Steve Liang

Founder & CTO, SensorUp

Role: Scientist

Site: CDL-Rockies

Streams: Ag, Energy, Prime

Steve Liang earned his doctorate in Earth and Space Science at York University, Toronto, in 2007. During his doctorate studies, he contributed to the development of one of the first virtual globe systems in the world, called GlobeView. GlobeView was later commercialized by GeoTango Corp., and subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2005.

Steve is currently an associate professor at the University of Calgary and director of the GeoSensorWeb Laboratory. He is also the founder and CTO of SensorUp Inc, a CDL-Rockies Alumni company and a NATO-award winning Calgary startup, offering a Movement Intelligence Platform for the Internet of Things. Steve has authored several key IoT-enabling international standards for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and United Nations’ ITU-T. These open standards have been widely used around the world to build scalable and secure IoT and smart city solutions.

In 2013, Steve was chosen as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine. He has been an invited speaker in more than 20 countries and held the AITF-Microsoft Industry Research Chair on the Open Sensor Web from 2011 to 2014. He currently holds the Rogers IoT Research Chair from 2020 to 2025.