Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan is USC University Professor and Niki & C. L. Max Niki as Chair in Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), where he is holds appointments as Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Pediatrics, and Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery and Research Director of the Information Sciences Institute. Prior to USC, he was with AT&T Bell Labs and AT&T Research. His interdisciplinary research focuses on developing engineering and computing approaches to understand the human condition and in creating human-centered technologies to support and enhance human experiences, across applications with direct societal relevance including in defense/intelligence, health, education and the media arts. He is a Fellow the Acoustical Society of America, IEEE, International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the National Academy of Inventors. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a recipient of many awards for research and education including the 2023 ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement and the 2023 Richard Deswarte Prize in Digital History. He has published widely (over 1000 papers) and his inventions/patents have led to technology commercialization including through startups he co-founded: Behavioral Signals Technologies focused on AI based conversational assistance and Lyssn focused on mental health care and quality assurance.