Hao Li

Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California (USC)

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Pinscreen, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC), and Director of the Vision and Graphics Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Work in computer graphics and computer vision focuses on digitizing humans and capturing their performances for immersive communication, telepresence in virtual worlds, and entertainment. Research involves the development of novel deep learning, data-driven, and geometry processing algorithms. Known for seminal work in avatar creation, facial animation, hair digitization, dynamic shape processing, as well as recent efforts in preventing the spread of malicious deep fakes. Formerly, Visiting Professor at Weta Digital, Research Lead at Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm, and Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia and Princeton universities. Named to top 35 innovator under 35 list by MIT Technology Review (2013); awarded the Google Faculty Award, an Okawa Foundation Research Grant, and the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair. Won the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award (2018); named to the DARPA ISAT Study Group (2019). PhD, ETH Zurich; MSc, University of Karlsruhe (TH).