• Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Theodora Chaspari

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2017
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2012
  • Diploma (5-year degree, M.S. equivalent), Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 2010

Research Interests

    • Biomedical Signal Processing
    • Behavioral Signal Processing
    • Affective Computing
    • Wearable Applications
    • Data Science, Machine Learning

Awards & Honors

  • Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars Award, 2021
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 2021
  • CSE Graduate Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2019
  • Runner-up Best Poster Award, IEEE Body Sensor Networks, 2019
  • Best Presentation Award, Big Data and Human Behavior Symposium, USC, 2016
  • USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Merit Fellowship, 2015
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Travel Grant, 2014
  • USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2012
  • USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Graduate Top-off Fellowship, 2010-2012

Selected Publications

  • A. Gujral, K. Feng, G. Mandhyan, N. Snehil, and T. Chaspari, "Leveraging transfer learning techniques for classifying infant vocalizations," IEEE Biomedical Health Informatics (BHI), 2019
  • A. Gujral, T. Chaspari, A.C. Timmons, Y. Kim, S. Barrett, and G. Margolin, "Population-specific detection of couples' interpersonal conflict," Proc. ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Boulder, CO, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1145/3242969.3243007
  • A.C. Timmons, T. Chaspari, S.C. Han, L. Perrone, S.S. Narayanan, and G. Margolin, "Multimodal detection of conflict in couples using wearable technology,'' IEEE Computer, 50(3): 50-59, 2017.
  • T. Chaspari, A. Tsiartas, P. Tsilifis, and S.S. Narayanan, "Markov Chain Monte Carlo Inference of Parametric Dictionaries for Sparse Bayesian Approximations," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 64(12): 3077-3092, 2016.
  • T. Chaspari and J. Fain Lehman, "An Acoustic Analysis of Child-Child and Child-Robot Interactions for Understanding Engagement during Speech-Controlled Computer Games," Proc. Interspeech, pp. 595-599, San Francisco, CA, 2016.
  • T. Chaspari, A. Tsiartas, L.I. Stein, S.A. Cermak, and S.S. Narayanan, "Sparse Representation of Electrodermal Activity with Knowledge-Driven Dictionaries," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 62(3): 960-971, 2015.