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A Rumor of Empathy

A Rumor of Empathy

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April 08th 2015:A Rumor of Empathy at Affectiva Software

Join Lou Agosta for a conversation with Dan McDuff (, Principal Scientist at Affectiva (, 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 – a

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Dan McDuff

Daniel McDuff received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab while working in the Affective Computing group. McDuff received his bachelor's degree, with first-class honors, and master's degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the Media Lab, he worked for the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in the United Kingdom. He is interested in using computer vision, wearable sensors and machine learning to enable the automated recognition of affect. He is also interested in technologies and interfaces for remote measurement of physiology for which his work has received an award from Popular Science magazine as one of the top inventions in 2011. "My research
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