Liu is a senior research scientist at NVIDIA Research, Learning and Perception (LPR) in Santa Clara. She conducts research on computer vision and machine learning to benefit the company's products and find advanced techniques.
She was nominated by her faculty advisor, UC Merced Professor Ming-Hsuan Yang
, for her research excellence and potential to excel in an academic career.
During her graduate studies, Liu worked on “compressed face hallucination” with a focus on editing images via image-processing and optimization techniques. After her first publication on this topic, she moved on to “fancy face editing” and quickly learned that “face parsing” — the act of preserving facial structures — is the core to her tasks. However, she found few reliable methods, so she developed her own.
“I slightly shifted my focus to face parsing using deep learning and developed the state-of-the-art face parsing algorithm via a pairwise learning module — when deep learning was still only beginning to emerge in top conferences,” she said.
Liu earned an M.C.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and received a bachelor’s degree in control science from North China Electric Power University.
“I’m grateful for the knowledge that I gained from UC Merced,” she said. “I am also fortunate to maintain collaborations with current Ph.D. students at UC Merced.”