What Can a Wristband Tell You About Brain Health?

Dr. Rosalind Picard, originator of affective computing, will speak at WEAR Conference 2016

Dr. Rosalind Picard

WEAR Conference 2016, taking place May 24 - 26, 2016 at the Seaport Boston Hotel in Boston, Mass, will feature the work of the esteemed Dr. Rosalind Picard during the Wearables for Health, Wellness and Medical Session.  We caught up with Dr. Picard, Founder and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Empatica, Inc. and Co-Founder of Affectiva, Inc. for a sneak preview of her presentation.  

Dr. Picard, who is credited with the origination of the field of computer science known as affective computing, set out over fifteen years ago to create computational systems that could recognize and respond intelligently to emotion.      

"My team and I designed and built the world's first wearable sensors for classifying human emotion," explained Dr. Picard.  "We developed algorithms using pattern analysis, machine learning, and signal processing for extracting affective information from speech, physiology, facial expressions, and more."

"Today this work has spawned multiple start-up companies, including Affectiva who has collected more than eleven billion facial emotion points from viewers who opted-in online to turn on their cameras, and Empatica who will soon deliver a wrist-worn sensor that can issue potentially life-saving alerts for people having seizures," she continued.

In her talk, Dr. Picard will share stories to highlight the most surprising findings during this adventure. These include: being wrong about the 'true smile of happiness,' discovering that regular cameras (and smartphones, even while in your pocket,) could be enabled to compute heart rate and respiration accurately, finding electrical signals on the wrist that give insight into deep brain activity, discovering connections to memory consolidation during sleep, and learning of surprising implications of wearable sensing for autism, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and more.

WEAR Conference attendees can expect to hear from a diverse group of designers, developers, manufacturers and end-users about the integration of fashion and technology, strategies for innovation in the supply chain, augmented reality and VR, crowdfunding, wearables for health, medical and fitness, and much more.  For more information on WEAR Conference 2016, follow WEAR on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/wearables_tech) – look for #WEARcon2016.

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