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.

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  • 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 (CIRP 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 (CIRP 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}
      • }
    •  Zafer Arican, Sehoon Yea, Alan Sullivan, Anthony Vetro, "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: "System and Method for Identifying Defects of Surfaces Due to Machining Processes"
      Inventors: Sullivan, Alan; Yoganandan, Arun R
      Patent No.: 8532812
      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
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