Dr. Jun Li is an assistant professor at the School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. Before joining FIU, he received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, in 2017, and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the School of Computer Science, Fudan University, China, in 2009 and 2012. Merging the gap between theory and practice, his research studies both theoretical and practical challenges of deploying coding techniques in distributed machine learning and distributed storage systems.