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Hai Ning Liang


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Dr. Hai-Ning Liang is a Professor in the Department of Computing at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). He was the Founding Head of Department (2019-2023). He is also the Deputy Director of the Suzhou Municipal Key Lab for Intelligent Virtual Engineering, the Suzhou Key Lab for Virtual Reality Technologies, and the XJTLU Virtual Engineering Center. Dr. Liang completed his PhD in computer science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. His PhD studies were supported by a Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is an award-winning academic and researcher. Some of his awards include the 2015 Backbone Scientific and Education Talent, the 2014-2015 XJTLU Outstanding Teacher Prize, the 2012-2013 XJTLU Most Innovative Teaching Practices Prize, and the Best Paper Award at IEEE VR20 (nomination).

Dr. Liang's main research interests fall in the broad area of human-computer interaction, focusing on virtual/augmented reality and gaming technologies. He has published more than 250 papers in top-rated conferences and journals.

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He has organized numerous special issues at leading journals and workshops at top conferences. He also serves regularly on the organization committee of several top-ranked conferences.

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Research interests

Human-Computer Interaction

Metaverse (Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality)


Visualization Technologies


2021 - present, Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

2019 - 2023, (Founding) Head of Department, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

2012 - 2021, Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


CPT310 - Principles of Computer Games Design

CPT408 - Game Design and Development

SAT006 - Foundations of Computer Science and Engineering

SAT001 - Explore Advanced Technology

CSE003 - Principles of Computer Programming

CSE002 - Professional Skills in Computer Science

Awards and honours

2024 IEEE VR Best Paper Award (Honorary Mention)

2022 ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI Best Paper Award

2020 IEEE VR Best Paper Award (Nomination)

2020 Suzhou Outstanding Teaching Team

2019 XJTLU Research Development Award

2016 Suzhou Teaching Achievement Award (First Prize)

2016 XJTLU National Teaching Innovation Award (Runner Up Prize)

2015 SIP Backbone Scientific and Education Talent

2014-2015 XJTLU Outstanding Teaching Prize

Best Paper Award at IEEE CTI 2015

Merit (Best) Paper Award at IEEE TALE’13

2012-2013 XJTLU Most Innovative Teaching Practice Prize

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Computer Science, The University of Western Ontario

BA (Honors) in Computer Science and Economics, The University of Western Ontario

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