My name is Javier Hernandez and I was born in 1983 in Spain. I grew up in Barcelona and moved to America in 2006 to pursue my professional and personal dreams.

Currently, I am a Research Scientist at the Affective Computing group of the MIT Media Lab where I lead the Emotional Navigation and Onsite Stress Measurement special interest groups. In addition, I am also founder and CEO of Global Vitals LLC, an MIT Media Lab spin-off with the goal of democratizing physiological sensing.

My research is focused on the development of emotionally intelligent tools to further the understanding of humans while fostering greater health and quality of life. In particular, I have made several contributions in the context of daily life stress and the use of technology to improve its measurement, understanding, and management.