News & Events

1,230 News items, Awards, Events and Talks related to MERL and its staff.


  •  NEWS   MERL researcher's spam filter finds automobile safety defects at NHTSA
    Date: June 25, 2015
    MERL Contact: William Yerazunis
    Research Area: Data Analytics
    Brief
    • The CRM114 Discriminator, an open-source spam filter / text classifier created by William Yerazunis in MERL's Data Analytics group, continues to turn up in interesting places - and apparently one of them is in the US Department of Transportation's process for analysis of car safety defect reports.

      Although CRM114 is usually used as a spam filter, CRM114 has been used to analyze resumes for jobseekers, scanning outgoing emails to detect accidental confidential information leaks, perusing blogs for relevance, scanning syslog files for interesting events, and now, apparently, searching complaints sent to NHTSA to find safety-related vehicle malfunctions.
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  •  NEWS   EC researchers and intern receive "Best Student Poster Award" at EDSCC 2015
    Date: June 4, 2015
    MERL Contact: Koon Hoo Teo
    Research Areas: Applied Physics, Electronic and Photonic Devices
    Brief
    • Li Zhu, Koon Hoo Teo and Qun Gao's paper, 'Dynamic On-resistance and Tunneling Based De-trapping in GaN HEMT,' was awarded the "Best Student Poster Award" at the IEEE International Conference on Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits (EDSSC) 2015.
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  •  NEWS   EC Researcher elected as Vice Chair of the IEEE Boston Section MTT-S Chapter
    Date: June 1, 2015
    MERL Contact: Rui Ma
    Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • Rui Ma has been elected as Vice Chair of the IEEE Boston Section Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Chapter.
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  •  NEWS   MERL and Mitsubishi Electric researchers presented at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications 2015
    Date: July 13, 2015
    Where: SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications 2015
    Research Areas: Control, Robotics, Computational Sensing
    Brief
    • MERL and Mitsubishi Electric researchers presented talks at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications 2015. The papers were published by SIAM in the conference proceedings.
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  •  EVENT   ICME 2015 - IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo
    Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    MERL Contact: Anthony Vetro
    Location: Torino, Italy
    Brief
    • Anthony Vetro is the General Co-chair of ICME 2015, the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo, to be held in Torino, Italy, in July 2015.
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  •  NEWS   EC Researchers presented paper at WPT 2015 Conference
    Date: May 13, 2015 - May 15, 2015
    MERL Contacts: Bingnan Wang; William Yerazunis; Koon Hoo Teo
    Research Areas: Applied Physics, Electric Systems
    Brief
    • Description: Bingnan Wang presented a paper, 'Circularly Polarized Near Field for Resonant Wireless Power Transfer' at the recently held IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference in Boulder, Colorado from May 13-15, 2015.
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  •  NEWS   EC Researchers presented 2 papers at CLEO 2015 Conference
    Date: May 10, 2015 - May 15, 2015
    MERL Contacts: Toshiaki Koike-Akino; David Millar; Keisuke Kojima; Kieran Parsons
    Research Area: Communications
    Brief
    • Toshiaki Koike-Akino presented 'LDPC-coded 16-dimensional modulation based on the Nordstrom--Robinson nonlinear block code,' and 'Phase noise-robust LLR calculation with linear/bilinear transform for LDPC-coded coherent communications,' at the recently held CLEO conference in San Jose, CA.
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  •  NEWS   MERL presented a paper at ICCS meeting
    Date: June 1, 2015
    Where: International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS)
    Research Area: Optimization
    Brief
    • Andrew Knyazev gave a talk at the International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS), 2015 on Nonsymmetric preconditioning for conjugate gradient and steepest descent methods. The paper was published by Elsevier B.V. in the conference proceedings.
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  •  NEWS   John Hershey gives talk at MIT on Deep Unfolding
    Date: April 28, 2015
    Brief
    • MERL researcher and speech team leader, John Hershey, gave a talk at MIT entitled, “Deep Unfolding: Deriving Novel Deep Network Architectures from Model-based Inference Methods” on April 28, 2015.

      Abstract: Model-based methods and deep neural networks have both been tremendously successful paradigms in machine learning. In model-based methods, problem domain knowledge can be built into the constraints of the model, typically at the expense of difficulties during inference. In contrast, deterministic deep neural networks are constructed in such a way that inference is straightforward, but their architectures are rather generic and it can be unclear how to incorporate problem domain knowledge. This work aims to obtain some of the advantages of both approaches. To do so, we start with a model-based approach and unfold the iterations of its inference method to form a layer-wise structure. This results in novel neural-network-like architectures that incorporate our model-based constraints, but can be trained discriminatively to perform fast and accurate inference. This framework allows us to view conventional sigmoid networks as a special case of unfolding Markov random field inference, and leads to other interesting generalizations. We show how it can be applied to other models, such as non-negative matrix factorization, to obtain a new kind of non-negative deep neural network that can be trained using a multiplicative back propagation-style update algorithm. In speech enhancement experiments we show that our approach is competitive with conventional neural networks, while using fewer parameters.
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  •  NEWS   Nikkei reports on Mitsubishi Electric speech recognition
    Date: April 20, 2015
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric researcher, Yuuki Tachioka of Japan, and MERL researcher, Shinji Watanabe, presented a paper at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech & Signal Processing (ICASSP) entitled, “A Discriminative Method for Recurrent Neural Network Language Models”. This paper describes a discriminative (language modelling) method for Japanese speech recognition. The Japanese Nikkei newspapers and some other press outlets reported on this method and its performance for Japanese speech recognition tasks.
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  •  NEWS   Multimedia Group researchers presented 8 papers at ICASSP 2015
    Date: April 19, 2015 - April 24, 2015
    Where: IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech & Signal Processing (ICASSP)
    MERL Contacts: Anthony Vetro; Hassan Mansour; Petros Boufounos; Jonathan Le Roux
    Brief
    • Multimedia Group researchers have presented 8 papers at the recent IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech & Signal Processing, which was held in Brisbane, Australia from April 19-24, 2015.
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  •  NEWS   Anthony Vetro appointed as Chair of INCITS L3
    Date: April 16, 2015
    MERL Contact: Anthony Vetro
    Brief
    • The INCITS L3 technical committee is the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC29, which includes the JPEG and MPEG working groups. The technical committee is responsible for providing recommendations on US positions pertaining to the coding of audio, picture, multimedia, and hypermedia information. Anthony Vetro has been appointed as Chair of the L3 committee for a 3-year term from April 2015 to 2018.
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  •  AWARD   INCITS Gene Milligan Award for Effective Committee Management
    Date: April 14, 2015
    Awarded to: Anthony Vetro
    Awarded by: InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS)
    MERL Contact: Anthony Vetro
    Brief
    • The INCITS Gene Milligan Award for Effective Committee Management recognizes individuals who, as officers, have provided outstanding leadership to the subgroup in its national and/or international work, have demonstrated proficiency in achieving consensus in the national and/or international arenas and have followed the approved procedures in an exemplary fashion. Anthony Vetro was the recipient of this award in 2015. He has more than 15 years of participation in standards development, including service as the INCITS L3.1 Vice-Chair and Chair and an active technical participant in the MPEG committee.
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  •  NEWS   Robert Cohen appointed to the Industrial Relations Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
    Date: April 1, 2015
    Brief
    • MERL researcher, Robert Cohen, was appointed to the Industrial Relations Committee for a 3-year term from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017. This committee is responsible for maintaining and improving relations between the IEEE Signal Processing Society and industry members.
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  •  NEWS   Papers presented at OFC 2015 optical communications conference
    Date: March 25, 2015
    MERL Contacts: Kieran Parsons; David Millar; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Keisuke Kojima
    Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • Six papers from the Optical Comms team will be presented at the 2015 Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) being held in LA, USA in March 2015. The papers relate to high-dimensional modulation, signal processing, coding for coherent optical links and semiconductor laser linewidth measurement.
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  •  NEWS   Petros Boufounos appointed to the SigPort Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
    Date: March 1, 2015
    MERL Contact: Petros Boufounos
    Brief
    • Signal Processing Repository (SigPort) is an online repository of manuscripts, reports, technical white papers, theses, and supporting materials. Created and supported by the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), SigPort collects technical material of interests to the broad signal processing community. It hosts material to help individuals obtain early and broad exposure on their work. MERL researcher, Petros Boufounos, was appointed to the SigPort Board for a 3-year term from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017.
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  •  NEWS   IEEE Spectrum's "Cars That Think" highlights MERL's speech enhancement research
    Date: March 9, 2015
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Area: Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • Recent research on speech enhancement by MERL's Speech and Audio team was highlighted in "Cars That Think", IEEE Spectrum's blog on smart technologies for cars. IEEE Spectrum is the flagship publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 400,000 members.
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  •  NEWS   MERL's noise suppression technology featured in Mitsubishi Electric Corporation press release
    Date: February 17, 2015
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Area: Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has developed breakthrough noise-suppression technology that significantly improves the quality of hands-free voice communication in noisy conditions, such as making a voice call via a car navigation system. Speech clarity is improved by removing 96% of surrounding sounds, including rapidly changing noise from turn signals or wipers, which are difficult to suppress using conventional methods. The technology is based on recent research on speech enhancement by MERL's Speech and Audio team.
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  •  NEWS   3D reconstruction on Tokyo TV
    Date: February 20, 2015
    Research Area: Computer Vision
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  •  EVENT   Internships & Careers at MERL
    Date & Time: Friday, December 5, 2014; 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
    MERL Contact: Petros Boufounos
    Location: Tufts University, Halligan Hall, Room 102
    Brief
    • Come learn about MERL, our internships and our career options.

      Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) is home to some of the world's leading experts conducting fundamental and applied research in a variety of areas, such as Computer Vision, Audio & Video Processing, Digital Communications, Data Analytics, Mechatronics and Algorithms. Our overriding vision is to deliver innovation that has a lasting impact on the world — innovation that will be remembered 100 years from now.

      Each year, we hire 40-60 talented and motivated graduate students for summer internships. Come learn more about the work we do and meet with some of our researchers. The reception will include an a brief overview of our research and some demos. We will also have pizza and cupcakes!

      For those of you ready to graduate, we also have several research staff and post-doc openings. Hiring managers and researchers will be on hand to discuss these career opportunities at MERL.

      Session Agenda
      12:00 - 12:15 Welcome, sign-in
      12:15 - 12:30 Research overview
      12:30 - 1:30 Demos & discussion
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