Dr. Zhanping Liu is an assistant professor (tenure-track) of Computer Science at Kentucky State University,
a 2014-summer 10-week USRA (Universities Space Research Association) visitor of the Division of NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) at NASA-ARC (Ames Research Center)
and once a 2013-summer 10-week FRPP (Faculty Research Participation Program) visitor of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne National Lab.
Previously he was a research fellow of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2010 ~ 2011),
a research staff member at Kitware, Inc. (2008 ~ 2010),
a research scientist of the Visualization Analysis and Imaging Lab (VAIL) under the
High-Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²,
formerly the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation)
at Mississippi State University (2001 ~ 2008),
and a post-doctoral associate of the Micro-CT Lab of the School of Medicine
at the University of Iowa (2000 ~ 2001).
He received the PhD degree in Computer Science from Peking University (2000)
and the BS degree in Mathematics (with the specific major in Information Science) from Nankai University (1992),
both in P. R. China.
His research interests include computer graphics, scientific visualization (e.g., flow visualization and volume visualization), information visualization, parallel visualization (as the integration of parallel computing with scientific visualization), image processing, and (big) data analysis. The primary goal of his work is to design
novel visualization & analysis methods to provide deep insight into the complex pattern underlying large-scale data, investigate effective and efficient algorithms for fast
as well as high-quality image generation, and develop interactive visualization & analysis systems to address real-world applications.
Apart from his professional pursuit, Dr. Liu maintains a very deep interest in the Chinese traditional literature as well as Chinese and world history.
He has written a series of Chinese traditional (primarily pre-Tang) poems, lyrics, and parallel proses, mostly originating from his true stories coupled with his real feelings
, as part of his everlasting practice in these creative arts with strict constraints on the format involving rhyme, couplet (parallelism and antithesis), and tonal harmony (level and oblique tones).