Born in Hannover, Germany and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Yining Karl Li is a computer graphics researcher and student. Currently, Karl is a Master of Science in Computer Graphics candidate at Cornell University's Program of Computer Graphics.

Previously, Karl did his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and was part of CG@Penn.

During the summer of 2013, Karl interned at Pixar Animation Studios as part of the Pixar Research Group.

During the summer of 2012, Karl interned at Dreamworks Animation SKG as a Global Department Technical Director.

During the summer of 2011, Karl interned at Pixar Animation Studios as a Pixar Undergraduate Program trainee.

At Penn, Karl served as a TA for CIS563: Physically Based Animation, CIS565: GPU Programming, and CIS277: Introduction to Computer Graphics.