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Premkumar Natarajan

Research Professor of Computer Science with Distinction


  • Doctoral Degree, Electrical Engineering, Tufts University
  • Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering, Tufts University
  • Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Poona


Executive Director Prem Natarajan leads ISI’s technical, strategic and operational directions. He arrived in July 2013 from Raytheon BBN Technologies, an Internet pioneer and subsidiary of major defense and civilian contractor Raytheon Company. During 17 years at Raytheon BBN, Natarajan rose through research, managerial and executive ranks to become vice president, principal scientist and one of three executive vice presidents. His responsibilities included developing technical strategy, identifying fresh research areas, and pursuing new markets and international customers. In those roles, Natarajan launched Raytheon BBN’s computer vision, human social-cultural behavior modeling and document image-processing business lines.

Research Summary

His research expertise includes speech recognition, language understanding, speech-to-speech translation, video analysis and content extraction, machine learning and optical character recognition. Natarajan also holds several patents. He earned his BSEE degree from Pune University in India and his master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tufts University, located near Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science
  • Information Science Institute
  • 4676 Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey Ca 90292
  • USC Mail Code: 1454
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