A Computer That Can Hear a Marriage in Trouble

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By programming a computer to analyze the speech of couples, researchers at the universities of Southern California and Utah could predict whether the relationship would improve, worsen or stay the same. ILLUSTRATION: JUSTIN RENTERIA

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

By Daniel Akst, The Wall Street Journal

The human voice can reveal a great deal. Now, with the help of a computer, it can probably reveal whether your marriage is deteriorating.

By programming a computer to analyze the speech of couples, researchers at the universities of Southern California and Utah could predict whether the relationship would improve, worsen or stay the same. The computerized analysis, which focused entirely on aural qualities such as pitch and intensity, was compared with human assessments that took account of familiar features of the marital landscape, such as blame.

The computer turned out to be able to predict marital improvement or deterioration about as reliably as ratings provided by trained humans—in fact, even a little better.

For more, please go to The Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-computer-that-can-hear-a-marriage-in-trouble-1450900759

Interspeech 2015 Award Winners

 

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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that during the Interspeech 2015 Conference held on September 6th-10th in Dresden, Germany, a team of USC Researchers and Professors, led by Behavioral Informatix’ CEO Matthew Black and Chief Scientist Shrikanth ‘Shri’ Narayanan, was awarded, as part of the ComParE Awards, the prize for the Sub-Challenge  ‘Degree of Nativeness’ with their paper titled: ‘Automated Evaluation of Non-native English Pronunciation Quality: Combining Knowledge- and Data-driven Features at Multiple Time Scales’.

The USC team consisted of M.P. Black, D. Bone, Z.I. Skordilis, R. Gupta, W. Xia, P.Papadopoulos, S.N.Chakravarthula, B.Xiao, M.Van Segebroeck, J. Kim, P.G. Georgiou, and S.S. Narayanan.

Shrikanth Narayanan: USC’s People Reader

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

By Adam Gropman, LA Weekly

People who spend lots of time around Shrikanth “Shri” Narayanan may not hear him ask “What are you thinking?” too often. That’s not because he doesn’t care but because he might just try to analyze their gestures and vocal sounds instead.

“We are studying human behavior of various sorts,” says the professor of electrical engineering, linguistics and computer science at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. “These are complex things that are mostly very qualitative. How can engineering — technology and the underlying mathematics, as well as psychology — be used to study human behavior in a faster, more economical way? We’re trying to create those tools.” Read More

2005 Best Paper from the IEEE Signal Processing Society

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Shri Narayanan and his co-author Alex Potamianos of the Technical University of Crete will be awarded a 2005 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. The award is for their paper “Creating Conversational Interfaces for Children” published in the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 65-78, 2003. The award will be presented at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in May 2006. The IEEE Signal Processing Society has over 16,000 members worldwide.

The paper is available at: http://sail.usc.edu/publications.php

Source: USC Viterbi School of Engineering: http://ee.usc.edu/news/news/news_2006030826851.htm