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SAIL conducts fundamental and applied research in human-centered information processing. SAIL's research applications and systems development especially focus on domains with direct societal relevance including in human health and well being, education and defense. SAIL Alumni occupy important positions in both academia and industry

SAIL supports a collaborative interdisciplinary environment and bridges research from several departments and schools both within and outside USC. The principles, values and mission of SAIL are summarized here.

SAIL was established in November 2000 by Professor Shrikanth Narayanan, who is also the director of SAIL. Our research is supported by the NSF, NIH, DARPA, Army, ONR, and grants from foundations and industry.


SAILers do interdisciplinary research in several domains such as speech processing, spoken language communication, natural language processing, human centered behavioral signal processing etc.


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SAILers work on diverse research projects ranging from studying the dynamics of vocal tract to understand speech production to use of multimodal signal processing to analyze underlying biases in movies. 


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Lab Life

Being a SAILer means working closely with other SAILers and collaborators in order to push the boundaries of scientific knowledge in a cooperative yet intellectually challenging approach, while having fun at the same time.






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  • Article on psychotherapy software to evaluate therapist emptathy.
  • Rahul Gupta's thesis defense scheduled for Monday, May 23rd at 1 pm.
  • Jimmy Gibson's qualifiers talk scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th at 1 pm.
  • Danny Bone's thesis defense scheduled for Monday, May 9th at 1 pm.