Patents Examined by Quan M Hua
  • Patent number: 11455804
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a measurement area setting unit that sets a measurement area in an input image, a small image setting unit that sets a small image in the input image based on the measurement area, a first estimation unit that estimates a flow distribution of a target in the small image, and a second estimation unit that estimates the number of targets to pass through the measurement area based on the flow distribution in the small image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hajime Muta, Kotaro Yano, Yasuo Bamba
  • Patent number: 11455787
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading system includes an extractor, a determiner, and a reader. The extractor extracts a candidate image from an input image. The candidate image is a candidate of a portion of the input image in which a segment display is imaged. The determiner uses the candidate image and a mask to calculate a match ratio indicating a certainty of a segment display being included in the candidate image, and determines that the candidate image is an image of a segment display when the match ratio is not less than a threshold. The mask and the threshold are preset. The reader reads a numerical value displayed in a segment display from the candidate image determined to be an image of a segment display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Toshikazu Taki
  • Patent number: 11449714
    Abstract: A computing system is disclosed including a convolutional neural configured to receive an input that describes a facial image and generate a facial object recognition output that describes one or more facial feature locations with respect to the facial image. The convolutional neural network can include a plurality of convolutional blocks. At least one of the convolutional blocks can include one or more separable convolutional layers configured to apply a depthwise convolution and a pointwise convolution during processing of an input to generate an output. The depthwise convolution can be applied with a kernel size that is greater than 3×3. At least one of the convolutional blocks can include a residual shortcut connection from its input to its output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Valentin Bazarevsky, Yury Kartynnik, Andrei Vakunov, Karthik Raveendran, Matthias Grundmann
  • Patent number: 11445566
    Abstract: In a communications method of a wearable device, if a second BLUETOOTH connection between user equipment and the wearable device is disconnected, a first BLUETOOTH connection between a network connection device and the wearable device is established, so that the network connection device may send, to the wearable device through the first BLUETOOTH connection, first information sent by the user equipment through a third communication connection to the network connection device. In this way, indirect communication between the user equipment and the wearable device is implemented by using the network connection device, so that the user equipment and the wearable device are not limited by a communication range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qinliang Zhang, Yu Zhu
  • Patent number: 11443468
    Abstract: A method and system generate an ensemble image representation for cross-domain retrieval of a fashion item image from a database by using a three-stream Siamese triplet loss trained convolutional neural network to generate a first retrieval descriptor corresponding to an inputted query image; using an average precision loss trained convolutional neural network to generate a second retrieval descriptor corresponding to the inputted query image; concatenating both the first retrieval descriptor and the second retrieval descriptor; and I2-normalizing the concatenated result to generate the ensemble image representation. During a first stage of the method and system, database items are cropped using a trained fine-grained fashion item detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Naila Murray, Michal Kucer
  • Patent number: 11436863
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for outputting data are provided. The method includes: obtaining a set of human-face key point data, where the human-face key point data characterizes a position of a key point of a human face in a target human-face image; determining human-eye feature data for characterizing a shape feature of a human eye, based on the set of the human-face key point data; and inputting the human-eye feature data into a human-eye size recognition model obtained by pre-training to obtain a degree value for characterizing a size of the human eye, and outputting the degree value. The human-eye size recognition model characterizes a correspondence between human-eye feature data and a degree value. With the above method, the human-face key point data is effectively utilized to determine the size of the human eye, improving the accuracy of recognizing the size of the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING BYTEDANCE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qian He
  • Patent number: 11430124
    Abstract: A method includes training, using at least one processor, a specialized teacher model to perform visual object instance segmentation in order to segment and classify objects in first training images. The first training images contain foreground objects without backgrounds. The method also includes training, using the at least one processor, a student model to perform visual object instance segmentation in order to segment and classify objects in second training images. The second training images contain the foreground objects and the backgrounds. Training the student model includes using selected outputs of the specialized teacher model. The method further includes deploying the trained student model to perform visual object instance segmentation in an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dawei Li, Wenbo Li, Hongxia Jin
  • Patent number: 11430096
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for detecting a printer jam. The systems and methods can include receiving a reference image of a printer opening and a second image of the printer opening. A lack of a receipt between the second image compared to the reference image can be detected. The lack of the receipt can indicate the printer jam. After detecting the printer jam, operation of the self-service terminal can be terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: John Crooks, Michael Lee Barlow, Andrew Klenzak, Brian Patrick Rogers, Sergio Silva
  • Patent number: 11425079
    Abstract: A method and an electronic device employing an uninterrupted media play and call management system (UMPCMS) are provided for managing an incoming call without interrupting playing of media on the electronic device. The UMPCMS receives an indication of the incoming call, generates a notification object with one or more call management options for the incoming call in a configurable format based on preconfigured criteria, and overlays the generated notification object with the call management options on a graphical user interface (GUI) provided by the UMPCMS, while supporting continued playing of the media on the electronic device via the GUI without interruption by the incoming call. The UMPCMS receives a selection of a call management option from the electronic device and performs one or more executable actions on the incoming call and/or the playing of the media on the electronic device based on the received selection of the call management option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: All Phase Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Elvis Abreu, Osvaldo Rodamez Abreu
  • Patent number: 11403846
    Abstract: In embodiments, obtaining a plurality of image sets associated with a geographical region and a time period, wherein each image set of the plurality of image sets comprises multi-spectral and time series images that depict a respective particular portion of the geographical region during the time period, and predicting presence of a crop at particular locations within the particular portion of the geographical region associated with an image set of the plurality of image sets. Determining crop boundary locations within the particular portion of the geographical region based on the predicted presence of the crop at the particular locations, and generating a crop indicative image comprising at least one image of the multi-spectral and time series images of the image set overlaid with indication of crop areas, wherein the crop areas are defined by the determined crop boundary locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Cheng-en Guo, Jie Yang, Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 11403850
    Abstract: A system and method for providing unsupervised domain adaption for spatio-temporal action localization that includes receiving video data associated with a surrounding environment of a vehicle. The system and method also include completing an action localization model to model a temporal context of actions occurring within the surrounding environment of the vehicle based on the video data and completing an action adaption model to localize individuals and their actions and to classify the actions based on the video data. The system and method further include combining losses from the action localization model and the action adaption model to complete spatio-temporal action localization of individuals and actions that occur within the surrounding environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Ting Chen, Behzad Dariush, Nakul Agarwal, Ming-Hsuan Yang
  • Patent number: 11398021
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a pillar-shaped honeycomb formed body before firing includes a step a1 of capturing at least one of a first end surface and a second end surface of a pillar-shaped honeycomb formed body before firing with a camera to generate an image of the at least one of the first end surface and the second end surface; a step b1 of measuring a size of an opening of a plurality of cells in the image generated by step a1; and a step c1 of identifying abnormal cells with the opening having a size deviating from a predetermined allowable range from the cells based on a measurement result of step b1, and measuring a number of the abnormal cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotada Nakamura, Junya Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11367199
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide editing operations in a smart editing system that may generate a focal point within a mask of an object for each frame of a video segment and perform editing effects on the frames of the video segment to quickly provide users with natural video editing effects. An eye-gaze network may produce a hotspot map of predicted focal points in a video frame. These predicted focal points may then be used by a gaze-to-mask network to determine objects in the image and generate an object mask for each of the detected objects. This process may then be repeated to effectively track the trajectory of objects and object focal points in videos. Based on the determined trajectory of an object in a video clip and editing parameters, the editing engine may produce editing effects relative to an object for the video clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Lu Zhang, Jianming Zhang, Zhe Lin, Radomir Mech
  • Patent number: 11367307
    Abstract: Provided is a method for processing images. The method can include: acquiring a target face image, and performing face key point detection on the target face image; acquiring a first fusion image by fusing a virtual special effect and a face part matched in the target face image based on a face key point detection result; acquiring an occlusion mask of the target face image; and generating a second fusion image based on the occlusion mask and the first fusion image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Dajia Internet Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shanshan Wu, Paliwan Pahaerding, Ni Ai
  • Patent number: 11361194
    Abstract: The technology disclosed generates variation correction coefficients on a cluster-by-cluster basis to correct inter-cluster intensity profile variation for improved base calling. An amplification coefficient corrects scale variation. Channel-specific offset coefficients correct shift variation along respective intensity channels. The variation correction coefficients for a target cluster are generated based on combining analysis of historic intensity data generated for the target cluster at preceding sequencing cycles of a sequencing run with analysis of current intensity data generated for the target cluster at a current sequencing cycle of the sequencing run. The variation correction coefficients are then used to correct next intensity data generated for the target cluster at a next sequencing cycle of the sequencing run. The corrected next intensity data is then used to base call the target cluster at the next sequencing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ILLUMINA, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Jon Ojard, Abde Ali Hunaid Kagalwalla, Rami Mehio, Nitin Udpa, Gavin Derek Parnaby, John S. Vieceli
  • Patent number: 11357599
    Abstract: A method for producing an aligner for teeth of a patient, the method including initially capturing a virtual current model of the teeth with a current position of the teeth: segmenting the teeth in the virtual current model and interpolating interdental surfaces of the teeth; generating a virtual nominal model of the teeth including undercut portions from the virtual current model; automatically determining the undercut portions in the virtual nominal model; automatically removing all surface elements that are associated with the undercuts from the virtual nominal model; subsequently closing gaps in the virtual nominal model created by removing the surface elements wherein closing the gaps is performed by interpolation for blocking out; automatically blocking out the undercut portions in the virtual nominal model to produce a blocked out virtual nominal model; producing a real model of the teeth based on the blocked out virtual nominal model; applying a synthetic material foil to the real model by a deep draw
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: CA-DIGITAL GmbH
    Inventors: Yong-Min Jo, Daniela Dudai
  • Patent number: 11356802
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving, via a mobile station, contextual information or geographic location data relating to a plurality of members of the population within the geographic region, identifying a common element in the received contextual information relating to at least two members of the population as a basis for defining a geofence to include the at least two members, wherein the common element is identified upon a comparison of the first and second contextual information, and defining the boundary of the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 11330447
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing an improved cellular user quality of experience (QoE) are disclosed. The system can comprise a database from multiple data points to monitor and analyze cellular user experiences holistically. The system supplements conventional quality of service (QoS) metrics with user-side, application provider, and internet provider data, among other things. The data can be used to create highly granular service maps. The data can also be used in methods for analyzing and solving network issues, including slowdowns, dropped calls, and network availability are also disclosed. Improved analysis of network, user equipment (UE), and application issues can locate and solve QoE issues, improving cellular customer satisfaction, retention, and loyalty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Lau
  • Patent number: 11321838
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for eye-tracking comprises capturing images of a user using one or more cameras, the captured images of the user depicting at least an eye of the user, storing the captured images of the user in a storage device, reading, from the storage device, a down-sampled version of the captured images of the user, detecting one or more first segments in the down-sampled version of the captured images by processing the down-sampled version of the captured images using a machine-learning model, the one or more first segments comprising features of the eye of the user, reading, from the storage device, one or more second segments in the captured images corresponding to the one or more first segments in the down-sampled version of the captured images, and computing a gaze of the user based on the one or more second segments in the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hung Wong, Martin Henrik Tall, Jixu Chen, Kapil Krishnakumar
  • Patent number: 11323859
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods in a communication system are provided. The solution for transmitting a message for multiple vehicular recipients comprises determining (200) the vehicular recipients of the message in one or more coverage areas; estimating (202) the amount of resources needed in transmission the message using broadcast or separate unicast messages or the number of vehicular recipients that cannot receive broadcast message, or both, and transmitting (204) the message either as a single broadcast message to the vehicular recipients in each coverage area or as a unicast message separately to each vehicular recipient or both, depending on the amount of resources needed in transmission or the number of vehicular recipients that cannot receive the broadcast message, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Peter Szilagyi, Csaba Vulkán