I am a post-doctoral researcher working in two SNSF projects a) Dynamics of Indexical Information in Speech and its Role in Speech Communication and Speaker Recognition, and b) "Voice Theft": Chances and risks of digital voice technology with Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo. I am also a lecturer at the University of Zürich in the Phonetics and Speech Sciences group, Institute of Computational Linguistics. I have a Ph.D. in computational linguistics and phonetics.
My primary research focuses on understanding the indexical information (speech cues that help in answering the question who's speaking) variability in speech and its implication on automatic speaker recognition systems. My secondary research interests are voice-conversion, speech synthesis, automatic speech recognition, and speech signal processing.
► My interview with SRF radio (podcast) on the topic "The nifty lie, part 3: deepfakes - dangerous/overrated?"
► I appear in SRF TV's Einstein show in the episode "Voice Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Will Others Soon Sound Like Us?"
Spring 2020 521b003 Introductory seminar on automatic speech and text analysis
- Ph.D. The University of Zurich, Switzerland (2015-2019) Phonetics and Speech Sciences Group, Institute of Computational Linguistics Thesis: Understanding the effects of intrinsic speaker variability to enhance ASR performance
- M.Sc. Thesis, Fraunhofer IDMT, Ilmenau, Germany, (2015) Semantic Music Technologies Group Thesis: Automatic melody generation
- Dual M.Sc. Information and Communication Technologies (Erasmus Mundus MERIT), with a specialization in Speech and Audio Processing. 1st year: Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP) UPC, Barcelona, Spain (2013-2014) 2nd year: Division of Speech, Music, and Hearing, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, (2014-2015)
- B.Eng. Anna University, Chennai, India (2006-2010) Electronics and Communication Engineering Thesis: Code-360, an advanced color-coding technique for object identification and tracking
- Since Nov-2019 Post-Doc at Phonetics and Speech Sciences Lab UZH, Switzerland
- 2018 - 2019: Research assistant in a candoc project "How do infants identify their mothers by their voice: The role of temporal characteristics in infant-directed speech style"
- 2015 - 2018: Research assistant in SNSF project, “Acoustic Characteristics of Voice in Music and Straight Theatre, and Related Aspects of Production and Perception”
- 2010 - 2013: Software Engineer at TATA Consultancy service, India