Richard C. (Dick) Waters

Richard C. (Dick) Waters
  • Phone: 617-621-7508
  • Email: dick[at]merl[dot]com
  • Position:
    Headquarters

    President, Chief Executive Officer, MERL Fellow
  • Education:
    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978
  • Biography

    Dick Waters received his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence (AI). For the next 13 years he worked at the MIT AI Lab as a Research Scientist and coprincipal investigator of the Programmer's Apprentice project. Dick was a founding member of MERL's Research Lab in 1991. As a MERL researcher, his work centered on multi-user interactive environments for work, learning, and play. For this work, he was made a MERL Fellow in 1996. In December 1999, he became CEO of MERL as a whole. Dick is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

  • MERL Publications

    •  Eriola Kruja, Joe Marks, Ann Blair, Richard Waters, "A Short Note on the History of Graph Drawing", Graph Drawing - International Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD), Mutzel, P. and Junger, M. and Leipert, S., Eds., ISBN: 978-3-540-43309-5, September 2001, pp. 272-286.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2001-49
      • @inproceedings{Kruja2001sep,
      • author = {Kruja, E. and Marks, J. and Blair, A. and Waters, R.C.},
      • title = {A Short Note on the History of Graph Drawing},
      • booktitle = {Graph Drawing - International Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD)},
      • year = 2001,
      • editor = {Mutzel, P. and Junger, M. and Leipert, S.},
      • series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
      • pages = {272--286},
      • month = sep,
      • publisher = {Springer},
      • isbn = {978-3-540-43309-5},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2001-49}
      • }
    •  R. Waters, D. Anderson, A. Greysukh, W. Lambert, H. Kozuka, B. Perlman, V. Phan, D. Schwenke, S. Shipman, E. Suits, W. Yerazunis, "The ANSI C (Internal) Spline Version 3.0 Application Program Interface", Tech. Rep. TR97-11, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, MA, December 1997.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR97-11
      • @techreport{MERL_TR97-11,
      • author = {R. Waters and D. Anderson and A. Greysukh and W. Lambert and H. Kozuka and B. Perlman and V. Phan and D. Schwenke and S. Shipman and E. Suits and W. Yerazunis},
      • title = {The ANSI C (Internal) Spline Version 3.0 Application Program Interface},
      • institution = {MERL - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories},
      • address = {Cambridge, MA 02139},
      • number = {TR97-11},
      • month = dec,
      • year = 1997,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR97-11/}
      • }
    •  Richard C. Waters, David B. Anderson, John W. Barrus, David C. Brogan, Michael A. Casey, Stephan G. McKeown, Tohei Nitta, Ilene B. Sterns, William S. Yerazunis, "Diamond Park and Spline: A Social Virtual Reality System with 3D Animation, Spoken Interaction, and Runtime Modifiability", Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 461-481, August 1997.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR96-02a
      • @article{Waters1997aug,
      • author = {Waters, R.C. and Anderson, D.B. and Barrus, J.W. and Brogan, D.C. and Casey, M.A. and McKeown, S.G. and Nitta, T. and Sterns, I.B. and Yerazunis, W.S.},
      • title = {Diamond Park and Spline: A Social Virtual Reality System with 3D Animation, Spoken Interaction, and Runtime Modifiability},
      • journal = {Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments},
      • year = 1997,
      • volume = 6,
      • number = 4,
      • pages = {461--481},
      • month = aug,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR96-02a}
      • }
    •  Richard C. Waters, David B. Anderson, Derek L. Schwenke, "Design of the Interactive Sharing Transfer Protocol", IEEE International Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE), June 1997, pp. 140-147.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR97-10
      • @inproceedings{Waters1997jun,
      • author = {Waters, R.C. and Anderson, D.B. and Schwenke, D.L.},
      • title = {Design of the Interactive Sharing Transfer Protocol},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE)},
      • year = 1997,
      • pages = {140--147},
      • month = jun,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR97-10}
      • }
    •  John W. Barrus, Richard C. Waters, "QOTA: A Fast, Multi-Purpose Algorithm for Terrain Following in Virtual Environments", ACM Virtual Reality Modeling Language Symposium, February 1997, pp. 59-64.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR96-17
      • @inproceedings{Barrus1997feb,
      • author = {Barrus, J.W. and Waters, R.C.},
      • title = {QOTA: A Fast, Multi-Purpose Algorithm for Terrain Following in Virtual Environments},
      • booktitle = {ACM Virtual Reality Modeling Language Symposium},
      • year = 1997,
      • pages = {59--64},
      • month = feb,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR96-17}
      • }
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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Self-Correcting Rear Projection Television"
      Inventors: Dietz, Paul H.; Kato, Mamoru; Raskar, Ramesh N.; Thornton, Jay E.; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 7,227,592
      Issue Date: Jun 5, 2007
    • Title: "Automatic Indicator System and Method"
      Inventors: Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 7,215,324
      Issue Date: May 8, 2007
    • Title: "Video Camera Controlled Surround Sound"
      Inventors: Russell, Bryan C.; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 6,741,273
      Issue Date: May 25, 2004
    • Title: "Situation Awareness System"
      Inventors: Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 6,396,535
      Issue Date: May 28, 2002
    • Title: "Method and Apparatus for Multi-Phase Rendering"
      Inventors: Jones, Thouis R.; Perry, Ronald N.; Seiler, Larry; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 6,359,619
      Issue Date: Mar 19, 2002
    • Title: "System for Reliable, Fast, Low-Latency Communication of Object State Updates Over a Computer Network by Combining Lossy and Lossless Communications"
      Inventors: Anderson, David B.; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 6,006,254
      Issue Date: Dec 21, 1999
    • Title: "Beacons for Locales"
      Inventors: Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 5,920,862
      Issue Date: Jul 7, 1999
    • Title: "System For Sending Small Positive Data Notification Messages Over A Network To Indicate That A Reciptient Node Should Obtain A Particular Version Of A Particular Data Item"
      Inventors: Anderson, David B.; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 5,842,216
      Issue Date: Nov 24, 1998
    • Title: "Method for Smooth Motion in a Distributed Virtual Reality Environment"
      Inventors: Waters, Richard C.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 5,793,382
      Issue Date: Aug 11, 1998
    • Title: "System for Designing a Virtual Environment Utilizing Locales"
      Inventors: Barrus, John W.; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 5,736,990
      Issue Date: Apr 7, 1998
    • Title: "Audio Interactive Tutor"
      Inventors: Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 5,540,589
      Issue Date: Jul 30, 1996
    • Title: "System for Decreasing the Time Required to Parse a Sentence"
      Inventors: Schabes, Yves; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 5,475,588
      Issue Date: Dec 12, 1995
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