energy and water efficiency.
  2. Conformal Wearable Battery – Hybrid Electrical Energy Storage Systems: Developed a high energy supercapacitor-based power system for military applications, under collaboration. Integrated all of the components from an elaborate test bench into a portable and flexible-form prototype which has demonstrated a high performance and reliability. Developed an advanced control algorithm that allows a buck converter to work as a bi-directional buck-boost converter that keeps the system running continuously without interruption during state transition.
  3. Pre-heating for Li-ion Battery Pack: Investigated a scheduled pre-heating technique for Li-ion battery by creating a system model on MATLAB for heat transfer and electrical energy balance processes. Created a pre-heating algorithm for lithium battery pack working in cold environment, allowing balancing both cell temperature and SOC without requiring precise characterization for the batteries.
  4. Optimization for Power Loss Protection in Solid State Drives: Implemented high-speed design for a customized storage device consists of an FPGA controller managing 512GB storage of NAND flash ICs. Ensuring signal integrity for impedance matching and propagation delay throughout the device. Developed a dynamic voltage-scaling power backup system to extend the lifespan of capacitors in SSDs.
  5. Holographic Processing Unit: Implemented the Extended Kalman filter (EKF) on various embedded platforms to process data from a 9-DOF Inertial Measurement Unit combining with Parallel Tracking and Mapping (PTAM) for motion estimation in AR applications.

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant at WISEST Lab, UW-Madison
    September 2021 – Present
  • Research Assistant at Energy-Aware Computing Lab, Soongsil University, South Korea
    March 2019August 2021
  • Research Student at Signal Processing and Radio Communication (SPARC) Lab, Hanoi, Vietnam
    June 2015August 2018


  • DAC2021 Young Fellowship -2021


  • Teaching Assistant – ECE 315 Introduction to Microprocessor Lab  (UW–Madison) Fall 2021 & Spring 2022
  • Teaching Assistant – ECE 210 Introduction in Electrical Engineering (UW–Madison) Fall 2021