Ahmed Kirmani

Invented compact, low power cameras that capture the world in three-dimensions

Ahmed Kirmani is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. His research aims to develop the next generation of cameras with unique new capabilities. Ahmed’s latest invention, 3dim, is a compact, low-power 3D camera, which could usher new forms of human-machine interaction, automation, and medical imaging. Ahmed also worked on a single-pixel 3D camera that looks around corners. Ahmed’s research has been published in top-tier journals, and has led to patents.

Prior to joining EECS and the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, Ahmed was a master’s degree student at the MIT Media Lab and an undergraduate at IIT Delhi. Ahmed was awarded the 2013 Microsoft PhD fellowship. He was the 2011 and 2012 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship competition winner, and winner of the 2012 MIT $100K Pitch Contest. He also received honorable mention for the David Marr Prize, awarded to top researchers in computer vision. Ahmed enjoys mentoring undergraduates and encouraging them to invent and approach new challenges. Several of the undergraduate researchers who worked with Ahmed have published their findings at top conferences, and are now attending graduate schools across the globe.