Zhu Li (Bio, CV) is now an Associate Professor with the Dept of Computer Science & Electrical Engnieering (CSEE), University of Missouri,Kansas City, and the director of the Multimedia Computing & Communication (MC^2) Lab, and the new NSF Center for Big Learning at UMKC . He is/was an AFRL visiting professor at the US Air Force Academy , Colorado Springs, Summer of 2016,'17,'18. He received his PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston in 2004. He was Sr. Staff Researcher/Sr. Manager with with Samsung Research America's Multimedia Standards Research Lab in Richardson, TX, 2012-2015, Sr. Staff Researcher/Media Analytics Group Lead with FutureWei (Huawei) Technology's Media Lab in Bridgewater, NJ, 2010~2012, and an Assistant Professor with the Dept of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2008 to 2010, and a Principal Staff Research Engineer with the Multimedia Research Lab (MRL), Motorola Labs, from 2000 to 2008.

While on faculty at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he also served as CTO for the "big data" mobile music and visual search startup Mudi Technology Inc, which has successfully commercialized its music search product with China Mobile Shenzhen, and mobile query-by-capture for books and CDs with [android demo app]

His research interests include audio-visual analytics and machine learning with its application in large scale video repositories annotation, mining and recommendation, video object identification and event recognition, as well as video adaptation, source-channel coding and distributed optimization issues of the wireless video networks. He has 25 issued or pending patents, 90+ publications in book chapters, journals, conference proceedings and standard contributions in these areas. He is an IEEE senior member, associated editor (2015~) for IEEE Trans.on Multimedia, and associated editor (2016~) for IEEE Trans on Circuits & System for Video Technology, associated editor (2015~) for Journal of Signal Processing Systems (Springer), steering committee memeber of IEEE ICME, elected member (2014-2017) of the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP) Tech Committee, elected Vice Chair (2008-2010), Standards Liaison (2014-2016) of the IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee (MMTC), member of the Best Paper Award Committee, ICME 2010, co-editor for the Springer-Verlag book on "Intelligent Video Communication: Techniques and Applications", and " Multimedia Analysis, Computing and Communication,". He received the Best Poster Paper Award at IEEE Int'l Conf on Multimedia & Expo (ICME), Toronto, 2006, and the Best Paper (DoCoMo Labs Innovative Paper) Award at IEEE Int'l Conf on Image Processing (ICIP), San Antonio, 2007.

Recent Services:

I am serving as General Co-Chair for IEEE Visual Communication & Image Processing (VCIP) Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, 2017, Steering Committee member, IEEE Int'l Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME), and Area Chair for IEEE Int'l Conf on Image Processing (ICIP), Phoenix, AZ, 2016.


Spring 2018: ECE/CS 5590 Image Analysis & Retrieval , previous offerings: 2017
Spring 2017: ECE/CS 5590: Multimedia Communication
Fall 2016: Adv. Multimedia Communication

Invited Talks

- Mobile Visual Search: Object Re-Identification Against Large Repositories, invited talk at Academia Sinica, Taipei, 2015.12, hosted by Prof. Wen-Huang Cheng, University of Science & Tech of China (USTC), hosted by Prof. Houqiang Li, and Shanghai Jiaotong University, hosted by Prof. Y.L. Xu, 2016.01.
- Subspace Indexing on Grassmannian Manifold for Large Scale Visual Identification, given at EPFL/IBM Research/Northwestern Univ/Stevens Tech/Motorola Solutions Research/MIT Lincoln Lab/Beijing University.

Multimedia Computing & Communication Lab


  • Li Li, Univ of Science & Tech of China, Research Assistant Professor/Asst. Director of MCC Lab (Fall, 2016~)
  • Dewan F. Noor, Bangeladesh Univ of Engineering & Tech, PhD Student (Spring, 2016~)
  • Zhaobin Zhang, Huazhong Univ of Science & Tech, PhD Student (Fall, 2016~)
  • Yangfan Sun, MS UMKC, PhD Student (Spring 2017~)
  • Raghunath Puttagunta, MS UMKC, PhD Student (Fall 2017~)
  • Birendra Kathariya, MS UMKC, PhD Student (Fall, 2017~)
  • Anique Akhatar, PhD Student (Spring, 2018~)
  • Yue Li, visiting PhD student, Univ of Science & Tech of China (USTC).
  • Wenjie Zhu, visiting PhD student, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ (SJTU).
  • Karthik Ainala, MS Thesis ( Low Latency Point Cloud Compression and Communication ) Student (graduated, 2018)
  • Eric Cornwell, MS Thesis (Dense Camera Capture Light Field Compression ) Student (graduated 2017, now with Honeywell KCP)
  • Prasana Gadiparthi, MS Thesis (Content De-Duplication with Spatio-Temporal Compact Hash) Student (graduated 2017, now with American Express)
  • Shaina Krumme, visiting student, Univ of Kansas (Summer 2017).

Research Projects:

  • Point Cloud Capture and Comperssion (PCC)
  • Future Video Codec (FVC), Deep learning for compression.
  • Deep Learning Model Compression and Acceleration (DLMCA)
  • Content & Object Re-Identification and Retrieval (CORIR)
  • Genome Data Compression, Privacy and Retrieval Systems.
  • Low latency visual communication, immersive visual communication system.


Many thanks to the generous support from: Sponsors
  • B.Kathariya, L. Li, Z. Li, and J. Alvarez, “Lossless Dynamic Point Cloud Geometry Compression with Inter Compensation and Traveling Salesman Prediction”, to appear, IEEE Data Compression Conference (DCC) , Snow Bird, 2018.
  • L. Li, Z. Li, B. Li, D. Liu, and H. Li, “Pseudo sequence based 2-D hierarchical coding structure for light-field image compression”, to appear, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Special Issue on Light Field, 2017.
  • L. Li, H. Li, D. Liu, Z. Li, H. Yang, S. Lin, F. Wu, “An Efficient Four-Parameter Affine Motion Model for Video Coding”, to appear, IEEE Trans on Circuits & System for Video Tech, 2017.
  • S. Zhao, Z. Li, D. Medhi, P. Lai, and S. Liu, "Study of User QoE Improvement for Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH)", Intl Conf on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), Santa Clara, 2017.
  • L. Li, Z. Li, B. Li, D. Liu, and H.-Q. Li, "Pseudo Sequence based 2-D hierarchical reference structure for Light-Field Image Compression", IEEE Data Compression Conference (DCC), Snow Bird, 2017.
  • S. Feng, Z. Li, Y. Xu, and J. Sun, “Compact Scalable Hash from Deep Learning Features Aggregation for Content De-duplication”, IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop (MMSP), London, 2017.
  • W. Zhu, L. Li, Z. Li and Y. Xu, “Lossless Point Cloud Geometry Compression via Binary Tree Partition and Intra Prediction”, IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop (MMSP), London, 2017.
  • E. Cornwell, L. Li, Z. Li, and Y. Sun, “An Efficient Compression Scheme for the Multi-Camera Light Field Images”, IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop (MMSP), London, 2017.
  • Z. Zhang, L. Li, Z. Li, and H. Li, “Visual Query Compression with Locality Preserving Projection on Grassmann Manifold”, IEEE Intl Conf on Image Processing (ICIP), Beijing, 2017.
  • L. Li, Z. Li, M. Bugadavi, and H. Li, “PROJECTION BASED ADVANCED MOTION MODEL FOR CUBIC MAPPING FOR 360-DEGREE VIDEO”, IEEE Intl Conf on Image Processing (ICIP), Beijing, 2017.
  • Y. Li, L. Li, Z. Li, and H. Li, “Hierarchical Piece-Wise Canonical Correlation Analysis Projections for Efficient Intra-Prediction Coding”, IEEE Visual Communication & Image Processing (VCIP) Conf, St. Petersberg, FL, 2017.
  • Y. Shao, Z. Zhang, Z. Li, and G. Li, “Attribute Compression of 3D Point Clouds Using Laplacian Sparsity Optimized Graph Transform”, IEEE Visual Communication & Image Processing (VCIP) Conf, St. Petersberg, FL, 2017.
  • B. Kathariya, K. Ainala, Z. Li, and R. Joshi, “Embedded Binary Tree For Dynamic Point Cloud Geometry Compression with Graph Signal Resampling and Prediction”, IEEE Visual Communication & Image Processing (VCIP) Conf, St. Petersberg, FL, 2017.   
  • K. Aninala, R. Mekuria, B. Kathariya, Z. Li, Y.-K. Wang and R. Joshi, "An improved enhancement layer for octree based point cloud compression with plane projection approximation", SPIE App. of Digital Image Processing, San Diego, 2016.
  • W. Huang, Y.-L. Xu, and Z. Li, "A New AL-FEC Coding Scheme for Mobile Video Broadcasting with Limited Feedback", IEEE Mutimedia Signal Processing (MMSP) Workshop, Montreal, Canada, 2016.
  • Z. Li, S. Zhao, D. Medhi, and I. Bouazizi, "Wireless Video Traffic Bottleneck Coordination with DASH SAND Framework", IEEE Visual Communication and Image Processing (VCIP) Conf, Chengdu, CHina, 2016.
  • S. Zhao, Z. Li, and D. Medhi, "Low Delay MPEG DASH Streaming over the WebRTC Data Channel", IEEE PacketVideo Workshop, Seattle, 2016.
  • S. Xie, Y.-L, Xu, and Z. Li, "DASH Sub-Representation with Temporal QoE Driven Layering", IEEE PacketVideo Workshop, Seattle, 2016.
  • S. Zhao, Z. Li, and D. Medhi, "Low Delay Streaming of DASH Content with WebRTC Data Channel", IEEE/ACM Int'l Workshop on Quality of Service (IWQoS), Beijing, 2016.
  • Z. Zheng, Z. Li, A. Nagar, "Compact Deep Neural Networks for Device-Based Image Classification", book chapter, Mobile Cloud Visual Media Computing, Springer-Verlag, 2015: 201-217.
  • Z. Zheng, Z. Li, A. Nagar, and W. Kang, "Compact Deep Neural Network for Device Based Image Classification", submitted to IEEE Int'l Conf on Multimedia & Expo (ICME). [PDF]
  • V. Fragoso, G. Srivastava, A. Nagar, Z. Li, K. Park, and M. Turk, "Cascade of Box (CABOX) Filters for Optimal Scale Space Approximation", Proc of the 4th IEEE Int'l Workshop on Mobile Vision , Columbus, USA, 2014. [PDF]
  • A. Nagar, Z. Li, G. Srivastava, and K. Park, "AKULA: Adaptive Cluster Aggregation for Visual Search", IEEE Data Compression Conference (DCC), 2014. [PDF]
  • Z. Li, and I. Bouazizi, "Light Weight Content Fingerprinting for Video Playback Verification in MPEG DASH", Proceedings of IEEE PacketVideo, San Jose, 2013. [PDF]
  • X. Xin, A. Nagar, G. Srivastava, Z. Li, F. Fernandes, A. Katsaggelos,Large Visual Repository Search with Hash Collision Design Optimization. IEEE MultiMedia 20(2): 62-71 (2013).
  • X. Xin, Zhu Li, A. K. Katsaggelos, "Laplacian embedding and key points topology verification for large scale mobile visual identification", Signal Processing: Image Communication vol. 28(4): 323-333 (2013).
  • J. Yuan, G. Zhao, Y. Fu, Z. Li, A. K. Katsaggelos, Y. Wu," Discovering Thematic Objects in Image Collections and Videos", IEEE Trans. on Image Processing vol.21(4): 2207-2219 (2012).
  • W. Ji, Z. Li, and Y. Chen, "Joint Source-Channel Coding Optimization for Layered Video Broadcasting to Heterogeneous Devices", IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, vol.14(2): 443-455 (2012).
  • H. Xu, J. Wang, Z. Li, G. Zeng, S. Li,"Complementary Hashing for Approximate Nearest Neighbor Search", IEEE Int'l Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Barcelona, Spain, 2011. [PDF]
  • X. Wang, Z. Li, and D. Tao, "Subspace Indexing on Grassmann Manifold for Large Scale Multimedia Retrieval", IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, vol.20(9): 2627-2635 (2011). [PDF]
  • B. Liu, Z. Li, L. Lin, and M. Wang, "Real-Time Video Copy Location Detection in Large Scale Repository ", IEEE Multimedia vol. 18(3): 22-31 (2011). [PDF]
  • X. Wang, Z. Li, L. Zhang, and J. Yuan, "Grassmann Hashing for Approx Nearest Neighbour Search in High Dimensional Space", Proc. of IEEE Int'l Conf on Multimedia & Expo (ICME), Barcelona, Spain, 2011. [PDF]

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Zhu Li
me climbing up the Mt. Elbert, 14439ft.


2018.05, IEEE Journal on Selected Area in Communication (J-SAC) Special Issue on Multimedia Economics for Future Networks: Theory, Methods and Applications.

2018.05, Springer Journal on Signal Processing Systems (JSPS) Speical Issue on "Deep Learning in Compression".

2018.02, NSF I/UCRC Center for Big Learning awarded. The UMKC Kickoff Meeting & Workshop on 03/09.

2018.01, elected steering committee member for the IEEE Int'l Conf on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) representing MMSP TC, and IEEE Visual Communication & Image Processing (VCIP) Conf sponsored by VSPC TC.

2017.12, co-chaired the IEEE VCIP 2017 in St. Petes, FL.

2017.08, Farewell hike of Eagle's Peak, climbed 5 14ers: Mt. Antero, Mt. Massive, Mtns.Lincoln, Democrat, and Bross.      

2017.06, visiting professor, Center for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Research, US Air Force Academy

2016.12, Multi-University (Florida, CMU, UMKC and Oregon) NSF I/UCRC on Big Learning (NSF CBL) planning grant approved.

2016.12, APSIPA Plenary ForumDeep Learning: Past, Present and Future , Jeju, Korea, 2016.


PhD Scholarships are available for 2 self-motivated students. Ideal candidates should have an MS degree in CS/EE and have solid programming in C, Python, and MATLAB. Visiting scholars are welcome. If interested, send me a brief email at:
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