Haricharan Lakshman

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Facebook Research

Domain Areas

My interests are broadly in image processing, video compression, and VR/AR, with a focus on creating immersive visual experiences. A central theme in my work is to establish a link between novel capture devices that model the plenoptic function and display devices like VR & AR head-mounted displays (HMDs). To this end, my work exploits strong interrelations between content representation, compression & communication, and visual experience.

AR/VR: Media-based AR/VR experiences. Light fields. Image-based rendering. Depth estimation. Content creation. System design for immersive visual experiences.
Video Coding: H.265/HEVC. Multi-view & scalable video coding.

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Brief Bio

I am currently a Research Scientist in Facebook.

Previously, I was a Research Architect in the Image Technology Incubation group at Dolby Laboratories, Inc. from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University, working in the Image, Video, and Multimedia Systems Group from 2014 to 2016. I was a Researcher in Fraunhofer HHI from 2008 to 2014.

I obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, an M.S. from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and a B.E. from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India.


  • 01/2018: Talk at Electronic Imaging 2018, Burlingame, USA

  • 05/2017: Moderated a panel discussion with industry experts on VR at ETCA 2017 [Program]

  • 01/2017: Invited talk at Electronic Imaging 2017, Emerging Architectures and Systems Session, Burlingame, USA

  • 09/2016: ICIP 2016 Conference Best Paper Award for Industry

  • 05/2016: Invited talk at the Workshop on Cinematic VR and Immersive Storytelling

  • 03/2016: “Data Representations for Cinematic Virtual Reality,” SCIEN Talk, Stanford, USA

  • 02/2016: “Immersive Video Formats for Cinematic VR,” MPEG AhG on Light Fields, San Diego, USA

  • 12/2015: Invited talk at L3.1 US National Body Meeting in Netflix, Los Gatos, USA

  • 11/2015: Talk at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbruecken, Germany