Xiaodong Li

Xiaodong Li 

2015 - Now: Assistant professor in the statistics department of UC Davis

2013 - 2015: Postdoc in the statisitics department, Wharton school, University of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Tony Cai.

2013: Ph.D of Mathematics, Stanford University, advised by Prof. Emmanuel Candes.

2008: Bachelor of Science with major in Mathematics, Peking University.

My CV and google citation page.

I am currently interested in theory and methodology in modern data science, particularly under low-assumption or model-free settings. My current research areas include statistical network analysis, machine learning theory, multivariate analysis, and mathematical/statistical signal processing.


  • Ji Chen (Math/Davis)
  • Xingmei Lou (Stats/Davis)
  • Yucheng Liu (Stats/Davis)
  • Albie Sheng (Math/Davis)


  • NSF CAREER Award 2019
  • 2019 Information Theory Paper Award for the paper "Phase Retrieval via Wirtinger Flow: Theory and Algorithms"


4232 Math Sciences Bldg, 399 Crocker Lane, Davis, CA, 95616

Phone: 650-223-1084

Email: xdgli AT ucdavis DOT edu