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ECE Alum Yong Liu Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Multimedia Networking

Yong Liu

Yong Liu

Professor Yong Liu, a UMass alumnus and former Ph.D. student of Professor Weibo Gong of the UMass Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has just been elected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as an IEEE Fellow. Liu serves as a professor of electrical engineering in the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and a faculty member of the research center NYU WIRELESS. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Liu was recognized “for contributions to multimedia networking.”

A press release issued from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering noted that “Liu is known for research with practical applications for hundreds of millions of consumers.” 

After hearing about Liu’s IEEE honor, Gong said that “Yong is a top student and researcher. I learned more from him than he did from me. I am very proud of Yong’s achievements, in particular being recognized as one of the leaders in multimedia networking, an area I know little about.”

According to the NYU press release, Liu, who has published more than 100 papers in major journals and conferences, was recognized by IEEE for the seminal work he has done in the measurement, modeling, analysis, and design of multimedia networking systems, which now dominate online traffic and crucially impact the performance and stability of the global Internet. Because most commercial multimedia applications use proprietary protocols and encrypt their data and signaling, there had been very limited public information about their design choices and the “quality of experience” delivered to users.

“Yong’s research filled this knowledge gap, providing valuable insights into system architecture, design, performance, and network impact,” the NYU piece observed. “He is also active in the field of Peer-to-Peer technology, which leverages networking, computation, and storage resources available on end systems to deliver a wide range of scalable network services and which is now a core component in many modern Internet applications.”

Notably, Liu has devised novel real-time bandwidth estimation and video adaptation algorithms that were recently adopted by Tencent WeChat, China’s exceptionally popular online social network platform, significantly improving the experience of WeChat's 650 million monthly active users around the world.

His latest research involves augmented reality and virtual reality, which are predicted to become the “killer apps” when fifth generation mobile is widely available to consumers.

Among other awards and honors, Liu has received the Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2010; the Best Paper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery Internet Measurement Conference in 2012; the Best Paper Award from the IEEE Conference on Computer Communications in 2009; the Best Paper Award from the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society in 2008; the Best Paper Award at the First Workshop on Networks for Grid Applications in 2004; a Presidential Graduate Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997; and the Guo Moruo Scholarship, the highest scholarship given by the University of Science & Technology of China, in1993.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional organization for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, the organization is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. (January 2017)