Naveen Kumar [Resume]
Research Scientist, Disney Research
Los Angeles, USA

Ph.D., Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL)
Advisor : Shrikanth Narayanan
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA, USA

B.Tech (Dept. of Electrical Engineering)
Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, INDIA


I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California and a B.Tech. degree in Instrumentation Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
I currently work at Disney Research Los Angeles, USA. I am originally from Kolkata, India.
My broad research interests lie in the field of Signal Processing and Machine Learning for speech, multimedia and multimodal applications.
While the diverse nature of my work allows for exploration of fields not traditionally considered Signal Processing, it often also inspires new ideas that can only come as a result of thinking out of the box.


  • Apr 2019 : I am also organizing a workshop on "Emotion and emergent states in groups" at ACII this year. Watch out the website for more details!

  • March 2019 : MICA's 2nd workshop on understanding human-media interactions was accepted at ICMI! (website).

  • Jan 2019 : Paper accepted for oral presentation at ICASSP 2019 : “Hierarchy-Aware loss function on a tree structure label space for audio event detection".

  • Oct 2018 : Joined Disney Research, Los Angeles.

  • July 2018 : Organizing a workshop at ICME on “Multimedia Analytics on Societal Trends”[page] [flyer]

  • Jan 2018 : Paper accepted at ICASSP 2018 : “A deep reinforcement learning framework for identifying funny scenes in movies”.