Zhi-Pei Liang

Zhi-Pei Liang
Zhi-Pei Liang

Administrative Titles

(217) 721-5925
4257 Beckman Institute

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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.

Recent Courses Taught

  • ECE 310 - Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 311 - Digital Signal Processing Lab
  • ECE 417 - Multimedia Signal Processing
  • ECE 480 (BIOE 480) - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • ECE 551 - Digital Signal Processing II