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TEDxNewHaven - Javier Hernandez & Ehsan Hoque - Counting Smiles in the Wild

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Published on Aug 1, 2012

Javier grew up in the city of Barcelona (Spain) and moved to America in 2006 to pursue his professional and personal dreams. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab. Under the supervision of Prof. Rosalind W. Picard, his research focuses on the development of tools to automatically measure and analyze human emotions, levering techniques from Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Human-Computer Interaction and Psychophysiology. Before going to MIT, he studied Computer Systems Engineering and Information Technology (Ramon Llull University, Spain), and Artificial Intelligence (Carnegie Mellon University, USA).

Ehsan is a Ph.D. student in the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his research is mainly focused in Affective Computing. In particular, his research work involves understanding and developing computational models to recognize non-verbal cues in face-to-face interactions. This is especially relevant for people with social anxiety as they have difficulty in understanding and interpreting those cues in appropriate context.

Currently, Ehsan is focusing on developing game driven virtual environments where people with social anxiety (e.g., autism, Asperger syndrome) could practice social communication according to their own preference, pace and liking. Ehsan is also the co-inventor of the MIT Mood Meter.

In 2009, Ehsan was awarded the IEEE Gold Humanitarian Fellowship for his effort to improve peoples' quality of life with the aid of technology.

About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).

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