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Last updated: 04/2022
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Li Ding | 丁立

I'm a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UMass Amherst CICS, advised by Prof. Lee Spector. My research interests are evolutionary algorithms, deep learning, computer vision, and quantum computing.

Previously, I was a Research Engineer at MIT, working on autonomous vehicles and human-centered AI with Dr. Lex Fridman and Dr. Bryan Reimer. I was also an ASP graduate student at MIT EECS, and TAed a few courses (including 6.S094). Prior to that, I was a Research Associate at the University of Rochester, working on video action recognition with Prof. Chenliang Xu.


  • 04/2022 - I will be attending and volunteering at ICLR '22 (virtual).
  • 03/2022 - Our paper on accelerating lexicase selection got accepted to GECCO '22 as a poster.
  • 03/2022 - Presented our work on evolutionary deep learning at UMass CICS (Autonomous Learning Lab).
  • 02/2022 - I will be interning at Meta Reality Labs (Burlingame, CA) in summer '22.
  • 01/2022 - Our paper on evolutionary deep learning got accepted at ICLR '22.
  • 07/2021 - Our paper on spatiotemporal driving scene segmentation got published in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles.
  • 04/2021 - Our paper on adaptive neuroevolution got accepted at GECCO '21 Workshop on NeuroEvolution at Work.
  • 04/2021 - Our paper on perceptual evaluation of driving scene segmentation got accepted at IV '21.
  • 10/2020 - Presented our work on driving scene perception at IV, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, and AutoSens.
  • 09/2020 - Started Ph.D. study at UMass Amherst CICS.
  • 10/2019 - Presented our work on driving scene perception at MIT CSAIL (Data Systems Group).
  • 09/2019 - Started graduate study (ASP) at MIT EECS.
  • 04/2019 - Our paper on human supervision of black box AI got accepted at CVPR '19 Workshop on Autonomous Driving.
  • 09/2018 - Our paper on human interaction with deep RL agents in VR got accepted at NeurIPS '18 Deep RL Workshop.
  • 04/2018 - Our paper on weakly-supervised action recognition got accepted at CVPR '18.
  • 09/2017 - Started Research Engineer (full-time) at MIT.