URBANA — Kevin Karsch, a graduate student in computer science at the University of Illinois, has been named the winner of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize.
The prize — given for creation of sustainable solutions to real-world problems — will be awarded at a ceremony on campus this evening, according to a release from the UI's Technology Entrepreneur Center.
Karsch developed a technique for inserting objects and special effects into photographs and videos that can be done relatively simply and quickly.
Conventionally, making those changes takes a lot of time and requires artistry, expertise and physical measurements of the scene.
Proposed uses of the technology include 3-D modeling, picture editing and virtual home redecoration.
The university is working with Karsch to file for a patent and has already begun licensing agreements.
Karsch hopes his invention will revolutionize image editing and reduce production cost and time.
"Kevin's system takes several complex technical methods and puts them into an intuitive interface that outputs a 3-D model that works with standard rendering packages," said Alyosha Efros, the Carnegie Mellon University professor who wrote Karsch's letter of recommendation.
Other finalists for this year's Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize included doctoral students Sriram Chandrasekaran, James Langer and Pradeep Shenoy and senior Muhammed Fazeel.