SIGGRAPH 2012 Student Research Competition: Kirmani, Colaco among five winning teams


Ahmed Kirmani, EECS graduate student and Andrea Colaco, MIT Media Lab graduate student were one of five finalist teams in the ACM Student Research Competition at SIGGRAPH 2012.

Andrea Colaco and EECS graduate student Ahmed Kirmani (appearing in the photo, left)were one of five finalist teams in the ACM Student Research Competition at SIGGRAPH 2012 held in Los Angeles, CA, August 5-9, 2012. Colaco and Kirmani's poster entitled "CoDAC: Compressive Depth Acquisition Using a Single Time-Resolved Sensor" was co-authored with Franco Wong and Vivek Goyal of the Research Laboratory of Electronics. Colaco and Kirmani's poster was selected in the top five after two rounds of judging. ACM SIGGRAPH is a highly-selective computer graphics conference with a 21% acceptance rate. 

Colaco and Kirmani's poster demonstrates a system called CoDAC that uses data captured by a single photodetector to form a high-quality 3D image of a scene. 3D acquisition has become a very active area in both research and the consumer electronics industry, especially since Microsoft's introduction of the Kinect. CoDAC has the potential to provide more accurate depth information than the Kinect, have greater range, and work under all lighting conditions while requiring so little power and additional hardware that it could be incorporated into mobile phones.

Ahmed Kirmani is a Qualcomm Innovation fellow and PhD candidate in Goyal's group. He uses signal processing and convex optimization to develop new computational imaging techniques that exploit temporal variations in light fields. Kirmani was previously the recipient of the 2009 David Marr Prize Honorable Mention.

Andrea Colaco is a PhD student at the Media Lab and an affiliate in Goyal's group. Colaco works on developing new compact and low-power 3D cameras. Colaco and Kirmani's previously won the the 2011 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) competition and were finalists in QInF 2012. Their work was also featured in a January 2012 MIT News article.

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