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Dr Jiamou Liu

PhD (Auckland)


2016 - Present     Lecturer / (Since 2019) Senior Lecturer , The University of Auckland, New Zealand
2013 - 2016         Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
2013                    Visiting Researcher, Paris Diderot University - Paris 7, France
2011 - 2012         Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
2009 - 2010         Research Associate, University of Leipzig, Germany
2008                    Research Intern, Microsoft Research Asia, China
2005,2007,2008  Visiting PhD Student, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University, USA
2006 - 2010         PhD Candidate, The University of Auckland, NZ
2006                    Visiting Student, Singapore National University, Singapore
2005                    Summer Scholar, Australian National University, Australia
2002 - 2005         BSc(Hon), The University of Auckland, NZ

Research | Current

My research interests lie in the intersection between theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Recently my research mainly focuses on the interdisciplinary area of computational social science and multi-agent systems.

My main research activities involve exploring social networks; topics of interests include interpersonal ties, influence, communities structures, information diffusion and social cohesion. I am also interested in pure and applied aspects of logic, algorithmic model theory, computational complexity and automata theory.   

Teaching | Current

I have taught the courses COMPSCI225, COMPSCI367, SOFTENG 211, SOFTENG 250, COMPSCI 767

Postgraduate supervision

I am supervising / co-supervising the following PhD Students and their general directions:

Nurilla Avarov (Since Oct 2017) - Neural Network and Machine Learning

Mengxiao Zhang (Since May 2018) - Issues on Pricing and Privacy in Data Marketplace

Jaron Mar (since Oct 2018) - Natural Language Processing

Yang Chen (since Nov 2018) - Mutli-agent Systems and Social Networks

Roger Su (since Nov 2018) - Spectral Graph Theory




2014 Vice-Chancellor's Award of Excellence on Teaching (Highly Commended), AUT
2013 DCT Faculty Teaching and Learning Award (For Excellence in Teaching), AUT
2011 Vice-Chencellor's Award of Excellence on Research (Emerging Researcher), AUT
2008 Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship


BSc(Hon) Coordinator - CS

Project Coordinator - CS

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhao, H. J., & Liu, J. (2018). Finding Answers from the Word of God: Domain Adaptation for Neural Networks in Biblical Question Answering. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. 10.1109/IJCNN.2018.8489756
  • Ni, L., & Liu, J. (2018). A Framework for Domain-Specific Natural Language Information Brokerage. Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, 27 (5), 559-585. 10.1007/s11518-018-5389-1
  • Kuske, D., Liu, J., & Moskvina, A. (2018). Infinite and bi-infinite words with decidable monadic theories. Logical Methods in Computer Science, 14 (3).10.23638/LMCS-14(3:9)2018
  • Liu, Y. P., Yan, B., Liu, J., Su, H. Y., Zheng, H., & Cai, Y. J. (2018). From the Periphery to the Core: Information Brokerage in an Evolving Network. In J. Lang (Ed.) Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 3912-3918. Stockholm, Sweden: International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence. 10.24963/ijcai.2018/544
  • Cai, Y., Zheng, H., Liu, J., Yan, B., Su, H. Y., & Liu, Y. P. (2018). Balancing the Pain and Gain of Hobnobbing: Utility-Based Network Building over Atributed Social Networks. In E. Andre, S. Koenig (Eds.) AAMAS '18 Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems, 193-201. Stockholm, Sweden: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. Related URL.
  • Liu, J., & Wei, Z. (2017). Network, popularity and social cohesion: A game-theoretic approach. In S. Singh, S. Markovitch (Eds.) Proceedings of the Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, February 4-9, 2017, San Francisco, California, USA, 1, 600-606. San Francisco, USA: The AAAI Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ziheng Wei
  • Yan, B., Chen, Y., & Liu, J. (2017). Dynamic relationship building: Exploitation versus exploration on a social network. In A. Bouguettaya, Y. Gao, A. Klimenko, L. Chen, X. Zhang, F. Dzerzhinskiy, W. Jia, S. V. Klimenko, Q. Li (Eds.) Web Information Systems Engineering – WISE 2017, 18th International Conference Proceedings, Part I, 10569 LNCS, 75-90. Puschino, Russia,. 10.1007/978-3-319-68783-4_6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yang Chen
  • Liu, J., Li, L., & Russell, K. (2017). What becomes of the broken hearted?: An agent-based approach to self-evaluation, interpersonal loss, and suicide ideation. In K. Larson, M. Winikoff, S. Das, E. Durfee (Eds.) AAMAS '17 Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems, 436-445. São Paulo, Brazil: International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Richland, SC ©2017.

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Level 4, Room 487
New Zealand

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