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.

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.