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1,194 News items, Awards, Events and Talks related to MERL and its staff.


  •  NEWS   MERL Researchers Demonstrate 1Tbps Optical Transceiver
    Date: March 1, 2016
    Where: Tokyo, Japan
    MERL Contact: Kieran Parsons
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Optical Communications & Devices, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • MERL optical transceiver technology that enables 1 Terabit per second communication speed was reported at a recent press release event in Tokyo. Please see the link below for the full Mitsubishi Electric press release text.
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  •  NEWS   MERL contributes to Mitsubishi Electric's Indoor Positioning System
    Date: March 1, 2016
    Where: Tokyo, Japan
    MERL Contact: Philip Orlik
    Research Areas: Electronics & Communications, Wireless Communications & Signal Processing
    Brief
    • MERL EC researchers assisted in the development of an indoor positioning system with WiFi and acoustic based ranging technologies. Please see the link below for the full Mitsubishi Electric press release.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researcher invited to speak at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
    Date: March 14, 2016 - March 18, 2016
    Where: Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
    MERL Contact: Mouhacine Benosman
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Dynamical Systems
    Brief
    • Mouhacine Benosman will give an invited talk about reduced order models stabilization at the next IMA workshop 'Computational Methods for Control of Infinite-dimensional Systems'.
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  •  AWARD   Professor Emeritus University of Colorado Denver
    Date: January 6, 2016
    Awarded to: Andrew Knyazev
    MERL Contact: Andrew Knyazev
    Research Area: Algorithms
    Brief
    • Andrew Knyazev is awarded the title of Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Denver effective 1/31/2016. The award letter from the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver provides examples of the record of excellence over 20 years of contributions to the university such as 2008 CU Denver Excellence in Research Award, 2000 Teaching Excellence Award for the college, supervision of Ph.D. students, and two decades of uninterrupted external research funding from the US National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researcher, Oncel Tuzel, gives keynote talk at 2016 International Symposium on Visual Computing
    Date: December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015
    Where: Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Decision Optimization
    Brief
    • MERL researcher, Oncel Tuzel, gave a keynote talk at 2016 International Symposium on Visual Computing in Las Vegas, Dec. 16, 2015. The talk was titled: "Machine vision for robotic bin-picking: Sensors and algorithms" and reviewed MERL's research in the application of 2D and 3D sensing and machine learning to the problem of general pose estimation.

      The talk abstract was: For over four years, at MERL, we have worked on the robot "bin-picking" problem: using a 2D or 3D camera to look into a bin of parts and determine the pose, 3D rotation and translation, of a good candidate to pick up. We have solved the problem several different ways with several different sensors. I will briefly describe the sensors and the algorithms. In the first half of the talk, I will describe the Multi-Flash camera, a 2D camera with 8 flashes, and explain how this inexpensive camera design is used to extract robust geometric features, depth edges and specular edges, from the parts in a cluttered bin. I will present two pose estimation algorithms, (1) Fast directional chamfer matching--a sub-linear time line matching algorithm and (2) specular line reconstruction, for fast and robust pose estimation of parts with different surface characteristics. In the second half of the talk, I will present a voting-based pose estimation algorithm applicable to 3D sensors. We represent three-dimensional objects using a set of oriented point pair features: surface points with normals and boundary points with directions. I will describe a max-margin learning framework to identify discriminative features on the surface of the objects. The algorithm selects and ranks features according to their importance for the specified task which leads to improved accuracy and reduced computational cost.
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  •  AWARD   MERL's Speech Team Achieves World's 2nd Best Performance at the Third CHiME Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge
    Date: December 15, 2015
    Awarded to: John R. Hershey, Takaaki Hori, Jonathan Le Roux and Shinji Watanabe
    MERL Contacts: John Hershey; Takaaki Hori; Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • The results of the third 'CHiME' Speech Separation and Recognition Challenge were publicly announced on December 15 at the IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU 2015) held in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. MERL's Speech and Audio Team, in collaboration with SRI, ranked 2nd out of 26 teams from Europe, Asia and the US. The task this year was to recognize speech recorded using a tablet in real environments such as cafes, buses, or busy streets. Due to the high levels of noise and the distance from the speaker's mouth to the microphones, this is very challenging task, where the baseline system only achieved 33.4% word error rate. The MERL/SRI system featured state-of-the-art techniques including multi-channel front-end, noise-robust feature extraction, and deep learning for speech enhancement, acoustic modeling, and language modeling, leading to a dramatic 73% reduction in word error rate, down to 9.1%. The core of the system has since been released as a new official challenge baseline for the community to use.
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  •  AWARD   2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award
    Date: December 1, 2015
    Awarded to: Mark A. Davenport, Petros T. Boufounos, Michael B. Wakin and Richard G. Baraniuk
    MERL Contact: Petros Boufounos
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Computational Sensing
    Brief
    • Petros Boufounos is a recipient of the 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award for the paper that he co-authored with Mark A. Davenport, Michael B. Wakin and Richard G. Baraniuk on "Signal Processing with Compressive Measurements" which was published in the April 2010 issue of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. The Best Paper Award honors the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit dealing with a subject related to the Society's technical scope, and appearing in one of the Society's solely owned transactions or the Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. Eligibility is based on a five-year window: for example, for the 2015 Award, the paper must have appeared in one of the Society's Transactions between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.
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  •  NEWS   MERL presented 3 papers at the 2015 IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP)
    Date: December 15, 2015
    Where: 2015 IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP)
    MERL Contacts: Andrew Knyazev; Hassan Mansour; Dong Tian
    Research Areas: Algorithms, Multimedia, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio, Electronics & Communications, Signal Processing, Wireless Communications, Digital Video
    Brief
    • MERL researcher Andrew Knyazev gave 3 talks at the 2015 IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP). The papers were published in IEEE conference proceedings.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researchers Attend Modelica North American Users Group Meeting
    Date: November 11, 2015 - November 12, 2015
    Where: University of Connecticut
    MERL Contacts: Christopher Laughman; Scott Bortoff; Hongtao Qiao
    Research Area: Data Analytics
    Brief
    • MERL Researchers Scott A. Bortoff, Chris Laughman and Hongtao Qiao attended the North America Modelica User's Group Meeting, hosted by the University of Connecticut, November 11-12, 2015. Scott Bortoff gave the Keynote Address entitled "Using Modelica in Industrial Research and Development," and Chris Laughman and Hongtao Qiao each presented a paper on modelling of HVAC systems. The Meeting attracted approximately 80 Modelica users from a diverse set of companies and universities including United Technologies, Johnson Controls and Ford. Use of Modelica is accelerating in North America, lead by largely by automotive and similar "systems manufacturing" type companies.
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  •  EVENT   MERL Researcher Leads an HVAC Industry Publicity Event
    Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
    MERL Contact: Christopher Laughman
    Location: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
    Research Area: Data Analytics
    Brief
    • Chris Laughman of MERL and Kevin Miskewicz of MEUS-HVAC led a webinar on Friday, November 6 with over 20 leading HVAC industry trade publications on new products that are being released, as well as the role that MERL plays in advancing the forefront of technology within Mitsubishi Electric. Titled "Inventing the Future of VRF (and Other Neat Stuff)", they discussed the innovations embodied in the new L-generation City-Multi system, as well as trends in the HVAC industry and some recently published MERL research in the HVAC area.
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  •  NEWS   Stefano Di Cairano nominated to Chair the IEEE-Control System Society on Standards
    Date: November 4, 2015
    MERL Contact: Stefano Di Cairano
    Research Areas: Mechatronics, Advanced Control Systems
    Brief
    • Stefano Di Cairano has become Senior Member of IEEE. In addition, he has been asked by the Vice President for Technical Activities of the Control System Society (CSS) of IEEE to take the role of Chair of the Standing Committee on Standards. S. Di Cairano will succeed Dr. T. Samad, Honeywell, as chair of the committee. His nomination should be ratified by the IEEE-CSS Board of Governor at the meeting in Osaka, in December 2015.
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  •  NEWS   Teng-Yok Lee co-chairs Large Data Analysis and Visualization workshop
    Date: October 25, 2015
    Where: Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV)
    MERL Contact: Teng-Yok Lee
    Research Area: Computer Vision
    Brief
    • Teng-Yok Lee served as the poster co-chair for the Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV) workshop at IEEEVis 2015 in Chicago, Oct. 25-30. At IEEEVis there were over 2000 attendees and three highly competitive main subconferences (SciVis, InfoVis, and Visual Analytics and Technology (VAST)).
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  •  TALK   Skewness in the Passive Tracer Problem
    Date & Time: Monday, November 23, 2015; 12:00 PM
    Speaker: Manuchehr Aminian, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    MERL Host: Andrew Knyazev
    Research Area: Algorithms
    Brief
    • The classic work by G.I. Taylor describes the enhanced longitudinal diffusivity of a passive tracer subjected to laminar pipe flow. Much work since then has gone into extending this result particularly in calculating the evolution of the scalar variance. However, less work has been done to describe the evolution of asymmetry in the distribution. We present the results from a modeling effort to understand how the higher moments of the tracer distribution depend on geometry based off of explicit results in the circular pipe. We do this via analysis of "channel-limiting" geometries (rectangular ducts and elliptical pipes parameterized by their aspect ratio), using both new analytical tools and Monte Carlo simulation, which have revealed a wealth of nontrivial behavior of the distributions at short and intermediate time.
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  •  AWARD   Fujisankei Newspaper Gold and Bronze Medal Advertisement Award
    Date: September 30, 2015
    Awarded to: Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
    MERL Contact: Yuichi Taguchi
    Research Area: Computer Vision
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (MELCO) advertisements based on 3D reconstruction received a Gold medal and a Bronze medal in the Fujisankei Newspaper. "Will I fit?", "He'll fit just fine.", and "Oops, did you think in 3D?".
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers attend International Modelica Conference
    Date: September 21, 2015
    MERL Contacts: Scott Bortoff; Daniel Burns; Christopher Laughman
    Research Areas: Mechatronics, Data Analytics, Algorithms
    Brief
    • MERL researchers Scott Bortoff, Dan Burns and Chris Laughman attended the 11th Annual Modelica Conference in Versailles, France. Modelica is a computer language for modelling and simulation of multiphysical systems. There were 421 attendees, with representatives from Toyota, automobile companies, European universities and companies like Dassault. Conference topics included a plenary on cyber-physical systems modelling by Prof. Sangiovanni Vincentelli of UC Berkeley, new libraries for modelling HVAC systems, automobile systems and buildings, and research results for new solvers. An important trend is virtual modelling and simulation of building thermodynamics (scaling up to city districts), automotive systems (autonomous vehicles), and especially Factory Automation: Dassault is investing heavily in this area, focusing on smaller customers, with tools for 3D virtual modelling of assembly lines including machine dynamics (robotics), and in partnerships with Siemens and other European FA companies.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers presented 3 papers at the 5th IFAC Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Conference
    Date: September 17, 2015
    MERL Contacts: Stefano Di Cairano; Scott Bortoff; Abraham Goldsmith; Claus Danielson; Andrew Knyazev
    Research Areas: Mechatronics, Algorithms
    Brief
    • MERL researchers presented 3 papers at the 5th IFAC Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Conference. Approximately 150 attendees. Conference topics range from theory (existence, stability), to algorithms (optimization, design), to applications (process control, mechatronics, energy, automotive, aerospace). MERL was an industry sponsor for the conference. MERL researcher co-chaired the Industry Session on Industry perspective on Model Predictive Control. MERL researcher acted as Program Co-chair, organizing the conference program.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers presented at the IFAC workshop on control applications of optimization, 2015
    Date: October 6, 2015
    Where: IFAC workshop on control applications of optimization 2015
    MERL Contact: Andrew Knyazev
    Research Areas: Algorithms, Advanced Control Systems, Mechatronics
    Brief
    • MERL researchers Andrew Knyazev and Alexander Malyshev gave two talks at the IFAC workshop on control applications of optimization, 2015. The papers were published by Elsevier B.V. in the conference proceedings.
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  •  EVENT   SANE 2015 - Speech and Audio in the Northeast
    Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
    MERL Contacts: Jonathan Le Roux; John Hershey
    Location: Google, New York City, NY
    Research Areas: Multimedia, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • SANE 2015, 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 22, 2015 at Google, in New York City, NY.

      It is a follow-up to SANE 2012, held at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), SANE 2013, held at Columbia University, and SANE 2014, held at MIT, which each gathered 70 to 90 researchers and students.

      SANE 2015 will feature invited talks by leading researchers from the Northeast, as well as from the international community: Rohit Prasad (Amazon), Michael Mandel (Brooklyn College, CUNY), Ron Weiss (Google), John Hershey (MERL), Pablo Sprechmann (NYU), Tuomas Virtanen (Tampere University of Technology), and Paris Smaragdis (UIUC). It will also feature a lively poster session during lunch time, open to both students and researchers.

      SANE 2015 is organized by Jonathan Le Roux (MERL), Hank Liao (Google), Andrew Senior (Google), and John R. Hershey (MERL).
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers presented at the IEEE International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) 2015
    Date: September 18, 2015
    Where: IEEE International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) 2015
    MERL Contact: Andrew Knyazev
    Research Areas: Algorithms, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Electronics & Communications, Multimedia, Signal Processing, Speech & Audio, Wireless Communications
    Brief
    • MERL researchers A. Knyazev and A. Malyshev gave a talk at the IEEE International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) 2015. The paper was published at the IEEE Xplore conference proceedings.
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  •  EVENT   Celebrating "Women in Science at MERL" luncheon
    Date & Time: Tuesday, August 4, 2015; 12:00
    MERL Contacts: Elizabeth Phillips; Jinyun Zhang
    Location: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
    Research Areas: Algorithms, Electronics & Communications, Data Analytics, Multimedia, Mechatronics, Computer Vision
    Brief
    • To celebrate "Women in Science at MERL," a luncheon event was organized on August 4. Eleven female interns, three female researchers, and female members of HQ staff, interns’ hosts/managers and MERL executives participated in that event. All female interns introduced their research projects and their positive experiences at MERL; female researchers shared their own career development stories; and at the end all discussed how to be successful in the field of science. Every participant was inspired to continue contributing to the future of science.
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