Future of Imaging

  • 2012-07-05
  • Research

How will imaging change our world in 20 years? This presentation will focus on technology behind future imaging, their applications and the impact on society.


With more than a billion people now using networked, mobile cameras, we are seeing a rapid evolution in activities based on visual exchange. The capture and analysis of visual information plays an important role in photography, art, medical imaging, tele-presence, worker safety, scene understanding and robotics. But current computational approaches analyze images from cameras that have only limited abilities. Our goal is to go beyond post-capture software methods and exploit unusual optics, modern sensors, programmable illumination, and bio-inspired processing to decompose sensed values into perceptually critical elements. A significant enhancement in the next billion cameras to support scene analysis, and mechanisms for superior metadata tagging for effective sharing will bring about a revolution in visual communication.

The presentation will look at a series of questions. What will a camera/display look like in 20 years? How will the next billion cameras change the social culture? How can we augment the camera to support best ‘image search’? How will portable health diagnostics impact healthcare? Will we live mostly in virtual/augmented reality, telepresent? How will ultra-high-speed/resolution imaging change us? How can we improve ‘trust’ in imaging? Can we print anything .. Cars, food, .. babies? What are the opportunities in pervasive recording? What will be in Photoshop2030? What is the future of movie-making, news reporting, sports viewing? The same questions are being addressed in detail during the seminar of “Future Trends in Imaging” taught by Prof. Raskar during the week.


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.


This lecture is organized by the Vienna PhD School of Informatics.


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