Jeroen van Baar

Jeroen van Baar
  • Biography

    Jeroen came to MERL in 1997 as intern, and was subsequently hired as research associate. He temporarily left MERL to pursue a Ph.D. and returned early 2013. At MERL he has made contributions in the areas of computer graphics, computer vision and computational photography. His interests include 3D reconstruction, medical imaging, GP-GPU for computational photography and computer vision.

  • News & Events

    •  NEWS   MERL Researchers Demonstrate Robot Learning Technology at CEATEC'18
      Date: October 15, 2018 - October 19, 2018
      Where: CEATEC'18, Makuhari Messe, Tokyo
      MERL Contacts: Devesh Jha; Daniel Nikovski; Diego Romeres; Alan Sullivan; Jeroen van Baar; William Yerazunis
      Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Data Analytics, Robotics
      Brief
      • MERL's work on robot learning algorithms was demonstrated at CEATEC'18, Japan's largest IT and electronics exhibition and conference held annually at Makuhari Messe near Tokyo. A team of researchers from the Data Analytics Group at MERL and the Artificial Intelligence Department of the Information Technology Center (ITC) of MELCO presented an interactive demonstration of a model-based artificial intelligence algorithm that learns how to control equipment autonomously. The algorithm developed at MERL constructs models of mechanical equipment through repeated trial and error, and then learns control policies based on these models. The demonstration used a circular maze, where the objective is to drive a ball to the center of the maze by tipping and tilting the maze, a task that is difficult even for humans; approximately half of the CEATEC'18 visitors who tried to steer the ball by means of a joystick could not bring it to the center of the maze within one minute. In contrast, MERL's algorithm successfully learned how to drive the ball to the goal within ten seconds without the need for human programming. The demo was at the entrance of MELCO's booth at CEATEC'18, inviting visitors to learn more about MELCO's many other AI technologies on display, and was seen by an estimated more than 50,000 visitors over the five days of the expo.
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    •  EVENT   MERL 3rd Annual Open House
      Date & Time: Thursday, November 29, 2018; 4-6pm
      MERL Contacts: Marissa Deegan; Elizabeth Phillips; Jeroen van Baar; Anthony Vetro
      Location: 201 Broadway, 8th floor, Cambridge, MA
      Research Areas: Applied Physics, Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Computational Sensing, Computer Vision, Control, Data Analytics, Dynamical Systems, Electric Systems, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization, Robotics, Signal Processing, Speech & Audio
      Brief
      • Snacks, demos, science: On Thursday 11/29, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) will host an open house for graduate+ students interested in internships, post-docs, and research scientist positions. The event will be held from 4-6pm and will feature demos & short presentations in our main areas of research including artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, speech processing, optimization, machine learning, data analytics, signal processing, communications, sensing, control and dynamical systems, as well as multi-physyical modeling and electronic devices. MERL is a high impact publication-oriented research lab with very extensive internship and university collaboration programs. Most internships lead to publication; many of our interns and staff have gone on to notable careers at MERL and in academia. Come mix with our researchers, see our state of the art technologies, and learn about our research opportunities. Dress code: casual, with resumes.

        Pre-registration for the event is strongly encouraged:
        merlopenhouse.eventbrite.com

        Current internship and employment openings:
        www.merl.com/internship/openings
        www.merl.com/employment/employment

        Information about working at MERL:
        www.merl.com/employment
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  • Research Highlights

  • MERL Publications

    •  van Baar, J., Corcodel, R., Sullivan, A., Jha, D., Romeres, D., Nikovski, D.N., "Simulation to Real Transfer Learning with Robustified Policies for Robot Tasks", arXiv, September 2018.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2018-144
      • @techreport{MERL_TR2018-144,
      • author = {van Baar, J. and Corcodel, R. and Sullivan, A. and Jha, D. and Romeres, D. and Nikovski, D.N.},
      • title = {Simulation to Real Transfer Learning with Robustified Policies for Robot Tasks},
      • institution = {MERL - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories},
      • address = {Cambridge, MA 02139},
      • number = {TR2018-144},
      • month = sep,
      • year = 2018,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2018-144/}
      • }
    •  Seo, D.; van Baar, J., "Deformable Registration with Discontinuity Preservation using Multi-Scale MRF", The MIDAS Journal - Image-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy (IGART), October 2014.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2014-131
      • @article{Seo2014oct,
      • author = {Seo, D. and {van Baar}, J.},
      • title = {Deformable Registration with Discontinuity Preservation using Multi-Scale MRF},
      • journal = {The MIDAS Journal - Image-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy (IGART)},
      • year = 2014,
      • month = oct,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2014-131}
      • }
    •  Seo, D.; van Baar, J., "Deformable Registration with Discontinuity Preservation using Multi-Scale MRF", Image-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy (IGART), September 2014, pp. 37-44.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2014-124
      • @inproceedings{Seo2014sep,
      • author = {Seo, D. and {van Baar}, J.},
      • title = {Deformable Registration with Discontinuity Preservation using Multi-Scale MRF},
      • booktitle = {Image-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy (IGART)},
      • year = 2014,
      • pages = {37--44},
      • month = sep,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2014-124}
      • }
    •  Raskar, R.; van Baar, J.; Beardsley, P.; Willwacher, T.; Rao, S.; Forlines, C., "iLamps: Geometrically Aware and Self-configuring Projectors", ACM SIGGRAPH, ISBN: 1-59593-364-6, July 2006.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2006-103
      • @inproceedings{Raskar2006jul5,
      • author = {Raskar, R. and {van Baar}, J. and Beardsley, P. and Willwacher, T. and Rao, S. and Forlines, C.},
      • title = {iLamps: Geometrically Aware and Self-configuring Projectors},
      • booktitle = {ACM SIGGRAPH},
      • year = 2006,
      • month = jul,
      • isbn = {1-59593-364-6},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2006-103}
      • }
    •  Raskar, R.; Beardsley, P.; van Baar, J.; Wang, Y.; Dietz, P.; Lee, J.; Leigh, D.; Willwacher, T., "RFIG Lamps: Interacting with a Self-Describing World via Photosensing Wireless Tags and Projectors", ACM SIGGRAPH, ISBN: 1-59593-364-6, July 2006.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2006-108
      • @inproceedings{Raskar2006jul4,
      • author = {Raskar, R. and Beardsley, P. and {van Baar}, J. and Wang, Y. and Dietz, P. and Lee, J. and Leigh, D. and Willwacher, T.},
      • title = {RFIG Lamps: Interacting with a Self-Describing World via Photosensing Wireless Tags and Projectors},
      • booktitle = {ACM SIGGRAPH},
      • year = 2006,
      • month = jul,
      • isbn = {1-59593-364-6},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2006-108}
      • }
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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Method for Registering Deformable Images Using Random Markov Fields"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Seo, Dohyung
      Patent No.: 9,449,384
      Issue Date: Sep 20, 2016
    • Title: "Method for Deformable Image Registration"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Seo, Dohyung
      Patent No.: 9,449,246
      Issue Date: Sep 20, 2016
    • Title: "Image Denoising Using a Library of Functions"
      Inventors: Tuzel, Oncel; Thornton, Jay E.; Van Baar, Jeroen
      Patent No.: 9,262,810
      Issue Date: Feb 16, 2016
    • Title: "Motion-Based Text Input"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Beardsley, Paul A.
      Patent No.: 7,355,583
      Issue Date: Apr 8, 2008
    • Title: "System and Method for Mechanically Adjusting Projector Posewith Six Degrees of Freedom for Image Alignment"
      Inventors: Raskar, Ramesh N.; Van Baar, Jeroen
      Patent No.: 7,252,387
      Issue Date: Aug 7, 2007
    • Title: "Interactive Wireless Tag Location and Identification System"
      Inventors: Beardsley, Paul A.; Dietz, Paul H.; Van Baar, Jeroen; Raskar, Ramesh N.
      Patent No.: 7,154,395
      Issue Date: Dec 26, 2006
    • Title: "Projector-Camera System with Laser Pointers"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Beardsley, Paul A.; Raskar, Ramesh N.
      Patent No.: 7,137,707
      Issue Date: Nov 21, 2006
    • Title: "Self-Configurable Ad-Hoc Projector Cluster"
      Inventors: Beardsley, Paul A.; Van Baar, Jeroen; Raskar, Ramesh N.
      Patent No.: 6,834,965
      Issue Date: Dec 28, 2004
    • Title: "Geometrically Aware Projector"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Raskar, Ramesh N.; Beardsley, Paul A.
      Patent No.: 6,811,264
      Issue Date: Nov 2, 2004
    • Title: "Projecting Warped Images onto Curved Surfaces"
      Inventors: Raskar, Ramesh N.; Van Baar, Jeroen; Willwacher, Thomas; Rao, Srinivasa
      Patent No.: 6,793,350
      Issue Date: Sep 21, 2004
    • Title: "Method for Globally Aligning Multiple Projected Images"
      Inventors: Raskar, Ramesh N.; Van Baar, Jeroen; Beardsley, Paul A.
      Patent No.: 6,755,537
      Issue Date: Jun 29, 2004
    • Title: "Rendering Discrete Sample Points Projected to a Screen Space with a Continuous Resampling Filter"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Zwicker, Matthias B.; Gross, Markus H.; Pfister, Hans Peter
      Patent No.: 6,744,435
      Issue Date: Jun 1, 2004
    • Title: "Method for Determining a Largest Inscribed Rectangular Image within a Union of Projected QuadrilateralImages"
      Inventors: Raskar, Ramesh N.; Van Baar, Jeroen; Willwacher, Thomas
      Patent No.: 6,729,733
      Issue Date: May 4, 2004
    • Title: "Method and System for Displaying Images on Curved Surfaces"
      Inventors: Raskar, Ramesh N.; Van Baar, Jeroen; Willwacher, Thomas
      Patent No.: 6,715,888
      Issue Date: Apr 6, 2004
    • Title: "Rendering Pipeline for Surface Elements"
      Inventors: Gross, Markus H.; Pfister, Hans Peter; Van Baar, Jeroen; Zwicker, Matthias B.
      Patent No.: 6,583,787
      Issue Date: Jun 24, 2003
    • Title: "A Method for Generating Graphical Objects Represented as Surface Elements"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Pfister, Hans Peter; Oosterbaan, Collin E.
      Patent No.: 6,498,607
      Issue Date: Dec 24, 2002
    • Title: "Graphical Objects Represented as Surface Elements"
      Inventors: Pfister, Hans Peter; Van Baar, Jeroen; Oosterbaan, Collin E.
      Patent No.: 6,480,190
      Issue Date: Nov 12, 2002
    • Title: "Method for Rendering Graphical Objects Represented as Surface Elements"
      Inventors: Van Baar, Jeroen; Pfister, Hans Peter; Oosterbaan, Collin E.
      Patent No.: 6,448,968
      Issue Date: Sep 10, 2002
    • Title: "A Method for Modeling Graphical Objects Represented as Surface Elements"
      Inventors: Oosterbaan, Collin E.; Van Baar, Jeroen; Pfister, Hans Peter
      Patent No.: 6,396,496
      Issue Date: May 28, 2002
    • Title: "Method for Interactively Modeling Graphical Objects with Linked and Unlinked Surface Elements"
      Inventors: Pfister, Hans Peter; Oosterbaan, Collin E.; Van Baar, Jeroen
      Patent No.: 6,342,886
      Issue Date: Jan 29, 2002
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