I am a researcher interested in applying scientific knowledge to interdisciplinary engineering problems in speech, audio and vision and in turn using engineering approaches to drive scientific understanding. My PhD thesis research focused specifically on speech science and its applications to machine intelligence and more generally, understanding how brain-body systems work and reason with information. I am currently a research scientist in the R&D division at Educational Testing Services (ETS), where I work on dialog and multimodal systems research with applications to language learning and behavioral assessment. I obtained my M.S and Ph.D degrees at the University of Southern California where I worked with an amazing and interdisciplinary group of researchers to explore the cognitive and technological aspects of speech science. My principal advisor was Dr. Shrikanth Narayanan.
This video gives a brief overview of part of my thesis work. This “research pitch” won top honors at the 3rd annual Ming Hsieh Institute Research Festival.