Zicheng Liao

Ph.D. Candidate

Vision Group | Graphics Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Address: 201 N. Goodwin, Urbana, IL, USA 61801
Office:  3305 Siebel Center
Email:  liao17 AT illinois.edu

Biography     [Curriculum Vitae]

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), expecting to graduate soon. My doctoral dissertation, "Build Interactable Visual Objects and Scenes" is directed by the committee: Dr. David Forsyth (advisor), Dr. Hugues Hoppe (MSR), Dr. John Hart, Dr. Derek Hoiem, and Dr. Svetlana Lazebnik. I also worked closely with Porfessor Yizhou Yu.

Before coming to UIUC, I received my Bachelor's degree with honors (2008) from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and worked in the State Key Lab. of CAD & CG. I studied in The University of Hong Kong for half a year as an exchange student in 2006.


  • Check out this article about our SIGGRAPH paper on progressive video loop. More from: Microsoft.News and Neowin.net.
  • I am awarded the UIUC Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Award 2013.
  • Our progressive video looping work is selected for the SIGGRAPH 2013 technical papers preview trailer!
  • Two papers accepted to CVPR 2013.
  • Our Subdivision-based image vectorization and editing paper is selected as the IEEE TVCG 2012(Oct) spotlight paper!

Research Interests

  • Computer Graphics
  • Image vectorization and editing, progressively dynamic video looping, video motion analysis and processing, GPU.
  • Computer Vision
  • Image-based modeling (material, shape reconstruction, image fragments), object relighting, human detection and action recognition.
  • Machine Learning
  • Visual Analytics & Information Visualization


Demo tool released by MSR based on my intern work there:

"Automated video looping with progressive dynamism"

Tool to extract a 5-second looping video from a non-looping input video. Also a viewer application to enable both interactive control over the level of dynamism of the output video, as well as manual editing of which regions animate or are static.

demo download


    Automated Video Looping with Progressive Dynamism (website; pdf; 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 (pdf; 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 (pdf; 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; pdf; 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 (pdf)
    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 (pdf)
    Yang Wang, Duan Tran, Zicheng Liao, David Forsyth
    Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR), 2012.

    Learning Hierarchical Poselets for Human Parsing (pdf)
    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 (pdf)
    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 (pdf | supplemental)
    Tian Xia, Zicheng (Binbin) 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 (Binbin) 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 (Binbin) 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 (Binbin) 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. Scheduled for summer 2013, Redmond
  • Microsoft Reserach
    Visiting work with Hugues Hoppe of the Graphics group. Winter 2012-2013, Redmond
  • Microsoft Reserach
    Research Intern with Hugues Hoppe of the Graphics group. Summer 2012, Redmond
  • Facebook
    Data Scientist intern. Summer 2010, Palo Alto
  • Facebook
    Data Scientist intern with Dennis DeCoste of the Data Science group. Summer 2009, Palo Alto
  • Google
    Software Engineer Intern. Summer 2007, Beijing

Last Modified: March 2013