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Phung Manh Duong



Fields of Interest: Dr. Phung Manh Duong’s research interests are in the areas of robotics such as networked robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), 3D reconstruction, optimization, and image processing. 


  • PhD: 2015, Vietnam National University, Hanoi 
  • PostDoc: 2017, University of Technology, Sydney 

Bio: Dr. Phung Manh Duong has had over 15 years of teaching and research experience at the tertiary education level including the lecturer position at the University of Technology Sydney (5  years) and Western Sydney University (4 years). He is passionate about exploring new teaching methods for engineering and was among the initiators of the studio-based teaching approach being used at the University of Technology Sydney and others. Apart from teaching, Dr. Phung actively participated in research activities. He has conducted a number of research projects with both academia and industry partners, such as NTT Cyber Solution Laboratory, Japan, Mechatronics and Automation Laboratory of National University of Singapore, Samsung Vietnam Mobile R&D Centre, and the Australian Department of Defence.  

Dr. Phung served as the organizing committee member of many international conferences with the roles of publication chair and international coordination chair. He is also the reviewer for reputable journals of IEEE, Elsevier and Springer such as IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and Automation in Construction Journal. Dr. Phung was the recipient of many research awards including the Endeavour Research Fellowship of the Australian Government and the Best Paper Award of the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2019. 


  • Design and Systems Thinking  
  • Intelligent Robot Studio: From Theory to Practice 

Select Publications: [Google Scholar]   

  • Manh Duong Phung, Quang Phuc Ha, “Safety-enhanced UAV path planning with spherical vector-based particle swarm optimization”, Applied Soft Computing, Vol. 107, pp.107375, 2021.  
  • Qiuchen Zhu, Tran Hiep Dinh, Manh Duong Phung, Quang Phuc Ha, “Hierarchical Convolutional Neural Network with Feature Preservation and Autotuned Thresholding for Crack Detection”, IEEE Access, Vol. 9, pp. 60201 – 60214, 2021.  
  • Manh Duong Phung, Quang Phuc Ha, “Motion-encoded particle swarm optimization for moving target search using UAVs”, Applied Soft Computing, Vol.97, Part B, pp.106705, 2020.  
  • Van Truong Hoang, Manh Duong Phung, Tran Hiep Dinh, Quang P Ha, “System Architecture for Real-Time Surface Inspection Using Multiple UAVs”, IEEE Systems Journal, Vol.14, no. 2, pp. 2925-2936, 2020.  
  • Q. P. Ha, S. Metia and M. D. Phung, ”Sensing Data Fusion for Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Monitoring”, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 4430 – 4441, 2020.  
  • Tran Hiep Dinh, Manh Duong Phung, Quang Phuc Ha, “Summit Navigator: A Novel Approach for Local Maxima Extraction”, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 29, pp. 551 – 564, 2019.  
  • Manh Duong Phung, Cong Hoang Quach, Tran Hiep Dinh, Quang Ha, “Enhanced Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization Path Planning for UAV Vision-based Surface Inspection”, Automation in Construction, Vol.81, pp.25-33, 2017.  
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