Mihir Garimella

Hi, I'm Mihir! I'm a junior at Stanford. I have a background in robotics and computer vision and I'm passionate about building cool things that can make an impact at scale.

I've recently been interested in 3D computer vision — read a blog post I wrote about it. I spent this past summer at Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project), helping develop the deep learning networks that detect other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists from laser data. I've also done projects on point cloud shape completion, compression + matching, and super-resolution (Best Final Project award from NVIDIA in Stanford's deep learning class, CS231N), and worked on building autonomous drones for photorealistic indoor mapping, industrial inspection, and search and rescue (featured on CNN). This work was inspired by my past robotics research, for which I was incredibly fortunate to have received a $50,000 prize in the Google Science Fair.

In the past, I spent a summer at Facebook, building hardware and software to help bring the Internet to the 4 billion people around the world who still don't have access. Before that, in high school, I worked on drone imagery software at Identified Technologies, embedded computer vision and SLAM at Near Earth Autonomy, and robotics and machine learning research at Carnegie Mellon and MIT.

Some of my other projects include Making AR "Lit" Again (an app that uses computer vision to recreate environmental lighting in augmented reality), Text-A-Sketch (a device that can receive pictures over SMS and draw them on an Etch-A-Sketch), StructureKit (crowdsourced indoor mapping with just an IMU), Autocross (a kit to make any RC car self-driving), HeadsUp (a $50 device to diagnose concussions on the sidelines with a quick eye test), ScentIt (a device to embed smells within movie clips), TMAScan (a set of image processing algorithms to help doctors diagnose brain tumors), Robo-Mozart (a robotic violin tuner), and Classroom (a mobile student planner app that has been used by over 30,000 students).

Several of my smaller projects are open-source, and the code is available on Github. I'm most proud of Series (an app that can solve calculus series problems using handwriting recognition and the WolframAlpha API) and CiteIt (a tool to create accurate bibliographies).

I'm also passionate about computer science education. I co-directed TreeHacks, Stanford's largest annual hackathon, last year, and have been a TA for Stanford's introductory CS classes, CS106A and CS106B, and embedded systems class, CS107E. Back in high school, I founded and organized FCHacks, Pittsburgh's first high school hackathon.

You can learn more about each of my projects by following the highlighted links above. If you want to get in touch with me, my email address is mihir@garimella.io.