Principal Investigator

Sanjeev Koppal

Dr. Sanjeev Koppal

Sanjeev Koppal is an assistant professor at the University of Florida’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is also the Director of the FOCUS Lab at UF. Prior to joining UF, he was a researcher at the Texas Instruments Imaging R&D lab. Sanjeev obtained his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. After CMU, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Southern California in 2003 as a Trustee Scholar. He is a co-author on best student paper awards for ECCV 2016 and NEMS 2018, and work from his FOCUS lab was a CVPR 2019 best-paper finalist. Sanjeev won an NSF CAREER award in 2020 and is an IEEE Senior Member. His interests span computer vision, computational photography and optics, novel cameras and sensors, 3D reconstruction, physics-based vision, and active illumination.

Contact Information
Sanjeev J. Koppal
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D Students

Xiaomeng Liu

Xiaomeng Liu

 Xiaomeng Liu is currently working as a research assistant in the FOCUS Lab at UF. Before working with the FOCUS Lab, she obtained an M.S. Degree in Computer Engineering from the ECE department at the University of Florida. Her research interests span thermal sensors, optics, image processing, and computational photography.

Justin Folden

Justin Folden

Justin Folden is a first year Ph.D student at the University of Florida, and a research assistant at the FOCUS Lab. Before joining the Gator Nation, Justin obtained a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Polytechnic University. His interests include material science, image processing, electro-magnetics, and computational photography.

Brevin Tilmon

Brevin Tilmon

Brevin is interested in computational photography, computer vision, and machine learning. His work focuses on developing novel computational cameras.  
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Undergraduate Students

Lenworth Thomas

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Jake Bursk

Jake is a fourth-year electrical engineering student. He is interested in digital signal processing and image processing.

Gavin St. John

Gavin is a 4th year mechanical engineering student focusing on computer vision and machine learning.

Nicolas Laffineuse


Doctoral Students

•  Dingkang Wang – Texas Instruments
Thesis: Quasi-static Scanning and Monolithic Forward Scanning Electrothermal MEMS Mirrors for LIDAR (2021)
•  Kristofer Henderson – Lockheed Martin
Thesis: Sensor Fusion for Non-Line-of-Sight Visualization and Imaging (2020)
•  Francesco Pittaluga – NEC Labs
Thesis: Privacy Preserving Computational Cameras (2019)
•  Xiaoyang Zhang (PhD co-advised with Dr. Huikai Xie) – Apple
Thesis: Robust Electrothermally Actuated Scanner for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Imaging and Wide-angle Optics (2016)

Master’s and Undergraduate Students

Class of 2018

•  Zaid Tasneem (MS) – PhD candidate at Rice University

Class of 2017

•  Nahien Chowdhury (BS) – The Boeing Company
•  Tatiana Luna (BS) – MS/PhD candidate at Columbia University
•  Aashik Nagadikeri Harish (MS) – STRIVR Labs

Class of 2016

•  Aleksandar Zivkovic (MS) – Magic and Company
•  Junior Metayer (BS) – Florida Power and Light
•  Phillip Riley (MS) – Harris Corporation
•  Ishwarya Iyengar Thirunarayanan (MS) – Siemens Imaging

Class of 2015

•  Elizabeth Butler (MS) – Lockheed Martin