Rosalind Picard on Tech and Wellbeing

We had the opportunity to speak with Affective Computing pioneer, Ros Picard, on her approach to designing technology for wellbeing.  We share her passion for a wellbeing focus and the desire to develop a future of technology that fosters thriving.   ("Positive Computing" is suggested reading for Picard's MIT Media Lab course "Health Behavior Change at Scale").

Rosalind W. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and faculty chair of MIT’s Mind+Hand+Heart wellbeing initiative. She is co-founder of Empatica, creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, providing analytics to measure and communicate emotion.

Picard is the author of the book Affective Computing, which helped give rise to a field by that name, and has authored or co-authored over two hundred scientific articles and chapters spanning HCI, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, wearable sensors and affective computing. She is an IEEE Fellow, and was named by CNN as “One of seven Tech SuperHeroes to watch in 2015”.