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Yang Liu

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Yang Liu
Postdoctoral Fellow
Computational Research Division
Phone: 510-486-5283
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
MS 50A-3111
Berkeley, CA 94720

Yang Liu is a postdoctoral fellow in the Scalable Solvers Group of the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL). He is currently working on scalable sparse direct solver development supported by the Exascale Computing Project. Before joining LBL, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Radiation Laboratory at University of Michigan. For more information, please visit:  

Research Interests

  • Numerical Linear Algebra -- sparse and dense direct solvers, butterfly algebras, and randomized algorithms. 
  • Computational Electromagnetics -- fast iterative and direct integral equation solvers and their applications. 
  • High Performance Computing -- communication avoiding algorithms, heterogeneous computing.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, May 2015. 
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Michigan, Nov. 2014. 
  • M.S., Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Michigan, May 2013. 
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, June, 2010. 

Journal Articles

Y. Liu, W. Sid-Lakhdar, E. Rebrova, P. Ghysels, X. Sherry Li, "A Hierarchical Low-Rank Decomposition Algorithm Based on Blocked Adaptive Cross Approximation Algorithms", arXiv e-prints, January 1, 2019,

H. Guo, Y. Liu, J. Hu, E. Michielssen, "A butterfly-based direct solver using hierarchical LU factorization for Poggio-Miller-Chang-Harrington-Wu-Tsai equations", Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 2018, 60:1381-1387,

A. C. Yucel, W. Sheng, C. Zhou, Y. Liu, H. Bagci, E. Michielssen, "An FMM-FFT Accelerated SIE Simulator for Analyzing EM Wave Propagation in Mine Environments Loaded With Conductors", IEEE Journal on Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques, 2018, 3:3-15,

Y. Liu, A. C. Yucel, H. Bagci, A. C. Gilbert, and E. Michielssen, "Wavelet-enhanced plane-wave time-domain algorithm for analysis of transient scattering from electrically large conducting objects", IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., 2017,

Y. Liu, H. Guo, and E. Michielssen, "A HSS matrix-inspired butterfly-based direct solver for analyzing scattering from two-dimensional objects", IEEE AntennasWireless Propag. Lett., 2017,

Y. Liu, A. Al-Jarro, H. Bagci, and E. Michielssen, "Parallel PWTD-accelerated explicit solution of the time domain electric field volume integral equation", IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., 2016,

Y. Liu, A. C. Yucel, H. Bagci, and E. Michielssen, "A Scalable Parallel PWTD-Accelerated SIE Solver for Analyzing Transient Scattering From Electrically Large Objects", IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., 2016,

Y. Liu, A. C. Yucel, V. Lomakin, and E. Michielssen, "Graphics processing unit implementation of multilevel plane-wave time-domain algorithm", IEEE Antennas Wireless Propag. Lett., 2014,

A. C. Yucel, Y. Liu, H. Bagci, and E. Michielssen, "Statistical characterization of electromagnetic wave propagation in mine environments", IEEE Antennas Wireless Propag. Lett., 2013,

Conference Papers

Yang Liu, Mathias Jacquelin, Pieter Ghysels, Xiaoye S Li, "Highly scalable distributed-memory sparse triangular solution algorithms", 2018 Proceedings of the Seventh SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing, 2018, 87--96,

E. Rebrova, G. Chavez, Y. Liu, P. Ghysels, X. S. Li, "A Study of Clustering Techniques and Hierarchical Matrix Formats for Kernel Ridge Regression", IEEE IPDPSW, 2018,