EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Ph.D., Michigan State University
Computer Science
2010-2015

Research Assistant, Michigan State University
2010-2015

B.E., Nankai University
Software Engineering
2006-2010



HONORS & AWARDS

MobiCom 2014 Best Mobile App Award (3rd place for iBreath)
The 20th ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom)
September, 2014, Maui, Hawaii

MobiCom 2014 Startup Pitch Finalist
The 20th ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom)
September, 2014, Maui, Hawaii

MobiCom 2013 Best Mobile App Award (3rd place for iSleep)
The 19th ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom)
September, 2013, Miami, Florida

Dissertation Fellowship
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
2014

Worldwide Top 150 in Embedded Design Group (Wearable Nurse)
Microsoft "Imagine Cup" Competition
2009

First-class Award Winner of Tianjin City (Wearable Nurse)
the 10th "Challenge Cup" National Science and Technology Competition
Featured on Tianjin News
2009



PROJECTS

FrutiPet: Unobtrusive sensing and feedback for family wellness (ongoing)
FrutiPet is an interdisciplinary research project that is driven by collaboration across the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Our goal is to develop a highly visual and interactive awareness and feedback system for improving family routines to help with child obesity.
The system builds on various social psychology and communication theories combined with unobtrusive sensing and ambient displays to test how sharing family routines can motivate reduced child obesity. We are working closely with researchers in other departments to develop a smartphone-based family routine sensing system that automatically detects family routine events (e.g., dinner, TV viewing) in an unobtrusive manner.

iBreath: A Smartphone System for Breathing Pattern Monitoring During Running (2013-2014)
Breathing plays an important role in physical exercise. Research shows that respiratory capability is often an exercise limiting factor in normal sedentary people, and proper training can improve the performance of exercise.
iBreath is the first smartphone-based system for continuous breathing pattern monitoring during running. It is designed to be a convenient and unobtrusive exercise feedback system, and only utilizes commodity devices including smartphone and bluetooth headset. The highlight of the system design is leveraging a physiological model called Locomotor Respiratory Coupling (LRC) to correlate the sensing results, which significantly improves the system performance.




iSleep: Unobtrusive Sleep Quality Monitoring Using Smartphones (2012-2013)
iSleep a practical system to monitor an individual’s sleep quality using off-the-shelf smartphone. Compared with existing solutions, iSleep is very easy to use and unobtrusive. iSleep uses the built-in microphone of the smartphone to detect the events that are closely related to sleep quality, including body movement, cough and snore, and infers quantitative measures of sleep quality based on well-established scoring criteria (actigraphy and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index).


COBRA: Color Barcode Streaming for Smartphone Systems (2011-2012)
COBRA is a novel VLC communication system for off-the-shelf smartphones. By taking advantage of the directionality and short range of visible light, it empowers secure and point-and-shot data transmission between smartphones.
COBRA encodes information into specially designed 2D color barcodes that is optimized for streaming between small-size screen and low-speed camera of smartphones. It adapts the size and layout of code blocks in streamed barcodes to deal with the significant image blur in mobile environments, and adopts new image processing techniques to achieve real-time barcode stream decoding.
demo of COBRA

WizSync: Employing Wi-Fi Infrastructure for Clock Synchronization in Wireless Sensor Networks (2010-2011)
WizSync is a novel WSN time synchronization approach that enables 802.15.4 node to detect and synchronize to the periodic beacons broadcasted by Wi-Fi APs.

Wearable Nurse (2008-2009)
Wearable Nurse was a research project led by me, and generously funded by the Ministry of Education, China. By only using an accelerometer, it empowers the caregivers to remotely monitor the activities (e.g., sitting, standing, walking, and etc.) of users such as seniors or patients undergoing rehabilitation. Moreover, it is able to reliably detect fall accident, and send alert messages to caregivers and family members to make sure the user get help within the shortest time. It received both domestic and international awards, and was featured on local news.



PUBLICATIONS

RunBuddy: A Smartphone System for Running Rhythm Monitoring
Tian Hao, Guoliang Xing, Gang Zhou
The ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)
September, 2015, Osaka, Japan

iSleep: Unobtrusive Sleep Quality Monitoring Using Smartphones
Tian Hao, Guoliang Xing, Gang Zhou
Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys)
November, 2013, Rome, Italy (acceptance ratio: 21/123=17%)

COBRA: Color Barcode Streaming for Smartphone Systems
Tian Hao, Ruogu Zhou, Guoliang Xing
Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys)
June, 2012, Low Wood Bay, UK (acceptance ratio: 32/182=17.5%)

WizSync: Employing Wi-Fi Infrastructure for Clock Synchronization in Wireless Sensor Networks
Tian Hao, Ruogu Zhou, Guoliang Xing, Matt W. Mutka
32nd IEEE Real-time Systems Symposium (RTSS)
November, 2011, Vienna, Austria. (acceptance ratio: 21%)

WizSync: Employing Wi-Fi Infrastructure for Clock Synchronization in Wireless Sensor Networks
Tian Hao, Ruogu Zhou, Guoliang Xing, Matt W. Mutka, Jiming Chen
IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing (TMC)
2014



REVIEWING SERVICE

- IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC)
- IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IoT)
- ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks (TOSN)
- IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT)
- IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (TNET)
- IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC)
- IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine (WCM)
- ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)
- IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM)



HOBBIES

When I am not working, I recharge myself by playing tennis, boxing, hunting, scuba diving and skydiving.
When I am neither working nor being active, I enjoy watching movies, reading books and appreciating a good glass of whiskey.