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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emotient, the leading authority in automated facial expression analysis, today announced that its FACET® technology received the Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award in the Software category at the 2013 CONNECT MIP Awards that took place at an awards ceremony on Dec. 6. In its 26th year, the annual awards program continues its tradition of honoring San Diego's leaders of innovation and groundbreaking new products launched in the last year.
"We are honored that FACET received such prestigious recognition from CONNECT," said Ken Denman, CEO, Emotient. "Emotient's scientific co-founders are widely regarded as pioneers in applying machine learning, computer vision and cognitive science to facial expression analysis. We look forward to seeing our FACET emotion recognition technology deployed for broad consumer, marketing, healthcare and business use."
FACET provides the ability to perform real-time, frame-by-frame analysis of the emotional responses of users, detecting and tracking seven expressions of primary emotion (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Surprise, Fear, Disgust and Contempt), as well as overall sentiments (Positive, Negative and Neutral). The architecture is built with the future in mind; it is highly scalable and extensible to adapt quickly with changing market and customer needs. FACET was developed using machine-learning methods to high-volume datasets that are carefully constructed by a renowned team of Facial Action Coding System (FACS) certified behavioral scientists.
Held this year at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel, the annual MIP Awards is CONNECT's largest and most prestigious event, attracting more than 700 of the region's top business leaders, researchers and capital providers. 100 San Diego-based companies competed in the rigorous, four-month judging process, with a total of only nine winners awarded in categories including: Aerospace and Security Technologies, Communications and IT, Hardware and General Technology, Life Sciences-Diagnostics and Research Tools, Life Sciences-Medical Products, Mobile Apps, Software, Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies and Sustainability.
For a complete list of winners and additional information on the CONNECT MIP Awards please visit www.connect.org.
About Emotient - Emotion Recognition Technology (www.emotient.com)?
Emotient is the leading authority in facial expression analysis. Emotient's flagship products are the FACET® SDK, a high-accuracy, cost effective and adaptive software development kit, and FACET® Vision, a fully featured desktop application for automated facial expression analysis and video annotation. Emotient's technology translates facial expressions into actionable information, thereby enabling a broad array of companies to develop emotion aware technologies and to create new levels of customer engagement, research and analysis. For more information on Emotient, please visit www.emotient.com.
CONNECT is a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County by creating an environment in which inventors and entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need for success. Since 1985, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies and is now widely regarded as one of the world's most successful organizations linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for commercialization of innovative products. As a result, the program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world – most recently in New York City, Bogota, Colombia and Saudi Arabia. To learn more about CONNECT, please visit our website at www.connect.org or call 858.964.1300. Also, follow us on Twitter @CONNECTinSD or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CONNECTinSD.
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