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Nirma Institute of Technology (B.Tech.), IIT Bombay (M.Des.), MIT Media Lab (PhD)

Story of Life

Mistry was born on 14 May 1981 in Palanpur, North Gujarat, India to Kirti Mistry and Nayna. He has two sisters, Jigna and Sweta. He has completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Nirma Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Pranav holds a master’s degree in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and Master of Design from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Mumbai. Prior to that, he also dropped out of Architectural college prior to his bachelor’s degree. Later he was a research assistant and a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab. He is married to Farrah Chen.

Famous for

At present, he is the Global Vice President of Research at Samsung and the head of Think Tank Team. He is best known for his work on SixthSense, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond. His research interests include Wearable Computing, Augmented reality, Ubiquitous computing, Gestural interaction, AI, Machine vision, Collective intelligence and Robotics. World Economic Forum honored Mistry as one of the Young Global Leader 2013.


He joined Samsung as the Director of Research in 2012, and now serves as the Global Vice President of the Korean company. He introduced Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch in September 2013. In the past, he has worked with Microsoft, Google, CMU, NASA, UNESCO, Japan Science & Technology to name a few.

Before joining MIT, Pranav worked as a UX Researcher with Microsoft.

Honored as the ‘Young Global Leader 2013’by World Economic Forum.


Young Global Leader 2013 Award, World Economic Forum

Young Alumnus Award 2012, IIT Bombay

50 Most Creative People of the Year 2010, CREATIVITY 50

Netexplorateurs of the Year 2010 award, Netexplorateurs Grand Prix 2010, France

TR35 2009 award, Technology Review

Invention of the Year 2009 award, Popular Science

Young Indian Innovator 2009 award, Digit Magazine

Nominee for Forbes India’s Person of the Year 2009