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Keynote Address‌

Thursday, July 13, 2017
9:15-10:30 a.m.

Rosalind W. Picard, ScD, FIEEE, is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory; faculty chair of MIT’s Mind+Hand+Heart initiative; co-founder of Affectiva, which delivers technology to help measure and communicate emotion through facial expression analysis; and co-founder and chief scientist of Empatica, which works to improve lives with clinical quality wearable sensors and analytics. Picard’s lab at MIT develops technologies to better understand, predict, and regulate emotion in service of health and wellbeing. To date their work has focused on helping people with autism, epilepsy, pain, and depression/anxiety. Recent efforts involve developing machine-learning based analytics that work with wearables and smartphones and with applications aimed not only at treatment, but also at building behaviors that foster health and resilience. Picard is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles. She is known internationally for authoring the book Affective Computing, which helped launch the field by that name. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. In 2005, she was named a fellow of the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, for contributions to image and video analysis and affective computing. Picard is an active inventor with nearly two dozen patents: Her group's inventions have been twice named to "top 10" lists, including the New York Times Magazine's Best Ideas of 2006 for their social cue reader, used in autism, and 2011's Popular Science top-10 inventions for a mirror that monitors vital signs. Picard interacts regularly with industry and has consulted for companies including Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, i.Robot, Merck, Motorola, and Samsung.

Endnote Address

Friday, July 14, 2017
11:15-12:30 p.m.

Diane Feeney Mahoney, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the MGH Institute of Health Professions’ School of Nursing’s inaugural Jacques Mohr Research Professor in Geriatric Nursing and director of gerontechnology research and development. Over the last two decades, she has been one of the U.S. nurse pioneers in the international field of gerontechnology (technology for aging). Mahoney has received numerous federal and foundation grants to support her research program developing technology-based interventions to help functionally or memory-impaired older adults sustain their ability to live at home while decreasing their family caregivers’ distress. In 2015, she and her team won the Cutting Edge Research Award for their NIH/NINR-funded Development of a Responsive Emotive Sensing System (DRESS) project at the International Society of Gerontechnology competition in Taiwan from 60 submissions across 30 countries. She is also the first nurse appointed as an associate editor of Gerontechnology, the leading international research journal in this field. Mahoney has more than 80 original research publications in the fields of gerontology, nursing, and technology. She earned a PhD from the Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a master’s degree as a gerontological nurse practitioner from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and a BS in nursing from Boston College. She is a fellow in both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing.