Hao Li

Hao Li

Director of Vision and Graphics Lab
Institute for Creative Technologies

Associate Professor
USC Viterbi School of Engineering Computer Science Department

Hao Li is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, the Director of the Vision and Graphics Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and the CEO/Co-Founder of Pinscreen, an LA-based startup that makes photorealistic avatars accessible to consumers. Hao's work in Computer Graphics and Computer Vision focuses on digitizing humans and capturing their performances for immersive communication, scalable 3D content creation, and telepresence in virtual worlds. His research involves the development of novel data-driven and deep learning algorithms for geometry processing. He is known for his seminal work in non-rigid shape alignment, real-time facial performance capture, hair digitization, and dynamic full body capture. His work on depth sensor-driven facial animation has also led to the Animoji feature on Apple’s iPhone X. He also worked at Weta Digital as a Visiting Professor on to the digital reenactment technology for Paul Walker in the movie Furious 7. He was previously a research lead at Industrial Light & Magic / Lucasfilm, and a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He was named top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2013 and was also awarded the Google Faculty Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant, as well as the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair. In 2016, he was ranked #1 on the Top 10 Leaderboard of Computer Graphics research for the past five years by Microsoft Academic. He won the USC Steven Commercialization Award in 2017 and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2018. Hao obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich and his MSc at the University of Karlsruhe (TH).