Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford Campus

A different perspective on the Lytro light field camera

Kurt Akeley
About the talk:

Lytro, Inc. has begun shipping the first consumer camera that captures 4-D light field pictures, rather than 2-D images. In this talk the camera and its picture-processing system are explored in the context of computer graphics and vision science, emphasizing parallax as a unifying principle for insight into their operation.

Gallery of Lytro pictures:


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About the speaker:

Kurt Akeley is the CTO at Lytro, Inc. A founding member of Silicon Graphics (later known as SGI), Kurt led the development of hardware products such as SGI’s RealityEngine, as well as of the industry-standard OpenGL graphics system. After leaving SGI in 2001, Kurt completed his long-deferred PhD dissertation at Stanford, working in the areas of stereo 3-D display and human perception. He then joined Microsoft Research, where he was assistant managing director of Microsoft's research lab in Beijing, and, after returning to the US in 2007, developed a prototype light-field display with resolution sufficient to stimulate focus cues in human viewers. Kurt is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was awarded ACM's SIGGRAPH computer graphics achievement award in 1995.

Contact information:

Kurt Akeley
email: kakeley (at)