Xiaohua Tony Hu, Professor

Founding Co-Director: NSF Center for Visual and Decision Informatics

Founding Editor-in-Chief: Internat. Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics

College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA

Office: 3401 Market Street, Room 325, Phone: 215-895-0551, Email: xh29








My Books

Funded Projects


My Students 


  1. Awards

       2005 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award

       Best Student Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine

       Best Paper Award at the 2007 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

       Best Paper Award at the 2004 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

       2010 IEEE Granular Computing Outstanding Contribution Award

       2007 IEEE Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Outstanding Contribution Award

       2001 IEEE Data Mining Outstanding Service Award

  1. Publications (more than 270 peer-reviewed papers)

       77 Journal Papers, 160 Conference Papers, 20 Book Chapters (Citations:

       Co-editors of 20 books/conference proceedings

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  1. Funded Research Projects (more than US$8.0M since 2004)

       PI:NSF I/U CRC Phase I: Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI) ($300K(NSF), $1.20M(Industry Members), 02/15/2012-01/31/2017)

       PI:NSF GOALI: A Joint Model for Image Topic and Emotion Identification and Annotation (($54,888(NSF), 04/15/2015-03/31/2016, CVDI Supplement)

       PI:NSF CORBI: Modeling, Visualization, and Understanding of Large Data Sets ($49,999(NSF), $50K (IAB), 02/15/2014-01/31/2016, CVDI Supplement)

       PI: The Association between Non-convulsive Seizure Burden and Outcome Following Pediatric Cardias Arrest, $120K (CHOP, 09/1/2015-/09/14/2017)

       PI:NSF Large-Scale Predictive Modeling and Visualization based Gap Analysis ($99K, 07/01/2013-06/30/2015)

       PI:NSF CCF: Integrating and Mining Bio-Data from Multi Sources in Biological Networks ($353K, 10/01/2009-09/30/2014)

       PI:NSF CCF: EAGER:Graph-based Theoretical Models and Mining Algorithms for Bioinformatics Data Analysis ($150K, 09/01/2010-08/31/2012)

       PI:NSF IIP: Planning Grant: I/UCRC Center for Visual Decision Informatics ($10K, 09/01/2009/-08/31/2011)

       PI:NSF IIS CAREER: A Unified Architecture for Data Mining Large Biomedical Literature Databases ($415K, 03/15/2005-08/31/2010)

       PI:NSF CCF: High Performance Rough Sets Data Analysis in Data Mining ($102K, 08/01/2005-07/31/2008)

       PI:IMLS: Getting Value from Data: Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, (USA Institute of Museum & Library Services, $60K, 12/01/2011-11/30/2013)

       PI: A Novel Unified Framework for Big Data Social Media Analysis (Phase 1: $490K, TCL Research America, 1/1/2013-12/31/2015)

       Co-PI: Tobacco Policy and Control Initiative Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) (CDC, $57K, 10/1/2011-03/18/2012)

       Co-PI:NSF CCF: Travel Award for the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine ($16K, 08/01/2011-07/31/2012)

       Co-PI:NSF IIS: BIBM Conference: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research and Education in Bioinformatics and Biomedicine ($20K, 09/01/2009-/08/31/2010)

       Co-PI: Evaluation of Cancer Prevention and Control and other Chronic Disease Programs (CDC/PA Dept. of Health, $1.55M, 07/01/2011-06/30/2016)

       Co-PI: Penn State Cancer Education Analysis (CDC/PA Dept. of Health, $275K, 07/01/2010-06/30/2011)

       Co-PI: The Drexel University GAANN Fellowship Program: Educating Renaissance Engineers (US Dept. of Education, $700K, 9/1/2006 to 8/31/2009)

       Co-PI: Chinese Language Semantic Knowledge Acquisition and Semantic Computational Model Study (Natural Science Foundation of China, RMB 500K, 01/01/2010-12/31/2012)

       Co-PI: Penn State Cancer Education Network Evaluation (CDC/PA Dept. of Health, $900K, 04/25/2006-07/31/2010)

       Co-PI: Evaluation of Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (PA Dept. of Health/CDC, $151K, 07/2007-06/2008)

       Co-PI: Database Concurrent Control Mechanism Study based on Substitute/Replacement (Natural Science Foundation of China, RMB 200K, 06/2007-06/2009)

       Co-PI: Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (PA Dept. of Health, $1.5M, 08/01/2004-08/31/2007)

       Co-PI: Origin and Evolution of Genomic Instability in Breast Cancer (PA Dept. of Health, $100K, 05/01/2004-04/30/2005)

       Co-PI: Systems Biology Approach to Understanding Protein-Protein Interactions (PA Dept. of Health, $50K, 05/01/2004-04/30/2005)

  1. Recent Books








  1. Editorial Service, IEEE and Recent Conference Services

       Founding Co-Director of the NSF Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (NSF CVDI)

       Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics (SCI indexed, inaugural issue)

       IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Steering Committee Chair (2007-present)

       IEEE Computer Society Big Data Steering Committee Chair (2012-present)

       IEEE BigData2016, IEEE BIBM2016, IEEE BigData2017, IEEE BIBM2017

  1. Research Interests

       Big Data, Data/Text/Web Mining, Information Retrieval, Social Media Analysis

       Bioinformatics, HealthCare/Medical Informatics

       Rough Sets, Data Warehouse/OLAP

  1. My Current Ph.D. Students, CVDI Ph.D. Students (18 Ph.D. Students graduated from 2006-2016)

       CVDI PhD Student: Wanying Ding (Social Media Data Mining and Visualization, co-supervised with Dr. Chaomei Chen)

       CVDI PhD Student: Mengwen Liu (Information Retrieval, co-supervised with Dr. Yuan An)

       CVDI PhD Student: Ling Yuan (Text Mining, co-supervised with Dr. Yuan An)

       CVDI PhD Student: Yue Shang (Data Mining)

       Yizhou Zang (Recommendation System, co-supervised with Dr. Weimao Ke)

       Bo Song (Big Data Analysis, co-supervised with Dr. Weimao Ke)

       Zheng Chen (Data Mining)

       Alex Felmeister (Translational Biomedical Informatics)

       Yue Zhang (Text Mining, Big Data)


8.      My Visiting Professors/Scholars (the complete visiting Professors/Scholar list)

       Prof. Dongbo Zhou (Visiting Professor from Central China Normal University, Sept 2016-Sept 2017)

       Prof. Jianliang Gao, (Visiting Professor from Central South University, March 2015-March 2017