Srinivasa Narasimhan

 Associate Professor
 The Robotics Institute
 School of Computer Science
 Carnegie Mellon University


Illumination and Imaging Laboratory (ILIM)

The ILIM Laboratory at the Robotics Institute is dedicated to the study of light transport and the development of novel illumination and imaging technologies. The laboratory is part of the broader computer vision and computer graphics groups at Carnegie Mellon. Our research is motivated by applications in the areas of digital imaging, computer vision, computer graphics and robotics. Please visit the official website for the lab for detailed information about research projects and publications. The sponsors for these research projects include the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), the Okawa Foundation, Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton (SCR), Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Ford, Tonbo Imaging, and Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing (ISTC-EC).
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Events and Seminars


  • Master of Science - Computer Vision [MSCV] Starting Fall 2015.
  • 16-720: Graduate Computer Vision [CMU Blackboard]
  • 15-385(685): Undergraduate Computer Vision [Spring 2012]  [Spring 2007]  [Spring 2006]
  • 16-823: Physics-based methods in Computer vision [Spring 2011]  [Fall 2007]  [Fall 2006]  [Fall 2005]
  • 15-462: Computer Graphics [Fall 2014]   [Fall 2013]   [Fall 2012]   [Fall 2011]   [Fall 2010]   [Fall 2009]
  • 16-421: Vision Sensors [Spring 2009] [Spring 2008]

  • Research Group

  • Current Members
  • Robert Tamburo (Project Scientist)
  • Feng Yang (Post-doc)
  • Supreeth Achar (3rd year PhD)
  • Minh Vo (2nd year PhD)
  • Chao Liu (1st year PhD)
  • Abhishek Chugh (MS)
  • Subhagato Dutta (MS)
  • Vinay Palakkode (MS)
  • Harry Gifford (UG)
  • Luo Yi Tan (UG)
  • Jessica Butterbaugh (support staff)

  • Past Members
  • Yuandong Tian (Researcher, Google[x], MSR PhD Fellow)
  • Yu Sheng (Researcher, Robert Bosch)
  • Pete Barnum (Researcher, Anki)
  • Jean-Francois Lalonde (Assistant Professor, Laval University, MSR PhD Fellow)
  • Mohit Gupta (Research Scientist, Columbia Univ.)
  • Chenyu Wu (Epson Research)
  • Sanjeev J. Koppal (Assistant Professor, ECE, University of Florida)
  • Shuntaro Yamazaki (Researcher, AIST, Japan)
  • Raoul de Charette (Visiting PhD student, Mines ParisTech, France)
  • Yulong Shi (Visiting MS student, BeiHang University, Beijing)
  • Dengyu Liu (Summer Intern, RIT)
  • You Jia (Engineer, Facebook)
  • Xiaowei Zhu (MS)
  • Manasvi Tickoo (MS)
  • Vivek T. Umapathi (MRSD)
  • Ji Hyun Lee (undergrad)
  • Jennifer Turken (support staff)

  • Grants and Gifts

  • NSF CNS-1446601, "CPS: Synergy: TTP Option: Anytime Visual Scene Understanding for Heterogeneous and Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems", [2014-2018]
  • ONR N00014-14-1-0595, "Data-driven Event Browsing from Multiple Mobile Cameras", [2014-2017]
  • NSF IIS-1317749, "NRI: Small: Robotic Scouts: Augmenting Human Perception for Underground Rescue", [2013-2016]
  • US DOT RITA University Transportation Center Grant, "Smart Headlights" and "Sensing for Dense Platooning", [2013-2015]
  • Tonbo Imaging Gift, "Long Range Imaging through Turbulence", [2013]
  • Ford University Research Program Gift, "Programmable Headlights", [2013-2014]
  • Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing, "Embedded System Design for Smart Automobile Headlights", [2011-2014]
  • Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, "Fast, Mobile and Detailed Light Field Capture and Scene Reconstruction", [2011-2012]
  • ONR N00014-11-1-0295, "Principled Combination of Physical and Data-driven Approaches for Scene Understanding" [2011-2013]
  • NSF IIS-0964562 , "Collaborative Research: Recognition of Materials" [2010-2014]
  • Okawa Foundation Research Grant, "Convergence of Illumination and Imaging for Scene Understanding" [2009-2010]
  • ONR N00014-08-1-0330, "Photometric Methods for Scene Understanding" [2008-2010]
  • US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, "Sensing Fusion for Underwater Scene Recovery"[2007-2010]
  • NSF CAREER IIS-0643628, "Making Computer Vision Successful in Scattering Media", [2007-2011]
  • ONR N00014-07-1-0522, "IEEE/ONR Workshop on Volumetric Scattering in Vision and Graphics", [2007-2007]
  • NSF CCF-0541307, "Collaborative Research: Fast and Accurate Volumetric Rendering of Scattering Phenomena in Computer Graphics", [2006-2008]
  • ONR DURIP N00014-06-1-0762, "Instrumentation in Support of Flexible Imaging Systems and Imaging in Dispersive Media", [2006-2007]
  • ONR N00014-05-1-0188, "A Physical Approach to Optical Underwater Imaging", [2005-2007]