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Plenoptic Cameras and AI for Advanced Mobile Robotics

Plenoptic Cameras and AI for Advanced Mobile Robotics

Presented by: Mahesh Krishnamurthi, Vayu Robotics

RGB cameras are an affordable and scalable technology but have limited capabilities when providing information for mobile robots. While lidar can provide the superior vision capabilities needed for these applications, the cost is prohibitive for large-scale deployment. By using plenoptic cameras for intelligent visions systems, the gap can be closed between cost and performance, providing the high quality of lidar at the cost of traditional RGB cameras. Learn how marrying the ability to probe plenoptic dimensions with transformers is enabling the next wave of robotics and the benefits of this approach.

About the presenter
Mahesh KrishnamurthiMahesh Krishnamurthi, Ph.D., is a technology entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in shipping consumer electronics & enterprise products, building mission driven & focused teams, at Vayu Robotics, Apple, Lyft and Intel Labs. In 2021, he co-founded Vayu Robotics, a startup at the intersection of AI and Robotics, focusing on building next generation technology for sensing and mobility applications.

Prior to founding Vayu Robotics, Krishnamurthi spent around a decade developing autonomous technologies at Apple and was one of the early members of Apple’s Special project group. During his time at Apple, he also worked on displays for mobile devices which were cited as one of the best shipping displays in the industry.

Krishnamurthi obtained his doctorate in silicon photonics where his research work was published in Nature Photonics for building the world’s first silicon optical modulator and photodetector inside an optical fiber. After graduation, he joined the Silicon Photonics group at Intel Labs as a research scientist where he was one of their early team members on a mission to productize silicon photonics technology.

During his leisure time, Krishnamurthi coaches a middle school robotics team and enjoys playing competitive sports with his two boys.

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