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Frank Liu

Old Dominion University

Portrait of Frank Liu of ODU

Current University
Old Dominion University

Research Areas
Scientific machine learning, machine learning for decision and control of dynamic systems, and AI for material sciences


Liu is a professor of Computer Science and the inaugural director of ODU’s School of Data Science, where he focuses on enhancing research partnerships with federal research laboratories, while also setting the strategic direction for the school. 

He has published more than 120 papers in prestigious scientific journals and competitive technical conferences.

Prior to joining ODU, Liu served as a research manager and distinguished research scientist in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a premier open-science research lab sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Before his tenure at ORNL, he held a research staff position with the IBM Research Division.

Liu holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering and an M.S. degree in applied mathematics and statistics.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and  has served as the general chair of the IEEE International Conference on Computer-Aided Design. He is also a member of the executive committee of the IEEE Design Automation Conference.

He has also held elected positions on the executive committee of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Design Automation and holds an adjunct professorship at Texas A&M University.

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