Patents Examined by Sheela Chawan
  • Patent number: 9299002
    Abstract: A method for extracting an epitome from an image Y is described. The method comprises: searching, for each block, a list of patches in the image Y with similar content; determining, for each patch of said lists, the set of blocks able to be represented by the patch; constructing, from the sets of blocks, epitome charts comprising, for each epitome chart, initializing said epitome chart with one patch and extending said epitome chart with at least one candidate region contained in a patch overlapping said epitome chart; said method being characterized in that said candidate region is selected by taking into account the blocks represented by said patch overlapping said epitome chart and by any other patch contained in said epitome chart enlarged by said selected candidate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Safa Cherigui, Dominique Thoreau, Edouard Francois
  • Patent number: 9262698
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for object recognition using a recursive cortical network comprising receiving an input image at an input module, applying a trained recursive cortical network (RCN) to the image using an inference module to activate child features of the RCN, selecting pools of the RCN containing the activated child features, propagating the selection of the pools to identify probabilities of one or more high-level features matching one or more objects in the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Vicarious FPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Dileep George, Kenneth Alan Kansky, David Scott Phoenix, Christopher Laan, Wolfgang Lehrach, Bhaskara Marthi
  • Patent number: 9207678
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for constructing a map for a mobile robot to be able to reduce a data amount and increase an approach speed. The method includes: searching for a plurality of feature data occupying an arbitrary space by scanning a surrounding environment of the mobile robot; performing quadtree segmentation on first feature data of the plurality of feature data to generate a plurality of first node information as a result of the quadtree segmentation; determining a position of second feature data of the plurality of feature data with respect to the first feature data; and performing a neighborhood moving algorithm for generating a plurality of second node information of the second feature data according to the position of second feature data by using the plurality of first node information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dongshin Kim
  • Patent number: 9208371
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for conserving power during navigation, e.g., user device pointer/cursor navigation, using a fingerprint image sensor, that may comprise processing, via a computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a first finger navigation mode; processing, via the computing device, fingerprint image sensor data indicative of finger position and movement with respect to a fingerprint image sensor surface in a finger navigation mode to determine if the finger is in a second finger navigation mode; and transitioning, via the computing device, the fingerprint image sensor from a first power consumption mode to a second power consumption mode, based on detecting a transition from the first finger navigation mode to the second finger navigation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Erik Jonathon Thompson, Frank Schwab, Anthony P. Russo, Bjoren Davis, Charles Bellman, Gregory Lewis Dean, Philip Yiu Kwong Chan, Jaswinder Jandu
  • Patent number: 9208547
    Abstract: Stereo correspondence smoothness tool techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an indication is received of a user-defined region in at least one of a plurality of stereoscopic images of an image scene. Stereo correspondence is calculated of image data of the plurality of stereoscopic images of the image scene, the calculation performed based at least in part on the user-defined region as indicating a smoothness in disparities to be calculated for pixels in the user-defined region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Scott D. Cohen, Brian L. Price, Chenxi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9195909
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for using machine learning to define user controls for image adjustment is provided. In example embodiments, a new image to be adjusted is received. A weight is applied to reference images of a reference dataset based on a comparison of content of the new image to the reference image of the reference dataset. A plurality of basis styles is generated by applying weighted averages of adjustment parameters corresponding to the weighted reference images to the new image. Each of the plurality of basis styles comprises a version of the new image with an adjustment of at least one image control based on the weighted averages of the adjustment parameters of the reference dataset. The plurality of basis styles is provided to a user interface of a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sylvain Paris, Mohit Gupta, Srinivasa Madhava Phaneendra Angara, Durga Ganesh Grandhi
  • Patent number: 9189679
    Abstract: Disclosed are novel techniques for high-precision sex determination and age estimation using facial images. The disclosed age estimation method includes: a step in which facial image data of a subject is acquired; a step in which spatial frequency intensities are calculated from the acquired facial image data; and a step in which the estimated age of the subject is calculated by applying the calculated spatial frequency intensities obtained from the facial image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yamazaki, Akihiro Tada, Mariko Hayashi, Miho Ohata, Sakura Torii
  • Patent number: 9183436
    Abstract: Text in web pages or other text documents may be classified based on the images or other objects within the webpage. A system for identifying and classifying text related to an object may identify one or more web pages containing the image or similar images, determine topics from the text of the document, and develop a set of training phrases for a classifier. The classifier may be trained and then used to analyze the text in the documents. The training set may include both positive examples and negative examples of text taken from the set of documents. A positive example may include captions or other elements directly associated with the object, while negative examples may include text taken from the documents, but from a large distance from the object. In some cases, the system may iterate on the classification process to refine the results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Simon Baker, Dahua Lin, Anitha Kannan, Qifa Ke
  • Patent number: 9171226
    Abstract: Determining a match between the subjects of first and second images as a function of decimal-number representations of regions of the first and second images. The decimal-number representations are generated by performing discrete transforms on the regions so as to obtain discrete-transform coefficients, performing local-bit-pattern encoding of the coefficients to create data streams, and converting the data streams to decimal numbers. In one embodiment, the first and second images depict periocular facial regions, and the disclosed techniques can be used for face recognition, even where a small portion of a person's face is captured in an image. Subspace modeling may be used to improve accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Marios Savvides, Felix Juefei-Xu
  • Patent number: 9165214
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an image processing apparatus and a computer program such that correspondence points between design data and an edge line or between edge lines can be accurately identified for their matching. In an embodiment for achieving the purpose, when positioning between a first pattern formed by a first line segment and a second pattern formed by a second line segment is performed, a first correspondence point and a second correspondence point are set on the first line segment and the second line segment, respectively; a degree of alignment for performing the positioning of the first pattern and the second pattern is calculated on the basis of the distance between the first correspondence point and the second correspondence point; and the position of the first correspondence point and/or the second correspondence point is changed in accordance with a shape difference between the first line segment and the second line segment (see FIG. 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Abe, Hiroyuki Shindo
  • Patent number: 9158410
    Abstract: A method, system or computer usable program product for authenticating a fingerprint by aggregating samples on a digital touch screen including capturing multiple data samples of a finger swipe across the touch screen, wherein the touch screen is used both for fingerprint recognition and manipulation of a user interface; utilizing a processor to aggregate the multiple data samples to form a combined sample fingerprint of the finger; and responsive to detecting the combined sample fingerprint matching a predetermined allowed fingerprint, providing a signal indicating the fingerprint is authentic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David W. Hare, Dennis D. Lingerfelt, Aaron J. Quirk, William D. Whitt
  • Patent number: 9147112
    Abstract: A method and system for detection of video segments in compressed digital video streams is presented. The compressed digital video stream is examine to determine synchronization points, and the compressed video signal is analyzed following detection of the synchronization points to create video fingerprints that are subsequently compared against a library of stored fingerprints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: RPX Corporation
    Inventors: Rainer W. Lienhart, Charles A. Eldering
  • Patent number: 9141857
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device including an image quality configuring part configured to configure image quality on a per-recognizable scene of an image basis according to an instruction from a user, an image quality storage configured to store the image quality configured for each scene, an image recognition part configured to recognize a scene of an image to be acquired, and an image processing part configured to perform image processing on the image based on the image quality configured for the recognized scene by the image quality configuring part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takaaki Ariyama
  • Patent number: 9135518
    Abstract: Apparatus for matching a query image against a catalog of images, comprises: a feature extraction unit operative for extracting principle features from said query image; a relationship unit operative for establishing relationships between a given principle feature and other features in the image, and adding said relationships as relationship information alongside said principle features; and a first comparison unit operative for comparing principle features and associated relationship information of said query image with principle features and associated relationship information of images of said catalog to find candidate matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: PicScout (Israel) LTD.
    Inventors: Offir Gutelzon, Uri Lavi, Ido Omer, Yael Shor, Simon Bar, Golan Pundak
  • Patent number: 9129350
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing test strip comb members having a plurality of fingers are disclosed. The systems and methods may analyze a test strip comb member to determine the presence of one more analytes on each of the plurality of fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Pradeep Setlur, Kerrm Yau, Sandra Toledo, Jason Richardson
  • Patent number: 9125593
    Abstract: A method of observing a three-dimensional image of an examinee's eye to be examined, includes: obtaining a first three-dimensional image which is a three-dimensional image of an anterior segment of the examinee's eye by optical coherence tomography for obtaining a tomographic image by converging a measurement light on the anterior segment of the examinee's eye; obtaining a second three-dimensional image which is a three-dimensional image of a fundus of the examinee's eye by optical coherence tomography for obtaining a tomographic image by converging the measurement light on the fundus of the examinee's eye by a timing different from a timing of obtaining the first three-dimensional image; constructing a three-dimensional eyeball image of the examinee's eye through image processing based on the obtained first and second three-dimensional images; and displaying the constructed three-dimensional eyeball image on a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Isogai, Masaaki Hanebuchi, Toshio Murata
  • Patent number: 9122943
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a method for randomly selecting a region on a map for testing and a map of the region can be generated using multiple map rendering engines. A screenshot of each of the generated maps can be obtained and text associated with map labels, such as street, city, and attraction names, can be recognized using an optical character recognition (OCR) engine. At this point, the recognized text from each rendering engine can then be compared to identify at least one error or inconsistency. In at least one embodiment, categories of errors that need most attention in the specific geographic areas can be identified and a human quality assurance tester can isolate these instances and narrow down the same to identify the rendering or data problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard John Muszynski, Scott Robert Parish, Clayton Matthew Magouyrk, Samir Bhayyaji Khobragade, Michael Christopher Wenneman
  • Patent number: 9111353
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for removing false-positive foreground pixels resulting from environmental illumination effects. The techniques include receiving a foreground image and a background model, and determining an approximated reflectance component of the foreground image based on the foreground image itself and a background model image which is used as a proxy for an illuminance component of the foreground image. Pixels of the foreground image having approximated reflectance values less than a threshold value may be classified as false-positive foreground pixels and removed from the foreground image. Further, the threshold value used may be adjusted based on various factors to account for, e.g., different illumination conditions indoors and outdoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BEHAVIORAL RECOGNITION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Ming-Jung Seow, Tao Yang, Wesley Kenneth Cobb
  • Patent number: 9110928
    Abstract: To identify a media item from a database of media items that have common content, a region of interest is defined to include a plurality of frames of a test fingerprint that correspond to different segments of a media item. A media identification system queries a database of reference fingerprints to identify candidate reference fingerprints that contain a frame that matches a frame of the test fingerprint. When a candidate reference fingerprint is found, additional matching frames are determined and the region of interest is reduced to eliminate the matched frames of the test fingerprint. This continues until the region of interest is empty or there are no further matching candidates. Once the set of candidate reference fingerprints are identified, the media identification system compares the test fingerprint to the candidates to determine a closest match, thereby identifying the media item associated with the test fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventor: Sergiy Bilobrov
  • Patent number: 9111148
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for analyzing a scene depicted in an input stream of video frames captured by a video camera. In one embodiment, e.g., a machine learning engine may include statistical engines for generating topological feature maps based on observations and a detection module for detecting feature anomalies. The statistical engines may include adaptive resonance theory (ART) networks which cluster observed position-feature characteristics. The statistical engines may further reinforce, decay, merge, and remove clusters. The detection module may calculate a rareness value relative to recurring observations and data in the ART networks. Further, the sensitivity of detection may be adjusted according to the relative importance of recently observed anomalies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BEHAVIORAL RECOGNITION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Ming-Jung Seow, Wesley Kenneth Cobb