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1,315 News items, Awards, Events and Talks related to MERL and its staff.




  •  NEWS   Diego Romeres serves on the Programme Committee for the Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 2021.
    Date: February 4, 2021
    Where: N/A
    MERL Contact: Diego Romeres
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Machine Learning
    Brief
    • Dr. Diego Romeres, Principal Research Scientist in the Data Analytics group, will serve on the Programme Committee for the Thirty-Third Annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI), 2021.
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  •  AWARD   Best Paper AWARD at International Workshop on Informatics (IWIN) 2020
    Date: September 11, 2020
    Awarded to: Yukimasa Nagai, Jianlin Guo, Takenori Sumi, Philip Orlik, Hiroshi Mineno
    MERL Contact: Jianlin Guo
    Research Areas: Communications, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • MELCO and MERL researchers have won one of two Best Paper Awards at International Workshop on Informatics (IWIN) 2020. The paper titled 'Hybrid CSMA/CA for Sub-1 GHz Frequency Band Coexistence of IEEE 802.11ah and IEEE 802.15.4g', reports research on the severity of interference between IEEE 802.11ah and IEEE 802.15.4g based networks and also proposes methods to mitigate this interference in smart meter systems. This research reported in this paper has also informed several of MELCO/MERL's contributions to the IEEE P802.19.3 task group which is developing standards to allow for improved coexistence in outdoor metering systems. Authors are Yukimasa Nagai, Jianlin Guo, Takenori Sumi, Philip Orlik and Hiroshi Mineno.
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  •  NEWS   Anoop Cherian gave an invited talk at the Multi-modal Video Analysis Workshop, ECCV 2020
    Date: August 23, 2020
    Where: European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), online, 2020
    MERL Contact: Anoop Cherian
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MERL Principal Research Scientist Anoop Cherian gave an invited talk titled "Sound2Sight: Audio-Conditioned Visual Imagination" at the Multi-modal Video Analysis workshop held in conjunction with the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2020. The talk was based on a recent ECCV paper that describes a new multimodal reasoning task called Sound2Sight and a generative adversarial machine learning algorithm for producing plausible video sequences conditioned on sound and visual context.
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  •  AWARD   Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications
    Date: August 26, 2020
    Awarded to: Marcus Greiff, Anders Robertsson, Karl Berntorp
    MERL Contact: Karl Berntorp
    Research Areas: Control, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • Marcus Greiff, a former MERL intern from the Department of Automatic Control, Lund University, Sweden, won one of three 2020 CCTA Outstanding Student Paper Awards and the Best Student Paper Award at the 2020 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications. The research leading up to the awarded paper titled 'MSE-Optimal Measurement Dimension Reduction in Gaussian Filtering', concerned how to select a reduced set of measurements in estimation applications while minimally degrading performance, was done in collaboration with Karl Berntorp at MERL.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researcher Ankush Chakrabarty organized a special session on data-driven control at IEEE CCTA 2020
    Date: August 25, 2020
    MERL Contact: Ankush Chakrabarty
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Data Analytics, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    Brief
    • Ankush Chakrabarty co-organized an invited session on “Data-Driven Control For Industrial Applications” at the IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications with Shahin Shahrampour (Asst. Prof., Texas A&M). Talks covered topics including reinforcement learning for aerospace systems, constrained reinforcement learning for motors, deep Q learning for traffic systems and participants included speakers from Stanford University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State University, University of Science and Technology at Beijing, and TU Delft.

      MERL presented research (Chakrabarty, Danielson, Wang) on constraint-enforcing output-tracking with approximate dynamic programming for servomotor systems.
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  •  TALK   Microwaving a Biological Cell Alive ‒ Broadband Label-Free Noninvasive Electrical Characterization of a Live Cell
    Date & Time: Tuesday, August 25, 2020; 11:00 AM
    Speaker: Prof. James Hwang, Cornell University
    MERL Host: Rui Ma
    Research Areas: Applied Physics, Electronic and Photonic Devices
    Brief
    • Microwave is not just for cooking, smart cars, or mobile phones. We can take advantage of the wide electromagnetic spectrum to do wonderful things that are more vital to our lives. For example, microwave ablation of cancer tumor is already in wide use, and microwave remote monitoring of vital signs is becoming more important as the population ages. This talk will focus on a biomedical use of microwave at the single-cell level. At low power, microwave can readily penetrate a cell membrane to interrogate what is inside a cell, without cooking it or otherwise hurting it. It is currently the fastest, most compact, and least costly way to tell whether a cell is alive or dead. On the other hand, at higher power but lower frequency, the electromagnetic signal can interact strongly with the cell membrane to drill temporary holes of nanometer size. The nanopores allow drugs to diffuse into the cell and, based on the reaction of the cell, individualized medicine can be developed and drug development can be sped up in general. Conversely, the nanopores allow strands of DNA molecules to be pulled out of the cell without killing it, which can speed up genetic engineering. Lastly, by changing both the power and frequency of the signal, we can have either positive or negative dielectrophoresis effects, which we have used to coerce a live cell to the examination table of Dr. Microwave, then usher it out after examination. These interesting uses of microwave and the resulted fundamental knowledge about biological cells will be explored in the talk.
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  •  NEWS   Dr. Abraham P. Vinod joins the Research Staff of Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
    Date: August 3, 2020
    Where: Cambridge, MA
    MERL Contact: Abraham P. Vinod
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Optimization, Robotics
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories is excited to welcome Abraham P. Vinod as the newest member of its research staff, in the Control for Autonomy Team. Abraham joins MERL from the University of Texas, Austin, where he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. His PhD research produced scalable algorithms for providing safety guarantees for stochastic, control-constrained, dynamical systems, with applications to motion planning. In his postdoctoral research, Abraham studied theory and algorithms for on-the-fly, data-driven control of unknown systems under severely limited data. His current research interests lie in the intersection of optimization, control, and learning. Abraham won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2017 ACM Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control Conference, was a finalist for the Best Paper Award in the 2018 ACM Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control Conference, and won the best undergraduate student research project award at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
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  •  NEWS   MERL's Scene-Aware Interaction Technology Featured in Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Press Release
    Date: July 22, 2020
    Where: Tokyo, Japan
    MERL Contacts: Siheng Chen; Anoop Cherian; Bret Harsham; Chiori Hori; Takaaki Hori; Jonathan Le Roux; Tim Marks; Alan Sullivan; Anthony Vetro
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that the company has developed what it believes to be the world’s first technology capable of highly natural and intuitive interaction with humans based on a scene-aware capability to translate multimodal sensing information into natural language.

      The novel technology, Scene-Aware Interaction, incorporates Mitsubishi Electric’s proprietary Maisart® compact AI technology to analyze multimodal sensing information for highly natural and intuitive interaction with humans through context-dependent generation of natural language. The technology recognizes contextual objects and events based on multimodal sensing information, such as images and video captured with cameras, audio information recorded with microphones, and localization information measured with LiDAR.

      Scene-Aware Interaction for car navigation, one target application, will provide drivers with intuitive route guidance. The technology is also expected to have applicability to human-machine interfaces for in-vehicle infotainment, interaction with service robots in building and factory automation systems, systems that monitor the health and well-being of people, surveillance systems that interpret complex scenes for humans and encourage social distancing, support for touchless operation of equipment in public areas, and much more. The technology is based on recent research by MERL's Speech & Audio and Computer Vision groups.


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      Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Press Release
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  •  NEWS   Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and MERL Press Release Describes New 5G GaN Power Amplifier Technology
    Date: July 14, 2020
    Where: Tokyo, Japan
    MERL Contact: Rui Ma
    Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today its developement of a new technology to realize a gallium nitride (GaN) power amplifier module for 5G base-stations that offers a combination of compact (6mm by 10mm) footprint and high power-efficiency, the latter exceeding an unprecedented rating of 43%.

      MERL and Mitsubishi Electric researchers collaborated to develop high density mounting technology and matching circuit that uses a minimum number of chip components to achieve efficient, wide-band power amplification in the 3.4-3.8GHz bands used for 5G communication.

      Please see the link below for the full Mitsubishi Electric press release text. Technical details of the new module will be presented at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium this coming August.
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  •  TALK   GCN-RL Circuit Designer: Transferable Transistor Sizing with Graph Neural Networks and Reinforcement Learning
    Date & Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2020; 11:00 AM
    Speaker: Hanrui Wang, MIT
    MERL Host: Rui Ma
    Research Areas: Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning
    Brief
    • Automatic transistor sizing is a challenging problem in circuit design due to the large design space, complex performance trade-offs, and fast technological advancements. Although there has been plenty of work on transistor sizing targeting on one circuit, limited research has been done on transferring the knowledge from one circuit to another to reduce the re-design overhead. In this work, we present GCN-RL Circuit Designer, leveraging reinforcement learning (RL) to transfer the knowledge between different technology nodes and topologies. Moreover, inspired by the simple fact that circuit is a graph, we learn on the circuit topology representation with graph convolutional neural networks (GCN). The GCN-RL agent extracts features of the topology graph whose vertices are transistors, edges are wires. Our learning-based optimization consistently achieves the highest Figures of Merit (FoM) on four different circuits compared with conventional black-box optimization methods (Bayesian Optimization, Evolutionary Algorithms), random search, and human expert designs. Experiments on transfer learning between five technology nodes and two circuit topologies demonstrate that RL with transfer learning can achieve much higher FoMs than methods without knowledge transfer. Our transferable optimization method makes transistor sizing and design porting more effective and efficient. The work is accepted to DAC 2020.
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  •  NEWS   Jonathan Le Roux gives Plenary Lecture at the JSALT 2020 Summer Workshop
    Date: July 10, 2020
    Where: Virtual Baltimore, MD
    MERL Contact: Jonathan Le Roux
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • MERL Senior Principal Research Scientist and Speech and Audio Senior Team Leader Jonathan Le Roux was invited by the Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins University to give a plenary lecture at the 2020 Frederick Jelinek Memorial Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology (JSALT). The talk, entitled "Deep Learning for Multifarious Speech Processing: Tackling Multiple Speakers, Microphones, and Languages", presented an overview of deep learning techniques developed at MERL towards the goal of cracking the Tower of Babel version of the cocktail party problem, that is, separating and/or recognizing the speech of multiple unknown speakers speaking simultaneously in multiple languages, in both single-channel and multi-channel scenarios: from deep clustering to chimera networks, phasebook and friends, and from seamless ASR to MIMO-Speech and Transformer-based multi-speaker ASR.

      JSALT 2020 is the seventh in a series of six-week-long research workshops on Machine Learning for Speech Language and Computer Vision Technology. A continuation of the well known Johns Hopkins University summer workshops, these workshops bring together diverse "dream teams" of leading professionals, graduate students, and undergraduates, in a truly cooperative, intensive, and substantive effort to advance the state of the science. MERL researchers led such teams in the JSALT 2015 workshop, on "Far-Field Speech Enhancement and Recognition in Mismatched Settings", and the JSALT 2018 workshop, on "Multi-lingual End-to-End Speech Recognition for Incomplete Data".
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers presenting three papers at ICML 2020
    Date: July 12, 2020 - July 18, 2020
    Where: Vienna, Austria (virtual this year)
    MERL Contacts: Mouhacine Benosman; Anoop Cherian; Devesh Jha; Daniel Nikovski
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Data Analytics, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    Brief
    • MERL researchers are presenting three papers at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2020), which is virtually held this year from 12-18th July. ICML is one of the top-tier conferences in machine learning with an acceptance rate of 22%. The MERL papers are:

      1) "Finite-time convergence in Continuous-Time Optimization" by Orlando Romero and Mouhacine Benosman.

      2) "Can Increasing Input Dimensionality Improve Deep Reinforcement Learning?" by Kei Ota, Tomoaki Oiki, Devesh Jha, Toshisada Mariyama, and Daniel Nikovski.

      3) "Representation Learning Using Adversarially-Contrastive Optimal Transport" by Anoop Cherian and Shuchin Aeron.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers presented 10 papers at American Control Conference (ACC)
    Date: July 1, 2020 - July 3, 2020
    Where: Denver, Colorado (virtual)
    MERL Contacts: Mouhacine Benosman; Karl Berntorp; Ankush Chakrabarty; Stefano Di Cairano; Saleh Nabi; Rien Quirynen; Yebin Wang; Avishai Weiss
    Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    Brief
    • At the American Control Conference, MERL presented 10 papers on subjects including autonomous-vehicle decision making and motion planning, nonlinear estimation for thermal-fluid models and GNSS positioning, learning-based reference governors and reference governors for railway vehicles, and fail-safe rendezvous control.
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  •  NEWS   Zhong-Qiu Wang joins MERL's Speech and Audio Team
    Date: June 22, 2020
    MERL Contact: Zhong-Qiu Wang
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    Brief
    • We are excited to announce that Dr. Zhong-Qiu Wang, who recently obtained his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, has joined MERL's Speech and Audio Team as a Visiting Research Scientist. Zhong-Qiu brings strong expertise in microphone array processing, speech enhancement, blind source/speaker separation, and robust automatic speech recognition, for which he has developed some of the most advanced machine learning and deep learning methods.

      Prior to joining MERL, Zhong-Qiu received the B.Eng. degree in 2013 from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in 2017 and 2020 from The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, all in Computer Science. He was a summer research intern at Microsoft Research, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, and Google AI. He received a Best Student Paper Award at ICASSP 2018 for his work as an intern at MERL, and a Graduate Research Award from OSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2020.
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  •  AWARD   Best conference paper of IEEE PES-GM 2020
    Date: June 18, 2020
    Awarded to: Tong Huang, Hongbo Sun, K.J. Kim, Daniel Nikovski, Le Xie
    MERL Contacts: Kyeong Jin (K.J.) Kim; Daniel Nikovski; Hongbo Sun
    Research Areas: Data Analytics, Electric Systems, Optimization
    Brief
    • A paper on A Holistic Framework for Parameter Coordination of Interconnected Microgrids Against Natural Disasters, written by Tong Huang, a former MERL intern from Texas A&M University, has been selected as one of the Best Conference Papers at the 2020 Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PES-GM). IEEE PES-GM is the flagship conference for the IEEE Power and Energy Society. The work was done in collaboration with Hongbo Sun, K. J. Kim, and Daniel Nikovski from MERL, and Tong's advisor, Prof. Le Xie from Texas A&M University.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Scientists Presenting 5 Papers at IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2020
    Date: June 7, 2020 - June 11, 2020
    Where: Dublin, Ireland
    MERL Contacts: Kyeong Jin (K.J.) Kim; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Ye Wang
    Research Areas: Communications, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Digital Video
    Brief
    • Due to COVID-19, MERL Network Intelligence Team scientists remotely presented 5 papers at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2020, that was scheduled to be held in Dublin Ireland from June 7-11, 2020. Topics presented include recent advances in deep learning methods for communications and new access systems. Presentation videos are also found on our YouTube channel. Our developed technologies can facilitate a great advancement in broadband virtual conferencing which is required in post-COVID-19 society.

      IEEE ICC 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 2,900 scientific researchers submit proposals for program sessions to be held at the annual conference. The high-quality proposals are selected for the conference program, which includes technical papers, tutorials, workshops and industry sessions designed specifically to advance technologies, systems and infrastructure that are continuing to reshape the world and provide all users with access to an unprecedented spectrum of high-speed, seamless and cost-effective global telecommunications services.
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  •  NEWS   MERL researchers presenting four papers and organizing two workshops at CVPR 2020 conference
    Date: June 14, 2020 - June 19, 2020
    MERL Contacts: Siheng Chen; Anoop Cherian; Michael Jones; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Tim Marks; Kuan-Chuan Peng; Ye Wang
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    Brief
    • MERL researchers are presenting four papers (two oral papers and two posters) and organizing two workshops at the IEEE/CVF Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2020) conference.

      CVPR 2020 Orals with MERL authors:
      1. "Dynamic Multiscale Graph Neural Networks for 3D Skeleton Based Human Motion Prediction," by Maosen Li, Siheng Chen, Yangheng Zhao, Ya Zhang, Yanfeng Wang, Qi Tian
      2. "Collaborative Motion Prediction via Neural Motion Message Passing," by Yue Hu, Siheng Chen, Ya Zhang, Xiao Gu

      CVPR 2020 Posters with MERL authors:
      3. "LUVLi Face Alignment: Estimating Landmarks’ Location, Uncertainty, and Visibility Likelihood," by Abhinav Kumar, Tim K. Marks, Wenxuan Mou, Ye Wang, Michael Jones, Anoop Cherian, Toshiaki Koike-Akino, Xiaoming Liu, Chen Feng
      4. "MotionNet: Joint Perception and Motion Prediction for Autonomous Driving Based on Bird’s Eye View Maps," by Pengxiang Wu, Siheng Chen, Dimitris N. Metaxas

      CVPR 2020 Workshops co-organized by MERL researchers:
      1. Fair, Data-Efficient and Trusted Computer Vision
      2. Deep Declarative Networks.
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  •  NEWS   Diego Romeres gave an invited talk on modeling and control of physical systems at the MIT workshop "ICRAxMIT"
    Date: June 9, 2020
    Where: ICRAxMIT
    MERL Contact: Diego Romeres
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Robotics
    Brief
    • Diego Romeres, a Principal Research Scientist in MERL's Data Analytics group, gave an invited talk at the workshop ICRAxMIT organized at MIT. The talk briefly described a derivative-free framework that doesn't take in consideration velocities and accelerations to model and control robotic systems. The proposed approach is validated in two real robotic systems.
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  •  NEWS   MERL Researcher Pu (Perry) Wang organized a special session on automotive radar sensing at IEEE SAM Workshop 2020
    Date: June 8, 2020 - June 12, 2020
    Where: Virtual Hangzhou
    MERL Contact: Pu (Perry) Wang
    Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Sensing, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    Brief
    • MERL researcher Pu (Perry) Wang organized a special session on June 10, 2020 titled Automotive Radar Sensing. Presentations included topics from deep waveform design, object tracking, mutual interference mitigation with their applications to high-resolution automotive imaging. The session's contributors come from both academia and industry.

      In this special session, our previous intern Yuxuan Xia (Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden) presented our work on extended object tracking using low-cost automotive radar sensors with a realistic measurement model. Yuxuan was also selected to be one of the six best student paper finalists at IEEE SAM 2020.
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  •  NEWS   Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs Commits to Open COVID Pledge
    Date: May 28, 2020
    Where: Cambridge, MA
    MERL Contact: Anthony Vetro
    Brief
    • Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) is proud to announce our commitment to the Open COVID Pledge and makes its patents available free of charge for use in efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize the impact of the disease. We are pleased to join other companies around the globe in applying our technology to not only help track and contain the disease, but to also develop solutions that will promote safe and healthy environments for our society going forward.

      As a global manufacturer of equipment that touches our daily lives from automotive and transportation equipment to home appliances, elevators and air conditioning systems, Mitsubishi Electric is well positioned to deploy new technical innovations to realize a safer and healthier future. In this context, the researchers at MERL are motivated to develop innovative solutions that will benefit society by leveraging our core research expertise in the areas of simulation and modelling, optimization, control, signal processing and artificial intelligence.

      The terms and conditions of MERL’s COVID-19 patent license are effective immediately. We encourage other intellectual property holders to also commit to the pledge to ensure that there are no impediments to stopping this global pandemic. Our parent company Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has committed to a similar Japan-based IP Open Access Declaration Against COVID-19.
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  •  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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