Alan Sullivan

Alan Sullivan
  • Phone: 617-621-7596
  • Email: sullivan[at]merl[dot]com
  • Biography

    First at U.C. Berkeley, then at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Alan studied interactions between ultra-high intensity femtosecond lasers and plasmas. Prior to joining MERL in 2007, he worked at a series of start-ups where he developed a novel volumetric 3D display technology. At MERL His research interests include computational geometry and computer graphics.

  • Research Highlights

  • MERL Publications

    •  Erdim, H.; Sullivan, A., "Cutter Workpiece Engagement Calculations for Five-axis Milling using Composite Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields", CIRP Conference on Modeling of Machining Operations (CMMO), June 2013.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2013-049
      • @inproceedings{Erdim2013jun,
      • author = {Erdim, H. and Sullivan, A.},
      • title = {Cutter Workpiece Engagement Calculations for Five-axis Milling using Composite Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields},
      • booktitle = {CIRP Conference on Modeling of Machining Operations (CMMO)},
      • year = 2013,
      • month = jun,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2013-049}
      • }
    •  Erdim, H.; Sullivan, A., "High Accuracy Computation of Geometric Properties of Cutter Workpiece Intersection using Distance Fields for NC Milling", CIRP Conference on Process Machine Interactions (PMI), October 2012, vol. 4, pp. 84-89.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2012-093
      • @inproceedings{Erdim2012oct,
      • author = {Erdim, H. and Sullivan, A.},
      • title = {High Accuracy Computation of Geometric Properties of Cutter Workpiece Intersection using Distance Fields for NC Milling},
      • booktitle = {CIRP Conference on Process Machine Interactions (PMI)},
      • year = 2012,
      • volume = 4,
      • pages = {84--89},
      • month = oct,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2012-093}
      • }
    •  Sullivan, A.; Erdim, H.; Perry, R.N.; Frisken, S.F., "High Accuracy NC Milling Simulation Using Composite Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields", Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 44, No. 6, pp. 522-536, June 2012.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2012-025
      • @article{Sullivan2012jun,
      • author = {Sullivan, A. and Erdim, H. and Perry, R.N. and Frisken, S.F.},
      • title = {High Accuracy NC Milling Simulation Using Composite Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields},
      • journal = {Computer-Aided Design},
      • year = 2012,
      • volume = 44,
      • number = 6,
      • pages = {522--536},
      • month = jun,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2012-025}
      • }
    •  Arican, Z.; Yea, S.; Sullivan, A.; Vetro, A.; Tescher, A.G., "Intermediate View Generation for Perceived Depth Adjustment of Stereo Video", SPIE Conference on Applications of Digital Image Processing, August 2009, vol. 7443.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2009-052
      • @inproceedings{Arican2009aug,
      • author = {Arican, Z. and Yea, S. and Sullivan, A. and Vetro, A. and Tescher, A.G.},
      • title = {Intermediate View Generation for Perceived Depth Adjustment of Stereo Video},
      • booktitle = {SPIE Conference on Applications of Digital Image Processing},
      • year = 2009,
      • volume = 7443,
      • month = aug,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2009-052}
      • }
  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Hybrid Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields"
      Inventors: Sullivan, Alan
      Patent No.: 9,122,270
      Issue Date: Sep 1, 2015
    • Title: "Analyzing Volume Removed During Machining Simulation"
      Inventors: Erdim, Huseyin; Sullivan, Alan
      Patent No.: 8,935,138
      Issue Date: Jan 13, 2015
    • Title: "System and Method for Simulating Machining Objects"
      Inventors: Sullivan, Alan; Manukyan, Liana
      Patent No.: 8,838,419
      Issue Date: Sep 16, 2014
    • Title: "System and Method for Identifying Defects of Surfaces Due to Machining Processes"
      Inventors: Sullivan, Alan; Yoganandan, Arun R
      Patent No.: 8,532,812
      Issue Date: Sep 10, 2013
    • Title: "System and Method for Optimizing Machining Simulation"
      Inventors: Sullivan, Alan; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 8,483,858
      Issue Date: Jul 9, 2013
    • Title: "Volume-Based Coverage Analysis for Sensor Placement in 3D Environments"
      Inventors: Sullivan, Alan; Garaas, Tyler W
      Patent No.: 8,442,306
      Issue Date: May 14, 2013
    • Title: "A Method for Reconstructing a Distance Field of a Swept Volume at a Sample Point"
      Inventors: Frisken, Sarah F.; Perry, Ronald N.; Sullivan, Alan
      Patent No.: 8,265,909
      Issue Date: Sep 11, 2012
    • Title: "A Method for Simulating Numerically Controlled Milling Using Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields"
      Inventors: Frisken, Sarah F.; Perry, Ronald N.; Sullivan, Alan
      Patent No.: 8,010,328
      Issue Date: Aug 30, 2011
    See All Patents for MERL