Meet the Innovators Under 35

Ehsan Hoque, University of Rochester

If you want to be the life of the party, practice by talking to a machine first.

Ehsan Hoque, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester

M. Ehsan Hoque is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, where he directs the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He is interested in developing computational approaches to generate new insights and theories about human behavior that are "written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all." Ehsan received his PhD 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 a conversational system. Ehsan's work has been recognized through the Best Paper award at the ACM Ubiquitous Computing conference (UbiComp 2013) and Best Paper nominations at the IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition conference (FG 2011) and ACM Intelligent Virtual Agents conference (IVA 2006).


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.