Shrikanth Narayanan received his bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy (Chennai, India) in 1988 and his M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D. (all in electrical engineering) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1990, 1992 and 1995, respectively. From 1995 to 2000, he was with AT&T Labs-Research, Florham Park and AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, first as a senior member and later as a principal member of its technical staff.
Currently, he is a professor at the Signal and Image Processing Institute in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Southern California (USC) and holds joint appointments as a professor in computer science, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, pediatrics and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. He is also the inaugural director of the Ming Hsieh Institute and a research director for the Information Sciences Institute at USC. He was a research area director of the Integrated Media Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at USC, and was the research principal for the USC Pratt and Whitney Institute for Collaborative Engineering, a unique partnership between academia and industry (2003–2007).
Narayanan is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).