Chao Huang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Statistics - College of Arts and Sciences - Florida State University

Assistant Professor (courtesy)

Department of Biomedical Sciences - College of Medicine - Florida State University

Address: 407 Statistics Building, 117 N. Woodward Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32304

Email: chaohuang AT stat DOT fsu DOT edu

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Research Interest

Chao's research interests mainly focus on statistical learning of large-scale biomedical data including clinical, imaging, and genomic data. The goal of his research is to develop novel statistical methods and machine learning (deep learning) algorithms for analyzing data with complex structures, including high dimensional data, functional data, manifold data and data with heterogeneity. These statistical methods and computational tools can help us understand the disease progression and improve clinical trials for the treatment and early prevention. Some projects that he is currently working on are: big data integration, manifold data analysis, functional data analysis, imaging heterogeneity, imaging genetics , and deep learning. Chao is also interested in some public datasets including Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative [ADNI], The Osteoarthritis Initiative [OAI], UK Biobank [UKB], Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development [ABCD], and Human Connectome Project [HCP].


  • 2021-02: Chao’s first author paper "Geo-FARM: Geodesic Factor Regression Model for Misaligned Pre-shape Responses in Statistical Shape Analysis" was accepted as oral presentation by 2021 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) [17% acceptance rate].

  • 2020-09: Chao’s coauthored paper "(TS)2WM: Tumor Segmentation and Tract Statistics for Assessing White Matter Integrity with Applications to Glioblastoma Patients" was published in NeuroImage.

  • 2020-07: Chao received the FSU Collaborative Collision Seed Fund "Embedding-based Knowledge Graphs for Critical Biomedical Applications": Role: Co-PI

  • 2020-04: Chao was granted the courtesy assistant professor appointment with Department of Biomedical Sciences at FSU College of Medicine

  • 2020-03: Chao received the FSU First Year Assistant Professor Award "Shape Regression and Its Applications in Heterogeneous Medical Image Data": Role: PI

  • 2020-02: Chao was funded by a 3-year award from NSF: DMS-1953087 "CDS&E: Geometrical Regression Models Involving Complex Shape Variables": Role: Co-PI (50%)


Chao is looking for one or two highly motivated graduate students for Research Assistant positions. Please contact him through Email. You can also visit his office by appointment.