Affective Interfaces’ mission is to deliver state of the art emotion sensing technology to deeply understand people. AI enables compelling insight by elucidating the preconscious heart and mind of individuals. Affective Interfaces researches behavioral truthfulness indicators, emotion, and meta states of cognitive process, for a reflective empowered social web.


Jai Haissman: CEO Email

is a clinical trauma expert with training in emotion theory, attachment theory, and body oriented therapy. 14 years experience in the field developed a deep recognition for the role of emotion in communication, learning, mentation, and happiness. When advances in affective computing realized threshold accuracies, Jai founded Affective Interfaces to leverage his knowledge with new technologies. Bringing a unique perspective on applications and potential, he formed AI to further a new means of online, human/computer interaction, and user interface. Jai has studied and mentored with some of the best minds in trauma and attachment theory, including Dr. Peter Levine, and was invited to join a study group and write with Dr. Allan Schore. Jai holds a BA in Philosophy from UCSC, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and has taught nationally and internationally for the Foundation for Human Enrichment.

Dr Philip Kuryloski: Technical Director Email

“Design Strategies for Human Centered Sensor Networks,” PhD Thesis, Cornell University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, May 2009.  Philip’s research focus includes wireless human oriented sensor networks, including wearable systems.  Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley as an Exchange Scholar, and at Telecom Italia’s Wireless Sensor Networks Lab in Berkeley.  Multiple publications and in review.  Software development in various languages, including Java, Objective-C, C, NesC/TinyOS, and others. Technical writing, review and publication.


Brian Ruder: Partner with Permira

Prior to joining Francisco Partners, Mr. Ruder was an Associate with Hellman & Friedman LLC, where he was responsible for the identification, evaluation and execution of private equity transactions in a variety of industries, including information technology, professional services and infrastructure development. Prior to working at Hellman & Friedman, he was an Analyst in the Corporate Finance Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Ruder serves on the board of directors of Foundation 9 Entertainment, GXS, Mincom, and Primavera. Education: M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with Distinction, A.B. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Harvard College, summa cum laude

Charmaine Ess: Chief Program Development Officer at Room to Read

Charmaine joins Room to Read with over 15 years of experience in operations, finance and international development work. Previously, Charmaine was the co-founder and partner of the Axion Group: a boutique consulting firm specializing in emerging growth companies. Charmaine has also held positions at the Moore Foundation (where she managed a one billion dollar conservation grant to Latin America); Financial Services Volunteer Corps (where she established/managed FSVC’s Moscow office and delivery of programs to the Russian Central Bank and Parliament); as well as Goldman Sachs (where she was part of a three-person Russia advisory team). Charmaine has worked in Denmark, France, U.K., Croatia, Russia, and Chile. She speaks five languages, has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Political Science from Dartmouth (graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Presidential Scholar). As Chief Program Development Officer, Charmaine is in charge of spearheading Room to Read’s strategy for expansion into new countries and regions.

John Byington:

Advisor at Affective | Interfaces, Inc., President at Kirk Research Services, Inc., Officer at US Navy Reserve. Top security clearance. Past: Principal Solution Manager at Data Alternatives Corp., VP, Program Planning & Operations at Access Medical Group, Ltd., Strategic Marketing Product Manager at GE Healthcare Info Technologies, Service Operations Six Sigma Black Belt at GE Medical Systems Info Technology, Associate at Goldman Sachs, Professor/Instructor at US Naval Academy, Pilot/Mission Commander/Ops Manager at US Navy – HS-7, Education: Harvard Business School, US Naval War College, Georgetown University, United States Naval Academy, Marine Military Academy.

Adam Waters: Founder and COO Support Intelligence.

Adam joins Support Intelligence with an extensive background in entrepreneurship, international business, IP networking and large scale network operation, Adam served as VP of Engineering for iAsiaWorks (NASDAQ: IAWK) where he led network and systems design and deployment in seven countries across Asia Pacific simultaneously leading up to the companies successful IPO. Additionally, Adam served on the Technical Advisory Committee to the CalREN2 Internet2 research network, as Chief Network Engineer for GeoNet Communications (acquired by Level3), as CEO of Vedacore, an ICANN accredited registrar (acquired by Enom). At Support Intelligence Adam played a leading role in securing Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Administration grants. Adam holds a BA with honors in Intellectual History from UCSC, and an MBA from UC Davis.


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