NewsJune 16, 2016
ROCSpeak: Using machine learning analysis to help people improve communication skills
Researchers in our Rochester Human Computer Interaction Group, led by Professor M. Ehsan Hoque, have developed a tool called ROCSpeak to help people improve their communication skills. ROCSpeak uses cloud-based technology to allow users to upload a video of themselves speaking and generates semi-automated feedback to provide suggestions for improvement. ROCSpeak built on the RocHCI group's previous creation, My Automated Conversation coacH (MACH). For a detailed overview of how ROCSpeak works, read this research paper: ROC Speak: Semi-Automated Personalized Feedback on Nonverbal Behavior from Recorded Videos.
ROCSpeak was recently featured on UR Newscenter, and also on the Microsoft Research Blog, accompanied by a video (see below) with a discussion about the project's development, impact, and potential applications