Tian Hao  Tian Hao photo         

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Research Staff Member, Cognitive IoT for Healthcare
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  ACM  |  ACM SIGMOBILE  |  American Medical Informatics Association  |  IEEE


Dr. Tian Hao is a computer scientist who is passionate about creating intelligent systems powered by innovative sensing, IoT and AI technologies, and applying them to solve real-world problems. Working with a multidisciplinary team at IBM Research, he leads Cognitive IoT projects that aim to understand physical/mental health, uncover clinically meaningful insights, and empower personalied health.

The results of his research have been published and presented in leading conferences in both Mobile Computing (MobiSys, SenSys, UbiComp) and Health Informatics (MedInfo, AMIA). He is also passionate about bringing innovations to life through award-winning prototyping (MobiCom Best App Award in 2013 and 2014). He has been invited to serve in various scientific communities, including member of organizing committee (UbiComp’18), TPC member (CHASE’18), and grand proposal review panel for National Science Foundation (NSF). He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT).

Tian holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, during which he was best-known for his early works on color barcode streaming technology (COBRA) that enables effortless and secure data exchange between smartphones and other screens, and the first sound-based smartphone system (iSleep) that offers contact-free sleep status and snoring tracking, which he later tailored and transferred to the industry through a startup company he co-founded. 

In his spare time, he enjoys watching a good MMA match, and is often seen punching bags at a UFC gym.