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Ramesh Raskar

Posted on 29 May 2013 Comments Off



Prof. Ramesh Raskar


Ramesh Raskar joined the MIT Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction. Recent inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next-generation CAT-scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long-distance barcodes (Bokode), touch + hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (NETRA), and new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena.

Before joining MIT, he invented techniques for pocket-projector based Augmented Reality as well as Computational Photography. These projects include Shader Lamps (projector-based AR), composite RFID (RFIG), multi-flash non-photorealistic camera for depth edge detection, locale-aware mobile projectors, high dynamic range video, image fusion for context enhancement and quadric transfer methods for multi-projector curved screen displays.

In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, presented to top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the DARPA Young Faculty award. He holds more than 50 US patents, and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on computational photography. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina where for his thesis he developed a prototype of the first true 3-D videoconferencing system.

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