Zhi-Pei Liang

Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
4257 Beckman Institute MC 251
405 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Signal Processing

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  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1989
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, South-China University of Technology, 1982

Academic Positions

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Coordinated Science Laboratory, and Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2003 - Present

Research Interests

  • Pattern recognition, parameter estimation, and machine learning
  • Image formation theory and algorithms
  • Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy

Research Areas

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

Z.-P. Liang and P. C. Lauterbur, "Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging," IEEE Press/Wiley, 1999.


  • Elected to Int'l Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2012
  • Otto Schmitt Award, IFMBE, 2012
  • Fellow, ISMRM, 2010
  • Fellow, IEEE, 2006
  • Fellow, AIMBE, 2005
  • Elected President, IEEE-EMBS, 2011-2012
  • Elected Vice President (Conferences), IEEE-EMBS, 2006-2009
  • Elected AdCom Member, IEEE-EMBS, 2003-2006
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE-EMBS, 2002-2005
  • University Scholar, UIUC, 2001-2004
  • Early Career Achievement Award, IEEE-EMBS, 1999
  • Henry Magnuski Scholar, 1999-2001
  • Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, 1997
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1995
  • Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Research Award, 1991
  • Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award (best paper) of Medical Physics, 1990

Teaching Honors

  • Ronald W. Pratt Outstanding Teaching Award, 2005
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE-EMBS, 2002-2005
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2006-2008
  • In Daily Illini Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers, 1998-2000, 05, 07-09

Other Honors

  • EMBC'2011 First-Place Paper Award: A.G. Christodoulou, B. Zhao, H. Zhang, C. Ho, Z.-P. Liang, "Four-dimensional MR cardiovascular imaging: Method and applications," Proc. 33rd, Annual Int'l Conference of IEEE-EMBS, pp. 3732-3735, 2011.
  • EMBC'2010 First-Place Paper Award: J.P. Haldar, Z. Wang, G. Popescu, Z.-P. Liang, "Label-free high-resolution imaging of live cells with deconvolved spatial light interference microscopy," Proc. 32nd Annual Int'l Conference of IEEE-EMBS, pp. 3382-3385, 2010.
  • ISBI'2010 Best Paper Award: J.P. Haldar, Z.-P. Liang, "Spatiotemporal Imaging with partially separable fuctions: A matrix recovery approach," Proc. IEEE Int'l Symposium Biomedical Imaging, pp. 716-719, 2010.
  • I.I. Rabi Award: D.Hernando, P. Kellman, J.P. Haldar, Z.-P. Liang, "Robust water/fat separation in the presence of large field inhomogeneities using a graph-cut algorithm," Magn. Reson. Med., vol. 63, pp. 79-90, 2010.
  • Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award: E.M. Haacke, Z.-P. Liang, S.H. Izen, "Constrained reconstruction: A superresolution, optimal signal-to-noise, alternative to the Fourier transform in magnetic resonance imaging," Medical Physics, vol. 16, pp 388-397, 1989.

Courses Taught

  • BIOE 480 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • ECE 310 - Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 311 - Digital Signal Processing Lab
  • ECE 329 - Fields and Waves I
  • ECE 480 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • ECE 551 - Digital Signal Processing II