Rana el Kaliouby – Keynote Speaker

CEO of Affectiva and pioneer in Emotion AI

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Specialist Subjects

  • Emotion AI
  • Artificial Intelligence & Emotion
  • Invention & Innovation


  • English


Rana el Kaliouby, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the pioneer in Emotion AI, the next frontier of Artificial Intelligence. She leads the company’s award winning, emotion recognition technology, that is 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.

Prior to founding Affectiva, as a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, Rana 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, Rana el Kaliouby was recognized by TechCrunch as a women founder who crushed it in 2016, Entrepreneur Magazine named her as one of the “7 Most Powerful Women To Watch In 2014”. She got inducted into the “Women in Engineering” Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the 2012 Technology Review’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” Award, listed on Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and recipient of Smithsonian magazine’s 2015 American Ingenuity Award for Technology.

Rana el Kaliouby holds a BSc and MSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a PhD from the computer laboratory, University of Cambridge.

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