Dr. G.P. Li is the director of the Irvine division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), located on the University of California, Irvine campus. He is also a UC Irvine professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and biomedical engineering with a joint appointment in chemical engineering and materials science. In addition, he directs the campus’s Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, which focuses on nano/micro engineering technologies.
His current research interests focus on developing Internet of Things technologies for efficient energy utilization, advanced manufacturing and e-health. Li has published more than 380 research papers involving microelectronic technologies, microwave and millimeter wave device and circuit design, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for communication and biomedical applications, machine learning for smart system, and bio-nano-IT technology.
Prior to UCI, Li served as a research staff member and manager of the technology group at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center where he worked in the area of VLSI technology and led a research and development team to transfer the technology into the marketplace. In the late 1980s, he chaired a committee charged with defining IBM’s semiconductor technology roadmap beyond the year 2000.
A member of numerous technical committees at professional conferences, Li was chair of the Taiwan VLSI Technology, Circuit, and System Conference in 2006. He also served as chair of the executive committee for electronics manufacturing research and new materials at the University of California (2004-2006). Li received an outstanding research contribution award from IBM (1987), two outstanding engineering professor awards from UCI (1997 and 2001), the UCI Innovators Award (2005), best paper award from the ITC International Telemetering Conference (2005), outstanding Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders and Role Models award by the Asian Business Association of Orange County (2009), and Outstanding Alumni Award by National Cheng Kung University Alumni Association, North America (NCKUAANA) (2017).
Under his leadership, Calit2 opened its eHealth Collaboratory in 2011. Located on the institute’s third floor, the Collaboratory advances all facets of eHealth, giving researchers a venue to display their breakthroughs and attract additional funding. The eHealth Collaboratory is a truly collaborative space where technologists team with healthcare providers, patients and their families to share ideas, learn from each other and develop working prototype solutions. All facets of eHealth including telemedicine, mobile operating systems, wireless solutions and micro- and nano-fluidic devices are developed with the ultimate goal being user empowerment.
Li holds 33 patents with an additional 15 patents pending and has started four companies based on his inventions. He was one of four engineering professors honored at the UC Irvine Innovations ceremony in recognition of their significant contributions to the university as inventors and creators. Currently, he directs TechPortal, a technology business incubator housed at the UCI division of Calit2, which supports and nurtures young companies and university researchers commercializing their technologies.
Li received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan, and his master’s and doctorate degrees also in electrical engineering, from UCLA.