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Fall 2014: Picard will teach a new course "Tools for Wellbeing," MAS.S63.

Spring 2015: Picard will teach a new course "Health behavior change lab," MAS.S62.

Fall 2015: Picard will teach an updated version of MAS.630 Affective Computing.


Affective Computing. Picard coined the term "Affective Computing" in 1994 describing a new direction of research, published a broad vision of the research as a technical report in January 1995, launched the Affective Computing Research Group in fall 1995, and published the first book on Affective Computing in 1997.

Since then she has led a team at MIT pioneering research in developing new technologies for sensing, communicating, modeling, and responding intelligently to people's emotions, and for enabling people to better communicate, reflect on and learn more about emotion. Her research has been commercialized by several businesses, including Affectiva Inc, which she co-founded. Practical applications of her work have included improving driver safety, helping people manage stress, reducing frustration, improving seizure detection, recognizing when ads are boring, confusing or entertaining, and enhancing customer experience. Her team has also conducted research on the ethics of affective computing.

Her current research aims at creating technology that improves the interaction between emotion and health - especially social-emotional communication, autism, learning & decision-making, affective disorders such as anxiety and depression, autonomic disturbances, and health behavior change.

Findings and results of her research are found primarily in peer-reviewed publications and occasionally in the press.


Texture and Pattern Modeling
Video and Image Libraries: Browsing, Retrieval, Annotation


I have the privilege of working with many outstanding students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scientists in my group at MIT as well as with other Media Lab faculty, students, staff, corporate members, and other collaborators elsewhere at MIT and at many other universities, hospitals, and medical centers worldwide. Some of my favorite collaborators, both inside and outside MIT, include people on the autism spectrum. Our research has been enormously enriched by the diversity of backgrounds, cultures, personalities, and perspectives of very different individuals working together. AT MIT the more different you are, the more you fit in.