Dr Hao Shi joined Victoria University as a Lecturer in 1992 and is now Associate Professor and Course Chair of the Bachelor of Information Technology 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 in Electronics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

She enjoys the opportunity to explore new and emerging research areas that emphasise real industry applications. Together with colleagues, she was awarded a competitive and prestigious ARC e-research grant for 'Peer-to-Peer Collaborative Research Network for Sharing and Managing Digital Legal Information'. As one of the Chief Investigators, she successfully completed the development of the P2P Research Network prototype to facilitate the legal users and applications.

Hao also successfully mapped geographical health data using Google Maps. The collaborative project with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Tasmania, was to present local government area (LGA) based mortality rates for circulatory diseases on Google Maps. The immediate objective was to investigate the potential of Google Maps and to provide an insight for future development for other health data such as mortality, hospitalisations and notifiable infectious diseases, which has wide implications in e-health research.

She introduced the concepts of ‘smart living’ to her postgraduate students as early as 2005. One area is focused on ‘smart remote control’, which allows a user anywhere in the world to remotely control electronic devices such as door, lighting, and TV. Another area is ‘automatic information exchange via wireless technology’. It aims to automatically update information from any wireless-enabled device to a network server. It is expected that the new concepts may find wide applications in the near future with increasing popularity of smartphones and artificial intelligence.

Hao has been actively engaged in research and development and external consultancy activities. She was the General Chair, Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA 2009). She is currently working on a pilot study on real-time monitoring of Metro tunnel performance using wireless sensors. Her research interests include:

  • Wireless and mobile communications
  • Location-based applications
  • Image processing and artificial intelligence
  • Internet technologies and smart living.

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


View Hao's publications in the VU Research Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

Hao believes that involvement in research is an integral part of the teaching process, particularly in a tertiary environment. 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.


Course coordination

Postgraduate research students


5 Honours, 20 Masters and 5 PhD students

Current supervision

2 PhD students

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