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Rana El Kaliouby: Breaking Gender Norms and Barriers

The gender gap can be seen in any field of work, and programming is no different, El Kaliouby, however, is changing the game. She & Rosalind Picard co-founded Affectiva, which aims to humanize technology in order to understand facial reactions and expressions, creating the ultimate mind-reading machines.

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This new emotional AI technology can be used to understand, measure, & interpret the simplest human reactions to what they’re viewing, from videos, brands & campaigns. The technology has been greatly beneficial in autism & mental health research.

El Kaliouby earned her BSc and MSc from The American University in Cairo and received her PhD from Cambridge University. She has been listed in the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” in 2012, “7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014” by Entrepreneur, & the “40 Under 40” list by Ad Age.

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El Kaliouby is not only making women in tech proud, but Egyptian women are uplifted to see one of their own grow and develop in the field.
Who better to describe El Kaliouby and her work than El Kaliouby herself. You can check out her TEDx talk here