Patents Examined by Atiba O Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 11030457
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for lane feature detection from an image is performed according to predetermined path geometry. An image including at least one path is received. The image may be an aerial image. Map data, corresponding to the at least one path and defining the predetermined path geometry is selected. The image is modified according to the selected map data including the predetermined path geometry. A lane feature prediction model is generated or configured based on the modified image. A subsequent image is provided to the lane feature prediction model for a prediction of at least one lane feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Abhilshit Soni
  • Patent number: 11024031
    Abstract: A diagnostic system, method, and a computer-readable storage medium for determining a severity of a gastric condition, such as gastric cancer, in a subject are disclosed. The diagnostic system includes a processor that can obtain various images of a stomach of the subject including wavelength images and generate difference images from the wavelength images. The processor can compare the subject images with reference images representative of different severity levels of gastric cancer, or can input the subject images into a learned model trained using the reference images stored in the database to extract a feature pattern corresponding to a severity of gastric cancer to diagnose the subject as having a particular severity level of gastric cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Hirokazu Nozaki, Wataru Hashimoto, Takashi Suzuki, Mitsunori Kubo, Yusuke Kuwa, Yuji Sakamoto, Mariko Otagiri, Naoki Yoshida, Yoji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11019317
    Abstract: A method of photographing a subject includes storing a library of photographic scene designs in a computer memory, training a photographic scene detection model by a computer processing device using machine learning from sample portrait images comprising known photographic scenes defined in the library of photographic scene designs, capturing a production portrait photograph, using a digital camera, of a subject in a photographic scene that is defined by a photographic scene design in the library of photographic scene designs, automatically detecting the photographic scene in the production portrait photograph using the photographic scene detection model operating on one or more computer processors, and processing the production portrait photograph by an image processing system to personalize the photographic scene detected in the production portrait photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Shutterfly, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Cyrus, Keith A. Benson
  • Patent number: 11017534
    Abstract: A blood vessel status evaluation method and a blood vessel status evaluation device are provided. The method includes: obtaining at least one angiography image corresponding to a target user; selecting a target image from the angiography image; determining a blood vessel type of the target user according to a distribution status of a target blood vessel pattern in the target image; establishing a blood vessel topology structure corresponding to the target blood vessel pattern which includes information of a width of a blood vessel in the target blood vessel pattern and information of an intersection of blood vessel in the target blood vessel pattern; and automatically analyzing a blood vessel status of the target user according to the blood vessel type and the blood vessel topology structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: Acer Incorporated, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
    Inventors: Cheng-Tien Hsieh, Ai-Hsien Li
  • Patent number: 11016017
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices and methods for imaging and image-based sorting of particles in a flow system, including cells in a flow cytometer. In some aspects, a system includes a particle flow device to flow particles through a channel, an imaging system to obtain image data of a particle during flow through the channel, a processing unit to determine a property associated with the particle and to produce a control command for sorting the particle based on sorting criteria associated with particle properties, and an actuator to direct the particle into one of a plurality of output paths of the particle flow device in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Yu-Hwa Lo, Yuanyuan Han, Yi Gu, Ce Zhang
  • Patent number: 11010923
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, an apparatus and a computer program product for encoding multicamera views. The method comprises determining a most probable viewing direction (MPVD) in a content; finding the location of the most probable viewing direction (MPVD) on all available views (View 1-View 8) of the content; defining one or more central locations for each available view (View 1-View 8); determining how the central locations cover the most probable viewing direction (MPVD) on each available view (View 1-View 8), and applying encoding to each view accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Payman Aflaki Beni
  • Patent number: 11010882
    Abstract: A single composite image is generated by selecting a pixel value for each pixel in any one of a plurality of captured images having been consecutively captured. A motion vector between at least two captured images among the plurality of captured images is calculated. Correction processing is performed, based on a motion vector corresponding to a pixel of interest in the composite image, on the pixel of interest or a pixel near the pixel of interest. The correction processing is performed by updating, using a bright pixel value, a pixel value of at least one pixel in a group of pixels associated with a path from the pixel of interest to a pixel indicated by the motion vector corresponding to the pixel of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Kaori Taya
  • Patent number: 11000339
    Abstract: Methods and systems for insertion of an instrument into a body cavity of an animal for performing a surgical procedure using a processor circuit controlled robotic surgery system are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method involves receiving body cavity image data representing an interior view of the body cavity captured by a camera inserted into the body cavity, determining, by the processor circuit, instrument parameters associated with physical extents of the instrument to be inserted, determining, by the processor circuit, an instrument envelope identifying a region through which the instrument is capable of moving in the body cavity, and generating, by the processor circuit, display signals operable to display a composite view of the interior of the body cavity on a display, the composite view being based on the body cavity image data and including an envelope overlay image generated to represent the instrument envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Perry A. Genova, David McNally
  • Patent number: 10993634
    Abstract: In an automated methodology for in vivo image-guided cell patch clamping, a cell patch clamping device is moved into position and targeted to a specific cell using automated image-guided techniques. Cell contact is determined by analyzing the temporal series of measured resistance levels at the clamping device as it is moved. The difference between successive resistance levels is compared to a threshold, which must be exceeded before cell contact is assumed. Pneumatic control methods are used to achieve gigaseal formation and cell break-in, leading to whole-cell patch clamp formation. An automated robotic system capable of performing this methodology automatically performs patch clamping in vivo, automatically locating cells through image guidance and by analyzing the temporal sequence of electrode impedance changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ho-Jun Suk, Edward S. Boyden, Ingrid van Welie, Brian Douglas Allen, Suhasa B. Kodandaramaiah, Craig R. Forest
  • Patent number: 10997753
    Abstract: A system and method of image reconstruction is disclosed. First image scan data corresponding to a spiral CT modality received during a first time period is received. The first image scan data includes at least partially overlapping axial positions. A change in position over time for each of the at least partially overlapping axial positions is determined and a first respiratory waveform is estimated from the change in position over time for each of the at least partially overlapping axial positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Hamill
  • Patent number: 10987522
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for segmenting medical image. Embodiments of the present disclosure may locate and track a moving, three-dimensional (3D) target in a patient undergoing image-guided radiation therapy. For example, an adaptive filter model for a region of interest in the patient may be received, wherein the adaptive filter model is based on the target to be tracked. An image acquisition device may obtain a two-dimensional (2D) slice of a region of interest in the patient. A processor may then apply the adaptive filter model to the 2D slice, wherein the adaptive filter model includes an offset value. The processor may also determine a location of the target in the 2D slice based on the adaptive filter model. The processor may also estimate a potential location of the target based on the offset value. The processor may then repeat one or more of the above steps to track the moving target during image-guided radiation therapy of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Elekta, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Han, Yan Zhou
  • Patent number: 10984530
    Abstract: An enhanced medical images processing method and a computing device includes: acquiring series of enhanced medical images and detecting a phase of each enhanced medical image in the series of enhanced medical images using a pre-trained 3D convolutional neural network model. A plurality of target enhanced medical images from the enhanced medical image are selected according to the phases. A plurality of interest images is obtained by identifying and segmenting an interest region in each of the plurality of target enhanced medical images, and finally registering the plurality of interest images. The registered images have clear phase markers and are all spatially aligned, allowing a subsequent doctor or clinician to directly use the registered interest images for diagnosis without the need to rescan the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ping An Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiawen Yao, Dakai Jin, Le Lu
  • Patent number: 10976715
    Abstract: An artificial intelligence device mounted on a wine refrigerator including one or more divided spaces includes an input unit, a processor, and an output unit. The input unit is configured to recognize a wine label of each space and recognize an image for determining opening or non-opening of a wine. The processor is configured to acquire wine information by using an artificial intelligence model that receives image data acquired from the input unit as an input value, create a wine list table of each space by using the acquired information, and group wines having the same storage condition into at least one group according to the wine list table, and perform a control such that a temperature of each space is set based on the storage condition of the group. The output unit is configured to output a signal received from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungah Chae, Hyoeun Kim, Suyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10977492
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for preload display of object information are provided. The method includes following steps: capturing an external object information on a side of the transparent display opposite to a user by using the first information capturing device; pre-identifying at least one object in the external object information and tracing the at least one object according to an identification result; capturing information of the user by using the second information capturing device for pre-identifying and tracing a pointing range of the user, and determining whether the traced objects appear within the pointing range; and preload displaying object information of the objects appearing within the pointing range on the transparent display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: Industrial Technology Research Institute, Intellectual Property Innovation Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Chia Chang, Yu-Hsin Lin, Jian-Lung Chen, Pi-Hsien Wang
  • Patent number: 10977792
    Abstract: A framework for quantitative evaluation of time-varying data. In accordance with one aspect, the framework delineates a volume of interest in a four-dimensional (4D) Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) dataset (204). The framework then extracts a centerline of the volume of interest (206). In response to receiving one or more user-selected points along the centerline (208), the framework determines at least one blood dynamics measure associated with the one or more user-selected points (210), and generates a visualization based on the blood dynamics measure (212).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Schafer, Markus Kowarschik, Sonja Gehrisch, Kevin Royalty, Christopher Rohkohl
  • Patent number: 10970885
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to performing an unrolled iterative reconstruction of image data. Such approaches may include use of neural networks used for one or both of data fidelity and/or image update steps, resulting in improved image quality and accelerated reconstruction for various imaging modalities including CT, PET and MR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Sangtae Ahn, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man
  • Patent number: 10964063
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a computer system designed to (i) receive a series of images as input; (ii) compute a number of metrics derived from focus features and color separation features within the images; and (iii) evaluate the metrics to return (a) an identification of the most suitable z-layer in a z-stack, given a series of z-layer images in a z-stack; and/or (b) an identification of those image tiles that are more suitable for cellular based scoring by a medical professional, given a series of image tiles from an area of interest of a whole slide scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Atchison, Jim Martin, Anindya Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10957046
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and computer processing products for automatically checking for errors in segmentation (contouring) using heuristic and/or statistical evaluation methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Albrecht, Peter Hess, Nawal Houhou
  • Patent number: 10952669
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for monitoring eating behavior are disclosed. A wearable device including an imaging sensor, an electromyography (EMG) sensor, and a processing unit is configured to collect EMG data via the EMG sensor, transmit the EMG data to a computing device, receive a control signal to capture one or more images via the imaging sensor, capture, one or more images, and transmit the one or more images. A computing device is disclosed including a processor and a memory containing a machine learning model and computer program code that, when executed, performs an operation. The operation includes receiving EMG data, processing the EMG data as input to a trained machine learning model, transmitting the control signal to capture one or more images via the imaging sensor, receiving the one or more images, and determining nutritional content of the food or beverage using the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Conglei Shi, Yinglong Xia, Jui-Hsin Lai, Yu Ma
  • Patent number: 10949702
    Abstract: A system and method for retrieval of similar images related to query images is provided. The query images are pre-processed for noise removal by selecting filtering technique based on noise variance estimation in each query image with respect to pre-set noise variance threshold value. The pre-processed query images are pre-classified for determining class one image identifier. Image types are generated from pre-processed query images for determining class two image identifier. Features are extracted from pre-classified query images based on class one image identifier and from generated images based on class two image identifier. The images similar to query images are retrieved which have features similar to extracted features of pre-classified query images and generated images. The retrieved similar images are ranked for determining most similar images with respect to query images. Similarity between query images and retrieved similar images is analyzed for re-ranking retrieved similar images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Rajkumar Joseph, Venugopal Gundimeda, Jerubbaal John Luke, Mahesh Balaji