Patents by Inventor Hanspeter Pfister

Hanspeter Pfister 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: 20180225849
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a narrative visualization system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a narrative visualization software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the narrative visualization software code to receive multiple media files. For each of the media files, the hardware processor is further configured to execute the narrative visualization software code to parse the media file to identify a primary content and metadata describing the primary content, to analyze the metadata to determine representative features of the primary content, and to generate a visualization of the primary content based on the metadata and the representative features. The visualization depicts a temporal flow of the primary content in a story tune of the primary content in apposition to a temporal flow of the primary content in a narrative time of the primary content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Sasha Anna Schriber, Nam Wook Kim, Hanspeter Pfister, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9623608
    Abstract: In an object generation system, consumable base materials are characterized in a characterization process wherein an object generation system can use a plurality of so-characterized base materials. User input representing a desired object and set of characteristics for that desired object are processed, using a computer or computing device, to derive a mapping of locations for placement of portions of the plurality of base materials such that when the mapping is provided to an object generator, the generated object approximates the representing a desired object and set of characteristics. The characterization of a base material might include elasticity of the base material, the user input might be a desired shape and elasticity, the object generator might be a 3D multi-material printer and the generated object might at least approximate the desired shape and elasticity as a result of being constructed from the plurality of base materials used by the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Wojciech Matusik, Miguel A. Otaduy, Markus Gross, Hanspeter Pfister
  • Publication number: 20150187134
    Abstract: Fabrication of a posable physical embodiment from an articulated deformable model is made possible by first transforming a deformable surface volumetric model to a segmented, rigid volume model including identifying a plurality of rigid, linked segments. The rigid volume model approximates the deformable surface volumetric model. Linkage structures (i.e., hinges, ball joints) coupling pairs of the rigid, linked segments are then automatically determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicants: PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE, TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY BERLIN, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Moritz Niklaus Baecher, Bernd Bickel, Doug L. James, Hanspeter Pfister
  • Publication number: 20140046469
    Abstract: In an object generation system, consumable base materials are characterized in a characterization process wherein an object generation system can use a plurality of so-characterized base materials. User input representing a desired object and set of characteristics for that desired object are processed, using a computer or computing device, to derive a mapping of locations for placement of portions of the plurality of base materials such that when the mapping is provided to an object generator, the generated object approximates the representing a desired object and set of characteristics. The characterization of a base material might include elasticity of the base material, the user input might be a desired shape and elasticity, the object generator might be a 3D multi-material printer and the generated object might at least approximate the desired shape and elasticity as a result of being constructed from the plurality of base materials used by the printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Wojciech Matusik, Miguel A. Otaduy, Markus Gross, Hanspeter Pfister
  • Patent number: 8565909
    Abstract: In an object generation system, consumable base materials are characterized in a characterization process wherein an object generation system can use a plurality of so-characterized base materials. User input representing a desired object and set of characteristics for that desired object are processed, using a computer or computing device, to derive a mapping of locations for placement of portions of the plurality of base materials such that when the mapping is provided to an object generator, the generated object approximates the representing a desired object and set of characteristics. The characterization of a base material might include elasticity of the base material, the user input might be a desired shape and elasticity, the object generator might be a 3D multi-material printer and the generated object might at least approximate the desired shape and elasticity as a result of being constructed from the plurality of base materials used by the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Wojciech Matusik, Miguel A. Otaduy, Markus Gross, Hanspeter Pfister
  • Publication number: 20120053716
    Abstract: In an object generation system, consumable base materials are characterized in a characterization process wherein an object generation system can use a plurality of so-characterized base materials. User input representing a desired object and set of characteristics for that desired object are processed, using a computer or computing device, to derive a mapping of locations for placement of portions of the plurality of base materials such that when the mapping is provided to an object generator, the generated object approximates the representing a desired object and set of characteristics. The characterization of a base material might include elasticity of the base material, the user input might be a desired shape and elasticity, the object generator might be a 3D multi-material printer and the generated object might at least approximate the desired shape and elasticity as a result of being constructed from the plurality of base materials used by the printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Wojciech Matusik, Miguel A. Otaduy, Markus Gross, Hanspeter Pfister
  • Patent number: 8044994
    Abstract: A method and system acquire and display light fields. A continuous light field is reconstructed from input samples of an input light field of a 3D scene acquired by cameras according to an acquisition parameterization. The continuous light is reparameterized according to a display parameterization and then prefiltering and sampled to produce output samples having the display parametrization. The output samples are displayed as an output light field using a 3D display device. The reconstruction can be performed by interpolating the input samples having the different views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Vetro, Sehoon Yea, Wojciech Matusik, Hanspeter Pfister, Matthias Zwicker
  • Patent number: 7916934
    Abstract: A method and system acquire and display light fields. A continuous light field is reconstructed from input samples of an input light field of a 3D scene acquired by cameras according to an acquisition parameterization. The continuous light is reparameterized according to a display parameterization and then prefiltering and sampled to produce output samples having the display parameterization. The output samples are displayed as an output light field using a 3D display device. The reconstruction can be performed by interpolating the input samples having the different views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Vetro, Sehoon Yea, Wojciech Matusik, Hanspeter Pfister, Matthias Zwicker
  • Patent number: 7844106
    Abstract: A method for determining a pose of an object from a range image is presented. A distribution of poses for an object is determined from a model of the object. A set of reference poses is selected according to the distribution, such that more reference poses are selected for more probable poses than less probable poses. A reference image for each reference pose is generated, and the reference pose used to generate the reference image that best matches a range image including the object is assigned as the pose of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc
    Inventors: Hanspeter Pfister, In Kyu Park, Marcel German, Michael D. Breitenstein
  • Patent number: 7844105
    Abstract: A method and system determines a pose of an object by comparing an input range image acquired of a scene including the input object to each of a set of reference range image of a reference object, such that each reference range images has an associated different pose, and the reference object is similar to the input object. Then, the pose associated with the reference range image which best matches the input range image is selected as the pose of the input object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanspeter Pfister, Marcel Germann, Michael D. Breitenstein
  • Patent number: 7756356
    Abstract: A method factorizing a sequence of images acquired of a scene into lighting components. The scene is illuminated by a moving light source. An appearance profile is constructed for each pixel in the sequence of images. The appearance profile is a vector representing intensities of the pixel at instances in time. The appearance profiles are factorized into a shadow component, a skylight component, and a sunlight component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanspeter Pfister, Wojciech Matusik, Kalyan Sunkavalli, Szymon M. Rusinkiewicz
  • Patent number: 7609906
    Abstract: A method and system acquire and display light fields. A continuous light field is reconstructed from input samples of an input light field of a 3D scene acquired by cameras according to an acquisition parameterization. The continuous light is reparameterized according to a display parameterization and then prefiltering and sampled to produce output samples having the display parametrization. The output samples are displayed as an output light field using a 3D display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Wojciech Matusik, Hanspeter Pfister, Matthias Zwicker, Fredo Durand
  • Patent number: 7609859
    Abstract: A method generates a three-dimensional, bi-linear, illumination model for arbitrary faces. A large number of images are acquired of many different faces. For each face, multiple images are acquired with varying poses and varying illumination. A three-mode singular value decomposition is applied to the images to determine parameters of the model. The model can be fit to a probe image of an unknown face. Then, the model can be compared with models of a gallery of images of unknown faces to recognize the face in the probe image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinho Lee, Baback Moghaddam, Hanspeter Pfister, Raghu Machiraju
  • Patent number: 7609860
    Abstract: A method recognizes a face in an image. A morphable model having shape and pose parameters is fitted to a face in an image to construct a three-dimensional model of the face. Texture is extracted from the face in the image using the three-dimensional model. The shape and texture are projected into a bilinear illumination model to generate illumination bases for the face in the image. The illumination bases for the face in the image are compared to illumination bases of each of a plurality of bilinear illumination models of known faces to identify the face in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinho Lee, Baback Moghaddam, Hanspeter Pfister, Raghu Machiraju
  • Patent number: 7599555
    Abstract: A method compresses a set of correlated signals by first converting each signal to a sequence of integers, which are further organized as a set of bit-planes. An inverse accumulator is applied to each bit-plane to produce a bit-plane of shifted bits, which are permuted according to a predetermined permutation to produce bit-planes of permuted bits. Each bit-plane of permuted bits is partitioned into a set of blocks of bits. Syndrome bits are generated for each block of bits according to a rate-adaptive base code. Subsequently, the syndrome bits are decompressed in a decoder to recover the original correlated signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan McGuire, Wojciech Matusik, Hanspeter Pfister, John F. Hughes, Fredo Durand
  • Publication number: 20090074238
    Abstract: A method for determining a pose of an object from a range image is presented. A distribution of poses for an object is determined from a model of the object. A set of reference poses is selected according to the distribution, such that more reference poses are selected for more probable poses than less probable poses. A reference image for each reference pose is generated, and the reference pose used to generate the reference image that best matches a range image including the object is assigned as the pose of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Hanspeter Pfister, In Kyu Park, Marcel German, Michael D. Breitenstein
  • Publication number: 20080260238
    Abstract: A method and system determines a pose of an object by comparing an input range image acquired of a scene including the input object to each of a set of reference range image of a reference object, such that each reference range images has an associated different pose, and the reference object is similar to the input object. Then, the pose associated with the reference range image which best matches the input range image is selected as the pose of the input object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Hanspeter Pfister, Marcel Germann, Michael D. Breitenstein
  • Patent number: 7426292
    Abstract: A method determines an optimal set of viewpoints to acquire a 3D shape of a face. A view-sphere is tessellated with a plurality of viewpoint cells. The face is at an approximate center of the view-sphere. Selected viewpoint cells are discarded. The remaining viewpoint cells are clustered to a predetermined number of viewpoint cells according to a silhouette difference metric. The predetermined number of viewpoint cells are searched for a set of optimal viewpoint cells to construct a 3D model of the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Baback Moghaddam, Hanspeter Pfister, Jinho Lee
  • Publication number: 20080218516
    Abstract: A method factorizing a sequence of images acquired of a scene into lighting components. The scene is illuminated by a moving light source. An appearance profile is constructed for each pixel in the sequence of images. The appearance profile is a vector representing intensities of the pixel at instances in time. The appearance profiles are factorized into a shadow component, a skylight component, and a sunlight component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Hanspeter Pfister, Wojciech Matusik, Kalyan Sunkavalli, Szymon M. Rusinkiewicz
  • Publication number: 20080043095
    Abstract: A method and system acquire and display light fields. A continuous light field is reconstructed from input samples of an input light field of a 3D scene acquired by cameras according to an acquisition parameterization. The continuous light is reparameterized according to a display parameterization and then prefiltering and sampled to produce output samples having the display parametrization. The output samples are displayed as an output light field using a 3D display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Anthony Vetro, Sehoon Yea, Wojciech Matusik, Hanspeter Pfister, Matthias Zwicker