Shree K. Nayar

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Shree K. Nayar
Born India
Nationality Indian American
Alma mater Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Known for Computational cameras
Oren–Nayar Reflectance Model
Bigshot Camera
Awards Marr Prize
Columbia Great Teacher Award
National Academy of Engineering
Scientific career
Fields Computer vision, computer graphics, robotics

Shree K. Nayar is an engineer and computer scientist known for his work in the fields of computer vision, computer graphics and computational cameras. He is the T. C. Chang Professor of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University.[1] Nayar co-directs the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center and is the head of the Computer Vision Laboratory (CAVE), which develops advanced computer vision systems.[2] In February 2008, he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering.

Education and career[edit]

Nayar received a B.E. in electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology in Mesra,Ranchi India in 1984, and an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1986. He received a Ph.D in electrical and computer engineering from The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University[3] in Pittsburgh in 1991.

Nayar worked as a research engineer for Taylor Instruments in 1984. From 1986 to 1990 he was a graduate research assistant at The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. In the summer of 1989, he was a visiting researcher at Hitachi Ltd. in Yokohama, Japan. He joined the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University in 1991, and in 2009 he became chair of the department.


Nayar's research is in the field of computer vision and focuses on the creation of novel cameras, physics based models for vision, and algorithms for image understanding.[4][5][6][7][8] His work is motivated by applications in the fields of machine vision, computer graphics, robotics, and digital imaging.[9] Nayar developed the concept of computational cameras and is a leading researcher in the field of computational photography. His inventions include cameras that can capture 360 degree, high dynamic range,[10] and three-dimensional images. In 2009, he created the Bigshot Camera, a kid-friendly digital camera designed for education.[11][12][13][14] He also developed the Oren–Nayar Reflectance Model in collaboration with Michael Oren. As of November 2015, he has published over 350 scientific publications and holds over 30 patents on inventions related to imaging, computer vision and robotics.[15] His publications have been cited close to 33,000 times, and he has an h-index of 107.[16]


Nayar has received several best paper awards for his scientific publications. For his achievements, he has received the following honors:


  1. ^ "Shree K. Nayar". 2001-11-19. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Shree K. Nayar | Short Biography". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Some Alumni Profiles". Archived from the original on 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  4. ^ Anne Eisenberg (29 July 2004). "WHAT'S NEXT; Fleeting Experience, Mirrored in Your Eyes". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Steven Levy (2004-07-11). "MEET THE EYE CAM - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  6. ^ Reed, Susan E. (31 January 2002). "In the Labs; Equipment Check: Backpack, Goggles . ." The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Eisenberg, Anne (7 September 2000). "WHAT'S NEXT; New Image Technology Can Drive Shadows Away". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Deutsch, Claudia H. (3 February 1997). "One Camera That Offers Many Views". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "^^^Home Of The Indian American Family". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  10. ^ Zimmerman, Steven (12 October 2016). "Sony IMX378: Comprehensive Breakdown of the Google Pixel's Sensor and its Features". XDA Developers. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bigshot: Home - Team". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  12. ^ "BigShot: Snap-together camera introduces kids to tech, and to their world". 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Bigshot Camera: Change Observer". Design Observer. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  15. ^ "CAVE | Publications". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  16. ^ "Google Scholar Record of S. Nayar". 
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  18. ^ "Shree K. Nayar | Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 

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