William Yerazunis

William Yerazunis
  • Biography

    Bill has worked in numerous fields, including parallel computation, SETI, jet engine production, real-time signal processing, expert systems, pattern recognition, text classification, wireless power, and meta-materials. He is the author of the CRM114 spam filter, has appeared as a continuing character in educational science television, and was voted one of the 50 most important people in computer network security by Network World magazine.

  • 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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    •  NEWS   MERL Researchers Demonstrate New Model-Based AI Learning Technology for Equipment Control
      Date: February 14, 2018
      Where: Tokyo, Japan
      MERL Contacts: Devesh Jha; Daniel Nikovski; Diego Romeres; William Yerazunis; Jeroen van Baar; Alan Sullivan
      Research Areas: Optimization, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Robotics
      Brief
      • New technology for model-based AI learning for equipment control was demonstrated by MERL researchers at a recent press release event in Tokyo. The AI learning method constructs predictive models of the equipment through repeated trial and error, and then learns control rules based on these models. The new technology is expected to significantly reduce the cost and time needed to develop control programs in the future. Please see the link below for the full text of the Mitsubishi Electric press release.
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  • Awards

    •  AWARD   DEIM 2010 Best Paper Award
      Date: February 1, 2010
      Awarded to: Hideya Shibata, Mamoru Kato, Mitsunori Kori and William Yerazunis
      Awarded for: "An Automatic Training Data Collection Method for Confidential E-mail Detection"
      Awarded by: The Forum on Data Engineering and Information Management (DEIM)
      MERL Contact: William Yerazunis
      Research Area: Data Analytics
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  • MERL Publications

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  • Videos

  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Artificial Magnetic Structures for Wireless Power Transfer"
      Inventors: Wang, Bingnan; Yerazunis, William S.; Teo, Koon Hoo
      Patent No.: 9,842,685
      Issue Date: Dec 12, 2017
    • Title: "Flat-Panel Acoustic Apparatus"
      Inventors: Le Roux, Jonathan; Hershey, John R.; Yerazunis, William S.; Boufounos, Petros T.; Daudet, Laurent
      Patent No.: 9,661,414
      Issue Date: May 23, 2017
    • 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: "System and Method for Automatically Optimizing Wireless Power"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Wang, Bingnan; Teo, Koon Hoo; Duan, Chunjie; Barnwell, III, John C.; Burns, Dan J
      Patent No.: 9,281,875
      Issue Date: Mar 8, 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: "System and Method for Calibrating Laser Cutting Machines"
      Inventors: Goldsmith, Abraham M.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 8,938,317
      Issue Date: Jan 20, 2015
    • Title: "Laser Cutting Machine"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Barnwell, III, John C.; Bortoff, Scott A.; Shilpiekandula, Vijay; Goldsmith, Abraham M.
      Patent No.: 8,921,734
      Issue Date: Dec 30, 2014
    • 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: "Wireless Energy Transfer to Moving Devices"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Vish, Iyer; Huang, Da; Duan, Chunjie; Teo, Koon Hoo
      Patent No.: 8,384,247
      Issue Date: Feb 26, 2013
    • Title: "Memory-Based High-Speed Interferometer"
      Inventors: Brinkman, Dirk; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,990,542
      Issue Date: Aug 2, 2011
    • Title: "Optical Fluid Level Encoder"
      Inventors: Brinkman, Dirk; Leigh, Darren L.; Yerazunis, William S.; Dietz, Paul H.; Reynolds, David C.; Westhues, Jonathan
      Patent No.: 7,535,571
      Issue Date: May 19, 2009
    • Title: "Fuel-Cell Actuated Mechanical Device"
      Inventors: Shepherd, Roderick L.; Yerazunis, William S.; Lau, King-Tong
      Patent No.: 7,409,830
      Issue Date: Aug 12, 2008
    • Title: "Fast Switching Camera Aperture"
      Inventors: Matusik, Wojciech; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,367,723
      Issue Date: May 6, 2008
    • Title: "Low Bandwidth Zero Knowledge Authentication Protocol and Device"
      Inventors: Sundaram, Ravi; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,245,718
      Issue Date: Jul 17, 2007
    • Title: "Multi-Way LED-Based Surface Reflectance Sensor and Spectrophotometer"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,170,606
      Issue Date: Jan 30, 2007
    • Title: "Privacy Enhanced Display Device"
      Inventors: Carbone, Marco S.; Leigh, Darren L.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,164,779
      Issue Date: Jan 16, 2007
    • Title: "Video Recording Device for a Targetable Weapon"
      Inventors: Leigh, Darren L.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,158,167
      Issue Date: Jan 2, 2007
    • Title: "Video Recording Device Responsive to Triggering Event"
      Inventors: Hiatt, Wally; Freeman, William T.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,088,387
      Issue Date: Aug 8, 2006
    • Title: "Communication Using Bi-Directional LEDs"
      Inventors: Vannucci, Giovanni; Dietz, Paul H.; Yerazunis, William S.; Leigh, Darren L.
      Patent No.: 7,072,587
      Issue Date: Jul 4, 2006
    • Title: "DATA STORAGE WITH OVERWRITE"
      Inventors: Freeman, William T.; Hiatt, Wally; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 7,012,632
      Issue Date: Mar 14, 2006
    • Title: "Multi-Way LED-Based Chemochromic Sensor"
      Inventors: Dietz, Paul H.; Yerazunis, William S.; Diamond, Dermot
      Patent No.: 7,008,795
      Issue Date: Mar 7, 2006
    • Title: "Electronic Display with Compensation for Shaking"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Leigh, Darren L.
      Patent No.: 6,906,754
      Issue Date: Jun 14, 2005
    • Title: "LED with Controlled Capacitive Discharge For Photo Sensing"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Dietz, Paul H.; Migdal, Joshua N.
      Patent No.: 6,870,148
      Issue Date: Mar 22, 2005
    • Title: "Real-Time Audio Buffering for Telephone Handsets"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Dietz, Paul H.
      Patent No.: 6,771,768
      Issue Date: Aug 3, 2004
    • Title: "Security-Enhanced Display Device"
      Inventors: Leigh, Darren L.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 6,650,306
      Issue Date: Nov 18, 2003
    • Title: "Accessory Adapted for Digital Personal Assistant"
      Inventors: Carlson, Andrew H.; Wickman, Curtis A.; Yerazunis, William S.; Bajracharya, Max P.
      Patent No.: 6,600,657
      Issue Date: Jul 29, 2003
    • Title: "Land and Water Based Flash Flood Detection and Warning System"
      Inventors: Leigh, Darren L.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: 6,558,216
      Issue Date: May 6, 2003
    • Title: "Hyper-Dimensional Datascope"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Walterman, Michael
      Patent No.: 6,492,988
      Issue Date: Dec 10, 2002
    • Title: "Digital Personal Assistant Docking Station Camera"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Leigh, Darren L.
      Patent No.: 6,477,588
      Issue Date: Nov 5, 2002
    • Title: "Method for Smooth Motion in a Distributed Virtual Reality Environment"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 5,793,382
      Issue Date: Aug 11, 1998
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