Patents by Inventor Herman Herman

Herman Herman 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: 20200334846
    Abstract: A volume of contents in a container of a work vehicle can be estimated in various examples. One example involves a system with a 3D sensor on a work vehicle, where the sensor captures images of a material in a container of the work vehicle. A processor device that is in communication with the 3D sensor determines a volume of the material in the container using the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: John Hageman, Tarik Loukili, Michael Kean, Herman Herman, Halit Bener Suay
  • Patent number: 10733752
    Abstract: A volume of contents in a container of a work vehicle can be estimated in various examples. One example involves a system with a 3D sensor on a work vehicle, where the 3D sensor captures images of the contents in a container of the work vehicle. The system also includes a sensor for detecting an angle of the container. A processor device that is in communication with the 3D sensor and the sensor determines a volume of the contents in the container using the images and the angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: John Hageman, Tarik Loukili, Michael Kean, Herman Herman, Halit Bener Suay
  • Patent number: 10679370
    Abstract: A system for creating a near-spherical point cloud of RGBD data includes one or more sensing units for providing depth data, each sensing unit having a stereo pair of sensors fitted with the wide-angle lens from which a one-dimensional line of pixels is read, and one or more lasers for illuminating the single line of pixels, the sensing units mounted on a spinning platform. The spinning platform is mounted on the base having a plurality of cameras mounted therein for providing 360-degree RGB data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Srinivasa Narasimhan, Herman Herman, Jaime Bourne, D. W. Wilson Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10664726
    Abstract: A method and non-transitory computer-readable medium capture an image of bulk grain and apply a feature extractor to the image to determine a feature of the bulk grain in the image. For each of a plurality of different sampling locations in the image, based upon the feature of the bulk grain at the sampling location, a determination is made regarding a classification score for the presence of a classification of material at the sampling location. A quality of the bulk grain of the image is determined based upon an aggregation of the classification scores for the presence of the classification of material at the sampling locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Carl Knox Wellington, Aaron J. Bruns, Victor S. Sierra, James J. Phelan, John M. Hageman, Cristian Dima, Hanke Boesch, Herman Herman, Zachary Abraham Pezzementi, Cason Robert Male, Joan Campoy, Carlos Vallespi-gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10645277
    Abstract: A computer vision camera unit comprising first and second pairs, of image capture assemblies, both of which have an approximately same orientation to a first axis. The first and second pairs are optically focused to capture first and second fields of view that, at least, overlap each other. Providing the first and second pairs with imager chips of differing light sensitivity permits high dynamic range to be realized. Having the second field of view within the first field of view permits specialization, between the first and second pairs, similar to the roles of peripheral and foveal vision, found in biological stereo vision systems. The image capture assemblies can be organized in a rectangular configuration that implies third and fourth pairs, orthogonal to the first and second pairs. The orthogonal but interlocking nature, of the first and second pairs in relation to the third and fourth pairs, enables an autocalibration technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Herman Herman
  • Publication number: 20200084966
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling the quality of harvested grains include capturing, by one or more image sensors, one or more images of material at a sampling location within a grain elevator of the combine harvester. The captured images are defined by a set of image pixels represented by image data and having a classification feature indicative of grain or non-grain material. One or more controllers receive the image data associated with the one or more images captured by the image sensor(s) and select a sample image defined by a subset of image pixels of the set of image pixels. The controller(s) apply a convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithm to the image data of the subset of image pixels of the selected sample image to determine the classification feature. The controller(s) analyze the determined classification feature to adjust an operational parameter of the combine harvester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen R. Corban, Scott Miller, Herman Herman, Zachary Pezzementi, Trenton Tabor, Jonathan Chang
  • Publication number: 20200084967
    Abstract: A grain tailings elevator for a combine harvester includes a an elevator housing having an interior containing a conveyor arrangement configured to transport grain tailings through the elevator housing to a discharge outlet. The elevator housing has a side wall with a window to the interior of the elevator housing. A camera having a camera housing containing an image sensor is mounted to the side wall of the elevator housing over the window with the image sensor in registration with the window. The image sensor is trained on the conveyor arrangement and configured to image the grain tailings transported by the conveyor arrangement through the elevator housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen R. Corban, Scott Miller, William D. Todd, Herman Herman, Zachary Pezzementi, Trenton Tabor, Jonathan Chang
  • Patent number: 10484666
    Abstract: A computer vision camera unit comprising first and second pairs, of image capture assemblies, both of which have an approximately same orientation to a first axis. The first and second pairs are optically focused to capture first and second fields of view that, at least, overlap each other. Providing the first and second pairs with imager chips of differing light sensitivity permits high dynamic range to be realized. Having the second field of view within the first field of view permits specialization, between the first and second pairs, similar to the roles of peripheral and foveal vision, found in biological stereo vision systems. The image capture assemblies can be organized in a rectangular configuration that implies third and fourth pairs, orthogonal to the first and second pairs. The orthogonal but interlocking nature, of the first and second pairs in relation to the third and fourth pairs, enables an autocalibration technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Herman Herman
  • Publication number: 20190344447
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a material handling system for manipulating items. The material handling system includes a repositioning system comprising a robotic tool which includes a robotic arm portion and an end effector. The robotic tool is configured to manipulate an item in a first orientation and reorient the item to a second orientation. The material handling system further includes a vision system having one or more sensors positioned within the material handling system. The vision system is configured to generate inputs corresponding to the characteristics of the items. The material handling system may further include a controller executing instructions to cause the material handling system to identify the item in the first orientation, based on the one or more characteristics of the item, initiate, by the repositioning system, picking of the item in the first orientation, and re-orient the item in the second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew R. WICKS, Michael L. GIRTMAN, Thomas M. FERNER, John SIMONS, Herman HERMAN, Gabriel GOLDMAN, Jose GONZALEZ-MORA, Katharina MUELLING
  • Patent number: 10371561
    Abstract: A system is provided that can include a 3D sensor. The 3D sensor can be configured to detect an area of an elevator on a harvester. The 3D sensor can further be configured to transmit a first signal associated with the area. The system can also include a processing device in communication with the 3D sensor. The system can further include a memory device in which instructions executable by the processing device are stored for causing the processing device to receive the first signal and determine a volume of a material on the elevator based on the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc., Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Matthew J. Darr, Daniel Joseph Corbett, Herman Herman, Carlos Vallespi-Gonzalez, Bryan E. Dugas, Hernan Badino
  • Publication number: 20190026914
    Abstract: A volume of contents in a container of a work vehicle can be estimates. For example, a system can include a 3D sensor on a work vehicle. The 3D sensor can capture multiple images of contents in a container of the work vehicle. The system can also include a sensor for detecting an angle of the 3D sensor with respect to a position of the container for at least some of the images. A processor device can be in communication with the 3D sensor and the sensor. A memory device can include instructions executable by the processor device for causing the processor device to determine a volume of the contents in the container using the images and the angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: John Hageman, Tarik Loukili, Michael Kean, Herman Herman, Halit Bener Suay
  • Patent number: 10172285
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for evaluating agricultural material which comprises, in one embodiment, a housing having a passage in or through an interior of the housing with an inlet for receiving agricultural material and an outlet for outputting the agricultural material. The system further comprises a wall opening in a wall of the passage. An imaging device having a lens is located inward from a border of the imaging device. The imaging device is pivotally mounted for rotation with respect to a housing such that in a closed state the border of the imaging device rests on, engages or interlocks the wall opening of the housing, and in an open state the border exposes the wall opening and an interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: Carnegie Mellon University, Deere & Company
    Inventors: Victor S. Sierra, Tarik Loukili, Aaron J. Bruns, John M. Hageman, Herman Herman, Vladimir A. Altman, Jaime W. Bourne
  • Publication number: 20180374230
    Abstract: A system for creating a near-spherical point cloud of RGBD data includes one or more sensing units for providing depth data, each sensing unit having a stereo pair of sensors fitted with the wide-angle lens from which a one-dimensional line of pixels is read, and one or more lasers for illuminating the single line of pixels, the sensing units mounted on a spinning platform. The spinning platform is mounted on the base having a plurality of cameras mounted therein for providing 360-degree RGB data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Srinivasa Narasimhan, Herman Herman, Jaime Bourne, D.W. Wilson Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10129528
    Abstract: An adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Publication number: 20180263188
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-guided blossom picker that uses a vision system to identify and locate blossoms or inflorescence growing on a plant. The device is intended to be used on a farm and towed by a tractor, for example, or it can be self-propelled. As the device is moved over the blossom the image data captured by the vision system is sent to a machine vision module, which interprets the data and identifies a location of blossom. A controller uses the location data to command a picker to the proper location. A cutter on the picker is actuated to remove the blossom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Herman Herman, Christopher Chandler Fromme, Elliot Allen Cuzzillo, Jaime W. Bourne, Richard D. Pantaleo, Neil Frederick Stegall, James Andrew Bagnell, Jeffrey David McMahill, Joan Campoy
  • Patent number: 10019790
    Abstract: First imaging device collects first image data, whereas second imaging device collects second image data of a storage portion. An image processing module identifies a rim of a container in either the first image data or the second image data. The image processing module then overlays an outline of the rim in an image presented on a display to an operator of a transferring vehicle. The image processing module further identifies the fill level of material in a receiving vehicle container and overlays this information in the image presented on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Herman Herman, Joan Campoy
  • Patent number: 9992931
    Abstract: An adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Patent number: 9992932
    Abstract: An adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Patent number: 9918118
    Abstract: An imaging system comprising a panoramic visual image display, an associated directional sound playback device, and an associated motion reproduction device is disclosed. The imaging system conveys visual, sound and motion information related to a particular viewing direction to provide a realistic experience for the viewer. The imaging system can also comprise a panoramic visual image recording device capable of recording panoramic images, an associated directional sound capturing device capable of recording sound, and an associated directional motion capturing device capable of recording motion. Recorded panoramic images, sound and motion can be synchronously recorded to a common time code for simultaneous playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: 360FLY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Rondinelli, Anthony Stentz, Sanjiv Singh, Herman Herman
  • Publication number: 20180025254
    Abstract: A method and non-transitory computer-readable medium capture an image of bulk grain and apply a feature extractor to the image to determine a feature of the bulk grain in the image. For each of a plurality of different sampling locations in the image, based upon the feature of the bulk grain at the sampling location, a determination is made regarding a classification score for the presence of a classification of material at the sampling location. A quality of the bulk grain of the image is determined based upon an aggregation of the classification scores for the presence of the classification of material at the sampling locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Carl Knox Wellington, Aaron J. Bruns, Victor S. Sierra, James J. Phelan, John M. Hageman, Cristian Dima, Hanke Boesch, Herman Herman, Zachary Abraham Pezzementi, Cason Robert Male, Joan Campoy, Carlos Vallespi-gonzalez