Tian Hao  Tian Hao photo         

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Research Staff Member, Smart and Connected Health, Center for Computational Health
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


Professional Associations

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


Tian Hao is a computer scientist who develop new technologies for Smart and Connected Health. Working with a multidisciplinary team at IBM Research, he leads the technical development of Cognitive IoT Systems for Healthcare that harness innovative sensing technologies and advanced analytics to understand physical/mental health at a level of granularity that was not possible before. His current projects aim to solve challenges in managing stress and chronic disease.

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 was invited to serve in various scientific communities, including member of organizing committee (UbiComp’18), TPC member (CHASE’18), and National Science Foundation (NSF) review panel.

Tian holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, where he is 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.