-By Taruna Rapaka
Feng Liang is a computer science and engineering graduate who will join KAUST from the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China. Feng will join the University this fall as a M.S. candidate and member of the KAUST Nanovisualization Research Group under the supervision of Professor Ivan Viola.
What was your main subject during your undergraduate degree? Why did you choose it?
My major was computer science and engineering. I chose it because I like the feeling of creating something, but I am too lazy to get my hands dirty (otherwise, I would have chosen mechanics).
Why have you chosen to study a M.S. at KAUST?
I chose KAUST to pursue a master's degree because I have found a professor, of whom research topics match my interest.
When did your interest in computer science arise? What are your research interests?
I would say in high school when I realized I could make something useful. My research interest is broad, but most of my interest focuses on artificial intelligence and computer graphics, which will be very helpful in next-gen computing platforms.
What do you do in your spare time? What are you passionate about?
I often watch T.V. series and movies. I am always passionate about finding new things to experience—which is why I like watching T.V. series and movies in which I can see and "experience" other people's lives.
What is your future outlook?
After completing my master's degree, I want to pursue a Ph.D. in computer graphics or computer vision. I would also like to learn some basics of quantum computing, which I believe is worth exploring.
Can you give a piece of advice to students who plan to pursue a M.S./Ph.D. at KAUST?
Just have fun and enjoy.