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Rana el Kaliouby

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
10:45am EDT

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"Humanizing Technology With AI"

A computer scientist, technologist, entrepreneur and business leader, Rana el Kaliouby is on a mission to humanize technology with artificial intelligence that understands not just our commands but our facial expressions, body language and emotional states. She envisions and works to create a world where devices and technologies that once separated us will bring us together — work she will discuss as part of Chautauqua’s week on “The Ethics of Tech.”

Co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, el Kaliouby invented the company’s award-winning emotion recognition technology. Using large, diverse datasets to detect complex and nuanced emotions and cognitive states, the Emotion AI platform combines facial expression and tone of voice to infer how a person is feeling. Now, el Kaliouby is pioneering Human Perception AI: software that analyzes face and voice to detect nuanced human emotions, complex cognitive states, activities and objects people use. Affectiva’s technology is used by leading companies in the automotive industry, as well as in business, healthcare, education, social robotics, conversational interfaces and more.

The co-author of , el Kaliouby has been named numerous lists recognizing her work, including WIRED’s 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business. Recently inducted into the Women in Engineering Hall of Fame, she is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Young Presidents’ Organization member.

Prior to founding Affectiva, el Kaliouby was a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. She received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a Ph.D. from the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

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