Shri Narayanan named first holder of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering

Professor Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering was recently formally installed as the holder of USC’s first endowed chair named after the university’s current president and his wife.

Dr. Narayanan is chair of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering. The endowed chair was created in 2016 through the gift of an anonymous donor.

Dr. Narayanan is a professor of electrical engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering and computer science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering who holds secondary appointments as a professor of linguistics and psychology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Narayanan is an interdisciplinary research who has made groundbreaking contributions to human-centered signal and information processing. His contributions have laid the foundation for the proliferation of voice recognition technologies, voice recognition technologies on the cloud and on mobile devices, and in enabling novel emotion-aware human-machine interaction technologies. He is also the creator of the fields of behavioral signal processing and behavioral informatics that enable technology-based solutions with applications most notably in mental health.

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–compiled by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published February 28, 2017. USC photo by Gus Ruelas.