Patents by Inventor Kohtaro Sabe

Kohtaro Sabe 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: 8582897
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a face detecting unit configured to detect a face in an image; a discriminating unit configured to discriminate an attribute of the face detected by the face detecting unit; a generating unit configured to generate, from the face detected by the face detecting unit and the attribute discriminated by the discriminating unit, a feature amount of the image; and a learning unit configured to learn, from the feature amount generated by the generating unit, information for discriminating whether the image corresponds to a predetermined scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kohtaro Sabe
  • Patent number: 8571315
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a distinguishing unit which, by using an ensemble classifier, which includes a plurality of weak classifiers outputting weak hypotheses which indicates whether a predetermined subject is shown in an image in response to inputs of a plurality of features extracted from the image, and a plurality of features extracted from an input image, sequentially integrates the weak hypotheses output by the weak classifiers in regard to the plurality of features and distinguishes whether the predetermined subject is shown in the input image based on the integrated value. The weak classifier classifies each of the plurality of features to one of three or more sub-divisions based on threshold values, calculates sum divisions of the sub-divisions of the plurality of features as whole divisions into which the plurality of features is classified, and outputs, as the weak hypothesis, a reliability degree of the whole divisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Kenichi Hidai, Kiyoto Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8572008
    Abstract: A learning apparatus includes: a location acquiring section for acquiring time series data on locations of a user; a time acquiring section for acquiring time series data on times; and learning section for learning an activity model indicating an activity state of the user as a probabilistic state transition model, using the respective acquired time series data on the locations and the times as an input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Ide, Masato Ito, Kohtaro Sabe
  • Publication number: 20130275068
    Abstract: A data processing device includes: a data obtaining section obtaining time series data on a total value of current consumed by a plurality of electric apparatuses; and a parameter estimating section obtaining a model parameter when states of operation of the plurality of electric apparatuses are modeled by a factorial HMM on a basis of the obtained time series data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Kenichi Hidai, Kohtaro Sabe, Takashi Hasuo, Naoki Ide
  • Patent number: 8560467
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus includes an obtaining unit for obtaining time-series data, an activity model learning unit for learning an activity model representing a user activity state as a stochastic state transition model from the obtained time-series data, a recognition unit for recognizing a current user activity state by using the learned activity model, and a prediction unit for predicting a user activity state after a predetermined time elapses from a current time from the recognized current user activity state, wherein the prediction unit predicts the user activity state as an occurrence probability, and calculates the occurrence probabilities of the respective states on the basis of the state transition probability of the stochastic state transition model to predict the user activity state, while it is presumed that observation probabilities of the respective states at the respective times of the stochastic state transition model are an equal probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Ito, Kohtaro Sabe, Hirotaka Suzuki, Jun Yokono, Kazumi Aoyama, Takashi Hasuo
  • Publication number: 20130243331
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a foreground state estimating unit configured to estimate a foreground state of an image using an actual image which is an image to be actually observed; and a visible model updating unit configured to update a background visible model which is visibility of the background of an image and a foreground visible model which is visibility of the foreground using an estimation result of the foreground state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kuniaki NODA, Kenta Kawamoto, Peter Duerr, Kohtaro Sabe
  • Patent number: 8527434
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a learning section configured to learn a state transition probability model defined by state transition probability for each action of a state making a state transition due to an action performed by an agent capable of performing action and observation probability of a predetermined observed value being observed from the state, using an action performed by the agent and an observed value observed in the agent when the agent has performed the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kuniaki Noda, Kohtaro Sabe, Yukiko Yoshiike, Kenta Kawamoto, Kenichi Hidai
  • Publication number: 20130197890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a data processing device, a data processing method, and a program which enable prediction to be performed even when there is a gap in the current location data to be obtained in real time. A learning main processor 23 represents movement history data serving as data for learning, as a probability model which represents a user's activity, and obtains a parameter thereof. A prediction main processor 33 uses the probability model obtained by learning to estimate a user's current location from movement history data to be obtained in real time. In the event that there is a data missing portion included in movement history data to be obtained in real time, the prediction main processor 33 generates the data missing portion thereof by interpolation processing, and estimates state nose series corresponding to the interpolated data for prediction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Ide, Masato Ito, Kohtaro Sabe
  • Patent number: 8494984
    Abstract: An information processing device includes an acquisition unit acquiring a viewing log including information representing content of an operation for viewing content and time of the operation, a learning unit learning, based on the viewing log acquired by the acquisition unit, a viewing behavior model which is a stochastic state transition model representing a viewing behavior of a user, a recognition unit recognizing, using the viewing behavior model obtained through learning by the learning unit, a current viewing state of the user, a prediction unit predicting, using the viewing behavior model, the viewing behavior of the user after a predetermined period of time with the current viewing state of the user recognized by the recognition unit as a starting point, and a display control unit displaying information relating to content predicted to be viewed through the viewing behavior predicted by the prediction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Ito, Hirotaka Suzuki, Naoki Ide, Kohtaro Sabe
  • Patent number: 8447708
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a model learning unit that carries out learning for self-organization of internal states of a state transition prediction model which is a learning model having internal states, a transition model of the internal states, and an observation model where observed values are generated from the internal states, by using first time series data, wherein the model learning unit learns the observation model of the state transition prediction model after the learning using the first time series data, by fixing the transition model and using second time series data different from the first time series data, thereby obtaining the state transition prediction model having a first observation model where each sample value of the first time series data is observed and a second observation model where each sample value of the second time series data is observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kohtaro Sabe
  • Patent number: 8401283
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes the following elements. A learning unit is configured to perform Adaptive Boosting Error Correcting Output Coding learning using image feature values of a plurality of sample images each being assigned a class label to generate a multi-class classifier configured to output a multi-dimensional score vector corresponding to an input image. A registration unit is configured to input a register image to the multi-class classifier, and to register a multi-dimensional score vector corresponding to the input register image in association with identification information about the register image. A determination unit is configured to input an identification image to be identified to the multi-class classifier, and to determine a similarity between a multi-dimensional score vector corresponding to the input identification image and the registered multi-dimensional score vector corresponding to the register image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Atsushi Okubo, Kenichi Hidai
  • Publication number: 20130066816
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a learning part performing learning of a model of an environment in which an agent performs action, using an observed value observed in the agent when the agent capable of action performs action, an action determining part determining action to be performed by the agent, based on the model, and a user instruction output part outputting instruction information representing an instruction from a user according to the instruction from the user, wherein the action determining part determines the action performed by the agent according to the instruction information when there is an instruction from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki SHIMOMURA, Kenta Kawamoto, Kohtaro Sabe
  • Publication number: 20130018717
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an electric power related information obtaining unit mounted on or connected to equipment and configured to obtain electric power related information with regard to the equipment and a communication unit configured to transmit the electric power related information obtained by the electric power related information obtaining unit to a rebate processing apparatus connected via a network. A rebate processing apparatus includes a communication unit configured to receive electric power related information transmitted from an information processing apparatus mounted on or connected to equipment via the network, a rebate reference calculation unit configured to calculate a rebate reference functioning as a reference for a rebate processing on the basis of the electric power related information, and a rebate processing unit configured to perform a predetermined rebate processing on the basis of the rebate reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Takashi Iwama, Hiroshi Kamitani, Osamu Shimizu, Masashi Takiguchi
  • Publication number: 20120313789
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a current waveform acquisition unit which acquires a current waveform from when a predetermined electric appliance is used, a communication unit which transmits the acquired current waveform of the electric appliance to a server apparatus, and receives control information on a character corresponding to the electric appliance from the server apparatus, and a display control unit which performs control of causing a predetermined display unit to display the character based on the received control information on the character.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Hasuo, Kohtaro Sabe, Masato Ito, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8331616
    Abstract: A face image processing apparatus selects feature points and feature for identifying a person through statistical learning. The apparatus includes input means for inputting a face image detected by arbitrary face detection means, face parts detection means for detecting the positions of face parts in several locations from the input face image, face pose estimation means for estimating face pose based on the detected positions of face parts, feature point position correcting means for correcting the position of each feature point used for identifying the person based on the result of estimation of face pose by the face pose estimation means, and face identifying means for identifying the person by calculating a feature of the input face image at each feature point after position correction is performed by the feature point position correcting means and checking the feature against a feature of a registered face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Atsushi Okubo, Jun Yokono
  • Patent number: 8289321
    Abstract: In a plane detection apparatus, a plane detection unit (3) includes a line fitting block (4) to select a group of distance data points being in one plane from distance data forming an image and extract lines from the distance data point group, and a region growing block (5) to detect one or more planar regions existing in the image from a group of all lines included in the image and extracted by the line fitting block (4). The line fitting block (4) first draws a line D1 connecting end points of the distance data point group, searches a point of interest brk whose distance to the line L1 is largest, segments the data point group by the point of interest brk when the distance is larger than a predetermined threshold, and determines a line L2 by the least-squares method when the distance is smaller than the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Steffen Gutmann, Masaki Fukuchi, Kohtaro Sabe, Kenta Kawamoto
  • 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: 20120250982
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an image feature outputting unit that outputs each of image features in correspondence with a time of the frame; a foreground estimating unit that estimates a foreground image at a time s by executing a view transform as a geometric transform on a foreground view model and outputs an estimated foreground view; a background estimating unit that estimates a background image at the time s by executing a view transform as a geometric transform on a background view model and outputs an estimated background view; a synthesized view generating unit that generates a synthesized view by synthesizing the estimated foreground and background views; a foreground learning unit that learns the foreground view model based on an evaluation value; and a background learning unit that learns the background view model based on the evaluation value by updating the parameter of the foreground view model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Masato ITO, Kohtaro Sabe, Jun Yokono
  • Publication number: 20120250981
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a learning unit that performs, using an action performed by an object and an observation value of an image as learning data, learning of a separation learning model that includes a background model that is a model of the background of the image and one or more foreground model(s) that is a model of a foreground of the image, which can move on the background, in which the background model includes a background appearance model indicating the appearance of the background, and at least one among the one or more foreground model(s) includes a transition probability, with which a state corresponding to the position of the foreground on the background is transitioned by an action performed by the object corresponding to the foreground, for each action, and a foreground appearance model indicating the appearance of the foreground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Kuniaki NODA, TAKASHI HASUO, KENTA KAWAMOTO, KOHTARO SABE
  • Patent number: RE43873
    Abstract: An object detecting device for detecting an object in a given gradation image. A scaling section generates scaled images by scaling down a gradation image input from an image output section. A scanning section sequentially manipulates the scaled images and cutting out window images from them and a discriminator judges if each window image is an object or not. The discriminator includes a plurality of weak discriminators that are learned in a group by boosting and an adder for making a weighted majority decision from the outputs of the weak discriminators. Each of the weak discriminators outputs an estimate of the likelihood of a window image to be an object or not by using the difference of the luminance values between two pixels. The discriminator suspends the operation of computing estimates for a window image that is judged to be a non-object, using a threshold value that is learned in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Hidai, Kohtaro Sabe, Kenta Kawamoto