Tian Hao is a computer scientist who is passionate about solving real-world challenges with disruptive and human-centered sensing technologies. 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 obsessed about bringing innovations to life through award-winning prototyping (MobiCom Best App Award in 2013 and 2014).
Tian joined IBM Research in June 2016. Working with a multidisciplinary team, he leads the technical design/development of sensor-enabled systems and analytics that promote and support healthy behavior change with precision — delivering the “right” intervention at the “right” moment to the “right” person. His current project aims to transform stress management with “smart and connected” technologies.
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.