Dr. Picard is a professor, inventor, engineer, and scientist. She wrote the book Affective Computing that outlines how to give machines skills of emotional intelligence, helping launch the growing field of Affective Computing. Picard is a top-cited author in digital health and in affective computing with over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She co-founded two companies that commercialized inventions by her and her MIT team: Empatica, providing the first AI-smartwatch recognized by the FDA for monitoring seizures, and Affectiva, providing Emotion-AI software and services. At MIT, she is a full professor teaching and directing research at the Media Lab, and serves as founding faculty chair for MindHandHeart, MIT's campus-wide wellbeing initiative. Picard also serves as chief scientist and chairman of the board for Empatica, which recently received the European CE Mark for a new wearable and AI product "Aura" enabling early detection for respiratory infections even if the wearer is asymptomatic (with 94% sensitivity and 84% specificity when tested on Covid-19 and two varieties of influenza).