Patents by Inventor Heiner Kirchhoffer

Heiner Kirchhoffer 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).

  • Patent number: 11252419
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20220004844
    Abstract: An encoder for encoding weight parameters of a neural network is configured to obtain a plurality of weight parameters of the neural network, to encode the weight parameters of the neural network using a context-dependent arithmetic coding, to select a context for an encoding of a weight parameter, or for an encoding of a syntax element of a number representation of the weight parameter, in dependence on one or more previously encoded weight parameters and/or in dependence on one or more previously encoded syntax elements of a number representation of one or more weight parameters, and to encode the weight parameter, or a syntax element of the weight parameter, using the selected context. Corresponding decoder, quantizer, methods and computer programs are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Paul HAASE, Arturo MARBAN GONZALEZ, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Talmaj MARINC, Detlev MARPE, Stefan MATLAGE, David NEUMANN, Hoang Tung NGUYEN, Wojciech SAMEK, Thomas SCHIERL, Heiko SCHWARZ, Simon WIEDEMANN, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210409739
    Abstract: A scalable video decoder is described which is configured to reconstruct a base layer signal from a coded data stream to obtain a reconstructed base layer signal; and reconstruct an enhancement layer signal including spatially or temporally predicting a portion of an enhancement layer signal, currently to be reconstructed, from an already reconstructed portion of the enhancement layer signal to obtain an enhancement layer internal prediction signal; forming, at the portion currently to be reconstructed, a weighted average of an inter-layer prediction signal obtained from the reconstructed base layer signal, and the enhancement layer internal prediction signal to obtain an enhancement layer prediction signal such that a weighting between the inter-layer prediction signal and the enhancement layer internal prediction signal varies over different spatial frequency components; and predictively reconstructing the enhancement layer signal using the enhancement layer prediction signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Tobias HINZ, Haricharan LAKSHMAN, Jan STEGEMANN, Philipp HELLE, Mischa SIEKMANN, Karsten SUEHRING, Detlev MARPE, Heiko SCHWARZ, Christian BARTNIK, Ali Atef Ibrahim KHAIRAT ABDELHAMID, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11178411
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11178410
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11134255
    Abstract: A scalable video decoder is described which is configured to reconstruct a base layer signal from a coded data stream to obtain a reconstructed base layer signal; and reconstruct an enhancement layer signal including spatially or temporally predicting a portion of an enhancement layer signal, currently to be reconstructed, from an already reconstructed portion of the enhancement layer signal to obtain an enhancement layer internal prediction signal; forming, at the portion currently to be reconstructed, a weighted average of an inter-layer prediction signal obtained from the reconstructed base layer signal, and the enhancement layer internal prediction signal to obtain an enhancement layer prediction signal such that a weighting between the inter-layer prediction signal and the enhancement layer internal prediction signal varies over different spatial frequency components; and predictively reconstructing the enhancement layer signal using the enhancement layer prediction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Tobias Hinz, Haricharan Lakshman, Jan Stegemann, Philipp Helle, Mischa Siekmann, Karsten Suehring, Detlev Marpe, Heiko Schwarz, Christian Bartnik, Ali Atef Ibrahim Khairat Abdelhamid, Heiner Kirchhoffer, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11128875
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20210266563
    Abstract: A scalable video decoder is described which is configured to reconstruct a base layer signal from a coded data stream to obtain a reconstructed base layer signal; and reconstruct an enhancement layer signal including spatially or temporally predicting a portion of an enhancement layer signal, currently to be reconstructed, from an already reconstructed portion of the enhancement layer signal to obtain an enhancement layer internal prediction signal; forming, at the portion currently to be reconstructed, a weighted average of an inter-layer prediction signal obtained from the reconstructed base layer signal, and the enhancement layer internal prediction signal to obtain an enhancement layer prediction signal such that a weighting between the inter-layer prediction signal and the enhancement layer internal prediction signal varies over different spatial frequency components; and predictively reconstructing the enhancement layer signal using the enhancement layer prediction signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Tobias HINZ, Haricharan LAKSHMAN, Jan STEGEMANN, Philipp HELLE, Mischa SIEKMANN, Karsten SUEHRING, Detlev MARPE, Heiko SCHWARZ, Christian BARTNIK, Ali Atef Ibrahim KHAIRAT ABDELHAMID, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11102518
    Abstract: Coding schemes for coding a spatially sampled information signal using sub-division and coding schemes for coding a sub-division or a multitree structure are described, wherein representative embodiments relate to picture and/or video coding applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Martin Winken, Philipp Helle, Detlev Marpe, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11095906
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20210243446
    Abstract: A decoder includes an entropy decoder configured to derive a number of bins of the binarizations from the data stream using binary entropy decoding by selecting a context among different contexts and updating probability states associated with the different contexts, dependent on previously decoded portions of the data stream; a desymbolizer configured to debinarize the binarizations of the syntax elements to obtain integer values of the syntax elements; a reconstructor configured to reconstruct the video based on the integer values of the syntax elements using a quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to distinguish between 126 probability states and to initialize the probability states associated with the different contexts according to a linear equation of the quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to, for each of the different contexts, derive a slope and an offset of the linear equation from first and second four bit parts of a respective 8 bit initial
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Valeri GEORGE, Benjamin BROSS, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Detlev MARPE, Tung NGUYEN, Matthias PREISS, Mischa SIEKMANN, Jan STEGEMANN, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11070822
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20210211701
    Abstract: The entropy coding of a current part of a predetermined entropy slice is based on, not only, the respective probability estimations of the predetermined entropy slice as adapted using the previously coded part of the predetermined entropy slice, but also probability estimations as used in the entropy coding of a spatially neighboring, in entropy slice order preceding entropy slice at a neighboring part thereof. Thereby, the probability estimations used in entropy coding are adapted to the actual symbol statistics more closely, thereby lowering the coding efficiency decrease normally caused by lower-delay concepts. Temporal interrelationships are exploited additionally or alternatively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Valeri GEORGE, Anastasia HENKEL, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Detlev MARPE, Thomas SCHIERL
  • Publication number: 20210211743
    Abstract: Coding schemes for coding a spatially sampled information signal using sub-division and coding schemes for coding a sub-division or a multitree structure are described, wherein representative embodiments relate to picture and/or video coding applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Martin WINKEN, Philipp HELLE, Detlev MARPE, Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210211686
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Heiko SCHWARZ, Tung NGUYEN, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210176473
    Abstract: A better rate distortion ratio is achieved by making interrelationships between coding parameters of different planes available for exploitation for the aim of redundancy reduction despite the additional overhead resulting from the need to signal the inter-plane prediction information to the decoder. In particular, the decision to use inter plane prediction or not may be performed for a plurality of planes individually. Additionally or alternatively, the decision may be done on a block basis considering one secondary plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Martin WINKEN, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Heiko SCHWARZ, Detlev Marpe, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11032556
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11025926
    Abstract: A higher coding efficiency for coding a significance map indicating positions of significant transform coefficients within a transform coefficient block is achieved by the scan order by which the sequentially extracted syntax elements indicating, for associated positions within the transform coefficient block, as to whether at the respective position a significant or insignificant transform coefficient is situated, are sequentially associated to the positions of the transform coefficient block, among the positions of the transform coefficient block depends on the positions of the significant transform coefficients indicated by previously associated syntax elements. Alternatively, the first-type elements may be context-adaptively entropy decoded using contexts which are individually selected for each of the syntax elements dependent on a number of significant transform coefficients in a neighborhood of the respective syntax element, indicated as being significant by any of the preceding syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Heiko Schwarz, Tung Nguyen, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11019352
    Abstract: The entropy coding of a current part of a predetermined entropy slice is based on, not only, the respective probability estimations of the predetermined entropy slice as adapted using the previously coded part of the predetermined entropy slice, but also probability estimations as used in the entropy coding of a spatially neighboring, in entropy slice order preceding entropy slice at a neighboring part thereof. Thereby, the probability estimations used in entropy coding are adapted to the actual symbol statistics more closely, thereby lowering the coding efficiency decrease normally caused by lower-delay concepts. Temporal interrelationships are exploited additionally or alternatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Valeri George, Anastasia Henkel, Heiner Kirchhoffer, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Schierl
  • Patent number: 11012695
    Abstract: A decoder includes an entropy decoder configured to derive a number of bins of the binarizations from the data stream using binary entropy decoding by selecting a context among different contexts and updating probability states associated with the different contexts, dependent on previously decoded portions of the data stream; a desymbolizer configured to debinarize the binarizations of the syntax elements to obtain integer values of the syntax elements; a reconstructor configured to reconstruct the video based on the integer values of the syntax elements using a quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to distinguish between 126 probability states and to initialize the probability states associated with the different contexts according to a linear equation of the quantization parameter, wherein the entropy decoder is configured to, for each of the different contexts, derive a slope and an offset of the linear equation from first and second four bit parts of a respective 8 bit initial
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Valeri George, Benjamin Bross, Heiner Kirchhoffer, Detlev Marpe, Tung Nguyen, Matthias Preiss, Mischa Siekmann, Jan Stegemann, Thomas Wiegand