Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
M. Ehsan Hoque is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Rochester, where he directs the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) Lab. His research focuses on, (1) Designing and implementing new algorithms to sense subtle human nonverbal behavior; (2) Enabling new behavior sensing and modeling for human-computer interaction; (3) 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 PhD in 2013 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with Rosalind Picard. 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.
Areas of Interest:
Human-Computer Interaction, Affective Computing, Interactive machine learning, Ubiquitous and mobile Computing and Assistive Technology.
Interactive Machine Learning