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


  •  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 Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Location: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
    Research Area: 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)
    Research Areas: 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 Contact: 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
    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
    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: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Signal Processing
    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 Area: 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: Communications, Signal Processing
    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)
    Research Area: 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 Area: 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)
    Research Area: Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • John R. Hershey is Co-Chair of the GlobalSIP 2014 Symposium on Machine Learning.
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  •  AWARD   Awaya Prize Young Researcher Award
    Date: March 11, 2014
    Awarded to: Yuuki Tachioka
    Awarded for: "Effectiveness of discriminative approaches for speech recognition under noisy environments on the 2nd CHiME Challenge"
    Awarded by: Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ)
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Area: Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MELCO researcher Yuuki Tachioka received the Awaya Prize Young Researcher Award from the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ) for "effectiveness of discriminative approaches for speech recognition under noisy environments on the 2nd CHiME Challenge", which was based on joint work with MERL Speech & Audio team researchers Shinji Watanabe, Jonathan Le Roux and John R. Hershey.
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  •  NEWS   Guest Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Special Issue on Signal Processing Techniques for Assisted Listening
    Date: March 1, 2014
    Where: IEEE Signal Processing Society
    Research Area: Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • John R. Hershey is Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Signal Processing Techniques for Assisted Listening of the IEEE Signal Processing.
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  •  NEWS   Member of the Optical Communications team elected to OFC Technical Committee
    Date: February 15, 2014
    Where: Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC)
    MERL Contact: David Millar
    Research Areas: Communications, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • David S. Millar has been elected to the 2015 OFC Technical Committee for Digital electronic subsystems and transceivers.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researcher appointed Senior Area Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters
    Date: February 11, 2014
    Where: IEEE Signal Processing Letters
    MERL Contact: Petros Boufounos
    Brief
    • Petros Boufounos was appointed as a Senior Area Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters.
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  •  NEWS   Members of the Speech & Audio team elected to IEEE Technical Committees
    Date: January 1, 2014
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Area: Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • Jonathan Le Roux, Shinji Watanabe and John R. Hershey have been elected for 3-year terms to Technical Committees of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Jonathan has been elected to the IEEE Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee (AASP-TC), and Shinji and John to the Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (SL-TC). Members of the Speech & Audio team now together hold four TC positions, as John also serves on the AASP-TC.
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  •  NEWS   Fast three-phase load-flow analysis algorithms developed by MERL included in MELCO's Smart Grid Demonstration Project
    Date: February 13, 2014
    MERL Contacts: Hongbo Sun; Daniel Nikovski
    Research Area: Data Analytics
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has developed energy loss-reduction technology that uses algorithms for fast analysis of three-phase electricity developed by MERL to establish optimal coordination of power-distribution grids for reductions in energy loss and power-generation costs. The technology was achieved under Mitsubishi Electric's Smart Grid Demonstration Project.
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  •  NEWS   MERL's High-speed optimization algorithms showcased at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation annual R&D Open House
    Date: February 13, 2014
    MERL Contact: Matthew Brand
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced its development of advanced optimization algorithms and high-speed calculation methods aimed at optimizing the performance of three practical systems: laser-processing machines for high-speed cutting of sheet metal using the shortest possible trajectories, moon probes achieved with minimized fuel consumption, and particle beam therapies for prompt medical treatments.
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  •  NEWS   Prediction algorithms developed by MERL showcased for automotive HMI
    Date: February 10, 2014
    MERL Contacts: Bret Harsham; Jonathan Le Roux; Daniel Nikovski; Anthony Vetro
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation demonstrated an ultra-simple HMI for in-car device operation using algorithms developed by MERL to predict user actions and destinations.
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