Nan Niu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems


Recently recognized by an NSF CAREER Award that spans over the next five years, Nan Niu joins the CEAS Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems. Niu received his BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology and his MS in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2009, under the supervision of Professor Steve M. Easterbrook. Most recently, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University.

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Research Interests

  • Software Engineering, Information Seeking, Human-Centered Computing


Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems, University of Cincinnati


Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University

2009 - 2014

Software Developer, Lenovo Group Limited, Beijing, PR China

1999 -2001


Honors & Awards

  • CAREER Award, US National Science Foundation                                      
2014 – 2019
  • Outstanding Team Performance (1st Place), ADTRAN Senior Design Showcase 
  • StatePride Faculty Award, Mississippi State University
  • Elected to Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Honor Society in Computing Sciences), Mississippi State University
  • Doctoral Thesis Completion Scholarship, University of Toronto
2008 – 2009
  • Best Paper Award (4th IEEE Int’l Workshop on Web Site Evolution, Montreal, Canada)     
  • J Gordin Kaplan Travel Award, University of Alberta
  • Most Innovative Group Award, Lenovo Group Limited (Beijing, PR China)


Selected Publications (underlined names are student authors)


  • Anas Mahmoud and Nan Niu, On the Role of Semantics in Automated Requirements Tracing. Requirements Engineering (accepted: Springer Link).
  • Juha Savolainen, Nan Niu, Tommi Mikkonen, and Thomas Fogdal, Long-Term Product Line Sustainability through Planned Staged Investments. IEEE Software, Volume: 30, Issue: 6, November/December 2013, pp. 63-69, IEEE (Xplore). (pdf)
  • Nan Niu, Li Da Xu, and Zhuming Bi, Enterprise Information Systems Architecture -- Analysis and Evaluation. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Volume: 9, Issue: 4, November 2013, pp. 2147-2154, IEEE (Xplore). (pdf)
  • Nan Niu, Fangbo Yang, Jing-Ru C. Cheng, and Sandeep Reddivari, Conflict Resolution Support for Parallel Software Development. IET Software, Volume: 7, Issue: 1, February, 2013, pp. 1-11, IET (Xplore). (pdf)
  • Nan Niu, Alejandra Yepez Lopez, and Jing-Ru C. Cheng, Using Soft Systems Methodology to Improve Requirements Practices: An Exploratory Case Study. IET Software, Volume: 5, Issue: 6, December 2011, pp. 487-495, IET (Xplore). (pdf)

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