Prof. Marian Stewart Bartlett


University of California, San Diego & Apple Inc.

Title: Spontaneous Facial Expression Recognition: Insights for reinforcement learning

Bio: Marian Bartlett is a Research Scientist at Apple. Prior to joining Apple, she was Full Research Professor at the University of California San Diego, and Co-Founder of Emotient, a start-up for automatic facial expression recognition. At UCSD, she co-directed the Machine Perception Lab at the Institute for Neural Computation, where she studied machine learning and computer vision, with application to face recognition and expression analysis. She received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Psychology from UCSD. Dr. Bartlett authored over 80 articles in scientific journals and peer reviewed conference proceedings, and has 5 patents. Her book, Face Image Analysis by Unsupervised Learning, describes her work applying principles of information theory to face recognition with Terry Sejnowski at the Salk Institute. Dr. Bartlett collaborated with Paul Ekman and Javier Movellan to automate the Facial Action Coding System, and employed the system to study spontaneous facial expressions in areas such as learning and education. She served as Director of Scientific Programs for the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, a multi-institution NSF Science of Learning Center, as Associate Editor of the Neurocomputing journal, as Program Co-chair for IEEE Face and Gesture Recognition in 2011, and as General Co-Chair for the International Conference on Development and Learning in 2004. Dr. Bartlett was selected to the 2016 Wired Next List, and received the Women who mean Business Award from the San Diego Business Journal in 2014. She has served on the Board of the Foundation for Neural Information Processing Systems as Treasurer since 2007.