Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die -- a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch that can detect epileptic seizures before they occur and alert nearby loved ones in time to help.
Rosalind Picard wrote Affective Computing, a book that outlines how to give machines the skills of emotional intelligence, credited for launching the growing field of affective computing. Named one of seven "Tech SuperHeros to Watch" by CNN, Picard cofounded two companies that have commercialized technologies invented by her team at MIT: Empatica, which created the first AI-based smartwatch cleared by FDA in Neurology, and Affectiva, which provides emotion AI software. Picard teaches and leads research in affective computing at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge; works as MIT's faculty chair for MindHandHeart, a campus-wide wellbeing initiative; and serves as chief scientist for Empatica, creating AI-based analytics and wearables to improve human wellbeing.