Taniya Mishra is the Lead Speech Scientist at Affectiva. Taniya’s current research focuses on developing techniques for estimating human emotion from spoken utterances, with a goal to improve human-machine or human-human communication. These techniques involve training deep learning models from speech, either alone or in conjunction with other information streams such as text or facial expressions, to estimate a speaker’s emotion about the topic at hand, their engagement in a task, their confidence or their stress level.
Taniya’s past research includes text-to-speech synthesis, voice search and usage of the latter in child-directed and accessibility applications. Taniya completed her PhD in Computer Science from the OGI School of Science & Engineering at OHSU, Portland, Oregon in 2008. Taniya has been a co-author on more than 25 technical publications and has been awarded more than a dozen patents related to speech technology. Taniya is passionate about STEM education and mentoring.