Research Interests

My core research interests are in Computational Photography and Display, an emerging research area within Visual Computing, which combines methods from Computer Graphics, Machine Vision, Imaging, Inverse methods, Optics and perception to develop new sensing and display technologies. Computational Photography aims to develop new cameras and imaging modalities that optically encode information about the real world in such a way that it can be captured by image sensors. The resulting images represent detailed information such as scene geometry, motion of solids and liquids, multi-spectral information, or high contrast (high dynamic range), which can then be computationally decoded using inverse methods, machine learning, and numerical optimization.  

Computational Displays use a similar approach, but in reverse. Here, the goal is to computationally encode a target image that is then optically decoded by the display hardware for presentation to a human observer. Computational displays are capable of generating glasses-free 3D displays, high dynamic range imagery, or images and videos with spatial and/or temporal super-resolution.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • PhD, University of Erlangen, 1999
  • M.Math, University of Waterloo, 1996
  • Diploma in Computer Science, University of Erlangen, 1995

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-: Director, Visual Computing Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-: Professor, University of British Columbia
  • 2008-2013: Dolby Research Chair, University of British Columbia
  • 2004-2010: Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
  • 2000-2004: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
  • 1999-2000: Research Associate, Max-Planck Institut Informatik
  • 1996-1999: Research Assistant, University of Erlangen


  • 2014 Humboldt Research Award
  • ​2013 Fellow of the Eurographics Association
  • 2011 UBC Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2011 Best Paper Award, International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP)
  • 2011 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement
  • 2010 Best Paper Award, Second Prize, ProCams
  • 2009 Dolby Research Chair in Computer Science
  • 2008 Marr Prize Honorable Mention
  • 2007 Gunter Enderle Award
  • 2006 UBC Computer Science Incredible Instructor Award
  • 2003 Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
  • 2002 Fellow of the British Columbia Advanced Systems Institute

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Visual Computing Center (VCC)
  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE)