Dr. Yu Liang, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Professor, joined CECS in Fall 2013. Born in China, Dr. Liang lived there until he earned his Ph.D. in computer science at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. His next stop was Coleraine, Northern Ireland, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics, and met and married his wife. In 2001, he landed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After working in various places, he settled in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Read on to learn more about Dr. Liang.
Which of the following statements is FALSE?
- He finds Irish Dancing enjoyable
- With a dual background in computer science and mathematics, he prefers to teach math-oriented computer science courses like machine learning, parallel programming, and modeling and simulation.
- He once visited Paris, France with only 120 British pounds in his wallet and within three days, he explored most of the notable museums in Paris.
If you said they are all TRUE, you are correct!
A little background… YL: Before ever meeting her parents, I convinced my bride to marry me. Coincidentally, my daughter and wife were both born in February. I’m most grateful for the day when my daughter was born.
Your friends would describe you as…
YL: Honest and trustworthy.
YL: Teaching assistant at the Beijing University of Technology.
Changes seen in your field over the years?
YL: Artificial intelligence and machine learning are steadily encroaching on the realms the other traditional research and technology fields.
What would you like us to know about Computer Science and Engineering that we may not know or think of?
YL: You should be incredibly careful in choosing your career because your job might be replaced by artificial intelligence.
Favorite thing about your career so far?
YL: I can always work on hot topics and state-of-art technologies rather than sinking myself into unending routine work.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
YL: Socializing with my friends. I am an ardent soccer fan. Even now, my pals and I still play soccer every weekend.
I see “Irish Dancing” is mentioned during your time at Ulster University.
YL: I still find “Irish Dancing” enjoyable, while now I can only participate as a spectator.
Do you or have you ever played an instrument?
A favorite restaurant in the Chattanooga area?
YL: Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria.
An app you use most often on your phone?
YL: I use Google Map every day to avoid traffic.
What advice would you give to someone in their 20s?
YL: Set and stick to a long-term goal.
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