Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan

Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan
Location: OPT 334
Phone: 519-888-4567 x48167


Vengu was a KITP Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, an associate of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics and has held research and teaching positions at UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, and the University of Missouri amongst others. He has been a visiting professor of Physics at IIT Delhi, a Royal Society of Edinburgh visiting professor at Glasgow, an international visiting professor of biophotonics in the Department of Information Engineering at University Degli Studii Brescia, Italy, and a Gian Professor of Physics at IIT Madras. He also served on UNESCO’s International Year of Light planning /organizing committee, is a founding member of the UNESCO ALOP Program and is on the committee for the International Day of Light. He is on the optics advisory board of the International Center for Theoretical Physics at Trieste, Italy , a consultant to the medical devices group of the US FDA , and has represented the United States at two IUPAP general assemblies, Additionally, served as the chair of the US advisory committee for the International Commission on Optics, chair of the committee on international scientific affairs of the APS, member of the Public Policy Committee of APS member of executive committee of the Forum on International Physics, a AAAS Science and technology policy fellow, and a director of the OSA amongst other professional service.

Research Interests

  • Clinical Imaging
  • Vision Rehabilitation
  • Optical Devices
  • Technology and Optics
  • Optical Systems


  • 1985 PhD Optics and Vision Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1978 MSc Physics, University of Madras, India
  • 1976 BSc Physics, University of Madras, India


  • 2019 OSA Fellow Lecturer, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2018 Inaugural speaker, The Dr.S.S.Badrinath Oration, Indian Eye Research Group – Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • 2017 SPIE Lecturer, Optoelectronics Research Center, University of Southampton, UK
  • 2016 Invited Speaker, International Year of Light closing ceremony, Merida,Mexico
  • 2015 Invited Speaker, Jerome Wiesner Symposium, University of Michigan; Office of Research, Univ. of Michigan.
  • 2015 Best Paper Award, Optronix 2015, Vacouver, BC. IEEE Photonics meeting.
  • 2015 Invited Speaker, Heritage of Ibn al Haytham and the Golden Age of Islamic Science, UNESCO, 2015.
  • 2014 Saturday Morning Physics Speaker, University of Michigan
  • 2013 Keynote speaker, ETOP, Porto, Portugal, July 2013
  • 2013 Finalist, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship
  • 2013 Visiting Lecturer, Ecole Superiore des Communication, Tunis, Tunisa
  • 2013 Visiting Lecturer, Universidad de Valle, Cali, Colomiba
  • 2013 Esther Hoffman Beller medal, Optical Society of America
  • 2012 Senior Member, IEEE
  • 2011 Optics Educator Award, SPIE


  • Technical Editor/Associate editor of a number of journals, including Optics Letters, Journal of Modern Optics, Clinical Optometry, American Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Optoelectronics and Photonics, Optics and Photonics News, Ophthalmology Research, Asian Journal of Physics, etc.
  • Editor of the book series ‘Multidisciplinary and Applied Optics(Taylor and Francis) and on the Editorial Advisory Board of De Gruyter Open Access.
  • Ad hoc scientific reviewer for a number of journals, as well as various review panels for NIH, A-STAR (Singapore funding agency), DFG(German funding agency),NSERC (Canada), etc.
  • Consultant to FDA (Ophthalmic and Medical Devices).

Professional Associations

  • Visiting Professor of Biophotonics, Deptment of Information Engineering, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy (2023-)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2021 - 2022)
  • Technical Advisor, Scope Photonics, Waterloo (2020 - 2022)
  • International Visiting Professor of Biophotonics, Dept. of Information Engineering, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy (2017 - 2020)
  • Member, Waterloo Center for Artificial Intelligence (2019-)
  • Fellow; American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007-)
  • Fellow; American Academy of Optometry (1988-2014)
  • Fellow; American Physical Society (2010-)
  • Fellow; Royal Society of Arts (2021-)
  • Fellow; Institute of Physics, UK (1999-)
  • Fellow; Optical Society of America (1998-)
  • Fellow; Optical Society of India (2006-)
  • Fellow; SPIE- International Society for Optics and Photonics (2005-)
  • Fellow; Senior Member, IEEE (2012-)
  • Sigma Xi (1988-)

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Cross-appointed with Physics, Systems Design Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • OPTOM 106 - Geometrical, Physical and Visual Optics
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2022
  • OPTOM 109 - Visual Perception 1: Perception of Light
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023
  • OPTOM 126 - Fundamentals of Visual Optics
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024
  • OPTOM 219 - Visual Perception 2: Monocular and Binocular Visual Processes
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024
  • OPTOM 671 - Vision Science Part 2
    • Taught in 2021, 2023

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Hoda Kheradfallah, Janarthanam Jothi Balaji, Varadharajan Jayakumar, Mohammed Abdul Rasheed, Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, Annotation and Segmentation of Diabetic Retinopathy Lesions: An Explainable AI Application Proceedings Volume 12033, Medical Imaging 2022: Computer-Aided Diagnosis; 120331X (2022)
  • A. Gueddana and V.Lakshminarayanan, Double Controlled Quantum phase gate based on three atoms trapped in separate optical cavities, Quantum Information Processing 21:208, 2022
  • M. Tajmirriahi, R. Kafieh, Z. Amini and V. Lakshminarayanan, "A Dual-Discriminator Fourier Acquisitive GAN for Generating Retinal Optical Coherence Tomography Images," in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 71, doi: 10.1109/TIM.2022.3189735, 2022
  • Castillo, D., Cueva, J., Díaz, P., Lakshminarayanan, V. Diagnostic Value of Knee Osteoarthritis Through Self-learning. In: Zambrano Vizuete, M., Botto-Tobar, M., Diaz Cadena, A., Zambrano Vizuete, A. (eds), Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 512. Springer, Cham.
  • V.K.Viekash, J.J.Balji, V. Lakshminarayanan, FAZSeg: New software for the quantification of the foveal avascular zone, Clinical Ophthalmology 2021:15 4817–4827
  • D.K.Pattnaik, A.P.Sahu, V.Lakshminarayanan and Nachieketa K Sharma, Alpha wave of the electroretinogram and iron induced oxidative stress: a model, Acta Biotheoretica,70:2, 2022
  • Cueva JH, Castillo D, Espinós-Morató H, Durán D, Díaz P, Lakshminarayanan V. Detection and Classification of Knee Osteoarthritis. Diagnostics. 2022; 12(10):2362.
  • Aditya Chandra Mandal, Abhijeet Phatak, J. Jothi Balaji, Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, "A deep-learning approach to pupillometry," Proc. SPIE 11843, Applications of Machine Learning 2021, 118431; doi: 10.1117/12.2594315
  • V.Lakshminarayanan, H. Kheradfallah, Arya Sarkar, J. Jothi Balaji Automated Detection and Diagnosis of Diabetic Retinopathy: A Comprehensive Survey J. Imaging, 7, 165, 2021.
  • Y J Gaona, M J Alvarez-Rodriguez Hector, E Morató, D.CMalla, V.Lakshminarayanan, DenseNet for breast tumor classification in Mammographic images In: Rojas I., Castillo-Secilla D., Herrera L.J., Pomares H. (eds) Bioengineering and Biomedical Signal and Image Processing. BIOMESIP 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12940. Springer, Cham.