February 01, 2023
Shree K Nayar, a computer science professor of Indian origin at Columbia University, was honoured with Japan’s Okawa Prize endowed by the Okawa Foundation for his outstanding work on computational imaging and computer vision. Nayar’s research pioneered the area of computational imaging in the mid-1990s, leading to the development of novel cameras that offered new forms of visual information. The quality of pictures captured by smartphone cameras improved significantly because of Nayar’s idea of creating assorted pixels for high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging. Nayar hails from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Funai Achievement Award and the Sony Appreciation Honour.