Brain behind TikTok’s AI engine quits to join the University of California as professor
- Li Lei, former director of ByteDance AI Lab tweeted on Sunday that he was “excited to join” the University of California Santa Barbara
- Li is one of many computer scientists to leave the private sector for academia.
Li Lei, the director of ByteDance AI Lab, tweeted on Sunday that he was “excited to join” the University of California Santa Barbara’s computer science department as an assistant professor. His LinkedIn profile still lists ByteDance as his current employer.
Li obtained his bachelor’s degree at China’s prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 with a doctoral degree in computer science. He then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley.
Neither ByteDance nor Li immediately responded to requests for comment.
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