Rosalind Picard: Affective computing pioneer
Rosalind Picard, a professor of media arts and science at MIT, is widely recognized as starting the field of affective computing. Affective computing is a field of computer science that helps machines recognize, interpret and even simulate human affects and emotions. This sort of technology has many practical applications, but notably is already being used in wearable computing.
Picard, who received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from MIT, has authored more than 200 academic papers and has received many awards for her work.