We are Emotech

As the proud parents of Olly, Emotech believes the more human the technology the better a relationship between the two can be.

Our team is made up of an incredibly diverse and talented group of people. Together, we want to build things we can truly connect with and understand us.

We believe our products must be built from an empathetic point of view, create evolving relationships with the audience and produce innovative new ways of interaction with our surroundings.


Hongbin Zhuang

Fonder & CEO

Hongbin was the product director of Renren.com and assisted it to become one of the largest SNS in China with over 35 million monthly login users, which went to NYSE IPO in 2011. He graduated from UCL with a distinction in the degree of MSc HCI & Ergonomics and strongly believes that the revolution of human computer interaction will make a better world.

Chelsea Chen


Chelsea is a technologist and creativist with diverse and international experience: from consumer strategy planning, marketing and brands. She previously leads the OgilvyOne’s team for clients such as Diageo, VW, Nestle and P&G to name a few.

Jan Medvesek


Jan Medvesek is a technical co-founder of Emotech. Before joining Emotech, Jan got the PhD in Computer Science from UCL. Before joining Emotech, Jan worked on industrial Computer Vision projects across Europe and collaborated with Microsoft, MathWorks and BBC.

Leading researchers

Jason Rentfrow

Personality and Emotion
Research Scientist

Reader in Personality and Individual Differences, Psychology Department at Cambridge University.

Fellow and the Director of Studies, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College.

Zafeirios Fountas

Research Scientist

PhD, Computational Neuroscience, Imperial College London

Ondrej Miksik

Computer Vision
Research Scientist

DPhil Student, Engineering Science, Computer Vision and Machine Learning, University of Oxford.

Pawel Swietojanski

Speech Processing
Research Scientist

PhD, Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

Published widely in ICASSP, INTERSPEECH and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing.

Rory Beard

Machine Learning
Research Scientist

PhD researcher, Machine Learning Research Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford.

Raymond W.M. Ng

Speech and Language
Research Scientist

PhD, Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician, CUHK.

Research Associate, University of Sheffield.

Advisor board

John Shawe-Taylor

Professor John is the leading advisor at Emotech. He is also the Director of the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at University College London.

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.

Yvonne Rogers

Professor Yvonne is the advisor at Emotech. She is also 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 150,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into six other languages.

Maja Pantic

Professor Maja is the advisor at Emotech. She is also the Head of the iBUG group, the world-leading intelligent behaviour understanding group.

She is one of 25 most cited female researchers in computer science in the world.