Naveen Kumar
Research Scientist, Disney DownloadsResearch
Walt Disney Imagineering
Los Angeles, USA

Ph.D., University of Southern California
B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur


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 Walt Disney Imagineering R&D Los Angeles, USA. I am originally from Kolkata, India.

My broad research interests lie at the nexus of Signal Processing and Machine Learning for speech, multimedia and multimodal applications. These days I work on better understanding different aspects of human-human communication, in the hope that some of these can be imparted to embodied agents for better human-computer interaction. As a result, I am deeply fascinated with speech, language and the way people use these to achieve different social goals.

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 2020 : 3rd workshop on Media Analytics for Societal Trends (MAST) will be organized at ACM MM 2020 at Seattle.(Website)

  • Oct 2019 : Co-organized the 2nd MICA workshop on understanding human-media interactions will be held at ICMI, Suzhou, China(website).

  • Sept 2019 : Co-organized a workshop on "Emotion and emergent states in groups" at ACII this year. 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.