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: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 BigData 2015, IEEE BIBM 2015

  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 (16 Ph.D. Students graduated from 2006-2015)

         Luis Ahumada (Biomedical Database Systems)

         Xiaoli Song (Data Mining and Databases, co-supervised with Dr. Yuan An)

         NSF CVDI PhD Students: Wanying Ding, Mengwen Liu, Ling Yuan, Yue Shang, Yizhou Zang

         Bo Song (Bioinformatics)

         Zheng Chen (Data Mining)

         Alex Felmeister (Translational Biomedical Informatics)

         Yue Zhang (Text Mining, Big Data)


8.      My Visiting Professors/Scholars

         Prof. Jianliang Gao, (Visiting Professor, March 2015-March 2017)

         Prof. Xiwei Tang (Visiting Professor, Oct 2015-Oct 216)

         Dr. Yong Zhang (Visiting Professor, Oct 2014-Sept. 2015)

         Mr. Yetian Fan (Ph.D. Student from Dalian University of Science and Technology, Nov 2014-Nov. 2016)

         Ms. Wen Lou (Ph.D. Student from Wuhan University, Dec 2014-Dec 2015)

         Prof. Zhihao Yang (Visiting Professor, Dec 2013-Nov 2014)

         Prof. Yuanyuan Sun (Visiting Professor, Dec 2013-Nov 2014)

         Xuelian Pan (Ph.D. student from Nanjing University, Oct. 2013-Oct. 2015)

         WeiWei Xu (Ph.D. student from Wuhan University, Sept. 2012-Nov. 2014)

         Prof. Xianjun Shen (Visiting Professor, Jan 2013-Dec 2013)

         Prof. Guo-Zheng Li (Visiting Professor, May 2012-Sept. 2012)

         Prof. Yongli Wang (Visiting Professor, Oct 2011-Oct 2012)

         Yanpeng Li (Ph.D. student from Dalian University of Technology, Oct 2009-Oct 2010)

         Prof. Liu Wei (Visiting Professor, Aug 2010-Aug 2011)

         Prof. Zhixiong Wu (Visiting Professor, July-Oct 2010)

         Lihua Wei (Ph.D. student from Nanjing University of Science & Technology, May-Oct. 2009)

         Ming Xu (Ph.D. student Fudan University, Jan 2008-Dec 2009)

         Yayao Zuo (Ph.D. student from Zhongshan University, March 2008-Jan 2009)

         Prof. Wu Chen (Visiting Professor, March, 2006-Feb., 2007)

         Dr. JiangTao Ren (Visiting Professor, June, 2006-Nov., 2006)