Patents Examined by Yon J. Couso
  • Patent number: 10504228
    Abstract: In an image processing system a processor is configured to perform an image processing method. The method performs receiving a spectral image of a person's skin and identifying the person based on the received spectral image of the person's skin and skin reflectance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Gatto, Piergiorgio Sartor, Matthias Wilde, Ralf Mueller
  • Patent number: 10482681
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for segmentation of objects in a 3D image of a scene. An example method may include receiving, 3D image frames of a scene. Each of the frames is associated with a pose of a depth camera that generated the 3D image frames. The method may also include detecting the objects in each of the frames based on object recognition; associating a label with the detected object; calculating a 2D bounding box around the object; and calculating a 3D location of the center of the bounding box. The method may further include matching the detected object to an existing object boundary set, created from a previously received image frame, based on the label and the location of the center of the bounding box, or, if the match fails, creating a new object boundary set associated with the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Gershom Kutliroff
  • Patent number: 10475174
    Abstract: A generative adversarial network (GAN) system includes a generator neural sub-network configured to receive one or more images depicting one or more objects. The generator neural sub-network also is configured to generate a foreground image and a background image based on the one or more images that are received, the generator neural sub-network configured to combine the foreground image with the background image to form a consolidated image. The GAN system also includes a discriminator neural sub-network configured to examine the consolidated image and determine whether the consolidated image depicts at least one of the objects. The generator neural sub-network is configured to one or more of provide the consolidated image or generate an additional image as a training image used to train another neural network to automatically identify the one or more objects in one or more other images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ser Nam Lim, David Diwinsky, Yen-Liang Lin, Xiao Bian
  • Patent number: 10475154
    Abstract: A surround view system for a machine is provided. The surround view system includes a plurality of image capturing devices generating image data of surroundings of the machine, and an object detection system for detecting an object in a target field of view of the machine and generating object position data corresponding to the object. The surround view system also includes an image processing system configured to generate an initial 3-dimensional composite surround view by projecting the image data on a virtual model corresponding to the machine. The virtual model has a 3-dimensional shape based on an initial calibration position data. The image processing system is also configured to modify the 3-dimensional shape of the virtual model based on the object position data, and generate an updated 3-dimensional composite surround view by projecting the image data on the virtual model having a modified 3-dimensional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Jay Husted, David Lee Zwetz, II, Adam Paul Roesner, Edward Yii-Hsin Lin, Hassen Ali, Peter Petrany
  • Patent number: 10475179
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for inspection of electronic parts such as semiconductor wafers, high-density circuit boards, multi-layer substrates, chrome on glass masks, and other fine line products which compensates for reference misalignment. Conductor linewidth and space measurements are performed along the entire length of every conductor to sub-camera pixel, sub-micron accuracy in real time as the part is scanned. Billions of metrology measurements are also performed in real time to sub-micron accuracy. A self-learning automated method to extract measurement values from Computer Aided Design (CAD) files is described. This method automatically determines locations to perform these billons of operations within defined allowed manufacturing tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Velocity Image Processing LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Bishop, Timothy Pinkney
  • Patent number: 10467458
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various examples of a joint face-detection and head-pose-angle-estimation system based on using a small-scale hardware CNN module such as the built-in CNN module in HiSilicon Hi3519 system-on-chip. In some embodiments, the disclosed joint face-detection and head-pose-angle-estimation system is configured to jointly perform multiple tasks of detecting most or all faces in a sequence of video frames, generating pose-angle estimations for the detected faces, tracking detected faces of a same person across the sequence of video frames, and generating “best-pose” estimation for the person being tracked. The disclosed joint face-detection and pose-angle-estimation system can be implemented on resource-limited embedded systems such as smart camera systems that are only integrated with one or more small-scale CNN modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AltumView Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Xing Wang, Mehdi Seyfi, Minghua Chen, Him Wai Ng, Jie Liang
  • Patent number: 10460461
    Abstract: The invention comprises a depth-image generator which, based on shape information representing a shape of an object in the captured images of the cameras, generates depth images corresponding to the captured images obtained from a plurality of cameras; a detector which, based on a generated depth image, detects a boundary region of the object in a corresponding captured image; a pixel map generator which, based on the boundary region in the captured image detected by the detector, generates a pixel map representing a contributing ratio for generating the virtual-viewpoint image for each pixel position of the captured image; and an output-image generator which generates the virtual-viewpoint image based on the captured images obtained from the plurality of cameras, and the pixel map corresponding to the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shugo Higuchi, Tatsuro Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10448912
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to acquire a first image in which each pixel is expressed with a first gradation. And the processing circuitry is configured to specify a partial region in the first image. And the processing circuitry is configured to convert, based on correspondence information that associates each level of the first gradation with a display pattern of a plurality of pixels in a display, the level in the first gradation of each pixel included in the partial region in the first image into the corresponding display pattern, the display displaying the display pattern with a second gradation having fewer levels than the first gradation. And the processing circuitry is configured to generate a second image that expresses a plurality of pixels included in the partial region of the first image as the converted display patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Esashi, Jun Okada, Toshio Muroi, Nobuo Ogura, Masanori Gunji, Nobuhiro Ohga, Yoshimasa Kobayashi, Naoko Kuratomi
  • Patent number: 10445790
    Abstract: A method for providing real time service of huge and high quality digital image on internet is disclosed, wherein data relevant to a general life such as a general photo, an advertising leaflet, and a pamphlet and professional image data exhibited in an art gallery, exhibition grounds, a pavilion are made into huge and high quality digital image or scanned and photographed to be digital, thereby processing real time service as an interactive browsing form. In the present invention, data are directly made, edited, constructed, and uploaded on internet, thereby providing various additional information with image through hyperlink and processing high quality digital image service on network without speed delay for huge image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: INNOTIVE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung-Min Kim
  • Patent number: 10438333
    Abstract: An apparatus for image correction is configured to execute a second image generation process that includes execution of a process for emphasizing a contrast for a first image to generate a second image, execute a ratio calculation process that includes calculation, based on a relation between a frequency distribution of at least one of a luminance value, an edge strength and a color component in the first image or the second image and a value of the at least one for each pixel, of a synthesis ratio of the first image to the second image for the pixel, and execute a synthesis process that includes synthesis of the first image and the second image based on the synthesis ratio for each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yukio Hirai
  • Patent number: 10417473
    Abstract: An optical imaging system with a variable light field for a biometrics application includes: a central processing unit (CPU); a display, which is electrically connected to the CPU, displays information to a user or interacts with the user, and provides a digital light signal to an object placed upon the display, the object covers a cover region of the display, and the cover region has at least an outer region and an inner region from outside to inside; and an optical imaging device electrically connected to the CPU and disposed in or under the display, the optical imaging device receives a digital light signal reflected from the object and obtains an optical image of biometrics characteristics of the object to obtain an image sensing signal. The digital light signal has the variable light field varying from the outer region to the inner region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Mei-Yen Lee
  • Patent number: 10401500
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to methods for efficiently encoding sensor data captured by an autonomous vehicle and building a high definition map using the encoded sensor data. The sensor data can be LiDAR data which is expressed as multiple image representations. Image representations that include important LiDAR data undergo a lossless compression while image representations that include LiDAR data that is more error-tolerant undergo a lossy compression. Therefore, the compressed sensor data can be transmitted to an online system for building a high definition map. When building a high definition map, entities, such as road signs and road lines, are constructed such that when encoded and compressed, the high definition map consumes less storage space. The positions of entities are expressed in relation to a reference centerline in the high definition map. Therefore, each position of an entity can be expressed in fewer numerical digits in comparison to conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DeepMap Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Mark Damon Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10402936
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus having a compression unit configured to compress image data and to store compressed image data in a storage unit, a determination unit configured to determine a compression method on a basis of a data size of the compressed image data stored in the storage unit, a decompression unit configured to decompress the compressed image data stored in the storage unit, and a transmission unit configured to transmit image data decompressed by the decompression unit and information on the determined compression method to an image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Munetaka Sakata
  • Patent number: 10403006
    Abstract: As set forth herein low energy signal data and high energy signal data can be acquired. A first material decomposed (MD) image of a first material basis and a second material decomposed (MD) image of a second material basis can be obtained using the low energy signal data and the high energy signal data. At least one of the first or second MD image can be input into a guide filter for output of at least one noise reduced and cross-contamination reduced image. A computed tomography (CT) imaging system can be provided that includes an X-ray source and a detector having a plurality of detector elements that detect X-ray beams emitted from the X-ray source. Low energy signal data and high energy signal data can be acquired using the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Roshni Bhagalia, Debashish Pal
  • Patent number: 10402962
    Abstract: A system and method for training a bead detection system can include identifying a starting region on a bead based on a starting indicator. The bead can be analyzed at the starting region to identify bead characteristics. The bead can then be analyzed away from the starting region, based on the identified bead characteristics, to identify a bead profile for use during non-training bead inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ali Zadeh
  • Patent number: 10387712
    Abstract: A display panel and a display apparatus are provided. The display panel includes: an organic light emitting display panel including an array substrate and organic light emitting configurations disposed on the array substrate; a fingerprint identification module arranged in a display region and arranged at a side facing away from the organic light emitting configurations of the array substrate; an angle limiting film arranged between the organic light emitting display panel and the fingerprint identification module. The fingerprint identification module includes a first substrate, at least one fingerprint identification unit for performing fingerprint identification according to light rays reflected, through a touch body, on the fingerprint identification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang Zeng, Qing Zhang, Lihua Wang, Liang Xie, Lingxiao Du, Hong Ding, Huiping Chai, Kang Yang, Qijun Yao
  • Patent number: 10387803
    Abstract: A sensor system may comprise a sensor; a processor in electronic communication with the sensor; and/or a tangible, non-transitory memory configured to communicate with the processor, the tangible, non-transitory memory having instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may comprise recording, by the sensor, a preliminary type data sample; and/or applying, by the processor, a mapping function having a plurality of tuned parameters to the preliminary type data sample, producing a desired type data output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kishore K. Reddy, Edgar A. Bernal, Michael J. Giering, Ryan B. Noraas
  • Patent number: 10388024
    Abstract: An optical tracking system comprises a marker part, an image forming part, and a processing part. The marker part includes a pattern having particular information and a first lens which is spaced apart from the pattern and has a first focal length. The image forming part includes a second lens having a second focal length and an image forming unit which is spaced apart from the second lens and forms an image of the pattern by the first lens and the second lens. The processing part determines the posture of the marker part from a coordinate conversion formula between a coordinate on the pattern surface of the pattern and a pixel coordinate on the image of the pattern, and tracks the marker part by using the determined posture of the marker part. Therefore, the present invention can accurately track a marker part by a simpler and easier method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: KOH YOUNG TECHNOLOGY INC., KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hyun Ki Lee, You Seong Chae, Min Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10387995
    Abstract: A semiconductor device 1 includes an image input unit 11 and an image output unit 12. The image input unit 11 receives first image data from a camera 91 and outputs second image data to a memory unit 93 through a shared bus 130. The image output unit 12 receives the second image data stored in the memory unit 93 through the shared bus 130 and outputs third image data to a monitor 92. The third image data is generated by performing an affine-conversion on the first image data. Magnification processing in the affine-conversion is not performed in the image input unit 11. In this way, it is possible to provide an excellent semiconductor device suitable for image processing or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Hamasaki
  • Patent number: 10388005
    Abstract: A sensor system may comprise a sensor; a processor in electronic communication with the sensor; and/or a tangible, non-transitory memory configured to communicate with the processor, the tangible, non-transitory memory having instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may comprise recording, by the sensor, a low quality data sample; and/or applying, by the processor, a mapping function having a plurality of tuned parameters to the low quality data sample, producing a high quality data output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edgar A. Bernal, Kishore K. Reddy, Michael J. Giering, Ryan B. Noraas, Kin Gwn Lore