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Yan Liu

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering-Systems


  • 2006, PhD, Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • 2004, Masters, Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • 2001, Bachelors, Computer Science, Peking University


I have been an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, of the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC since August 2010. Before that, I was a research staff member in the Data Analytics Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since November 2006. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Research Summary

My research interests include machine learning and data mining with applications to biology, climate science, health, and social media.


  • - James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Individual Award
  • 1998 Peking University Academia Excellence Award
  • 2000 Peking University Lenovo Fellowship, Kwang-Hua Fellowship, Guangcai Fellowship
  • 2000 Peking University Tri-Excellent Student Award
  • 2004 Peking University Best Undergraduate Research Thesis Award
  • 2006 Carnegie Mellon University Research Fellowship
  • 2007 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention
  • 2007 Best Paper Award in SIAM Conference on Data Mining
  • 2008 IBM Invention Achievement Award
  • 2008 IBM Research Technical Accomplishment
  • 2008 Three-times IBM \Bravo" Award,
  • 2011 Yahoo Faculty Research & Engagement Award
  • 2013 Okawa Foundation Okawa Foundation Research Award
  • 2013 NSF NSF CAREER Award
  • Computer Science

  • PHE 336
  • Charles Lee Powell Hall
  • 3737 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 781

  • (213) 740-4494

  • liu32@usc.edu

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