Patents Examined by Jose L. Couso
  • Patent number: 10285584
    Abstract: En face or 3D volumetric OCT imaging during ophthalmic surgery may be performed with an OCT scanning controller that interfaces to an OCT scanner used with a surgical microscope. The OCT scanner may generate en face images before and after surgical operations, such as retinal membrane peeling, are performed. Using digital subtraction on the en face images, an overlay image indicative of the changes from the surgical operations to the eye may be generated and overlaid onto an optical image displayed to a user of the surgical microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Steven T. Charles, Lingfeng Yu, Hugang Ren
  • Patent number: 10275455
    Abstract: A system for processing text captured from rendered documents is described. The system receives a sequence of one or more words optically or acoustically captured from a rendered document by a user. The system identifies among words of the sequence a word with which an action has been associated. The system then performs the associated action with respect to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 10275664
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for estimating a speed limit are disclosed herein. A system for estimating a speed limit includes one or more perception sensors, an arbitrated speed component, an attribute component, an estimator component, and a notification component. The one or more perception sensors are configured to generate perception data about a region near a vehicle. The arbitrated speed component is configured to determine that a high confidence or arbitrated speed limit is not available. The attribute component is configured to detect one or more environmental attributes based on the perception data. The estimator component is configured to determine an estimated speed limit based on the environmental attributes. The notification component is configured to provide the estimated speed limit to an automated driving system or driver assistance system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10275846
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes circuitry that determines whether or not an image described based on image data is continuous with an area where watermark information is to be embedded to generate a determination result and changes, in accordance with the determination result, the area where the watermark information is to be embedded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidenori Shindoh
  • Patent number: 10269082
    Abstract: In general, intelligent fuel dispensers are provided. In at least some implementations, an intelligent fuel dispenser can determine customer identities and/or other characteristics and provide customized fueling sessions based on the determined customer identities and/or other characteristics. In at least some implementations, the fuel dispenser includes a touchless interface allowing customers to complete fueling sessions with minimal physical contact with the fuel dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: John Joseph Morris, Scott R. Negley, III, Annika Birkler, Richard Carlsson, Patrick Jeitler, Randal S. Kretzler
  • Patent number: 10269102
    Abstract: An image processing method, system and device are disclosed. In the method, sensor responses for an input image are estimated, the sensor responses including sensor responses for cone sensors including a first cone sensor set and a second, different, cone sensor set. In dependence on the sensor responses, a transform mapping for application to a source image is determined to generate a modified image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SPECTRAL EDGE LIMITED
    Inventors: Graham Finlayson, Roberto Montagna
  • Patent number: 10269149
    Abstract: A tomographic image generation device includes a projection image acquisition section configured to acquire plural projection images obtained by radiating radiation onto a breast in sequence from plural radiation angles and by performing imaging at each of the plural radiation angles; a mammary gland density acquisition section configured to acquire a mammary gland density of the breast; a derivation section configured to derive a slice thickness that decreases as the mammary gland density acquired by the mammary gland density acquisition section increases; and a generation section configured to generate a tomographic image at the slice thickness derived by the derivation section based on the plural projection images acquired by the projection image acquisition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Arai, Naokazu Kamiya, Takeyasu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10269103
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises a selection unit for selecting at least one pair of two layer image data items having focus positions shifted oppositely, by equal distances, in a positive direction and a negative direction relative to a reference depth in a specimen from among a plurality of layer image data items acquired with the focus positions set at different depths in the specimen and a phase contrast correction unit for performing, for each of the pair of the two layer image data items selected by the selection unit, a correction process which reduces a difference in phase contrast component between the two layer image data items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiko Takayama
  • Patent number: 10262421
    Abstract: An image processing system includes: a determining unit configured to determine whether or not a region is a stationary region in an image frame at the time of processing, based on a first image generated from each image frame captured in a first time period from the time of the processing and a second image generated from each image frame captured in a second time period from the time of the processing, the second time period being longer than the first time period; and a generation unit for configured to generate reliability information about determination as to whether or not each region in an image frame being processed is the stationary region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yukie Ebiyama
  • Patent number: 10258245
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for assessing patient blood flow using video image processing. According to one aspect, a method of analyzing at least one blood flow characteristic of a patient includes capturing a video including a plurality of frames of an arterio-venous (AV) fistula on the patient; amplifying motion in the video to produce a motion-amplified video; determining a difference in intensity between consecutive frames in the motion-amplified video to produce a time-function of an amplitude of the optic flow representing movement in an area of interest on the patient; and determining the at least one blood flow characteristic of the patient based on the time-function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Kotanko, Fansan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10242446
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a structure reducing unit which reduces spatial signal change by a predetermined structure in an X-ray image group in which a plurality of images obtained by capturing a same site of a same subject a plurality of times using an X-ray are aligned in a time series. The structure reducing unit reduces the spatial signal change by the predetermined structure in each image of the X-ray image group using information of an image different from the image of the X-ray image group being processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shintaro Muraoka, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10236161
    Abstract: Lithographic apparatuses suitable for, and methodologies involving, complementary e-beam lithography (CEBL) are described. In an example, a method of fine alignment of an e-beam tool includes projecting an electron image of a plurality of apertures of an e-beam column over an X-direction alignment feature of a wafer while moving the wafer along the Y-direction. The method also includes detecting a time-resolved back-scattered electron (BSE) detection response waveform during the projecting. The method also includes determining an X-position of every edge of every feature of the X-direction alignment feature by calculating a derivative of the BSE detection response waveform. The method also includes, subsequent to determining an X-position of every edge of every feature of the X-direction alignment feature, adjusting an alignment of the e-beam column to the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Yan A. Borodovsky
  • Patent number: 10235759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the segmentation and visualization of cell envelopes. A method is provided for the segmentation and visualization of cavities or orifices of the human body, comprising the steps of manual pre-segmentation of cells by defining enclosing geometric primitives in a 3D patient image for generating initial cell envelopes; analysing the cell anatomy within pre-segmented geometric primitives; using the result of the analysis for adjustment of the cell envelope and visualising the cell envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Scopis GmbH
    Inventors: Bartosz Kosmecki, Christopher Oezbek, Christian Winne
  • Patent number: 10229322
    Abstract: A computerized method for providing no-configuration object recognition video analytics, the method comprising generating a database stored in computer memory and including labelled images of recognized objects imaged at an initial set of sites including at least one site; using the database as a training set to train a pattern recognition engine; uploading images of additional site/s including at least one additional site which is not a member in the initial set of sites; providing object recognition results for the additional site/s by using the pattern recognition engine on the images as uploaded; verifying the object recognition results; and using a processor for operating the pattern recognition engine on images generated at each the additional site/s including modifying the pattern recognition engine according to and when indicated by the verifying, thereby to provide no-configuration object recognition video analytics at the additional site/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ANTS TECHNOLOGY (HK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ron Fridental, Ilya Blayvas
  • Patent number: 10222962
    Abstract: Examples are directed to selective editing of digital images using editing tools having persistent tool settings. A source image is opened as a target image in an image editing application. Once opened in the image editing application, the target image includes a plurality of image layers. Visual elements of the target image file are then edited using tools in the image editing application. For each tool used, a tool identifier and the relevant tool settings are saved and associated with the corresponding layer in a target image file. Upon closing and later re-opening the target image file, the saved tool identifier and tool settings are presented for display for further image editing in subsequent user sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay Bedi, Sourabh Gupta, Saurabh Gupta
  • Patent number: 10213176
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided to iteratively reconstruct a computed tomography (CT) image using a hybrid pre-log and post-log iterative reconstruction method. A pre-log formulation is applied to values of the projection data that are less than a threshold (e.g., X-ray intensities corresponding to high absorption trajectories). The pre-log formulation has better noise modeling and better image quality for reconstructed images, but is slow to converge. Projection data values above the threshold are processed using a post-log formulation, which has fast convergence but poorer noise handling. However, the poorer noise handling has little effect on high value projection data. Thus, the hybrid pre-log and post-log method provides improved image quality by more accurately modeling the noise of low count projection data, without sacrificing the fast convergence of the post-log method, which is applied to high-count projection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Jinyi Qi, Guobao Wang, Wenli Wang, Jian Zhou, Zhou Yu
  • Patent number: 10217029
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for generating headshots from a plurality of still images. In one implementation, the system may include a memory storing instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions. The instructions may include instructions to receive a plurality of still images from one or more video feeds, score the plurality of images along a plurality of dimensions based on a scale, rank the plurality of images using at least one of a composite score or at least one of the dimensions, select a subset of the plurality of images using the ranking, and construct at least one headshot of the user from the subset of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: RingCentral, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher van Rensburg, Martin Arastafar
  • Patent number: 10210634
    Abstract: A method for segmenting a medical image is disclosed. The method includes acquiring MR image and PET data during a scan of the object, acquiring an air/bone ambiguous region in the MR image, the air/bone ambiguous region including air voxels and bone voxels undistinguished from each other. The method also includes assigning attenuation coefficients to the voxels of the plurality of regions and generating an attenuation map. The method further includes iteratively reconstructing the PET data and the attenuation map to generate a PET image and an estimated attenuation map. The method further includes reassigning attenuation coefficients to the voxels of the air/bone ambiguous region based on the estimated attenuation map, and distinguishing the bone voxels and air voxels in the air/bone ambiguous region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wentao Zhu, Tao Feng, Hongdi Li
  • Patent number: 10210435
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus for detecting an object around a moving object carrying the apparatus by transmitting a probe wave and receiving reflections of the probe wave from the object via a plurality of ranging sensors attached to the moving object. In the apparatus, a tentative same-object determiner is configured to, if it is determined by a same-object determiner that the objects detected in the current and previous cycles are not the same, determine whether or not the objects detected in the current and previous cycles are likely to be the same. A determination suspender is configured to, if it is determined that the objects detected in the current and previous cycles are likely to be the same, suspend determining that the objects detected in the current and previous cycles are not the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masumi Fukuman, Motonari Ohbayashi, Akihiro Kida
  • Patent number: 10210320
    Abstract: A secure 5-D user identification system using 3-D facial recognition plus micro-expression recognition and head gait analysis, and method for a body-worn sensor to increase security for users and thereby decrease security circumvention for illegitimate reproduction purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lextron Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis