Rana el Kaliouby
Rana el Kaliouby

CEO, Affectiva

What if our high-tech devices could decipher and respond to our emotions?


AI/Machine Learning

Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the pioneer in Emotion AI, the next frontier of Artificial Intelligence.
She invented the company’s award-winning, emotion recognition technology that is built on a science platform using deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of nearly 4.5 million faces, analyzed from 75 countries, and amounting to more than 50 billion emotion data points.
Prior to founding Affectiva, as a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, Rana spearheaded the applications of emotion technology in a variety of fields, including mental health and autism research. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, CBS, TIME Magazine, Fortune and Reddit.
A TED speaker, she was recognised by Entrepreneur as one of the “7 Most Powerful Women to Watch In 2014” and listed on Ad Age’s “40 Under 40,” was inducted into the Women in Engineering Hall of Fame, and is a past recipient of Technology Review’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” Award and Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Award for Technology.


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