Principal Investigator

Sanjeev Koppal

Dr. Sanjeev Koppal

Sanjeev Koppal is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He also holds a UF Term Professor Award for 2021-24. Sanjeev is 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
Associate Professor
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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Shahriar Sazzad

Shahriar Sazzad

Sazzad received his doctorate from Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia in 2018. As a post-doctoral researcher, he is working on Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI).

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

Before joining the FOCUS Lab at UF, Justin obtained a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Polytechnic University. His interests include LiDAR, computer vision, deep learning, and computational photography. With the focus of his work being adaptive LiDAR.

Brevin Tilmon

Brevin Tilmon

Brevin’s research focuses on computer vision, computational photography and machine learning. 
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Jackson Arnold

Jackson Arnold

Jackson received his B.S. in Engineering Physics before joining the FOCUS Lab.
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Hannah Kirkland

Hannah is a fifth year electrical engineering student interested in signal processing.

Undergraduate Students

Gavin St. John

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

Nicolas Laffineuse

Sophia Rossi

Sophia is a fourth-year electrical engineering student interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning.


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 2021

•  TJ Thomas (BS) – PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University

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