An Indian-origin scientist bags the achievement for creating solutions to improve lives globally by his path breaking invention and won the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize worth $500,000.
Ramesh Raskar (46) is Nasik born and serving as an associate professor in institute of Media Arts and Science, also Mr. Ramesh Raskar is the founder of the Camera Culture Research Group at the MIT Media Lab.
A Media release on Tuesday said that Raskar had won the 2016 Lemelson-MIT prize worth $500,000 for his groundbreaking inventions and commitment to youth mentorship and also the dedication to improve the world with practical yet innovative solutions.
Till now Mr. Raskar has been credited with almost 75 patents in his name and 120 reviewed publications being written by him. Mr. Raskar is the co-inventor of radical imaging solutions including Femto-photography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners; low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover.
Raskar from a long time had been looking for a change that can empower inventors for creating solutions that can improve lives all over and that to on an enormous scale and following he launched a platform where he combined the best of the academic and entrepreneurial worlds to achieve milestones in improving the lives and health of people in industrial and developing societies.
The annual Lemelson-MIT Prize honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
According to Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, “Mr. Raskar is a multi-faceted leader as an inventor, educator, change maker and exemplar connector. In addition to creating his own remarkable inventions, he is working to connect communities and inventors all over the world to create positive change
To help young people in multiple countries to co-invent in a collaborative way, Mr. Raskar will launch a new effort of using peer-to-peer invention platforms from the portion of prize money as it will offer new approaches in new ways, as Mr. Raskar told to MIT news.
As per Mr. Raskar, from the beginning he was mesmerized and fascinated with the idea of using super-human abilities that can interact with the world visually via cameras to see the unseen and displays that can alter the sense of reality.
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