Patents Examined by Alex Kok S Liew
  • Patent number: 10296812
    Abstract: A method performed by an apparatus is described. The method includes receiving a first set of object data corresponding to a first journey. The method also includes receiving a second set of object data corresponding to a second journey. The method further includes determining a similarity metric between the first set of object data and the second set of object data. The similarity metric indicates a distance between the first set of object data and the second set of object data for at least one object. The method additionally includes clustering the first set of object data and the second set of object data for the at least one object based on the similarity metric to produce at least one object cluster. The method also includes producing map data based on the at least one object cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Onkar Jayant Dabeer, Kiran Somasundaram, Radhika Dilip Gowaikar, Ravi Teja Sukhavasi
  • Patent number: 10290123
    Abstract: The invention is a method for the segmentation of an object's image obtained by three-dimensional reconstruction. Based on an object's image represented by a finite number of intensity levels, the image is reconstructed based on projections acquired from different angles around the object, a distribution representative of the spread of the intensity levels in the image along a predetermined direction is determined, for at least one angle. Next, at least one intensity threshold is determined by minimizing an objective function estimating the difference between the actual measurement and a simulated measurement for the angle being considered with the simulated measurement being dependent on the threshold and the distribution. Next, the image is segmented by grouping the intensity levels into at least two classes defined by the threshold. The invention has a particular application to characterization of supports of catalysts for petrochemical refining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Maxime Moreaud, Francois Wahl
  • Patent number: 10290089
    Abstract: Systems and methods are used to determine the location and severity of harmful algal blooms or other water quality parameters. GPS location information is transmitted from a mobile device and recent Satellite image data and water quality parameters are provided to the mobile device. Data regarding other locations, historical water quality parameters and algorithm based predictive results are provided for the end user. This provides for near-real time information allowing users to make decisions regarding fishing, beach closures, municipal water intake, etc. so as to avoid toxic effects of a harmful algal bloom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
    Inventors: Blake Allen Schaeffer, Robyn Nicole Conmy, Darryl Joel Keith, Ross S. Lunetta, Mark S. Murphy, Torrin Hultgren
  • Patent number: 10282826
    Abstract: A method includes acquiring a radiographic image and processing the acquired image to obtain a gradient image. The method then includes generating, from the gradient image, an initial set of pixels exhibiting speckle and removing one or more pixels from the initial set of pixels according to features indicative of image content, forming a mapping of pixels for replacement from the remaining set of pixels. A replacement pixel value is calculated for one or more pixels in the mapping and pixel values from the acquired radiographic image replaced according to the calculated replacement pixel value to form a corrected image. The corrected image can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Atle Borsholm, James L. Pendleton
  • Patent number: 10277926
    Abstract: A block-base error measure method for object segmentation includes the steps of dividing a reference image having an object into plural non-overlapping blocks, superimposing the reference image with a segmented image to obtain an error ratio of the block to define an enhanced equation and a modification equation to suppress the scattered error and enhance the contribution of the region error, so as to calculate the error amount of the segmented image and evaluate the performance of image segmentation. Compared with the conventional error measure method based on pixels, the present invention provides a more accurate high-level semantic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ming Chuan University
    Inventors: Chung-Lin Chia, Chaur-Heh Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10275688
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus comprising at least one processing core and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code being configured to, with the at least one processing core, cause the apparatus at least to nm a convolutional neural network comprising an input layer arranged to provide signals to a first convolutional layer and a last convolutional layer, run a first intermediate classifier, the first intermediate classifier operating on a set of feature maps of the first convolutional layer, and decide to abort or to continue processing of a signal set based on a decision of the first intermediate classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Xiaoheng Jiang
  • Patent number: 10277935
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for inserting a watermark in a media program is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the method comprises the steps of receiving data comprising the media program in the receiver disposed at a subscriber station, generating a watermark, the watermark generated at least in part according to a secure data processor-unique identifier irreversibly stored in the secure data processor, processing the received data to reproduce the media program, and inserting portions of the generated watermark in the reproduced media program at locations determined at least in part according to the secure data processor-unique identifier to produce a watermarked media program provided for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INSIDE SECURE S.A.
    Inventors: Dennis R. Flaharty, Ronald P. Cocchi, Gregory J. Gagnon, Michael A. Gorman, Jacob T. Carson
  • Patent number: 10276189
    Abstract: Methods for suggesting an audio file for playback with a video file using an analysis of objects in images from the video file are provided. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a selection of a video file, identifying shot transition timings in the video file, and analyzing each shot transition associated with the identified shot transition to a identify an entity within the respective shot transition. The method also includes providing an identification of the identified entities to a natural language model to identify at least one mood associated with the identified entities, selecting, from a collection of audio files, at least one audio file associated with the at least one mood and including an average audio onset distance within an audio onset distance threshold, and providing an identification of the at least one audio file as a suggestion for audio playback with the video file. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SHUTTERSTOCK, INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas Brochu
  • Patent number: 10271822
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus includes: an ultrasound probe to transmit and receive an ultrasound signal to obtain an ultrasound image of an object; a sensor coupled to the ultrasound probe to provide a position information related to an ultrasound imaging position in the object; and a processor to extract a certain anatomical feature from the ultrasound image and the certain anatomical feature from a medical image, perform a first registration between the medical image and the ultrasound image by matching the certain anatomical feature in the ultrasound image the certain anatomical feature in the medical image, perform a second registration between the sensor and the medical image based on the position information and the first registration, and control a display to display a portion of the medical image corresponding to the ultrasound imaging position based on at least one of the first registration and the second registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Gyu Hyun, Jong Beom Ra, Dughoon Lee, Woo Hyun Nam
  • Patent number: 10275643
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a storage unit that stores therein a plurality of images in which a first subject is imaged, and a plurality of images in which a second subject which is different from the first subject is imaged, and stores therein supplementary information about the first subject and the second subject including information about dates and times of imaging, and sites of imaging; and an extracting unit that extracts images whose dates and times of imaging are different from each other, and images imaged at a common site of imaging based on the supplementary information when extracting an image in which the first subject is imaged and an image in which the second subject is imaged. In the electronic device, when the first subject and the second subject are humans, the storage unit stores therein, as the supplementary information, birth dates of the first and second people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yuko Nakada, Toshinori Take, Hiroki Uwai, Maki Suzuki, Kazuma Hosoi, Masakazu Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10275880
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic FOV selection in immunoscore computation that involve reading images for individual markers from an unmixed multiplex slide or single stain slides, and computing the tissue region mask from the individual marker image. The heat map of each marker is determined by applying the low pass filter on the individual marker image channel and selecting the top K highest intensity regions from the heat map as the candidate FOVs for each marker. The candidate FOVs from the individual marker images are merged together in the same coordinate system by either adding all of the FOVs together or by only adding the FOVs from the selected marker images depending on the user's choice, and registering all the individual marker images to a common coordinate system and transferring the FOVs back to the original images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., Providence Health & Services—Oregon
    Inventors: Michael Barnes, Carlo Bifulco, Ting Chen, Alisa Tubbs
  • Patent number: 10275873
    Abstract: A machine vision system for automatically identifying and inspecting objects is disclosed, including composable vision-based recognition modules and a decision algorithm to perform the final determination on object type and quality. This vision system has been used to develop a Projectile Identification System and an Automated Tactical Ammunition Classification System. The technology can be used to create numerous other inspection and automated identification systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn J. Beach, Gary Moody, James Burkowski, Charles J. Jacobus
  • Patent number: 10275678
    Abstract: A biometric image processing apparatus including a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor obtains a Y value, a U value and a V value in a YUV space from each pixel of an image, determines, for each pixel, whether or not the U value and the V value are in a range that is in accordance with the Y value, and extracts a pixel having been determined to be in the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichi Hama, Hajime Nada, Satoshi Maeda, Satoshi Semba, Yukihiro Abiko, Shinji Egashira, Toshiaki Wakama, Rie Hasada
  • Patent number: 10268921
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are presented for segmenting an image of a video stream with a client device by accessing a set of images within a video stream, identifying an object of interest within one or more images of the set of images, and detecting a region of interest within the one or more images. The systems, devices, and method identify a first set of median pixels in a first portion of the object of interest and a second set of median pixels in a second portion of the object of interest. The systems, devices, and methods determine a polyline approximating the first and second sets of median pixels and generate a model for the polyline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Maksim Igorevich Gusarov
  • Patent number: 10269094
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for combining a composite image (4) of an object (8) composed of multiple sub-images (6) by means of so-called stitching. Multiple adjacent sub-images (6) of the object (8) are captured and are stitched by means of an image processing operation together to form a coherent composite image (4). In order to make it possible to stitch the sub-images (6) together in the correct position even in the case of little information about the image, it is proposed that the stitching of the sub-images (6) together to form the composite image in the image processing operation be performed using an optical pattern (30, 74) that is generated by means of a pattern means (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAKURA FINETEK U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Frank Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10262431
    Abstract: A three-dimensional measurement device which is capable of superimposing and displaying, on a three-dimensional shape, distributions of deviations from a plurality of geometric elements is provided. There are included a deviation calculation unit for determining first deviations from the first geometric element with respect to the first point cloud, and determining second deviations from the second geometric element with respect to the second point cloud. The three-dimensional shape display unit superimposes and displays, on the three-dimensional shape, a distribution of the first deviations from the first geometric element and a distribution of the second deviations from the second geometric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Tabuchi, Masaki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10262396
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating precision maps of an area is disclosed. The apparatus receives sensor data, where the sensor data includes sensor readings each indicating a level of a parameter in one of a plurality of first portions of an area, and video data representing an aerial view of the area. The sensor data may be received from sensors that are each deployed in one of the first portions of the area. The video data may be received from an aerial vehicle. An orthomosaic may be generated from the video data, and the orthomosaic and the sensor data used to generate a predication model. The prediction model may then be used to extrapolate the sensor data to determine a level of the parameter in each of a plurality of second portions of the area. A precision map of the area may be generated using the extrapolated sensor readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ranveer Chandra, Ashish Kapoor, Sudipta Sinha, Deepak Vasisht
  • Patent number: 10255512
    Abstract: A method of determining a vertical medial axis of an object in an input image, is disclosed. A measure of horizontal symmetry is determined for each pixel of the image. First and second vertical bounds within the image are determined. A continuous path between the first and second vertical bounds is determined based on the horizontal symmetry measure, the continuous path representing the vertical medial axis of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Quang Tuan Pham, Geoffrey Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 10255605
    Abstract: System and method for detecting a fraudulent activity at a barcode scanner is disclosed. The method issues an alert when the fraudulent activity is confirmed by comparing the visual signature of the item being transacted over the checkout terminal to the model visual signature. The model visual signature is obtained by averaging the collection of visual signature of the item gathered over a period of time. A human validation via a remote processor is employed to confirm the fraudulent activity verified by a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Migdal, Malay Kundu
  • Patent number: 10255470
    Abstract: A barcode reader and an accessory are disclosed. The accessory may include an interface system and a wireless and/or wired interface for communication with a host computer such that the barcode reader may communicate with the host computer via the accessory. The interface system includes an authentication coprocessor such that the barcode reader may establish mutual authentication with the host computer using the authentication coprocessor of the interface system. The barcode reader may send a request for an accessory identifier, and the accessory may then query the authentication coprocessor for the accessory identifier and provide the accessory identifier to the barcode reader. The barcode reader may send an authentication challenge to the accessory, and the accessory may then present the authentication challenge to the authentication coprocessor to obtain an authentication response, and provide the authentication response to the barcode reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Pierce, Ryan Hoobler, John Deal, Garrett Russell