Liu is a postdoctoral scholar at the Media Laboratory and in MIT's Program in Comparative Media Studies. Liu is developing a research program around the computation of
point-of-view and aesthetic experience. Inspired by literary theory and informed by artificial
intelligence computation, Liu's investigations span the computational
modeling of, inter alia, emotion, aesthetics, time experience,
culture, common sense, gustation, identity, and humour. Liu has
written and spoken extensively around these thematics— his
work is recognized with two best paper prizes, and has enjoyed coverage
in the New York Times, Technology Review, and Slashdot. He is author
of the ConceptNet common sense reasoning package and the popular
MontyLingua natural language understanding package. Liu holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts & Science and bachelors
and masters degrees in Computer Science, all from MIT.
theorist, and quite in the same vein as Knuth, Liu believes that
computation can illuminate the most basic and most slippery of human
theories by producing workable reifications— materials that
can sustain the dialectic of the humanities through this century.