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Li is also the recipient of the CVPR 2019 Best Paper Hornorable Mention Award and a 2020 Adobe Research Fellowship Award (one of ten such awards worldwide). Li notes that his research interest range from 3D computer vision to inverse graphics to computational photography. Research on "Crowdsampling the Plenoptic Function" is accepted for presentation at ECCV 2020; for this project, Li collaborated with Abe Davis, Noah Snavely, and Wenqi Xian.