Inventor Spotlight - Priya Narasimhan
This prolific inventor has provided the thinking behind the BeaconSys blind assistive smartphone technology, the Hand Talk glove that interprets and vocalizes American Sign Language, YinzCam, which enables cell phone users to experience live sporting and entertainment events from multiple vantage points through immersive mobile video, and Myron, which enables improved coaching, scouting and refereeing of sports such as football. She serves as the co-director of the CyLab Mobility Computing Center at Carnegie Mellon.
Priya is an Associate Professor with the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, and Director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center, at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests lie in the fields of dependable distributed systems, embedded systems and mobile systems. Her research has earned her an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the 2009 Carnegie Science Center's Emerging Female Scientist Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Best Paper Award, the 2001 UCSB Lancaster Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and two IBM Faculty Partnership Awards. For her teaching efforts, her students selected her as the recipient of the 2008 Eta Kappa Nu (Carnegie Mellon Sigma Chapter) Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering selected her as the recipient of CIT's 2009 Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award.
She is currently the CEO and Founder of YinzCam, a Pittsburgh-based startup company and CMU spin-off focused on mobile live streaming and experiential technologies for live events. YinzCam’s mobile fan experience made Network World’s 2009 list of Top 10 Sports Technologies to Love. Previously, she was the Chief Technology Officer and, later, the Vice-President of Engineering of Eternal Systems, Inc., a startup company that commercialized the results of her Ph.D. research to develop and sell 24x7 highly available platforms and solutions. Her research greatly influenced the development of the Fault Tolerant CORBA industrial standard.
Her spare time is devoted to watching professional hockey and (American) football games. She is an ardent fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let's go, Pens! Here we go, Steelers!