Qi (Peter) Li received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston. He studied AI in the Department of Computer Science, Harvard University.

From 1995 to 2002, he worked at Bell Laboratories, AT&T and then Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, as a Member of Technical Staff in the Multimedia Communications Research Lab, where his research focused on speech and speaker recognition, biometric authentication, and front-end signal processing. His research in auditory features were implemented in Bell Labs speech and speaker recognizers and made a significant contribution to the Bell Labs speaker recognition and speech recognition system which won best performance in a speaker verification evaluation conducted by one of the largest banks in the U.S in 1997. The system also achieved the top performance in a public robust speech recognition evaluation in 2002.

In 2002, Dr. Li established Li Creative Technologies (LCT), Inc., a speech, language, audio, and biometric technology provider and R&D contractor, located in Florham Park, NJ. LCT licenses and sells technology, software, solutions, and products to the smartphone, laptop, smart speaker, voice interactive device, AI, communications, chip, entertainment, and transportation industries. Dr. Li and his team have been awarded R&D contracts by numerous companies and U.S. government agencies. He is currently leading a research lab conducting research in AI, deep neural networks, natural language processing, machine translation, auditory system modeling, acoustic signal processing, intelligent microphone arrays, speech and speaker recognition, noise reduction, echo cancellation, biometrics, and image processing for various new applications, new devices, and new commercial products. LCT’s domain specific machine translation system has shown much higher translation accuracy than commercial translators on the market. LCT’s intelligent microphones supports far-field voice interactive applications in noisy environments for smartphone, smart speaker, car, laptop, and conferencing applications. Dr. Li is also in charge of the company's efforts in marketing, strategy, and business development.

Dr. Li has been invited to serve as a judge for CES Innovation Award from 2015 to 2018. He is the author of the book Speaker Authentication, which was published by Springer in 2012. He currently holds more than 15 issued patents. He has also published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is an elected member of the Speech and Language Technical Committee of IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2011 to 2013, and an elected member of the Industry DSP Technology Standing Committee of the same society from 2016 to 2018. He was a Local Chair for the IEEE Workshop on Automatic Identification in 1999, a section chair of two ICASSP, and a committee member for several IEEE conferences and workshops. He was invited to give a 4-hour tutorial talk on his research of auditory transform and features for robust speech and speaker recognition, which is the most popular talk at ICASSP’2013. Dr. Li has been active as a reviewer for many journals, IEEE publications, and IEEE conferences.

Dr. Li has been listed in Who's Who in America (Millennium and 2001 Editions), Who's Who in Executives and Professionals (2004 Edition), and Madison Who’s Who (2005-2006 Editions). He received the Innovations Design and Engineering Award issued by the International CES in 2011, the Best Consumer Technology/Electronic Company Award issued by the New Jersey Technology Council in 2006, and the Small Business Success Award issued by the New Jersey Government in 2004.  He received several patent awards from Bell Labs, a best paper award from China Association of Automation, and an academic achievement award from Beijing City.  His publications can be downloaded from www.lilabs.com. His company’s technology, products, and demos are available at www.licreative.com.

Last Update: 2/1/2018