SPD Scientific Work Group Participants

Rosalind Picard, ScD

Title: Professor, Director
Department:  Autism & Communication Technology Initiative
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Mailing Address: MIT Media Lab, E14-374G, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 253-0369

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, ScD is founder and director of the Affective Computing research group at the MIT Media Lab, co-director of the Things That Think consortium, the largest industrial sponsorship organization at the Lab, and leader of the new and growing Autism & Communication Technology Initiative at MIT. In April 2009 she cofounded Affectiva, Inc., where she serves as chairman and chief scientist. 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 at MIT, 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, where she became internationally known for constructing powerful mathematical 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 is the author of the award-winning book Affective Computing, which was instrumental in starting a new field by that name, she is also author of nearly 200 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 inventing innovative technology. She has been awarded dozens of distinguished and named lectureships internationally, and in 2005 was honored as a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to image and video analysis and affective computing. She is recipient of a best paper prize for work on machine learning with multiple models (with Tom Minka, 1998), and recipient of a best theory paper prize for work on affect in human learning (with Barry Kort and Rob Reilly, 2001). 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 communication, human and machine learning, health behavior change, marketing, advertising, customer service, and human-computer interaction.

Picard has served on dozens of international and national science and engineering program committees, editorial boards, and review panels, including (most recently) 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.