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1,295 News items, Awards, Events and Talks related to MERL and its staff.




  •  TALK   A Prospect in Wireless Connectivity Beyond 5G: Heterogeneity, Learning, Caution, and New Opportunities
    Date & Time: Thursday, May 7, 2020; 11:00 AM
    Speaker: Prof. Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark
    MERL Host: Toshiaki Koike-Akino
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Information Security
    Brief
    • The wireless landscape evolves towards supporting a large population of connections for humans and machines with very diverse features and requirements. Perhaps the main motivation of 5G wireless systems is its flexibility to support heterogeneous connectivity requirements: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC). However, this classification is rather limited and is currently undergoing a revision within the research community. The first part of this talk will discuss how this heterogeneity can be revised and which opportunities it opens with respect to spectrum usage. The second part of the talk will deal with performance guarantees of wireless services and, specifically, ultra-reliable communication and outline the importance of machine learning in that context. The final part of the talk will provide a broader view on the evolution of wireless connectivity, including aspects that are implied by the resistance to the deployment of 5G, but also the new opportunities that can transform the way we build and utilize connected systems.
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  •  TALK   Universal Differential Equations for Scientific Machine Learning
    Date & Time: Thursday, May 7, 2020; 12:00 PM
    Speaker: Christopher Rackauckas, MIT
    MERL Host: Christopher Laughman
    Research Areas: Machine Learning, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    Brief
    • In the context of science, the well-known adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" might well be "a model is worth a thousand datasets." Scientific models, such as Newtonian physics or biological gene regulatory networks, are human-driven simplifications of complex phenomena that serve as surrogates for the countless experiments that validated the models. Recently, machine learning has been able to overcome the inaccuracies of approximate modeling by directly learning the entire set of nonlinear interactions from data. However, without any predetermined structure from the scientific basis behind the problem, machine learning approaches are flexible but data-expensive, requiring large databases of homogeneous labeled training data. A central challenge is reco nciling data that is at odds with simplified models without requiring "big data". In this talk we discuss a new methodology, universal differential equations (UDEs), which augment scientific models with machine-learnable structures for scientifically-based learning. We show how UDEs can be utilized to discover previously unknown governing equations, accurately extrapolate beyond the original data, and accelerate model simulation, all in a time and data-efficient manner. This advance is coupled with open-source software that allows for training UDEs which incorporate physical constraints, delayed interactions, implicitly-defined events, and intrinsic stochasticity in the model. Our examples show how a diverse set of computationally-difficult modeling issues across scientific disciplines, from automatically discovering biological mechanisms to accelerating climate simulations by 15,000x, can be handled by training UDEs.
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  •  NEWS   Stefano Di Cairano Appointed IPC Vice-Chair for the 7th IFAC Symposium on NMPC (2021)
    Date: July 7, 2021 - July 14, 2021
    Where: Bratislava, Slovakia
    MERL Contact: Stefano Di Cairano
    Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    Brief
    • MERL researcher Stefano Di Cairano has been appointed as Vice-Chair for Industry of the International Program Committee of the 7th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, which will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, in July 2021.
      IFAC NMPC is the main symposium focused on model predictive control, theory, methods and applications, includes contributions on control, optimization, and machine learning research, and is held every 3 years.
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  •  NEWS   MERL presenting 13 papers and an industry talk at ICASSP 2020
    Date: May 4, 2020 - May 8, 2020
    Where: Virtual Barcelona
    MERL Contacts: Karl Berntorp; Petros Boufounos; Chiori Hori; Takaaki Hori; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Jonathan Le Roux; Dehong Liu; Yanting Ma; Hassan Mansour; Niko Moritz; Philip Orlik; Anthony Vetro; Pu (Perry) Wang; Gordon Wichern; Siheng Chen
    Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MERL researchers are presenting 13 papers at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech & Signal Processing (ICASSP), which is being held virtually from May 4-8, 2020. Petros Boufounos is also presenting a talk on the Computational Sensing Revolution in Array Processing (video) in ICASSP’s Industry Track, and Siheng Chen is co-organizing and chairing a special session on a Signal-Processing View of Graph Neural Networks.

      Topics to be presented include recent advances in speech recognition, audio processing, scene understanding, computational sensing, array processing, and parameter estimation. Videos for all talks are available on MERL's YouTube channel, with corresponding links in the references below.

      This year again, MERL is a sponsor of the conference and will be participating in the Student Job Fair; please join us to learn about our internship program and career opportunities.

      ICASSP is the flagship conference of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the world's largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on the research advances and latest technological development in signal and information processing. The event attracts more than 2000 participants each year. Originally planned to be held in Barcelona, Spain, ICASSP has moved to a fully virtual setting due to the COVID-19 crisis, with free registration for participants not covering a paper.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researcher Kyeong Jin Kim serves as a lead guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing
    Date: April 29, 2020
    Where: N/A
    MERL Contact: Kyeong Jin (K.J.) Kim
    Research Areas: Communications, Optimization, Signal Processing, Information Security
    Brief
    • Kyeong Jin Kim, a Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Signal Processing Group, will serve as lead guest editor for the upcoming JSTSP issue on, "Advanced Signal Processing for Local and Private 5G Networks." The issue is also being organized with the help of other researchers and investigators from leading organizations such as Memorial University, Nokia Bell Laboratories, Princeton University, Aalborg University, Jinan University, and South China University of Technology. This special issue aims to capture the latest research activities in local and private 5G networks from the signal processing perspective and is targeted for publication January 2022.
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  •  NEWS   Ankush Chakrabarty appointed as an Associate Editor for CDC 2020
    Date: December 8, 2020 - December 11, 2020
    Where: IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
    MERL Contact: Ankush Chakrabarty
    Research Areas: Control, Optimization
    Brief
    • Ankush Chakrabarty, a Research Scientist in MERL's Multi-Physical Systems, will be serving as an Associate Editor at the 2020 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC).
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  •  NEWS   MERL Scientists Presented 5 Papers Including 2 Invited Talks at Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2020
    Date: March 8, 2020 - March 13, 2020
    MERL Contacts: Devesh Jha; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Keisuke Kojima; David Millar; Kieran Parsons; Ye Wang
    Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • Due to COVID-19, MERL Optical Team scientists remotely presented 5 papers including 2 invited talks at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2020, that was held in San Diego from March 8-13, 2020. Topics presented include recent advances in quantum signal processing, channel coding design, nano-optic power splitter, and deep learning-based integrated photonics. In addition, Dr. Kojima gave an invited workshop talk on deep learning-based nano-photonic device optimization.

      OFC is the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. The program is comprehensive from research to marketplace, from components to systems and networks and from technical sessions to the exhibition. For over 40 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move the industry forward. The five-day technical conference features peer reviewed presentations and more than 180 invited speakers, the thought leaders in the industry presenting the highlights of emerging technologies. Additional technical programming throughout the week includes special symposia, special sessions, in-depth tutorials, workshops, panels and the thought-provoking rump session.
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  •  NEWS   Diego Romeres appointed as an Associate Editor for IROS 2020
    Date: February 14, 2020
    Where: 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    MERL Contact: Diego Romeres
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Robotics
    Brief
    • Diego Romeres, a Research Scientist in MERL's Data Analytics group, will be serving as an Associate Editor (AE) for the 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020).
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  •  NEWS   Dr. Benosman joins the editorial board of the IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS).
    Date: February 10, 2020
    MERL Contact: Mouhacine Benosman
    Research Areas: Control, Data Analytics, Dynamical Systems
    Brief
    • Dr. Benosman has been nominated as an associate editor at the IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS).

      The L-CSS publishes peer-reviewed brief articles that provide a rapid and concise account of innovative ideas regarding the theory, design, and applications of all aspects of control engineering.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researcher Keisuke Kojima appointed as an Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
    Date: January 1, 2020
    Where: IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
    MERL Contact: Keisuke Kojima
    Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices
    Brief
    • Dr. Keisuke Kojima, Senior Principal Research Staff of MERL and Fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA), has been appointed as Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology.

      IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology is a semi-monthly hybrid open-access journal, co-sponsored by seven IEEE technical societies and OSA, has been publishing leading work in optical waveguide technologies and their applications, from integrated photonics to optical networks.
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  •  NEWS   Arvind Raghunathan to serve on SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize committee
    Date: May 26, 2020
    Where: 2020 SIAM Conference on Optimization, Hong Kong
    MERL Contact: Arvind Raghunathan
    Research Area: Optimization
    Brief
    • Arvind Raghunathan, Data Analytics, has been invited to serve on the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Early Career Prize (SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize) committee. Instituted in 2018, the SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize is awarded every three years to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of optimization for distinguished contributions to the field in the six calendar years prior to the award year. The 2020 SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize will be awarded during the 2020 SIAM Conference on Optimization to be held in Hong Kong.

      Arvind Raghunathan will also host a mini-symposium on global optimization titled "Global Optimization of MINLP: Recent Advances". The mini-symposium will feature talks related to theoretical and algorithmic aspects of global optimization.
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  •  AWARD   Best Paper Award at the IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU) 2019
    Date: December 18, 2019
    Awarded to: Xuankai Chang, Wangyou Zhang, Yanmin Qian, Jonathan Le Roux, Shinji Watanabe
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MERL researcher Jonathan Le Roux and co-authors Xuankai Chang, Shinji Watanabe (Johns Hopkins University), Wangyou Zhang, and Yanmin Qian (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) won the Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU 2019), for the paper "MIMO-Speech: End-to-End Multi-Channel Multi-Speaker Speech Recognition". MIMO-Speech is a fully neural end-to-end framework that can transcribe the text of multiple speakers speaking simultaneously from multi-channel input. The system is comprised of a monaural masking network, a multi-source neural beamformer, and a multi-output speech recognition model, which are jointly optimized only via an automatic speech recognition (ASR) criterion. The award was received by lead author Xuankai Chang during the conference, which was held in Sentosa, Singapore from December 14-18, 2019.
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  •  NEWS   Stefano Di Cairano Appointed Inaugural Chair of IEEE CSS Technology Conference Editorial Board
    Date: December 12, 2019
    MERL Contact: Stefano Di Cairano
    Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Robotics
    Brief
    • Stefano Di Cairano has been appointed inaugural chair of the IEEE CSS Technology Conference Editorial Board. In this role Stefano will coordinate the creation and maintenance of the Editorial Board, and will coordinate the editorial board activities supporting the IEEE CCTA conference series, including manuscript assignment to associate editors, monitoring of the manuscript assessment, and program finalization with the conference program chairs. Stefano will also work with the other IEEE CSS Editorial Board Chairs and IEEE CSS Leadership to ensure the quality and improve the processes of IEEE CSS publications.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researcher, Rui Ma, appointed Associate Editor, IEEE Journal-ERM
    Date: December 13, 2019
    Where: IEEE
    MERL Contact: Rui Ma
    Brief
    • Dr. Rui Ma has been appointed as Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (IEEE J-ERM).

      IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, sponsored by IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), Antennas and Propagation Society (APS), Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and Sensor Councils (with 26 IEEE member societies), encourages the submission of manuscripts with scopes in state-of-the-art research related to electromagnetics theory, RF and Microwave techniques and integration for medical and biological applications.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers presented 8 papers at Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
    Date: December 11, 2019 - December 13, 2019
    Where: Nice, France
    MERL Contacts: Mouhacine Benosman; Karl Berntorp; Scott Bortoff; Ankush Chakrabarty; Claus Danielson; Stefano Di Cairano; Uroš Kalabić; Jing Zhang
    Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    Brief
    • At the Conference on Decision and Control, MERL presented 8 papers on subjects including estimation for thermal-fluid models and transportation networks, analysis of HVAC systems, extremum seeking for multi-agent systems, reinforcement learning for vehicle platoons, and learning with applications to autonomous vehicles.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Scientists Presenting 11 Papers at IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2019
    Date: December 9, 2019 - December 13, 2019
    Where: Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA
    MERL Contacts: Jianlin Guo; Kyeong Jin (K.J.) Kim; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Rui Ma; Philip Orlik; Pu (Perry) Wang
    Research Areas: Communications, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Information Security
    Brief
    • MERL Signal Processing scientists and collaborators will be presenting 11 papers at the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2019, which is being held in Waikoloa, Hawaii from December 9-13, 2019. Topics to be presented include recent advances in power amplifier, MIMO algorithms, WiFi sensing, video casting, visible light communications, user authentication, vehicular communications, secrecy, and relay systems, including sophisticated machine learning applications. A number of these papers are a result of successful collaboration between MERL and world-leading Universities including: Osaka University, University of New South Wales, Oxford University, Princeton University, South China University of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Aalborg University.

      GLOBECOM is one of the IEEE Communications Society’s two flagship conferences dedicated to driving innovation in nearly every aspect of communications. Each year, more than 3000 scientific researchers and their management submit proposals for program sessions to be held at the annual conference. Themed “Revolutionizing Communications,” GLOBECOM2019 will feature a comprehensive high-quality technical program including 13 symposia and a variety of tutorials and workshops to share visions and ideas, obtain updates on latest technologies and expand professional and social networking.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researcher Diego Romeres gave an invited talk at University of Connecticut on Reinforcement Learning for Robotics
    Date: November 20, 2019
    MERL Contact: Diego Romeres
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Robotics
    Brief
    • Diego Romeres, a Research Scientist in MERL's Data Analytics group, gave a seminar lecture at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Colloquium of the University of Connecticut. The talk described novel reinforcement algorithms based on combining physical models with non-parametric models of robotic systems derived from data.
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  •  NEWS   Takaaki Hori elected to IEEE Technical Committee on Speech and Language Processing
    Date: November 9, 2019
    MERL Contact: Takaaki Hori
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • Takaaki Hori has been elected to serve on the Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (SLTC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for a 3-year term.

      The SLTC promotes and influences all the technical areas of speech and language processing such as speech recognition, speech synthesis, spoken language understanding, speech to speech translation, spoken dialog management, speech indexing, information extraction from audio, and speaker and language recognition.
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  •  AWARD   MERL Receives Cultural Vista's 2019 Global Partnership Award
    Date: October 17, 2019
    Awarded to: Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs
    MERL Contact: Elizabeth Phillips
    Brief
    • MERL received Cultural Vista's Global Partnership Award at the 2019 Cultural Vistas Awards Gala (#CVGala)in NYC in October. This event brought together more than 250 leaders from across the business, education, government, and diplomatic communities for a special evening recognizing leadership in advancing global skills and understanding.

      The Global Partnership award recognizes MERL's exemplary contributions to advancing friendship, understanding, and effective collaboration between the United States and Japan.
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  •  NEWS   Anthony Vetro appointed as a Senior Area Editor of the new IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing
    Date: November 8, 2019
    MERL Contact: Anthony Vetro
    Research Area: Signal Processing
    Brief
    • Anthony Vetro has been appointed for a two-year term as a Senior Area Editor of the new IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing.

      This fully open access journal will publish high-quality, peer-reviewed papers covering the enabling technology for the generation, transformation, extraction, and interpretation of information. It comprises the theory, algorithms with associated architectures and implementations, and applications related to processing information contained in many different formats broadly designated as signals.
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  •  AWARD   MERL Researchers win Best Paper Award at ICCV 2019 Workshop on Statistical Deep Learning in Computer Vision
    Date: October 27, 2019
    Awarded to: Abhinav Kumar, Tim K. Marks, Wenxuan Mou, Chen Feng, Xiaoming Liu
    MERL Contact: Tim Marks
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    Brief
    • MERL researcher Tim Marks, former MERL interns Abhinav Kumar and Wenxuan Mou, and MERL consultants Professor Chen Feng (NYU) and Professor Xiaoming Liu (MSU) received the Best Oral Paper Award at the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2019 Workshop on Statistical Deep Learning in Computer Vision (SDL-CV) held in Seoul, Korea. Their paper, entitled "UGLLI Face Alignment: Estimating Uncertainty with Gaussian Log-Likelihood Loss," describes a method which, given an image of a face, estimates not only the locations of facial landmarks but also the uncertainty of each landmark location estimate.
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  •  AWARD   MERL Researcher Devesh Jha Wins the Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award 2019
    Date: October 10, 2019
    Awarded to: Devesh Jha, Nurali Virani, Zhenyuan Yuan, Ishana Shekhawat and Asok Ray
    MERL Contact: Devesh Jha
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Robotics
    Brief
    • MERL researcher Devesh Jha has won the Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award 2019 for the paper entitled "Imitation of Demonstrations Using Bayesian Filtering With Nonparametric Data-Driven Models". This paper, published in a Special Commemorative Issue for Rudolf E. Kalman in the ASME JDSMC in March 2018, uses Bayesian filtering for imitation learning in Hidden Mode Hybrid Systems. This award is given annually by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME to the authors of the best paper published in the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control during the preceding year.
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  •  NEWS   MERL is Gold Sponsor of Grace Hopper Celebration!
    Date: October 1, 2019 - October 4, 2019
    MERL Contact: Elizabeth Phillips
    Brief
    • MERL and parent company, Mitsubishi Electric were proud sponsors of the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando. We had the great pleasure to meet many talented women who exuded passion for technology. With over 25,000+ attendees, the energy was electric and contagious.

      MERL recognizes diversity and inclusion not only as an important priority, but a game changer in the industry. We left #GHC2019 feeling inspired to continuously encourage women in tech and to remind them-they are already changing the world.
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  •  NEWS   Data Analytics group presents 4 invited talks at 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting
    Date: October 21, 2019 - October 23, 2019
    MERL Contact: Arvind Raghunathan
    Research Area: Optimization
    Brief
    • Arvind Raghunathan, of MERL's Data Analytics group, and collaborators will present 4 invited talks at 2019 Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Annual Meeting. The talks cover a broad range of topics including decision diagrams, algorithms for mixed integer quadratic, applications in transportation and integration of prescriptive and predictive analytics.

      INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to and promoting best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making, and outcomes. INFORMS Annual Meeting is a premier annual conference bringing together researchers and practitioners in operations research and management science.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researcher, Rui Ma, appointed Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
    Date: October 1, 2019
    MERL Contact: Rui Ma
    Brief
    • Rui Ma has been invited to join the editorial team of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques as an Associate Editor.
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