Ren Ng is the Founder and Executive Chairman at Lytro, where he helps drive company, technology and product vision, and champions the Lytro brand globally.
Lytro's technology is based on Ren's Ph.D. dissertation on light field photography, which won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and Stanford University’s Arthur Samuel Award. As a technologist, Ren's research gave him the clear perspective that light field technology would eventually deliver the most powerful cameras we have ever seen. As an avid photographer, he also had a vision that it would fundamentally enrich the artistic possibilities of photography by making them interactive and immersive. Ren founded Lytro with the dream of putting light field cameras in the hands of everyday people, and growing a company that would bring the full benefits of this photographic transformation to society.
Ren holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science and a B.S. in mathematical and computational science from Stanford University. He has been recognized with the PMDA Technical Achievement Award, R.I.T.'s Imaging Hall of Fame, the Selwyn Award from the Royal Photographic Society, MIT Tech Review's TR35 and Entrepreneur of the Year, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, and Silicon Valley Journal's 40 under 40.