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Shri Narayanan

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Viterbi Professor in Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems and Computer Science


  • 1995, PhD, Electrical Engineering, University California - Los Angeles
  • 1992, Other, University of California-LA
  • 1990, Masters, Electrical Engineering, UCLA
  • 1988, Bachelors, Electrical Engineering, Anna University


Shrikanth Narayanan received his M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D., all in electrical engineering, from UCLA in 1990, 1992, and 1995, respectively. From 1995-2000 he was with AT&T Labs-Research, Florham Park and AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill--first as a Senior Member and later as a Principal member of its Technical Staff. Currently, he is a Professor at the Signal and Image Processing Institute of USC's Electrical Engineering department and holds joint appointments as Professor in Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics. He is also the inaugural director of the Ming Hsieh Institute at USC. He was a Research Area Director of the Integrated Media Systems Center, an NSF Engineering Research Center at USC, and was the Research Principal for the USC Pratt and Whitney Institute for Collaborative Engineering, a unique partnership between academia and industry (2003-2007).

Shri Narayanan is currently Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing and an Editor for the Computer, Speech and Language Journal and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, the APSIPA Transactions on Signal and Information Processing, and the Journal of Acoustical Society having previously served an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions of Speech and Audio Processing (2000-2004), the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2005-2008), the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2008-2012) and IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks (2014-2015). He holds or has held positions on the Speech Communication and Acoustic Standards committees of the Acoustical Society of America and the Advisory Council of the International Speech Communication Association, the BigData SIG (2014-present) the Speech Processing Technical Committee (2003-2007) and on the Multimedia Signal Processing technical committee (2005-2008; 2014-present) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. At USC, he was Chair of the Joint Provost-Senate University Research Committee (2006-09) and, a Past President of the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society (2007-08).

Shri Narayanan is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Eta Kappa Nu. He holds the first Viterbi Professorship in Engineering at USC. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, USC Engineering Junior Research Award and Use-inspired research award, USC Electrical Engineering Northrop-Grumman Research award, a Mellon award for mentoring excellence, a USC Distinguished Faculty Service Award, an Okawa Research Award, IBM Faculty Awards (2008, 2010), Google Faculty Research Award (2016), the 2011 UCLA Engineering Alumni Professional Achievement Award, and a faculty fellowship from the USC Center for Interdisciplinary research. He is a recipient of an Engineer's Council 2015 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, a Ten Year Technical Impact Award from the 2014 ACM ICMI, a 2009 Best Transactions Paper award (with Chul Min Lee) and a 2005 Best Transactions Paper Award (with Alexandros Potamianos) from the IEEE Signal Processing society and was selected as Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011 and the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) Distinguished Lecturer for 2015-16. Papers co-authored with his students have won awards at ICASSP 2016, Interspeech2015-Nativeness Challenge, Interspeech2014-Cognitive Load Challenge, Interspeech2013-Paralinguistics Challenge, Interspeech 2013, Interspeech2012-Speaker Trait Challenge, Interspeech2011-Speaker State Challenge, InterSpeech 2010, InterSpeech 2009-Emotion Challenge, IEEE DCOSS 2009, IEEE MMSP 2007, IEEE MMSP 2006, ICASSP 2005 and ICSLP 2002. His research interests are in signals and systems modeling with an interdisciplinary emphasis on speech, audio, language, multimodal and biomedical problems and applications with direct societal relevance. His laboratory is supported by federal (NSF, NIH, DARPA, ONR, Army and DHS) and industry grants. He has published over 700 papers and has 17 granted U.S. patents.

Research Summary

Human Communication and Information Processing: Theory & Applications of Signal Processing, Information/Estimation theory, Statistical Systems Modeling
? Speech and Language Processing & Automatic Speech Recognition
? Speech Production Modeling, Articulatory Acoustics, Speech Synthesis
? Biomedical Signal Processing and Modeling; Imaging & Instrumentation for Speech Research
? Human Machine Interaction; Multimodal-Multimedia Interfaces, Devices, and Systems


  • - Endowed Professorship
  • - Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline
  • - Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline
  • - NIH/NSF Career Development Award
  • 1990 American Public Power Association DEED Scholarship
  • 1993 Anthony Fellowship
  • 1994 Vinnell Foundation Fellowship
  • 1996 AT & T True Achievement Award
  • 1997 AT & T Performance Award
  • 1999 AT & T True Achievement Award
  • 2000 AT & T Performance Award
  • 2002 ISCA Best Student Paper
  • 2002 IEEE Senior Member
  • 2003 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2003 USC Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award
  • 2003 Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Fellow
  • 2003 USC Provost Center for Interdisciplinary Research Faculty Fellow
  • 2005 ICASSP Best Student Paper
  • 2005 Best Paper
  • 2005 Fellow of Professional Society
  • 2005 Research Award
  • 2006 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper
  • 2006 IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop 2006 Best Student Paper
  • 2006 Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society President
  • 2006 Other Awards
  • 2006 Service Award
  • 2007 IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop 2007 Best Student Paper
  • 2008 IBM IBM Faculty Award
  • 2008 Okawa Foundation Okawa Research Grant Award
  • 2009 IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems Best Paper Award
  • 2009 Body Computing Conference Body Slam Award
  • 2009 InterSpeech 2009 Emotion Challenge Award
  • 2009 IEEE Fellow
  • 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award
  • 2010 International Speech Communication Association Best Paper, Interspeech 2010
  • 2010 University of Southern California Distinguished Faculty Service Award
  • 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2010 AAAS Fellow
  • 2010 IBM IBM Faculty Award
  • 2011 InterSpeech 2011 Speaker State Challenge
  • 2011 UCLA School of Engineering Alumni Professional Achievement
  • 2012 InterSpeech 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge. Pathology
  • 2013 InterSpeech 2013 Paralinguistic's Challenge, Social Signals
  • 2014 InterSpeech 2014 Paralinguistic's Challenge, Cognitive Load
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

  • EEB 430
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2564

  • (213) 740-6432

  • shri@sipi.usc.edu

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