Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, a trailblazer in the fields of Emotion AI and affective computing, sees powerful possibilities in making technology emotionally aware. Redefining the way we relate to – and work with – machines and each other has profound implications for marketing media and advertising, automotive and the Internet of Things, and myriad other applications. But the real boon could be for personalized learning and healthcare.

“Emotion AI underscores that machines, like humans, need emotional intelligence to be most effective. This is especially true in a world where technology is becoming more and more conversational, perceptive and relational,” explains el Kaliouby, CEO and co-founder of MIT Media Lab spin-off Affectiva.

Her company’s technology, powered by computer vision, deep learning and the world’s largest emotion database, is currently used by more than a third of the Fortune Global 100 companies. To hear her describe it in her popular TED talk (with nearly 1.4 million online views), el Kaliouby believes emotion AI will change the world, improving communication and bettering lives. “Three to five years from now, our devices will be emotion-aware. You won’t remember what it was like when your technology didn’t recognize when you were sad or angry.”

Recently hailed by Forbes as an “incredible woman advancing AI,” el Kaliouby is a brilliant computer scientist and researcher, and an accomplished entrepreneur. She’s also a remarkably engaging speaker – emotive, warm, relatable, thought-provoking. Udacity captured el Kaliouby’s essence perfectly: “Her vision is both technically advanced and philosophically nuanced; her work is groundbreaking and her impact undeniable.”

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