Hao Li

Expert in CGI, 3D digitization and animation, and motion-capture technology

Associate Professor of Computer Science


  • Computer graphics and computer vision
  • Virtual humans and 3D avatars
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Visual effects, computer animation, and video games
  • 3D digitization and performance capture
  • Real-time facial tracking and animation
  • AI, deep learning, and data-driven techniques
  • 3D scanning and geometry processing
  • Deep fakes and content creation

Additional Information

Hao Li is 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 CEO/Co-Founder of Pinscreen. Hao’s work in Computer Graphics and Computer Vision focuses on digitizing humans and capturing their performances for immersive communication and telepresence in virtual worlds.

His research involves the development of novel geometry processing, data-driven, and deep learning algorithms. He is known for his seminal work in non-rigid shape alignment, real-time facial performance capture, hair digitization, and dynamic full body capture. He was previously a visiting professor at Weta Digital, a research lead at Industrial Light & Magic / Lucasfilm, and a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia and Princeton Universities. His work on real-time facial animation has led to the Animoji feature on Apple’s iPhone X and he worked on reenacting the face of digital Paul Walker in the movie Furious 7.

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. He won 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). He is member of the Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum (WEF).


  • German
  • French
  • Chinese

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