News & Events

1,198 News items, Awards, Events and Talks related to MERL and its staff.


  •  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
    Research Area: Multimedia
    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
    MERL Contact: Robert Cohen
    Research Area: Multimedia
    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: Electronics & Communications, Optical Communications & Devices
    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
    Research Area: Multimedia
    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 Contacts: Jonathan Le Roux; John Hershey
    Research Areas: Multimedia, 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 Contacts: Jonathan Le Roux; John Hershey
    Research Areas: Multimedia, 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
    MERL Contact: Yuichi Taguchi
    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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  •  EVENT   Internships & Careers at MERL
    Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014; 1:00-2:30 pm
    MERL Contact: Anthony Vetro
    Location: Northeastern University, Curry Student Center - Room 340
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) conducts fundamental and applied research in the areas of signal processing, optimization and control. 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 our researchers. The reception will include an a brief overview of our research and some demos, as well as light snacks and refreshments.

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

      Session Agenda
      1:00 - 1:15 Welcome, sign-in
      1:15 - 1:30 Research overview
      1:30 - 2:30 Demos & discussion
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  •  EVENT   SANE 2014 - Speech and Audio in the Northeast
    Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
    MERL Contacts: Jonathan Le Roux; John Hershey
    Location: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • SANE 2014, a one-day event gathering researchers and students in speech and audio from the Northeast of the American continent, will be held on Thursday October 23, 2014 at MIT, in Cambridge, MA. It is a follow-up to SANE 2012, held at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), and SANE 2013, held at Columbia University, which each gathered around 70 researchers and students. SANE 2014 will feature invited talks by leading researchers from the Northeast as well as Europe: Najim Dehak (MIT), Hakan Erdogan (MERL/Sabanci University), Gael Richard (Telecom ParisTech), George Saon (IBM Research), Andrew Senior (Google Research), Stavros Tsakalidis (BBN - Raytheon), and David Wingate (Lyric). It will also feature a lively poster session during lunch time, open to both students and researchers. SANE 2014 is organized by Jonathan Le Roux (MERL), Jim Glass (MIT), and John R. Hershey (MERL).
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  •  NEWS   MERL participates in IPXI 802.11n joint offering
    Date: October 1, 2014
    Where: Intellectual Property Exchange InternationaI (IPXI)
    MERL Contact: Kent Wittenburg
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Wireless Communications & Signal Processing
    Brief
    • Intellectual Property Exchange International, Inc. (IPXI), the world's first financial exchange for licensing and trading intellectual property (IP) rights, today announced a multi-party offering for standard essential patents (SEPs) involving the world's most widely adopted standard protocol for wireless technology. The offering of Unit License Right™ (ULR™) contracts is based on patent rights from eight organizations—including MERL and other leading consumer electronics and telecommunications companies, universities and research laboratories—whose rights are considered essential to the IEEE 802.11n standard for higher throughput in wireless local area network (WLAN) communications.
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  •  NEWS   R&D 100 Award for MELFA-3D Vision system
    Date: July 11, 2014
    Where: R&D Magazine
    MERL Contacts: Yuichi Taguchi; Jay Thornton
    Research Area: Computer Vision
    Brief
    • A team with members from MERL, ATC, and Meiden received an R&D 100 award for its work on Mitsubishi Electric's MELFA-3D Vision system for industrial robot arms. This system completely automates bin picking a task for picking up parts that are randomly placed in a bin and aligning their poses for assembly processes.
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  •  NEWS   Member of the RF team now part of the Technical Program Committee for IEEE IWS 2015
    Date: July 1, 2014
    Where: IEEE International Wireless Symposium (IWS)
    MERL Contact: Rui Ma
    Research Area: Electronics & Communications
    Brief
    • Rui Ma has joined the Technical Program Committee for the 2015 IEEE International Wireless Symposium and will act as Sub-committee Chair for power amplifier design and organize a workshop on GaN.
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  •  NEWS   Member of the RF team accepted to Steering Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques
    Date: June 12, 2014
    Where: IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society
    MERL Contact: Rui Ma
    Research Area: Electronics & Communications
    Brief
    • Rui Ma has been accepted as a member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE
      Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (Boston Section).
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  •  NEWS   Papers accepted to ECOC 2014 optical communications conference
    Date: June 10, 2014
    Where: European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC)
    MERL Contacts: Kieran Parsons; Keisuke Kojima; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; David Millar
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Optical Communications & Devices
    Brief
    • Four papers from the Optical Communications team have been accepted for publication and presentation at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) to be held in Cannes, France in September 2014. The papers relate to high-dimensional modulation, signal processing and coding for coherent optical links.
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  •  NEWS   Second Place in REVERB Challenge
    Date: May 10, 2014
    Where: REVERB Workshop
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric's submission to the REVERB workshop achieved the second best performance among all participating institutes. The team included Yuuki Tachioka and Tomohiro Narita of MELCO in Japan, and Shinji Watanabe and Felix Weninger of MERL. The challenge addresses automatic speech recognition systems that are robust against varying room acoustics.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researcher invited to talk at OFC 2015 by Digital Transmission Systems Subcommittee
    Date: June 6, 2014
    Where: Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC)
    MERL Contact: Toshiaki Koike-Akino
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Optical Communications & Devices
    Brief
    • Toshiaki Koike-Akino has accepted the invitation to give a talk on coded modulation formats with optimized constellations in Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC 2015).
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  •  NEWS   MERL to co-sponsor HSCMA 2014 Joint Workshop on Hands-free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays
    Date: May 12, 2014 - May 14, 2014
    Where: Hands-free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA)
    MERL Contact: John Hershey
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MERL is a sponsor for the 4th Joint Workshop on Hands-free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA 2014), held in Nancy, France, in May 2014.
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  •  AWARD   GRSS 2014 Symposium Prize Paper Award
    Date: May 1, 2014
    Awarded to: Dehong Liu and Petros T. Boufounos
    Awarded for: "Synthetic Aperture Imaging Using a Randomly Steered Spotlight"
    Awarded by: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
    MERL Contacts: Dehong Liu; Petros Boufounos
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Computational Sensing
    Brief
    • Dehong Liu and Petros T. Boufounos are the recipients of the the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society 2014 Symposium Prize Paper Award for their paper "Synthetic Aperture Imaging Using a Randomly Steered Spotlight," presented at IGARSS 2013 (TR2013-070).
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researcher named co-chair of GlobalSIP 2014 Symposium on Machine Learning Applications in Speech Processing
    Date: May 1, 2014
    Where: IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP)
    MERL Contact: John Hershey
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • John R. Hershey is Co-Chair of the GlobalSIP 2014 Symposium on Machine Learning.
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