Technical Vice President with JD.com and the Deputy Managing Director of JD AI Research, where he also serves as the Director of Computer Vision and Multimedia Lab. His lab is focusing on the research, development, and innovation of computer vision and multimedia, with a broad range of applications in retail, logistics, finance, cloud, and new media. He is also leading the effort on machine learning platform. Prior to joining JD.com in 2018, he was a Senior Research Manager with Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China, where he has shipped over 20 inventions and technologies to Microsoft products and services. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications (with 12 best paper awards) in journals and conferences, 10 book chapters, and edited six books. He holds over 50 US and international patents.

Tao was the recipient of a number of awards from prestigious multimedia journals and conferences, including the Best Paper Awards from IEEE Trans. on Multimedia (2019 and 2013), ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (2017), IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2014), ACM International Conference on Multimedia (2009 and 2007), etc. He is or has been a Senior Editor of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications, Pattern Recognition, etc. He is the Founding Chair of ACM Multimedia Asia Conference, General Co-chair of IEEE ICME 2019, the Program Co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2018, IEEE ICME 2015 and IEEE MMSP 2015.