Quang Nguyen Luong

Quang Nguyen Luong

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Computer Science, Math and Environmental Science
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At AUP, I am interested in working with students on various topics of astronomy, big data and Machine Learning. I have supervised students working on senior projects, directed studies, capstones on these topics. Don't hesitate to talk to me if you are interested in them, especially in astronomy. Directed study can be used to replace upper-level courses which are required for majors. I am teaching a few courses related to astronomy:

  • Science of the Universe (SC1099) (4 credits)
  • Astronomy (SC1030) with lab (4 credits)
  • Directed Study in Science (SC3900) (1 to 4 credits)
    • Directed Study in Radio Astronomy
    • Directed Study in Star Formation
    • Directed Study in Exoplanet
    • Directed Study in Optical Astronomy
  • Directed Study in Computer Science (CS3900) (1 to 4 credits)
    • Directed Study in Image Processing
    • Directed Study in Data Analysis
    • Directed Study in Machine Algorithm
  • Astrophysical Data Science (still under developed) 
  • PRACTICUM: Observational Astronomy - 2 weeks observation at a telescope (still under developed)

If interested, students will also have the opportunity to work with telescopes remotely that I am using. Besides me, there are other astronomers who taught/are teaching at AUP as well:

  • Michael Mattern (star formation research at CEA Paris-Saclay)
  • Flavien Kiefer (exoplanet research at Observatoire de Paris)

At AUP, there is also AUP Astronomy Club, please join them here. https://aup.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/astronomyclub



I study the physics and chemistry of star formation, both the environment around the star nursery and the detailed structures of the young stars. I collect data from large telescopes and interferometers and apply data science methodology to probe the structure, astrochemistry, magnetic field, colliding clouds and low-velocity shocks of gas around star forming regions. I am also interested in understanding how astronomy has contributed to human development and how to use hands-on data science methodology to advance the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects.

Prior to AUP, I was a lecturer at McMaster University, an EACOA Fellow at the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), and a CITA postdoc Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).



  • PhD. in Astrophysics, CEA Saclay & University Paris Diderot, France, advisor: Frederique Motte & Marc Sauvage (Nov 2008 - Jan 2012)
  • Msc. in Astrophysics, University of Bonn, Germany, advisor: Jes Jorgensen (Oct 2006 - Oct 2008)
  • Bsc. in Aerospace Engineering, Technical University Delft, the Netherlands (Sep 2003 - Sep 2006)
  • Baccalaureate, Nguyen Du specialized highschool, Vietnam (Sep 1998 - Sep 2001)




ALMA-IMF. VI. Investigating the origin of stellar masses: Core mass function evolution in the W43-MM2&MM3 mini-starburst

The SEDIGISM survey: Molecular cloud morphology. II. Integrated source properties

The SEDIGISM survey: Molecular cloud morphology. I. Classification and star formation

ALMA-IMF. II. Investigating the origin of stellar masses: Continuum images and data processing

ALMA-IMF. I. Investigating the origin of stellar masses: Introduction to the Large Program and first results

Molecular Cloud Cores with High Deuterium Fractions: Nobeyama Mapping Survey

Which Molecular Cloud Structures Are Bound?



For a full list of my publication, please find them in this short url (not a spam): https://www.shorturl.at/ejm18

Conferences & Lectures

Recent Colloquia:

McMaster University (Canada, 02/2017), Seoul National University (Korea, 12/2016), University of Tokyo (08/2016), NAOJ (08/2016), Osaka Prefecture University (Japan, 06/2016), KASI (Korea, 2015)


Recent Conference Talks:

East-Asian ALMA Science meetings (Talks - 2015, 2016), Galactic to Extragalactic Star Formation (Invited talk, Marseille, 09/2014), Windows on the universe, Quy Nhon, Viet Nam (Talk, 08/2013), Vietnam workshop on Astrophysics and Cosmology (Invited Talk, Quy Nhon, 08/2013), Star formation Jamboree (Talk, Hamilton, Canada, 05/2013), Calibration of star-formation rate measurements across the electromagnetic spectrum(Talk, Special Session 12, IAU General Assembly, Beijing, China, 08/2012), The labyrinth of star formation (Talk, Crete, Greece, 06/2012)


  • SOC/LOC, Star formation in different environments series: SFDE (2016), From local clouds to galaxies (2017), ICISE, Quy nhon, Vietnam
  • SOC, Windows on the universe: 25th annuversary of the Rencontres du Vietnam, ICISE, Quy nhon, Vietnam
  • SOC, Cosmic Cycle of Dust and Gas in our Galaxy: from old to young stars, ICISE, Quy nhon, Vietnam
  • Secretary of advisory board, Vietnam Astronomy Development workshop, Quy Nhon
  • SOC/LOC, CITA National Fellow Meeting

Research Areas

  • Star formation
  • Radio astronomy
  • Data science

If any student is interested in doing senior project, research project on any theme above. Please contact me. My former students have been accepted to Oxford University, Paris-Saclay University, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Calgary University, University of Toronto, etc. 

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • Simons Foundation - Target Grant to Institutes
  • Three consecutive years IAU funding award “Bring Astronomy to Remote Area in VN” (2013,2014,2015)
  • EACOA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)
  • CITA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2014)
  • CFR – CEA Saclay PhD Fellowship (2008-2012)
  • Bonn International Graduate School Master Fellowship (2006-2008)
  • University College London Dean’s scholar for summer research (2006)