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    Jianlin Guo recently delivered an invited talk at 2022 6th International Conference on Intelligent Manufacturing and Automation Engineering
      Date: December 15, 2022 - December 17, 2022
      MERL Contacts: Jianlin Guo; Philip V. Orlik; Kieran Parsons
      Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Machine Learning
      Brief
      • The performance of manufacturing systems is heavily affected by downtime – the time period that the system halts production due to system failure, anomalous operation, or intrusion. Therefore, it is crucial to detect and diagnose anomalies to allow predictive maintenance or intrusion detection to reduce downtime. This talk, titled "Anomaly detection and diagnosis in manufacturing systems using autoencoder", focuses on tackling the challenges arising from predictive maintenance in manufacturing systems. It presents a structured autoencoder and a pre-processed autoencoder for accurate anomaly detection, as well as a statistical-based algorithm and an autoencoder-based algorithm for anomaly diagnosis.
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    •  NEWS    MERL's Quantum Machine Learning Technology Featured in Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Press Release
      Date: December 2, 2022
      MERL Contacts: Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Kieran Parsons; Pu (Perry) Wang; Ye Wang
      Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Sensing, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Human-Computer Interaction
      Brief
      • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced its development of a quantum artificial intelligence (AI) technology that automatically optimizes inference models to downsize the scale of computation with quantum neural networks. The new quantum AI technology can be integrated with classical machine learning frameworks for diverse solutions.

        Mitsubishi Electric has confirmed that the technology can be incorporated in the world's first applications for terahertz (THz) imaging, Wi-Fi indoor monitoring, compressed sensing, and brain-computer interfaces. The technology is based on recent research by MERL's Connectivity & Information Processing team and Computational Sensing team.

        Mitsubishi Electric's new quantum machine learning (QML) technology realizes compact inference models by fully exploiting the enormous capacity of quantum computers to express exponentially larger-state space with the number of quantum bits (qubits). In a hybrid combination of both quantum and classical AI, the technology can compensate for limitations of classical AI to achieve superior performance while significantly downsizing the scale of AI models, even when using limited data.
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  • Research Highlights

  • MERL Publications

    •  Lowy, A., Li, Z., Liu, J., Koike-Akino, T., Parsons, K., Wang, Y., "Why Does Differential Privacy with Large Epsilon Defend Against Practical Membership Inference Attacks?", arXiv, February 2024.
      BibTeX arXiv
      • @article{Lowy2024feb,
      • author = {Lowy, Andrew and Li, Zhuohang and Liu, Jing and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Parsons, Kieran and Wang, Ye},
      • title = {Why Does Differential Privacy with Large Epsilon Defend Against Practical Membership Inference Attacks?},
      • journal = {arXiv},
      • year = 2024,
      • month = feb,
      • url = {https://arxiv.org/abs/2402.09540}
      • }
    •  Li, Z., Lowy, A., Liu, J., Koike-Akino, T., Malin, B., Parsons, K., Wang, Y., "Exploring User-level Gradient Inversion with a Diffusion Prior", International Workshop on Federated Learning in the Age of Foundation Models in Conjunction with NeurIPS, December 2023.
      BibTeX TR2023-149 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Li2023dec,
      • author = {Li, Zhuohang and Lowy, Andrew and Liu, Jing and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Malin, Bradley and Parsons, Kieran and Wang, Ye},
      • title = {Exploring User-level Gradient Inversion with a Diffusion Prior},
      • booktitle = {International Workshop on Federated Learning in the Age of Foundation Models in Conjunction with NeurIPS},
      • year = 2023,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2023-149}
      • }
    •  Liu, J., Koike-Akino, T., Wang, P., Brand, M., Wang, Y., Parsons, K., "LoDA: Low-Dimensional Adaptation of Large Language Models", Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) workshop, December 2023.
      BibTeX TR2023-150 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Liu2023dec,
      • author = {Liu, Jing and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Wang, Pu and Brand, Matthew and Wang, Ye and Parsons, Kieran},
      • title = {LoDA: Low-Dimensional Adaptation of Large Language Models},
      • booktitle = {Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) workshop},
      • year = 2023,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2023-150}
      • }
    •  Nuti, P., Kim, K.J., Wang, P., Koike-Akino, T., Parsons, K., "RIS-Assisted Joint Preamble Detection and Localization", IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP), December 2023.
      BibTeX TR2023-142 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Nuti2023dec,
      • author = {Nuti, Pooja and Kim, Kyeong Jin and Wang, Pu and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Parsons, Kieran},
      • title = {RIS-Assisted Joint Preamble Detection and Localization},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP)},
      • year = 2023,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2023-142}
      • }
    •  Guo, J., Sumi, T., Kawashima, Y., Parsons, K., Nagai, Y., Orlik, P.V., "Minimizing Route Overlap for Priority Data Delivery in Next Generation IoT Networks", IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), December 2023.
      BibTeX TR2023-140 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Guo2023dec,
      • author = {Guo, Jianlin and Sumi, Takenori and Kawashima, Yuki and Parsons, Kieran and Nagai, Yukimasa and Orlik, Philip V.},
      • title = {Minimizing Route Overlap for Priority Data Delivery in Next Generation IoT Networks},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)},
      • year = 2023,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2023-140}
      • }
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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: "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: "Optical Ring circuit with electrical filter"
      Inventors: Kojima, Keisuke; Teng, Min; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Lin, Chungwei; Parsons, Kieran; Gotoda, Mitsunobu; 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, Milen; 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; Koike-Akino, Toshiaki; Kojima, Keisuke
      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; Yang, Xin; Orlik, Philip V.; Parsons, Kieran
      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; 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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