Xinyu Liu


Room 2319

Klaus Advanced Computing Building

Georgia Institute of Technology

266 Ferst Drive

Atlanta, GA 30332


liuxy at gatech dot edu

About me

I am a 4th year Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Tech, co-advised by Prof. Alessandro Orso and Prof. Joy Arulraj. Previously, I was an undergraduate research assistant in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Michigan, where I was mentored by Prof. Westley Weimer. My research interests lie in software engineering and database systems.


  1. Yu Huang, Xinyu Liu, Ryan Krueger, Tyler Santander, Xiaosu Hu, Kevin Leach and Westley Weimer: Distilling Neural Representations of Data Structure Manipulation using fMRI and fNIRS: International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 2019: 396-407 (distinguished paper award)
  2. Ryan Krueger, Yu Huang, Xinyu Liu, Tyler Santander, Westley Weimer, and Kevin Leach: Neurological Divide: An fMRI Study of Prose and Code Writing: International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 2020: 678-690
  3. Xinyu Liu, Qi Zhou, Joy Arulraj, and Alessandro Orso: Automatic Detection of Performance Bugs in Database Systems using Equivalent Queries: International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 2022: to appear


  1. Georgia Tech SCS Incubator Graduate Fellowship, 2022


In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching films, and playing sports. Before losing my supreme eye–hand coordination and gaining a plethora of fat, I was an active member at the University of Michigan Men's Boxing Team. This picture was taken in the 2017 United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association National Championships.


There are a few quotes that I find very inspiring:

“The best alpinists are the ones with the worst memories." --- Jimmy Chin