Behavioral Imaging Seminar Series - Rosalind Picard (MIT) - 11/11/14 @ 12:00pm - TSRB 132

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    • Tuesday November 11, 2014 - Wednesday November 12, 2014
      11:00 am - 11:59 am
  • Location: TSRB 132, 85 5th Street, Atlanta, GA
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Summary Sentence: Georgia Tech alumna and leader in the field of Affective Computing, Prof. Rosalind Picard will be speaking about the "Surprising Findings from Affective Computing"

Full Summary: Our next Behavioral Imaging speaker, Prof. Rosalind Picard, Sc.D, is an alumni of Georgia Tech, one of the first developers of the academic field of Affective Computing, and professor of Media Arts and Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She will be speaking next Tuesday,November 11, 2014 at 12:00pm in the TSRB banquet hall, 132 at 85 5th Street, NW, Atlanta, GA.  If you are planning to attend her talk, please RSVP Here, to allow for a more definite head count. 

Surprising Findings from Affective Computing

Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D

Abstract: More than fifteen years ago I set out to build the first computational systems to recognize emotion.  My team and I built wearable sensors and created new algorithms for signal processing of speech and physiology, computer vision, pattern analysis and machine learning, while developing  new methods to get real-world affective data including crowd-sourcing.  Our work has spanned affect recognition from faces, voices, posture, physiology, and multimodal combinations. In this talk I will highlight recent surprising findings.  These findings include discerning truly happy smiles, cameras that can read heart rate and respiration  non-contact, use of motion sensors in Google Glass to read heart-rate and respiration, the value of colors beyond RGB, electrical signals on the wrist that reflect deep brain activity, and surprising implications for autism, sleep, epilepsy, and learning.

Biography: Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the (MIT) Media Lab and co-director of the Things That Think Consortium. She has co-founded two businesses, Empatica, Inc. creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and 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 doctorate degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. In 1991 she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty. She became internationally known for constructing mathematical texture models for content-based retrieval of images and for pioneering methods of automated search and annotation in digital video including the Photobook system. The year before she was up for tenure she took a risk and published the book Affective Computing, which became instrumental in starting a new field by that name. Today that field has its own journal, international conference, and professional society. Picard was also a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems in 1998, helping launch the field of wearable computing.

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In Campus Calendar

College of Computing, School of Computer Science, School of Interactive Computing, School of Computational Science and Engineering

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
Affective Computing, computer vision, machine learning, Pattern Analysis
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