Founded in London, UK, in 2014, Emotech is the world’s first AI 2.0 startup dedicated to multimodality and proactivity in AI. We have been selected as one of the Top 14 Start up teams in Europe by TechCrunch and were 2016 TechCrunch Disrupt Alumini. In 2017 Emotech was recognised in the Top 30 Successful and Influential Business Cases in China, and in 2018 was selected by TechWorld as one of the top 16 hottest robotics startups.
Our first product Olly is the world’s first robot with personality, and the first startup product that has won innovation awards in 4 categories in the CES history.
Reimagining AI interaction, through inspired machine learning solutions.
Our groundbreaking approach to machine learning utilises multimodal design - unlocking a new way of interacting with AI.
Olly became the most awarded robotic product in the history of CES at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
In December 2015, Emotech was selected by the world's top technology media TechCrunch as one of the top 14 entrepreneurial teams in Europe.
In December 2016, TechCrunch Disrupt invited Emotech CEO Zhuang Hongbin as a guest speaker. He was one of three sector leaders chosen to talk to an audience of over 600.
In November 2017, Emotech was selected together with leading companies such as Jingdong, Keda Xunfei and Tencent WeChat in the “Evaluation of the Times – Top 30 Chinese Business Cases” hosted by the Financial Times Chinese website.
In April 2018, Olly was selected as the “Top Ten Popularity Project” in the 6th China (Shanghai) International Technology Import and Export Fair, and was selected as the “Ten Popularity of the Town Hall” by the highest vote.
In June 2018, Emotech CEO Zhuang Hongbin and co-founder Chen Xi both were selected by the British government Diversity UK as the top 100 Asian technology stars, among which Chen Xi was rated as one of the top five creative industries.
In August 2018, Emotech CEO Hongbin was awarded the 2018 prize for Excellence in Innovation and Technology, at the Chinese Business Leaders Awards Ceremony by the Lord Mayor of the City of London in partnership with PwC.
In February 2019 Emotech was awarded the One to Watch Prize at the inaugural London Business Awards, organised by London & Partners. The awards highlighted success and innovative excellence across London’s business community, celebrating the growth and achievements of companies that are proud to call London their home.
"The most likable personal
"Home robot who will grow
to be just like you"
"Aim to be more personal
than Amazon’s Echo"
"Everyone’s making a smart
personal assistant these days, but most of
them aren’t as adorable as the Olly"
"There are plenty of virtual assistants out there but few promise to be as personalised and personalised as Olly"
Emotech was founded in London,
Emotech was selected by TechCrunch as one of the top 14 entrepreneurial teams in Europe.
Emotech was named one of the top three most influential startup teams at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference.
Olly named CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in four categories: Home Appliances, Smart Home, Drones and Unmanned Systems and Home Audio-Video Accessories.
Emotech co-founder Chelsea founds Meet AI, the first comprehensive platform for international artificial intelligence academic exchange in London.
Olly invited by BBC One ' Invented in ' documentary as leading featured product. Co-founder Chelsea invited for Cannes International Festival and interviewed by CNBC.
Emotech and The British Financial Times co-host the 2017 China Artificial Intelligence Frontier Development Forum, in Shanghai Zhangjiang.
Olly officially launched on Indiegogo, reaching over 280% of goal.
Emotech named ' the most watched London smart company ' by the London Development Promotion Agency, second only to Google’s DeepMind.
Emotech selected by Financial Times alongside WeChat, Jingdong and iFLYTEK in ' The Influence of the Times – Top 30 Chinese Business Cases '.
Emotech team receive an invitation from the Royal Academy of Sciences to serve as the guest speaker at the Royal Christmas Lecture Series.
CEO Hongbin invited by MIT Technology Review to deliver a speech by EmTech 2017 on ' Building Products in the AI
Era '. He was also interviewed by FT Times China, discussing his motivation for the creation of Olly, and his vision for Emotech.
Emotech named one of the best robotics companies in the UK by TechWorld.
Olly awarded as one of the ' Top 10 Popular Projects ' of the China International Technology Fair, before securing the overall prize of ' The Best of 2018 among the 10 most Popular Projects ', earning headline status on the front page of Xinmin News.
Emotech CEO Hongbin and co-founder Chelsea both selected by the British government Diversity UK as one of the top 100 Asian technology stars in the UK. Among them, Chelsea was named one of the top five innovative industries.
August 2018, Emotech CEO Hongbin was awarded the 2018 prize for Excellence in Innovation and Technology at the Chinese Business Leaders Awards Ceremony, by the Lord Mayor of the City of London in partnership with PwC.
Emotech is proud to partner with some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including UCL, Imperial College and Carnegie Mellon University. Research areas include multimodal emotion recognition, personality systems, facial emotions and user recognition, personality impact and motor control.
Activity in perceptual classification networks as a basis for human subjective time perception
Real-Time Dense Stereo Matching With ELAS on FPGA Accelerated Embedded Devices
Exploring the use of acoustic embeddings in neural machine translation
On the Robustness of Semantic Segmentation Models to Adversarial Attacks
The Visual Object Tracking VOT 2017 Challenge Results
Hongbin was the product director of Renren. com, facilitating its growth to one of the largest social networks in China with over 35 million monthly users. This led to the company’s IPO on the NYSE in 2011.
He graduated from UCL with distinction in the degree of MSc HCI & Ergonomics, and strongly believes that the revolution of human computer interaction will make a better world.
Chelsea is a technologist and creativist, with diverse and international experience in consumer strategy planning, marketing and brand communications. She previously led the OgilvyOne team for clients such as Diageo, VW, Nestle and P&G to name a few.
Jan Medvesek is a technical co-founder of Emotech & holds a PhD in Computer Science from UCL. His industrial experience includes Computer Vision projects across Europe and collaborations with Microsoft, MathWorks and BBC.
Indeera is a Computer Scientist and Software Engineer with decades of experience in software design and development. During his decade in Microsoft, he was involved in large scale machine learning projects in machine vision and holds several patents and awards.
Jake has extensive experience in wearables, IOT, robotics and mobile. He was one of the earliest member of Pebble Tech, heading Pebble’s Manufacturing and Ops and APAC expansion; helping the manufacture and shipping of millions of smart watches.
Jason uses his incredible academic experience to guide Emotech’s exploration of personality & emotion. He is Reader in Personality and Individual Differences in the Psychology Department at Cambridge University, and the Director of Studies for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College.
Juris is a QA Software/Hardware Engineer at Emotech. Previously, Juris worked at Sony, where he was a part of the team, launching Sony’s VR platform. He also spent a few years
at Google and Microsoft before that.
Mehul is responsible for helping the team understand what to build, why it should be
built and how it should behave. Prior to joining Emotech, Mehul spent a number of years building technology products for premium vehicles at Jaguar Land Rover in the UK.
Ondra is Emotech’s leading Computer Vision Research Scientist. He holds a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, in the areas of computer vision and machine learning applied to wereable and mobile robotics, and film post-production with
a focus on understanding dynamic aspects
Raymond works on spoken language technology, with focused work on speaker and language recognition, and machine translation. He has a PhD degree from CUHK. Prior to Emotech, he led the research team at the University of Sheffield in the participation of different international challenges on speech and language technology.
Rory joins Emotech as a research scientist, having completed the triple threat of Undergraduate Degree, Masters and PhD from the University of Oxford. Previously he was a researcher in Oxford’s Machine Learning Research Group.
Stefano specialised in Data Science and NLP at the University of Trento and at the University of Edinburgh, and was selected to take part in the Amazon Alexa Prize 2017, working on state-of-the-art dialogue systems and helping advance Conversational Artificial Intelligence.
Szu holds a PhD in Design Engineering from Imperial College London. He is in charge of mechanical design, giving Olly a robust and maneuverable body. Szu was heading several projects with Apple during his time at Chimei Innolux Corporation.
Zaf is Emotech's computational neuroscientist working on brain-inspired A.I. with focus on biological action selection, (time) perception and deep theories of predictive coding. He's an honorary research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging at UCL and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art.
Professor Taylor is the Director of the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at University College. His work has helped to drive a fundamental rebirth in the field of machine learning with the introduction of kernel methods and support vector machines.
Professor Rogers is the Chair of Interaction Design and Deputy Head of the Computer Science Department at University College London. Her book Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction has sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into six other languages.
Professor Pantic is the Head of the iBUG group, the world-leading intelligent behaviour understanding group. Maja received BCS Roger Needham Award. She is one of 25 most cited female researchers in computer science in the world.
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