Patents by Inventor Kevin Shields

Kevin Shields 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: 20190206056
    Abstract: A convolutional neural network (CNN) is applied to identifying tumors in a histological image. The CNN has one channel assigned to each of a plurality of tissue classes that are to be identified, there being at least one class for each of non-tumorous and tumorous tissue types. Multi-stage convolution is performed on image patches extracted from the histological image followed by multi-stage transpose convolution to recover a layer matched in size to the input image patch. The output image patch thus has a one-to-one pixel-to-pixel correspondence with the input image patch such that each pixel in the output image patch has assigned to it one of the multiple available classes. The output image patches are then assembled into a probability map that can be co-rendered with the histological image either alongside it or over it as an overlay. The probability map can then be stored linked to the histological image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Walter GEORGESCU, Allen OLSON, Bharat ANNALDAS, Darragh LAWLER, Kevin SHIELDS, Kiran SALIGRAMA, Mark GREGSON
  • Patent number: 10272431
    Abstract: Described here is a microfabricated particle sorting device that uses a transient pulse of fluidic pressure to deflect the target particle. The transient pulse may be generated by a microfabricated (MEMS) actuator, which pushes a volume of fluid into a channel, or sucks a volume of fluid from the channel. The transient pressure pulse may divert a target particle into a sort channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S Foster, Stefan Miltenyi, Kevin Shields, Mehran Hoonejani
  • Publication number: 20180340882
    Abstract: Described here is a microfabricated particle filtering structure having at least one microchannel formed in a surface of a silicon substrate. The filter structure uses a plurality of barriers formed in at least one microchannel, wherein a distance between the closest barriers is small enough to capture the particulate debris but allow the sample fluid to flow, and a transparent layer that covers the silicon substrate, and the plurality of barriers. The debris captured by the barriers may be analyzable through the transparent layer, helping in determining the source of the debris.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. FOSTER, Mehran Hoonejani, Kevin SHIELDS
  • Publication number: 20180236449
    Abstract: Described here is a microfabricated particle sorting device that uses a transient pulse of fluidic pressure to deflect the target particle. The transient pulse may be generated by a microfabricated (MEMS) actuator, which pushes a volume of fluid into a channel, or sucks a volume of fluid from the channel. The transient pressure pulse may divert a target particle into a sort channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. FOSTER, Stefan MILTENYI, Kevin Shields, Mehran Hoonejani
  • Patent number: 9962702
    Abstract: A particle manipulation system uses a MEMS-based, microfabricated particle manipulation device which has a sample inlet channel, output channels, and a movable member formed on a substrate. The device may be used to separate a target particle from non-target material in a sample stream. In order to improve the sorter speed, accuracy or yield, the particle manipulation system may also include a microfluidic structure which focuses the target particles in a particular portion of the sample inlet channel. This focusing element may include cavities of variable cross section along the channel length. In addition, a filtering element may also be included upstream of the focusing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Foster, Kevin Shields, Mehran Hoonejani
  • Publication number: 20180065120
    Abstract: A particle manipulation system uses a MEMS-based, microfabricated particle manipulation device which has a sample inlet channel, output channels, and a movable member formed on a substrate. The device may be used to separate a target particle from non-target material in a sample stream. In order to improve the sorter speed, accuracy or yield, the particle manipulation system may also include a microfluidic structure which focuses the target particles in a particular portion of the sample inlet channel. The particle manipulation device may have two separate sort output channels, wherein the sort channel used depends on the characteristics of the sort pulse delivered to the micromechanical particle manipulation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. FOSTER, Kevin SHIELDS, Mehran Hoonejani
  • Publication number: 20170297025
    Abstract: A particle manipulation system uses a MEMS-based, microfabricated particle manipulation device which has a sample inlet channel, output channels, and a movable member formed on a substrate. The device may be used to separate a target particle from non-target material in a sample stream. In order to improve the sorter speed, accuracy or yield, the particle manipulation system may also include a microfluidic structure which focuses the target particles in a particular portion of the sample inlet channel. This focusing element may include cavities of variable cross section along the channel length. In addition, a filtering element may also be included upstream of the focusing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Owl biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. FOSTER, Kevin SHIELDS, Mehran Hoonejani
  • Patent number: 9146778
    Abstract: Background tasks are managed through background task settings that allow or prevent the execution of agents associated with mobile device applications in the background of a mobile computing device. Background task management can extend the battery life of a mobile device and can be done by a user, the mobile device or a combination thereof. Agents scheduled for execution by a mobile device are executed according to the background task settings associated with the application. Background task settings can be controlled via background task control panels. Background task settings can be set on a system-wide, application or background task basis. Disabled background tasks can be enabled when the application is next launched. A user can be invited to navigate to the background task control panels when various events occur such as the battery life dropping below a threshold or the current power consumption exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Jiang, Rhon Manlapaz, Megan Donahue, Dawn Wilson, Darin Miller, Michael Saffitz, Kenneth Lynn Crocker, Kevin Shields
  • Publication number: 20140366031
    Abstract: Background tasks are managed through background task settings that allow or prevent the execution of agents associated with mobile device applications in the background of a mobile computing device. Background task management can extend the battery life of a mobile device and can be done by a user, the mobile device or a combination thereof. Agents scheduled for execution by a mobile device are executed according to the background task settings associated with the application. Background task settings can be controlled via background task control panels. Background task settings can be set on a system-wide, application or background task basis. Disabled background tasks can be enabled when the application is next launched. A user can be invited to navigate to the background task control panels when various events occur such as the battery life dropping below a threshold or the current power consumption exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rachel Jiang, Rhon Manlapaz, Megan Donahue, Dawn Wilson, Darin Miller, Michael Saffitz, Kenneth Lynn Crocker, Kevin Shields
  • Patent number: 8886976
    Abstract: Background tasks are managed through background task settings that allow or prevent the execution of agents associated with mobile device applications in the background of a mobile computing device. Background task management can extend the battery life of a mobile device and can be done by a user, the mobile device or a combination thereof. Agents scheduled for execution by a mobile device are executed according to the background task settings associated with the application. Background task settings can be controlled via background task control panels. Background task settings can be set on a system-wide, application or background task basis. Disabled background tasks can be enabled when the application is next launched. A user can be invited to navigate to the background task control panels when various events occur such as the battery life dropping below a threshold or the current power consumption exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel Jiang, Rhon Manlapaz, Megan Donahue, Dawn Wilson, Darin Miller, Michael Saffitz, Kenneth Lynn Crocker, Kevin Shields
  • Patent number: 8400470
    Abstract: A method is provided for displaying a client-side multi-component image. A plurality of image component channels derived from captured images of a sample are stored in a server, the plurality of image component channels being stored in the form of a plurality of image data records. A client then requests one or more of the plurality of image data records and the server transmits to the client the one or more of the plurality of image data records requested. At the client, the client-side multi-component image is composited from the image data records transmitted the composited client-side multi-component image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Genetix Corp
    Inventors: Kevin Shields, James Raine, Gavin Hope
  • Publication number: 20120260118
    Abstract: Background tasks are managed through background task settings that allow or prevent the execution of agents associated with mobile device applications in the background of a mobile computing device. Background task management can extend the battery life of a mobile device and can be done by a user, the mobile device or a combination thereof. Agents scheduled for execution by a mobile device are executed according to the background task settings associated with the application. Background task settings can be controlled via background task control panels. Background task settings can be set on a system-wide, application or background task basis. Disabled background tasks can be enabled when the application is next launched. A user can be invited to navigate to the background task control panels when various events occur such as the battery life dropping below a threshold or the current power consumption exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel Jiang, Rhon Manlapaz, Megan Donahue, Dawn Wilson, Darin Miller, Michael Saffitz, Kenneth Lynn Crocker, Kevin Shields
  • Patent number: 7765570
    Abstract: A channel updater. The channel updater maintains an accurate channel line-up by automatically testing accessible channels to determine if those channels are available for viewing. Available channels are added to the channel line-up, and unavailable channels are subtracted from the channel line-up. The updater persistently retests the channels so that changes in channel availability are reflected in the channel line-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Talal Batrouny, Kevin Shields, Frederic Azera, Cory Cirrincione, Elyssa Cox
  • Publication number: 20100045698
    Abstract: A method is provided for displaying a client-side multi-component image. A plurality of image component channels derived from captured images of a sample are stored in a server, the plurality of image component channels being stored in the form of a plurality of image data records. A client then requests one or more of the plurality of image data records and the server transmits to the client the one or more of the plurality of image data records requested. At the client, the client-side multi-component image is composited from the image data records transmitted the composited client-side multi-component image is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Applied Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Shields, James Raine, Gavin Hope
  • Publication number: 20090238435
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems that acquire digital images of a microscope slide having a large variation in pixel value brightness, like, for instance, fluorescent microscope slides. The methods and the systems generate a well contrasted composite image with preserved areas of low and high fluorescent intensity from the input images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Applied Imaging Corp.
    Inventor: Kevin Shields
  • Publication number: 20090158157
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for selecting representative information from a video clip to aid in identifying the video clip. The video clip may be a recorded television program and the representative information may be thumbnails determined to a high degree of certainty to include identifying content from the television program. When a user accesses a list of recorded video clips, the identifying information for each clip may be presented to the user to further assist the user in identifying the recorded video clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Shields, Li-Juan Qin, Charles Wu, Mark Schwesinger
  • Publication number: 20080313671
    Abstract: A channel updater. The channel updater maintains an accurate channel line-up by automatically testing accessible channels to determine if those channels are available for viewing. Available channels are added to the channel line-up, and unavailable channels are subtracted from the channel line-up. The updater persistently retests the channels so that changes in channel availability are reflected in the channel line-up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Talal Batrouny, Kevin Shields, Frederic Azera, Cory Cirrincione, Elyssa Cox
  • Patent number: 7133543
    Abstract: Scanning and analysis of cytology and histology samples uses a flatbed scanner to capture images of the structures of interest such as tumor cells in a manner that results in sufficient image resolution to allow for the analysis of such common pathology staining techniques as ICC (immunocytochemistry), IHC (immunohistochemistry) or in situ hybridization. Very large volumes of such material are scanned in order to identify cells or clusters of cells which are positive or warrant more detailed examination, and if analysis at higher resolution is necessary, information regarding these positive events is transferred to a secondary microscope, such as a conventional scanning microscope, to allow further analysis and review of the selected regions of the slide containing the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Applied Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Nico Peter Verwoerd, Johannes Vrolijk, Wilhelmina E. Mesker, Willem C. R. Sloos, Jan Bonnet, Padraig S. O'Kelly, Mark Gregson, Kevin Shields, Hendrikus J. Tanke
  • Publication number: 20060106937
    Abstract: Described is a method and system for downloading information to a mobile device. The system and method provide a mechanism for selectively identifying the type of information that can be downloaded to the mobile device. In one embodiment, the mechanism includes a user interface resident on the mobile device that allows user selection of the type of information. Alternatively, the mechanism includes a profile maintained on a server. The profile identifies the type of information, such as a file extension, that a particular mobile device supports. In addition, the type of information may be based on a file size associated with the information. Once the type of information is identified, the server downloads the identified type of information to the mobile device without downloading undesired types of information. Thus, the synchronization session is efficiently managed so that undesired information is not downloaded to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Shields, Steven Cover, Chad Whitney
  • Patent number: D847658
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventors: Ryan Heiser, Patrick Kevin Shields, Michael Desjardins