Patents Examined by Siamak Harandi
  • Patent number: 10311333
    Abstract: A device, apparatus, and method provide logic for processing information. In one implementation, a device may include an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image, and a transmission unit configured to transmit information associated with the image to an information processing apparatus, such as a server. The server may be associated with a first feature quantity dictionary. The device also may include a receiving unit configured to receive a second feature quantity dictionary from the server in response to the transmission. The second feature quantity dictionary may include less information than the first feature quantity dictionary, and the server may generate the second feature quantity dictionary based on the image information and the first feature quantity dictionary. The device may include an identification unit configured to identify an object within the image using the second feature quantity dictionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Yoshigahara, Masaki Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 10301041
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking moving objects in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, an object tracking system comprises a processor, a communications interface, and a memory configured to store an object tracking application. The object tracking application configures the processor to receive a sequence of images; estimate and subtract background pixel values from pixels in a sequence of images; compute sets of summed intensity values for different per frame pixel offsets from a sequence of images; identify summed intensity values from a set of summed intensity values exceeding a threshold; cluster identified summed intensity values exceeding the threshold corresponding to single moving objects; and identify a location of at least one moving object in an image based on at least one summed intensity value cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael Shao, Shanti R. Rao, Bijan Nemati, Navtej Singh Saini, Russell Edward Trahan, III, Thomas A. Werne, Chengxing Zhai
  • Patent number: 10303264
    Abstract: An optical encoder has a displacement generating unit, a light-emitting unit and an optical navigation integrated circuit. The displacement generating unit has an axle body movable along a central axial line thereof. The axle body has a free end with a diameter larger than a part of the axle body and a planar working surface formed on the free end. The light-emitting unit is configured for operatively providing a light beam to irradiate the working surface of the displacement generating unit. The light beam has a divergence angle within a range to reduce scattering. The optical navigation integrated circuit receives the reflected light beam reflected by the working surface, and calculates a relative displacement between the optical navigation integrated circuit and the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Ching-Lin Chung, Hsin-Chia Chen
  • Patent number: 10298537
    Abstract: Apparatus are described for comparing an image collection digest of a first device to a search criteria from a second device. Based on the comparison, one or more images may be designated for sharing from the first device to the second device. In some embodiments, a first user of the first device is prompted based on the comparison, to provide permission prior to sharing with the second device. In some embodiments, a second user of the second device is prompted based on a notification, to request permission prior to receiving the one or more images from the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KNAPP INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hugh Blake Svendsen
  • Patent number: 10289855
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for sharing of photographs based on targets depicted in the photographs are provided. Aspects include receiving photographs of an event from one or more users, wherein each of the photographs include metadata related to the photograph and a usage policy for the photograph, identifying one or more targets depicted in the photographs based at least in part on the metadata and storing the photographs in a database. Aspects also include receiving an access request for photographs that include a first target from a requestor, wherein the access request includes an indication of the desired use, identifying one or more photographs in the database that depict the first target and which permit the desired use and providing the one or more photographs to the requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuk Lung Chan, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Deepti M. Naphade
  • Patent number: 10275645
    Abstract: To determine the state of a subject person with a simple structure, an image determining device includes: an imaging unit that captures an image from a first direction, the image including the subject person; a first detector that detects size information from the image, the size information being about the subject person in the first direction; a second detector that detects position-related information, the position-related information being different from the information detected by the first detector; and a determining unit that determines the state of the subject person, based on a result of the detection performed by the first detector and a result of the detection performed by the second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yamamoto, Masahiro Nei, Isao Totsuka, Tomoyuki Matsuyama, Masamitsu Yanagihara, Satoshi Hagiwara, Masakazu Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10262424
    Abstract: An embodiment in accordance with the present invention provides a method for 3D-2D registration (for example, registration of a 3D CT image to a 2D radiograph) that permits deformable motion between structures defined in the 3D image based on a series of locally rigid transformations. This invention utilizes predefined annotations in 3D images (e.g., the location of anatomical features of interest) to perform multiple locally rigid registrations that yield improved accuracy in aligning structures that have undergone deformation between the acquisition of the 3D and 2D images (e.g., a preoperative CT compared to an intraoperative radiograph). The 3D image is divided into subregions that are masked according to the annotations, and the registration is computed simultaneously for each divided region by incorporating a volumetric masking method within the 3D-2D registration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Michael Ketcha, Wathudurage Tharindu deSilva, Ali Uneri, Jean-Paul Wolinsky, Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen
  • Patent number: 10262425
    Abstract: A method for synchronization of a longitudinal data set from a subject includes receiving a first ensemble registration estimate having a first reference image corresponding to a first image ensemble and receiving a second image ensemble different from the first image ensemble. The method includes determining a second reference image based on the second image ensemble and the first reference image. Further, the method includes determining a second ensemble registration estimate based on the first ensemble registration estimate, the second reference image, the first image ensemble and the second image ensemble using an optimization technique. The method further includes generating a synchronized image ensemble corresponding to the first image ensemble and the second image ensemble based on the second ensemble registration estimate. The method also includes determining a medical condition of the subject by a medical practitioner based on the synchronized image ensemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Chandan Kumar Mallappa Aladahalli, Krishna Seetharam Shriram, Dattesh Dayanand Shanbhag, Sheshadri Thiruvenkadam, Sandeep Suryanarayana Kaushik, Rakesh Mullick
  • Patent number: 10229510
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for tracking vehicles or other objects that are perceived by an autonomous vehicle. A vehicle filter can employ a motion model that models the location of the tracked vehicle using a vehicle bounding shape and an observation model that generates an observation bounding shape from sensor observations. A dominant vertex or side from each respective bounding shape can be identified and used to update or otherwise correct one or more predicted shape locations associated with the vehicle bounding shape based on a shape location associated with the observation bounding shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Becker, J. Andrew Bagnell, Arunprasad Venkatraman, Karthik Lakshmanan
  • Patent number: 10223794
    Abstract: A device, system and method for generating one or more simulated CT images from MR images, including retrieving MR image data for one or more body parts of a living being, said MR image data including a plurality of pixels and/or voxels, analyzing said MR image data to identify one or more tissue and/or material types for one or more of said plurality of pixels and/or voxels, registering one or more reference data sets to said identified one or more tissue and/or material types, said reference data sets corresponding to a specific one of said identified tissue and/or material types, said reference data sets including reference values, and computing one or more simulated CT images by assigning said reference values to said pixels and/or voxels corresponding to said identified one or more tissue and/or material types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Nicole Schadewaldt, Heinrich Schulz, Michael Guenter Helle, Steffen Renisch
  • Patent number: 10223595
    Abstract: The present invention relates to determining a trajectory of a target from two streams of images obtained from two sources of images, a sub-image of each of the images of the two streams of images representing an overlapping area of a real scene. After having obtained a target path for each of a plurality of targets, from images of the sources of images, for each of the two streams of images, each target path being obtained from a target tracker associated with a source of image, each of the obtained target paths is split into a plurality of target path portions as a function of each potential target switch along the obtained target path. Then, the trajectory is generated as a function of a plurality of the target path portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Johann Citerin, Julien Sevin, Gerald Kergourlay
  • Patent number: 10217019
    Abstract: An approach is provided for correlating a comment about an image with first object(s) in the image. Object(s) in the image are detected and identified. Based on a cognitive and contextual analysis of the comment, the first object(s) included in the identified object(s) are determined to be referred to by the comment. Responsive to determining that the first object(s) are referred to by the comment, the comment is linked with the first object(s). Alternately, based on a cognitive and contextual analysis of the comment about the image, the comment is determined to be referring to object(s). Responsive to determining that the comment refers to the object(s), the image is scanned and responsive to the image being scanned, the object(s) are identified in the image. Based on the comment referring to the object(s) and responsive to the object(s) being identified, the comment is linked with the identified object(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jeremy A. Greenberger, Zachary M. Greenberger, Trudy L. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10217198
    Abstract: For obtaining an good yet easy to use luminance dynamic range conversion, we describe an image color processing apparatus (200) arranged to transform an input color (R,G,B) of a pixel of an input image (Im_in) having a first luminance dynamic range into an output color (Rs, Gs, Bs) of a pixel of an output image (Im_res) having a second luminance dynamic range, which first and second dynamic ranges differ in extent by at least a multiplicative factor 2, comprising: a maximum determining unit (101) arranged to calculate a maximum (M) of color components of the input color, the color components at least comprising a red, green and blue component;—a uniformization unit (201) arranged to apply a function (FP) to the maximum (M) as input, which function has a logarithmic shape and was predetermined to be of a fixed shape enabling to transform a linear input to a more perceptually uniform output variable (u); a function application unit (203) arranged to receive a functional shape of a function, which was specified
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Renatus Josephus Van Der Vleuten, Jeroen Hubert Christoffel Jacobus Stessen, Mark Jozef Willem Mertens
  • Patent number: 10210646
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to system and method capture and process body measurement data including one or more body scanners, each body scanner configured to capture a plurality depth images of a user. A backend system, coupled to each body scanner, is configured to receive the plurality of depth images, generate a three dimensional avatar of the user based on the plurality of depth images, and generate a set of body measurements of the user based on the avatar. A repository is in communication with the backend system and configured to associate the body scanner data with the user and store the body scanner data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Fit3D, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Moore, Tyler H. Carter, Timothy M. Driedger
  • Patent number: 10210402
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to processing visual data of a road surface that includes a vertical deviation with a lateral slope. In some embodiments, a system determines a path expected to be traversed by at least one wheel of the vehicle on a road surface. In some embodiments, a system determines, using at least two images captured by one or more cameras, a height of the road surface for at least one point along the path to be traversed by the wheel. In some embodiments, a system computes an indication of a lateral slope of the road surface at the at least one point along the path. In some embodiments, a system outputs, on a vehicle interface bus, an indication of the height of the point and an indication of the lateral slope at the at least one point along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10204411
    Abstract: A system and method for segmenting an image stream to a plurality of segments is provided. A processing unit may be configured to calculate a set of pixel-based properties for frames of an image stream, and detect segments of constant mean values in the sets of pixel-based properties. The segments of constant mean values are detected by using a window method that determines possible partition points of the window, and calculating a difference between mean values of the sets of pixel-based properties for each sub-window of frames. Points of change may be identified in the calculated difference between mean values of the sets of pixel-based properties. A display unit may display a summarized representation of the image stream, wherein the summarized representation includes a plurality of segments, each segment corresponding to a segment of constant mean values in the sets of pixel-based properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GIVEN IMAGING LTD.
    Inventors: Michal Drozdzal, Santiago Segui-Mesquida, Jordi Vitria, Petia Radeva, Carolina Malagelada, Fernando Azpiroz
  • Patent number: 10203289
    Abstract: An inspection system and a method for inspecting a diced wafer. The method includes: acquiring multiple images of multiple portions of the diced wafer according to a predefined image acquisition scheme; locating multiple unique features within the multiple images; and assigning a die index to each die of the multiple dice and associating between the multiple dice and multiple reference dice in response to locations of the multiple unique features and to at least one expected die dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CAMTEK LTD.
    Inventors: Yuri Postolov, Menachem Regensburger
  • Patent number: 10198656
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the disclosure relates to a method for determining a degree of homogeneity in one or more inspection images of cargo in one or more containers, comprising: determining whether a zone of interest in one or more processed inspection images comprises one or more patterns, wherein the one or more processed inspection images are processed from one or more inspection images generated by an inspection system configured to inspect the one or more containers; and in the event that one or more patterns is determined and that a variation in the determined one or more patterns is identified, classifying the one or more inspection images as having a degree of homogeneity below a predetermined homogeneity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SMITHS HEIMANN SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Olivier Fer, Youssef Kacer, Najib Gadi
  • Patent number: 10176452
    Abstract: A store profile generation system includes a mobile base and an image capture assembly mounted on the base. The assembly includes at least one image capture device for acquiring images of product display units in a retail environment. A control unit acquires the images captured by the at least one image capture device at a sequence of locations of the mobile base in the retail environment. The control unit extracts product-related data from the acquired images and generates a store profile indicating locations of products and their associated tags throughout the retail environment, based on the extracted product-related data. The store profile can be used for generating new product labels for a sale in an appropriate order for a person to match to the appropriate locations in a single pass through the store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services LLC
    Inventors: Charles D. Rizzolo, Dennis L. Venable, Wencheng Wu, Thomas F. Wade, Peter Paul, Ethan Shen, Lee Anne S. Williams, Daniel S. Hann
  • Patent number: 10169865
    Abstract: An x-ray imaging system data acquisition and image reconstruction system and method are disclosed which enable optimizing the image parameters based on multiple tomographic volumes of the sample that have been captured using an x-ray microscopy system. This enables the operator to control the image contrast, for example, of selected slices, and apply the information associated with optimizing the contrast of the selected slice to all slices in two or more tomographic volume data sets. This creates a combined volume with optimized image contrast throughout. Also, the system enables navigation within the volumes through functional annotation, improvements in volume registration and improvements in noise suppression both within the volumes and within slice histograms of the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss X-Ray Microscopy, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Case, Susan Candell, Srivatsan Seshadri, Naomi Kotwal