Dr. Xiaohui Tao, PhD

Associate Professor (Computing)
Computing Discipline Team Leader
School of Mathematics, Physics, and Computing
University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Tel: +61 7 4631 1576
Email: xiaohui DOT tao AT usq DOT edu DOT au

Dr. Xiaohui Tao is an elected Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, an active researcher in AI, and Associate Professor (Computing) in School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing (SoMPC), University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. His research interests include data analytics, machine learning, knowledge engineering, information retrieval, and health informatics. During his research career, Tao gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with massive data sets and delivering solutions to complex research problems. He developed many innovative models, methods and systems, such as a multi-disease recommender system, a clinic decision support system for personalised and evidence-based medicine, a heterogeneous information graph model for health risk prediction, an algorithm to detect potential mental issues using sentiment analysis and natural language processing techniques, and an ontology learning and mining model for personalised information gathering, and made contributions to the areas such as Knowledge Engineering, Text Mining and Information Retrieval and Health informatics. The research outcomes have been published on many top-tier journals (e.g., TKDE, IPM, KBS, ESWA, and PRL) and conferences (e.g., IJCAI, ICDE, CIKM, PAKDD and WISE). A/Prof. Tao received ARC DP grant (Ref. DP220101360) in 2022-24, Australian Endeavour Research Fellow in 2015-16, and was awarded with "Research Performance Award" and "Discipline Research Performance Improvement Award" by SoMPC, USQ, Research Award by Department of Mathematics and Computing, USQ in 2012 and the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence by Faculty of Science and Technology at QUT in 2009.

A/Prof. Tao has been active in professional services. He has served PC Chair in WI '17, '18, WI-IAT '21 and BESC '18 and '21. He has been an editor or guest editor in many journals including INFFUS and WWWJ, and also been a regular reviewer in many top-ranking journals such as TKDE, TPDS, and KBS.

Dr. Tao has also been actively participating in tertiary education ever since 2005 and taught a variety of IT/IS subjects. Currently, he is the Discipline Team Leader of Computing in SoMPC and Lead of the Intelligent Data Engineering and Analytics Group in School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing, USQ and is the Principal Supervisor of a number of PhD and Research Master students.


Research and Supervision

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