Awards, Publications, and Patents

Awards and Honors


  • Apple PhD Scholar in AI for Health and Wellness, awarded 2020
  • Fellow, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program, 2016-present
  • Honorable Mention, Graduate Science Award (MIT Dept. of Mechanical Engineering), 2017
  • Fellow, Tata Center for Design and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
  • Barbara T. James “Beaverworks” Award for Excellence in Project-Based Engineering (MIT Dept. of Mechanical Engineering), 2015
  • Robert Wallace Prize for Academic Excellence and Leadership Potential in Ocean Engineering (MIT Dept. of Mechanical Engineering), 2014
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

Invited Talks/Panels


  • Invited Speaker, National ADA Symposium - Pittsburgh, PA, July 2018
  • Panelist.  MIT Open Learning xTalks.  "Assistive Technology for Opening Minds, Hands, & Hearts".  April 2019
  • Invited talk on at MIT Lincoln Labs Employees with Disabilities resource group luncheon.  October 2019
  • Panelist.  MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Mentorship Workshop.  November 2019 & January 2020
  • Panelist.  MIT International Design Center.  "Envisioning the future of technology-enabled mobility: a panel discussion".  October 10, 2019

Peer-Reviewed Conference and Journal Publications 


Narain, J., Johnson, K., Quatieri, T., Maes, P., and Picard, R.  “Transfer Learning with Real-World Nonverbal Vocalizations from Minimally Speaking Individuals”.  Accepted.   Interpretable Machine Learning in Healthcare Workshop at ICML 2021.  

Narain, J.*, Johnson, K.*, Ferguson, C., O’Brien, A., Talkar, T., Zhang Weninger, Y., Wofford, P., Quatieri, T., Maes, P., and Picard, R.  Personalized Classification of Real-World Vocalizations from Nonverbal Individuals.  Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Multimodal Interactions, 2020.  *Equal Contribution.

Narain, J.*, Johnson, K.*, O'Brien, A., Wofford, P., Maes, P., and Picard, R.  Nonverbal Vocalizations as Speech: Characterizing Natural-Environment Audio from Nonverbal Individuals with Autism.  Laughter  and Other Non-verbal Vocalisations Workshop 2020.  *Equal Contribution.

Narain, J., and Maes, P.  "Understanding AAC Usage and Needs through a Web Survey with Device Users and Families".  Proceedings of the 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.  2020.

Johnson, K*., Narain, J.*, Ferguson C., Picard, R., and Maes, P.  "The ECHOS Platform to Enhance Communication for Nonverbal Children with Autism: A Case Study".  Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Case Studies).  *Equal Contribution.

Narain, J., Ananthabhotla, I., Mendez, S., Taylor, C., Siu, H., Brugnaro, L., and Mallozzi, A.  "ATHack: Co-Design and Education in Assistive Technology Development".   Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 

Narain, J.*, Quach, T.*, Davey, M.*, Park, H., Braezeal, C., and Picard, R.  "Promoting Wellbeing with Sunny, a Chatbot that Facilitaties Positive Messages within Social Groups".  Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.  *Equal Contribution.

Narain, J*., Johnson, K*., Picard, R., and Maes, P.  “Zero-Shot Transfer Learning to Enhance Communication for Minimally Verbal Individuals with Autism using Naturalistic Data”.  NeurIPS 2019 Joint Workshop on AI for Social Good.  *Equal Contribution.

Beiruti, S., Chander, A., Gee, K., Jones, A., Le Henaff, A., Zhang, Z., Narain, J., and Winter, A.  "A novel, efficient 3D-printing based manufacturing process for custom ocular prostheses".  Proceedings of the 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.  Berlin. July 2019. 

Narain, J. and Winter V., A. G., "A Hybrid Computational and Analytical Model of Inline Drip Emitters".  2019.  Journal of Mechanical Design.  

Narain, J. and Winter V., A.G..  "A Hybrid Computational and Analytical Model of Inline Drip Emitters."  ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection, 2018.

Narain, J. and Winter V., A.G..  "Determination of Resistance Factor for Tortuous Paths in Drip Emitters."  Proceedings of the 43rd Design Automation Conference (DAC).  In ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.  Cleveland, OH.  

Afinogev, B., Coles, J., Parthasarathy, S., Press-Williams, J., Tsykunova, R., Vasilenko, A., Narain, J., Hanumara, N., and Winter, A., “Wearable optical-digital assistive device for low vision students”.  Proceedings of the 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.  August 2016. Orlando, Florida.

Ambrogi, N., Dias-Carlson, R., Gantner, K., Gururaj, A., Hanumara, N., Narain, J., and Winter, A.  “Low Vision System for Rapid Near and Far-Field Magnification Switching”.  Proceedings of the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.  August 2015.  Milan, Italy.

Conference Presentations and Posters


Johnson, K.*, Narain, J.*, Picard, R., and Maes, P.  "Augmenting Natural Communication in Nonverbal Individuals with Autism".  Abstracts of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Meeting.  2020.  Accepted Technology Demonstration.   *Equal Contribution.

Narain, J.*, Johnson, K.*, Ferguson C., Picard, R., and Maes, P.  "Naturalistic Communication in Nonverbal Children with Autism".  2019 Neurodevelopmental Disorders Symposium, Boston Children's Hospital.  November 15, 2019.  *Equal Contribution.

Narain, J. and Winter V., A. G., " DEM Study of Clogging in Millimeter Scale Channels in Drip Irrigation Emitters."  71st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics: Atlanta, GA.  November 2018.

Sokol, J., Narain, J., Winter, A.G., "Experimental apparatus for rapid prototyping of pressure-compensating inline drip irrigation emitters," 71st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics: Atlanta, GA.  November 2018.

Narain, J. and Winter V., A. G., "A Hybrid Computational and Analytical Model of Inline Drip Emitters".  70th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics: Denver, CO.  November 2017.

Patents


Patent 14/603,142: Device Sandwich Structured Composite Housing; issued February 2017.

Provisional Patent: Channel-Less Drip Irrigation Emitters and Methods of Using the Same; filed August 2020

Provisional Patent: Systems and Methods for Designing and Modeling Pressure-Compensating Drip Emitters, and Improved Devices in View of the Same; filed August 2020