Affective Computing OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Affective Computing Online Course

Published Feb 03, 2009

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'Affective Computing' free OpenCourseWare from MIT looks at computing that deliberately influences, arises from or relates to emotion. MIT Department of Media Arts and Sciences' Media Laboratory, part of the School of Architecture and Planning, offered this course.

Affective Computing: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Graduate Yes No No Yes

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Affective Computing: Course Description

This lecture and discussion based course looks at how humans interact with each other and whether computers can affect and respond to human emotion. Students examine how emotion interacts with perception and cognition in order to develop computers that can respond to emotion and exhibit emotions of their own. Lecture topics include physiology of emotion, inducing emotion, robots and agents that exhibit emotions, emotion expression by synthetic characters, agents and machines and the ethical, social and philosophical connotations of affective computing. This course is ideal for students interested in creating computers and robots useful for customer service automation and wearable computers for people with special needs, such as autism patients. Offered as part of the Media Arts and Sciences program through MIT, this graduate-level course was taught by Professor Rosalind Picard.

The OpenCourseWare version of 'Affective Computing' includes a reading list with web-links to available texts and complete assignment instructions. For more information about this course, please visit the emotional computing course page.

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