College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Welcoming Jundi Liu, new assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering

Jundi LiuEducation: PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Washington, 2022. MS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Washington, 2018. BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2016. 

Research focus: Human-in-the-loop reinforcement learning; human behavior and cognitive modeling with applications to autonomous vehicle and human-robot interaction. 

Joins Iowa State from: Postdoctoral research fellowship, Industrial and Operations Engineering Department, University of Michigan

Recognitions and awards: Dissertation won first place in Healthcare and Human Systems Track at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Doctoral Colloquium Dissertation Pitch Competition. 

How do you hope your research discoveries impact the world? 

My long-term research interest is to build customized AI systems as trustworthy teammates to better collaborate with human users in complex decision-making tasks. Specifically, my work aims to design human-in-the-loop learning algorithms leveraging implicit and hidden human feedback to achieve transparent and responsive interaction without interrupting or intruding. 

What kind of classroom and teaching experience do you look forward to creating at Iowa State? 

I look forward to creating an inclusive, engaging and interactive environment in my classroom. I recognize that every student is different and aim to offer them unique learning experiences to prepare them for their personal, professional or academic goals. 

What drew you to join Iowa State? 

I’m excited about all the opportunities here at Iowa State. I will collaborate with a diverse group of researchers across departments and schools. I can design and deliver courses that inspire and educate students, helping them develop the knowledge and skills necessary for their chosen fields.