Computational Sensing

Utilizing computation to improve sensing capabilities.

Our research in the area of computational sensing focuses on signal acquisition and design, signal modeling and reconstruction algorithms, including inverse problems, as well as array signal processing techniques.

  • Researchers

  • Awards

    •  AWARD   2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award
      Date: December 1, 2015
      Awarded to: Mark A. Davenport, Petros T. Boufounos, Michael B. Wakin and Richard G. Baraniuk
      MERL Contact: Petros Boufounos
      Research Area: Computational Sensing
      Brief
      • Petros Boufounos is a recipient of the 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award for the paper that he co-authored with Mark A. Davenport, Michael B. Wakin and Richard G. Baraniuk on "Signal Processing with Compressive Measurements" which was published in the April 2010 issue of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. The Best Paper Award honors the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit dealing with a subject related to the Society's technical scope, and appearing in one of the Society's solely owned transactions or the Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. Eligibility is based on a five-year window: for example, for the 2015 Award, the paper must have appeared in one of the Society's Transactions between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.
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    •  AWARD   GRSS 2014 Symposium Prize Paper Award
      Date: May 1, 2014
      Awarded to: Dehong Liu and Petros T. Boufounos
      Awarded for: "Synthetic Aperture Imaging Using a Randomly Steered Spotlight"
      Awarded by: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
      MERL Contacts: Dehong Liu; Petros Boufounos
      Research Area: Computational Sensing
      Brief
      • Dehong Liu and Petros T. Boufounos are the recipients of the the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society 2014 Symposium Prize Paper Award for their paper "Synthetic Aperture Imaging Using a Randomly Steered Spotlight," presented at IGARSS 2013 (TR2013-070).
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    •  AWARD   MMSP 2012 Top 10% Paper Award
      Date: September 1, 2012
      Awarded to: Mu Li, Shantanu Rane and Petros Boufounos
      Awarded for: "Quantized Embeddings of Scale-Invariant Image Features for Mobile Augmented Reality"
      Awarded by: IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP)
      MERL Contact: Petros Boufounos
      Research Areas: Digital Video, Computational Sensing
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  • Research Highlights

  • Internships

    • SP1424: Advanced computational sensing technologies

      The Computational Sensing team at MERL is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to develop computational imaging algorithms for a variety of sensing applications. Ideal candidates should be Ph.D. students and have solid background and publication record in any of the following, or related areas: imaging inverse problems, learning for inverse problems, large-scale optimization, blind inverse scattering, radar/lidar/sonar imaging, or wave-based inversion. Experience with experimentally measured data is desirable. Publication of the results produced during our internships is expected. The duration of the internships is anticipated to be 3-6 months. Start date is flexible.


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  • Recent Publications

    •  Xia, Y., Wang, P., Berntorp, K., Boufounos, P.T., Orlik, P.V., Svensson, L., Granstrom, K., "Extended Object Tracking with Automotive Radar Using Learned Structural Measurement Model", IEEE Radar Conference (RadarCon), September 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-131 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Xia2020sep,
      • author = {Xia, Yuxuan and Wang, Pu and Berntorp, Karl and Boufounos, Petros T. and Orlik, Philip V. and Svensson, Lennart and Granstrom, Karl},
      • title = {Extended Object Tracking with Automotive Radar Using Learned Structural Measurement Model},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Radar Conference (RadarCon)},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = sep,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-131}
      • }
    •  Liu, D., Chen, S., Boufounos, P.T., "Graph-Based Array Signal Denoising for Perturbed Synthetic Aperture Radar", IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), July 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-114 PDF Video
      • @inproceedings{Liu2020jul,
      • author = {Liu, Dehong and Chen, Siheng and Boufounos, Petros T.},
      • title = {Graph-Based Array Signal Denoising for Perturbed Synthetic Aperture Radar},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-114}
      • }
    •  Xu, X., Dhifallah, O., Mansour, H., Boufounos, P.T., Orlik, P.V., "Robust 3D Tomographic Imaging of the Iononspheric Electron Density", IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), July 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-113 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Xu2020jul,
      • author = {Xu, Xiaojian and Dhifallah, Oussama and Mansour, Hassan and Boufounos, Petros T. and Orlik, Philip V.},
      • title = {Robust 3D Tomographic Imaging of the Iononspheric Electron Density},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-113}
      • }
    •  Xia, Y., Wang, P., Berntorp, K., Mansour, H., Boufounos, P.T., Orlik, P.V., "Extended Object Tracking Using Hierarchical Truncation Model With Partial-View Measurements", IEEE Sensor Array & Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM), DOI: 10.1109/SAM48682.2020.9104388, June 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-069 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Xia2020jun,
      • author = {Xia, Yuxuan and Wang, Pu and Berntorp, Karl and Mansour, Hassan and Boufounos, Petros T. and Orlik, Philip V.},
      • title = {Extended Object Tracking Using Hierarchical Truncation Model With Partial-View Measurements},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Sensor Array & Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM)},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = jun,
      • doi = {10.1109/SAM48682.2020.9104388},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-069}
      • }
    •  Ma, Y., Lodhi, M.A., Mansour, H., Boufounos, P.T., Liu, D., "Inverse Multiple Scattering With Phaseless Measurements", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), DOI: 10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9053430, April 2020, pp. 1519-1523.
      BibTeX TR2020-041 PDF Video
      • @inproceedings{Ma2020apr,
      • author = {Ma, Yanting and Lodhi, Muhammad Asad and Mansour, Hassan and Boufounos, Petros T. and Liu, Dehong},
      • title = {Inverse Multiple Scattering With Phaseless Measurements},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)},
      • year = 2020,
      • pages = {1519--1523},
      • month = apr,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9053430},
      • issn = {2379-190X},
      • isbn = {978-1-5090-6631-5},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-041}
      • }
    •  Wang, P., Boufounos, P.T., Mansour, H., Orlik, P.V., "Slow-Time MIMO-FMCW Automotive Radar Detection with Imperfect Waveform Separation", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), DOI: 10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9053892, April 2020, pp. 8634-8638.
      BibTeX TR2020-039 PDF Video
      • @inproceedings{Wang2020apr,
      • author = {Wang, Pu and Boufounos, Petros T. and Mansour, Hassan and Orlik, Philip V.},
      • title = {Slow-Time MIMO-FMCW Automotive Radar Detection with Imperfect Waveform Separation},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)},
      • year = 2020,
      • pages = {8634--8638},
      • month = apr,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9053892},
      • issn = {2379-190X},
      • isbn = {978-1-5090-6631-5},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-039}
      • }
    •  Xia, Y., Wang, P., Berntorp, K., Koike-Akino, T., Mansour, H., Pajovic, M., Boufounos, P.T., Orlik, P.V., "Extended Object Tracking Using Hierarchical Truncation Measurement Model with Automotive Radar", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), DOI: 10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9054614, April 2020, pp. 4900-4904.
      BibTeX TR2020-044 PDF Video
      • @inproceedings{Xia2020apr,
      • author = {Xia, Yuxuan and Wang, Pu and Berntorp, Karl and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Mansour, Hassan and Pajovic, Milutin and Boufounos, Petros T. and Orlik, Philip V.},
      • title = {Extended Object Tracking Using Hierarchical Truncation Measurement Model with Automotive Radar},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)},
      • year = 2020,
      • pages = {4900--4904},
      • month = apr,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9054614},
      • issn = {2379-190X},
      • isbn = {978-1-5090-6631-5},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-044}
      • }
    •  Xie, Y., Liu, D., Mansour, H., Boufounos, P.T., "Robust Parameter Estimation of Contaminated Damped Exponentials", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), DOI: 10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9053507, April 2020, pp. 5500-5504.
      BibTeX TR2020-052 PDF Video
      • @inproceedings{Xie2020apr,
      • author = {Xie, Youye and Liu, Dehong and Mansour, Hassan and Boufounos, Petros T.},
      • title = {Robust Parameter Estimation of Contaminated Damped Exponentials},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)},
      • year = 2020,
      • pages = {5500--5504},
      • month = apr,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/ICASSP40776.2020.9053507},
      • issn = {2379-190X},
      • isbn = {978-1-5090-6631-5},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-052}
      • }
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