Jay Thornton

Jay Thornton
  • Position:
    Research / Technical Staff

    Mechatronics Group Manager
  • Education:
    Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1982
  • Research Areas:
  • Biography

    Prior to joining MERL in 2002, Jay worked at Polaroid Corporation for many years on human vision and image science problems concerning color reproduction, image quality, half toning, and image processing. At MERL he has become absorbed in research on vision for robotics, medical imaging, computational photography, computer human observation, dictionary learning, and processing of the 3D world.

  • 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 Hershey; Joseph Katz; Daniel Nikovski; Alan Sullivan; Jay Thornton; Anthony Vetro; Richard (Dick) Waters; Jinyun Zhang
      Location: Google (355 Main St., 5th Floor, Cambridge MA)
      Research Areas: Multimedia, Data Analytics, Computer Vision, Mechatronics
      Brief
      • 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: https://xconomyforum85.eventbrite.com
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    •  NEWS   Scene interpretation results of SA group members are listed as the leader of benchmark competition
      Date: July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015
      MERL Contact: Jay Thornton
      Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning
      Brief
      • SA group members (M. Liu, S. Lin (intern), S. Ramalingam, O. Tuzel) presented a paper at the Robotics Science and Systems Conference in Rome July 13-17 called “Layered Interpretation of Street View Images”. The results they reported are now listed as the leader of the benchmark competition sponsored by Daimler. [Note that at that URL ref 2 is from collaboration with Daimler and it uses a FPGA for high speed, whereas MERL result is obtained with desktop computer and GPU.]
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  • Internships with Jay

    • ME1102: Makerspace Lead Technician

      Part-time (~20 hours/week) Mechatronics Makerspace Lead Technician: ability to use CAD/CAM tools to design and fabricate mechatronic devices (both mechanicals and PCB circuitry) on a variety of CNC machines in our facility, train and assist research staff who need to do the same, and keep our hardware lab stocked and organized.

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  • MERL Publications

    •  Rubinstein, M.; Shamir, A.; Avidan, A., "Improved Seam Carving for Video Retargeting", ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), Vol. 27, No. 3, August 2008.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2008-064
      • @article{Rubinstein2008aug,
      • author = {Rubinstein, M. and Shamir, A. and Avidan, A.},
      • title = {Improved Seam Carving for Video Retargeting},
      • journal = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)},
      • year = 2008,
      • volume = 27,
      • number = 3,
      • month = aug,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2008-064}
      • }
    •  Mohan, A.; Huang, X.; Tumblin, J.; Raskar, R., "Sensing Increased Image Resolution Using Aperture Masks", IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), ISSN: 1063-6919, June 2008, pp. 1-8.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2008-089
      • @inproceedings{Mohan2008jun,
      • author = {Mohan, A. and Huang, X. and Tumblin, J. and Raskar, R.},
      • title = {Sensing Increased Image Resolution Using Aperture Masks},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
      • year = 2008,
      • pages = {1--8},
      • month = jun,
      • issn = {1063-6919},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2008-089}
      • }
    •  Avidan, S.; Shamir, A., "Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing", ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), ISSN: 0730-0301, Vol. 26, No. 3, July 2007.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2007-087
      • @article{Avidan2007jul,
      • author = {Avidan, S. and Shamir, A.},
      • title = {Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing},
      • journal = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)},
      • year = 2007,
      • volume = 26,
      • number = 3,
      • month = jul,
      • issn = {0730-0301},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2007-087}
      • }
    •  Sunkavalli, K.; Matusik, W.; Pfister, H.; Rusinkiewicz, S., "Factored Time-Lapse Video", ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), ISSN: 0730-0301, Vol. 26, No. 3, July 2007.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2007-117
      • @article{Sunkavalli2007jul,
      • author = {Sunkavalli, K. and Matusik, W. and Pfister, H. and Rusinkiewicz, S.},
      • title = {Factored Time-Lapse Video},
      • journal = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)},
      • year = 2007,
      • volume = 26,
      • number = 3,
      • month = jul,
      • issn = {0730-0301},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2007-117}
      • }
    •  Porikli, F.; Thornton, J., "Shadow Flow: A Recursive Method to Learn Moving Cast Shadows", IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), ISSN: 1550-5499, October 2005, vol. 1, pp. 891-898.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2005-058
      • @inproceedings{Porikli2005oct,
      • author = {Porikli, F. and Thornton, J.},
      • title = {Shadow Flow: A Recursive Method to Learn Moving Cast Shadows},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
      • year = 2005,
      • volume = 1,
      • pages = {891--898},
      • month = oct,
      • issn = {1550-5499},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2005-058}
      • }
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  • Videos

  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Method for Generating High-Resolution Images using Regression Patterns"
      Inventors: Porikli, Fatih M.; Shrivastava, Ashish; Thornton, Jay E.
      Patent No.: 9,734,558
      Issue Date: Aug 15, 2017
    • Title: "ABSOLUTE ENCODER"
      Inventors: Thornton, Jay E.; Agrawal, Amit K.; NOGUCHI, TAKUYA; NASU, OSAMU; NAKAJIMA, HAJIME; TAKEYAMA, HARUHIKO; SASAKI, TORU; SEKI, MAKITO; TATEI, YOSHINAO; TAKEDA, SHIGENORI; MUSHA, TAKESHI
      Patent No.: 9,605,981
      Issue Date: Mar 28, 2017
    • Title: "Self-Calibrating Single Track Absolute Rotary Encoder"
      Inventors: Agrawal, Amit K.; Thornton, Jay E.
      Patent No.: 9,423,281
      Issue Date: Aug 23, 2016
    • Title: "Method for Detecting 3D Geometric Boundaries in Images of Scenes Subject to Varying Lighting"
      Inventors: Marks, Tim; Tuzel, Oncel; Porikli, Fatih M.; Thornton, Jay E.; Ni, Jie
      Patent No.: 9,418,434
      Issue Date: Aug 16, 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: "Structured Light Projection and Acquisition"
      Inventors: Thornton, Jay E.
      Patent No.: 8,634,020
      Issue Date: Jan 21, 2014
    • Title: "System and Method for Determining Poses of OBjects"
      Inventors: Agrawal, Amit K.; Wu, Changhua; Raskar, Ramesh N.; Thornton, Jay E.
      Patent No.: 8,472,698
      Issue Date: Jun 25, 2013
    • Title: "Method for identifying Faces in Images with Improved Accuracy Using Compressed Feature Vectors"
      Inventors: Thornton, Jay E.; Jones, Michael J.
      Patent No.: 8,213,691
      Issue Date: Jul 3, 2012
    • Title: "System and Method for Determining Geometries of Scenes"
      Inventors: Wren, Christopher R.; Ivanov, Yuri A.; Thornton, Jay E.
      Patent No.: 7,907,781
      Issue Date: Mar 15, 2011
    • Title: "Self-Correcting Rear Projection Television"
      Inventors: Waters, Richard C.; Thornton, Jay E.; Raskar, Ramesh N.; Kato, Mamoru; Dietz, Paul H.
      Patent No.: 7,227,592
      Issue Date: Jun 5, 2007
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