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Rosalind Picard, ScD

Rosalind Picard invents technologies that help people better understand the emotions and behaviors that impact human health and wellbeing.  She is author of the book Affective Computing, which outlines how to give machines the skills of emotional intelligence, and is credited for launching the growing field of Affective Computing. Named one of seven “Tech SuperHeros to Watch” by CNN, Picard co-founded two companies, Empatica and Affectiva, that commercialized technologies invented by her team at MIT. She teaches MIT classes and directs a research group at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, leads as MIT’s faculty chair for MindHandHeart, a campus-wide wellbeing initiative, and serves as chief scientist for Empatica, creating AI-based analytics and wearables to improve human health and wellbeing. She has received numerous honors and awards including election to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to wearable and affective computing.