Ehsan Hoque, the inventor of Mood Meter which can read the mood or smiles of human being, contributes in the field artificial intelligence

Machine can measure the smile. The man-made device can do everything. The device can even detect muscle movements, frowning or the tendency of slight lips press. If a person can smile in front of the device, it can predict the happiness of the person. This is something new and like fairytale in the field of technology considering current advancement of technology even in the developed country. But a Bangladeshi with his team mates made this possible through his historical invention.

Two youths have designed this device, ‘MIT Mood Meter’ in the media lab of MIT. One of them is a proud Bangladeshi, Mr. Ehsan Hoque (Bengali: এহসান হক).

The movement of Human face and voice analysis is of the main subject of their research to help identify the device of human emotions. However, Mr. Ehsan worked to make a first automatic robot in the laboratory of Walt Disney which could see, hear and make decisions by itself before doing this project.

MIT students, Mr. Ehsan Hoque and Mr. Xavier Hernandez began the work of the mood meter collectively. The project of Ehsan prepared a report on the level of happiness of the people of the area of MIT campus by analyzing the grimace of human face through 4 cameras placed in 4 important places of MIT Campus.

At the beginning of this study, the project faced different barriers. There was a need of sample of joy and despair. Most of the researches in the past were through the sample of acting. For example, Unsaturated people were asked to express their feeling in front of camera as if they were happy or they were disappointed.

But the data found through such acting was not found true. They needed real-time data. Computer algorithms can detect samples collected through acting. But in reality, the computer algorithm was failed totally to detect human emotions.
The computer algorithms required spontaneous expression. For this, they had to make a trap in which arrangements were made for the samples to make them laugh and disappointed.

Through this set-ups, they got the samples and they started analyze two types of samples laughter- One smile really a matter of genuine laughter, another smile even in the midst of despair. All the samples of smiling were recorded because there is less benefit in analyzing still pictures. They started analyzing the entire videos later.

A term of Computer Science is ‘machine learning. For this, there is a need of mathematical equations solving. There was no difference found between smiles of still photographs in the equations. However, the progress of two types of smiles had different developments. Spontaneous smile slowly grew and reached to intensified level, and the smile in the frustration created quickly and vanished away quite quickly.

With deep thoughts, they had created algorithm on machine learning. They have found that computer can identify two types of smiles 90% correctly. When they opened their device to public, they were surprised to see that their device can realize the smile of people more than the people do by themselves. The glorified part of this study that the device is able to understand the feelings of human being. This invention would add different dimensions in the field of artificial intelligence.

The inventor of such tehcnology, Mr. Ehsan Hoque completed his Secondary School (SSC) from Udayan School of Dhaka, Higher Secondary (HSC) from Dhaka College. He moved to United States of American for higher studies. He graduated in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Penn State University, PA, USA in 2004 and completed Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Memphis, TN, USA in 2007. He completed his PHD in Media Arts and Sciences (Media Lab) in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.in 2013.

He is now working in University of Rochester, NY as an Assistance Professor in Computer Science Department, Assistant Director for Research Outreach of Goergen Institute for Data Science. He is now researching on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for developing computational approaches to generate new insights and theories about human behavior that are “written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all.”

Learn more about Mood Meter: http://hoques.com/Publications/2012/12-siggraph_Mood%20Meter_Hoque_2012.pdf
Details of Mood Meter: http://affect.media.mit.edu/pdfs/12.Hoque-etal-Frustrated-Smiles-TAC.pdf

Award and Honors:
•National Awards:
•MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) Award 2016
•Google Faculty Award, 2016, 2014
•NSF CRII Award 2015
•Microsoft Azure Award 2014, 2016

Paper and Publication Awards:
•Nomination for the Most Influential Articles in IEEE transactions for Affective Computing Journal
•Best paper Award (Top 5 in 392 Submission), ACM Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing 2013
•Best paper nomination (Top 5 in 245 submissions), IEEE Automated Face and Gesture Recognition 2011
•Best paper Nomination (Top 5 in 125 submissions), Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA2006)

Thesis Awards:
•Nomination from the MIT Media Lab for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

Other Honors:
•University Research Awards (Previously known as Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award)-2015
•Excellence in reviewing Award at ICMI 2014
•IEEE Gold Humanitarian Fellowship for Innovative Use of Assitive Technology-2010
•Best Senior Design Award, Penn State University-2004

Contact:
710 Computer Studies Building, Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: 1-408-634-6783
mehoque AT {cs dot rochester dot edu}
Twitter: @ehsan_hoque
Website: http://hoques.com
Youtube: https://youtu.be/UeTgYxjT3Ns
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mehoque/sets/72157627577377388/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mehoque/
Photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mehoque/sets/72157627577377388/
Blog in Bengali: http://choturmatrik.com/blogs/এহসান-হক
Play: https://youtu.be/V6xDbpWSeUE
Play: https://youtu.be/EQCBfRsumB0

List of Publications: http://hoques.com/Publications.htm

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