MAS.630 Affective Computing

Spring 2008

Humanoid robot holding a sign that reads 'Caution: robot operation area. Do not enter.'
With the ability to sense and respond to human emotions, robots will become more effective at many tasks. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Description

This class explores computing that relates to, arises from, or deliberately influences emotion. Topics include the interaction of emotion with cognition and perception; the role of emotion in human-computer interaction; the communication of human emotion via face, voice, physiology, and behavior; construction of computers that have skills of emotional intelligence; the development of computers that "have" emotion; affective technologies for autism; and other areas of current research interest. Weekly reading, discussion, and a term project are required.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Rosalind Picard

Course Meeting Times

1 session / week
2 hours / session