Liya Grace Ni, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office Phone: (951) 552-8197 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 321 Office Hours:
|Ph.D.||Electrical & Computer Engineering - Controls & Robotics||University of Waterloo, Canada||2003|
|M.Eng.||Electrical Engineering - Control Theory||National University of Singapore, Singapore||1999|
|B.Eng.||Information and Control Engineering||Xi'an Jiao Tong University, China||1996|
•EGR 182 Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications
•EGR 121 Introduction to Computer Programming in C++
•EGR 231 Circuit Theory I
•EGR 232 Circuit Theory II & Design
•EGR 331 Signals and Systems
•EGR 333 Electronics I
•EGR 334 Electronics II
•EGR 431 Control Systems
•EGR 434 Robot Modeling and Control
•EGR 400/ECE 517 Mobile Robotics
•EGR 437/ECE 537 Digital Signals and Systems
Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests
•Robot Tactile Sensing
•Haptics/Telehaptics for Teleoperation and Virtual Reality
Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU
•Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Wisconsin - Platteville, August 2007 - May 2009
•Sessional Lecturer at University of Waterloo, January 2006 - April 2006
Research, Presentations, & Publications
L. Ni, M. Rossi, K. Tuer, D. Wang, J. Shu, “Real Time Control of Hardware and Software via Communication Network”, publication date: 2005-06-09, publication number: US20050125150A1.
K. Tuer, L. Ni, K. Ziaei, J. Smith, J. Shu, M. Krzeminski, M. Rossi, S. Mi, “Method and System for Hapto-visual Scene Development and Deployment”, publication date: 2009-01-13, publication number: US7477250B2.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS:
S. Fok, D. W. L. Wang, L. Ni, and G. Freeman, “A Pilot Study of Video Compression Techniques for Stereoscopic Telepresence Applications”, PRESENCE: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments (MIT Press), Vol. 18, No. 2, 2009, pp. 139-155.
K. Ziaei, L. Ni and D. W. L. Wang, “QFT Based Design of Force and Contact Transition Controllers for a Flexible Link Manipulator”, Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2009, pp.329-344.
L. Ni and D. W. L. Wang, “A Human-to-human Force-reflecting Teleoperation System Using Fuzzy Logic Controller Tuning”, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Vol. 48, No. 2, February, 2007, pp. 209-224.
L. Ni, D. W. L. Wang, A. Dubrowski, H. Carnahan, “A User-friendly Interface for Surgeons to Create Haptic Effects in Medical Simulation”, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Vol. 125, 2007, pp. 349-351.
L. Ni and D. W. L. Wang, “A Gain-switching Control Scheme for Position-error-based Bilateral Teleoperation: Contact Stability and Controller Design," The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 23, No. 3, March 2004, pp. 255-274.
W. K. Ho, K. W. Lim, C. C. Hang, L. Ni, “Getting More Phase Margin and Performance out of PID Controllers,” Automatica, vol. 35, 1999, pp.1579-1585.
PUBLICATIONS IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:
M. Li and L. G. Ni, “Small Scale Mobile Robot Auto-Parking using Deep Learning, Image Processing, and Kinematics-Based Target Prediction”, Proc. Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys2021), virtual conference, Sept. 2-3, 2021.
L. Ni, L. Clement, and I. Lee, "A Learn-by-Doing Approach in Teaching Introduction to the Internet of Things", Proc. 2020 ASEE Pacific South-West (PSW) Regional Conference (cancelled due to COVID-19).
L. Ni, M. Sandy, S. Yoder, J. Uwase, and J. Martin, "A ROS-based Autonomous Tour Guide Robot with a NAO T14 Humanoid on a Mobile Platform", presented at the Artificial Intelligence International Conference (A2IC 2018), Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 21-23, 2018.
L. Ni, C. M. Schaefer, and T. Buntin, "A Robotic Tour Guide Using a NAO T14 Humanoid with a Wheeled-Mobile Platform", Proc. 2nd International Conference on Robotics and Automation Engineering (ICRAE 2017), Shanghai, China, Dec. 29-31, 2017.
H. Jung, Z. Zhou, and L. Ni, “Growing Together with the Community through Service Learning”, Proc. 123rd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016.
L. Ni, H. Jung, and Z. Zhou, “Enhancing First Year Engineering Students Trigonometry Learning Experience”, Proc. 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA, June 14-17, 2015.
L. G. Ni and X. Xu, "Analyzing the Nonlinearity of Binary Phase Detector in Phase-Locked Loops", Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integration Technology, Hefei, China, August 27-30, 2014.
R. Foist and G. Ni, “Use of Robotics in First-Year Engineering Math Laboratory”, Proc. the 6th Annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference (FYEE), College Station, TX, August 7-8, 2014.
G. Ni, D. Bishop, A. Donaldson, “Use of Online Tools in Teaching C++ Programming to Freshmen in All Engineering Majors”, Proc. the 5th Annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference (FYEE), Pittsburgh, PA, August 8-9, 2013.
L. Ni, D. Kari, A. Muganza, B. Dushime, A. Nodem, “Wireless Integration of Touch Sensing on the Hand of a NAO Robot”, Proc. the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Robots and Human Interactive Communications, Paris, France, September 9-13, 2012.
D. Kari, A. Nodem, B. Dushime, A. Muganza, L. Ni, “Multisensory Perception Enhancement of the NAO Robot”, Proc. the 2012 Measurement Science Conference, Anaheim, CA, March 19-23, 2012.
L. Ni, “A Haptic-Enabled Rehabilitation Design Project for a Control Systems Course”, Proc. the 2011 ASEE annual conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 26-29, 2011.
L. Ni, “The Programmable Haptic Rhythm Trainer”, Proc. the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games (HAVE 2010), Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 16-17, 2010.
D. N. Buechler and L. Ni, “An Electrical Engineering Program for Place-bound Students: the First Two Years”, 2008 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) North-Midwest Section Conference, Platteville, WI, Oct. 16-18, 2008.
L. Ni, D. W. L. Wang, A. Dubrowski, H. Carnahan, “A User-friendly Interface for Surgeons to Create Haptic Effects in Medical Simulation”, Proc. the 15th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference (MMVR 2007), Long Beach, CA, Feb. 6-9, 2007.
L. Ni, M. Krzeminski, K. Tuer, “Application of Haptic, Visual and Audio Integration in Astronomy Education”, Proc. 2006 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Their Applications (HAVE 2006), Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 4-5, 2006.
B. Chebbi, D. Lazaroff, F. Bogsany, P. X. Liu, L. Ni, M. Rossi, “Design and Implementation of a Collaborative Virtual Haptic Surgical Training System”, Proc. 2005 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, Niagara Falls, Canada, July 29-Aug. 1, 2005.
D. W. L. Wang, L. Ni, M. Rossi, K. Tuer, "Implementation Issues for Bilateral Tele-mentoring Applications", Proc. 2004 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Their Applications (HAVE2004), Ottawa, ON, Canada, Oct. 2-3, 2004.
D. Wang, K. Tuer, L. Ni, and P. Porciello, “Conducting a Real-Time Remote Handshake with Haptics”, Proc. 12th International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Chicago, IL, March 27-28, 2004.
X. Shen, F. Bogsany, L. Ni, and N. D. Georganas, " A Heterogeneous Scalable Architecture for Collaborative Haptics Environments”, Proc. 2003 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Their Applications (HAVE2003), Ottawa, ON, Canada, Sept. 20-21, 2003.
D. W. L. Wang, K. Tuer, M. Rossi, L. Ni, and J. Shu, "The Effect of Time Delays on Tele-haptics”,. IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Their Applications(HAVE2003), Ottawa, ON, Canada, Sept. 20-21, 2003.
L. Ni and D. W. L. Wang, “Fuzzy Logic Controller Tuning for a Human-to-human Force-reflecting Teleoperation System,” Proc. 2002 International Conference on Control and Automation, Xiamen, China, June 16-19, 2002.
L. Ni and D. W. L. Wang, "Contact Transition Stability Analysis for a Bilateral Teleoperation System," Proc. 2002 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Washington, DC, May 12-15, 2002.
L. Ni and D. W. L. Wang, "A Gain Switching Control Scheme for Position-error-based Force-reflecting Teleoperation," Proc. 10th International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Orlando, Florida, March 24-25, 2002.
G. Lai, C. Caradima, D. Wang, L. Ni, E, Kubica, D. Madill, “Haptic Applications using a Virtual Reality Mouse”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Video Conference Proceedings, 2000.
W. K. Ho, H. S. Wong, H. P. Han, L. Ni, “Robustness Monitoring for PID Control Systems,” Proc. 24th Annual Conference of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON’98), Archen, Germany, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 1998.
Church Membership & Activities
Member of Riverside Christian Alliance Church.
Mandarin/English interpreter for Sunday services.
Community Service & Involvement
•Reviewer of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2009-present)
•Reviewer of International Journal of Robotics and Automation (2010 - 2014)
•Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement (2010 - 2011)
•Reviewer of the W. M. Keck Foundation (2016)
•Reviewer of the ASEE PWS conference (2020)
•Reviewer of ASEE annual conference (2011 - 2016)
•Member of the Technical Program Committee of the 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation Science (ICRAS)
•Member of the Technical Program Committee of the 2017 International Conference on Robotics and Automation Engineering (ICRAE)
•Member of the Technical Program Committee of the 2011 IEEE 73rd Vehicular Technology Conference
•Member of the Technical Program Committee of the International Symposium on Haptic, Audio-Visual Environments and Games (2010 - 2013)
•Judge/Consultant at the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair (2014, 2019, 2021)
•Grand award judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2014)
•Offered numerous presentations and demonstrations at Riverside local events: Inland Empire Tech Week (2012), Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) conferences (2010-2015), Long Night of Arts and Innovation (2012, 2013), Inland Christian Academic Program (ICAP) Engineering Day (2013-2015), MathCounts State Competition (2019), STEM-LEAPs and STEM-PULL (2019), etc.
•Volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse (2020)
Interests & Hobbies
Dr. Ni has two children: Angela, a college senior, and Jonathan, a high school senior. In her free time, she enjoys music, traveling, cooking, and painting.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Ephesians 2:10, NASB
"The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."
Psalm 23: 1-4, NASB