Ashok Veeraraghavan, an Indian-origin computer engineer and professor, has been awarded the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in engineering, one of the highest academic honours in the US state of Texas. Veeraraghavan is an IIT-Madras alumnus.
His revolutionary imaging technology seeks to make the invisible visible.
The Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology (TAMEST), which presents this award to rising researchers in the state, said Veeraraghavan, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), was chosen for his revolutionary imaging technology that seeks to make the invisible visible, according to a report by news agency PTI.
The award is given annually to star researchers in Texas engaged in pathbreaking work in medicine, engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences and technology innovation.
According to TAMEST, Veeraraghavan and his team, with support from researchers at the University of Maryland, developed a new technology called NeuWS, which is an acronym for “neural wavefront shaping”.
“Veeraraghavan and his team at Rice work on creating imaging systems that use novel multi-dimensional image sensors along with machine learning algorithms to undo the effects of light-scattering and see-through scattering media such as fog, smoke, rain and human tissue,” the Academy said in an official statement.
His profile on Rice University’s website states that he is currently a professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
He received his BTech in electrical engineering from IIT Madras in 2002, and his master’s and PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004 and 2008, respectively.