Patents by Inventor Jiyong Ma

Jiyong Ma 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: 20190164010
    Abstract: Computerized techniques for real-time object detection from video data include: defining an analysis profile comprising an initial number of analysis cycles dedicated to each of a plurality of detectors, each detector being independently configured to detect objects according to a unique set of analysis parameters; receiving a plurality of frames of digital video data, the digital video data depicting an object; analyzing the plurality of frames using the plurality of detectors and in accordance with the analysis profile, wherein analyzing the plurality of frames produces an analysis result for each of the plurality of detectors; determining a confidence score for each of the analysis results; and updating the analysis profile by adjusting the number of analysis cycles dedicated to at least one of the plurality of detectors based on the confidence scores. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Stephen M. Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Publication number: 20190164313
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods for detecting objects within digital image data based on color transitions include: receiving or capturing a digital image depicting an object; sampling color information from a first plurality of pixels of the digital image; optionally sampling color information from a second plurality of pixels of the digital image; generating or receiving a representative background color profile based on the color information sampled from the first plurality of pixels; generating or receiving a representative foreground color profile based on the color information sampled from the second plurality of pixels and/or the first plurality of pixels; assigning each pixel a label; binarizing the digital image based on the labels; detecting contour(s) within the binarized digital image; and defining edge(s) of the object based on the detected contour(s). Corresponding systems and computer program products configured to perform the inventive methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Stephen M. Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Publication number: 20190087942
    Abstract: A method of detecting an object depicted in a digital image includes: detecting a plurality of identifying features of the object, wherein the plurality of identifying features are located internally with respect to the object; projecting a location of region(s) of interest of the object based on the plurality of identifying features, where each region of interest depicts content; building and/or selecting an extraction model configured to extract the content based at least in part on: the location of the region(s) of interest, the of identifying feature(s), or both; and extracting the some or all of the content from the digital image using the extraction model. Corresponding system and computer program product embodiments are disclosed. The inventive concepts enable reliable extraction of data from digital images where portions of an object are obscured/missing, and/or depicted on a complex background.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Stephen M. Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Publication number: 20190035061
    Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and techniques for detecting and/or reconstructing objects depicted in digital image data within a three-dimensional space are disclosed, according to various exemplary embodiments. The inventive concepts uniquely utilize internal features to accomplish reconstruction, thereby avoiding reliance on reconstructing objects based on information derived from location of edges. The inventive concepts thus provide an improvement over conventional object reconstruction since objects may be detected and/or reconstructed even when edges are obscured or not depicted in the digital image data. In one aspect, reconstructing an object depicted in a digital image includes using a processor to: detect a plurality of identifying features of the object, where the identifying features are located internally with respect to the object; and reconstruct the digital image of the object within a three dimensional coordinate space based at least in part on some or all of the identifying features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Stephen Michael Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 10127636
    Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and techniques for reconstructing objects depicted in digital image data within a three-dimensional space are disclosed, according to various exemplary embodiments. The inventive concepts uniquely utilize internal features to accomplish reconstruction, thereby avoiding reliance on reconstructing objects based on information derived from location of edges. The inventive concepts thus provide an improvement over conventional object reconstruction since objects may be reconstructed even when edges are obscured or not depicted in the digital image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Stephen Michael Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 10127441
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes: a processor; and logic in and/or executable by the processor to cause the processor to: generate a first feature vector based on a digital image captured by a mobile device; compare the first feature vector to a plurality of reference feature matrices; classify an object depicted in the digital image as a member of a particular object class based at least in part on the comparison; determine one or more object features of the object based at least in part on the particular object class; and detect one or more additional objects belonging to the particular object class based on the determined object feature(s). The one or more additional objects are depicted either in the digital image or another digital image received by the mobile device. Corresponding computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Jan W. Amtrup, Anthony Macciola, Steve Thompson, Jiyong Ma, Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher W. Thrasher
  • Patent number: 10108860
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system includes a processor and logic in and/or executable by the processor to cause the processor to: initiate a capture operation using an image capture component of the mobile device, the capture operation comprising; capturing video data; and estimating a plurality of motion vectors corresponding to motion of the image capture component during the capture operation; detect a document depicted in the video data; track a position of the detected document throughout the video data; select a plurality of images using the image capture component of the mobile device, wherein the selection is based at least in part on: the tracked position of the detected document; and the estimated motion vectors; and generate a composite image based on at least some of the selected plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Publication number: 20180189695
    Abstract: Computer program products for performing workflows using a mobile device, without requiring tactile input from the user. The workflow is thus “touchless” and may utilize input preferably including optical data and/or audio data. Tactile input may be optionally provided in some embodiments, but the workflow is configured to be performed without any tactile input. Accordingly, in one embodiment, a computer program product includes a computer readable medium having computer readable and/or executable program instructions embodied therewith, the program instructions being configured to cause a processor to: invoke a mobile application using a mobile device; receive auditory input via the mobile device; and perform a business workflow via the mobile application based on the auditory input. Corresponding systems and computer program product embodiments configured for touchless mobile workflows are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup, Jiyong Ma
  • Patent number: 9996741
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a digital image captured by a mobile device; and using a processor of the mobile device: generating a first representation of the digital image, the first representation being characterized by a reduced resolution; generating a first feature vector based on the first representation; comparing the first feature vector to a plurality of reference feature matrices; classifying an object depicted in the digital image as a member of a particular object class based at least in part on the comparing; and determining one or more object features of the object based at least in part on the particular object class. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Jan W. Amtrup, Anthony Macciola, Steve Thompson, Jiyong Ma, Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher W. Thrasher
  • Patent number: 9946954
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, systems, and computer program products for determining distance between an object and a capture device are disclosed. The distance determination techniques are based on image data captured by the capture device, where the image data represent the object. These techniques improve the function of capture devices such as mobile phones by enabling determination of distance using a single lens capture device, and based on intrinsic parameters of the capture device, such as focal length and scaling factor(s), in preferred approaches. In some approaches, the distance estimation may be based in part on a priori knowledge regarding size of the object represented in the image data. Distance determination may be based on a homography transform and/or reference image data representing the object, a same type or similar type of object, in more approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Macciola, Jiyong Ma, Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher Thrasher, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 9946985
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for performing workflows using a mobile device, without requiring tactile input from the user. The workflow is thus “touchless” and may utilize input preferably including optical data and/or audio data. Tactile input may be optionally provided in some embodiments, but the workflow is configured to be performed without any tactile input. Accordingly, in one embodiment, a computer-implemented method for performing a touchless mobile workflow includes: invoking a mobile application using a mobile device; receiving auditory input via the mobile device; and performing a business workflow via the mobile application based on the auditory input. Corresponding systems and computer program product embodiments configured for touchless mobile workflows are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup, Jiyong Ma
  • Publication number: 20170357869
    Abstract: In various embodiments, computer program products for detecting, estimating, calculating, etc. characteristics of a document based on reference objects depicted on the document are disclosed. In one approach, a computer program product for processing a digital image depicting a document includes instructions executable by a computer for analyzing the digital image to determine one or more of a presence and a location of one or more reference objects; determining one or more geometric characteristics of at least one of the reference objects; defining one or more region(s) of interest based at least in part on one or more of the determined geometric characteristics; and detecting a presence or absence of an edge of the document within each defined region of interest. Additional embodiments leverage the type of document depicted in the image, multiple frames of image data, and/or calculate or extrapolate document edges rather than locating edges in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher W. Thrasher, Jiyong Ma, Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 9819825
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a processor and logic executable by the processor. The logic is configured to cause the processor to: capture video data using a mobile device, the video data comprising a plurality of frames; determine whether one or more of the frames depict a document exhibiting one or more defining characteristics; determine whether one or more of the frame(s) determined to depict the document also satisfy one or more predetermined quality control criteria; and in response to determining one or more of the frames depict the document and also satisfy the one or more predetermined quality control criteria, automatically capture an image of the document. Corresponding computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Jan W. Amtrup, Jiyong Ma, Anthony Macciola
  • Publication number: 20170286764
    Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and techniques for detecting objects depicted in digital image data are disclosed, according to various exemplary embodiments. The inventive concepts uniquely utilize internal features to accomplish object detection, thereby avoiding reliance on detecting object edges and/or transitions between the object and other portions of the digital image data, e.g. background textures or other objects. The inventive concepts thus provide an improvement over conventional object detection since objects may be detected even when edges are obscured or not depicted in the digital image data. In one aspect, a computer-implemented method of detecting an object depicted in a digital image includes: detecting a plurality of identifying features of the object, wherein the plurality of identifying features are located internally with respect to the object; and projecting a location of one or more edges of the object based at least in part on the plurality of identifying features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Stephen Michael Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 9779296
    Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and techniques for detecting objects depicted in digital image data are disclosed, according to various exemplary embodiments. The inventive concepts uniquely utilize internal features to accomplish object detection, thereby avoiding reliance on detecting object edges and/or transitions between the object and other portions of the digital image data, e.g. background textures or other objects. The inventive concepts thus provide an improvement over conventional object detection since objects may be detected even when edges are obscured or not depicted in the digital image data. In one aspect, a computer-implemented method of detecting an object depicted in a digital image includes: detecting a plurality of identifying features of the object, wherein the plurality of identifying features are located internally with respect to the object; and projecting a location of one or more edges of the object based at least in part on the plurality of identifying features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Stephen Michael Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 9760788
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting, estimating, calculating, etc. characteristics of a document based on reference objects depicted on the document are disclosed. In one approach, a computer-implemented method for processing a digital image depicting a document includes analyzing the digital image to determine one or more of a presence and a location of one or more reference objects; determining one or more geometric characteristics of at least one of the reference objects; defining one or more region(s) of interest based at least in part on one or more of the determined geometric characteristics; and detecting a presence or an absence of an edge of the document within each defined region of interest. Additional embodiments leverage the type of document depicted in the image, multiple frames of image data, and/or calculate or extrapolate document edges rather than locating edges in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher W. Thrasher, Jiyong Ma, Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 9754164
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mobile image data capture and processing are disclosed. The techniques encompass receipt or capture of digital image data, detecting an object such as a document depicted in a digital image corresponding to the digital image data, processing the digital image to improve image quality, classifying the object from the processed image data, and extracting useful information from the object. Processing may improve image quality by correcting artifacts such as distortion, skew, blur, shadows, etc. common to digital images captured using mobile devices. Classification is based on identifying unique features (and/or combinations thereof) within the image data and determining whether the identified features indicate the object belongs to a class of known objects having similar characteristics, or is unique to all known classes. Extraction is based in whole or in part on object classification. All operations may be performed using mobile technology exclusively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup, Jiyong Ma, Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher W. Thrasher, Stephen Michael Thompson
  • Patent number: 9747504
    Abstract: Techniques for capturing long document images and generating composite images therefrom include: detecting a document depicted in image data; tracking a position of the detected document within the image data; selecting a plurality of images, wherein the selection is based at least in part on the tracked position of the detected document; and generating a composite image based on at least one of the selected plurality of images. The tracking and selection are optionally but preferably based in whole or in part on motion vectors estimated at least partially based on analyzing image data such as test and reference frames within the captured video data/images. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Publication number: 20170111532
    Abstract: The presently disclosed inventive concepts encompass capturing video data using a mobile device, streaming the captured video data to a server for processing of the video data in real-time or near-real time, and providing the server's processing result to the mobile device for additional analysis and/or processing of the captured video data, the processing result, or both. In one embodiment an image processing server is configured to: process, in real time, input streamed to the server from a mobile device, the input comprising one or more frames of digital video data; and output a result of processing the input to the mobile device. In another embodiment, a method includes capturing video data using a mobile device, streaming the video data to an image processing server, receiving a processing result from the server, and further processing the captured video data and/or the processing result using the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Jan W. Amtrup, Jiyong Ma, Stephen Michael Thompson, Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher W. Thrasher, Anthony Macciola
  • Publication number: 20170109588
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system includes a processor and logic in and/or executable by the processor to cause the processor to: initiate a capture operation using an image capture component of the mobile device, the capture operation comprising; capturing video data; and estimating a plurality of motion vectors corresponding to motion of the image capture component during the capture operation; detect a document depicted in the video data; track a position of the detected document throughout the video data; select a plurality of images using the image capture component of the mobile device, wherein the selection is based at least in part on: the tracked position of the detected document; and the estimated motion vectors; and generate a composite image based on at least some of the selected plurality of images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup