[Standing (L to R): Shri Narayanan, Carlos Busso; Sitting (L to R): Serdar Yildirim, Murtaza Bulut, Abe Kazemzadeh]
On November 14th, researchers at the USC Signal Analysis and Interpretation laboratory (SAIL), directed by Shri Narayanan, received the "test of time" Ten-Year Technical Impact Award at the 2014 ACM International Conferendece on Multimodal Interfaces in Istanbul. The award is presented to a group of scientists for contributing a seminal paper published 10 or more years ago in ICMI, with the largest influence in an area within multimodal interaction, interfaces, and systems.
USC Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering PhD graduate (2008) Carlos Busso, the lead author of the study and currently Assistant Professor of EE at the University of Texas Dallas, was present to receive the award on behalf of the team. The study team included SAIL PhD graduates Serdar Yildirim (PhD'EE, 2006), Murtaza Bulut (PhD'EE, 2007), Chul Min Lee (PhD'EE, 2004), and Abe Kazemzadeh (PhD'CS, 2013, and an undergraduate student when the paper was published). The work was also a collaboration between SAIL and USC Computer Science Professor Ulrich Neumann, and his student Zhigang Deng (PhD'CS, 2006) as a part of USC's Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC), a National Science Foundation supported Engineering Research Center.
Sandeep Gupta, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering said "This group has an uninterrupted record of receiving multiple high-profile research awards. Yet another well-deserved feather in their cap!"
The award winning paper can be found here:
Analysis of emotion recognition using facial expressions, speech and multimodal information