Zhengchun Liu
Postdoctoral Appointee at Argonne National Laboratory Email: liuzhengchun@gmail.com
Web: http://zliu.info, LinkedIn, GitHub Tel: +1 630 252 3474
Universitat Aut`onoma de Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
Ph.D. in Computer Science, Advisor: Dr. Emilio Luque 2013.09 - 2016.07
Sobresaliente Cum Laude (the highest honor) and international mention
Northwestern Polytechnical University Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
MSc. in Guidance, Navigation and Control, Advisor: Yang, Jun 2010.09 - 2013.04
Northwestern Polytechnical University Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
BSc. in Manufacturing Engineering of Flight Vehicle 2006.09 - 2010.06
Comprehensive Evaluation: 94.2/100, Ranking: 3/94; GPA: 84.6/100
Research Work Experience
1. Argonne National Laboratory, United States 2016.09 - present
Postdoctoral Appointee, Advisor: Rajkumar Kettimuthu, Mentor: Sven Leyffer
Building robust analytic models for science at extreme scales
Modeling, simulating & optimizing for large data transfers over wide area networks
Simulating to explain the behavior of scientific workflows over a distributed infrastructure.
Designing cyberinfrastructure for on-demand scientific experiment data analysis.
Architecture, methods, and algorithms to support self-tune and self-manage science ecosystems.
2. Universitat Aut`onoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 2013.09 - 2016.08
Research Fellow, PhD candidate, Advisor: Emilio Luque
Modeling & simulating hospital emergency department using HPC and agent-based model.
Modeling & simulation for healthcare operations management.
Healthcare system operation data analysis and population aging study.
Model verification, model parameters calibration and model validation.
Optimization, Parallel programming, Agent-based modeling and simulation.
3. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, U.S.A. 2015.12 - 2016.04
Visiting Researcher, Host: Kalyan S. Perumalla
Performance modeling, verification and validation for scientific simulation on multi-GPU clusters.
Developed a framework template for efficient simulation on multi-GPU and multi-Core clusters.
Designed and developed a large-scale vehicle evacuation simulator on GPUs using CUDA.
Implemented an earthquake wave propagation model on multiple GPUs using CUDA.
4. Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China 2006.09 - 2013.09
Designed and developed a rapid control prototype and testbed system for designing drones.
Design and implement flight control algorithms on real-time embedded control systems.
Developed a distributed, hardware-in-the-loop interactive simulation system for fixed-wing drone.
Learned and earned collaborative leadership.
Six-Degree-of-Freedom flight dynamics model of fixed-wing drone.
Engineering Work Experience
1. Xi’an FengLiTong Electronic CO. LTD. Shaanxi, China 2010.05 - 2013.06
Software Engineer (Part-time)
µC/OS-II real-time operating system porting and board support package developing.
USB driver and filesystem on ARM Cortex-M3 MCUs for exchanging data.
GPS data parsing, reliable communication via GSM network.
Implemented the over-the-air firmware updating service using In-Application Programming.
Developed a backend communication server for million vehicle-traveling-data-recorders.
Effective communication skills were improved through collaborating with more than 20 engineers.
2. Outsourcing Service as an Embedded Engineer 2010.09 - 2013.07
Designed and developed a Human Machine Interfaces, and 8051 MCU based integrated power
management for ambulances (hardware design and firmware programming).
– Designed and developed a temperature control system for machine tool oil-cooling (hardware design
and firmware programming).
Selected Awards, Grants & Honors
The 1st Place in the 10th Marathon of Parallel Programming Contest . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 2015
The 1st Place in the 5th Spanish Parallel Programming Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep. 2015
The 2nd Place in the 4th Spanish Parallel Programming Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep. 2014
China National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China
(award to 0.2% of outstanding undergraduate students) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 2009
Champion of the Chinese Robot Competition (dancing session) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 2008
China National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China
(award to 0.2% of outstanding undergraduate students) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 2008
First Class Scholarship for Undergraduate Students (annual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2006 - 2009
Technical Skills
Proficient in C/C++, Python, MATLAB and Embedded C Programming.
Extensive experience with Parallel software development, including MPI and programming models
for multicore and heterogeneous architectures (e.g. CUDA, OpenCL, OpenMP).
Familiar with cluster computing framework (e.g., Apache Spark) and massive datasets mining.
Extensive development experience with backend software on Linux.
Extensive experience with embedded system, real-time OS, hardware and firmware development.
Professional Service
Co-Chair: SRMPDS 2017
Technical Program Committee: SIMUL 2015; SIMUL 2016; DAAC 2017
External Reviewer : COMPUTATION TOOLS 2015; Euro-Par 2017; CLUSTER 2017; HiPC 2017;
WoWS 2017.
Journal Reviewer : Algorithms-MDPI.
Joanna Czy˙zewska, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland Summer 2015
European Undergraduate Summer Internship program
Modeling and simulating patients who Leave Without Being Seen in emergency department;
Characterizing overcrowding in emergency department under unforeseen scenarios.
Personal Statement & Research Interests
I am hard-working, self-motivated, enthusiastic and have multidisciplinary background. I am expe-
rienced at working to tight deadlines and under considerable pressure. I will be able to do more if I
am given an opportunity.
Research interests: Modeling and Simulation, High Performance Computing, Embedded Systems,
Big Data Analysis and Machine Learning, Multi-Agent Systems, and Operations Research.
§Refereed conference papers
1. Zhengchun Liu, Rajkumar Kettimuthu, Ian Foster, Peter H. Beckman. Towards a Smart Data
Transfer Node. International Workshop on Innovating the Network for Data Intensive Science in
conjunction with SC’17 (to appear).
2. Rajkumar Kettimuthu, Zhengchun Liu, David Wheeler, Ian Foster, Katrin Heitmann, Franck
Cappello. Transferring a Petabyte in a Day. International Workshop on Innovating the Network for
Data Intensive Science in conjunction with SC’17 (to appear).
3. Zhengchun Liu, Rajkumar Kettimuthu, Sven Leyffer, Prashant Palkar and Ian Foster. A mathe-
matical programming and simulation based framework to evaluate cyberinfrastructure design choices.
The 13th IEEE International Conference on eScience. (to appear).
4. Zhengchun Liu, Prasanna Balaprakash, Rajkumar Kettimuthu and Ian Foster. Explaining Wide
Area Data Transfer Performance. In Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium on High-
Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC 2017), 167-178.
5. Zhengchun Liu, Dolores Rexachs, Francisco Epelde, and Emilio Luque. Support managing popu-
lation aging stress of emergency departments in a computational way. Procedia Computer Science
(ICCS 2017), Volume 108, 2017, Pages 149-158.
6. Zhengchun Liu, Eduardo Cabrera, Dolores Rexachs, Francisco Epelde, and Emilio Luque. Sim-
ulating the Micro-level Behavior of Emergency Department for Macro-level Features Prediction.
Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2015). Pages 171–182
7. Xueping Zhu, Zhengchun Liu and Jun Yang. Model of Collaborative UAV Swarm Toward Coordi-
nation and Control Mechanisms Study. Procedia Computer Science (ICCS 2015), Vol 51, 493-502.
8. Zhengchun Liu, Eduardo Cabrera, Manel Taboada, Francisco Epelde, Dolores Rexachs and Emilio
Luque. Quantitative Evaluation of Decision Effects in the Management of Emergency Department
Problems. Procedia Computer Science (ICCS 2015), Vol 51, Pages 433-442.
9. Zhengchun Liu, Eduardo Cabrera, Dolores Rexachs and Emilio Luque. A Generalized Agent-
Based Model to Simulate Emergency Departments. Proceeding of the 6th International Conference
on Advances in System Simulation (SIMUL 2014).
§Refereed journal papers
1. Zhengchun Liu, Dolores Rexachs, Francisco Epelde, and Emilio Luque. An Agent-based Model for
Quantitatively Predicting and Analyzing the Complex Behavior of Emergency Departments. Journal
of Computational Science, Vol. 21, Pages 11-23, 2017.
2. Zhengchun Liu, Dolores Rexachs, Francisco Epelde, and Emilio Luque. A simulation and optimiza-
tion based method for calibrating agent-based emergency department models under data scarcity.
Computers & Industrial Engineering, Vol. 103, Pages 300–309, 2017.
3. Zhengchun Liu, Francisco Epelde, Dolores Rexachs and Emilio Luque. A Bottom-up Simulation
Method to Quantitatively Predict Integrated Care System Performance. International Journal of
Integrated Care. 2016;16(6).
§Under peer review papers
1. Zhengchun Liu and Kalyan S. Perumalla. Efficient Large-scale Parallel Stencil Computation on
Multi-Core and Multi-GPU Accelerated Clusters.
2. Zhengchun Liu, Rajkumar Kettimuthu, Prasanna Balaprakash and Ian Foster. An Online, Machine-
Learning-Based Wide-Area Data Transfer Performance Predictor.
§Other selected papers
1. Zhengchun Liu and Emilio Luque. Modeling and Simulation for Healthcare Operations Man-
agement using High Performance Computing and Agent-Based Model. [thesis overview] Journal of
Computer Science & Technology, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2017.
2. Linglong Li, Yaodong Yang, Zhengchun Liu, Stephen Jesse, Sergei V. Kalinin and Rama K. Va-
sudevan. Correlation between Piezoresponse Nonlinearity and Hysteresis in Ferroelectric Crystals at
Nanoscale. Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 108, Issue 17, 2016.
3. Zhengchun Liu. High Performance Computing Based Simulation for Healthcare Decision Support.
The Second International BSC Doctoral Symposium, Barcelona, Spain. May 5 - 7, 2015.
4. Zhengchun Liu, Eduardo Cabrera, Dolores Rexachs and Emilio Luque. Study of Emergency De-
partment by Using High Performance Computing. XXV Jornadas de Paralelismo. Sep. 16-18, 2014.
5. Zhengchun Liu, Qi Liu and Jun Yang. Research on Missile’s Integrated Testing Platform Based
on HLA. Computer and Modernization. 2013, 1(6): 179-181.
6. Xueping Zhu, Zhengchun Liu, and Jun Yang. Research on Co-simulation Method in ADAMS and
MATLAB for Missile Seeker’s Stabilization Platform Design. AsiaSim 2013. November 6 - 8, 2013.
7. Zhengchun Liu, and Jun Yang. Design and Implementation of a Missile Seeker Virtual Test-Bed
Based on High Level Architecture. Proceedings of the 3d MACE. July 27-29, 2012.
Last updated on November 3, 2017