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 and 3D models. My work is focused on the image analysis algorithms, representations, and visualization principles that are needed for the computational modeling and analysis of complex scientific phenomena. 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.

This body of research has been recognized by my peers with an NSF CAREER Award and a recent NIH R01 early-stage investigator award. I have received multiple Oustanding Research Awards at conferences, along with my students. My research has been featured on journal and newsletter covers. My funding record is excellent, and includes multiple NSF and NIH R01 awards. I have co-authored scientific open-source software adopted by thousands of users, and I am a patent co-author. Collaborative work with colleagues across different departments leads to richer computer science research and provides a mechanism for evaluating the usefulness and robustness of results.

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.

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.

GLBio'17 Intro to BioVis tutorial.