Haricharan Lakshman

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hlaks {at} dolby {dot} com
Dolby Laboratories

Brief Bio

Haricharan Lakshman is a Senior Research Architect in the Technology Incubation Group at Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University, working in the Image, Video, and Multimedia Systems Group. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. During his PhD, he worked as a Researcher in the Video Coding Group at Fraunhofer HHI from 2008-2013. Between 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Researcher at Stanford. He obtained his M.S. from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and his B.E. from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India.

He was awarded the IEEE ICIP Conference Best Paper Award for Industry in 2016, IEEE Communications Society MMTC Best Journal Paper Award in 2013, and was a finalist for the ICIP Best Student Paper Award in 2012 and 2010.

Research @ Stanford

Keywords: Immersive Video, Video Coding, 3D/Stereo/Light Fields, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Human Visual Perception

Our research interests are broadly in image processing, video coding, and virtual reality, with a focus on creating immersive visual experiences. A central theme in our research is to establish a link between novel 360º capture devices that model the plenoptic function and emerging display devices like virtual reality (VR) & augmented reality (AR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). To this end, our research exploits strong interrelations between content representation, coding & communication, and visual experience.

Please use the Research and Publications links for more details.


  • 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 Center, Saarbruecken, Germany