Patents Examined by Andrew W. Johns
  • Patent number: 9833212
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing device includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry acquires a plurality of first image data indicating a plurality of time-sequential bloodstream images obtained after administering contrast agent to an object, and sets a target region on second image data. The second image data are generated based on the plurality of the first image data so as to indicate information on temporal change of pixel values of each pixel. Further, the processing circuitry selects a reproduction section by selecting at least reproduction-start image data and reproduction-end image data from the plurality of first image data based on bloodstream information of the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Nagae, Satoru Ohishi, Yuichiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9838670
    Abstract: A method for three-dimensional imaging is provided, storing a first two-dimensional image of field of view of a scanning device at a first position where a first three-dimensional view of the object is captured with said handheld scanning device; estimating location metric of a second two-dimensional image of field of view of said scanning device at a second position relative to said first image while said scanning device is being moved from said first position to said second position; and generating instructions on providing feedback to the user based on said location metric; wherein said feedback is provided to indicate if said second position is adequate for capturing a second three-dimensional view. A system for three-dimensional imaging is provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Yannick Glinec, Qinran Chen
  • Patent number: 9835708
    Abstract: A method for tagged magnetic resonance imaging is disclosed. The method includes steps of tagging an object with polar tagging patterns; acquiring data in a spatial frequency domain of the tagged object with a polar sampling pattern; and reconstructing an image of the object through a polar Fourier transform of the data acquired in the step of acquiring data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Abbas Nasiraei Moghaddam, Shokoufeh Golshani
  • Patent number: 9808217
    Abstract: A model calculating device calculates a mammary gland normal architecture model that scatters in a fan shape from the nipple toward the greater pectoral muscle with respect to the X-ray image of the breast. An orientation extracting device extracts linear components orientations of a region image texture that form a shape of a shadow in the breast X-ray image using a Gabor filter. A lesion determining device compares the mammary gland orientation in the normal architecture model calculated by the model calculating device and the orientation extracted by the orientation extracting device with respect to a region of interest in the X-ray image of the breast including architectural distortion candidates of the mammary gland detected by a preprocessing device to calculate a feature quantity based on a difference between the orientations and determines whether the candidates are an architectural distortion of the mammary gland based on the feature quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Noriyasu Homma, Takeshi Handa, Tadashi Ishibashi, Yusuke Kawasumi, Makoto Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 9813597
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a gaze tracker and a gaze tracking method. The gaze tracker includes: an image acquirer to acquire eye images of a user using two or more cameras and two or more lightings; and a gaze calculator which detects a lighting reflection point from each eye image to extract a cornea central point, detects a pupil central point from each eye image, and calculates a gaze vector. In particular, when lighting reflection points are detected from each eye image, the gaze calculator calculates vectors for connection between each lighting and a corresponding lighting reflection point and detects an intersection point between the calculated vectors. When only one lighting reflection point is detected, the gaze calculator extracts the cornea central point using distance information between a pre-stored lighting reflection point and the cornea central point and the one lighting reflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Seon A Kim
  • Patent number: 9805468
    Abstract: Provided is a sample image management system that uses a cell culture vessel including a plurality of microwells and a plurality of first identifiers provided to the respective microwells in pairs. The sample image management system analyzes, in an enlarged sample image including a pair of the first identifier and the microwell, the microwell and the first identifier, and associates at least position information on the microwell with the enlarged sample image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Tomonori Akai, Masanori Kagota, Takuma Baba
  • Patent number: 9799111
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for highlighting box surfaces and edges in mobile box dimensioning. An embodiment takes the form of a method that includes obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) point cloud from a depth sensor when the depth sensor is positioned such that an aiming indicator appears on a first surface of an object; processing the 3D point cloud to identify an extent of the first surface; further processing the 3D point cloud to identify a second surface that is adjacent and normal to the first surface, and to identify an extent of the second surface; and displaying at least part of the 3D point cloud via a user interface, including displaying the identified first surface in a first color and the identified second surface in a second color different from the first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hao Zheng, Zhiheng Jia, David S. Koch
  • Patent number: 9797767
    Abstract: Approaches are disclosed for calibrating a plurality of imaging devices, such as microscopes. In certain implementations, a calibration plate is employed that include a variety of calibration features. Imaging devices calibrated in accordance with the present approaches may be used to generate images having consistent attributes, such as brightness, regardless of which imaging device is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alex David Corwin, Christine Lynne Pitner, David Andrew Shoudy, Kevin Bernard Kenny
  • Patent number: 9798924
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus delineate grouped together content in documents. Void and unvoid pixels in document images get clustered together. Execution of a histogram and autocorrelation function, including peak detection, against the unvoid clusters reveals the content. Techniques for clustering include iteratively transforming an original image into secondary images with a Haar wavelet transformation, for example. Clustering begins on a lowest image plane and advances to a next highest plane until all void and unvoid pixels in the images are grouped. Void clusters at lower levels remain void clusters at higher levels, thus only unvoid clusters of pixels require processing at higher levels thereby optimizing processing. Imaging devices with scanners define suitable hardware for transformation of the document into images and processors with executable code cluster together pixels to delineate content. Further processing includes executing OCR or other routines post void/unvoid analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Ralph Meier, Johannes Hausmann, Harry Urbschat, Thorsten Wanschura
  • Patent number: 9792514
    Abstract: Provided are image inspection method and apparatus, and an ink jet printing apparatus that can highly accurately detect a stripe defect. An inspection image obtained by an imaging device imaging a printed matter printed by an ink jet printing apparatus including a line head is acquired. Each of at least one non-scanning direction linear structural element that is a linear structural element in a direction not parallel to a direction of scanning by the line head relative to a medium is used to execute morphology processing of a grayscale image to thereby smooth the inspection image to create a first smoothed inspection image (S22, S24). A stripe defect extending in the scanning direction is detected by using at least (1) one of the inspection image and a second smoothed inspection image created based on the inspection image and (2) the first smoothed inspection image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Ukishima
  • Patent number: 9786061
    Abstract: A specimen analysis system includes at least one processor to receive a set of image information that represents an image of at least a specimen validity portion of the specimen test article which includes at least one optical specimen validity marker, the color of which indicates the validity of the specimen; determine a set of color component values for one or more of a plurality of pixels of the image that are representative of the specimen validity portion of the specimen test article, the set of color component values including at least three color component values; and assess at least one specimen validity characteristic of the specimen based at least in part on each color component value of the determined set of color component values for the one or more of the plurality of pixels of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: GENPRIME, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Arthur Russell, Claire Elizabeth Norton, Darby Dawn McLean, Jason Buck Somes
  • Patent number: 9773186
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to methods of capturing Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) from images captured by a mobile device. Capturing VIN data can be useful in several applications, for example, insurance data capture applications. There are at least two types of images supported by this technology: (1) images of documents and (2) images of non-documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Grigori Nepomniachtchi, Nikolay Kotovich
  • Patent number: 9773161
    Abstract: A method for reducing violence within crowded venues is provided. The method includes reading license plates of vehicles passing into entry ports of a parking area, and capturing facial images of persons seeking admission to the venue. A computer compares such license plates to a database of vehicle license plates associated with persons with past histories of violence. A computer also compares captured facial images to a database of facial data for persons with past violent histories. Upon detecting a match, the computer creates an alert presented to law enforcement officers to facilitate detention of such persons for investigation. Information recorded on entry tickets is scanned and saved together with the facial image of the ticket holder. If a violent act occurs, cameras within the venue capture facial images of participants. The computer matches such participants to stored identifying data to assist in the identification and apprehension of such persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Intelligence Based Integrated Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley Loel Kephart
  • Patent number: 9763747
    Abstract: A method for customizing an interactive control boundary includes identifying a reference feature associated with a virtual implant model, wherein the reference feature is one of a point, a line, a plane, and a surface associated with a virtual implant model. The method further includes determining an intersection between the identified reference feature and a virtual model associated with an anatomy of the patient. The method further includes generating a virtual control boundary based on the determined intersection between the identified reference feature associated with the virtual implant model and the virtual model associated with the anatomy of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Hyosig Kang, Jason Otto
  • Patent number: 9764910
    Abstract: In an automotive milling machine, comprising a machine frame, comprising a controller for the travelling and milling operation, comprising a working drum, comprising a transport conveyor slewable relative to the machine frame, where the transport conveyor discharges the milled material onto a point of impingement on a loading surface of different transport vehicles, where the controller comprises a detection and control unit which monitors the alterable position of the loading surface of the transport vehicle by an image-recording system comprising no less than one sensor which continuously generates no less than one digital image of, as a minimum, the loading surface, it is provided for the following features to be achieved: the detection and control unit comprises an analysis device which detects faults or errors in the image generated by the no less than one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Sebastian Winkels, Harald Kroell, Tobias Krista
  • Patent number: 9760778
    Abstract: A system for performing object recognition on images in an image series, for example from a broadcast television signal or video-on-demand source. The system buffers images from the image series and accesses the buffer when an indication is received to start object recognition. The buffered images are sent to a recognition server, which returns object data for objects found in the image. The objects are then navigable using a user interface, through which the user can obtain additional information about the objects, or perform additional functions, such as adding the object to a shopping cart, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Anthony Wakim
  • Patent number: 9740965
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprises: a registration unit adapted to register information required to determine at least one specific pattern in an image; an input unit adapted to input image data; a first generation unit adapted to extract a predetermined feature distribution from the input image data, and to generate a first feature distribution map indicating the feature distribution; a second generation unit adapted to generate a second feature distribution map by applying a conversion required to relax localities of the first feature distribution map to the first feature distribution map; and a determination unit adapted to determine, using sampling data on the second feature distribution map and the registered information, which of the specific patterns the image data matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Yusuke Mitarai, Masakazu Matsugu, Hiroto Yoshii
  • Patent number: 9734388
    Abstract: A method for counting and tracking defined objects includes the step of receiving subset data with a data capturing device, wherein the subset data is associated with defined objects and includes a unique identifier, an entry time, an exit time, and location data for each defined object. The method further includes the steps of receiving subset data at a counting system, counting the defined objects, tracking the defined objects, associating a location of a defined object with a predefined area, and/or generating path data by plotting X and Y coordinates for the defined object within the predefined area at sequential time periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Edward A. Marcheselli, Gary Dispensa, Thomas D. Stemen, William C. Kastilahn
  • Patent number: 9727965
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a medical image processing apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry extracts a rigid region from predetermined medical image data among a plurality of items of medical image data. Further, between first medical image data and second medical image data among the plurality of items of medical image data, the processing circuitry performs rigid registration on the rigid region and performs non-rigid registration on a region other than the rigid region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Kimiko Sunami, Masahiro Ozaki, Kazumasa Arakita
  • Patent number: 9721162
    Abstract: An object-recognition method and system employing Bayesian fusion algorithm to reiteratively improve probability of correspondence between captured object images and database object images by fusing probability data associated with each of plurality of object image captures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: AGT International GMBH
    Inventors: Marco Huber, Andreas Merentitis, Roel Heremans, Christian Debes