Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
|Headquarters||Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|
|Key people||Richard Waters (President & CEO)|
|Parent||Mitsubishi Electric US|
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc., which, in its turn, is the principal subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric in the United States. MERL is the North American arm of the Corporate R&D organization of Mitsubishi Electric. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.
MERL engages in application-motivated basic research and advanced development in areas of importance to Mitsubishi Electric. More than 50 PhDs pursue research and advanced development in a wide range of areas including digital signal processing, digital audio and video processing, wired and wireless digital communications, spoken language interfaces, computer vision, mechatronics and fundamental algorithms. Since 1991, MERL has been awarded more than 700 patents.
MERL focuses on five principal technology sectors:
• Digital Communications - featuring wired & optical transmission technology & networking.
• Multimedia - featuring speech interfaces, video (de)coding & compressive sensing.
• Data Analytics - featuring simulation, planning and optimization.
• Imaging - featuring 2D and 3D imaging processing algorithms.
• Mechatronics - featuring advanced control of electro-mechanical systems.
An Algorithms group supports all five sectors, developing fundamental algorithms.
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1991 by the Mitsubishi Electric CR&D organization. In the late 1990s, MERL merged with two other laboratories that were part of Mitsubishi Electric. This consolidated all of Mitsubishi Electric’s North American research into one organization, creating the MERL that exists today. Richard C. Waters, was a founding member of MERL and has been president since 1999.
László Bélády was the head of MERL from 1991 to1998, James D. Foley, who co-authored several of the most widely used university textbooks on computer graphics, was the president from 1998 to 1999.
Products, projects, and technology 
MERL generates new technology and intellectual property, and has been involved in numerous products and projects, including:
- Generalized Belief Propagation
- Human–computer interaction via the Multi-touch DiamondTouch surface
- Saffron Type System
- Multiview Video Coding
- Ultra-wideband network technology using Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
- Seam carving
- Richard C. Waters profile. Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories web site. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- Ranked List of Organizations with 200 or More Patents from 1/1/1992 to 12/31/2011. Electrical classes. U.S. Patent and Trade Office, Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- Ranked List of Organizations with 200 or More Patents from 1/1/1992 to 12/31/2011.Telecommunications classes. U.S. Patent and Trade Office. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- Lee, John (1995. International Biographical Dictionary of Computer Pioneers. Taylor & Francis. p. 76. ISBN 1884964478. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- [Belady, Laszlo (2002). "Oral history interview with Laszlo A. Belady." Charles Babbage Institute. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
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