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 have general research interests in machine learning, statistics, optimization and signal processing. Particularly, I am interested in the connection between optimization/spectral methods, low-rank structures, and the underlying spectrum.

Theoretically speaking, instead of establishing consistency or convergence rates under idealized models or strong assumptions, I am currently interested in exploring low-assumption or assumptionless frameworks to understand the methods of study in terms of efficacy, efficiency, limitation, and adaptivity.

I have been actively working in the following topics:

  • Unsupervised learning
  • Multivariate statistical analysis
  • Convex and nonconvex optimization
  • Imaging and signal processing
  • Network analysis



4109 Math Sciences Bldg, 399 Crocker Lane, Davis, CA, 95616

Phone: 650-223-1084

Email: xdgli AT ucdavis DOT edu