Simon Fraser University
Yahoo, Nokia and other major communications companies are providing tens of millions of their customers with better video streaming and media sharing experiences thanks to a world-leading researcher at Simon Fraser University who is helping Canada maintain its global leadership in information and communications technology.
The explosion of social media, cloud computing and mobile devices has left communications companies racing to offer faster and more energy-efficient ways for their customers to share video and other media with anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Meeting these demands is the goal of Dr. Jiangchuan Liu. His team works with companies in British Columbia like Eyeball Networks, Broadband TV, and moj.io to improve their networked multimedia applications. His research has already had a major impact on companies around the globe. Dr. Liu helped create the world’s first large-scale peer-to-peer video streaming network, technology that was later adopted by Yahoo! Japan and a number of other companies.
The winner of the Hong Kong Young Scientist Award is also making wireless mobile networks more reliable and cost-effective. Together with researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dr. Liu helped develop wireless sensor systems that monitor the structural health of high-rise buildings, including China’s Canton Tower, one of the tallest structures in the world. He also worked with Nokia Canada to develop one of the earlier location-based mobile video sharing systems.
Dr. Liu joined Simon Fraser University as an assistant professor in 2004 after earning his PhD from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and BEng from Tsinghua University, and is currently a full professor. He is now studying how massive media content can be efficiently generated, processed and distributed among consumers using the latest social, mobile and cloud computing platforms.
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