Patents by Inventor Katsuki Minamino

Katsuki Minamino 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: 10466794
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes circuitry that is configured to provide a user interface to control a plurality of controllable objects. The user interface is associated with a gesture recognition area that is defined by a predetermined detection area of a sensor. The gesture recognition area is divided into a plurality of gesture recognition sub-areas based on a number of the controllable objects to be controlled by the user interface. The circuitry is further configured to detect a predetermined gesture within the predetermined detection area, determine the gesture recognition sub-area in which the predetermined gesture is detected, and perform an operation on one of the controllable objects based on the detected predetermined gesture and the determined gesture recognition sub-area in which the predetermined gesture is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Maeda, Jun Yokono, Katsuki Minamino
  • Publication number: 20180218202
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a difference image generation unit which generates a difference image by obtaining a difference between frames of a cutout image which is obtained by cutting out a predetermined region on a photographed image; a feature amount extracting unit which extracts a feature amount from the difference image; and a recognition unit which recognizes a specific movement of an object on the photographed image based on the feature amount which is obtained from the plurality of difference images which are aligned in time sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: YOSHINORI MAEDA, JUN YOKONO, KATSUKI MINAMINO
  • Patent number: 9940507
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a difference image generation unit which generates a difference image by obtaining a difference between frames of a cutout image which is obtained by cutting out a predetermined region on a photographed image; a feature amount extracting unit which extracts a feature amount from the difference image; and a recognition unit which recognizes a specific movement of an object on the photographed image based on the feature amount which is obtained from the plurality of difference images which are aligned in time sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Maeda, Jun Yokono, Katsuki Minamino
  • Patent number: 9830352
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a storage unit configured to store identification data and attribute data of each of a plurality of pieces of content, the attribute data being associated with the identification data, and a retrieval unit configured to specify attribute data corresponding to a retrieval key and perform retrieval of identification data related to another attribute data associated with identification data related to the specified attribute data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Spranger, Kazumi Aoyama, Mario Tokoro, Tetsu Natsume, Katsuki Minamino
  • Publication number: 20160110592
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a difference image generation unit which generates a difference image by obtaining a difference between frames of a cutout image which is obtained by cutting out a predetermined region on a photographed image; a feature amount extracting unit which extracts a feature amount from the difference image; and a recognition unit which recognizes a specific movement of an object on the photographed image based on the feature amount which is obtained from the plurality of difference images which are aligned in time sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventors: Yoshinori Maeda, Jun Yokono, Katsuki Minamino
  • Publication number: 20160034039
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes circuitry that is configured to provide a user interface to control a plurality of controllable objects. The user interface is associated with a gesture recognition area that is defined by a predetermined detection area of a sensor. The gesture recognition area is divided into a plurality of gesture recognition sub-areas based on a number of the controllable objects to be controlled by the user interface. The circuitry is further configured to detect a predetermined gesture within the predetermined detection area, determine the gesture recognition sub-area in which the predetermined gesture is detected, and perform an operation on one of the controllable objects based on the detected predetermined gesture and the determined gesture recognition sub-area in which the predetermined gesture is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Yoshinori MAEDA, Jun YOKONO, Katsuki MINAMINO
  • Patent number: 9165181
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a difference image generation unit which generates a difference image by obtaining a difference between frames of a cutout image which is obtained by cutting out a predetermined region on a photographed image; a feature amount extracting unit which extracts a feature amount from the difference image; and a recognition unit which recognizes a specific movement of an object on the photographed image based on the feature amount which is obtained from the plurality of difference images which are aligned in time sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Maeda, Jun Yokono, Katsuki Minamino
  • Publication number: 20150227580
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a storage unit configured to store identification data and attribute data of each of a plurality of pieces of content, the attribute data being associated with the identification data, and a retrieval unit configured to specify attribute data corresponding to a retrieval key and perform retrieval of identification data related to another attribute data associated with identification data related to the specified attribute data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael SPRANGER, Kazumi AOYAMA, Mario TOKORO, Tetsu NATSUME, Katsuki MINAMINO
  • Patent number: 8612223
    Abstract: There is provided a voice processing device. The device includes: score calculation unit configured to calculate a score indicating compatibility of a voice signal input on the basis of an utterance of a user with each of plural pieces of intention information indicating each of a plurality of intentions; intention selection unit configured to select the intention information indicating the intention of the utterance of the user among the plural pieces of intention information on the basis of the score calculated by the score calculation unit; and intention reliability calculation unit configured to calculate the reliability with respect to the intention information selected by the intention selection unit on the basis of the score calculated by the score calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuki Minamino, Hitoshi Honda, Yoshinori Maeda, Hiroaki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8566094
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and program for performing a speech recognition process utilizing contextual information that comprises an estimation of the intention of an utterance of a user. The recognition process includes calculating a pre-score based on observed contextual information according intention models which correspond to a plurality of types of intention information and combining the pre-scoring results with acoustic and linguistic scores to obtain an improved recognition or comprehension of the intent of a user utterance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuki Minamino, Atsuo Hiroe, Yoshinori Maeda, Satoshi Asakawa
  • Patent number: 8290885
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: model learning means for self-organizing, on the basis of a state transition model having a state and state transition to be learned by using time series data as data in time series, an internal state from an observation signal obtained by a sensor; and controller learning means for performing learning for allocating a controller, which outputs an action, to each of transitions of a state or each of transition destination states in the state transition model indicating the internal state self-organized by the model learning means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Katsuki Minamino, Kenta Kawamoto, Hirotaka Suzuki, Kenichi Hidai
  • Publication number: 20120128255
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a part detection apparatus including, a part detection block configured to detect a location of a plurality of parts making up a subject from an input image, and a part-in-attention estimation block configured, if a location of a part in attention has not been detected by the part detection block, to estimate the location of a part in attention on the basis of the location of a part detected by the part detection block and information about a locational relation with the detected location of a part being used as reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumi Aoyama, Katsuki Minamino, Atsushi Okubo
  • Publication number: 20120053942
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a pre-score adjustment portion which calculates a pre-score based on context information obtained as observation information, for an intention model as a unit corresponding to each of a plurality of types of intention information registered in advance; a multi-matching portion which determines the most suitable word group for an input speech based on a user's utterance and calculates an acoustic score and a linguistic score to be given to the word group for the intention model as a unit; and an intention determination portion which determines intention information corresponding to an intention model achieving the highest total score as an intention corresponding to the user's utterance by comparing total scores calculated from the pre-score, the acoustic score, and the linguistic score of the intention model as a unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Katsuki MINAMINO, Atsuo HIROE, Yoshinori MAEDA, Satoshi ASAKAWA
  • Patent number: 8122002
    Abstract: An information processing device includes an obtaining unit to obtain two pieces of information that are targets for searching for connections; a connection searching unit to use an action model wherein the manner of obtaining, from input information, obtain related information that relates to the input information is modeled, and find connection information to connect the two pieces of information, thereby searching connections between the two pieces of information; and a search result output unit to output the search results of the connections between the two pieces of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Ito, Kenichi Hidai, Katsuki Minamino, Kuniaki Noda
  • Patent number: 7953683
    Abstract: A learning apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store a network formed by a plurality of nodes each holding dynamics; a learning unit configured to learn the dynamics of the network in a self-organizing manner on the basis of observed time-series data; a winner-node determiner configured to determine a winner node, the winner node being a node having dynamics that best match the time-series data; and a weight determiner configured to determine learning weights for the dynamics held by the individual nodes according to distances of the individual nodes from the winner node. The learning unit is configured to learn the dynamics of the network in a self-organizing manner by degrees corresponding to the learning weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuki Minamino, Masato Ito, Kenta Kawamoto, Yukiko Yoshiike, Hirotaka Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20110029311
    Abstract: There is provided a voice processing device. The device includes: score calculation unit configured to calculate a score indicating compatibility of a voice signal input on the basis of an utterance of a user with each of plural pieces of intention information indicating each of a plurality of intentions; intention selection unit configured to select the intention information indicating the intention of the utterance of the user among the plural pieces of intention information on the basis of the score calculated by the score calculation unit; and intention reliability calculation unit configured to calculate the reliability with respect to the intention information selected by the intention selection unit on the basis of the score calculated by the score calculation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuki MINAMINO, Hitoshi Honda, Yoshinori Maeda, Hiroaki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 7881935
    Abstract: A speech recognition apparatus in which the accuracy in speech recognition is improved as the resource is prevented from increasing. Such a word which is probable as the result of the speech recognition is selected on the basis of an acoustic score and a linguistic score, while word selection is also performed on the basis of a measure different from the acoustic score, such as the number of phonemes being small, a part of speech being a pre-set one, inclusion in the past results of speech recognition or the linguistic score being not less than a pre-set value. The words so selected are subjected to matching processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuharu Asano, Katsuki Minamino, Hiroaki Ogawa, Helmut Lucke
  • Patent number: 7840508
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store a node holding dynamics; an input-weight-coefficient adjuster configured to adjust input-weight coefficients on a dimension-by-dimension basis, the input-weight coefficients being weight coefficients for individual dimensions of input data input to input units of the node, the input data being observed time-series data having a plurality of dimensions; and an output-weight-coefficient adjuster configured to adjust output-weight coefficients on a dimension-by-dimension basis, the output-weight coefficients being weight coefficients for individual dimensions of output data having a plurality of dimensions and output from output units of the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiko Yoshiike, Masato Ito, Katsuki Minamino, Hirotaka Suzuki, Kenta Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20100241418
    Abstract: A speech recognition device includes one intention extracting language model and more in which an intention of a focused specific task is inherent, an absorbing language model in which any intention of the task is not inherent, a language score calculating section that calculates a language score indicating a linguistic similarity between each of the intention extracting language model and the absorbing language model, and the content of an utterance, and a decoder that estimates an intention in the content of an utterance based on a language score of each of the language models calculated by the language score calculating section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Maeda, Hitoshi Honda, Katsuki Minamino
  • Patent number: RE46186
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: model learning means for self-organizing, on the basis of a state transition model having a state and state transition to be learned by using time series data as data in time series, an internal state from an observation signal obtained by a sensor; and controller learning means for performing learning for allocating a controller, which outputs an action, to each of transitions of a state or each of transition destination states in the state transition model indicating the internal state self-organized by the model learning means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Katsuki Minamino, Kenta Kawamoto, Hirotaka Suzuki, Kenichi Hidai