William S. Yerazunis

William S. 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.

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  • Awards

    •  AWARD    Mitsubishi Electric US Receives a 2022 CES Innovation Award for Touchless Elevator Control Jointly Developed with MERL
      Date: November 17, 2021
      Awarded to: Elevators and Escalators Division of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
      MERL Contacts: Daniel N. Nikovski; William S. Yerazunis
      Research Areas: Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
      Brief
      • The Elevators and Escalators Division of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. has been recognized as a 2022 CES® Innovation Awards honoree for its new PureRide™ Touchless Control for elevators, jointly developed with MERL. Sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the CES Innovation Awards is the largest and most influential technology event in the world. PureRide™ Touchless Control provides a simple, no-touch product that enables users to call an elevator and designate a destination floor by placing a hand or finger over a sensor. MERL initiated the development of PureRide™ in the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic by proposing the use of infra-red sensors for operating elevator call buttons, and participated actively in its rapid implementation and commercialization, resulting in a first customer installation in October of 2020.
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    •  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 S. Yerazunis
      Research Area: Data Analytics
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  • MERL Publications

    •  Jha, D.K., Romeres, D., Jain, S., Yerazunis, W.S., Nikovski, D., "Design of Adaptive Compliance Controllers for Safe Robotic Assembly", arXiv, April 2022.
      BibTeX arXiv
      • @article{Jha2022apr,
      • author = {Jha, Devesh K. and Romeres, Diego and Jain, Siddarth and Yerazunis, William S. and Nikovski, Daniel},
      • title = {Design of Adaptive Compliance Controllers for Safe Robotic Assembly},
      • journal = {arXiv},
      • year = 2022,
      • month = apr,
      • url = {https://arxiv.org/abs/2204.10447}
      • }
    •  Yerazunis, W.S., Weiss, A., "UV In The Sky With Resin: A novel, on-orbit manufacturing technique", SatMagazine, April 2022.
      BibTeX SatMagazine
      • @article{Yerazunis2022apr,
      • author = {Yerazunis, William S. and Weiss, Avishai},
      • title = {UV In The Sky With Resin: A novel, on-orbit manufacturing technique},
      • journal = {SatMagazine},
      • year = 2022,
      • edition = {April 2022},
      • month = apr,
      • url = {http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=774406935}
      • }
    •  Jha, D.K., Romeres, D., Yerazunis, W.S., Nikovski, D.N., "Imitation and Supervised Learning of Compliance for Robotic Assembly", arXiv, December 2021.
      BibTeX arXiv
      • @article{Jha2021dec,
      • author = {Jha, Devesh K. and Romeres, Diego and Yerazunis, William S. and Nikovski, Daniel N.},
      • title = {Imitation and Supervised Learning of Compliance for Robotic Assembly},
      • journal = {arXiv},
      • year = 2021,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://arxiv.org/abs/2111.10488}
      • }
    •  Solomon, E., Yerazunis, W.S., "Robotic Applications of Mechanical Metamaterials Produced Using SLA 3D Printing: Cthulhu-Morphic Grippers", Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, DOI: 10.26153/​tsw/​17539, August 2021.
      BibTeX TR2021-088 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Solomon2021aug,
      • author = {Solomon, E. and Yerazunis, William S.},
      • title = {Robotic Applications of Mechanical Metamaterials Produced Using SLA 3D Printing: Cthulhu-Morphic Grippers},
      • booktitle = {Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium},
      • year = 2021,
      • month = aug,
      • doi = {10.26153/tsw/17539},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2021-088}
      • }
    •  Romeres, D., Dalla Libera, A., Jha, D.K., Yerazunis, W.S., Nikovski, D.N., "Model-Based Reinforcement Learning for Physical Systems Without Velocity and Acceleration Measurements", Robotics and Automation Letters, DOI: 10.1109/​LRA.2020.2977255, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 3548-3555, May 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-063 PDF
      • @article{Romeres2020may,
      • author = {Romeres, Diego and Dalla Libera, Alberto and Jha, Devesh K. and Yerazunis, William S. and Nikovski, Daniel N.},
      • title = {Model-Based Reinforcement Learning for Physical Systems Without Velocity and Acceleration Measurements},
      • journal = {Robotics and Automation Letters},
      • year = 2020,
      • volume = 5,
      • number = 2,
      • pages = {3548--3555},
      • month = may,
      • doi = {10.1109/LRA.2020.2977255},
      • issn = {2377-3766},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-063}
      • }
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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "On-Orbit Additive Manufacturing of Parabolic Reflectors via Solar Photopolymerization"
      Inventors: Weiss, Avishai; Yerazunis, William S.; Cottrell, Richard
      Patent No.: 11,155,723
      Issue Date: Oct 26, 2021
    • Title: "Dexterous Gripper for Robotic End-Effector Applications"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Ainampudi, Parthasarathi; Gopalan, Nakul
      Patent No.: 11,104,008
      Issue Date: Aug 31, 2021
    • Title: "System and Method for Depositing a Metal to form a Three-Dimensional Part"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Barnwell, III, John C.; Vetterling, William
      Patent No.: 10,994,371
      Issue Date: May 4, 2021
    • Title: "Systems and Methods for On-Orbit Fabrication of Structures by 3D Printing"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Weiss, Avishai; Wang, Bingnan
      Patent No.: 10,906,290
      Issue Date: Feb 2, 2021
    • 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.: 10,350,874
      Issue Date: Jul 16, 2019
    • 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: "Clip-on Accessory for Personal Digital Assistant"
      Inventors: Carlson, Andrew H.; Yerazunis, William S.
      Patent No.: D427,602
      Issue Date: Jul 4, 2000
    • 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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