Zicheng Liao's Homepage

Zicheng Liao   

associate professor, PH.D.
adjunct faculty of ZJU-UIUC Institute
address: 38 Zheda Road, Yuquan campus (10 mins to the lake)
email: zliao (at) zju.edu.cn

I am now working at the College of Computer Science, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, where I spent 4 wonderful years of my college life. The city is featured by the poetic West Lake, the long tradition of green tea plantation, and the LiuHe Pagoda which brings harmony to the land at the intersection of Qian-Tang River and mountains.

I received my Ph.D. degree in computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under the advice of David Forsyth.

  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Graphics

Demo Tool

"Automated video looping with progressive dynamism (SIGGRAPH'13)"

Tool to extract a seamlessly looping video from a 5-second non-looping input video, with interactive control over the level of dynamism and local static & animation editing.

demo download YouTube

Former Students

  • Jingjie Wan (University of Chicago); Geng Yan (Carnegie Mellon University MS program); Hexiang Hu (UCLA PhD program); Bingchen Gong (HKU PhD program); Hongyi Zhang (UCSD MS program); Chaowei Fang (HKU PhD program)


  • ZJUI-CS101: Intro to Computing for Engr. & Sci.: Fall 2017 (@ZJUI Institute)
  • CMPT469: Data-Driven Methods of Visual Media Synthesis: Fall 2015 (@Simon Fraser University)



Synthesizing the Four Seasons of a Scene from Web Images
Lechao Cheng, Zicheng Liao, Zhangye Wang
Journal of Computer-Aided Design and Computer Graphics, 2017

A Convolutional Temporal Encoder for Video Caption Generation (paper)
Qingle Huang, Zicheng Liao
British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC) 2017
Action-Driven 3D Indoor Scene Evolution (paper; website)
Rui Ma, Honghua Li, Changqing Zou, Zicheng Liao, Xin Tong, Hao Zhang
ACM Trans. Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia) 2016.
LSTM for Image Annotation with Relative Object Importance (paper; abstract; poster)
Geng Yan, Yang Wang, Zicheng Liao
British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC) 2016.
Learning 3D Scene Synthesis from Annotated RGB-D Images (paper)
Zeinab Sadeghipour, Zicheng Liao, Ping Tan, Hao Zhang
Computer Graphics Forum (Special Issue of SGP), 35 (5), 2016.
Learning Structured Inference Neural Networks with Label Relations (paper; poster)
Hexiang Hu, Guang-Tong Zhou, Zhiwei Deng, Zicheng Liao, Greg Mori
Proc. IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2016.
Piecewise Flat Embedding for Image Segmentation (Oral paper; supplemental; slides)
Yizhou Yu, Chaowei Fang, Zicheng Liao
Proc. IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2015
AudeoSynth: Music-Driven Video Montage (website; paper; talk)
Zicheng Liao, Yizhou Yu, Bingchen Gong, Lechao Cheng
ACM Trans. Graphics (SIGGRAPH) 2015
An Approximate Shading Model for Object Relighting (paper; supplemental; extended abstract)
Zicheng Liao, Kevin Karsch, David Forsyth
Proc. IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2015
Image Editing and Interaction tools for Visual Expression
Zicheng Liao
PhD thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2014.
Automated Video Looping with Progressive Dynamism (website; paper; video; talk; YouTube; demo tool)
Zicheng Liao, Neel Joshi, Hugues Hoppe
ACM Trans. Graphics (SIGGRAPH) 2013
Non-Parametric Filtering for Geometric Detail Extraction and Material Representation (paper; dataset)
Zicheng Liao, Jason Rock, Yang Wang, David Forsyth
Proc. IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013
Boundary Cues for 3D Object Shape Recovery (paper; supplemental)
Kevin Karsch, Zicheng Liao, Jason Rock, Jonathan Barron, Derek Hoiem
Proc. IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013
A Subdivision-Based Representation for Vector Image Editing (website; paper; supplemental; slides)
Zicheng Liao, Hugues Hoppe, David Forsyth, Yizhou Yu
Proc. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 2012. Spotlight paper
Presented at ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games (I3D), 2013.
Building a Dictionary of Image Fragments (paper)
Zicheng Liao, Ali Farhadi, Yang Wang, Ian Endres, David Forsyth
Proc. IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2012
Discriminative Hierarchical Part-Based Models for Human Parsing and Action Recognition (paper)
Yang Wang, Duan Tran, Zicheng Liao, David Forsyth
Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR), 2012.
Learning Hierarchical Poselets for Human Parsing (paper; project)
Yang Wang, Duan Tran, Zicheng Liao
Proc. IEEE Computer Society Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2011.
Anomaly Detection in GPS data Based on Visual Analytics (paper)
Zicheng Liao, Yizhou Yu, Baoquan Chen
Proc. IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), Salt Lake City, October 2010.
Patch-Based Image Vectorization with Automatic Curvilinear Feature Alignment (paper)
Tian Xia, Zicheng Liao, Yizhou Yu
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 (ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2009)
iNextCube: Information Network-Enhanced Text Cube
Yintao Yu, Cindy Xide Lin, Yizhou Sun, Chen Chen, Jiawei Han, Zicheng Liao, Tianyi Wu, ChengXiang Zhai, Duo Zhang, Bo Zhao
Proc. 35th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases(VLDB), August 2009(demo paper)
Physically-Based Realistic Ocean Scene Modeling and Rendering
Ke Yan, Zhangye Wang, Zicheng Liao, Ruoguan Huang, Qunsheng Peng
Journal of Computer-Aided Design & Computer Graphics, 2008
IR Scene Image Generation from Visual Image Based on Thermal Database
Zicheng Liao, Zhangye Wang, Xiaodi Ke, Yibin Xia, Qunsheng Peng
Fifth International Symposium on Multispectral Image Processing & Pattern Recognition (MIPPR), 2007


Industrial Experience

  • Microsoft Reserach
    Research Intern with Hugues Hoppe of the Graphics group. Summer 2013 & 2012, winter 2012. Redmond
  • Facebook
    Data Scientist intern. Summer 2010 & 2009. Palo Alto
  • Google
    Software Engineer Intern. Summer 2007. Beijing

Last Modified: Feb. 2017