Yi Liu

Yi Liu, PhD

Associate Professor

Computer & Information Science




Dion 302E


2005University of MississippiPhD
1998Nanjing University, ChinaM.Eng


  • Software Engineering





Software development processes and the management of software projects. Software lifecycle processes and process models are studied, including universal software development models, models of software evolution, process management, and process assessment and improvement. Also studied are the management of teams and people, software size and cost estimation, project scheduling, and risk management. The use of industry standards is emphasized throughout.

Course in presentation of formal model-based methods of software development. Review of mathematical foundations for formal methods. Formal languages and techniques for specification and design, including specifying syntax using grammars, finite state machines, and Petri nets. Analysis and verification of specifications and designs. Use of assertions, invariants, and proofs. Automated program and design transformation

Prerequisites: Completion of three core courses.   Development of a detailed, significant project in computer science under the close supervision of a faculty member, perhaps as one member of a student team. This project may be a software implementation, a design effort, or a theoretical or practical written analysis. Project report with optional oral presentation must be evaluated by three faculty members including the project supervisor.  

Prerequisite: Completion of three core courses. Research leading to submission of a formal thesis. This course provides a thesis experience, which offers a student the opportunity to work on a comprehensive research topic in the area of computer science in a scientific manner. Topic to be agreed in consultation with a supervisor. A written thesis must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering. Graded A-F.


Research Interests

  • Software engineering with specific interests in software architecture, software frameworks, and software design patterns and secure software engineering
  • Geospatial data science
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