Computational Imaging Platforms for Next Generation User Experience


Ram Narayanswamy


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Date: January 28, 2014


Cameras in mobile devices has made photography ubiquitous. It is estimated that approximately 900 Billion photos will be captured in 2014. Innovation and low cost is making cameras increasingly accessible to a wide range of consumer products. It is also enabling imaging platforms with multiple cameras. Users would like newer experiences with their photographs and videos. Furthermore they want to express themselves in novel ways using these visual media forms. The next revolution in imaging is happening at the nexus of Computational imaging, Industrial design and User experience. In this talk, we develop this theme, discuss the opportunities for innovative work and the requirements it places on the various components and the system.

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Ram Narayanswamy currently leads an Intel effort in Computational Imaging as part of Intel Lab’s User Experience Group. He cut his teeth in imaging at NASA Langley Research Center in the Visual Image Processing lab under Fred Huck working on imaging system design and optimization. Back then he co-authored a paper titled “Characterizing digital image acquisition devices”, better known today as the “slanted-edge test” a de facto standard to measure camera MTF. Subsequently, he did his PhD at the Optoelectronics Systems Center at University of Colorado under Prof. Kristina Johnson and joined CDM Optics, a start-up which pioneered Wavefront Coding and the field of computational imaging. Upon CDM’s acquisition by OmniVision Technologies, Ram led the effort to productize Wavefront Coding for the mobile phone segment. He joined Aptina Imaging where he helped bring the world’s first performance-720p reflowable cameras modules to market – a complete-camera that ships in tape and reel! While at Aptina, Ram also led their effort in Array cameras. Ram has a PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder, MS from the University of Virginia – Charlottesville and a BS from the National Institute of Technology – Trichy. He loves this golden age of imaging and is looking forward to ushering the platinum age.

Created: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014