M. Ehsan Hoque is an assistant professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester, where he directs the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) Lab. He is also an associate director of research for the Goergen Institute for Data Science.
His research focuses on:
- Designing and implementing new algorithms to sense subtle human nonverbal behavior
- Enabling new behavior sensing and modeling for human-computer interaction
- Inventing new applications of emotion technology in high-impact social domains such as social skills training, public speaking, and assisting individuals who experience difficulties with social interactions
Ehsan received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His PhD thesis - "Computers to Help with Conversations: Affective Framework to Enhance Human Nonverbal Skills" - was the first of its kind to demonstrate that it is possible for people to learn and improve their social skills by interacting with an automated system; the thesis was showcased at the MIT Museum as one of the most unconventional inventions at MIT.
- MIT Top 35 Innovators under 35 (TR 35) 2016
- World Technology Award 2016
- Google Faculty Research Award, 2014, 2016
- Best Paper Award, ACM Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013)
- Best Paper Nominations at IEEE Automated Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2011) & Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2006)