Seminars & Colloquia

Priya Narasimhan

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

"CRA-Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Priya Narasimhan"

Wednesday November 16, 2011 10:00 AM
Location: 3211, EBII NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the System Research Seminar series



My research group is focused on improving the viewing experience, refereeing, scouting, and sports performance aspects of sports through embedded systems. Specifically, I will focus on two ongoing research projects, YinzCam and Myron. YinzCam allows fans, right from their seats during a sports event, to create/view their own instant replays, catch the action from multiple live camera angles, get automated instant replays seconds after a play has happened (from all the different camera angles), and get real-time statistics, players' roster, etc., all on their own wifi-enabled smartphones, and all without violating broadcast rights. YinzCam was deployed as a pilot for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 (including the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final), and is now deployed with multiple other teams/leagues. Myron uses a synergistic combination of sensors, communication protocols, computer vision, and machine learning techniques to provide enhanced tracking and motion analysis during practice or games for American football. We have currently developed a smart football that can be used to track the trajectory and landing position of the football in the field of play. We have also developed embedded coaching aids to help running backs, quarterbacks, wide receivers and punt kickers train reproducibly and independently of their coaches. The resulting data can also be used to indicate the performance of an individual player. This talk will highlight how YinzCam and Myron were conceived, built and deployed, and what we have learned (positive and negative results/experiences) in the process.

Short Bio:

Prof. Priya Narasimhan is an Associate Professor with the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, and is also the academic PI for the Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing, located at Carnegie Mellon. Priya Narasimhan is also the CEO and Founder of YinzCam, Inc., a Carnegie Mellon spin-off company focused on mobile live streaming and technologies to provide sports fans with the ultimate experience in NHL/NFL stadiums. Her research interests lie in the fields of dependable distributed systems, fault-tolerance, embedded systems, mobile systems and sports technology.

Her work has earned her a 2011 ad:tech Innovation Award, 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. Her students selected her as the recipient of the 2008 Eta Kappa Nu (Carnegie Mellon Sigma Chapter) Excellence in Teaching Award, and Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering selected her as the recipient of its 2009 Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award. She is a sports fan, and is passionate about improving the fan experience and the players' performance and recovery. You can follow her on twitter @priyacmu and learn more about her research interests at

Host: Xiaohui Helen Gu, Computer Science

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