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Dr. Rosalind Picard


Dr. Rosalind Picard is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RIDGE-LANE LP.

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is Founder and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab and is Codirector of the Things That Think Consortium. Having served on the MIT Media Lab Faculty since 1991, she has authored more than two hundred scientific articles and holds multiple patents with a range of applications. Dr. Picard is also the Cofounder of Affectiva, Inc., which delivers technology to help measure and communicate emotion, and Cofounder of Empatica, Inc., which creates wearable sensors and analytics to improve health.

Dr. Picard served as a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems in 1998, helping launch the field of wearable computing. She is also an active inventor with patents including wearable and non-contact sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information.

She has served on numerous international and national science and engineering program committees, editorial boards, and review panels, including; 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.

Dr. Picard has consulted for companies such as; Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, iRobot, Merck, Motorola, and Samsung. Her Media Lab group's achievements have been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Independent, National Public Radio, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight, TIME, Vogue, Wired, Forbes, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and BBC programs such as Hard Talk and Horizon.

Dr. Picard received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, before studying for her ScD and SM at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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