Kristina Monakhova , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (starting Fall 2024)
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University

I am an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell. Until then, I am a postdoctoral fellow at MIT working with Sixian You and George Barbastathis, and supported by the MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship for Engineering Excellence. I work on co-designing optics and algorithms to create better, smaller, and more capable cameras and microscopes.

I obtained my PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley with Laura Waller. During my PhD, I was affiliated with the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab and was supported by the NSF GRFP fellowship. My PhD dissertation was on Physics-Informed Machine Learning for Computational Imaging.

For Cornell related topics, feel free to email me at monakhova[at] For MIT related topics, feel free to email me at monakho[at]


Jun 2023 Kristina will be joining Cornell’s Computer Sciences Department in Fall 2024 as an assistant professor!
May 2023 Kristina will be giving invited talks at Optica’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, SPIE Emerging Topics in Artificial Intelligence Conference, and the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers this summer and fall!
Sep 2022 Kristina started her postdoc at MIT, supported by the MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship for Engineering Excellence!

selected publications


  1. Dancing under the stars: video denoising in starlight
    Kristina Monakhova, Stephan R Richter, Laura Waller, and 1 more author
    In Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2022


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    Spectral DiffuserCam: lensless snapshot hyperspectral imaging with a spectral filter array
    Kristina Monakhova, Kyrollos Yanny, Neerja Aggarwal, and 1 more author
    Optica, 2020


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    Learned reconstructions for practical mask-based lensless imaging
    Kristina Monakhova, Joshua Yurtsever, Grace Kuo, and 3 more authors
    Optics express, 2019