Patents by Inventor Charles E. Jacobs

Charles E. Jacobs 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: 20160063879
    Abstract: Questions about a passage of text that includes a sequence of two or more sentences are generated. Each question covers the content of a plurality of sentences in the passage, and includes a context portion of the passage and a question statement that is contextually related to the context portion of the passage. A user is also provided with questions about a passage of text they are reading. Each question is presented to the user, where this presentation includes displaying the context portion of the passage and the question statement that is contextually related to the context portion of the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Lucretia H. Vanderwende, Sumit Basu, Charles E. Jacobs, Junyi Li
  • Publication number: 20120159314
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide techniques for adaptive content layout. In at least some embodiments, templates are provided that can be utilized to adapt content for a particular device and/or display configuration. A template can be embodied in a variety of different ways, such as XML code (or other markup code), script code, a component object model (COM) object, and so on. Examples of content that can be adapted using a template include video content, images, web pages, and so on. According to some embodiments, each template can include one or multiple elements that can be populated with content. An element can have a particular size layout, such as a width and height (e.g., in pixels) and content can be reformatted and/or resized based on attributes (e.g., size and/or shape) of the element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Evan J. Schrier, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8090719
    Abstract: Computer-storage media, computerized methods and systems for formatting a page layout according to form factors of a display area are provided. Initially, search results are received and dynamically converted into respective block-level elements, where each of the block-level elements is associated with a portion of content from one of the received search results. Form factors are retrieved from a graphical user interface. Typically the form factors are associated with properties of a display area initiated to present the search results. At least one adaptive template is selected according to the retrieved form factors. The portion of content of each of the block-level elements is formatted based on at least one adaptive template. Also, the adaptive template is utilized to establish content panes within the page layout, as directed by the form factors. These content panes are populated with one or more of the block-level elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Geraldine G. Wade, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20110010661
    Abstract: Computer-storage media, computerized methods and systems for formatting a page layout according to form factors of a display area are provided. Initially, search results are received and dynamically converted into respective block-level elements, where each of the block-level elements is associated with a portion of content from one of the received search results. Form factors are retrieved from a graphical user interface. Typically the form factors are associated with properties of a display area initiated to present the search results. At least one adaptive template is selected according to the retrieved form factors. The portion of content of each of the block-level elements is formatted based on at least one adaptive template. Also, the adaptive template is utilized to establish content panes within the page layout, as directed by the form factors. These content panes are populated with one or more of the block-level elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: GERALDINE G. WADE, CHARLES E. JACOBS
  • Patent number: 7831579
    Abstract: Computer-storage media, computerized methods and systems for formatting a page layout according to form factors of a display area are provided. Initially, search results are received and dynamically converted into respective block-level elements, where each of the block-level elements is associated with a portion of content from one of the received search results. Form factors are retrieved from a graphical user interface. Typically the form factors are associated with properties of a display area initiated to present the search results. At least one adaptive template is selected according to the retrieved form factors. The portion of content of each of the block-level elements is formatted based on at least one adaptive template. Also, the adaptive template is utilized to establish content panes within the page layout, as directed by the form factors. These content panes are populated with one or more of the block-level elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Geraldine G. Wade, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20090171920
    Abstract: Computer-storage media, computerized methods and systems for formatting a page layout according to form factors of a display area are provided. Initially, search results are received and dynamically converted into respective block-level elements, where each of the block-level elements is associated with a portion of content from one of the received search results. Form factors are retrieved from a graphical user interface. Typically the form factors are associated with properties of a display area initiated to present the search results. At least one adaptive template is selected according to the retrieved form factors. The portion of content of each of the block-level elements is formatted based on at least one adaptive template. Also, the adaptive template is utilized to establish content panes within the page layout, as directed by the form factors. These content panes are populated with one or more of the block-level elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: GERALDINE G. WADE, CHARLES E. JACOBS
  • Patent number: 7499588
    Abstract: A global optimization framework for optical character recognition (OCR) of low-resolution photographed documents that combines a binarization-type process, segmentation, and recognition into a single process. The framework includes a machine learning approach trained on a large amount of data. A convolutional neural network can be employed to compute a classification function at multiple positions and take grey-level input which eliminates binarization. The framework utilizes preprocessing, layout analysis, character recognition, and word recognition to output high recognition rates. The framework also employs dynamic programming and language models to arrive at the desired output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Jacobs, James R. Rinker, Patrice Y. Simard, Paul A. Viola
  • Publication number: 20070204220
    Abstract: Techniques for modifying network content layout to be presented by an application are disclosed. More specifically, the content layout or portions thereof can be altered to facilitate specific tasks including, but not limited to, enhancing readability. For example, content can be laid out in one or more discrete areas and navigation enabled in unique sequential and/or non-sequential manners. Further yet, content can be modified, moved and/or removed, among other things. This functionality can be executed automatically or upon specific instruction, for instance as specified by a user, content provider or third party service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Radoslav Petrov Nickolov, Charles E. Jacobs, Patrice Y. Simard, Kevin Gjerstad, Michael S. Cooper
  • Patent number: 7212656
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Charles E. Jacobs, Michael F. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7181051
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7174035
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7158658
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7149330
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Charles E. Jacobs, Michael F. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7149329
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7142698
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7133540
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7082212
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Charles E. Jacobs, Michael F. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7065233
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 6993163
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 6980671
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique for creating a 3D face model using images obtained from an inexpensive camera associated with a general-purpose computer. Two still images of the user are captured, and two video sequences. The user is asked to identify five facial features, which are used to calculate a mask and to perform fitting operations. Based on a comparison of the still images, deformation vectors are applied to a neutral face model to create the 3D model. The video sequences are used to create a texture map. The process of creating the texture map references the previously obtained 3D model to determine poses of the sequential video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang, Michael F. Cohen, Charles E. Jacobs