Rosalind Wright Picard


MIT Media Lab

Resarch Interests: Emotion measurement and communication, Stress & Anxiety, Autism, Epilepsy, Physiology and neurology of emotion, Artificial Empathy, Ethical uses of affective computing technologies

Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D, FIEEE, is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, faculty chair of MIT’s Mind+Hand+Heart initiative, co-founder of Affectiva, providing emotion AI technology to help measure and communicate emotion, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of Empatica, improving lives with clinical-quality wearable sensors and analytics.  Picard is the author of over two hundred and fifty peer-reviewed scientific articles. She is known internationally for authoring the book, Affective Computing, which helped launch the field by that name. She holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Picard is an active inventor with over a dozen patents: her group's inventions have been twice named to "top ten" lists, including the New York Times Magazine's Best Ideas of 2006 for their Social Cue Reader used in autism, and 2011's Popular Science Top Ten Inventions for a Mirror that Monitors Vital Signs.  Picard has consulted for companies including Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, iRobot, Merck, Motorola, and Samsung. Her group's achievements have been featured in The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight, Time, Vogue, Wired, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and she has appeared on BBC programs such as "Hard Talk" and "Horizon with Michael Mosley." CNN named her one of seven "Tech Superheroes to Watch in 2015."