Professor Weiru Liu

BSc, MSc, PhD

  • BS8 1UB

20132020

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Short Bio:

Weiru Liu holds Chair of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the University of Bristol, and is the Associate Dean for TQEC (Research and Enterprise), following her role as the Engineering Faculty Research Director between August 2017-March 2020. Prior to joining the University of Bristol in 2017, she held the Chair of AI at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), and was the Director of Research for the Knowledge and Data Engineering Research Cluster for 6 years. She has a sustained track record of securing peer-reviewed, highly competitive funding from a diverse range of funding bodies (over £48m as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator).

She is a member of UK EPSRC ICT Strategic Advisory Team (ICT SAT);  a member of UK Higher Education Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) Institutional Environment Pilot Panel; a member of an international committee for Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) - Digital Technologies; and a Co-Director for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Autonomous and Robotic Systems: Towards Ubiquity (FARSCOPE-TU),  2019-2028.

 

Research Interests:

Her research interests include: data-driven intelligent autonomous systems; cyber-physical systems; large-scale sensor network data analytics, and event modelling, reasoning and correlation in uncertain environments in sensor networks; and information fusion under uncertainty, with a wide range of applications such as security, healthcare, robotics. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers,  chaired several international conferences, and was an invited keynote at a few international conferences.

 

1. Intelligent Autonomous Systems

Our theoretical research includes uncertain information modelling and fusion; event correlation and reasoning; belief modelling and revision; online planning under uncertainty; multi-criteria decision making under uncertainty. Specifically

  • Developing multi-agent based, data-driven event reasoning frameworks for correlating dispersed events detected from heterogeneous sources in a distributed complex environment for achieving situation awareness. Applications include intelligent surveillance in cyber-physical systems, smart homes, and intelligent energy and transport management in smart cities.
  • Developing intelligent autonomous systems using multi-agent techniques for complex control problems and for designing collaborative (software) agents, or mixed teams of multi-robots and human for working together in complex environment. Applications include smart cities, services, complex industrial control problems, and games for entertainment or education. 
  • Handling ambiguous evidence in game theory for security and multi-criteria decision making under uncertainty in complex systems.
  • Modelling, reasoning, and merging uncertain information from heterogeneous sources in any intelligent systems (e.g., large sensor networks). We particularly focus on the Dempster-Shafer theory of Evidence (belief function theory), possibility theory and possibilistic logic, and probability theory.

2. Data mining, large-scale data analytics, anomaly/threats detection 

We develop Machine Learning and Data Mining algorithms to discover knowledge. Recent work has been focusing on graph-based approaches for both historic and streaming data analytics, with numerous applications. 

  • Developing anomaly detection algorithms for detecting abnormal behaviours (anomalies) in physical access control environment under the context of security.
  • Developing graph-based algorithms for identifying exercise patterns and influences among participants in events.
  • Discovering social connection patterns from social networks with streaming data. 
  • Developing various data analytical approaches, in collaboration with Belfast City Council, for analyzing data on CityBikes, Pollution, Waste disposal/treatment, Recycling; Anti-Social Behaviours, etc.  
  • Developing real-time threats and anomaly prediction algorithms with missing values in datasets, using knowledge discovered above, to provide real-time situation awareness for decision support.

3. Theoretical aspects of Merging/Revising Uncertain and Inconsistent Knowledgebases

Our research includes developing fusion methods (merging operators) and algorithms for merging multiple knowledgebases (maybe with constrains), especially, propositional and possibilistic knowledgebases, stratified knowledgebases, imprecise probabilistic logic based knowledge bases, and heterogeneous uncertain information. We also develop revision strategies/operators for revising such knowledge/belief bases.

Recent research has progressed to providing a toolkit for identifying minimal inconsistent subsets and calculating inconsistency values of knowledgbases or individual formulae in large-scale knowledge bases. This research has also been extended to developing approaches for detecting inconsistencies in probabilistic knowledge bases (learned by other machine learning systems) and repairing such inconsistencies.

 

External positions

> REF2021 Institutional Environment Pilot Panel

1 Nov 201831 Dec 2022

> EPSRC ICT SAT member, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2021

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Projects

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CHAI: Cyber Hygiene in AI enabled domestic life

Liu, W.

1/12/2030/11/23

Project: Research

Research Output

Intention Interleaving Via Classical Replanning

Xu, M., McAreavey, K., Bauters, K. & Liu, W., 13 Feb 2020, 2019 31st International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 8 p. (International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI)).

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    Optimizing Queries over Video via Lightweight Keypoint-based Object Detection

    Dong, J., Yuan, J., Li, L., Zhong, X. & Liu, W., 8 Jun 2020, ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR)'2020. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 548-554 7 p.

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    Social Network Influence Ranking via Embedding Network Interactions for User Recommendation

    Bo, H., McConville, R., Hong, J. & Liu, W., 1 Apr 2020, WWW '20: Companion Proceedings of the Web Conference 2020. Seghrouchni, A. E. F., Sukthankar, G., Liu, T-Y. & van Steen, M. (eds.). New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 379-384 6 p.

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    Prizes

    Best Paper Award

    Liu, Weiru (Recipient), Jul 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Activities

    • 2 Membership or peer review panel or committee
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Membership of external research organisation

    Conference Program Co-Chair

    Weiru Liu (Organiser)

    Aug 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

    Weiru Liu (Contributor)

    Sep 2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or peer review panel or committee

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

    Weiru Liu (Contributor)

    Feb 2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation