USC’s Mark Humayun, Shri Narayanan elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

USC faculty members Mark Humayun, M.D., Ph.D. and Shrikanth “Shri” Narayanan, Ph.D. were recently named fellows to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Dr. Humayun and Dr. Narayanan join USC President C. L. Max Nikias and five other USC colleagues as NAI fellows.

The two will be formally inducted as NAI fellows on April 6, 2017 during the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Humayun merges medicine and engineering to focus on developing treatments for the most debilitating and challenging eye diseases and holds more than 100 issued patents and patent applications, most in the area of bioimplants for ophthalmology.

Humayun’s most recognized innovation is his co-creation of the Argus II, the only FDA approved retinal prosthesis system that allows those with certain blinding diseases to regain some useful vision. In 2016, Humayun received the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest award for technology achievement, from President Barack Obama.

Humayun is a USC professor with joint appointments in ophthalmology, cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and in biomedical engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He holds the inaugural Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Narayanan 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. Narayanan has published more than 700 papers and holds 17 awarded patents.

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. He holds the inaugural Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering.

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–by USC Stevens staff, published January 9, 2017