Staff profile

Professor Lu Liu

Head of School and Professor of Distributed Computing




College of Engineering and Technology


Electronics, Computing and Mathematics


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



Professor Lu Liu is the Head of School of Electronics, Computing and Mathematics and Professor of Distributed Computing. Professor Liu received his PhD degree from Surrey Space Centre in the University of Surrey (funded by DIF DTC) and MSc in Data Communication Systems from the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering in Brunel University. Professor Liu joined the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer and became the Reader in Distributed Computing two years later. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Middlesex University, London, UK. Professor Liu worked as a Research Fellow at the WRG e-Science Centre in the University of Leeds on the EPSRC/BAE funded NECTISE Project and the CoLaB Project which was jointly funded by the EPSRC and the China-863 Program.

Professor Liu's research interests are in areas of data analytics, service computing, cloud computing, information systems and Internet of Things. Professor Liu has over 170 scientific publications in reputable journals (e.g. IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems), academic books and international conferences. Professor Liu has secured many research projects which are supported by UK research councils, BIS, Innovate UK, British Council and leading UK industries, and he is currently leading research projects worth over £1.5 million. Professor Liu received the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision in 2018, BCL Faculty Research Award in 2012 and was recognised as a Promising Researcher by the University of Derby in 2011. Prof Liu was the recipient of 5 Best Paper Awards from international conferences and was invited to delivered 5 keynote speeches at international conferences and workshops.

Professor Liu is a Fellow of BCS (British Computer Society). He serves as an Editorial Board member of 6 international journals and the Guest Editor for 12 international journals. He has chaired over 30 international conference/workshops and presently or formerly serves as the program committee member for over 60 international conferences and workshops. 

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