Dr. Taniya Mishra is Director of AI Research and Lead Speech Scientist at Affectiva. She leads a team of AI researchers who train deep learning models to estimate emotional or cognitive states. Taniya finds building new systems that enhance people’s lives and gives them a positive experience of interacting with technology to be the most rewarding part of her work. Her work on machine learning, speech understanding and synthesis, and affective computing has resulted in dozens of technical articles and patents, and has been featured in press articles in MIT Technology Review, NBC Learn and The Atlantic.
Taniya is deeply passionate about increasing diversity in AI and has mentored individual students in ML and AI every year for the last ten years. She has also developed and led Affectiva’s very popular EMPath (Emotion Machine Pathway) internship program, where students anywhere from high school to graduate school learn valuable skills and work on real-world projects with one on one mentoring. Her advice to new entrants to the field of AI is to dream big, continuously upskill, and raise your hand!