Keynote Speech: June 27, 2013

Surprising discoveries from emotion sensors

Professor Rosalind W. Picard
Founder and Director, Affective Computing Research Group
Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Emotion is much more vital to health and cognition than we ever thought - influencing pretty much every organ in our body, not just our brain and "how we feel." We built a camera to read heart rate, and a wearable sensor to measure a key dimension of emotion and encountered some huge surprises during long-term measurement - from seizure detection to mysterious "storms" that happen mostly during non-REM sleep. We have also been learning how brain activity can map to different places on the surface of your skin. This talk will highlight new technologies and insights that have come out of our lab including Q sensor, CardioCam, and MoodMeter.

About the Speaker:

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. She is also co-founder of Affectiva, Inc., delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

Picard holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's and doctoral degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. Prior to completing her doctorate, she was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories where she designed VLSI chips for digital signal processing and developed new methods of image compression and analysis. In 1991 she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty. She became internationally known for constructing mathematical texture models for content-based retrieval of images, for creating new tools such as the Photobook system, and for pioneering methods of automated search and annotation in digital video. She published the award-winning book/Affective Computing,/which was instrumental in starting a new field by that name. Picard has been awarded dozens of distinguished and named lectureships internationally, and in 2005 was honored as a Fellow of the IEEE.

The author of over two hundred scientific articles and chapters in multidimensional signal modeling, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and affective computing, Picard is an international leader in envisioning and creating innovative technology. She holds multiple patents, having designed and developed a variety of new sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information, with applications in autism, epilepsy, autonomic nervous system disorders, sleep, stress, human and machine learning, health behavior change, market research, customer service, and human-computer interaction.

Picard interacts regularly with industry and has consulted for companies such as Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, iRobot, and Motorola. She is a popular keynote speaker and has given over 100 keynote talks. 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 with Peter Jennings, Time, Vogue, Wired,/Voice of America Radio,/New Scientist,/and BBC's "The Works" and "The Big Byte."

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