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Hoque an inaugural member of Future of Computing Academy

May 17, 2017
Ehsan Hoque

Ehsan Hoque

Ehsan Hoque, a computer scientist at the University of Rochester, has been inducted as an inaugural member of the Future of Computing Academy. The academy is an initiative of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society, to enable “the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators, and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general.”

The 46 inaugural inductees are an international group, originally from 19 different countries.

Hoque, an assistant professor of computer science and assistant director for research outreach at the Goergen Institute for Data Science, applies a computational lens to understand and model the ambiguity that language, facial expressions, gestures, and intonation introduce in human communication.

He has developed virtual assistants (MACH, LISSA) that allow individuals to practice speaking and social skills and receive feedback in a repeatable, objective, and respectful way. Other applications include virtual assistants that can help singers practice vowels and that provide live feedback to public speakers while they’re engaged with audiences.

As part of the Academy, Hoque will commit to raising awareness for accessibility and to promote the role of computing to solve important societal problems especially in the context of developing countries.

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