Competition: US & Canada
Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan is an interdisciplinary scientist-engineer-educator whose work creates engineering approaches to human-centered sensing/imaging, signal and information processing, and computational modeling focused on human communication, interaction, emotions and behavior. These efforts aim at both scientifically illuminating human speech, language and multimodal mechanisms, and in creating robust, inclusive and equitable technologies for supporting and enhancing human experiences in domains ranging from defense and security to health, learning, and media arts. Shri is University Professor and Niki & C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), and is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Pediatrics. Prior to USC he was with AT&T Bell Labs and AT&T Research. He is Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, IEEE, ISCA, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Psychological Science, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. His contributions are exemplified in numerous peer-reviewed articles, original curated datasets and resources widely-used worldwide, sustained leadership in technical projects supported by various national agencies and industries, and granted patents leading to startups and technology.