Raskar is the founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT. He is a pioneer in the fields of imaging, computer vision and machine learning and his novel imaging platforms offer an understanding of the world that far exceeds human ability.
?Raskar is a multi-faceted leader as an inventor, educator, change maker and exemplar connector,? said Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. ?In addition to creating his own remarkable inventions, he is working to connect communities and inventors all over the world to create positive change.?
The Lemelson-MIT Prize honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
In 2012, Raskar co-created femtophotography, an advanced form of photography allowing cameras to see around corners. The technology, currently in development for commercialization, uses ultrafast imaging to capture light at 1 trillion frames per second, allowing the camera to create slow motion videos of light in motion.
Its potential future applications include, avoiding car collisions at blind spots; detecting survivors in fire and rescue situations; and performing endoscopy and medical imaging to eliminate the need of an X-ray. Raskar is continuing this research to make the seemingly impossible possible ? from reading a book without opening the cover to capturing images of out-of-sight objects using sound waves.
Raskar is the co-founder of EyeNetra, an inexpensive, disruptive eye-care platform that spun out of Media Lab research. EyeNetra enables on-demand eye testing in remote locations via a hand-held technology that snaps onto a mobile device. When looking into the binocular the user is provided with interactive cues to rapidly calculate a prescription for eyeglasses. The technology was created to eliminate the need for expensive diagnostic tools in the developing world. The young company has performed eye-tests for hundreds of thousands of subjects and is currently active in the U.S., Brazil, and India.
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