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.


  • Oct 2018 : Joined Disney Research, LA!

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

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

  • Aug 2017 : MICA's journal paper on “Unsupervised Discovery of Character Dictionaries in Animation Movies” was accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.

  • Sep 2016 : Joined the Affective AI group at Sony Interactive Entertainment R&D in San Mateo, CA

  • Aug 2016: I recently defended my thesis successfully. The talk was titled “Exploiting reliability information for classification tasks”. You can see slides from the presentation here.