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For Emotion AI Summit 2018 

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Building Deeper Connections with Emotion AI

Explore how Emotion AI can move us to deeper connections with technology, with businesses and with the people we care about. Join us at Affectiva’s Emotion AI Summit at MIT Media Lab on September 13th for a day of education, imagination, and prognostication.


The New World

We live in a world full of advanced technology with massive cognitive capabilities. But something is missing: the technology lacks social and emotional skills, making for superficial and ineffective connections. Emotion AI can change all of this, transforming the world as we know it.


Imagine the Possibilities

  • What if we could build deeper connections by making technology emotion aware?
  • What if our apps and devices could sense and adapt to our moods?
  • What if our digital communications were more personalized and meaningful?
  • What if businesses could build deeper connections with consumers through the measurement of emotional engagement? 

Emotion AI bridges this gap!


Affectiva has invited industry thought leaders to speak at the Emotion AI Summit. Several exciting speakers have already committed, and more to follow soon.

Hartwig Adam, PhD
Technical Lead Manager Mobile
Vision Mobile Intelligence, Google
Amy Blankson
Co-founder, Good Think Inc. & Author of "The Future of Happiness" 
Cynthia Breazeal, Sc.D
Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab Founder & Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.
Gordon J. Davidson
Dan Faulkner
Senior Vice President
Nuance Communication
Lex Fridman, PhD
Dave Gershgorn
AI Reporter
John C. Havens
Executive Director
The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative
Matthew Hutson
Author & Science Writer
Our Bots, Ourselves
The Atlantic
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
VP of Connected Health
Partners Healthcare
Rana el Kaliouby, PhD
Co-founder & CEO
Danny Lange, PhD
VP of AI and Machine Learning
Robbee Minicola
Global Lead
Wunderman AI Services
Natalie Monbiot
SVP Futures
Samsung Starcom
Yuval Mor
Beyond Verbal
Nicholas Negroponte
Founder MIT Media Lab & One Laptop Per Child Initiative
Graham Page
Executive Vice-President
Head of Global Research Solutions, Kantar Millward Brown
Jeremy Pincus, PhD
VP, Research and Strategy
Rosalind Picard, Sc.D
Head of Affective Computing Group
MIT Media Lab, Co-founder of Affectiva
Sanford Russell
Senior Director, Autonomous Driving Ecosystem, North America
Ned Sahin, PhD
Cognitive Neuroscientist & CEO
Mark Schnittman
Co-Founder & CTO
Owl Labs
Eric Schurenberg
President & Editor in Chief
Inc. Magazine
Dawei Shen, PhD
Co-founder & CTO
Erin Smith,
High School Student &
Parkinsons Researcher
Shawnee Mission West High School
Trond A. Undheim, PhD
Director, The MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) Program
Co-Founder, Yegii, Inc.
Steven Vannoy, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts
Chao Wang, PhD
Machine Learning
Amazon Alexa
Richard Yonck
Futurist & Author
Heart of the Machine


Why Attend? 

The Emotion AI Summit will host over 200 business and technology executives and media interested in the practical applications of Emotion AI and the impact it will have on the future of human to machine interaction.

  • Learn how businesses across industries are using Emotion AI, how they have implemented it and what results they are seeing.
  • Explore how Emotion AI can be used in your organization.
  • Participate in discussions and Q&A with industry thought leaders.
  • Try hands-on demos of interactive devices and systems using Emotion AI.
  • Network with thought leaders from a variety of industries.
  • Experience the vibe of the exclusive MIT Media Lab.
  • Imagine the future of human and machine interaction.




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Robot Petting Zoo 

The Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab is hosting a robot petting zoo in our exhibitor area. They will bring a number of robot demos that the attendees can interact with - here are just a few:

Poppy the Artist Robot

Poppy is a robot that can learn how to draw from you, recognize images, act happy or sad or start jumping like a dog. He can learn by demonstration and be program with a block- based interface. Example of programs and documentation available here.


Tega is a new platform for research in socially assistive robotics. The Tega design introduces new capabilities and a robust design, with the intention of a 3 month deployment for interaction with children. See a demo here

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The content and agenda of the event are currently being finalized and are subject to change


Master of Ceremonies

TrondCirc.png  Trond Undheim, PhD - Director, The MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) Program & Co-Founder, Yegii, Inc.



Registration and Breakfast



Opening Keynote

RanCirc.png  Rana el Kaliouby, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva



RosCirc.png  Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D, Director of Affective Computing Group at MIT Media Lab, Co-Founder Affectiva 

Affective Computing: Past + Future

150 years ago, forecasting the weather was a foreign notion. Today, the complex modelling you see on the weather channel not only analyzes that storm’s path, but predicts several options on when and where it will strike. Similar to predicting the weather, Emotion AI was once believed to be impossible. Twenty years after she published “Affective Computing” - the book that started this field of research and now commercial industry, Dr. Picard will discuss not only how it's been built - but how essential it is today. What is its most important driver? What is the biggest thing we're working on inventing next? Find out in the opening keynote from noted author and MIT Director, Rosalind Picard.



LanCirc.png Amy Blankson, Co-founder, Good Think Inc. & Author of "The Future of Happiness" 

Living Mindfully in the Digital Age: How to Shift from Zoning Out to Tuning In

The average mobile user checks their phones more than 150 times per day, and 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. Mindful attention is a scarce resource. As one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and technology, self-ascribed tech enthusiast Amy Blankson calls us to be more intentional about when, where, why and how we use technology so that we can begin to recapture our focus, deepen engagement, and find flow in our everyday activities and relationships.



Affectiva Announcement



Break for Coffee

Visit interactive exhibit area and our bookstore!


Building Deeper Business To Human Connections - Session Content 

The Emotion Economy: Re-Imaging Brands as Emotional Connections

We live in an Emotion Economy where businesses place a premium on emotionally engaged consumers. Emotions are memory markers that influence brand perception, loyalty and purchase decisions. Delivering positive emotions by surprising and delighting shoppers and users is a great way to differentiate from competition.  After all, at it's core a brand is an emotional connection.  In this segment we will explore how companies can build deeper connections with their customers - from interactive and adaptive gaming and advertising, to brick and mortar retail.



grahampage  Graham Page, Executive Vice-President, Head of Global Research Solutions at Kantar Millward Brown

Building the emotionally intelligent brand

The marketing industry talks the talk about emotion… but then pumps product messages at consumers, spending billions in trying to convince an indifferent audience of the value of minute functional advantages.  The strongest brands, and the best advertisers realize that an emotional connection is the ultimate USP, but creating that passion is hard, and hampered by processes which favor short term sales over longer term but more powerful ideas.  However, Emotion AI has transformed the way enlightened marketers develop brand communications, by putting a value on emotion, and giving clear guidance about how to tell emotionally powerful brand stories, which engage the audience and foster the connections that sustain brand revenues in the long term.



Panel: The Next Wave of Personalization with Consumer Insights & Analytics

Building deeper, emotional connections is essential to building relationships with consumers. How can businesses do this effectively with their target audiences - and at scale? What if brands were able to not only understand how consumers feel about their content, but develop dynamic brand experiences on emotional responses of customers? The future of customer experience, retail, advertising and branding is all on the table in this panel discussion on how Emotion AI can be used to facilitate this deeper connection to brand content.


GorCirc.png  Gordon Davidson, CEO, Cloverleaf

PincusCirc.png  Jeremy Pincus, PhD - VP, Research and Strategy, Isobar

RobCirc.png  Robbee Minicola, President, Wunderman Seattle, Head Wunderman AI Services

NatCirc.png  Natalie Monbiot, SVP Futures Samsung USA, Starcom



LanCirc.png Danny Lange, PhD - VP of AI and Machine Learning, Unity

The Emotional AI Loop in Next-Generation Digital Experiences

Deep Reinforcement Learning is ready to disrupt the digital experiences. Traditionally, user experience development is a complex and labor-intensive effort. Take for instance game which involves environments, storylines, and character behaviors that are carefully crafted, requiring graphics artists, storytellers, and software engineers to work in unison. In this process, Reinforcement Learning is becoming an increasingly powerful tool in its ability to dynamically adapt and optimize game behavior from the feedback loop. Typically, this loop is quantitatively driven by minutes of user activity and in-app purchases. But what if we did not stop there. Imagine what happens when we turn this loop into a flywell of increased emotional engagement, excitement, and joy - something we could call the Emotional AI Loop.


12:00pm: Lunch

Visit interactive exhibit area and our bookstore!


Building Deeper Human to Technology Connections - Session Content

We are surrounded by advanced technologies with massive cognitive capabilities. But something is missing: technology lacks social and emotional skills, making for superficial and ineffective connections. What if we could build deeper connections between humans and technology by making these systems emotion-aware? How would our experiences with these devices change if they knew how we were feeling?



Panel: Redefining the User Experience in Next Generation Vehicles

Advancements in autonomous driving and the success of new automakers are transforming how the automotive industry is building consumer experiences.  Next generation vehicles are turning the cameras inward to understand what happens in the cabin and to use that data as input to ADAS or infotainment systems. From monitoring driver state for improved road safety, to personalizing the transportation experiences, learn what OEMs and suppliers are working on, what challenges need to be overcome and what role Emotion AI will play in this.


LexCirc.png  Lex Fridman, PhD - Researcher, MIT
StanCirc.png  Sanford Russell, Senior Director, Autonomous Driving Ecosystem, North America, NVIDIA
DawCirc.png  Dawei Shen, PhD - Co-founder & CTO, Waylens 


GershgornCirc.png  Dave Gershgorn, AI Reporter at Quartz



ChoCirc.png  Chao Wang, PhD - Lead Scientist at Amazon Alexa

Conversational AI and the Evolution of Voice-First Technology

Being able to control computers, speakers and other devices by simply using your voice has the potential to fundamentally change the way people interact with computers. Unlike tapping and swiping on a screen, voice and conversational AI provides a more natural way to interact with technology. However, solving the complex computer science challenges to design for a voice-first world requires significant AI and machine learning innovation. From advancements in automatic speech recognition to natural language understanding and dialog management, conversational AI is quickly becoming a reality.

Come hear from Chao Wang on how Amazon is tackling these challenges and how conversational AI is advancing. 


Panel: Powering the Next Wave of Engagement with Conversational Interfaces

Human to computer interactions are undergoing a fundamental shift: technologies are becoming more conversational, relational and perceptual. hese systems, that are designed to engage with humans, need to have social and emotional skills to be effective - just like real humans.  What if social robots, chatbots, virtual assistants and even intelligent video were emotion aware?  What if these technologies could truly engage humans?

Join us in this fireside chat where MIT roboticist and entrepreneur Cynthia Breazeal and Daniel Faulkner, SVP and GM at Nuance Communications will discuss the rise of conversational interfaces, the challenges they face today in making these systems engage with humans, and how Emotion AI will help bring these systems alive.

CynCirc.png  Cynthia Breazeal, Sc.D - Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab Founder & Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.
DanCirc-1.png  Daniel Faulkner, SVP and General Manager, Nuance Communications
DanCirc-1.png  Mark Schnittman, Co-Founder & CTO, Owl Labs

CynCirc.png  Matthew Hutson, Author & Science Writer, "Our Bots, Ourselves" - The Atlantic



Break for Coffee

Visit interactive exhibit area and our bookstore!



Conceptually, we have never been more connected than in the digital age: but the quality of these connections is lacking in critical, nonverbal communications in the form of emotional intelligence (EQ) - or, how humans interact with each other. We live in a world full of advanced technology: global communication is a screen share or dial- in away, any where and at any moment. It seems as though these advanced capabilities should make our lives easier - but something's missing. The way we engage with this technology is changing: every interaction is becoming more conversational, perceptual and relational. Despite the fact humans are interacting with each other, something often gets lost in translation when we speak to each other digitally. How can we bring back the context, so our everyday exchanges do not get lost in translation?



Fair is not the Default

AI systems play an increasing role in people’s lives. How do we ensure that these systems - applications, services, models, etc. - are fair, inclusive and work well for everyone?

HartCirc.png  Hartwig Adam, PhD - Technical Lead Manager Mobile, Vision Mobile Intelligence, Google



Panel: The Future of AI: Ethics, Morality and the Workforce

Skynet-fearing, job-losing attendees unite: what’s really going to happen with this Emotion AI thing, anyway? We’ve assembled a panel of the best and brightest futurists, analysts and experts on topics ranging from future AI impact on jobs to the ethics of AI. What will the future hold? This panel is not to be missed!


yonck.png  Richard Yonck, Futurist & Author, "Heart of the Machine"

JOHN HAVENS  John C. Havens, Executive Director, The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative 

GrahamCirc.png  Rana el Kaliouby, PhD - Co-founder & CEO, Affectiva


EriCirc.png  Eric Schurenberg, Editor in Chief & President, Inc. Magazine



Lightning Talk:

ErinCirc.png  Erin Smith, High School Student at Shawnee Mission West High School and Parkinson's Researcher



Panel: Emotion AI in mental health, wellbeing and medical research

Emotions have a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing.  Today, not only in the doctor’s office but also in our daily lives, we can measure and analyze all aspects of our physical health.  However, we are not yet tracking and quantifying emotions to get a complete understanding of our overall wellbeing.  In this panel we will discuss how  facial expressions and vocal biomarkers can be indicators of mental health issues and disease. And, how Emotion AI is helping improve research, diagnosis and treatment in areas of autism support, suicide prevention, and early detection of diseases such as Parkinson's.


YuvCirc.png  Yuval Mor, CEO, Beyond Verbal Communication

NedCirc.png  Ned Sahin, PhD - Cognitive Neuroscientist & CEO, Brainpower

VanCirc.png  Steven Vannoy, PhD - Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston


JoeCirc.png  Dr. Joseph C. Kvedar, MD - Vice President of Connected Health, Partners Healthcare



NicCirc.png  Nicholas Negroponte

We are honored to present MIT Media Lab Founder and Chairman Emeritus,  Nicholas Negroponte.



Closing Remarks

Rana el Kaliouby



Happy Hour


The Venue

The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that encourages the unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. The MIT Media Lab is devoted to projects at the convergence of technology, multimedia, sciences, art and design.

In 2009, Dr. Rosalind Picard and Dr. Rana el Kaliouby co-founded Affectiva out of MIT Media Lab.

Affectiva is excited to host its first-ever Emotion AI Summit at the unique MIT Media Lab. We are confident that this intellectually stimulating environment and architecturally stunning space will inspire us all, as we come together to shape the future of AI.

Getting to MIT Media Lab: parking and public transport

MIT Media Lab - 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139

There are several public parking facilities near MIT Media Lab.  See a listing here.

MIT Media Lab is easily reached by subway - take the T Red Line to Kendall Square. 

About Affectiva

Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spin-off, is the pioneer in artificial emotional intelligence or Emotion AI.  As seen in Fortune, Fast Company, TechCrunch adn CNET, Emotion AI, is one of the hottest new areas in artificial intelligence.  It transforms how humans and machines interact and how humans communicate with each other in digital contexts. At Affectiva we are on a mission to bring emotional intelligence to the digital world with emotion recognition technology that senses and analyzes facial and vocal expressions of emotion. Our patented software uses computer vision, deep learning and the world’s largest emotion database of 5.5 million faces analyzed in 75 countries. Affectiva’s on device SDK and cloud-based API enable developers to add emotion-sensing and analytics to their own apps, games, devices and digital experiences. Affectiva is used by more than 1,400 brands and 1/3 of the Global Fortune 100 to gather insight and analytics in consumer emotional engagement.

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