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Henry Mao

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


Henry Mao is a technology entrepreneur with expertise in game development and deep learning research.

In 2010, he founded Calclavia to develop computer games and mods, reaching over 1 million downloads from Minecraft mods and releasing two games (Relay, Stackable) on iOS and Android.

Henry’s interest in artificial intelligence led him to co-found a startup in 2016, Altum Inc., currently developing cryptocurrency trading systems using deep reinforcement learning techniques. He also published a research paper DeepJ on polyphonic music composition with the UCSD GURU Lab.

Henry is 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.