Monday, January 26, 2015

January Science Cafe: "Conversing with computers to improve social skills" - Dr. M. Ehasn Hoque (UofR)

Conversing with computers to improve social skills

Dr. M. Ehsan Hoque
Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Director of the  the Human Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) Lab

University of Rochester
 From his website (see also http://www.cs.rochester.edu/hci/)

What inspires my work?
"Is it possible to interact with computers and robots the way we interact with each other?" -- my research efforts are driven by this question. In particular, I work on developing techniques to understand and recognize human nonverbal behaviors, and inventing new applications to improve people's quality of life.  

Why is it difficult and how do I solve it?
Nonverbal behavior understanding and recognition concern modeling of complex, multidimensional data with subtle, uncertain and overlapping labels. I tackle these problems in context of Human-Computer Interactions while combining techniques from machine learning, computer vision, insights from psychology, algorithms and a great deal of computation. I aspire to deploy my research into the real world to generate new data and new findings to address scientific challenges that we could not solve before.

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As always, we'll be in the community room at the Pittsford Plaza Barnes and Noble.  

Our February Cafe will be

February 24: Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti (RIT)
"Hunting the Darkest Galaxies"

and the series will continue on through May, with more talks being announced soon.

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