Ehsan Hoque  

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Assistant Professor of  Computer Science University of Rochester




710 Computer Studies Building,
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: 1-408-634-6783
mehoque AT {cs dot rochester dot edu}
Twitter: @ehsan_hoque

Projects (active)

ROC Speak
My Automated Conversation coacH

Projects (archived)

MIT Mood Meter
Temporal Modeling of Smiles




My research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is on developing computational approaches to generate new insights and theories about human behavior that are "written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all." In addition to expanding our understanding of human behavior, I focus on developing new applications that allow us to be more human.

Ehsan received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013.

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 a conversational system; the thesis was showcased at the MIT Museum as one of the most unconventional inventions at MIT.


Ehsan's work has received Best Paper Award at ACM Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013), Best Paper Nominations at IEEE Automated Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2011), and ACM Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2006). He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.


Research Highlights:




  • (2016) I have opening for two  postdoc positions in the general area of affective computing, network science, and language.  Link to postdoc1, postdoc2
  • (2016) Our ROC Speak system (UbiComp 2015) has been highlighted by Microsoft as an innovative use of cloud computing.
  • (2016) I am serving as a Program Chair for IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis (ISBA)
  • (2016) I am an Area Chair for FG 2017 and a program committee member for UbiComp 2016
  • (2016) Google Faculty Research Award 2016 on modeling Computer Mediated Conversations.
  • (2015)  I am a Co-PI on NSF's inaugural Research Traineeship Award. Press release from NSF.
  • (2015) I am a PI for $2.5 M DARPA grant called Communicating w/ Computers (CwC). Press release from UofR
  • (2015) I am one of the NSF's inaugural CRII award winners. 
  • (2015) One of the most influential Articles for IEEE Transactions for Affective Computing 2015. Press release by MIT.
  • (2015) Provost's Multidisciplinary Award 2015 in collaboration with University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • (2014) Google Faculty Research Award 2014 on on data-driven adaptive learning, and innovative assessment methods. 
  • (2013) Best Paper Award at ACM Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) 2013. Press release by MIT.
  • (2011) Best Paper Nomination, IEEE Automated Face and Gesture (FG) Recognition 2011