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Henry Mao

Entrepreneur | AI Researcher
Ph.D. Student in Computer Science
B.S. in Computer Science
University of California, San Diego


I am a technology entrepreneur with expertise in deep learning research.

In 2010, I founded Calclavia to develop computer games and mods, reaching over 5 million downloads from Minecraft mods and releasing two games (Relay, Stackable) on iOS and Android.

I co-found a startup in 2016 called Altum Inc. with the mission to usher in a new era of decision making through artificial intelligence. We are currently developing Jenni, an AI content writer.

I am an active researcher in deep learning, music generation and natural language processing. I am also a hobbyist musician, having played violin at a young age and currently playing the guitar.


Huanru Henry Mao, Bodhisattwa Prasad Majumder, Julian McAuley, Garrison W. Cottrell (2019) Improving Neural Story Generation by Targeted Common Sense Grounding. In the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing.

Chris Donahue, Henry Mao, Ethan Yiting, Garrison W Cottrell, Julian McAuley (2019) LakhNES: Improving multi-instrumental music generation with cross-domain pre-training. In the 19th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference.

Chris Donahue, Henry Mao, Julian McAuley (2018) The NES Music Database: A symbolic music dataset with expressive performance attributes. In Proceedings of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR-19).

Huanru Henry Mao, Taylor Shin, and Garrison W. Cottrell (2018) DeepJ: Style-Specific Music Generation. In the 12th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing.