Portrait of Jie Liu

Jie Liu

Partner Research Manager


I am a Partner Research Manager at Microsoft AI& Research, leading a research team in the Ambient Intelligence area of Microsoft Business AI (BizAI). We take an end-to-end approach to developing AI technologies to understand and interact with the physical world, and to solve our customers key business problems. My team primarily works on novel sensing systems, sensor fusion, and physical knowledge graph.

Before joining BizAI, I was a Principal Researcher and Manager at Microsoft Research (MSR). I incubated Project Vesta, MSR-NExT’s Venture on Embedded Sensing Technologies and Applications from 2014 to 2017, and managed the Sensing and Energy Research Group — SERG) at MSR Redmond.

My research interests root in understanding and managing the physical properties of computing. Examples include timing, location, energy, and the awareness of and impact on the physical world. I worked on actor-oriented modeling, simulation, & programming models, low power and networked sensing, system resource management & control, mobile context extraction & management, and novel mobile & cloud applications. My recent projects range from sensor networks, wearable devices, mobile computing, to data centers. I have published extensively in these areas, including receiving 5 Best Paper Awards from conferences like SenSys, MobiSys, RTSS, and RTAS. Here is my full publication list.

I am an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. I am the Steering Committee Chair for Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPS Week), Steering Committee Chair for ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), and a Steering Committee member of ACM International Conference on Embedded Networked Sensing System > (SenSys). I have chaired a number of top tier conferences in sensing and pervasive computing. I was an Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing and ACM Trans. on Sensor Networks.

From 2001 to 2004, I was a research scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC). Since 2008, I also held an adjunct professorship (Foreign PhD Advisor) at Harbin Institute of Technology, China. I got my Ph.D. degree from EECS, UC Berkeley in 2001; got my Master (1996) and Bachelor (1993) degrees from Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.





I am an Associated Editor for ACM Trans. on Sensor Networks. From 2008 to 2011, I was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing and Simulation Journal. Recently, I have been the General Chair for CPS Week 2015, ACM SenSys 2011, and PerCom 2011, a TPC co-chair for IPSN 2014, PerCom 2012, SenSys 2009 and IPSN/SPOT 2008, and a founding co-chair for PhoneSense 2010 and a co-chair of FeBID 2009, 2013 and 2014. I served on various NSF review panels, on the TPC of conferences such as SenSys, IPSN, RTAS, RTSS, HSCC, ICDCS, DAC, and DATE, and as a reviewer for various journals.

Community Services

  • Associated Editor: ACM Trans. on Sensor Networks, 2012 ~
  • Associated Editor: IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, 2008~2011
  • Area Editor, SIMULATION, Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 2004~2007
  • Steering Committee Chair: SenSys 2013-2014
  • General Chair/Co-chair: CPS Week 2015, SenSys 2011, PerCom 2011
  • TPC Chair/Co-chair: IPSN2014, IEEE PerCom 2012, ICDCS 2011 Wireless and Mobile Computing Track, SenSys 2009, IPSN 2008/SPOTS track.
  • Workshop Chair/Co-Chair: WearSys 2015, Feedback Computing 2014, PhoneSense 2010, FeBID 2009, 2013, 2014, Basenets 2006, ACM Multimedia Workshop 2006.
  • Finance chair: Sensys 2008, IPSN 2009
  • Demo/Poster co-chair: Sensys 2006, SECON 2007
  • Technical Program Committee:
    • 2015: SenSys
    • 2014: SenSys
    • 2013: HSCC, WEED, SenSys
    • 2012: Feedback Computing, WEED, PhoneSense
    • 2011: IPSN, ICDCS
    • 2010: IPSN, RTSS, MobiCom posters, WEED
    • 2009: SenSys, ICDCS, DATE, FeBID, Pervasive demos, WEED
    • 2008: IPSN/SPOTS, ICDCS,
    • 2007: SenSys, RTSS, ChinaCom
    • 2006: IPSN, Basenets, ICDCS


  • RTSS’14 Best Paper Award: Abusayeed Saifullah, Sriram Sankar, Jie Liu, Chenyang Lu, Ranveer Chandra, Bodhi Priyantha, “CapNet: A Real-Time Wireless Management Network for Data Center Power Capping”
  • MobiSys’14 Best Paper Award: Shahriar Nirjon, Jie Liu, Gerald DeJean, Bodhi Priyantha, Yuzhe Jin, and Ted Hart, “COIN-GPS: Indoor Localization from Direct GPS Receiving
  • SenSys’12 Best Paper Award: Jie Liu, Bodhi Priyantha, Ted Hart, Heitor Ramos, Antonio Loureiro, Qiang Wang, “Energy Efficient GPS Sensing with Cloud Offloading
  • SenSys’11 Best Demo Award: Xiaofan Jiang, Chieh-Jan Mike Liang, Feng Zhao,
    Kaifei Chen, Jeff Hsu, Ben Zhang, and Jie Liu, “Creating Interactive Virtual Zones in Physical Space with Magnetic-Induction
  • RTAS’10 Best Paper Award: Qing Cao, Dong Wang, Tarek Abdelzaher, Bodhi Priyantha, Jie Liu, and Feng Zhao, “Energy-optimal Batching Periods for Asynchronous Multistage Data Processing on Sensor Nodes: Foundations and an mPlatform Case Study”
  • Microsoft Gold Star Award, 2008
  • PARC Technology Advance Award, 2003
  • UC Berkeley Leon O. Chua Award for outstanding research, 2001
  • UC Berkeley Regents Fellowship, 1996
  • Tsinghua University Exceptional Student Award (清华大学优秀学生特等奖), 1996
  • Numerous student awards from Tsinghua University, including Siemens Fellowship, President Nanxiang Jiang Award, “Dec. 9th” Memorial Award, etc.  1988-1996

Upcoming Conf. Chairing

  • Cyber-Physical Systems Week 2015


  • Winter 2008, Univ. of Washington CSE590K: Analysis and Control of Computing Systems Using Linear Discrete-Time System Theory

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