|G. Elisabeta (Liz) Marai
Department of Computer Science
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260-9161
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Robotics Institute, School of CS
Carnegie Mellon University
I am entering the Pitt tenure-review process Sep 2012: Online Tenure Dossier
ResearchI research automated techniques and computational representations for scientific modeling and data visualization. My work draws on and extends ideas from computer graphics and visualization, medical imaging, differential geometry, and applied mathematics. 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 the founder and director of the Pitt Interdisciplinary Visualization Research Lab. The lab's research pages are the best place to learn more about my work, my group, our projects, results, publications, and sponsors.
I am a NSF CAREER 2010 Award recipient, a IEEE BioVis 2011 Best-Paper Award recipient, and a recipient of multiple Teaching Awards for courses which blend teaching and research. I hold an Adjunct appointment in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Joint appointment in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at Pitt. I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University in May 2007; my doctoral research explored novel computational modeling, visualization and analysis tools which are needed to model anatomical joints and their variation with disease progression. Before that, I was an intern at Philips Research in the Netherlands. And first, I received a M.Sc. and a B.S. in 1998, respectively 1997, from the Computer Science Department of the Politehnica University of Bucharest in Romania.
TeachingI have received six Teaching Awards (five departmental and one university level) in five years of teaching; although, or perhaps because, I often choose to experiment with my teaching and learn from the results :-). I regularly teach Introduction to Computer Graphics (undergrad), Interdisciplinary Modeling and Visualization (grad), Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics (grad), Principles of Game Design (undergrad), and Software Engineering (undergrad). My teaching portfolio showcases some of the work produced by my awesome students.
Service and OutreachPlease see my CV for a complete list of professional service and outreach activities. You may know me as the founder and faculty coordinator of the Pitt Women in Computer Science organization (the CS department's diversity outreach initiative), as a collaborator of the Pitt CS K-12 outreach Technology Leadership Initiative, as one of the IEEE VisWeek 2011 Doctoral Colloquium Chairs, or as the creator and organizer of the IEEE VisWeek 2011 Compass activities; or, of course, from program committees, organizing committees, or reviewing service.