Rana el Kaliouby
Chief technology officer, Affectiva, Waltham
Still a researcher at MIT's Media Lab, el Kaliouby is helping Affectiva, which she co-founded, develop a cloth wristband with built-in biosensors. The intended users are people with autism, their parents, and the teachers and therapists who work with them. The wearable sensors connect wirelessly to a PC, and offer a glimpse of what's happening with the wearer's emotions. "We're very interested in helping individuals on the autism spectrum cope and learn about social interactions and regulating their emotions," el Kaliouby says.