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]


Apr 2024 Kristina is a poster and demo chair for ICCP in Lausanne, Switzerland this year! Submit your work to our Call for Posters, Demos, and Outreach by May 10!
Apr 2024 Kristina is co-organizing the CVPR Computational Cameras and Displays Workshop in Seattle this June! Come check out our amazing speaker line-up, and our posters & spotlights!
Mar 2024 Cassandra won a Best Paper Award at SPIE Photonics West for her work on Leveraging Uncertainty Quantification for Adaptive Multiphoton Microscopy!

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