The Fourth VACETS International Conference

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

May 10 -11, 2002

VTIC2002 Preliminary Program

Friday, May 10th, 2002

8:00 – 9:00 Coffee
8:00 – 15:00 Registration
8:30 – 17:00 Exhibition
Conference Opening – George W. Johnson Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
9:00 – 9:10

Opening Remark
      General Chair, Dr. Hung Nguyen, The Aerospace Corporation

9:10 – 9:20

Welcoming Remark
      Dr. Alan G. Merten, George Mason University President (Tentative)

9:20 – 9:30

Welcoming Remark
      VACETS President, Dr. Cao Huu Tri, San Jose State University

9:30 - 9:40

Program Announcement
      Technical Chair, Dr. Hai V. Tran, US General Accounting Office

9:40 – 10:10

Keynote Speech, “Medical Robotics”
      Dr. Charles Cuong Nguyen, Dean, The Catholic University of America

10:10 – 10:30 Break
Technical Sessions – George W. Johnson Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
10:30 – 12:30

Plenary Session:


E-Commerce: Opportunities and Challenges for East Asia 2001 and beyond by Dr. Tung Bui, Pacific Research Institute for Information System Management (PRIISM), Hawaii; Matson Navigation Company Chair of Global Business APEC Study Center, University of Hawaii; and Siva Sankaran California State University, Northridge, CA.

Economic Implications of the US-VN Bilateral Trade Agreement by Patricia Tran, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Technical and Economic Issues for Spectrum Management by Dr. Hai Tran, The US General Accounting Office (GAO), Washington DC.

Distant Learning in Higher Education: Lessons from Recent U.S. Experience by Hoang D. Nguyen, Ph.D., California Franchise Tax Board.
Impact of the New Tax Law by Mr. Le Huu Em, Emmerson Lee Inc.

Knowledge Management as a Critical Need for Vietnamese Technical Professionals in the Information Age, Dr. Duc Tien Nguyen, Delmarva Foundation, Easton, MD.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 17:00


Cardiac Resynchronization - an Engineering Perspective by Tran Thong, PhD, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Beaverton Oregon.

The Human Respiratory Control System: Models, Applications, and Analysis by Dr. Hien T. Tran Center for Research in Scientific Computation, Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Tactile Mapping of Palpable Abnormalities for Breast Cancer Diagnosis by Dr. Charles C. Nguyen, Dean of Engineering School, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA.

Human Vision Investigation: Flicker-Fusion Perception by Dr. Vo Van Toi, Tufts University, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, Medford, MA 02155.

Invited Paper

Double Adult Kidney Transplantation. A Physiologic Approach by Nghiem Dao Dai, MD, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, PA.


The Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Based on the Automatic Identification System (AIS) Technology by Dr. Viet-Dzung Hoang, the SETA Corp., Virginia, USA.

Fiber Optic Transceiver by Tho T. Vu, Philip C. Nguyen, Loc T. Vu, Chi H. Nguyen and Jackie N.C. Vu of Top-Vu Technology, Inc., Minesota.

Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Systems by Dr. Son Le-Ngoc, Saudi Telecom Company, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Beamforming When Direction of Arrival is Random With Applications to Space Diversity Processing by Dr. Hung H. Nguyen and Dr. Tien Manh Nguyen, The Aerospace Corporation.

Survey on Diversity and Combining Techniques for Signals Operating at Low SNR: Evolution Toward Combined Coding-Diversity Schemes by Drs. Tien M. Nguyen, Hung H. Nguyen, Brian M. Lewis* and Hien T. Tran* The Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
* Also with The Center for Research in Scientific Computation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
13:30 – 17:00

Nanoscale Characterization of Polymer Interphases by Dr. Tinh Nguyen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA.

Thermal Experiments with Energetic Materials by Dr. Tri Tran, Energetic Materials Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550.

Development of a Robust Finite-Element Program for Compressible Fluid Dynamics Problems by Dr. Bruce Vu, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Dr. Amir Mobasher, Alabama A&M University.

A Monolithic Catalytic Converter For Internal Combustion Engines by Dr. Son Le-Ngoc, Saudi Telecom Company, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A Two-Phase Flow Model for PEM Fuel Cells with Interdigitated Flow Fields by Dr. Trung Van Nguyen, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA.

Application of the plasma technology for the treatment of wastes with conversion to energy by  Tu Dang Ngo ing, GPS Canada.

13:30 – 17:00


Source Code Analysis as a Cost Effective Practice to Improve Cisco Routers' High Availability by Christopher Pham, Cisco Sytems Inc., San Jose, CA, USA.

An Investigation of Communication Methods for Fujitsu UXP in Network of SuperComputers by Dr. Thuy Trong Le, San Jose State University.

SIFS: An SoC based Integrated Fingerprint System by Dr. Tri H. Cao, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA.

A Typographical Framework to Developing Multimedia Vietnamese Language and Cultural Learning Applications by John Hung Ho, Univ. of California at San Diego (proceedings only)

Unicode and Vietnamese Encoding - An Application for No^m Script, by Mr. Anh (Ly) Vuong, The Cisco Systems Inc. and Prof. Le Van Dang, Institute of Vietnamese Studies, Westminster, CA.

Ink Jet Technology: Overview and Future Potential Applications by Hue P. Le, President, PicoJet Inc., Hillsboro, Oregon, USA.

Conference Banquet – Saigon House Restaurant, 7235 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA
19:00 – 19:10

Welcoming Remark
    General Chair, Dr. Hung Nguyen, The Aerospace Corporation

19:10 – 19:20

A Report on VACETS Activities
    VACETS President, Dr. Cao Huu-Tri, San Jose State University

19:20 – 19:30

Invited Remark
    John Quoc Duong, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

19:30 – 19:40

Invited Remark
    The Honorable Thomas Davis, US House of Representative

19:40 – 19:50

Invited Remark

20:00 – 20:30

Keynote Speaker
    The Honorable Viet Dinh, Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy, US Department of Justice

20:30 – 21:30 Entertainment: Traditional Vietnamese Music

Saturday, May 11th, 2002



08:00 – 09:00


09:00 – 16:00


09:00 – 09:10

Program Announcement
    Workshop, Tutorial and Panel Chair, Mr. Hung Vu, US Agency for International Development

09:10 – 10:40

Panel Discussion: What Does It Take to Successfully Run Your Own Startup Company? Mr. Le Dang Khai, Vice President, Eastern Operations, Power Costs Inc.

10:40 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00


Financial Planning and Active Investing in 401(K) Retirement Plan, Mr. Diem (Richard) Nguyen, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lessons Learned from a Leadership Training Class by Dr. Tien Manh Nguyen, The Aerospace Corporation.

Electronic Information Technology Accessibility Relative to Statutory Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act by  Angelique Khong-Nguyen and Jeffrey Wong , US Patent and Trademark Office.


Cybercrimes in the 21st Century and Security Issues, James Lap, Director of Computing Services, City University of New York and Dr. Tuan Tran, AT&T, New Jersey.

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:30

Panel Discussion: Career Opportunities for Technical Professionals in Government and Academia.

14:30 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:00


A Proactive Guide to Wealth Management from A Vietnamese-American's Perspective by Mr. Ban Tran, Financial Consultant, Merrill Lynch - Private Client Group

Opportunities with Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer by Mr. Diem (Richard) Nguyen, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Interviewing Techniques for Students. Mr. James Lap, Director of Computing Services, City University of New York


Web Database Technology Using ASP Technology, Tam Ngo, Computer Specialist, Division of Information Resource Management, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

16:00 – 17:00

Closing Ceremony


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