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Toby Jia-Jun Li is an Assistant Professor (starting in Fall 2021) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Toby received a Ph.D. degree in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was advised by Brad A. Myers. Toby also worked closely with Tom M. Mitchell. Prior to Ph.D., Toby received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota where he worked with Brent Hecht as a member of GroupLens Research.

Toby works at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), End-User Software Engineering, Machine Learning (ML), and Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications, where he uses human-centered methods to design, build, and study interactive systems to empower individuals to create, configure, and extend AI-powered computing systems. His recent work seeks to address the societal challenges in the future of work through a bottom-up human-AI collaborative approach that helps individual workers automate and augment their tasks with AI systems.

Toby publishes at premier academic venues across HCI, NLP, and systems (e.g., CHI, UIST, CSCW, ACL, MobiSys, VL/HCC), including 4 award-winning papers: a best paper honorable mention paper at CHI ‘21, a best paper at UIST ‘20, a best paper at IS-EUD ‘17, and a best paper honorable mention paper at CHI ‘17. Toby has collaborated with Microsoft Research, IBM Research, Verizon, and J.P. Morgan. His work has been supported by Yahoo! through the InMind project, by J.P. Morgan, and by NSF.

📢 I am recruiting Ph.D. students, undergraduate researchers, and visiting researchers. See the Students page for details.

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Travel

  • 2021-05-08 – 2021-05-13
    Yokohama, Japan for CHI 2021 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 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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