People - Faculty

Liang Zhao

Assistant Professor

Office: N424
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Teaching (Fall 2021):
  • CS 253 (1) - Data Structures and Algorithms MW 4:00PM - 5:15PM

  • My research focuses on Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Nonconvex Optimization, with special interests in deep learning on graphs, societal event prediction, interpretable machine learning, spatio-temporal data mining, sparse feature learning, social media mining, and distributed optimization of deep and nonconvex models.

Recent Publications:

  • PhD, Virginia Tech, 2016

Honors and Awards:
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2020
  • Best Paper Award, ICDM 2019
  • Jeffress Trust Award, 2019
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, Virginia Tech, 2017