Jiangchuan Liu is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. From 2003 to 2004, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was also a Microsoft Research Fellow, and worked at Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) in the summers of 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, and 2011.
He received the Bachelor of Engineering (Cum Laude, Computer Science) from Tsinghua University, China, in 1999, and PhD (Computer Science) from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2003 (through HKUST's MED program with recommendation from Education Ministry of China and full scholarship from Hong Kong Jockey Club).
His research interests are in networking, in particular, multimedia communications, peer-to-peer networking, cloud computing, social networking, and wireless sensor/mesh networking. He is a co-recipient of IEEE IWQoS'08 and IEEE/ACM IWQoS'2012 Best Student Paper Awards, IEEE Communications Society Best Paper Award on Multimedia Communications 2009, IEEE Globecom'2011 Best Paper Award, and ACM Multimedia'2012 Best Paper Award. He is a recipient of the NSERC 2009 Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Award (100 awards nationwide across all science and engineering fields; 8 from computer science), and a recipient of 2012 Research Excellence Award from SFU Faculty of Applied Science.
He is on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Communications Tutorial and Surveys, Elsevier Computer Communications, and Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing.
He made pioneering contributions in large-scale Peer-to-Peer live video streaming; specifically, the system, Coolstreaming (2004-2005) (Google entries over 2,000,000) was credited as the first large-scale peer-to-peer live video streaming system in the world. This work appeared in IEEE INFOCOM'2005 has not only been highly cited (1600+ times, the most cited among all INFOCOM papers published in the past 10 years), but also spearheaded a momentum in peer-to-peer streaming, with no fewer than a dozen successful companies such as PPLive, PPStream, UUSee and Yahoo adopting the same mesh-based pull streaming technique to deliver live media content to millions of users.
Currently, he is leading the Multimedia and Wireless Networking Group, which consists of 7 PhD students and 3 Master students. The group has been sponsored by the following grant agencies: Canada NSERC (Discovery, DAS, RTI, Engage, Strategic Project Programs), CFI, BCKDF, MITACS, Hong Kong RGC, China NSF, and also industrial companies including Nokia, HP, Microsoft, Eyeball Networks, Trusterra, WebTech Wireless, Bits Republic, Saturna Green Systems, BroadbandTV, China Telecom, RenRen, PPTV, and etc.
Four PhD graduates/Postdocs from the group are now Assistant/Associate Professors at research universities in Canada, Hong Kong, Swden, and USA, respectively. Other graduates are working in industrial companies, including Google, Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent, Fortinet, BroadbandTV, and etc. Four have become founding CEO/CTO of startups.