Joseph Katz

Joseph Katz
  • Biography

    After leading research in optical communications and optoelectronic devices and materials at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a number of years, Joseph Katz went to Symbol Technologies, where as Senior VP of R&D he participated in, initiated, and led projects in a wide range of technologies, including barcode/RFID data capture, optics, imaging, signal processing, computing, networking, security, biometrics, and communications. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America, and holds more than 130 US patents. He joined MERL's management in 2004.

  • News & Events

    •  EVENT   MERL to participate in Xconomy Forum on AI & Robotics
      Date & Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2017; 1:30 - 5:30PM
      MERL Contacts: John R. Hershey; Joseph Katz; Daniel N. Nikovski; Alan Sullivan; Jay E. Thornton; Anthony Vetro; Richard C. (Dick) Waters; Jinyun Zhang
      Location: Google (355 Main St., 5th Floor, Cambridge MA)
      Research Areas: Multimedia, Data Analytics, Computer Vision, Mechatronics
      • How will AI and robotics reshape the economy and create new opportunities (and challenges) across industries? Who are the hottest companies that will compete with the likes of Google, Amazon, and Uber to create the future? And what are New England innovators doing to strengthen the local cluster and help lead the national discussion?

        MERL will be participating in Xconomy's third annual conference on AI and robotics in Boston to address these questions. MERL President & CEO, Dick Waters, will be on a panel discussing the status and future of self-driving vehicles. Lab members will also be on hand demonstrate and discuss recent advances AI and robotics technology.

        The agenda and registration for the event can be found online:
    •  EVENT   MERL participates in SIAM Career fair
      Date & Time: Monday, July 11, 2016; 10 AM - 9:15 PM
      MERL Contacts: Matthew E. Brand; Piyush Grover; Joseph Katz; Andrew Knyazev; Arvind U. Raghunathan
      Location: Westin Boston Waterfront Pavilion, Boston, Massachusetts
      Research Areas: Data Analytics, Mechatronics, Algorithms
      • MERL researchers participate in SIAM Job fair to showcase MERL's research and highlight employment and intern opportunities at MERL. The Career Fair emphasizes careers in business, industry, and government, and takes place during the SIAM Annual Meeting.

        The SIAM Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Career Fair is an informational and interactive event at which employers and prospective employees can discuss careers. It is a great opportunity for prospective employees to meet government and industry representatives and discuss what they are looking for and what each employer has to offer.
  • MERL Publications

    •  Goubet, E.; Katz, J.; Porikli, F., "Pedestrian Tracking Using Thermal Infrared Imaging", SPIE Conference on Infrared Technology and Applications, June 2006, vol. 6206, pp. 797-808.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2005-126
      • @inproceedings{Goubet2006jun,
      • author = {Goubet, E. and Katz, J. and Porikli, F.},
      • title = {Pedestrian Tracking Using Thermal Infrared Imaging},
      • booktitle = {SPIE Conference on Infrared Technology and Applications},
      • year = 2006,
      • volume = 6206,
      • pages = {797--808},
      • month = jun,
      • url = {}
      • }
    •  Vannucci, G.; Leigh, D.; Katz, J., "Wide-Area Long-Range Unidirectional Sensor (WALRUS) Network", IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems, November 2005, pp. 396-404.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2005-133
      • @inproceedings{Vannucci2005nov,
      • author = {Vannucci, G. and Leigh, D. and Katz, J.},
      • title = {Wide-Area Long-Range Unidirectional Sensor (WALRUS) Network},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems},
      • year = 2005,
      • pages = {396--404},
      • month = nov,
      • url = {}
      • }
  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Method and Apparatus for Printing 3D Objects Using Additive Manufacturing and Material Extruder with Translational and Rotational Axes"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Barnwell, III, John C.; Katz, Joseph; Brinkman, Dirk
      Patent No.: 9,481,131
      Issue Date: Nov 1, 2016
    • Title: "Cabling Configuration for Railless Elevators"
      Inventors: Shilpiekandula, Vijay; Yerazunis, William S.; Barnwell, III, John C.; Bortoff, Scott A.; Katz, Joseph
      Patent No.: 8,978,831
      Issue Date: Mar 17, 2015
    • Title: "Object Segmentation using Visible and Infrared Images"
      Inventors: Porikli, Fatih M.; Katz, Joseph
      Patent No.: 7,693,331
      Issue Date: Apr 6, 2010
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