Affectiva provides emotion measurement technologies used to understand how people feel in order to improve products and experiences for Fortune 500 companies, corporations, agencies, and universities. The company offers Q, a wearable biosensor that tracks excitement, engagement, stress, and anxiety; Affdex, a facial expression recognition technology; and Affdex Discovery, an automated facial coding solution for qualitative research. Affectiva was founded in 2009 and is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Waltham, US
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61 (est)
Affectiva was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Waltham, US
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Key People/Management at Affectiva

David Berman

David Berman

Paula David

Paula David

Director of HR and Operations
Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby

Chief Science Officer & Co Founder

Affectiva Office Locations

Affectiva has an office in Waltham
Waltham, US (HQ)
411 Waverley Oaks Road
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Affectiva Financials and Metrics

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Total Funding

$35.9 m

Latest funding size

$14 m

Time since last funding

2 years ago


Affectiva's latest funding round in May 2016 was reported to be $14 m. In total, Affectiva has raised $35.9 m
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Affectiva News and Updates

Affectiva’s Automotive AI could keep distracted and drowsy drivers from causing accidents

Affectiva this week announced its Automotive AI platform for monitoring humans. If the idea of a robot watching you while you drive bothers you, consider that most accidents are caused by distracted drivers. An AI that knows whether you’re paying attention or not could potentially save as many lives…

Affectiva launches emotion tracking AI for drivers in autonomous vehicles

Affectiva today announced the launch of its Automotive AI service that lets creators of autonomous vehicles and other transportation systems track users’ emotional response. The Automotive offering is Affectiva’s third service for tracking the emotional response of product users. It’s part of a long…

The Right Way to Take Breaks, According to Science (and an 8-Year-Old Kid)

My son--and best-selling author Daniel Pink--are on to something: for optimal productivity, you need to work on your timing.

Affectiva CEO: AI needs emotional intelligence to facilitate human-robot interaction

Affectiva, one in a series of companies to come out of MIT’s Media Lab whose work revolves around affective computing, used to be best known for sensing emotion in videos. It recently expanded into emotion detection in audio with the Speech API for companies making robots and AI assistants. Affectiv…

A bot might not take your job, but it could be your new coworker

GUEST: Recent commentary from Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and other influencers in the tech space has reignited the age-old conversation around how artificial intelligence will affect humanity. I say “age-old” because the idea of automation and advancements in technology disrupting the labor market …
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