Nasik-born Ramesh Raskar, 46, an Indian-origin scientist has bagged the Lemelson-MIT Prize worth $500,000 for his groundbreaking inventions to create solutions to improve lives globally. He is the founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences.
It was in the year 2008 when he founded the group at the MIT Media Lab, where he concentrated on creating imaging devices, for analysing light transport in computational imaging.
- The prize is given to outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A media release said yesterday, ''Raskar 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.''
Achievements of the winner
- He has more than 75 patents to his name
- He has written more than 120 reviewed publications
- He is the co-inventor of radical imaging solutions including femto-photography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners
- He has developed low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world
- He has also invented a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover
- In an announcement made during the award ceremony said, ''Seeking to catalyse change on a massive scale by launching platforms that empower inventors to create solutions to improve lives globally, he combines the best of the academic and entrepreneurial worlds to achieve milestones in improving the lives and health of people in industrial and developing societies.''
Raskar told MIT News that he has plans to use a portion of the prize money to launch a new effort using peer-to-peer invention platforms that offer new approaches for helping young people in multiple countries to co-invent in a collaborative way.