An Indian-origin scientist Ramesh Raskar has bagged the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize worth $500,000 in the US for his groundbreaking inventions to create solutions to improve several lives globally. The Lemelson award is given to those inventors who have created a product which can be a benefit to humankind and can easily adapt to practical use.
Ramesh Raskar has been awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize 2016 for developing an ultra-fast imaging system which can be used for low-cost eye-care solutions. Raskar has co-invented radical imaging solutions including Femto-photography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners, low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world, and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover.
Speaking on his inventions, the Indian-origin researcher says that he plans to use part of the prize money to launch a new effort using peer-to-peer invention platforms to help young people in different countries to collaborate.
After completing his Ph.D. at UNC, Chapel Hill, Ramesh went to the MIT Media Lab to work with others to develop a kind of technology which allows observers to perceive an image on- screen without wearing refraction corrective spectacles. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction.