Joshua received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Department of Computer Science, where he worked on human-computer interaction, accessibility/disability research, visualization, and modeling. His research involves using cognitive science to create new search techniques and models that are tailored to the functioning of human memory, increase empathy for Aphasia by modeling/emulating the effects of the disorder, and using computer systems to teach speech skills to children with Autism. His work on emulating language, notably, passed a Turing Test. He also led the design of VCode and VData, two tools for video annotation that have been used in multiple countries to perform analysis in areas from HCI to social psychology to sports. Hailpern is the recipient of the 2009 Autism Speaks Dennis Weatherstone Fellowship.