A Rumor of Empathy at Affectiva Software

A Rumor of Empathy

Apr 8 2015 • 55 mins

Join Lou Agosta for a conversation with Dan McDuff (http://alumni.media.mit.edu/~djmcduff), Principal Scientist at Affectiva (www.affectiva.com), a software company that is transforming our understanding of the expression of emotions in the human face. The human face is an emotional “hot spot”. New-born babies seem to gravitate spontaneously towards the face of the caretaker. The face forms a total configuration that manifests a person’s humanity in a way especially engaging to another person. We humans seem to be hard-wired to interact with faces as the location for emotional expression – and the lack of expression. Innovations in machine vision and pattern recognition are advancing the automated understanding of the expression of human emotions. Affectiva was founded in 2009 by Rana el Kaliouby and Rosalind W. Picard, scientists at the MIT Media Lab. Listeners will have an opportunity to phone in with questions for Dan and Lou about understanding the emotions.