Since 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he is currently a Professor. He holds the Nortel Networks Junior Chair in Network Architecture and Services from October 2003 to June 2005, and the Bell University Laboratories Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering since August 2005. His research interests include large-scale multimedia systems, cloud computing, peer-to-peer networks, applications of network coding, and wireless networks.
Dr. Li was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Award in the Field of Communications Systems in 2000. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Multimedia Communications Best Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society, and a recipient of the University of Toronto McLean Award. He is a member of ACM and a senior member of IEEE.