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M. Ehsan Hoque

M. Ehsan Hoque

  • Asaro-Biggar ('92) Family Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Interim Director, Goergen Institute for Data Science

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013

3013 Wegmans Hall
(585) 275-1351



M. Ehsan Hoque is an Asaro-Biggar ('92) Family Assistant Professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, where he directs the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) Lab. He is currently the interim director for the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

His research focuses on:

  • Designing and implementing new algorithms to sense subtle human nonverbal behaviour
  • Enabling new behaviour sensing and modelling 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.


Human-Computer Interaction

Interactive Machine Learning