Department of Computer Science



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Qi Liao

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
College of Science and Engineering
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, U.S.A.
Tel: (989) 774-4419
Fax: (989) 774-3728
Email: liao1q AT cmich DOT edu



Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
M.S., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
B.S., Computer Science, Hartwick College


Research Areas

  • Computer Security
  • Visual Analytics and Security Visualization
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Economics / Game Theory for Networks and Security



Dr. Qi Liao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Central Michigan University (CMU). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. and departmental distinction in Computer Science from Hartwick College, New York, with a minor concentration in Mathematics. He was inducted as lifetime members into national honor societies: Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics), Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computing and Information), and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering).

Dr. Liao’s research interests include computer security, anomaly detection, visual analytics, data mining, and economics / game theory at the intersection of network usage and cybersecurity. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Liao received awards including USENIX best paper award at LISA, IEEE best session paper at ICCCBDA, Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence - Outstanding Paper for Information and Computer Security, 2nd place in National Security Innovation Competition at Colorado Springs, Notre Dame Center for Research Computing Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization, and IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Challenge Award. Dr. Liao was nominated for the Provost's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity at CMU, and received the 2015 College of Science & Technology (CST) Award for Outstanding Research.

Dr. Liao has served as international conference co-chairs, technical program committees, journal editorial boards and numerous peer reviewers. Before joining CMU, he was a visiting scientist at IBM Research. Dr. Liao was the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow to conduct sponsored research at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.

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