The life and career of Dr. Ramesh Raskar, is dedicated to creating impact through disruptive high-tech inventions. He is a researcher, inventor, mentor, entrepreneur, and a change maker. Mr. Raskar joined the MIT 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.
Raskar conceived of and hosted “Kumbhathon,” a year-round initiative to address challenges facing large populations in the developing world, bringing together experts, innovators, students and corporations to solve these challenges in real-time with technology, using the Kumbh Mela as an incubator. This initiative has since grown into the Emerging Worlds initiative, a platform for co-innovation that empowers smart citizens. The initiative now works from three hubs in India, with plans to quickly expand to Mexico, Central Europe, and other communities.
He is the winner of the 2016 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his groundbreaking inventions, commitment to youth mentorship, and dedication to improving our world with practical yet innovative solutions. He has also secured more than 75 patents and written more than 120 reviewed publications. He has also achieved distinction with numerous awards and prizes. The MIT Technology Review and their panel of experts recognized him as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. Other awards include the 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship, 2010 DARPA Young Faculty award, 2011 Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Award (first place), PharmaVOICE 100, Edison Awards, two Deshpande Center Innovation Grants, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovator Award, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, two Mitsubishi Electric Valuable Invention Awards, MIT Global Indus Technovator, and Best 10 New Products prize in Japan.