Hao joined Victoria University as a Lecturer in 1992 and is now Associate Professor in the College of Engineering & Science at Victoria University. She completed her PhD in the area of Computer Engineering at University of Wollongong and obtained her Bachelor of Engineering degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Her teaching philosophy follows the famous remark of Confucius:

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."

Her style and method of teaching emphasises hands-on experience and a practical approach to the discipline and its relevance to current industry trends. Hao received the Carrick Higher Education Teaching Award Issued by Minister for Education, Science and Training, Australian Government in 2007.

She has been actively engaged in R&D and external consultancy activities. She was the General Chair, Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA 2009). Her research interests include wireless and mobile communications, location-based applications, Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence, Internet technologies and smart living.

Recent publications

Cui X. and Shi H. (2012) Direction Oriented Pathfinding In Video Games, International journal of artificial intelligence and applications, Vol. 2, pp. 1-11.

Merli S. and Shi H. (2012) Development of searchbadger: a framework for evaluation of search results, International Journal of Computer Networks & Communications (IJCNC), Vol. 4 No. 6, pp. 91-98.

Shi H. (2012) Building a portable computer lab with bootable USB hard drives using virtualisation, International Journal of Computer Science & Information Technology, Vol. 4, No. 5, pp. 43-50.

Savic S. and Shi H. (2011) An intelligent object framework for smart living, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference On Ambient Systems, Networks And Technologies, pp. 386-393.

Zhang J., Shi H. and Zhang Y. (2009) Self-organizing map methodology and Google maps services for geographical epidemiology mapping, Proceedings of Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA2009), 01 – 03 December 2009, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 229-235.

Teaching responsibilities

Unit coordination

Postgraduate research students


5 Honours, 20 Masters and 3 PhD students

Current supervision

PhD students, 2 Honour students and 2 Final-year project teams

Teaching awards

  • Carrick Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Issued by Minister for Education, Science and Training, Australian Government, 2007
  • Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, 2007
  • Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2006

Research grants

  • Yanchun Zhang (CI), Hao Shi (CI) and Elizabeth Beal (PI),  Peer-to-Peer Collaborative Research Network for Sharing and Managing Digital Legal Information, ARC e-Research Grants, 2005-2006
  • Hao Shi, Industry & Universities Collaboration Pilot Program Grants, Department of Infrastructure, Victorian Government, 2005-2006
  • Hao Shi, ICT Industry Skills Scholarships Pilot Program Grants, Multimedia Victoria, Victorian Government, 2006-2007
  • Hao Shi and Yanchun Zhang, Development of Google Maps System Enhancement for Web EpiSystem, Department of Health & Human Services, Tasmania, Government, 2007-2008
  • Hao Shi, ICT Skills University Scholarship Program, Department of Business and Innovation, Victorian Government, 2009-2012

Professional memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Industry experience

  • Department of Business & Technology Services, Australian Unity Ltd
  • Research Centre, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Telstra Research Laboratories, Melbourne
  • Telstra Overseas Communications Section, Sydney
  • BHP Research Laboratories, Port Kembla, NSW

Appearances in the media

Areas of expertise

  • Computer/robotics vision
  • E-Health applications
  • Image processing and Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet and multimedia technologies
  • Location-based services
  • Peer to peer network
  • Wireless and mobile technologies

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 4060