Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Ramesh Raskar joined the 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 projects and 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,Catra), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).

In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, which recognizes 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. Other awards include Marr Prize honorable mention 2009, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, presented by NASA, USAID, US State Dept and NIKE, 2010, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Award (first place), 2011. He holds over 40 US patents and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on Computational Photography. [Personal webpage]

Scientists and Post-docs:

Gordon Wetzstein

Gordon is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Camera Culture Group. His research interests are at the intersection of computer graphics, machine vision, optics, scientific computing, and perception. Gordon received a Diplom in Media System Science with Honors from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia in 2011. His doctoral dissertation focuses on computational light modulation for image acquisition and display and won the Alain Fournier Ph.D. Dissertation Annual Award. He organized the IEEE CVPR 2012 and 2013 Workshops on Computational Cameras and Displays, presented the "Computational Displays" and "Computational Plenoptic Imaging" courses at ACM SIGGRAPH 2012, and won a best paper award for "Hand-Held Schlieren Photography with Light Field Probes" at ICCP 2011, introducing light field probes as computational displays for computer vision and fluid mechanics applications.

Christopher Barsi

Christopher is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University for his work integrating nonlinear wave physics with optical imaging. A key research interest is exploiting the properties of nonlinear propagation, which couples the different spatial and spectral components of a signal, for use in computational optics. Currently, he explores ultrafast optics and advanced numerical algorithms for development of novel tools in imaging and sensing.

Dan Raviv

Dan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Camera Culture Group in MIT Media Lab, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science Department, Technion, Israel institute of Technology working in GIP laboratory on invariant metrics of non-rigid shapes. His research provides new practical tools for analysing geometric data. He has a bachelor degree, Summa cum Laude, in both Mathematics and Computer Science, and is an alumnus of Technion's Excellence Program. After receiving his masters degree he spent a summer internship working at HP-Labs Israel. Dan's research was granted several excellence prizes including the Gutwirth and Intel awards. Dan was elected best lecturer on several occasions including the prestigious Technion directorship prize for outstanding adjunct teacher.

Micha Feigin

Micha is a postdoctoral associate in the Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab. His research interests deal with computational and numerical aspects of inverse problems, including applications to time resolved imaging, computation photography and medical images. Micha is also interested in various aspects of compressed sensing, dictionary learning and smart random sub-sampling. He finished his Ph.D studies at the Tel-Aviv University at the mathematical visual perception lab where he also received his M.Sc with honors. His doctoral dissertation included work on applying smart random sampling techniques (coresets) to dictionary learning, adaptive regularization methods for inverse problems and approximation methods for Maxwell's equations in microscopy. In the industry, Micha has acted as chief architect for Sagivtech, a company providing GPU consultations and solutions, with specific expertise in imaging and vision applications, as well providing consultations and outsourcing services in the fields of imaging, vision and mathematical modeling for multiple companies in the Industrial inspection, defense and medical imaging fields.

Barmak Heshmat

Barmak is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Media Lab. Barmak’s research interest covers a wide range of topics in optics and photonics; nano-optics, THz devices, holography, acousto-optics, and image/display related optics are a few to mention. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Victoria in 2013 and his M. Sc. and B.Sc. at the Isfahan University of Technology in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Barmak finished his Ph.D. work on enhancement of THz photoconductive switches using nanotechnology with 10 scientific journal publications and 3 patents. His other contributions include an invited TEDx talk on the future of THz technology and an introductory work on topological metrics for self-reconfigurable robots.

Munehiko Sato

Munehiko is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research interests are centered around Human Computer Interaction, Human Interface, Human Perception, and Virtual Reality. His recent work specializes in interactions with large visual displays, and gesture-sensing technology on ordinary objects and human bodies. Munehiko is working on various projects to link humans and computers to provide people with improved means of interacting with the world, exercising his background in computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering. Munehiko earned his Ph.D. in Engineering, M.S. in Information Science and Technology, B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2013, 2009, and 2006, respectively. He also studied as an exchange student at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology in 2006-2007 academic year, where he worked in a 3D virtual reality research group under the supervision of Prof. Tapio Takala. Throughout 2011, Munehiko worked as a Lab Associate at the Interaction Group of Disney Research, Pittsburgh with Dr. Ivan Poupyrev on Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing (Touché) project, which won a best paper award at ACM CHI 2012.

Boxin Shi

Boxin Shi is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab. He is also affiliated with Prof. Sai-Kit Yeung's group, at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), as an SUTD-MIT Joint Postdoctoral Fellow. His research interests are computer vision and computational photography. His recent works specialize in photometric methods, reflectance and illumination, physics-based vision, and 3D reconstruction. Boxin earned his Ph.D. degree in information science and technology from the University of Tokyo in 2013. During his Ph.D. study, he worked at the Compute Vision Lab, under the supervision of Prof. Katsushi Ikeuchi. Before coming to the University of Tokyo, he has got his Master of Engineering from Peking University and Bachelor of Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 2010 and 2007 respectively. He has worked at Visual Computing Group, Microsoft Research Asia as an intern in 2009, 2010, and 2012, supervised by Dr. Yasuyuki Matsushita. He has also worked at National University of Singapore as a Research Engineer with Prof. Ping Tan in 2011.

John Werner

John is the Project Innovator and a Research Scientist for the Camera Culture Group. John is working on new imaging platforms, developing hardware and software technologies for augmenting human vision. John is also working on large scale online learning, bringing young people from around the world together to solve some of the most important problems through rapid prototyping and helping foster an environment of entrepreneurship to take ideas into the real world for impact. John is building a community to foster and disseminate technology for social impact (such as preventing blindness, creating tools for the visually challenged, and bringing eye care to developing countries). He is a founder of Ideas in Action /, All-American Triathlete, Loeb Fellow, Harvard University, one of the founding members of Citizen Schools, active photography and family guy.

Graduate Students:

Matthew Hirsch (with Prof. Henry Holtzman)

Matt is a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab. He works with Henry Holtzman's Information Ecology Group and Ramesh Raskar's Camera Culture Group. He graduated from Tufts University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. He worked from 2004 to 2007 at Analogic Corp. as an Imaging Engineer, where he designed threat detection algorithms for Computed Tomography security scanners. he is interested in all kinds of imaging devices, and using them to enable new understanding and interaction.

Nikhil Naik

Nikhil is a second year graduate student at the Media Lab. His research interests include computer vision/graphics and machine learning. At the Media Lab, he has worked on novel algorithms for material acquisition and scene analysis using ultrafast imaging. He has prior research experience in object tracking and biometrics. His hobbies are rowing and creative writing.

Aydın Arpa

Aydın was a Chief Architect of Nokia's Location & Commerce division (a.k.a. NAVTEQ) before joining to M.I.T. Media Lab. At Nokia, Aydın led teams that design and architect automatic map generation and visualization systems. He has more than 10 years of industry experience in computer graphics, computer vision, app development, and web technologies. Some of his work has been sold to Fortune 500 companies, while others have been featured in several top media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, BBC, The Times, Wired Magazine, and MIT Technology Review. He has more than a dozen domestic or international patents.

Kshitij Marwah

Kshitij Marwah is a first year graduate student at the MIT Media Lab. He did his undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi with his Master's thesis jointly at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT and Harvard Medical School on efficient machine learning algorithms for inference over massive graphs. He was also a visiting student at Stanford University in his undergraduate where he worked on information theoretic ontology restructuring. He has interned at Google as a part of their initiative to create the next prodigy application and IBM on protocols for seamless financial transactions on mobile phones. His interests span efficient algorithms for large-scale computation, computational biology, ultra-fast imaging, computational photography, computer graphics and lately, the new paradigm of compressed sensing.

Chunglin Wen

Chunglin Wen is a first year graduate student at the MIT Media Lab. He is interested in computational photography and data-driven computer vision. He is also interested in big data problem, no matter it's textual data or visual data. He receives his M.S. degree from Computer Science Department, National Taiwan University and B.B.A. degree from Information Management Department at the same university. He was also an exchanging student at the University of Tokyo. Before joining the Media Lab, he worked in Yahoo as a software engineer and the University of Toronto as a research assistant. He spent the 2012 summer at Disney Research Boston as a research intern.

Amy Canham

Amy Canham is fascinated by the subtle characteristics which constitute intuitive user interfaces and how UI/UX design affects technology adoption in developing countries. Amy has a BS in electrical engineering from Boston University and has traveled to three continents to study the ways in which rural communities interact with technology. Before coming to the Media Lab, she was a visiting fellow at BU's Biomedical Engineering department and developed several portable medical devices to address local needs in diagnostics and respiratory health. At the Media Lab, Amy is working on developing disruptive, frugal innovations for rural India.

Hayato Ikoma

Hayato Ikoma is interested in all kinds of imaging devices and beautiful biological phenomena. He received his BE in materials engineering from the University of Tokyo and his MS in biology from Kyoto University. Before joining to the MIT Media Lab, he conducted research on crystallization of semiconductor materials, fish coloration and skin regeneration of fish, using various optical microscopies. In his master's research, he was awarded the Iwadare Scholarship and the payback exemption of student loan from Japan Student Services Organization. At the Media Lab, he is interested in applying his diverse background to development of imaging devices. He is a recipient of the Funai Overseas Scholarship.

Undergraduate Students:


Xin Lin from Tsinghua University, China

Xing Lin is a Ph.D. candidate from Broadband Network & Digital Multimedia Lab, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is now a visiting student in Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab. His research interests are computational photography and computer vision. His past research experiences include multi-camera and multi-lighting dome project, depth from defocus, image deblurring, etc. His hobbies are basketball, photography, running, etc.

Lubos Omelina from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Lubos is a Ph.D. candidate enrolled in a joint program between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Slovak University of Technology. He is currently a visiting student in the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research interests are biometrics, computer vision and real-time software systems. His past research experiences include software engineering, face recognition, real-time control systems and adaptable games. His hobbies are programming, photography and running, etc.

Daniel Makoto Tokunaga from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

PhD candidate from the Escola Politécnica of University of São Paulo, Brazil, Daniel is now a visiting student at the Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab. His research interest includes techniques for augmented reality and its usage in games, specially, techniques to capture and blend real and virtual information. His past research experiences include real-time non-photorealistic representation of the user inside virtual environments, and human-computer interaction techniques.


Scientists and Post-docs:

Douglas Lanman, 2012, now at NVIDIA Research
Alex Olwal
Andreas Velten, 2012, now at University of Wisconsin
Yun Hee Kim, 2011
Ankit Mohan, 2010, now at Flutter (Bot Square Inc.)
Daniel Saakes, 2010

Graduate Students:

Otkrist Gupta, 2012
Jason Boggess, 2012
Roarke Horstmeyer, 2011
Rohit Pandharkar, 2011
Kevin Chiu, M.S. 2011
Jaewon Kim, M.S. 2010
Ahmed Kirmani, M.S. 2010
Sharmeen Browarek, MEng 2010
Dennis Miaw, MEng 2010
Jordan Sorensen, MEng 2010

Undergraduate Students:

Henna Nandwani, 2012
Amy Fritz, 2012
Tyler Hutchison, 2010
Ishaan Chugh, 2010
Biyeun M. Buczyk, 2010
Xiaoxi Wang, 2010


Shogo Fukushima from the University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Di Wu from Tsinghua University, China
Guy Satat from Technion, Israel
Chinmaya Joshi from College of Engineering, Pune
Matthew O'Toole from the University of Toronto, 2012
Siddharth Khullar from Rochester Institute of Technology, 2012
Kenishiro Fukushi from Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2012
Belen Masia from the University of Zaragoza, 2011
Vitor F. Pamplona, 2011
Abhijit Bendale, 2011
Erick Baptista Passos, 2011
Behzad Sajadi, 2011
Gordon Wetzstein, 2010
Tom Cuypers, 2010
Yasuhiro Mukaigawa, 2010
Manuel M. Oliveira, 2010
Masaki Suzuki, 2010
Gabriel Taubin, 2010
Shinsaku Hiura, 2009
Matthias Hullin, 2009
Grace Woo, 2008
Emily Zhao, 2008