Patents by Inventor Cathy L. Boon

Cathy L. Boon has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20160300372
    Abstract: A method for graphically indicating an object in a final image includes obtaining a plurality of sub-images including the object from respective image capturing devices at different angles, replacing a portion of a first of the sub-images with a corresponding portion of a second of the sub-images, replacing a portion of the second sub-image with a corresponding portion of the first sub-image, and generating the final image including a graphical representation of the object as a two-dimensional view not aligned with a common virtual viewpoint based on the first and second sub-images including the respective replaced portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Hans M. Molin, Andreas U Kuehnle, Cathy L. Boon, Marton Gyori
  • Publication number: 20160300357
    Abstract: A method for processing image data includes identifying a background scene in a background frame of an image. Each of a plurality of pixel locations in the background frame is set as a respective background pixel. For each of the pixel locations, a respective running mean and a respective running variance are determined based on a brightness component of the background frame at the pixel location. A subsequent frame is identified as a current frame. For each of the pixel locations in the current frame identified as a background pixel, the running mean is updated based on one of a plurality of mean weights and the running variance is updated based one of a plurality of variance weights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Cathy L. Boon, Zheng Li
  • Publication number: 20160086040
    Abstract: When detecting an object of interest, such as a bicyclist passing a truck, two downward looking cameras both capture images of the cyclist and detect the cyclist as a deviation from the flat ground plane. The ground plane is reconstructed using a homography (projection) matrix of each camera and compared. Where the camera images do not agree, the ground is not flat. The cyclist is located as the intersection of the rays extending to either end of the area of disagreement between the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Applicant: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Hans M. Molin, Marton Gyori, Adam Szoellosi, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 9286695
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking points within an encasement are provided. According to an aspect of the invention, a processor designates an encasement at a first location within a first image acquired at a first time; identifies points to track within the encasement; determines characteristics of the points to track; tracks the points over time based on the characteristics; and determines a second location of the encasement within a second image acquired at a second time based on positions of the tracked points at the second time. Identifying the points to track may include identifying points within the encasement that are significant and persistent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Cathy L. Boon, Hans M. Molin
  • Publication number: 20150286878
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating an image of the surroundings of an articulated vehicle are provided. According to an aspect of the invention, a processor determines a relative position between a first vehicle of an articulated vehicle and a second vehicle of the articulated vehicle; receives a first image from a first camera arranged on the first vehicle and a second image from a second camera arranged on the second vehicle; and combines the first image and the second image based on the relative position between the first vehicle and the second vehicle to generate a combined image of surroundings of the articulated vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Hans M. MOLIN, Andreas U. KUEHNLE, Marton Gabor GYORI, Huba NEMETH, Cathy L. BOON
  • Publication number: 20150262378
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking points within an encasement are provided. According to an aspect of the invention, a processor designates an encasement at a first location within a first image acquired at a first time; identifies points to track within the encasement; determines characteristics of the points to track; tracks the points over time based on the characteristics; and determines a second location of the encasement within a second image acquired at a second time based on positions of the tracked points at the second time. Identifying the points to track may include identifying points within the encasement that are significant and persistent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. KUEHNLE, Cathy L. BOON, Hans M. MOLIN
  • Publication number: 20140293052
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an image based vehicle detection and measuring apparatus that employs an accelerated, structured, search method is described for quickly finding the extrema of a multivariable function. The input domain of the function is determined. The method exploits information as it becomes available, calculating a best possible value with the information available so far, and terminating further evaluation when the best possible value does not exceed the extreme value found so far. Ordering and best guess schemes are added to the best possible value idea to accelerate it further. The method is applied to speed up an image processing problem, an example of which is given, but has general application, for example, in fields such as vehicle detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Jeffrey S. Lawson, Dilip Swaminathan, Cathy L. Boon, Chandra Sekhar Gatla, Hans M. Molin, Ken D. Au
  • Patent number: 6734904
    Abstract: An imaging system with brightness control includes an image capture subsystem and an image control block and is adapted for use in conjunction with an image processing application. The image capture subsystem receives an image and converts this image into digital image data. The digital signal is then stored in a video buffer for access by the image control block. The image control block provides brightness control of an image sensor in the image control subsystem to optimize the brightness of the desired area of interest in the image relative to the background. In one application, the imaging system is used in conjunction with a lane tracking system image processing application to detect roadway lane markings from a moving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignees: Iteris, Inc., Daimler-Benz AG
    Inventors: Cathy L. Boon, Steffi Mehring
  • Patent number: 6198087
    Abstract: Improved imaging system includes a CMOS imaging chip with a light blocking layer configured so as to block incident light from a portion of the readout circuitry sensitive to light. The light blocking layer may be positioned on top of a glass package housing the imaging chip or may be incorporated in the manufacture of the chip itself. Distortions in image data due to lighting conditions in outdoor applications are avoided by the presence of the light blocking layer resulting in improved image quality under such conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Iteris, Inc.
    Inventor: Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 5528698
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant safety system includes an image sensor and processor that provides a classification of the occupancy status of the passenger seat area to determine whether an airbag should be deployed. The image processing system includes a photodetector array sensor and lens assembly with image processing electronics to acquire a machine vision representation of the passenger seat area within a vehicle. The objects in the field of view are then discriminated to determine whether a rear-facing child carrier is located in the passenger seat, such that the passenger-side airbag can be disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventors: John H. Kamei, Cathy L. Boon, Phillip F. Stevens