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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 game development and 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 an AI platform to democratize and enable developers to easily access AI technology. I also published a research paper DeepJ on polyphonic music composition with the UCSD GURU Lab.

I am also a hobbyist musician, having played violin at a young age and currently playing the guitar.


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

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