ALICIA HERAZEng. PhD, 6th Kyu
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ABOUT

PERSONAL DETAILS
Montreal, QC H3T 1J4
alicia.heraz@free.fr
aliciaheraz
Hello. I am  an Entrepreneur an Inventor a Data Scientist a Software Engineer a Graphic Designer
passionate about emotions, generative art, data and architecture. Available to Learn

BIO

ALICIA HERAZ

Alicia received her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at El-Hadjar High School, a Master's degree in Computer Science Engineering at University of Annaba and a Doctor of Philosophy in Artificial Intelligence at University of Montreal. Her doctorate thesis was based on her work on emotionally intelligent tutoring systems, brain-computer interfaces, optimization of conditions of learning and neurofeedback strategies.

She is presently involved in building technologies that empower users with emotional awareness and emotional intelligence. She speaks Berber, French, Arabic and English (in a chronological order).

READINGS

QUOTES AND EXCERPTS

SPINOZA "By good I mean that which we certainly know to be useful to us. By evil I mean that which we certainly know to be a hindrance to us in the attainment of any good"- Ethics p.119

THIEL "Founders are important not because they are the only ones whose work has value, but rather because a great founder can bring out the best work from everybody at his company. That we need individual founders in all their peculiarity does not mean that we are called to worship Ayn Randian 'prime movers' who claim to be independent of everybody around them"- Zero to One p.189

IBN SINA "To acquire the first principles of a deductive science without inferring them from more basic premises one can use two methods: the ancient Aristotelian method of induction, and the method of examination and experimentation. The induction method does not lead to the absolute, universal, and certain premises that it purports to provide"- Book of Healing p.3

NAGEL "What is the faculty that enable us to escape from the world of appearance presented by our prereflective innate dispositions, into the world of objective reality? And what, besides consciousness, do we have to add to the biological story to make sense of such a faculty?"- Mind and Cosmos p.82

GATTO "School trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers. School trains children to obey reflexively; teach your own to think critically and independently. Well-schooled kids have a low threshold for boredom; help your own to develop an inner life so that they'll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology"- Weapons of Mass Instruction p.xxii

GRAEBER "In 1694, a consortium of English bankers made a loan of £1,200,000 to the king. In return they received a royal monopoly on the issuance of banknotes. What this meant in practice was they had the right to advance IOUs for a portion of the money the king now owed them to any inhabitant of the kingdom willing to borrow from them, or willing to deposit their own money in the bank—in effect, to circulate or "monetize" the newly created royal debt"- Debt: the First 5000 Years p.221

RIES "By asking and answering 'why' five times, we can get to the real cause of the problem, which is often hidden behind more obvious symptoms"- The Lean Startup p.231

CLYNES "We shall call a specific emotional state a sentic state. The word 'sentic' is derived from the Latin root sentire which also is the root of the words 'sentiment' and 'sensation'. We shall use the term specifically to denote the brain state and its corresponding experience generally associated with the word 'emotion'"- Sentics p.17

WIGGLESWORTH "Nine steps to shift: stop - breathe - ask for help - observe yourself - identify and embrace ego-concerns - look deeply for root causes of ego-concerns - reframe the situation and see with new eyes - focus on something to be grateful for - choose a spiritually intelligent response"- The 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence p.133

ROTHBARD "For a while, the economic and financial leaders of the United States thought that the Bretton Woods system would provide a veritable bonanza. The Fed could inflate with impunity, for it was confident that, in contrast with the classical gold standard, dollars piling up abroad would stay in foreign hands, to be used as reserves for inflationary pyramiding of currencies by foreign central banks"- The Mystery of Banking p.250

SHAKESPEARE "All that glitters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold. But my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold. Had you been as wise as bold, Young in limbs, in judgment old, Your answer had not been inscroll'd: Fare you well; your suit is cold"- The Merchant of Venice p.18

GUENON "In reality, there are not two spiritisms, there is only one. But it has two aspects, the one pseudo-religious and the other pseudo-scientific, and according to the temperament of those one is addressing, one can emphasize whichever is preferred. In Anglo-Saxon countries the pseudo-religious side seems more developed than anywhere else. In Latin countries it sometimes seems that the pseudo-scientific side enjoys better success"- The Spiritist Fallacy p.320

PRICE "Modern commerce has deliberately robbed some of nature's foods of much of their body-building material while retaining the hunger satisfying energy factors. In the production of refined white flour approximately 80% of the phosphorus and calcium content are usually removed, together with the vitamins and minerals provided in the embryo or germ. The evidence indicates that a very important factor in the lowering of reproductive efficiency of womanhood is directly related to the removal of vitamin E in the processing of wheat"- Nutrition and Physical Degeneration p.225

BOSTROM "To reduce the risks of the machine intelligence revolution, we will propose two objectives that appear to best meet all those desiderata: strategic analysis and capacity-building. We can be relatively confident about the sign of these parameters - more strategic insight and more capacity being better"- Superintelligence p.257

FRIED "Life on the other side of the traditional office paradigm is simply too good for too many people. Progress on fundamental freedoms, like where to work, is largely cumulative. There might be setbacks here and there from poorly designed programs or misguided attempts at nostalgia, but they'll be mere blips in the long run"- Remote p.241

POSTMAN "In America, everyone is entitled to an opinion, and it is certainly useful to have a few when a pollster shows up. But these are opinions of a quite different roder from eighteenth- or nineteenth-century opinions. It is probably more accurate to call them emotions rather than opinions, which would account for the fact that they change from week to week, as the pollsters tell us. What is happening here is that television is altering the meaning of 'being informed' by creating a species of information that might properly be called disinformation"- Amusing Ourselves to Death p.48

THE ONE "Read!"- The Quran ch.96

DARWIN "Movements or changes in any part of the body, as the wagging of a dog's tail, the drawing back of a horse's ears, the shrugging of a man's shoulders, or the dilatation of the capillary vessels of the skin, may all equally well serve for expression. The three Principles to account for most of the expressions are: the principle of serviceable associated Habits, the principle of Antithesis and the principle of actions due to the constitution of the Nervous System"- The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals p.20

VARGHESE "Absolute nothingness cannot produce something. By nothing I mean precisely that: no laws, no vacuums, no fields, no physical or mental entities of any kind. It is simply inconceivable that something could spontaneously pop into existence out of sheer nothingness"- The Wonder of the World p.224

GORDON "How do our tendons work? Why do we get 'lumbago'? How were pterodactyls able to weigh so little? Why do birds have feathers? How do our arteries work? What can we do for crippled children? Why are sailing ships rigged in the way they are? Why did the bow of Odysseus have to be so hard to string? Why did the ancients take the wheels off their chariots at night? How did a Greek catapult work? Why is a reed shaken by the wind and why is the Parthenon so beautiful? Can engineers learn from natural structures? What can doctors and biologists and artists and archaeologists learn from engineers?"- Structures: or Why Things don't fall down p.7

ILLICH "The study of the evolution of disease patterns provides evidence that during the last century doctors have affected epidemics no more profoundly than did priests during earlier times. Epidemics came and went, imprecated by both but touched by neither. They are not modified any more decisively by the rituals performed in medical clinics than by those customary at religious shrines"- Medical Nemesis p.5

HAWKINS "The straightest way to Enlightenment is by transcending the limitation of the ego/mind by dedication to verified truth itself"- Truth vs Falshood p.405

GUENON "The word 'horn' is linked with the root KRN, and the same applies to 'crown' which is another symbolic expression of the same ideas, for these two words (in Latin cornu and corona) are very close to one another. The crown is, needless to say, the emblem of power and the mark of an elevated rank; and an immediate correpondence with horns lies in the fact that both these and the crown are placed on the head, whence inescapably the idea of a 'summit'"- Fundamental Symbols p.133

BERGSON "An emotion is an affective stirring of the soul, but a surface agitation is one thing, an upheaval of the depths another. The effect is in the first case diffused, in the second it remains undivided. In the one it is an oscillation of the parts without any displacement of the whole; in the other the whole is driven forward"- The Two Sources of Morality and Religion p.97

ARRIEN "Show up and choose to be present. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning. Tell the truth without blame or judgment. Be Open to outcome, not attached to outcome"- the Four Fold-Way p.15,49,79,109

DAMASIO "Diseases of the brain are seen as tragedies visited on people who cannot be blamed for their condition, while diseases of the mind, especially those that affect conduct and emotion, are seen as social inconveniences for which sufferers have much to answer. Individuals are to be blamed for their character flaws, defective emotional modulation, and so on; lack of willpower is supposed to be the primary problem"- Descartes Error p.19

YUSUF "Whatever rank envy occupies in the hierarchy of diseases, most scholars will agree that it is the first manifestation of wrongdoing. To treat envy, one must consciously oppose one's caprice and then do something that will benefit the person who is envied"- Purification of the Heart p.26

PASQUALE "The same 'rich get richer' dynamics afflict finance, where the largest entities tend to attract more capital simply because they are viewed as 'too big to fail' and 'too big to jail'. Some reformers have fixated on 'breaking up big banks' to restore competition in finance, reasoning that smaller institutions would be less likely to be bailed out if they got into trouble. But do we really want to enable 'failure' in finance, and all the instability that that entails? Wouldn’t it be better to assure that a few fixed points in our constellation of finance firms are stable and serve the public too?"- The Black Box Society p.141

ADAMSON "Light and vision can be formalized as geometrical lines, an implication that al-Kindi and his sources embrace by claiming that vision occurs when 'rays' emitted from the eyes along straight lines strike a visual object. Likewise, objects are illuminated when a light source emits light rays that strike the objects' surfaces. Aspects of al-Kindi's account anticipate that of Ibn al-Haytham, who some decades later would be the first to explain vision accurately"- Al-Kindi p.163

DE GRAFF "34% of Americans polled in 2003 ranked shopping as their favourite activity, while only 17% preferred being in nature. The Las Vegas Strip is ranked the number-one 'scenic drive' in the country. One fourth grader, asked if he preferred to play indoors or outdoors, replies, 'Indoors, cause that's where the electrical outlets are.' Another child pokes a stick at a dead beetle, commenting to her friend that the insect's batteries must have run out"- Affluenza p.189

ABDELAZIZ "Prescribing drugs is an integral part of the practice of medicine, and drugs, sometimes, use poisons as a base. But in prescribing and ingesting a drug other parties may be involved: the patient, his relatives, friends, and other attendants. There are several facets to be explored here: a mere mistake in prescribing or, at the other end of the spectrum, is the criminal use of poisons"- The Fiqh of Medicine p.139

CONFICIUS "The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things. Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their states were rightly governed. Their states being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy"- The Book of Rites p.300

COLLINS "Level 5 leaders look out the window to apportion credit to factors outside themselves when things go well (and if they cannot find a specific person or event to give credit to, they credit good luck). At the same time, they look in the mirror to apportion responsibility, never blaming bad luck when things go poorly"- Good to Great p.35

INTERESTS

PASSIONS AND RESPONSABILITIES

1%
MOUNTAINS HIKING
1%
OUTDOOR BIKING
5%
MARTIAL ART
1%
VOLUNTEER COOKING
2%
LIFE COACHING
91%
EMOTION TECHNOLOGIES

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RESUME

  • PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC POSITIONS
  • NOW
    2015
    Montreal

    FOUNDER CEO, CTO AND CMO

    EMAWW

    Empowering users with emotional awareness and apps with insight. Using machine learning, smartphones, wearables, APIs, Generative art and multimedia content.
  • NOW
    2012
    Montreal

    FOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENTIST

    THE BRAIN MINING LAB

    Exploring hypothesis to build useful technologies for human
  • 2015
    2012
    NEW YORK

    CO-FOUNDER AND CTO

    SENSCKA

    Testing a dynamic model that detects and contextualizes emotions from passive recording of biometrics in the Autonomic Nervous System.
  • 2012
    2011
    Montreal

    POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

    UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

    Measurements from learners' electrical brain activity are combined with information about their emotional attributes. Electroencephalogram was used to measure brainwaves and self-reports to measure three emotional dimensions: pleasure, arousal, and dominance.
  • 2010
    2009
    Montreal

    HCI TEACHER

    UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

    Concept and interface languages. Programming by events. Model of the user. Design and programming of graphical interfaces. Impact on multi-media, collaboration and communication.
  • 2009
    2008
    Montreal

    E-COMMERCE TECHNOLOGIES INSTRUCTOR

    UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

    E-commerce technology models, Internet infrastructure, Web servers, market portals, search engines, secure transactions, programming and presentation tools, negotiation protocols, mobile agents.
  • 2004
    1994
    Annaba

    SOFTWARE DEVELOPPER

    ECOPSI SOLUTIONS

    ECOPSI Systems & Software Inc. provides management systems, software and electronic hardware engineering services to Algerian public and private companies of all sectors. ECOPSI is highly specialized in the design, verification and validation of employees and companies management systems with particular expertise in payroll, accounting and inventory
  • EDUCATION
  • 2010
    2005
    Montreal

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - PHD

    UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

    A five-year program for passionate researchers to directly influence the state of the art in advanced computer science and work with world-renowned experts in academia and industry on the important problems that will shape the future. The program is devoted to advancing knowledge in this field of AI, by conducting research and devising new solutions to important open problems.
  • 2004
    2000
    Annaba

    COMPUTER ENGINEERING

    UNIVERSITY OF BADJI MOKHTAR

    A five-year program catering to high-achieving students seeking to develop a comprehensive specialised knowledge in a field of mathematics, physics and computer sciences.
  • GRANTS AND AWARDS
  • NOW
    2016
    Washington DC

    FISHSTEP PROGRAM

    SELECTION FOR STARTUP INVENTION

    FISHstep is designed to enable startup companies to protect their intellectual property early in their formation – often before the first round of seed funding – without diverting cash from their core business.
  • 2010
    2005
    Montreal

    MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

    COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

    The objective is to support the internationalization of research activities in computer sciences at the University of Montreal, to attract the best foreign researchers and students, and to promote Québec universities and College Centers for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT), abroad.
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PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS LIST
6 AUG 2018

FORCE-TOUCH REVEAL EMOTIONS

JMIR Mental Health

With the increasing use of smartphones, the fact that we touch our phones, on average, thousands of times a day, and that emotions modulate our movements, we have an opportunity to explore emotional patterns in passive expressive touches and detect emotions, enabling us to empower smartphone applications with emotional intelligence.

Journal Paper Alicia Heraz and Manfred Clynes
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Towards a Brain-Sensitive Intelligent Tutoring System: Detecting Emotions from Brainwaves

Alicia Heraz, Manfred Clynes Journal Paper

Emotions impact our mental health: they influence our perception, affect our physical strength and interfere with our reason. Emotions modulate our face, voice and movements. When emotions are expressed through the voice or face, they are difficult to measure with current emotion detection technologies; In real life, cameras and microphones are not often used in the same frequency and conditions of a lab setting where the emotion detection algorithms perform well: emotions are thus not detected accurately or as frequently often as needed.

Because emotions modulate our movements and users already touch their phones thousands of times a day, we have an opportunity to explore expressive touches and recognize emotions.

10 AUG 2017

EMOTIONS AND MICRO EXPRESSIVE MOVEMENTS

USPTO PENDING - FISH AND RICHARDSON

Computerized methods and systems, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, may adaptively predict expression of emotions based on collected biometric data.

Patent Pending Alicia Heraz
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Method and platform to detect and communicate emotions from time-shaped free-form movements

Alicia Heraz Patents Pending

Individuals attempt to characterize their emotion state, and to unlock and better understand not only their expressed emotions, but the underlying causes of the expressed emotions.

Further, individuals attempt to share indicia of their emotional state based on graphical representations, such as an emoji shared by an individual across a text-messaging platform or among linked members of a social network.

30 SEP 2014

EMOTIONS AND THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM

USPTO PENDING - WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH AND ROSATI

Described herein is a sensor-and-device-agnostic software platform that calculates biological metrics to predict, regulate and share users' emotions. The biological metrics are neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, electrodermal and myodermal signals acquired from invasive and non-invasive sensors.

Patent Pending Alicia Heraz
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Software Development Kit and method to Predict, Regulate and Share users' emotions using Biological Sensors

Alicia Heraz Patent Pending

Emotions guide, enrich, and ennoble life; they provide meaning to everyday existence; they can be essential ingredients for, as well as overwhelming obstacles to, optimizing human potential (Caccioppo, and al. 2000).

Emotions are essential for learning (Snow, and al., 1996; Heraz, and Frasson, 2011). Emotions are the main source of motivation (Harter, 1981; Miserandino, 1996; Kort, and al., 2001). Decision making is a process driven by Emotions; People who are in a negative emotion are more likely to choose a high risk option (Leith and Baumeister, 1996). Positive Emotions are fundamental in decision making and in athletic performance (Wang, and al., 2014); Being in a negative emotion when deciding to choose an option, leads more likely to “choose not to choose” (Luce, 1998). Positive Emotions Build Physical Health (Kok, and al., 2013).

12 FEB 2012

EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SPRINGER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SCIENCES OF LEARNING

The Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning provides an up-to-date, broad and authoritative coverage of the specific terms mostly used in the sciences of learning and its related fields, including relevant areas of instruction, pedagogy, cognitive sciences, and especially machine learning and knowledge engineering.

Book Chapter Selected Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson
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Emotional Learning

Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson Book Chapter Selected

The Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning provides an up-to-date, broad and authoritative coverage of the specific terms mostly used in the sciences of learning and its related fields, including relevant areas of instruction, pedagogy, cognitive sciences, and especially machine learning and knowledge engineering.

This modern compendium will be an indispensable source of information for scientists, educators, engineers, and technical staff active in all fields of learning. More specifically, the Encyclopedia provides fast access to the most relevant theoretical terms provides up-to-date, broad and authoritative coverage of the most important theories within the various fields of the learning sciences and adjacent sciences and communication technologies; supplies clear and precise explanations of the theoretical terms, cross-references to related entries and up-to-date references to important research and publications. The Encyclopedia also contains biographical entries of individuals who have substantially contributed to the sciences of learning; the entries are written by a distinguished panel of researchers in the various fields of the learning sciences.

21 NOV 2011

BRAIN SENSITIVE INTELLIGENT TUTORING SYSTEM

ADVANCES IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE JOURNAL

This paper proposes and evaluates a multiagents system called NORA that predicts emotional attributes from learners' brainwaves within an intelligent tutoring system.

Journal Paper Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson
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Towards a Brain-Sensitive Intelligent Tutoring System: Detecting Emotions from Brainwaves

Johnny smith, Dumas, C., Milleville-Pennel, I. Journal Paper

This paper proposes and evaluates a multiagents system called NORA that predicts emotional attributes from learners' brainwaves within an intelligent tutoring system.

10 JAN 2011

BRAIN PROCESSES AND INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS

UNIVESITY OF MONTREAL - CANADA

The learner module is the most important component within an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS). The extension of the learner module is still in progress, despite the integration of the cognitive profile and the emotional profile, it is not yet exhaustive.

Thesis Alicia Heraz
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Towards a Brain Sensitive Tutoring System

Alicia Heraz Thesis

The learner module is the most important component within an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS). The extension of the learner module is still in progress, despite the integration of the cognitive profile and the emotional profile, it is not yet exhaustive. To improve the prediction of the learner’s emotional and cognitive states, many physiological sensors have been used, but all of these sensors are cumbersome. In addition, they are not always adapted to the learners with reduced capacities. Beside, most of the pedagogical strategies that are executed by the tutor module are based on no-live collections of data. This fact reduces their efficiency.

The objective of our research is to explore the electrical brain activity and use it as a communication channel between a learner and an ITS. To reach this aim, we suggest to conceive, to implement and to evaluate the multi-agent system NORA. Integrated to an ITS, this one became a Brain Sensitive Intelligent Tutoring System (BS-ITS). Agents of NORA interpret the learner’s brain electrical signal and react to it. The new BS-ITS is the extension of an ITS and enrich the learner module with the brain profile and the tutor module with a new Neuropedagogical Strategies. We aim to reach more categories of learners and help them to manage their stress, anxiety and maintain the concentration, the attention and the interest.

25 APR 2010

INTERPLAY BETWEEN LEARNING AND BRAINWAVES

PITTSBURG - USA

There is interplay between brainwaves and learning. To describe and understand part of this complex interaction, this paper proffers a new learner model called the LBD Model (or Learning and Brainwaves Dominances Model).

Proceeding Selected Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson
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Theoretical Model for Interplay between Some Learning Situations and Brainwaves

Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson Proceeding Selected

There is interplay between brainwaves and learning. To describe and understand part of this complex interaction, this paper proffers a new learner model called the LBD Model (or Learning and Brainwaves Dominances Model).

Twenty-three participants were recruited to validate this Model. Results show distinct instances of the LBD Model regarding three situations of learning: positive learning, unconscious learning and unlearning.

14 JUL 2009

ANSWERS CORRECTNESS AND BRAINWAVES

BRIGHTON - UK

We want to explore the relation between affective states, brainwaves and the learner answers during a multi-choice test questions.

Proceeding Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson
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Predicting Learner Answers Correctness through Brainwaves Assesment and Emotional Dimensions

Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson Proceeding

We want to explore the relation between affective states, brainwaves and the learner answers during a multi-choice test questions. 24 participants were used in our experiment.

While we were measuring their brainwaves, we asked them to answer 35 questions related to the 7 texts they read, for the first time, the day before. During the experiment, the participants can rate, at any time, their emotional dimensions (pleasure, arousal and dominance) on the Self-Assessment Manikin scale (SAM). Measuring the brainwaves determines the learner mental state and the emotional dimensions indicate the learner affective state. When a participant answers, he mentions if he knows the answer or not. Each answer can be either Right or False. The hypothesis of this paper is: “We can predict the learner's answers from his emotional dimensions and his brainwaves”. By using some machine learning techniques, we reached 90.49% accuracy. In a future work, these results will be implemented in an agent to improve the pedagogical strategies and the adaptation of the content within an Intelligent Tutoring System (STI).

14 JUL 2009

STRESS LEVEL VARIATION AND BRAINWAVES

BRIGHTON - UK

It is very common that students fail their exam because of an excessive stress. However, an attitude with no stress at all can cause the same thing as stress can be beneficial in some learning cases.

Proceeding Alicia Heraz, Imene Jraidi, Maher Chaouachi and Claude Frasson
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Predicting Stress Level Variation from Learner Characteristics and Brainwaves

Alicia Heraz, Imene Jraidi, Maher Chaouachi and Claude Frasson Proceeding

It is very common that students fail their exam because of an excessive stress. However, an attitude with no stress at all can cause the same thing as stress can be beneficial in some learning cases. Studying the stress level variation can then be very useful in a learning environment. In this paper, the aim is predicting the stress level variation of the learner in relation to his electrical brain activity within an experiment over two days. To attain that goal, three personal and non-personal characteristics were used: gender, usual mode of study and dominant activity between the first and second day. 21 participants were recruited for our experiment. Results were very encouraging: an accuracy of 71% was obtained by using the ID3 machine learning algorithm.

9 SEP 2009

EMOTIONS AND LEANERS' MENTAL STATES

PORTO - PORTUGAL

In this paper we discuss how learner’s electrical brain activity can be influenced by emotional stimuli. We conducted an experiment in which we exposed 17 learners to a set of pictures from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) while their electrical brain activity was recorded.

Proceeding Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson
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How Do Emotions Induce Dominant Learners' Mental States Predicted from Their Brainwaves?

Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson Proceeding

In this paper we discuss how learner’s electrical brain activity can be influenced by emotional stimuli. We conducted an experiment in which we exposed 17 learners to a set of pictures from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) while their electrical brain activity was recorded. We got 33.106 recordings. In an exploratory study we examined the influence of 24 picture categories from the IAPS on the amplitude variations of the 4 brainwaves frequency bands: Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta. We used machine learning techniques to track the amplitudes in order to predict the dominant frequency band which inform about the learner mental and emotional states. Correlation and regression analyses show a significant impact of the emotional stimuli on the amplitudes of the brainwave frequency bands. Standard classification techniques were used to assess the reliability of the automatic prediction of the dominant frequency band. The reached accuracy was 90%.

1 NOV 2009

RANDOM ANSWERS AND BRAINWAVES

TENTO - ITALY

This paper describes an experiment in which we tried to predict the learner’s answers from his brainwaves. We discuss the efficiency to enrich the learner model with some electrical brain metrics to obtain some important information about the learner during a test.

Proceeding Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson
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Detecting Guessed and Random Learners' Answers through Their Brainwaves

Alicia Heraz, Claude Frasson Proceeding

This paper describes an experiment in which we tried to predict the learner's answers from his brainwaves. We discuss the efficiency to enrich the learner model with some electrical brain metrics to obtain some important information about the learner during a test. We conducted an experiment to reach three objectives: the first one is to record the learner brainwaves and his answers to the test questions; the second is to use machine learning techniques to predict guessed and random answers from the learner brainwaves; the third is to implement an agent that transmits the prediction results to an Intelligent Tutoring System. 21 participants were recruited, 45827 recording were collected and we reached a prediction accuracy of 96%.

21 MAY 2008

EMOTIONS AND BRAINWAVES

MONTREAL - CANADA

In this paper we discuss how learner’s electrical brain activity can be influenced by emotional stimuli. We conducted an experiment in which we exposed 17 learners to a set of pictures from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) while their electrical brain activity was recorded.

Proceeding Alicia Heraz, Tariq Daouda and Claude Frasson
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Decision Tree for Tracking Learner’s Emotional State Predicted from His Electrical Brain Activity

Alicia Heraz, Tariq Daouda and Claude Frasson Proceeding

In this paper we discuss how learner’s electrical brain activity can be influenced by emotional stimuli. We conducted an experiment in which we exposed 17 learners to a set of pictures from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) while their electrical brain activity was recorded. We got 33.106 recordings. In an exploratory study we examined the influence of 24 picture categories from the IAPS on the amplitude variations of the 4 brainwaves frequency bands: Gamma, Theta, Alpha and Beta. We used machine learning techniques to track the amplitudes in order to predict the dominant frequency band which inform about the learner mental and emotional states. Correlation and regression analyses show a significant impact of the emotional stimuli on the amplitudes of the brainwave frequency bands. Standard classification techniques were used to assess the reliability of the automatic prediction of the dominant frequency band. The reached accuracy was 90%.

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SOFTWARE

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION

ARCHITECTURES

AREHCA, NORA, SENTEMO, TEMAPI.

DESKTOP APPS

STOCX, BIBLOG, COMPTA, ELAN, GAUTO, PAYON, SCHOLAD.

WEB & MOBILE APPS

DINARUN, KNOW, ISEEK, FIZYX, DEXYZ, EMOXYZ, PEIRA.

DATA MINING

EMPULSE, EMOPHY, ZYMOX

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTS

EMOPHY

ARDUINO AND WEB APPLICATION

Laboratory Setup to induce emotions while recording biometrics usin noninvasive sensors.

DINARUN

WEBSITE APPLICATION

Platform to sell Gold and Silver and spreading awareness about money, investment and wealth cycles.

SENTEMO

MOBILE APPLICATION

Design and specifications of a mobile application that tracks and manages users' heart rate and emotions.

ISEEK

WEBSITE APPLICATION

Event's announcement and registration website. Provides an engaging platform for communication and marketing.

KNOW

WEBSITE APPLICATION

Educational web platform that connects experts and students and provides mediums to facilitate teachings, events, conferences in key areas.

NORA

MULTI-AGENT PLATFORM

NORA is a multi-agent platform that tracks users brainwaves as a mean to cutomise neuropsychological strategies to improve learning within an intelligent tutoring system.

SCOLAD

DESKTOP APPLICATION

Managing school's adminitrative tasks related to students, teachers, calendars, rooms, classes and exams.

BIBLOG

LOCAL AREA NETWORK DESKTOP APPLICATION

Manages Libraries lending, subscribers, periods and material circulation.

COMPTA

LOCAL AREA NETWORK DESKTOP APPLICATION

Manages expense, credit, billing, invoicing, sales, balance sheet and asset register.

PAYON

LOCAL AREA NETWORK DESKTOP APPLICATION

Processing payroll for employees and maintaining work-flow information, absences, breaks, reports and checks.

STOCX

LOCAL AREA NETWORK DESKTOP APPLICATION

Manages inventory, creates purchase orders and generates detailed retail reports.

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OCCUPATION

  • CURRENT
  • NOW
    2015

    FOUNDER, CEO, CTO AND CMO

    EMAWW

    Empowering users with emotional awareness and apps with insight. Using machine learning, smartphones, wearables, APIs, Generative art and multimedia content.
  • NOW
    2012

    FOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENTIST

    BRAIN MINING LAB

    Exploring hypothesis to build useful technologies for human.
  • OCCUPATION HISTORY
  • 2015
    2012

    CO-FOUNDER AND CTO

    SENSCKA

    Designing a dynamic model that detects and contextualizes emotions from passive recording of biometrics in the Autonomic Nervous System.
  • 2014
    2012

    TECH, ART AND MEDIA DIRECTOR

    KNOW

    Elearning platform for teaching and spreading knowledge and tips on wellbeing, history and the future
  • 2012
    2011

    POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

    UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

    Measurements from learners' electrical brain activity are combined with information about their emotional attributes. Electroencephalogram was used to measure brainwaves and self-reports to measure three emotional dimensions: pleasure, arousal, and dominance.
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SKILLS

DATA SKIILLS
Data Mining, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATEEXPERIENCE : 5 YEARS
MatlabWekaRapid Miner
PROGRAMMING SKIILLS
Desktop Applications, Mobile Applications, Responsive Websites.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATEEXPERIENCE : 20 YEARS
DelphiArduinoProcessingJavaPhpMySQL
DESIGN SKILLS
Logos, Posters, Banners, Layouts, Themes, UI, UX.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATEEXPERIENCE : 7 YEARS
PhotoshopIllustrator
MULTIMEDIA SKILLS
Storyboarding, Sketches, Animations, Trailers, Video Production, Sound Editing.
LEVEL : ADVANCEDEXPERIENCE : 5 YEARS
Anime StudioFlashAfter EffectsPremiereAudacity
BUSINESS SKILLS
Entrepreneurship, Customer Development, Monetisation, Marketing Strategies, Sales, Hiring, Coaching.
LEVEL : EXPERTEXPERIENCE : 7 YEARS
Lean ProcessesEmotional IntelligenceBusiness PlansPitchings
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ARTWORK

LATEST DESIGNS

awe

Awe

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Awe

I have many names, but the one I prefer the most is Awe. Can you feel me? Are you able to see how magical and magnificent this world is? Find the true meaning of YOUR life, see how all those problems you're thinking of do not matter. Stay humble.

love

Love

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Love

Greetings! I am Love and I’m here to provide your life a true purpose. I care, give, open and protect. Find me, or let me find you, and feel your heart being filled with the purest of all the emotions known.

desire

Desire

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Desire

Oh, didn't see you there, hi! I am Desire, who are you? Nice to meet you, I like your name. Many tend to describe me as irrational, I don't agree, of course. I just fight for what should be mine. I always get what I want. You can try to control me, good luck with that!

fear

Fear

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Fear

Hello? Who's there? Don't get near me. I am Fear and I don't want your company. I tremble, despair and hide. But I only do it to stay safe. Are you here to hurt me? Anger will protect me, it always does. Everyone can learn to live with me, or even get rid of me, but some choose to live in my shadow.

laugh

Laugh

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Laugh

Hey there! My name is Laugh. Wanna hear something funny? The crowd loves me, they are happy with me. I always bring joy, sometimes even tears. Life is beautiful and I tend to enjoy it. However, I have a dark side which hides behind my smile. When one is laughing, others may be crying.

anger

Anger

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Anger

I am Anger! I am always upset with something, I yell, swear, curse and clutch my fists when something bothers me. I am here to protect Grief and Fear, I am here to hide my weaknesses. Learn to control me and use me as your ally or let me consume you.

grief

Grief

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Grief

They call me Grief... but what does it matter now? I don't see a reason to go on, everything seems lost. No, I don't want to go out. Leave me alone, please. They say I'm just a part of a natural process, but I think none can get rid of me, never. They say the time will make me go away. Where should I go?

hate

Hate

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Hate

My name is Hate and I am here to destroy the very reason of my existence. All emotions you know of are nothing compared to me. I represent darkness and I drive the person that feels me to do unimaginable things.