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March 03, 2017

Q&A with Affectiva: Answers to Your Most Emotional Questions

Professor Rosalind Picard and I spun Affectiva out of MIT Media Lab in 2009 with the vision of bringing emotional intelligence to the digital world. Our interactions with technology are becoming more conversational and relational and we believe that the next frontier of AI is artificial...

January 10, 2017

Announcing Affectiva Partnership with IBM Watson AI XPRIZE®

By Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva

January 05, 2017

Driving Your Emotions: How Emotion AI Powers a Safer and More Personalized Car

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and CEO

December 29, 2016

Emotion Technology Year in Review: Affectiva in 2016

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and CEO

March 25, 2016

5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence Needs Emotion

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Science Officer

I just got back from SXSW where I was on a panel entitled “Can AI Systems Really ‘Think?’” along with John Markoff (of NYT), Adam Cheyer (founder of Siri, now Viv) and Oren Etzioni(at the Allen Institute for AI). The room...

January 29, 2016

3 New Emotion Tech Features That Will Boost Your Digital Experiences

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Science Officer; Gabi Zijderveld, VP Marketing and Product Strategy

We just released the latest version of our emotion-sensing software development kit: Affdex SDK version 3.0.

December 14, 2015

How to Emotion-Enable Your App

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Science Officer

Over the past year, we’ve observed a shift in the dialogue with respect to emotion technology from the Why to the How.

August 17, 2015

Pushing the Boundaries: 5 Reasons Why You Should Work at a Startup If You’re into Innovation and Research

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Science Officer

When I was a PhD student at Cambridge University, and then later a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab, I always thought that academia is strictly where innovation happens and where breakthroughs in science and technology...

July 24, 2015

The Mood-Aware Internet of Things

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Science Officer; Gabi Zijderveld, VP Marketing and Product Strategy

Picture this: you’re at home surrounded by your “super” smart devices – intelligent TV, connected sound system, smart LED lighting, smart watch, smartphone, and laptop.

June 26, 2015

Inside Out sparks a dialogue around emotions

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Science Officer

Just this week we had an Affectiva outing. A bunch of us, along with our kids, went to see the new Pixar movie #InsideOut. I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out ever since I first heard about it more than a year ago.

March 19, 2015

The Fine Line of Sentimental Advertising

By: Daniel McDuff, May Amr, Rana el Kaliouby

Have you ever felt emotional watching an ad? Has it been happening more recently? Do you think sentimental ads are better at making you feel connected to an experience or brand?

December 19, 2014

Why Monty waddled into first place

By: Rana el Kaliouby, co-Founder and Chief Science Officer; Amanda Kross, Manager Consumer Insights; Gabi Zijderveld, VP Product Strategy and Marketing

Christmas season in the UK starts with the arrival of the marquee retail ads. Every year the large retailers look to outdo each other with...

December 16, 2014

A year in review: Affectiva’s 2014 highlights

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer

Looking back, I can say that 2014 was an exciting year for Affectiva: we made substantial breakthroughs in our science, brought new products to market, expanded our partnerships and beefed up our marketing.

December 09, 2014

Joni Ernst Makes ‘Em Squeal

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer & Amanda Kross, Manager of Consumer Insights

Emotions run high during election seasons. Following a bruising primary season, candidates have little time to prove to potential voters that they best represent their views and aspirations...

November 06, 2014

How we built the world’s largest emotion data repository

By: Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer

Affectiva has recently reached a major milestone: to date, we have analyzed emotion responses from over 2 million facial videos gathered from people watching media in 75+ countries around the world.