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Rana El Kaliouby

2018 Radar Thinker 

Rana El Kaliouby

Computer scientist, technologist, entrepreneur and business leader, el Kaliouby believes that “humanizing technology gives us a golden opportunity to re-imagine how we connect with machines, and, therefore, how we connect with each other.” Co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the pioneer of Emotion AI, she invented the company’s award-winning emotion recognition technology. The Emotion AI platform combines facial expression and tone of voice to infer how a person is feeling, using deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of more than five million faces, analyzed from 75 countries.

Prior to founding Affectiva, el Kaliouby was a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab where she spearheaded applications for facial coding to benefit mental health, autism and other research areas. Born and raised in Cairo, she received degrees in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a Ph.D. from the computer laboratory, University of Cambridge.

More: affectiva.com; @affectiva; @kaliouby