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1,205 News items, Awards, Events and Talks related to MERL and its staff.


  •  NEWS   International Conference and Exhibition on Design and Production of Machines/Dies/Molds: publication by MERL researchers and others
    Date: June 20, 2013
    Where: International Conference and Exhibition on Design and Production of Machines/Dies/Molds
    Brief
    • The paper "Tool Deflection in Five-Axis Milling" by Layegh, S., Lazoglu, I. and Erdim, H. was presented at the International Conference and Exhibition on Design and Production of Machines/Dies/Molds
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  •  NEWS   ACC 2013: 7 publications by Yebin Wang, Arvind U. Raghunathan, Scott A. Bortoff, Yiming Zhao, Zafer Sahinoglu and Stefano Di Cairano
    Date: June 17, 2013
    Where: American Control Conference (ACC)
    MERL Contacts: Scott Bortoff; Stefano Di Cairano; Yebin Wang; Arvind Raghunathan
    Research Areas: Mechatronics, Electronics & Communications, Data Analytics
    Brief
    • The papers "Sub-optimal Control Design of a Semi-active Vibration Reduction System" by Wang, Y. and Utsunomiya, K., "Adaptive Estimation of State of Charge for Lithium-ion Batteries" by Fang, H., Wang, Y., Sahinoglu, Z., Wanda, T. and Hara, S., "Vehicle Yaw Dynamics Control by Torque-based Assist Systems Enforcing Driver's Steering Feel Constraints" by Zafeiropoulos, S. and Di Cairano, S., "Speed Profile Optimization for Optimal Path Tracking" by Zhao, Y. and Tsiotras, P., "Real-Time Energy-Optimal Trajeactory Generatin for a Servo Motor" by Zhao, Y., Wang, Y., Bortoff, S.A. and Ueda, K., "Global Optimization of Multi-period Optimal Power Flow" by Gopalakrishnan, A., Raghunathan, A.U., Nikovski, D., Biegler, L.T. and "Semismooth Equation Approach to Network Utility Maximization (NUM)" by Bai, L. and Raghunathan, A.U. were presented at the American Control Conference (ACC)
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  •  NEWS   CLIMA 2013: publication by Daniel N. Nikovski and others
    Date: June 16, 2013
    Where: REHVA World Congress (CLIMA)
    MERL Contact: Daniel Nikovski
    Research Areas: Data Analytics, Advanced Control Systems
    Brief
    • The paper "A Method for Computing Optimal Set-Point Schedule for HVAC Systems" by Nikovski, D., Xu, J. and Nonaka, M. was presented at the REHVA World Congress (CLIMA)
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  •  NEWS   IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology: publication by Stefano Di Cairano and others
    Date: June 14, 2013
    Where: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
    MERL Contact: Stefano Di Cairano
    Research Area: Mechatronics
    Brief
    • The article "Vehicle Yaw Stability Control by Coordinated Active Front Steering and Differential Braking in the Tire Sideslip Angles Domain" by Di Cairano, S., Tseng, H.E., Bernardini, D. and Bemporad, A. was published in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
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  •  NEWS   CIRP CMMO 2013: publication by Alan Sullivan and others
    Date: June 13, 2013
    Where: CIRP Conference on Modeling of Machining Operations (CIRP CMMO)
    MERL Contact: Alan Sullivan
    Research Areas: Mechatronics, Computational Geometry
    Brief
    • The paper "Cutter Workpiece Engagement Calculations for Five-axis Milling using Composite Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields" by Erdim, H. and Sullivan, A. was presented at the CIRP Conference on Modeling of Machining Operations (CIRP CMMO)
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  •  NEWS   IEEE Transactions on Information Theory: publication by MERL researchers and others
    Date: June 12, 2013
    Where: IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Algorithms, Optical Communications & Devices
    Brief
    • The article "Hierarchical and High-Girth QC LDPC Codes" by Wang, Y., Draper, S.C. and Yedidia, J.S. was published in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
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  •  NEWS   ICAPS 2013: publication by Daniel N. Nikovski
    Date: June 10, 2013
    Where: International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS)
    MERL Contact: Daniel Nikovski
    Research Areas: Data Analytics, Decision Optimization
    Brief
    • The paper "Operational Planning of Thermal Generators with Factored Markov Decision Process Models" by Nikovski, D. was presented at the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS)
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  •  NEWS   ICC 2013: 3 publications by Chunjie Duan, Philip V. Orlik, Kyeong Jin Kim and others
    Date: June 9, 2013
    Where: IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
    MERL Contacts: Philip Orlik; Kyeong Jin (K.J.) Kim
    Research Area: Electronics & Communications
    Brief
    • The papers "Cognitive Multihop Networks in Spectrum Sharing Environment with Multiple Licensed Users" by Kim, K.J., Duong, T.Q., Tsiftsis, T.A. and Bao, V.N.Q., "Opportunistic Relaying for Cognitive Network with Multiple Primary Users over Nakagami-m Fading" by Duong, T.Q., Kim, K.J., Zepernick, H-J and Tellambura, C. and "On Probabilistic Data Association for Achieving Near-Exponential Diversity over Fading Channels" by Yellepeddi, A., Kim, K.J., Duan, C. and Orlik, P. were presented at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
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  •  NEWS   IMS 2013: publication by Rui Ma and others
    Date: June 2, 2013
    Where: IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS)
    MERL Contact: Rui Ma
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Power
    Brief
    • The paper "A 40-dBm High Voltage Broadband GaN Class-J Power Amplifier for PoE Micro-Basestations" by Ma, R., Goswami, S., Yamanaka, K., Komatsuzaki, Y. and Ohta, A. was presented at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS)
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  •  NEWS   International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments (CHiME) 2013: publication by Jonathan Le Roux, John R. Hershey, Shinji Watanabe and others
    Date: June 1, 2013
    Where: International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments (CHiME)
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • The paper "Discriminative Methods for Noise Robust Speech Recognition: A CHiME Challenge Benchmark" by Tachioka, Y., Watanabe, S., Le Roux, J. and Hershey, J.R. was presented at the International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments (CHiME)
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  •  AWARD   CHiME 2012 Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge Best Performance
    Date: June 1, 2013
    Awarded to: Yuuki Tachioka, Shinji Watanabe, Jonathan Le Roux and John R. Hershey
    Awarded for: "Discriminative Methods for Noise Robust Speech Recognition: A CHiME Challenge Benchmark"
    Awarded by: International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments (CHiME)
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • The results of the 2nd 'CHiME' Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge are out! The team formed by MELCO researcher Yuuki Tachioka and MERL Speech & Audio team researchers Shinji Watanabe, Jonathan Le Roux and John Hershey obtained the best results in the continuous speech recognition task (Track 2). This very challenging task consisted in recognizing speech corrupted by highly non-stationary noises recorded in a real living room. Our proposal, which also included a simple yet extremely efficient denoising front-end, focused on investigating and developing state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition back-end techniques: feature transformation methods, as well as discriminative training methods for acoustic and language modeling. Our system significantly outperformed other participants. Our code has since been released as an improved baseline for the community to use.
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  •  NEWS   MERL obtains best results in the 2nd CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge
    Date: June 1, 2013
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • The results of the 2nd CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge are out! The team formed by MELCO researcher Yuuki Tachioka and MERL Speech & Audio team researchers Shinji Watanabe, Jonathan Le Roux and John Hershey obtained the best results in the continuous speech recognition task (Track 2). This very challenging task consisted in recognizing speech corrupted by highly non-stationary noises recorded in a real living room. Our proposal, which also included a simple yet extremely efficient denoising front-end, focused on investigating and developing state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition back-end techniques: feature transformation methods, as well as discriminative training methods for acoustic and language modeling. Our system significantly outperformed other participants. Our code has since been released as an improved baseline for the community to use.
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  •  EVENT   CHiME 2013 - The 2nd International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments
    Date & Time: Saturday, June 1, 2013; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Location: Vancouver, Canada
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MERL researchers Shinji Watanabe and Jonathan Le Roux are members of the organizing committee of CHiME 2013, the 2nd International Workshop on Machine Listening in Multisource Environments, Jonathan acting as Program Co-Chair. MERL is also a sponsor for the event.

      CHiME 2013 is a one-day workshop to be held in conjunction with ICASSP 2013 that will consider the challenge of developing machine listening applications for operation in multisource environments, i.e. real-world conditions with acoustic clutter, where the number and nature of the sound sources is unknown and changing over time. CHiME brings together researchers from a broad range of disciplines (computational hearing, blind source separation, speech recognition, machine learning) to discuss novel and established approaches to this problem. The cross-fertilisation of ideas will foster fresh approaches that efficiently combine the complementary strengths of each research field.
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  •  EVENT   ICASSP 2013 - Student Career Luncheon
    Date & Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013; 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    MERL Contacts: Anthony Vetro; Petros Boufounos; Jonathan Le Roux
    Location: Vancouver, Canada
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MERL is a sponsor for the first ICASSP Student Career Luncheon that will take place at ICASSP 2013. MERL members will take part in the event to introduce MERL and talk with students interested in positions or internships.
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  •  NEWS   ISPSD 2013: publication by Rui Ma, Koon Hoo Teo and others
    Date: May 26, 2013
    Where: International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD)
    MERL Contacts: Rui Ma; Koon Hoo Teo
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Power
    Brief
    • The paper "Design of Enhancement Mode Single-gate and Double-gate Multi-channel GaN HEMT with Vertical Polarity Inversion Heterostructure" by Feng, P., Teo, K.H., Oishi, T., Yamanaka, K. and Ma, R. was presented at the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD)
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  •  NEWS   ICASSP 2013: 9 publications by Jonathan Le Roux, Dehong Liu, Robert A. Cohen, Dong Tian, Shantanu D. Rane, Jianlin Guo, John R. Hershey, Shinji Watanabe, Petros T. Boufounos, Zafer Sahinoglu and Anthony Vetro
    Date: May 26, 2013
    Where: IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
    MERL Contacts: Dehong Liu; Robert Cohen; Jianlin Guo; Anthony Vetro; Dong Tian; Petros Boufounos; Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Electronics & Communications
    Brief
    • The papers "Stereo-based Feature Enhancement Using Dictionary Learning" by Watanabe, S. and Hershey, J.R., "Effectiveness of Discriminative Training and Feature Transformation for Reverberated and Noisy Speech" by Tachioka, Y., Watanabe, S. and Hershey, J.R., "Non-negative Dynamical System with Application to Speech and Audio" by Fevotte, C., Le Roux, J. and Hershey, J.R., "Source Localization in Reverberant Environments using Sparse Optimization" by Le Roux, J., Boufounos, P.T., Kang, K. and Hershey, J.R., "A Keypoint Descriptor for Alignment-Free Fingerprint Matching" by Garg, R. and Rane, S., "Transient Disturbance Detection for Power Systems with a General Likelihood Ratio Test" by Song, JX., Sahinoglu, Z. and Guo, J., "Disparity Estimation of Misaligned Images in a Scanline Optimization Framework" by Rzeszutek, R., Tian, D. and Vetro, A., "Screen Content Coding for HEVC Using Edge Modes" by Hu, S., Cohen, R.A., Vetro, A. and Kuo, C.C.J. and "Random Steerable Arrays for Synthetic Aperture Imaging" by Liu, D. and Boufounos, P.T. were presented at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
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  •  TALK   Holistic Models for Visual Perception in Autonomous Systems
    Date & Time: Thursday, May 23, 2013; 12:00 PM
    Speaker: Prof. Raquel Urtasun, TTI-Chicago
    Research Area: Computer Vision
    Brief
    • The development of autonomous systems that can effectively assist people with everyday tasks is one of the grand challenges in modern computer science. Notable examples are personal robotics for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as autonomous driving systems which can help decrease fatalities caused by traffic accidents. To achieve full autonomy, multiple perception tasks must be solved: Autonomous systems should sense the environment, recognize the 3D world and interact with it. While most approaches have tackled individual perceptual components in isolation, I believe that the next generation of perceptual systems should reason jointly about multiple tasks.

      In this talk I'll argue that there are four key aspects towards developing such holistic models: (i) learning, (ii) inference (iii) representation, and (iv) data. I'll describe efficient Markov random field learning and inference algorithms that exploit both the structure of the problem as well as parallel computation to achieve computational and memory efficiency. I'll demonstrate the effectiveness of our models on a wide variety of examples, and show representations and inference strategies that allow us to achieve state-of-the-art performance and result in several orders of magnitude speed-ups in a variety of challenging tasks, including 3D reconstruction, 3D layout parsing, object detection, semantic segmentation and free text exploitation for holistic visual recognition.
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  •  NEWS   ISCAS 2013: publication by Anthony Vetro, Dong Tian and others
    Date: May 19, 2013
    Where: IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)
    MERL Contacts: Dong Tian; Anthony Vetro
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Digital Video
    Brief
    • The paper "View Synthesis Prediction Using Skip and Merge Candidates for HEVC-based 3D Video Coding" by Zou, F., Tian, D. and Vetro, A. was presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)
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  •  EVENT   ISCAS 2013 - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits & Systems
    Date: Sunday, May 19, 2013 - Thursday, May 23, 2013
    MERL Contact: Anthony Vetro
    Location: Beijing, China
    Research Area: Multimedia
    Brief
    • Anthony Vetro is the Demo Co-chair of ISCAS 2013, the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits & Systems, to be held in Beijing, China, in May 2013.
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  •  NEWS   Proceedings of IEEE: publication by William S. Yerazunis, Koon Hoo Teo and Bingnan Wang
    Date: May 15, 2013
    Where: Proceedings of IEEE
    MERL Contacts: Bingnan Wang; William Yerazunis; Koon Hoo Teo
    Research Areas: Data Analytics, Electronics & Communications
    Brief
    • The article "Wireless Power Transfer: Metamaterials and Array of Coupled Resonators" by Wang, B., Yerazunis, W. and Teo, K.H. was published in Proceedings of IEEE
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