My name is Md. Iftekhar Tanveer and I am a PhD student of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Rochester. I am interested in mathematical modeling of human behavior. In broader terms, my research falls under the categories of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Machine Learning and Computer Vision. I work with Dr. M. Ehsan Hoque in ROCHCI to push the boundaries of science and to touch the lives of people.

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My Research and …

I want to understand human through mathematical analysis of data or, in other words, “Mathematical Modeling of Human Behavior”. It may sound crazy to some people. Specifically considering the “Interpretivist” movements in the discipline of behavioral science, it may sound totally in opposite direction to the current flow. Despite that I am interested due to a huge number of potential applications for mathematical models.

My background reflects more on why I am interested in this domain. I am originally an Electrical Engineer. Interest towards signals and systems is in my blood. However, I’m working in Human Computer Interaction where people are fascinated by both human and technology. So I think it is natural to me to attempt explaining humans using signals and systems. It is a difficult task, but becomes comparatively easier when we try to explain the data that human leave behind. So I am interested to collect behavioral data about human and explain it as signals and systems.

Such a train of thought has huge practical importance. Explaining human behavior would enable us to measure human qualities. For example, what might be a measure of good public speaking behavior, or a good husband’s behavior, or a good teacher’s behavior? May be one day we’ll be able to measure those just by analyzing data. If we can measure human behavior we might be able to predict it too. Wouldn’t it be nice to automatically predict the impact of a presidential speech before actually delivering the speech? How about practicing and preparing for a job interview just with the help of a computer? We might be able to catch potential serial killers or greatest criminals from their behavioral data.

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