Aswin Sankaranarayanan is a professor in the ECE department at CMU, where he is the PI of the Image Science Lab. His research interests are broadly in computational photography with focus on 3D shape estimation and building new kinds of imaging systems. He got his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland where his dissertation won the distinguished dissertation award from the ECE department in 2009. Sankaranarayanan is the recipient of the College of Engineering Dean’s Early Career Fellowship in 2018, the NSF CAREER award in 2017, the Eta Kappa Nu (CMU Chapter) Excellence in Teaching award in 2017, and the Herschel Rich Invention award from Rice University in 2016.

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Aswin Sankaranarayanan
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2012 Post-doctoral Researcher, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University

2009 Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland

2007 MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland

Media mentions


Sankaranarayanan talks to CNET about AI touchups on phone photos

ECE’s Aswin Sankaranarayanan talks to CNET about AI touchups on phone photos. "There's not one answer. It's whatever appeals to you," he says. "And every company obviously believes they do a better job than the others."

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

“Adulting” for cybersecurity, GANs, and more: CyLab’s 2022 seed funding awardees

Over $400K in seed funding has been awarded to 18 different faculty and staff across seven departments at Carnegie Mellon to support security and privacy research.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sankaranarayanan and co-authors win Best Paper at CVPR

ECE’s Aswin Sankaranarayanan and his co-authors received the Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) for their paper, “A Theory of Fermat Paths for Non-Line-of-Sight Shape Reconstruction."

CMU Engineering

3D displays that accommodate the human eye

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have engineered a new technology to enable natural accommodation cues in 3D displays.

CMU Engineering

The 2018 Dean’s Early Career Fellows

Eight young CMU faculty receive awards for their outstanding contributions to the university.

CMU Engineering


The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a foundation-wide initiative, offering prestigious awards to encourage faculty early in their careers to serve as role models in research and education, and to build the foundation for a lifetime of leadership in their field.