Professor, Media Arts and Sciences
Rosalind Picard, Sc.D., is an MIT professor, inventor, author, and entrepreneur. She wrote the book Affective Computing, which helped launch the field giving computers (including software agents, robots, and interactive games) the skills of emotional intelligence. She is one of the top two most-cited researchers in Digital Health and directs research at the MIT Media Lab on Affective Computing, focused on creating solutions to help people who are not flourishing or at risk of not flourishing. Rosalind’s inventions have led to AI-based advances in psychiatry and neurology, including the first AI-based smart watch (commercialized by Empatica, sold as “Embrace”) cleared by FDA for monitoring and alerting to seizures, and wearable devices used by thousands of researchers globally for collecting medical data used in clinical trials and patient-focused research. Her team’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. Rosalind has co-founded two successful businesses, Affectiva and Empatica. Empatica recently created the first AI wearable approved in Europe as a medical device for warning of a likely viral respiratory infection, accurately answering, “are you probably to be sick with flu or Covid-19 tomorrow?” even when you may not feel sick. Rosalind’s TEDx talk has been viewed by nearly two million people, and she has received a variety of recognitions including one of the highest honors for an engineer, election to the National Academy.