Zexiang Li was born in Hunan, China and received BS degree in electrical engineering and economics (with honours) from Carnegie-Mellon University, MA degree in mathematics and PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a research scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of MIT and as an assistant professor in the Robotics and Manufacturing Laboratory of New York University. Li is currently a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering sy yhr Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received the University Scholar Award from Carnegie-Mellon University, the E.I. Jury Award from UC Berkeley, the Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation, the ALCOA Fellowship from the ALCOA Foundation and the E. Anthony Fellowship from UC Berkeley. He is the director of the Automation Technology Center (ATC) at HKUST.