Patents Examined by Brenda C Bernardi
  • Patent number: 10255519
    Abstract: To provide means according to which template matching is performed successfully in an apparatus that performs inspection or measurement of a semiconductor pattern, which is formed on a wafer, even in a case in which a pattern for alignment, which is in design data, has been eliminated from an image in which an image of a practical pattern was captured using the apparatus, in which the brightness value contrast of a pattern is lower (more indistinct) than that of other locations, or in which a pattern is deformed and there is a discrepancy with the shape of a template (a pattern for alignment in the design data).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Wataru Nagatomo, Yuichi Abe
  • Patent number: 10251009
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a first audio signal analyzer configured to analyze a first audio signal to determine at least one audio source, wherein the at least one audio source has a virtual location; a second audio signal analyzer configured to analyze a second audio signal to determine at least one localized audio source, wherein the second audio signal is generated from the apparatus audio environment; and a repositioner configured to reposition the virtual location of the at least one audio source dependent on the at least one localized audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Kari Juhani Järvinen, Antti Eronen, Juha Henrik Arrasvuori, Roope Olavi Järvinen, Miikka Vilermo
  • Patent number: 10223591
    Abstract: Multiple video files that are captured by calibrated imaging devices may be annotated based on a single annotation of an image frame of one of the video files. An operator may enter an annotation to an image frame via a user interface, and the annotation may be replicated from the image frame to other image frames that were captured at the same time and are included in other video files. Annotations may be updated by the operator and/or tracked in subsequent image frames. Predicted locations of the annotations in subsequent image frames within each of the video files may be determined, e.g., by a tracker, and a confidence level associated with any of the annotations may be calculated. Where the confidence level falls below a predetermined threshold, the operator may be prompted to delete or update the annotation, or the annotation may be deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Goldenberg, Gerard Guy Medioni, Ofer Meidan, Ehud Benyamin Rivlin, Dilip Kumar
  • Patent number: 10225673
    Abstract: A system is provided for identifying a source of an audible nuisance in a vehicle. The system includes a device configured to receive a visual dataset, and to generate a camera signal in response thereto. The system includes a dock configured to removably couple to the device. The dock includes a microphone array configured to receive the audible nuisance, and to generate a microphone signal in response thereto. The system includes a processor module configured to be communicatively coupled with the device and the dock. The processor module is configured to generate a raw soundmap signal in response to the microphone signal. The processor module is configured to combine the camera signal and the raw soundmap signal, and to generate a camera/soundmap overlay signal in response to combining the camera signal and the raw soundmap signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent DeChellis
  • Patent number: 10223585
    Abstract: Disclosed systems and methods generate page segmented documents from unstructured vector graphics documents. The page segmentation application executing on a computing device receives as input an unstructured vector graphics document comprising drawing commands. The application generates an element proposal for each of many areas on a page of the input document tentatively identified as being page elements. Each of the element proposals may be generated at least in part based on the drawing commands. The page segmentation application classifies each of the element proposals into one of a plurality of defined type of categories of page elements at least in part based on the drawing commands. The page segmentation application may further refine at least one of the element proposals and select a final element proposal for each element within the unstructured vector document. One or more of the page segmentation steps may be performed using a neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Scott Cohen, Brian Lynn Price, Dafang He, Michael F. Kraley, Paul Asente
  • Patent number: 10206759
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the patient's teeth positioning, including the following steps: a) less than three months after the start of an orthodontic treatment, producing an initial reference model of the patient's arches, and, for each tooth, defining, from initial reference model, a tooth model; b) acquiring at least one updated image of the arches, under actual acquisition conditions; c) analyzing each updated image and producing an updated map relative to a piece of discriminating information; d) optionally determining rough virtual acquisition conditions that approximate the actual acquisition conditions; e) searching each updated image for a final reference model corresponding to the teeth's position during the updated image's acquisition, and; f) for each tooth model, comparing the tooth model's positions in the initial reference model and in reference model obtained at the end of the preceding steps, in order to determine movement of the teeth between steps a) and b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: DENTAL MONITORING
    Inventors: Philippe Salah, William Ayache, Laurent Debraux, Guillaume Ghyselinck, Thomas Pellissard
  • Patent number: 10185886
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a plurality of images that are continuously captured, detecting a first region indicating a feature value corresponding to a license plate, in a region that indicates a feature value corresponding to a vehicle and that is included in a first image among the plurality of images, based on a feature value of each of the plurality of images, determining a second region in the plurality of images, the second region indicating a feature value corresponding to a license plate, at least a part of the second region overlapping the first region in an image different from the first image, and outputting the second region as a license plate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kozo Baba
  • Patent number: 10180474
    Abstract: Provided is a technique in calculating a magnetic susceptibility distribution by using an MRI, for reducing artifacts and noise and improving precision in the magnetic susceptibility distribution being calculated. According to this technique, a magnetic field distribution is obtained via a phase image from a complex image acquired through MRI. Under the constraint based on a relational expression between the magnetic field and the magnetic susceptibility, smoothing process is performed iteratively on the magnetic susceptibility distribution calculated from the magnetic field distribution. Specifically, a minimization process for minimizing through the iterative operation, an error function defined by a predetermined initial magnetic susceptibility distribution and the magnetic field distribution is performed, thereby calculating the magnetic susceptibility distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Shirai, Ryota Satoh, Yo Taniguchi, Hisaaki Ochi, Takenori Murase, Yoshitaka Bito
  • Patent number: 10181199
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for performing material capture to determine properties of an imaged surface. A plurality of images can be received depicting a material surface. The plurality of images can be calibrated to align corresponding pixels of the images and determine reflectance information for at least a portion of the aligned pixels. After calibration, a set of reference materials from a material library can be selected using the calibrated images. The set of reference materials can be used to determine a material model that accurately represents properties of the material surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kalyan Krishna Sunkavalli, Sunil Hadap, Joon-Young Lee, Zhuo Hui
  • Patent number: 10177929
    Abstract: Described are techniques for configuring a selected audio device of a group of audio devices to send audio data to multiple other devices to enable the devices to provide a synchronized audio output. Link quality values indicative of the quality of communication links between audio devices and an access point and between different audio devices may be used to form subsets of devices in which a first master device receives audio data from a data source, provides data to other master devices via the access point. A value indicative of the airtime that would be used to communicate data to other audio devices may be determined for at least a portion of the audio devices. Additional subsets of audio devices may be formed if the airtime for the existing subset does not exceed a maximum quantity of airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIS, INC.
    Inventors: Milos Jorgovanovic, Jin Guo
  • Patent number: 10163200
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting an item having at least one symmetry property inside an inspection object based on at least one transmission image. The method includes the steps: (a) detection of edges of individual items contained in the transmission image in order to produce an edge image; and (b) detection of the item by determining a symmetry line that can be associated with an item with at least one symmetry property contained in the transmission image based on pairs of edge picture elements of the edge image that are positioned symmetrically to each other relative to the symmetry line; and in step (b), in determining the symmetry line in the edge image, the only edge picture elements that are taken into account are those for which the symmetry line lies in an item contained in the transmission image, to which item the edge belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SMITHS HEIMANN GMBH
    Inventor: Geert Heilmann
  • Patent number: 10158944
    Abstract: A system that performs noise estimation for an audio adjustment application comprises a coherence calculator that determines at least one coherence value between microphone signals generated by at least two microphones that each independently senses acoustic energy in a listening space. A first microphone of the at least two microphones generates a first microphone signal from the acoustic energy and a second microphone of the at least two microphones generates a second microphone signal from the acoustic energy. The acoustic energy comprises a combination of an audio signal transduced by one or more speakers and environmental noise of the acoustic energy that is local to the listening space. A noise estimate computation processor determines an estimate of a level of the environmental noise based on the at least one coherence value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zukui Song, Shiufun Cheung
  • Patent number: 10152962
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle comprising an audio system configured to create a plurality of audio zones within a vehicle cabin, and at least one display communicatively coupled to the audio system. The display is configured to display a separate user interface for each audio zone. Each user interface comprises an engine sound control and a cabin noise control for adjusting an audio output provided to the corresponding audio zone. Embodiments also include a method of providing user-controlled sound isolation in a plurality of audio zones within a vehicle. The method comprises presenting, for each audio zone, a user interface including an engine sound control and a cabin noise control, and generating an audio output for each audio zone based on a first value received from the engine sound control and a second value received from the cabin noise control of the corresponding user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, James Andrew Miloser, Jorge Acosta, Eric Marsman
  • Patent number: 10143431
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus, includes: a reconstructed moving image obtainer that obtains a reconstructed moving image; a focus region identifier that identifies a first focus region corresponding to the designated focus; a fluoroscopic moving image obtainer that obtains at least one-period data on a fluoroscopic moving image; a second characteristics identifier that identifies each of two or more second characteristics regions corresponding to the internal body portion; a comparison selector that compares the two or more first characteristic regions; a conversion parameter calculation unit that calculates a conversion parameter for converting the first characteristic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: TOSHIBA ENERGY SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS CORPORATION, NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR QUANTUM AND RADIOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Ryusuke Hirai, Yukinobu Sakata, Yasunori Taguchi, Fumi Maruyama, Shinichiro Mori
  • Patent number: 10146982
    Abstract: A method for assembling the fingerprint identification module is provided. Firstly, a protective cover and a fingerprint sensing element are combined together. Then, the fingerprint sensing element is placed on the circuit board. Then, a triggering element is placed on the circuit board. Then, an adhesive thickness is obtained according to a predetermined thickness and the thicknesses of the protective cover, the fingerprint sensing element, the triggering element and the circuit board. Then, an adhesive film corresponding to the adhesive thickness is placed on the circuit board. Since the appropriate adhesive film is selected according to the demand, the thickness of the fingerprint identification module is substantially identical to the predetermined thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Mao-Hsiu Hsu, Hsin-Tso Chen, Ying-Chieh Chuang
  • Patent number: 10142714
    Abstract: A media system for a vehicle having a chassis comprises an electroacoustic transducer, integrated into a face panel of a stowage bin inside the vehicle. The stowage bin comprises a mounting structure that is stationary relative to the chassis of the vehicle. An interior of the stowage bin is accessible via the face panel. The face panel is movably coupled to the mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Yakentim Ibrahim, Kevin S. Callahan, Michael Alan Feinberg
  • Patent number: 10142732
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for receiving an indication that a first module is operatively connected to a main module, wherein the first module and the main module include hardware modules. A type of speaker operatively connected to the first module is identified. The type of speaker is matched to a speaker profile, wherein the speaker profile includes a predefined sound curve setting. The first module is tuned to the predefined sound curve setting based upon, at least in part, matching the type of speaker to the speaker profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ROSWELL CANADA, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Oswell
  • Patent number: 10134131
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to phenotype analysis of cellular image data using a machine-learned, deep metric network model. An example method includes receiving, by a computing device, a target image of a target biological cell having a target phenotype. Further, the method includes obtaining, by the computing device, semantic embeddings associated with the target image and each of a plurality of candidate images of candidate biological cells each having a respective candidate phenotype. The semantic embeddings are generated using a machine-learned, deep metric network model. In addition, the method includes determining, by the computing device, a similarity score for each candidate image. Determining the similarity score for a respective candidate image includes computing a vector distance between the respective candidate image and the target image. The similarity score for each candidate image represents a degree of similarity between the target phenotype and the respective candidate phenotype.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dale M. Ando, Marc Berndl
  • Patent number: 10134405
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10129675
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of multiple speakers in a playback device. An example implementation involves a playback device emitting, via a first speaker, a first audio signal and emitting, via a second speaker, a second audio signal. The playback device may detect, via a microphone, an audio signal representing (i) at least a portion of the first audio signal and (ii) at least a portion of the second audio signal. The implementation may further involve the playback device determining one or more reflection characteristics based on the detected audio signal. The example implementation may also involve identifying a first audio setting and a second audio setting based on one or more reflection characteristics and applying (i) the first audio setting to playback of media content via the first speaker and (ii) the second audio setting to playback of media content via the second speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Bush