About me

Toby Jia-Jun Li is a final year Ph.D. candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Brad A. Myers. He also works closely with Tom M. Mitchell. Toby works at the intersection of HCI, AI, and end-user software engineering, where he uses human-centered methods to design, build, and study interactive systems to empower end-users and novice programmers to create, configure, and extend AI-powered computing systems.

Toby’s thesis focuses on a multi-modal approach that combines conversational natural language instructions and programming by demonstration techniques to enable intelligent agents to interactively learn new tasks and concepts from end users.

Toby has authored more than 15 publications in premier academic venues across HCI, NLP, and systems (e.g., CHI, UIST, CSCW, ACL, MobiSys, VL/HCC), including a best paper at UIST ‘20, a best paper at IS-EUD ‘17, and a best paper honorable mention paper at CHI ‘17. Toby’s work is supported by a Yahoo! Fellowship through the InMind project, by J.P. Morgan, and by NSF.

I'm on the job market this year, open to both academic and industry positions! Here are my curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and diversity statement.

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Travel

  • 2020-10-17 – 2020-10-23
    Minneapolis, MN for CSCW 2020 and UIST 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 2020-07-05 – 2020-07-10
    Seattle, WA for ACL 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 2020-04-25 – 2020-04-30
    Honolulu, HI for CHI 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 2020-02-06 – 2020-02-09
    New York, NY for AAAI 2020
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  • 2019-10-20 – 2019-10-23
    New Orleans, LA for UIST 2019
  • 2019-05-23 – 2019-05-24
    New York, NY for giving a talk at J.P. Morgan
  • 2019-05-04 – 2019-05-09
    Glasgow, Scotland for CHI 2019
  • 2019-03-17 – 2019-03-20
    Los Angeles, CA for IUI 2019
  • 2018-10-01 – 2018-10-04
    Lisbon, Portugal for VL/HCC 2018
  • 2018-06-24 – 2018-06-28
    Pajaro Dunes, Watsonville, CA for HCIC 2018
  • 2018-06-10 – 2018-06-15
    Munich, Germany for MobiSys 2018
  • 2018-05-29 – 2018-05-31
    Sunnyvale, CA for giving a talk at Oath
  • 2018-04-21 – 2018-04-26
    Montreal, QC for CHI 2018
  • 2018-01-08 – 2018-01-15
    Ithaca, NY
  • 2017-10-11 – 2017-10-14
    Raleigh, NC for VL/HCC 2017
  • 2017-06-13 – 2017-06-15
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands for IS-EUD 2017
  • 2017-05-22 – 2017-08-18
    Redmond, WA – Intern at Microsoft Research
  • 2017-05-06 – 2017-05-12
    Denver, CO for CHI 2017
  • 2016-12-30 – 2017-01-01
    Ottawa, ON
  • 2016-12-28 – 2016-12-30
    Toronto, ON
  • 2016-05-07 – 2016-05-12
    San Jose, CA for CHI 2016
  • 2014-11-04 – 2014-11-07
    Dallas, TX for SIGSPATIAL 2014


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