An interview with Rosalind Picard: technology and autism

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, the largest industrial sponsorship organization at the lab. She has co-founded two businesses, Empatica, Inc. creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc. delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion. 

Rosalind kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Professional Conference in Harrogate in March this year. We asked Rosalind a series of questions; you can view the full interview or clips of the individual question clips below. 

Full interview:

Individual question clips: 

1.Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background in autism?

2.Can you tell us more about your work and how it can be applied to autistic people?

3.To what extent do you feel the technology you are involved in can help autistic people?

4.Can you give us an example of how this technology could apply in a day to day setting?

5. How would you suggest professionals could utilise the technology as part of their practice?

6. How can this type of technology help assist in identifying triggers in behaviour?

Author: Rosalind Picard

Date added:  18 June 2015

Reviewed: 19 June 2018