CS PhD Candidate @ Vanderbilt University

Yunchao "Lance" Liu (刘运超)

Short Bio

Yunchao, nicknamed Lance, is currently a PhD candidate in the Meiler lab and NDS lab where he is advised by Dr. Jens Meiler, Dr. Tyler Derr, and Dr. Bobby Bodenheimer. His research aims at developing novel state-of-the-art deep learning models that are specifically designed for small molecule drug discovery applications.

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests

Geometric Deep Learning
Self-Supervised Learning
Molecular Representation Learning
Computer-Aided Drug Discovery

News
  • 5/2022: Invited to serve as reviewer for ICML-AI4Science2022
  • 4/2022: Volunteered at ICLR 2022
  • 3/2022: Awarded Nvidia Hardware Grant with RTX A6000 48GB GPU
  • 2/2022: Served as the session manager for a tutorial @WSDM22
  • 2/2022: Invited to serve as reviewer for ICLR2022-DGM4HSD
  • 1/2022: Posted first technical blog
  • 1/2022: Invited to serve as sub-reviewer for WSDM2022-MLoG
  • 12/2021: Passed the Computer Science PhD Qualifying Exam
  • 11/2021: Invited to serve as sub-reviewer for TheWebConf2022
  • 10/2021: Invited to serve as sub-reviewer for ICLR2022
  • 9/2021: Invited to serve as reviewer for NeurIPS-AI4Science2021
  • 8/2021: Invited to serve as sub-reviewer for WSDM2022
  • 6/2021: Invited to serve as sub-reviewer for CIKM2021
  • 4/2021: Invited to serve as sub-reviewer for KDD2021
  • Education

    Currently pursuing PhD degree in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. Research lies in developing advanced AI technologies in computer aided drug discovery.

    Received master degree in Computer Science, Intelligent System Track, from University of Texas at Dallas.

    Publications

    Foldit Drug Design Game Usability Study: Comparison of Citizen and Expert Scientists
    October, 2020 | MIG '20: Motion, Interaction and Games

    Foldit Drug Design Game Usability Study: Comparison of Citizen and Expert Scientists

    Authors: Yunchao Liu, Rocco Moretti, Bobby Bodenheimer, Jens Meiler

    Projects

    Multi-dimenstional Data Visualization

  • Visulizing muti-dimenstional data using scatter plot matrix and parallel coordinates
  • Feature: an interactive session, allowing selecting several data points to check corresponding matrics

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    Protein Flexibility Visualization

  • Developed a C++ program using VTK library to show the distance of two conformations of a protein
  • Designed visulization scheme to show color coded flexibility on different parts of the protein

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    Geographical Data Visulization

  • Visualized geographic data of USO reports in the USA
  • Designed interactive UI with features including zooming/panning/subplot

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    Geometric Object Rendering with Ray Tracing Technique

  • Used C++ and OpenGL library to render objects using ray tracing technique
  • Achieved optical effects including reflection, diffusion, (overlapping) shadows

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    Contact

    5144G Medical Research Building III