Patents by Inventor Kazuhiko Kobayashi

Kazuhiko Kobayashi 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: 11185977
    Abstract: It is an object to enable a grasping operation to be executed according to a state of an object. The invention provides an information processing apparatus which determines the grasping operation in a grasping unit for grasping the object. The information processing apparatus has: an obtaining unit for obtaining an image acquired by capturing the object; a recognizing unit for recognizing a state of the object from the image obtained by the obtaining unit; and a generating unit for generating information for allowing the grasping unit to execute the grasping operation on the basis of the object state recognized by the recognizing unit and conditions to execute the grasping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiro Kobayashi, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Masakazu Fujiki, Akihiro Katayama
  • Patent number: 11112804
    Abstract: In an autonomous driving control apparatus, a drive control unit determines, based on first and second images respectively captured by first and second cameras and an autonomous driving condition, a value of at least one controlled variable for autonomous driving of a vehicle, and outputs, to a vehicle control unit, the value of the at least one controlled variable to thereby cause the vehicle control unit to carry out a task of autonomously driving the vehicle. A camera monitor unit determines whether at least one of the first and second cameras has malfunctioned. The camera monitor unit limits, based on the at least one of the first and second directional regions corresponding to the at least of the first and second cameras, the autonomous driving condition when determining that the at least one of the first and second cameras has malfunctioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Kazuyoshi Akiba, Toshikazu Murao
  • Patent number: 10997465
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a first acquiring unit configured to acquire geometric information relating to a target object to be recognized, a decision unit configured to decide an imaging position and orientation at which the target object is imaged, based on the geometric information acquired by the first acquiring unit, a second acquiring unit configured to acquire an image of the target object which has been captured at the imaging position and orientation decided by the decision unit, and a generation unit configured to generate learning data, based on the geometric information acquired by the first acquiring unit and the image acquired by the second acquiring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Yamada, Akihiro Katayama, Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10967517
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first generation unit configured to generate deviation data for each of parameters of respective apparatuses relating to three-dimensional measurement, a second generation unit configured to generate deviation data based on a captured image of a target acquired using the parameters and a registration image of the target, an acquiring unit configured to acquire similarity between the deviation data generated by the second generation unit and the deviation data for each of the parameters generated by the first generation unit, and a presentation unit configured to present presentation information relating to calibration of the parameters based on the similarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10964057
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: at least one processor programmed to cause the apparatus to: hold label information regarding presence of a target object, the label information being set for the target object in an image; obtain a reliability of the label information; cause a display apparatus to display the label information and an image corresponding to the label information in the image, based on the reliability; accept an operation made by a user; and modify the label information based on the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hisayoshi Furihata, Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20200333789
    Abstract: There is provided with an information processing apparatus. An acquisition unit acquires a first processing result including information for identifying the position of the mobile object and a second processing result including information for identifying the position of the mobile object. The first processing result is obtained by executing a first processing method on an image obtained by measuring at least surroundings of the mobile object by using a light receiving sensor installed on the mobile object. The second processing result is obtained by executing a second processing method different from the first processing method on an observation result obtained by observing the mobile object by using a light receiving sensor installed at a location at which it is possible to observe the mobile object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Masahiro Suzuki, Makoto Tomioka, Toshihiro Kobayashi, Akihiro Katayama, Masakazu Fujiki, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Daisuke Kotake, Shuichi Mikame, Tomoyuki Ueno, Chiyako Nakajima, Satomi Nagashima
  • Publication number: 20200334843
    Abstract: This invention provides an information processing apparatus comprising a first acquiring unit configured to acquire first distance information from a distance sensor, a second acquiring unit configured to acquire an image from an image capturing device, a holding unit configured to hold a learning model for estimating distance information from images, an estimating unit configured to estimate second distance information corresponding to the image acquired by the second acquiring unit using the learning model, and a generating unit configured to generate third distance information based on the first distance information and the second distance information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Nozomu Kasuya, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Suzuki, Daisuke Kotake, Makoto Tomioka
  • Publication number: 20200334488
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, an image obtaining unit obtains, from a vehicular camera, an image captured by the vehicular camera based on a predetermined imaging condition. An image processing unit executes an image-processing task of the image. A histogram generation unit generates a histogram based on the luminance values of the pixels included in the road-surface region in the image. The histogram graphically represents a frequency of each of the luminance values of the pixels included in the road-surface region in the image. A histogram determination unit determines whether the histogram has first and second separate crests. A change unit changes, upon determination that the histogram has first and second separate crests, at least one of 1. The imaging condition of the vehicular camera 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventor: Kazuhiko KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10800033
    Abstract: A robot control apparatus for controlling a robot manipulating a target object includes a measurement unit configured to measure a change of a gripping unit configured to grip the target object when the gripping unit contacts the target object, a first acquisition unit configured to acquire the change of the gripping unit measured by the measurement unit, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a gripping state, which is a state of gripping of the target object by the gripping unit, based on the change of the gripping unit acquired by the first acquisition unit, and a control unit configured to control an action of the robot based on the gripping state acquired by the second acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Suzuki, Tetsuri Sonoda
  • Publication number: 20200279388
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is configured to output a histogram for inspecting a state of a target object based on presence of a peak in a specific class in the histogram, the histogram representing a distribution of depth values from a measurement apparatus to the target object, the information processing apparatus including an acquisition unit configured to acquire depth information obtained from a result of measurement of a depth value from the measurement apparatus to the target object by the measurement apparatus and an output unit configured to output a histogram based on the acquired depth information so that a frequency of a class including a predetermined depth value to be applied when the depth value is not obtained is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Tomoaki Higo, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Tomokazu Tsuchimoto
  • Publication number: 20200271708
    Abstract: A measurement method includes: measuring a reception intensity of radio waves transmitted from a radio wave transmitting apparatus at an installable position of a radio wave receiving apparatus operated by power of radio waves transmitted from the radio wave transmitting apparatus; and determining, on the basis of the reception intensity of radio waves, if the radio wave receiving apparatus can operate when installed at the installable position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20200242796
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that inspects a state of a target object using distance information obtained by measuring the target object includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire position information indicating a position of a part of the target object based on the distance information, and an output unit configured to output, in a case where a position of a part of the target object does not satisfy a predetermined condition, based on the position information and the condition, information regarding a direction in which the target object is to be moved from a current state of the target object to a state satisfying the condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Tomoaki Higo, Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10705482
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an electronic device includes a heat source, a discharge path, a wall internal space, and a heat conductor. The discharge path is configured to guide a gas toward the outside of the device. The wall internal space is surrounded by walls, extends vertically, and is open to a space outside the device via an upper opening and a lower opening that are in different vertical positions. The heat conductor includes a heat absorber that is positioned in the discharge path and a heat dissipater that is positioned in the wall internal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Ueda, Makoto Yoshioka, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Takushi Saito
  • Patent number: 10635910
    Abstract: This malfunction diagnosis apparatus detects a line on a road surface by distinguishing the line from an asphalt surface other than the line. The malfunction diagnosis apparatus sets a first area corresponding to the line and a second area corresponding to the asphalt surface using a first image captured while the line is detected. The malfunction diagnosis apparatus calculates a first brightness in the first area and a second brightness in the second area using a second image captured while the vehicle is cruising and the line is not detected. Further, the malfunction diagnosis apparatus diagnoses the malfunction based on at least one of the first brightness and the second brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TRANSTRON INC
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hishinuma, Naoyuki Urushizaki, Hirokazu Sugita, Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20200101613
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit acquiring a first image and a second image, the first image being an image of a target area in an initial state, the second image being an image of the target area where a first object conveyed from a supply area is placed, an estimation unit estimating one or more second areas in the target area, based on a feature of a first area estimated using the first image and the second image, the first area being where the first object is placed, the one or more second areas each being an area where an object in the supply area can be placed and being different from the first area. A control unit controls a robot to convey a second object different from the first object from the supply area to any of the one or more second areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Tomoaki Higo, Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10603791
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a holding unit configured to hold data related to a worker; an obtaining unit configured to obtain measurement data for recognizing the worker; a recognizing unit configured to recognize the worker based on the data related to the worker and the measurement data; a determination unit configured to determine work information about a work which the worker and a robot perform on a target object together, corresponding to the recognized worker, based on a physical feature of the recognized worker; and a controlling unit configured to control the robot based on the work information so that the worker and the robot perform a work on the target object together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakazato, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20200096317
    Abstract: A three-dimensional measurement apparatus selects points corresponding to geometric features of a three-dimensional shape model of a target object, projects a plurality of selected points corresponding to the geometric features onto a range image based on approximate values indicating the position and orientation of the target object and imaging parameters at the time of imaging of the range image, searches regions of predetermined ranges respectively from the plurality of projected points for geometric features on the range image which correspond to the geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model, and associates these geometric features with each other. The apparatus then calculates the position and orientation of the target object using differences of distances on a three-dimensional space between the geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model and those on the range image, which are associated with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakazato, Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20200029052
    Abstract: To reduce complication of a configuration of a vehicle while suppressing an increase in weight of the vehicle, a camera system mounted on a vehicle includes an imaging unit to capture multiple frame images of an outside of the vehicle per cycle and an image processor to obtain the multiple frame images from the imaging unit and separate the multiple frame images into a first given number of frame images as a recognition target and a second given number of frame images as a storage target to be stored in an image recorder. The image processor separately outputs the first and second given numbers of frame images to be recognized and stored, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikazu MURAO, Kazuyoshi AKIBA, Tetsuya KIMATA, Kazuhiko KOBAYASHI, Takayuki KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20190369635
    Abstract: In an autonomous driving control apparatus, a drive control unit determines, based on first and second images respectively captured by first and second cameras and an autonomous driving condition, a value of at least one controlled variable for autonomous driving of a vehicle, and outputs, to a vehicle control unit, the value of the at least one controlled variable to thereby cause the vehicle control unit to carry out a task of autonomously driving the vehicle. A camera monitor unit determines whether at least one of the first and second cameras has malfunctioned. The camera monitor unit limits, based on the at least one of the first and second directional regions corresponding to the at least of the first and second cameras, the autonomous driving condition when determining that the at least one of the first and second cameras has malfunctioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuhiko KOBAYASHI, Kazuyoshi AKIBA, Toshikazu MURAO
  • Patent number: D940361
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Ito, Koichi Matsumoto, Atsushi Kochi, Kazuki Aiba, Kohei Kobayashi