Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Speaking at INSAR 2018 on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Geraldine Dawson is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. She is Past-President of the International Society for Autism Research and a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. She is Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an interdisciplinary autism research and treatment center, and Chair of the Faculty Governance Committee for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Dawson has published extensively on early detection, brain function, and treatment of autism. With Sally Rogers, she developed the Early Start Denver Model, a comprehensive early behavioral intervention for young children with autism. Her awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science and the NIH Top 20 Advances in Autism Research Award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. TIME magazine recognized her work as a top 10 medical breakthrough of 2012. She completed a Ph.D. in Developmental/Child Clinical Psychology from University of Washington and clinical internship at UCLA.


Speaking at INSAR 2018 on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Professor Mark H. Johnson, FBA is Professor of Experimental Psychology (1931) and Head of the Department of Psychology, Cambridge University, UK. After obtaining a degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a PhD in neuroscience from Cambridge, he held academic and research positions at the MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London (1985-89 and 1994-98), University of Oregon, Eugene (1988-89), and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (1990-95), before he moved to become MRC Director of the Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, University of London in 1998. He has published over 350 papers and 10 books on brain and cognitive development in humans and other species, including the textbook “Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience” now in its 4th Edition. Currently his laboratory focuses on typical, at-risk and atypical functional brain development in human infants and toddlers using a variety of different neuroimaging, cognitive, behavioural, and genetic methods. Johnson coordinates several national and international collaborative scientific networks, and is a named fellow of the APS, BPS, Cognitive Science Society and British Academy (FBA).

Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D, FIEEE

Speaking at INSAR 2018 on Friday, May 11, 2018

Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D, FIEEE, is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, faculty chair of MIT’s Mind+Hand+Heart initiative, co-founder of Affectiva, providing emotion AI technology to help measure and communicate emotion, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of Empatica, improving lives with clinical-quality wearable sensors and analytics. Picard is the author of over two hundred and fifty peer-reviewed scientific articles. She is known internationally for authoring the book, Affective Computing, which is credited for launching the field by that name. She holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Picard is an active inventor with over a dozen patents: her group's inventions have been twice named to "top ten" 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 Ten Inventions for a Mirror that Monitors Vital Signs. Picard has consulted for companies including Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, iRobot, Merck, Motorola, and Samsung. Her group's achievements have been featured in The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight, Time, Vogue, Wired, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and she has appeared on BBC programs such as "Hard Talk" and "Horizon with Michael Mosley." CNN named her one of seven "Tech Superheroes to Watch in 2015." Picard’s lab at MIT creates new technologies to better understand, predict, and regulate emotion in service of better human health and well being.

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