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USC Study on Detecting Emotions in Spoken Dialogs Wins Best Paper Prize

Second Recent Prize for Viterbi Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory Publication

February 01, 2010 —

Shrikanth Narayan (Jon Vidar photo)
A 2005 paper co-authored by Shri Narayanan and his former student Chul Min Lee has won a 2009 Best Paper prize from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS).

The prize honors Lee (PhD EE, 2004) and Narayanan, Andrew Viterbi Professor of Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering for their publication "Toward Detecting Emotions in Spoken Dialogs," published in the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, vol. 13, March 2005.

Narayanan is a member of the Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI) who also holds joint appointments as Professor in Computer Science, Linguistics and Psychology.  This is the second Signal Processing Society paper award won by Narayanan and  students from the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL) that he directs.

Lee is presently a Senior Research Engineer at the LG Electronics Advanced Research Institute.

"This Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society is the second for Shri Narayanan and his research group, and is an excellent indication of his many continuing achievements and recognized stature in human-machine interaction and speech processing research. Our department joins me in congratulating him," said Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department.

The award will be presented in a ceremony at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2010 in Dallas, TX, in March 2010.