Shri's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL) conducts fundamental and applied research in human-centered information processing, behavioral signal processing and behavioral informatics. The emphasis is on speech, audio, language, biomedical and multi-modal signal processing, machine learning and pattern recognition.
SAIL's research applications and systems development especially focus on domains with direct societal relevance including in human health and well being (in the domains such as autism, distressed behavior, addiction, pediatric obesity and disordered speech production), education (technologies for literacy and language learning) and defense (signal and pattern classification, speech recognition and translation, virtual human-based systems and audio-visual scene analysis).
SAIL supports a collaborative interdisciplinary environment and bridges research from several departments and schools both within and outside USC.
Shrikanth (Shri) 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 and Psychology. 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 an Editor for the Computer, Speech and Language Journal and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and the Journal of Acoustical Society of America having previously served an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions of Speech and Audio Processing (2000-2004) and the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2005-2008). He holds 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, having previously served on the Speech Processing Technical Committee (2003-2007) and on the Multimedia Signal Processing technical committee (2005-2008) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. At USC, he was Chair of the Joint Provost-Senate University Resarch Committee (2006-2009) and, a past President of the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society (2007-2008).
Shri Narayanan is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (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, USC Electrical Engineering Northrop-Grumman Research award, a Mellon award for mentoring excellence, a USC Distinguished Faculty Service Award, an Okawa Research Award, an IBM Faculty Award and a faculty fellowship from the USC Center for Interdisciplinary Research. He is a recipient of a 2005 Best Paper award (with Alex Potamianos) and a 2009 Best Paper Award (with Chul Min Lee) from the IEEE Signal Processing Society and was selected as Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011. Papers co-authored with his students have won awards at 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), foundation and industry grants. He has published over 400 papers and has 8 granted U.S. patents.