International Girls in ICT Day- Rosalind Picard
International Girls in ICT Day, aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.
This year International Girls in ICT Day will be observed on Thursday 25th April 2019 and in the run up to that date, each week we invite you to learn more about five of the most influential women in the history of the field.
A graduate and professor at MIT and an inventor with multiple patents, her work on emotion recognition in intelligence has led to great leaps in communication, robotics and areas of health and medicine such as autism, epilepsy, depression and dementia.
Rosalind Picard, born May 17th 1962, earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with highest honours as well as a certificate in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by her Masters and Doctorate degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
In 1991 she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty and became known for her mathematical models for content-based retrieval of images as well as pioneering methods of automated search and annotation in digital video, which led to the creation of the Photobook system.
Soon after she published a book titled ‘Affective Computing’, defined as the study and development of systems and devices that can recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human effects. According to MIT’s press release on the book ‘According to Rosalind Picard, if we want computers to be genuinely intelligent and to interact naturally with us, we must give computers the ability to recognize, understand, even to have and express emotions.’
Following the release of the book, Picard co-founded Affectiva, an emotion measurement technology company in 2009 and Empatica Inc., a business creating wearable sensors and analytics to help people understand and communicate physiological changes involved in emotion in 2014. The concept of Affective Computing has also gone on influence many fields from Law to Video Games.
Picard is also an active inventor with multiple patents, including wearable and non-contact sensors, algorithms and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information. These inventions have applications in areas such as autism, epilepsy, depression, PTSD, dementia and human and machine learning,
She is a practising Christian and has stated herself that she does not believe there is a separation of the "material body and immaterial spirit" but that there is "something else that we haven't discovered yet. Scientists cannot assume that nothing exists beyond what they can measure".
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