September 26-27, 2016
New York, NY

Why AI needs emotion

Rana el Kaliouby (Affectiva)
10:15am–10:30am Tuesday, 09/27/2016
Location: River Pavilion B
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 7 ratings)

Highly connected, interactive artificial intelligence systems surround us daily, but as smart as these systems are, they lack the ability to truly empathize with us humans. Rana El Kaliouby explores why emotion AI is critical to accelerating adoption of AI systems, how emotion AI is being used today, and what the future will look like.

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Rana el Kaliouby


Rana el Kaliouby is cofounder and CEO of Affectiva—a pioneer in emotion AI, the next frontier of artificial intelligence—where she leads the company’s award-winning emotion recognition technology, built on a science platform that uses deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of nearly 4.9 million faces analyzed from 75 countries, amounting to more than 50 billion emotion data points. Previously, Rana was a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, where she 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 recognized by TechCrunch as a women founder who crushed it in 2016, by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the seven most powerful women to watch in 2014, and on Ad Age’s 40 under 40 list. Rana has also been inducted into the Women in Engineering Hall of Fame and is a recipient of Technology Review’s 2012 Top 35 Innovators Under 35 award and Smithsonian magazine’s 2015 American Ingenuity Award for Technology. Rana holds a BSc and MSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a PhD from the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.