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Shri Narayanan Receives the 2011 Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science


November 22, 2011 —

Shri Narayanan with his UCLA Ph.D. advisor Abeer Alwan.  
(Credit: Todd Chaney/UCLA Photography)
Shri Narayanan of our Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering received the 2011 Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. This award acknowledges the superior achievements of UCLA engineering alumni in their chosen fields of endeavor, including academia or industry. The selection criteria include the nominee’s career accomplishments, contributions to their profession, and ways in which they have advanced their field through the mentoring and education of others, and contributions to professional, academic, or industry organizations. Awardees are those who have set new standards of excellence in their careers to which others may aspire. The award was presented in Beverly Hills on November 4, 2011.

Shri received his M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D. 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. Currently, he is the Andrew Viterbi Professor of Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department Electrical Engineering, with joint appointments in Computer Science, Linguistics and Psychology. He is a member of the Signal and Image Processing Institute, is the inaugural director of the Ming Hsieh Institute at USC, and was Research Area Director of the Integrated Media Systems Center, an NSF Engineering Research Center.

Shri 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 is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an NSF CAREER award, Viterbi School Junior Research and Northrop-Grumman Senior Research awards, 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 has received several best-paper awards and was IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011.

Shri 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. At USC, he was Chair of the Joint Provost-Senate University Research Committee (2006-2009) and, a past President of the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society (2007-2008).

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 research 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.

Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, commented: "Our department is very proud of Shri's many contributions to technology and his deep interest in their applications in medicine and the social sciences. Our faculty join me in congratulating him for the recognition exemplified by the 2011 Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science."