Lei Li

By Caroline Mecartea, Communications & Special Events 

Updated on 12/14/2021

The Computer Science Department would like to officially welcome Lei Li to UCSB! He will be an Assistant Professor in the CS Department. Before joining UCSB, Li worked as the director of ByteDance AI Lab, the company behind TikTok and other prominent Chinese apps that use an AI-powered recommendation algorithm to provide personalized user experiences. Li worked at ByteDance since 2016, helping to build “scalable algorithms that learn and mind knowledge from all kinds of data.”

Li obtained his bachelor’s degree at China’s prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 with a PhD in Computer Science. He then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. 

Information about his research and publications can be found on his website

Welcome Lei Li!