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Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D., FIEEE
Director of Affective Computing Research
Faculty Chair, MIT Mind+Hand+Heart
MIT Media Lab, E14-348A
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139; USA
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Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D., FIEEE is founder and
director of the
Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and founding faculty chair of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart
Initiative. She has co-founded Affectiva, Inc. providing emotion AI
technology, and Empatica, Inc.
creating sensors and analytics to improve health. Empatica created
the first AI-based smart watch, Embrace, cleared by FDA
in Neurology (for monitoring seizures).
Picard holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering
with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and
master's and doctorate degrees, both in electrical engineering and
computer science, from MIT. She started her career as a member of the
technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories designing VLSI chips for
digital signal processing and developing algorithms for image
compression. In 1991 she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty. She became
internationally known for constructing mathematical models for
content-based retrieval of images and for pioneering methods of
automated search and annotation in digital video, including the
creation of the Photobook system. The year before she was up for
tenure she published the book Affective
Computing, which became instrumental in starting a new field by
that name. Today that field has its own journal, The IEEE Transactions
on Affective Computing, international conference ACII, and
professional society, AAAC.
Picard also served as a founding member of the IEEE Technical
Committee on Wearable Information Systems in 1998, helping launch the
field of wearable computing.
Picard has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific articles and
chapters spanning computer vision, pattern recognition, machine
learning, human-computer interaction, wearable sensors and affective
computing. She is a recipient of several best paper prizes, including
work on machine learning with multiple models (with Minka, 1998), a
best theory paper prize for affect in human learning (with Kort and
Reilly, 2001), a "best paper of the decade 2000-2009" by IEEE
Intelligent Transporation Systems (with Healey, 2005) measuring driver
stress, a best Face and Gesture paper prize for work with facial
expressions (with McDuff, Kaliouby and Demirdjian, 2013), a best
UBICOMP paper for an AI coach (with Hoque, Courgeon, Martin, and
Mutlu, 2013), best paper at NIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for
Health (with Jaques, Taylor, Nosakhare, and Sano, 2016) and best paper
at IEEE RO-MAN for work on a Robotic Positive Psychology Coach (with
Jeong, Alghowinem, Arias, Aymerich-Franch, Lapedriza, Park, and
Picard is an active inventor with multiple patents, including wearable and non-contact sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information. Her inventions have applications in autism, epilepsy, depression, PTSD, sleep, stress, dementia, autonomic nervous system disorders, human and machine learning, health behavior change, market research, customer service, and human-computer interaction. In 2005 she was named a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to image and video analysis and affective computing. CNN named her one of seven "Tech SuperHeros to Watch in 2015." In 2019, Picard was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions in affective and wearable computing. She is a Fellow of the AAAC. Picard has been honored with dozens of distinguished and named lectureships and other international awards. She is a popular speaker and has given over 150 keynote and invited plenary talks.
Picard has served on numerous international and national science and engineering program committees, editorial boards, and review panels, including the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) division of Computers in Science and Engineering (CISE), the Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech College of Computing, and the Editorial Board of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research.
Picard interacts regularly with industry and has consulted for many companies including Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, i.Robot, Merck, Motorola, and Samsung. Her group's achievements have been featured in forums for the general public such as The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight, Time, Vogue, Wired, Forbes, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and BBC programs such as "Hard Talk" and BBC Horizon with Michael Mosley. Picard lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband, whom she met in the computer room at MIT on a Friday night (true story). They have been married since 1988 and have three energetic sons.