Liz Marai
G. Elisabeta (Liz) Marai

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Electronic Visualization Laboratory:
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL


My research is in visual computing, an area of computer science that handles images, 3D models, and the interaction between humans and data that can be represented visually. My research interests go from visual-system related problems that can be robustly solved through automation, to problems that require human experts in the computational loop, and the principles behind this work.

This body of research has been recognized by my peers with a US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and by multiple NSF research awards and multi-site NIH (US National Institutes of Health) R01 awards, including one as an early-stage investigator. I have received multiple Oustanding Research Awards at conferences, including a Test of Time Award, along with my students. My research has been featured on journal and newsletter covers. I have co-authored scientific open-source software adopted at over forty institutions, from Ghana to Estonia to Canada, and I am an inventor (a.k.a. patent co-author) whose ideas have been embedded in a medical device.

I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science and a faculty member of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The lab's research pages are the best place to learn more about my current work. Prior to UIC, I was Research Faculty in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the founder and director of the Interdisciplinary Visualization Research Lab in the Rust Belt; the lab's research pages are the best place to learn more about my past work, my group, our projects, results, publications, courses taught, alumni and sponsors.


Current teaching schedule: CS529 Visual Data Science

I have received six Teaching Awards for courses that blend teaching and research; although, or perhaps because, I often choose to experiment with my teaching and learn from the results. My lab's teaching portfolio showcases some of the work produced by my students.

Service and Outreach

Please see my CV for a complete list of professional service and outreach activities.