Rana El Kaliouby

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Rana El-Kaliouby (born 1978) is an Egyptian-American computer scientist and entrepreneur. Her field is expression recognition research and technology development, which is a subset of facial recognition designed to identify the emotions expressed by the face. El-Kaliouby’s research moved beyond the field’s dependence on exaggerated or caricatured expressions modeled by laboratory actors, to focus on the subtle glances found in real situations.
El-Kaliouby is currently the CEO of Affectiva, leading the company’s Emotion Science team. Her team applies computer vision, machine learning and data science to leverage the company’s facial emotion repository, which it says is the world’s largest with 2 million faces, to understand people’s feelings and behaviors.


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