Ehsan  Hoque

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Wegmans Hall #3013
Google Voice: 1-408-mehoque
mehoque AT {cs dot rochester dot edu}
Twitter: @ehsan_hoque

Projects (active)

CoCo: Collaboration Coach
ROC Speak

Projects (archived)

MIT Mood Meter
Temporal Modeling of Smiles
Speech Therapy
Reykjavik Arts Festival






I am an assistant professor of Computer Science and the Asaro-Biggar ('92) Family fellow at the University of Rochester. Since 2018, I have been the interim Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science. I co-lead the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) Group. I received my PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013.

Research Statement: My interests span around developing computational tools to recognize the subtle nuances of human communication with a direct application of improving human ability.  

Current focus: The workforce of the future will have to be creative and innovative, rather than merely good at performing specific tasks. However, many individuals lack these skills, particularly if they suffer from cognitive disabilities or difficulties. Many argue that those skills are either innate or require extensive practice with human experts. We show that using technology we can improve the lives of disadvantaged, ill, disabled and other individuals who struggle with socio-emotional communication, such as those with autism, severe anxiety, neurodegenerative disease, and terminal illness. Other applications include public speaking, job interviews, music training, negotiations, collaborations, and deception.  Check out the projects page for more details.

My PhD thesis yielded the first scientific evidence that it is possible for humans to improve their socio-emotional skills through a virtual assistant. The project was highlighted by MIT Museum as one of the most unconventional inventions at MIT.


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