Affective Computing

A robot points into the distance as people look on in the foreground.

Octavia, from the U.S. Navy Center for Applied Research, is a robot that was created to interact with people with the help of her movable mouth, eyeballs, eyelids, and eyebrows. Sadness, anger, confusion, excitement, and boredom are a few of the emotions that Octavia can express. (This image is in the public domain.)


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Fall 2015



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This course instructs students on how to develop technologies that help people measure and communicate emotion, that respectfully read and that intelligently respond to emotion, and have internal mechanisms inspired by the useful roles emotions play.

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Rosalind Picard. MAS.630 Affective Computing. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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