Peyman Milanfar

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Peyman Milanfar is a Principal Scientist / Director at Google Research, where he leads the Computational Imaging team. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California Santa Cruz, from 1999-2014. He was Associate Dean for Research at the School of Engineering from 2010-12. From 2012-2014 he was on leave at Google-x, where he helped develop the imaging pipeline for Google Glass. Most recently, his team at Google developed the digital zoom pipeline for the Pixel phones, which includes the multi-frame super-resolution "Super Res Zoom" technology, and the RAISR upscaling algorithm. In addition, the Night Sight mode on Pixel 3 uses the Super Res technology (whether zoomed or not) for vivid shots in all lighting conditions.

His work includes the development of fast and robust methods for super-resolution, statistical analysis of performance limits for inverse problems in imaging, and the development of adaptive non-parametric techniques (kernel regression) for image and video processing. He holds several US patents in the field of image and video processing.[1]

Milanfar did his undergraduate studies at University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1988, with a joint degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. Milanfar received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from MIT in 1993, with Alan S. Willsky.[2] He was a research scientist at SRI International from 1994 to 1999 before moving to UC Santa Cruz.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2000, Milanfar won a Career award from the US National Science Foundation.[3] He was elected to IEEE Fellow[4] in 2010 for contributions to inverse problems and super-resolution in imaging. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.


He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles.[5][6] He won a best paper award from IEEE in 2011.[7]


Peyman Milanfar, Ed., Super-resolution Imaging,[8] CRC Press, 2010


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