Ren Ng

Assistant Professor


Ren Ng is a faculty member in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in imaging, graphics and applied mathematics, focusing on the theory and engineering of computational imaging systems. In 2006, Ren founded Lytro, Inc., which commercialized his Ph.D. research and brought consumer light field cameras to market. Ren completed his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University, and received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and Stanford's Arthur Samuel Award. Ren has received a Sloan Award, the HIPA Photographic Research Award, PMDA Technical Achievement Award, R.I.T.'s Imaging Hall of Fame, the Selwyn Award from the Royal Photographic Society, MIT Tech Review's TR35 and Entrepreneur of the Year, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, and Silicon Valley Journal's 40 under 40.


  • 2006, Ph.D., Computer Science, Stanford University

Selected Publications

  • J. Kim, X. Zhang, L. Waller, B. A. Barsky, and R. Ng, "Free Your Eyes: Retinal Image Deblurring Display with Enlarged Viewing Zone," in International Conference on Computational Photography, 2016.
  • N. Antipa, S. Necula, R. Ng, and L. Waller, "Single-Shot Diffuser-Encoded Light Field Imaging," in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP), 2016, pp. 1--11.
  • P. P. Srinivasan, M. W. Tao, R. Ng, and R. Ramamoorthi, "Oriented Light-Field Windows for Scene Flow," in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, 2015, pp. 3496--3504.
  • M. Levoy, R. Ng, A. Adams, M. Footer, and M. Horowitz, "Light field microscopy," ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 924--934, 2006.
  • R. Ng, "Digital Light Field Photography," Stanford University, 2006.
  • R. Ng, "Fourier slice photography," ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 735--744, 2005.
  • R. Ng, M. Levoy, M. Br{\'e}dif, G. Duval, M. Horowitz, and P. Hanrahan, "Light field photography with a hand-held plenoptic camera," Computer Science Technical Report CSTR, vol. 2, no. 11, pp. 1--11, 2005.
  • R. Ng, R. Ramamoorthi, and P. Hanrahan, "All-frequency shadows using non-linear wavelet lighting approximation," ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 376--381, 2003.
  • E. Chan, R. Ng, P. Sen, K. Proudfoot, and P. Hanrahan, "Efficient partitioning of fragment shaders for multipass rendering on programmable graphics hardware," in Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH/EUROGRAPHICS conference on Graphics Hardware, 2002, pp. 69--78.

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