Li was awarded his PhD in Communication Engineering by Newcastle University of United Kingdom in 2008. Previously, he was awarded a BSc in Applied Physics by Jinan University and MSc in Communication and Signal Processing (with distinction) by Newcastle University in 2003 and 2004, respectively. His PhD thesis title is 'Design of an efficient list decoding system for Reed-Solomon and algebraic-geometric codes'. He was a UK government Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) recipient for his PhD engagement. After his PhD, he worked as a Research Associate for an EPSRC project collaborated with Cambridge University.


After completing his post-doc engagement in Jan. 2010, he returned to China as a Lecturer with the School of Electronics and Information Technology (then School of Information Science and Technology, SIST), Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). From 2011 and 2016, he became an Associate Professor and a Professor of the University, respectively. From 2013, he became the Associate Head of Department of Electronic and Communication Engineering (ECE). From 2017 - 2020, he was the Deputy Dean of the School of Electronics and Communication Engineering. During 2011 - 2012, he was a visiting researcher with the Institute of Network Coding, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. From Jul. - Oct. 2015, he was visitor to the Institute of Communications Engineering, Ulm University, Germany. From Oct. 2015 - Jun. 2016, he was a visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, U.S. Now, he is the Chair of IEEE Information Theory Society Guangzhou Chapter and IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors Conference Committee. He is a member of IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors External Nominations Committee and CIE Information Theory Society. He is serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications. His research interests include information theory, error-correction codes and data communications. He likes reading and photography.

2020.4 - present     Professor, School of Electronics and Information Technology, SYSU

2017.8 - 2020.3     Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Electronics and Communication Engineering, SYSU

2016.7 - 2017.8     Professor, School of Electronics and Information Technology, SYSU

2013.7 - 2016.7     Associate Head, Department of ECE, SIST, SYSU

2011.8 - 2016.6     Associate Professor, School of Information Science and Technology, SYSU

2010.2 - 2011.7     Lecturer, School of Information Science and Technology, SYSU

2007.3 - 2010.1     Research Associate, School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Newcastle University

2004.10 - 2008.1   PhD in Communication Engineering, Newcastle University

2003.9 - 2004.8     MSc in Communication and Signal Processing (with Distinction), Newcastle University

1999.9 - 2003.6     BSc in Applied Physics, Jinan University

• The 2020 Chapter-of-the-Year Award by IEEE Information Theory Society, awarded to the IT Guangzhou Chapter (信息论广州分会荣获2020年IEEE信息论学会年度分会奖).

• The 2020 best PhD thesis award by CIE Information Theory Society, awarded to former PhD Dr. Jiongyue Xing (邢炯跃博士荣获2020年中国电子学会信息论分会最佳博士论文奖).

• The Chinese Information Theory Young Researcher award 2014 (信息论青年新星).

• The best presentation award of the 3rd international workshop on High Mobility Wireless Communications (HMWC) 2014.

• The best paper award of the 20th Chinese Symposium on Information Theory 2013 (中国电子学会第二十届信息论学术年会).

• The second prize teaching award of Sun Yat-sen University, 2012.

• The best paper award of the IEEE ICCT 2012

• Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS), awarded by UK government

• The best presentation award, 2006 Postgraduate Conference, Newcastle University

• The best poster award, 2005 Postgraduate Conference, Newcastle University

• University Scholarship for distinguished undergraduates, Jinan University

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