Ms Jesin James

2012-2014 - Master of Technology (M. Tech) in Signal Processing. College of Engineering, University of Kerala, India.


Jesin completed a BTech (1st class with Distinction) from Mahatma Gandhi University, India and Masters in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Kerala. During 2012-2014 she worked on developing a Text To Speech synthesis system in her mother tongue, Malayalam (language spoken in south India), with special emphasis on developing a prosodic model for the same.


Further, during 2014-2016 she worked as a Lecturer in Electronics and Communication Engineering in India, during which she was involved in some student projects, that have been published and presented to wider audience.


In 2016, she joined University of Auckland as PHD scholar in the Electrical Engineering department. She is currently working in the Healthcare Robot project (part of CARES, University of Auckland), with special focus on the development of the speech of the robot in New Zealand English. The aim is to improve the naturalness of the speech and incorporate empathy into the robot voice, to further improve its acceptance.

Jesin is interested in sgnal processing, electronics, signals and systems, and has good skill in MATLAB, VHDL, C, C++ programming.

She is also currently working as Research Asisstant (Mechanical Engineering Department) and Graduate Teaching Assistant (Electrical and Computer Science Engineering Department) at University of Auckland. 

Research | Current

Currently part of the "Health-care robot project" dealing with the speech section of the robot. 

Guided by: Dr. Catherine Watson, University of Auckland

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Auckland.

Previously Lecturer at University of Calicut, India (2 years)


  • Received International Speech and Communication Association Travel Grant for attending Interspeech 2018.
  • Received Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA) Travel Grant for attending Interspeech 2018.
  • Received the Colombo Plan Scholarship in Engineering for PhD at University of Auckland.
  • Received the CARES (Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science) seed funding for PhD research.

  • Received project grant from Kerala State council for Science,Technology and Environment, India for completion of a project under guidance.

  • Received the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) scholarship by the  Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for pursuing Masters degree.

  • Received the Indian Prime Ministers Scholarship for for the academic excellence in All India Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Areas of expertise

Speech Signal Processing

Signals and Systems

Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of The International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).

Member of The Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA).

Member of IEEE Women In Engineering, University of Auckland.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • James, J., Watson, C. I., & MacDonald, B. (2018). Artificial Empathy in Social Robots: An analysis of Emotions in Speech. RO-MAN 2018 - 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. 10.1109/ROMAN.2018.8525652
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson, Bruce MacDonald
  • James, J., Tian, L., & Watson, C. I. (2018). An Open Source Emotional Speech Corpus for Human Robot Interaction Applications. Paper presented at 19th Annual Conference of the International-Speech-Communication-Association (INTERSPEECH 2018), Hyderabad, INDIA. 2 August - 6 September 2018. 19TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPEECH COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION (INTERSPEECH 2018), VOLS 1-6. (pp. 5). 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1349
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson
  • Hioka, Y., James, J., & Watson, C. (2017). A design of comfortable masking sound for real-time informational masking. INTER-NOISE 2017 - 46th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering: Taming Noise and Moving Quiet.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yusuke Hioka, Catherine Watson
  • James, J., Watson, C. I., & Gopinath, D. P. (2016). Exploring Text To Speech Synthesis in Non-Standard Languages. In C. Carignan, M. D. Tyler (Eds.) Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 213-216. Parramatta, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Catherine Watson

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 3, Room 355
New Zealand