Kieran Parsons

Kieran Parsons
  • Biography

    Kieran spent 12 years in Canada working at Nortel, BelAir Networks and AMCC on the system design of several wireless and optical technologies, including early work on electronic dispersion compensation for optical links. His research interests include optical communications network architecture and digital signal processing algorithms for coherent optical communications.

  • Recent News & Events

    •  NEWS    MERL Scientists Presenting 5 Papers at IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2022
      Date: May 16, 2022 - May 20, 2022
      Where: Seoul, Korea
      MERL Contacts: Jianlin Guo; Kyeong Jin (K.J.) Kim; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Philip V. Orlik; Kieran Parsons; Pu (Perry) Wang; Ye Wang
      Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Computational Sensing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
      Brief
      • MERL Connectivity & Information Processing Team scientists remotely presented 5 papers at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2022, held in Seoul Korea on May 16-20, 2022. Topics presented include recent advancements in communications technologies, deep learning methods, and quantum machine learning (QML). Presentation videos are also found on our YouTube channel. In addition, K. J. Kim organized "Industrial Private 5G-and-beyond Wireless Networks Workshop" at the conference.

        IEEE ICC is one of two IEEE Communications Society’s flagship conferences (ICC and Globecom). Each year, close to 2,000 attendees from over 70 countries attend IEEE ICC to take advantage of a program which consists of exciting keynote session, robust technical paper sessions, innovative tutorials and workshops, and engaging industry sessions. This 5-day event is known for bringing together audiences from both industry and academia to learn about the latest research and innovations in communications and networking technology, share ideas and best practices, and collaborate on future projects.
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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 K. Jha; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; 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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  • Research Highlights

  • MERL Publications

    •  Liu, Bryan, Koike-Akino, Toshiaki, Wang, Ye, Kim, Kyeong Jin, Brand, Matthew E., Aeron, Shuchin, Parsons, Kieran, "Data Privacy and Protection on Deep Leakage from Gradients by Layer-Wise Pruning", Tech. Rep. TR2022-081, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, MA, August 2022.
      BibTeX TR2022-081 PDF
      • @techreport{MERL_TR2022-081,
      • author = {Liu, Bryan; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Wang, Ye; Kim, Kyeong Jin; Brand, Matthew E.; Aeron, Shuchin; Parsons, Kieran},
      • title = {Data Privacy and Protection on Deep Leakage from Gradients by Layer-Wise Pruning},
      • institution = {MERL - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories},
      • address = {Cambridge, MA 02139},
      • number = {TR2022-081},
      • month = aug,
      • year = 2022,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2022-081/}
      • }
    •  Kojima, K., Jung, M., Koike-Akino, T., Wang, Y., Brand, M.E., Parsons, K., "Deep Transfer Learning for Nanophotonic Device Design", Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) Pasific Rim, July 2022.
      BibTeX TR2022-107 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Kojima2022jul,
      • author = {Kojima, Keisuke and Jung, Minwoo and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Wang, Ye and Brand, Matthew E. and Parsons, Kieran},
      • title = {Deep Transfer Learning for Nanophotonic Device Design},
      • booktitle = {Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) Pasific Rim},
      • year = 2022,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2022-107}
      • }
    •  Kodama, T., Koike-Akino, T., Millar, D.S., Kojima, K., Parsons, K., "DNN-assisted phase distance tuned PSK modulation for PAM4-to-QPSK format conversion gateway node", Optics Express, DOI: 10.1364/​OE.449812, Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 10866-10876, June 2022.
      BibTeX TR2022-091 PDF
      • @article{Kodama2022jun,
      • author = {Kodama, Takahiro and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Millar, David S. and Kojima, Keisuke and Parsons, Kieran},
      • title = {DNN-assisted phase distance tuned PSK modulation for PAM4-to-QPSK format conversion gateway node},
      • journal = {Optics Express},
      • year = 2022,
      • volume = 30,
      • number = 7,
      • pages = {10866--10876},
      • month = jun,
      • doi = {10.1364/OE.449812},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2022-091}
      • }
    •  Dzieciol, H., Koike-Akino, T., Wang, Y., Parsons, K., "Inverse Regular Perturbation with ML-Assisted Phasor Correction for Fiber Nonlinearity Compensation", Optics Letters, DOI: 10.1364/​OL.460929, Vol. 47, No. 14, pp. 3471-3474, June 2022.
      BibTeX TR2022-070 PDF
      • @article{Dzieciol2022jun,
      • author = {Dzieciol, Hubert and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Wang, Ye and Parsons, Kieran},
      • title = {Inverse Regular Perturbation with ML-Assisted Phasor Correction for Fiber Nonlinearity Compensation},
      • journal = {Optics Letters},
      • year = 2022,
      • volume = 47,
      • number = 14,
      • pages = {3471--3474},
      • month = jun,
      • doi = {10.1364/OL.460929},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2022-070}
      • }
    •  Liu, B., Koike-Akino, T., Wang, Y., Kim, K.J., Brand, M.E., Aeron, S., Parsons, K., "Data Privacy and Protection on Deep Leakage from Gradients by Layer-Wise Pruning", IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA), June 2022.
      BibTeX TR2022-080 PDF Presentation
      • @inproceedings{Liu2022jun2,
      • author = {Liu, Bryan and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Wang, Ye and Kim, Kyeong Jin and Brand, Matthew E. and Aeron, Shuchin and Parsons, Kieran},
      • title = {Data Privacy and Protection on Deep Leakage from Gradients by Layer-Wise Pruning},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA)},
      • year = 2022,
      • month = jun,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2022-080}
      • }
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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Frequency Modulated Image Reconstruction"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Wang, Pu; Parsons, Kieran; Orlik, Philip V.
      Patent No.: 11,346,932
      Issue Date: May 31, 2022
    • Title: "An Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) System for Producing Profilometry Measurements of a Specimen"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Yurdakul, Celalettin; Wang, Pu; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 11,262,184
      Issue Date: Mar 1, 2022
    • Title: "Reference-Free Nonlinearity Correction for FMCW-Based Sensing Systems"
      Inventors: Wang, Pu; Millar, David; Lin, Chungwei; Parsons, Kieran; Orlik, Philip V.
      Patent No.: 10,969,465
      Issue Date: Apr 6, 2021
    • Title: "Loose Optical Fiber Tethering Of Multiple Satellites"
      Inventors: Parsons, Kieran; Weiss, Avishai; Orlik, Philip V.; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 10,892,826
      Issue Date: Jan 12, 2021
    • Title: "Compact Photonic Devices"
      Inventors: Kojima, Keisuke; Tahersima, Mohammad; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Jha, Devesh; Wang, Bingnan; Lin, Chungwei; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 10,859,769
      Issue Date: Dec 8, 2020
    • Title: "Optical Ring circuit with electrical filter"
      Inventors: Kojima, Keisuke; Teng, Min; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Parsons, Kieran; Gotoda, Mitsunobu; Lin, Chungwei; Akiyama, Koichi
      Patent No.: 10,838,282
      Issue Date: Nov 17, 2020
    • Title: "System and Method for Short Block Length Distribution Matching"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Parsons, Kieran; Kojima, Keisuke
      Patent No.: 10,749,554
      Issue Date: Aug 18, 2020
    • Title: "Pilot-Aided Carrier Phase Estimation for Optical Communications"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Pajovic, Milutin; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Kojima, Keisuke; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 10,554,309
      Issue Date: Feb 4, 2020
    • Title: "Short Block Length Distribution Matching Algorithm"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Fehenberger, Tobias; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Kojima, Keisuke; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 10,541,711
      Issue Date: Jan 21, 2020
    • Title: "Distribution Matcher"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Fehenberger, Tobias; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Parsons, Kieran; Kojima, Keisuke
      Patent No.: 10,516,503
      Issue Date: Dec 24, 2019
    • Title: "Optical Signal Transmitter and Optical Signal Encoder Using Constant Modulus Formats, and Method for Generating Modulation Codes"
      Inventors: Kojima, Keisuke; Yoshida, Tsuyoshi; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Millar, David; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 10,320,486
      Issue Date: Jun 11, 2019
    • Title: "Partition Based Distribution Matcher for Probabilistic Constellation Shaping"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Fehenberger, Tobias; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Kojima, Keisuke; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 10,069,519
      Issue Date: Sep 4, 2018
    • Title: "Frequency Domain Equalizer for Optical Communications"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Paskov, Milan; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Parsons, Kieran; Kojima, Keisuke
      Patent No.: 9,917,712
      Issue Date: Mar 13, 2018
    • Title: "Methods for Compensation of Cross-Polarization Modulation (XPolM) Impairments in Coherent Optical Communications"
      Inventors: Pajovic, Milutin; Parsons, Kieran; Millar, David; Kojima, Keisuke; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki
      Patent No.: 9,906,308
      Issue Date: Feb 27, 2018
    • Title: "Resource Aware Routing in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,900,824
      Issue Date: Feb 20, 2018
    • Title: "Synchronized Multi-Sink Routing for Wireless Networks"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,826,493
      Issue Date: Nov 21, 2017
    • Title: "Optical Signal Transmitter and Optical Communication System Using Constant Modulus Formats, and Method for Generating Modulation Codes"
      Inventors: Kojima, Keisuke; Yoshida, Tsuyoshi; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Millar, David; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,806,739
      Issue Date: Oct 31, 2017
    • Title: "Fast Log-Likelihood Ratio (LLR) Computation for Decoding High-Order and High-Dimensional Modulation Schemes"
      Inventors: Millar, David; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Kojima, Keisuke; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,749,089
      Issue Date: Aug 29, 2017
    • Title: "Energy Efficient Management of Heterogeneous Multi-Hop Wireless Networks"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Liu, Kaikai; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,736,771
      Issue Date: Aug 15, 2017
    • Title: "Method for Generating Constant Modulus Multi-Dimensional Modulations for Coherent Optical Communications"
      Inventors: Kojima, Keisuke; Millar, David; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,621,275
      Issue Date: Apr 11, 2017
    • Title: "Adaptive Error Correction Code for Optical Super-Channels"
      Inventors: Kojima, Keisuke; Parsons, Kieran; Millar, David; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki
      Patent No.: 9,584,256
      Issue Date: Feb 28, 2017
    • Title: "Tracking of Occluded Navigation Satellite Signals"
      Inventors: Kim, Kyeong-Jin; Osechas, Okuary; Kniazev, Andrei; Parsons, Kieran; Sahinoglu, Zafer
      Patent No.: 9,476,990
      Issue Date: Oct 25, 2016
    • Title: "Inter-Channel Interference Management for Optical Super-Channels"
      Inventors: Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Kojima, Keisuke; Millar, David; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,432,124
      Issue Date: Aug 30, 2016
    • Title: "Discovering Stable Routes in Wireless Networks"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran; Yang, Xin
      Patent No.: 9,407,559
      Issue Date: Aug 2, 2016
    • Title: "Optical Channel Data Unit Switch with Distributed Control"
      Inventors: Duan, Chunjie; Bhatti, Ghulam M.; Parsons, Kieran; Koguchi, Kazuumi; Kametani, Soichiro
      Patent No.: 9,246,748
      Issue Date: Jan 26, 2016
    • Title: "Passive Synchronization in Wireless Networks"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,226,253
      Issue Date: Dec 29, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Clustering Devices in Machine-to-Machine Networks to Minimize Collisions"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,225,606
      Issue Date: Dec 29, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Separating Multi-Component Signals"
      Inventors: Sahinoglu, Zafer; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,190,955
      Issue Date: Nov 17, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Discovering Neighboring Nodes in Wireless Networks"
      Inventors: Guo, Jianlin; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 9,148,845
      Issue Date: Sep 29, 2015
    • Title: "Adaptively Coding and Modulating Signals Transmitted Via Nonlinear Channels"
      Inventors: Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Parsons, Kieran; Duan, Chunjie; Tarokh, Vahid; Kojima, Keisuke
      Patent No.: 9,077,508
      Issue Date: Jul 7, 2015
    • Title: "Methods for Energy Efficient Reoptimization of Optical Networks"
      Inventors: Parsons, Kieran; Orlik, Philip V.
      Patent No.: 8,891,967
      Issue Date: Nov 18, 2014
    • Title: "Methods for Determining Energy Efficient Optical Routes"
      Inventors: Yim, Man Hei Raymond; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 8,634,714
      Issue Date: Jan 21, 2014
    • Title: "Iterative Carrier Phase Compensation in Coherent Fiber Optic Receivers"
      Inventors: Duan, Chunjie; Parsons, Kieran; Orlik, Philip V.
      Patent No.: 8,498,544
      Issue Date: Jul 30, 2013
    • Title: "Adaptive Cross-Polarization Modulation Cancellers for Coherent Optical Communication System"
      Inventors: Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Parsons, Kieran; Liu, Cheng
      Patent No.: 8,472,809
      Issue Date: Jun 25, 2013
    • Title: "Cross-Free High-Dimensional Constellations for Dual-Polarized Non-Linear Fiber-Optic Communications"
      Inventors: Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      Patent No.: 8,433,205
      Issue Date: Apr 30, 2013
    • Title: "Method for Performing Soft Decision Decoding of Euclidean Space Reed-Muller Codes"
      Inventors: Orlik, Philip V.; Yim, Man Hei Raymond; Parsons, Kieran; Tarokh, Vahid; Zhang, Jinyun
      Patent No.: 8,245,116
      Issue Date: Aug 14, 2012
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