Patents Examined by Ali Bayat
  • Patent number: 11954928
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to detecting text in images. In some embodiments, a system for detecting text in images comprises a database configured to store images and a control circuit configured to retrieve an image, generate, based on the image, a collection of augmented images, detect characters in each of the augmented images, generate bounding boxes for the characters in each of augmented images, recognize the characters in each of the augmented images, select, based on the recognition of the characters in each of the augmented images, candidate characters, wherein the candidate characters are selected based on consistency of the recognition of the characters in each of the augmented images, detect, for the image, a color associated with the characters, and store, in the database, the image, the candidate characters, and the color associated with the characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Haining Liu, Feiyun Zhu, Jon Hammer, Ryan B. Reagan, Pingjian Yu, Zhichun Xiao, Yuqi Zhang, Yao Liu
  • Patent number: 11954823
    Abstract: A method and system for reconstructing magnetic resonance (MR) images, the method including the steps of: receiving an under-sampled MR image, the under-sampled MR image being transformed from under-sampled k-spaced data; classifying intensity of each pixel in the under-sampled MR image to one of a plurality of predetermined quantized values of intensity by using a neural network; and generating a reconstructed MR image based on the classified quantized value of the intensity for each pixel in the under-sampled MR image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Monash University
    Inventors: Kamlesh Pawar, Zhaolin Chen, Nadim Joni Shah, Gary Francis Egan
  • Patent number: 11954861
    Abstract: An adaptor for configuring a mobile communication device for tissue imaging is disclosed. The adaptor includes a housing configured to be removably coupled to a mobile communication device, at least one excitation light source for fluorescent imaging, a white light source for white light imaging, and a power source for powering the adaptor. The excitation light source is configured to emit light in one of ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, and infrared ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Ralph DaCosta
  • Patent number: 11954818
    Abstract: A method for processing a 360-degree image includes determining a processing order of each of a plurality of segments constituting a 360-degree image, based on positions of the segments and parameters of a camera by which the 360-degree image is captured, obtaining distortion correction information according to distortion in the 360-degree image predicted based on parameters of an optical device via which at least a partial region of the 360-degree image is projected, and processing data of the at least a partial region of the 360-degree image according to the determined processing order and the obtained distortion correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Andrii Musiienko, Yevhenii Borodavka, Andrii Tkach, Denys Zakutailo
  • Patent number: 11941847
    Abstract: A controller (11) for a vehicle, the vehicle comprising an imaging device for generating image data and the imaging device further comprising an imaging accelerometer (24) for generating imaging accelerometer data for determining the orientation of the imaging device relative to the vehicle, the controller (11) comprising: an input for receiving a signal indicative of the imaging accelerometer data and the generated image data; a processor arranged to identify alignment artefacts in the received image data in dependence on the received imaging device imaging accelerometer data; and an output for outputting an error signal in dependence on the identified alignment artefacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Jeremy Greenwood, Robin Boyd
  • Patent number: 11932038
    Abstract: An authentication mark system and method are provided for authentication of an object having indicia associated therewith. The authentication mark system includes an inkjet printer configured to propel microscopic ink drops onto the object to form a pattern of ink on the object. A microscope camera has a lens directable at the pattern of ink on the object. The microscope camera records an enlarged image of the pattern of ink on the object. A processor is operatively connected to the microscope camera and is configured to transmit the enlarged image of the pattern of ink and the indicia associated with the object to a database for secure storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: Aharon A. Karan
  • Patent number: 11935272
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute information for the point cloud. Attribute values for at least one starting point are included in a compressed attribute information file and attribute correction values used to correct predicted attribute values are included in the compressed attribute information file. Attribute values are predicted based, at least in part, on attribute values of neighboring points and distances between a particular point for whom an attribute value is being predicted and the neighboring points. The predicted attribute values are compared to attribute values of a point cloud prior to compression to determine attribute correction values. A decoder follows a similar prediction process as an encoder and corrects predicted values using attribute correction values included in a compressed attribute information file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Mammou, Fabrice A. Robinet
  • Patent number: 11925411
    Abstract: An ophthalmologic information processing apparatus according to the embodiments includes a search unit, a correction unit, and a display control unit. The search unit is configured to search for filter information for correcting an aberration in complex OCT data of a subject's eye so that a quality of the complex OCT data becomes a predetermined level. The correction unit is configured to correct the aberration in the complex OCT data based on the filter information searched by the search unit. The display control unit is configured to display, on a display means, aberration information on a pupil surface of the subject's eye corresponding to the filter information searched by the search unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Toshihiro Mino, Yoshikiyo Moriguchi, Akiko Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11895939
    Abstract: The invention tracks and automatically evaluates plant traits of “individuals of plant canopy” in a growth process of a germination period (from sowing until immediately prior to primary seedling culture), at a plant factory with artificial lighting. Specifically, a two-dimensional distribution of the plant traits is calculated by non-destructively and continuously measuring plant trait information in the growth process of the germination period, on the basis of image information 2a, environmental factor information 2b, genetic characteristic information 2c, and management information 2d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Yumiko Amagai, Alexander Feldman, Yu Zhang, Tomomi Nozaki, Toyoki Kozai, Eri Hayashi, Osamu Nunomura, Rikuo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11900253
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for converting data to a tiling format when implementing convolutional neural networks are disclosed. A system includes at least a memory, a cache, a processor, and a plurality of compute units. The memory stores a first buffer and a second buffer in a linear format, where the first buffer stores convolutional filter data and the second buffer stores image data. The processor converts the first and second buffers from the linear format to third and fourth buffers, respectively, in a tiling format. The plurality of compute units load the tiling-formatted data from the third and fourth buffers in memory to the cache and then perform a convolutional filter operation on the tiling-formatted data. The system generates a classification of a first dataset based on a result of the convolutional filter operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Advanced Mic ro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Song Zhang, Jiantan Liu, Hua Zhang, Min Yu
  • Patent number: 11883245
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a surgical duration estimation system for continuously predicting real-time remaining surgical duration (RSD) of a live surgical session of a given surgical procedure based on a real-time endoscope video of the live surgical session. In one aspect, the process receives a current frame of the endoscope video at a current time of the live surgical session, wherein the current time is among a sequence of prediction time points for making continuous RSD predictions during the live surgical session. The process next randomly samples N?1 additional frames of the endoscope video corresponding to the elapsed portion of the live surgical session between the beginning of the endoscope video corresponding to the beginning of the live surgical session and the current frame corresponding to the current time. The process then combines the N?1 randomly sampled frames and the current frame in the temporal order to obtain a set of N frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Mona Fathollahi Ghezelghieh, Jocelyn Elaine Barker, Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy
  • Patent number: 11887312
    Abstract: Fiducial markers are printed patterns detected by algorithms in imagery from image sensors for applications such as automated processes and augmented reality graphics. The present invention sets forth extensions and improvements to detection technology to achieve improved performance, and discloses applications of fiducial markers including multi-camera systems, remote control devices, augmented reality applications for mobile devices, helmet tracking, and weather stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: Mark Fiala
  • Patent number: 11881008
    Abstract: The disclosed techniques are focused on processes for encoding an enhanced image with non-image data. Notably, the “non-image data” is distinct from “image data” in that the image data defines display characteristics of an image (e.g., display properties of a pixel) while the non-image data is unrestricted and can describe any data, even data different than display characteristics. An image is accessed, where the image includes at least one pixel that is associated with at least one color channel. Non-image data is encoded into the color channel. An index, which maps where the non-image data has been encoded in the color channel of the pixel, is generated or modified. As a result of encoding the non-image data into the color channel, an enhanced image is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Kyle Jordan Russell, Chanler Megan Crowe Cantor
  • Patent number: 11881000
    Abstract: This invention applies dynamic weighting between a point-to-plane and point-to-edge metric on a per-edge basis in an acquired image using a vision system. This allows an applied ICP technique to be significantly more robust to a variety of object geometries and/or occlusions. A system and method herein provides an energy function that is minimized to generate candidate 3D poses for use in alignment of runtime 3D image data of an object with model 3D image data. Since normals are much more accurate than edges, the use of normal is desirable when possible. However, in some use cases, such as a plane, edges provide information in relative directions the normals do not. Hence the system and method defines a “normal information matrix”, which represents the directions in which sufficient information is present. Performing (e.g.) a principal component analysis (PCA) on this matrix provides a basis for the available information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Hoelscher, Simon Barker, Adam Wagman, David J. Michael
  • Patent number: 11875477
    Abstract: A method for correcting abnormal point cloud is disclosed. Firstly, receiving a Primitive Point Cloud Data set by an operation unit for dividing a point cloud array into a plurality of sub-point cloud sets and obtaining a plurality of corresponding distribution feature data according to an original vector data of the Primitive Point Cloud Data set. Furthermore, recognizing the sub-point cloud sets according to the corresponding distribution feature data for correcting recognized abnormal point cloud. Thus, when the point cloud array is rendered to a corresponding image, the color defect of the point cloud array will be improved or decreased for obtaining lossless of the corresponding image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Wang, Chuan-Lin Lai, Chia-Chen Kuo, I-Chen Wu
  • Patent number: 11875434
    Abstract: A method for correcting projection images in CT image reconstruction is provided. The method may include obtaining a plurality of projection images of a subject. Each of the plurality of projection images may correspond to one of the plurality of gantry angles. The method may further include correcting a first projection image of the plurality of projection images according to a process for generating a corrected projection image. The process may include performing, based on the first projection image and a second projection image of the plurality of projection images, a first correction on the first projection image to generate a preliminary corrected first projection image. The process may also include performing, based on at least part of the preliminary corrected first projection image, a second correction on the preliminary corrected first projection image to generate a corrected first projection image corresponding to the first gantry angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Hongcheng Yang, Jianwei Zhu, Haining Sun, Jonathan Maltz
  • Patent number: 11871036
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for compressing Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) images estimates a quantized DC coefficient of a target block to be decoded using AC coefficients of the target block and a pixel value of already decoded neighboring block adjacent to the target block, thereby reducing the encoded file size while maintaining the JPEG file format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventor: Suah Kim
  • Patent number: 11861819
    Abstract: A system and method for calibrating a machine vision system on the undercarriage of a rail vehicle while the rail vehicle is in the field is presented. The system enables operators to calibrate the machine vision system without having to remove the machine vision system from the undercarriage of the rail vehicle. The system can capture, by a camera of an image capturing module, a first image of a target. The image capturing module and a drum can be attached to a fixture and the target can be attached to the drum. The system can also determine a number of lateral pixels in a lateral pitch distance of the image of the target, determining a lateral object pixel size based on the number of lateral pixels, and determining a drum encoder rate based on the lateral object pixel size. The drum encoder rate can be programmed into a drum encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: BNSF Railway Company
    Inventor: Darrell R. Krueger
  • Patent number: 11845955
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a simple, fast, and low cost method for 3D microvascular imaging, termed “scatter labeled imaging of microvasculature in excised tissue” (SLIME). The method can include perfusing a contrast agent through vasculature of a tissue sample. The contrast agent can include colloids and a dispersant. After the contrast agent is perfused through the vasculature, the vasculature of the tissue sample can be treated with a molecule that cross links with at least a portion of the dispersant to form a sticky, non-Newtonian polymer that prevents leakage of the contrast agent out of the vasculature of the tissue sample. The tissue sample can then be immersed in a solution comprising a clearing agent and subsequently imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventors: Michael W. Jenkins, Yehe Liu
  • Patent number: 11842506
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data obtained by capturing an image of an object, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional shape of the object based on second image data obtained by irradiating the object with pattern light and capturing an image of the object, a determination unit configured to determine a flat area on the object based on the three-dimensional shape of the object, and an evaluation unit configured to evaluate a surface characteristic of the flat area on the object based on the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventor: Satoshi Ikeda