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Dr Frederick Woon-Bor Li

Associate Professor

BA MPhil PhD

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Associate Professor in the Department of Computer ScienceMCS 1028+44 (0) 191 33 44299
Member of the Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition  


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Frederick Li received both a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Computing Studies and a Master of Philosophy from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Graphics from City University of Hong Kong. He is currently an Associate Professor at University of Durham. Prior to the current appointment, he was an Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2003 to 2006, and had been the project manger of a Hong Kong Government Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) funded project.

Frederick Li is currently an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Education (Digital Education) and an Editorial Board Member of Virtual Reality & Intelligent Hardware. He has served as an Associate Editor of International Journal of Distance Education Technologies and a Guest Editor of three of its special issues. He has also served as a Conference Co-chair of ICWL 2022, Program Co-chair of ISVC 2021, ICWL 2015/2013/2008/2007 and IDET 2008-2009. In addition, he has served as a a Poster & Demo Track Co-Chair of EDM 2022, a Workshop Co-chair of ICWL 2009 and U-Media 2009, a Publicity Co-Chair of ACM MTDL 2010 and U-Media 2010, and a Local Co-Chair of BMVC 2018.

Departmental Duties: In the department, he has served as Chair of Board of Examiners of both UG and PGT Programmes, PGT Programme Director, and Chair of Taught Postgraduate Management Committee (CS and Engineering).

External Appointment: External Examiner for a taught MSc programme in Northumbria University (2022-2026)

Research Projects
Mesh Saliency
  • "A Unified Deep Metric Representation for Mesh Saliency Detection and Non-rigid Shape Matching," IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 2020. [Download]
  • "Sparse Metric-based Mesh Saliency," Neurocomputing, 2020. [Download]
  • "Visual Saliency Guided Textured Model Simplification," The Visual Computer, 2016. [Download]
  • "Salient Region of Textured 3D Model," Pacific Graphics (Poster Paper), 2010. [Download]
Graphics Modeling and Transmission
  • "Stable Hand Pose Estimation under Tremor via Graph Neural Network," IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR 2021).
  • "Motion-aware Compression and Transmission of Mesh Animation Sequences," ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 2019. [Download]
  • "Compressed Dynamic Mesh Sequence for Progressive Streaming," Computer Animaion and Virtual Worlds, 2018. [Download]
  • "Feature-varying skeletonization - Intuitive control over the target feature size and output skeleton topology," The Visual Computer, 2012. [Download]
  • "Game-On-Demand: An Online Game Engine based on Geometry Streaming," ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, 2011. [Download]
  • "A Trajectory-Preserving Synchronization Method for Collaborative Visualization," IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2006. [Download]
  • "VSculpt: A Distributed Virtual Sculpting Environment for Collaborative Design," IEEE Transcations on Multimedia, 2003. [Download]
  • "Real-Time Rendering of Deformable Parametric Free-Form Surfaces," ACM VRST, 1999. [PDF]
  • "Interactive Rendering of Deforming NURBS Surfaces," Computer Graphics Forum (special issue on Eurographics '97), 1997. [PDF]
Remote Rendering and Perceptual Quality Assessment
  • "Perceptual Quality Assessment on DIBR Synthesized Videos with Composite Distortions," IEEE ICIP '2020. [Download]
  • "Deep Blind Synthesized Image Quality Assessment with Contextual Multi-level Feature Pooling," IEEE ICIP '2019. [Download]
  • "No-Reference Synthesized Image Quality Assessment with Convolutional Neural Network and Local Image Saliency," Computational Visual Media, 2019. [Download]
  •  "Scalable Remote Rendering using Synthesized Image Quality Assessment," IEEE Access, 2018. [Download]
  • "DOOBNet: Deep Object Occlusion Boundary Detection from an Image," ACCV 2018 (Oral Paper)arXiv preprint arXiv:1806.03772, Dec. 2018. [Link]
Cloud Modeling
  • "Cumuliform Cloud Formation Control using Parameter-Predicting Convolutional Neural Network," Graphical Models, 2020. [Download]
  • "Target-Driven Cloud Evolution using Position-Based Fluids," Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, (To appear) [Download]
  • "Modeling Detailed Cloud Scene from Multi-source Images," Pacific Graphics 2018 (Short Paper) [Download]
  • "Modeling Cumulus Cloud Scenes from High-resolution Satellite Images," Computer Graphics Forum, 2017. [Download]
Coloring and Beautification
  • "Facial Reshaping Operator for Controllable Face Beautification," Expert Systems with Applications, 2020. [Download]
  • "Example-Based Image Recoloring in an Indoor Environment," Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds(To appear) [Download]
  • "A Color-Pair Based Approach for Accurate Color Harmony Estimation," Computer Graphics Forum, 2019. [Download]
  • "Image Recoloring For Home Scene," ACM SIGGRAPH International Conference on Virtual-Reality Continuum and its Applications in Industry (VRCAI '18), 2018. [Download]
Student Performance Analytics
  • "Study on Student Performance Estimation, Student Progress Analysis, and Student Potential Prediction based on Data Mining," Computers & Education, 2018. [Download]
  • "Failure Rates in Introductory Programming Revisited," ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), 2014. (Best Paper Award) [Download]
  • "No Tests Required: Comparing Traditional and Dynamic Predictors of Programming Success," ACM SIGCSE 2014, 2014. [Download]
  • "Predicting Performance in an Introductory Programming Course by Logging and Analyzing Student Programming Behavior," IEEE Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2013. (Outstanding Paper Award) [Download]
  • "BlueFix: Using Crowd-Sourced Feedback to Support Programming Students in Error Diagnosis and Repair," International Conference on Web-based Learning, 2012. [Download]
Educational Technologies
  • "A Fine-Grained Outcome-based Learning Path Model," IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, 2014. [Download]
  • "Recent Development in Multimedia e-Learning Technologies," World Wide Web, 2014. [Download]
  • "Game-Based Concept Visualization for Learning Programming," ACM Workshop on Multimedia Technologies for Distance Learning , 2011. [Download]
  • "A Pedagogical Interface for Authoring Adaptive e-Learning Courses," ACM Multimedia technologies for distance learning, 2010. [Download]
  • "Learning Programming Languages through Corrective Feedback and Concept Visualisation," International Conference on Web-based Learning, 2011. [Download]
  • "An Open Model for Learning Path Construction," International Conference on Web-based Learning, 2010.
    (ICWL 2010 Best Student Paper Award) [Download]
  • "A Three-Tier Profiling Framework for Adaptive e-Learning," International Conference on Web-based Learning , 2009. [Download]
  • "Technology Supports for Distributed and Collaborative Learning over the Internet," ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT) , 2008. [Download]
Papers published from supervised undergraduate projects
  • "WaveMix - A Multi-Task Neural Architecture for Music Performance Extraction," WiML Workshop at ICML 2020.
  • "A Pedagogical Interface for Authoring Adaptive e-Learning Courses," ACM Multimedia technologies for distance learning, 2010. [Download]

Research interests

  • Computer Graphics
  • Virtual Reality
  • Graphics Modeling and Transmission
  • Collaborative Virtual Environment
  • Educational Technologies

Esteem Indicators

  • 0000: Conference Organization:
    • Program Co-Chair (Computer Graphics), ISVC '2021
    • Local Co-Chair, BMVC '2018
    • Publicity Co-Chair, ACM MM MTDL '2010
    • Publicity Co-Chair, IEEE U-Media '2010
    • Workshop Co-Chair, ICWL '2009
    • Workshop Co-Chair, IEEE JCPC '2009
    • Program Co-Chair, IDET '2008, '2009
    • Program Co-Chair, ICWL '2007, '2008, ;'2013, ;'2015
  • 0000: Journal Editorialships:
    • Associate Editor (Communications Technologies), International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (JDET), (since 2007)
    • Editorial Review Board Member, International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education (IJCEE), (since 2009)


Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Edited book

  • Li, Frederick W. B., Klamma, R., Laanpere, M., Zhang, J., Manjón, B.F. & Lau, Rynson W. H. (2015). Advances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2015. LNCS. Springer.

Journal Article

Supervision students