Patents by Inventor Lee F. Holeva

Lee F. Holeva 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: 9087384
    Abstract: A method of tracking scored candidate objects in a sequence of image frames acquired by a camera is provided. The scored candidate objects may comprise a set of existing scored candidate objects associated with a prior image frame and a set of new scored candidate objects associated with a next image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 9082195
    Abstract: A method is provided for evaluating a possible pallet object in a gray scale image including one or more pallets. The method may comprise: generating, by a computer, a first confidence score ScoreLowerLeftCorner for a lower left corner associated with the possible pallet object; generating, by the computer, a second confidence score ScoreLowerRightCorner for a lower right corner associated with the possible pallet object; generating, by the computer, a third confidence score ScoreBaseboardLine for a bottom pallet board line associated with the possible pallet object; generating, by the computer, a fourth confidence score Scorehole for a center stringer associated with the possible pallet object; and calculating, by the computer, a composite score ScoreObject based on the first, second, third and fourth confidence scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 9025827
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling forks of a vehicle. The method may comprise: while the forks of the vehicle are moving vertically, acquiring a series of images of a scene of a physical environment in which a plurality of pallets are visible; identifying in each image, by a computer system, one or more scored candidate objects, each potentially corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of pallets; for each of the one or more scored candidate objects, tracking, by the computer system, a respective location in each of at least two images of the series; determining for each of the one or more scored candidate objects a respective, associated height in the physical environment; and stopping, by the computer system, the forks of the vehicle at a height in the physical environment based on the height of a specific one of the scored candidate objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 9025886
    Abstract: A method is provided for identifying one or more scored candidate objects that may correspond to one or more actual pallets in a gray scale image. The method may comprise: identifying, by a computer, a first plurality of scored candidate objects in the gray scale image; storing, by the computer, a list of the first plurality of scored candidate objects, wherein the list includes a respective record for each of the first plurality of scored candidate objects; determining, by the computer, a subset of the first plurality of scored candidate objects to eliminate from the list based on a comparison amongst the respective records of the first plurality of scored candidate objects; and removing, by the computer, the subset of the first plurality of scored candidate objects from the list to create an updated list for a second plurality of scored candidate objects, wherein the updated list includes a respective record for each of the second plurality of scored candidate objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 8995743
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for finding a Ro image providing data corresponding to possible orthogonal distances to possible lines on a pallet in an image. The method comprises: acquiring a grey scale image including one or more pallets; determining, using a computer, a horizontal gradient image by convolving the grey scale image and a first convolution kernel; determining, using the computer, a vertical gradient image by convolving the grey scale image and a second convolution kernel; and determining, using the computer, respective pixel values of a first Ro image providing data corresponding to a possible orthogonal distance from an origin point of the grey scale image to one or more possible lines on one or more possible pallets in the grey scale image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger
  • Patent number: 8977032
    Abstract: A method is provided for evaluating a possible pallet structure. The method comprises: providing a gray scale image comprising one or more possible lines; providing respective pixel locations in the gray scale image for an estimated upper left corner and an estimated upper right corner; calculating, using a computer, a value h based on the estimated upper left corner location and the estimated upper right corner location; estimating, using the computer, a first hole with a first rectangle having a height h; estimating, using the computer, a second hole with a second rectangle having the height h; and estimating, using the computer, the possible center stringer with a third rectangle having the height h.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 8938126
    Abstract: A method is provided for identifying one or more scored candidate objects that may correspond to one or more actual pallets in a gray scale image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 8934672
    Abstract: A programmable computer-implemented method is provided for finding possible corners of a pallet in an image. The method may comprise: acquiring a grey scale image including one or more pallets; determining, using a computer, horizontal cross correlations between the image and a first step-edge template to generate a set of horizontal cross correlation results; determining, using the computer, vertical cross correlations between the image and a second step-edge template to generate a set of vertical cross correlation results; and determining, using the computer, a first set of pixels, each such pixel respectively corresponding to a possible first corner of the one or more pallets, using a first corner template, the set of horizontal cross correlation results and the set of vertical cross correlation results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 8885948
    Abstract: A method is provided for evaluating a possible center stringer of a pallet. The method may comprise providing a first Ro image; providing a second Ro image comprising pixels that may generally correspond to an orthogonal distance from an origin point to one or more possible vertical right lines in the corresponding gray scale image; identifying, using a computer, a possible lower left corner location of a center stringer in the corresponding gray scale image; determining, using the computer, an upper left corner location based on the possible lower left corner location; identifying, using the computer, a possible lower right corner location of the center stringer in the corresponding gray scale image; and determining, using the computer, an upper right corner location based on the possible lower right corner location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Patent number: 8849007
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining which of a plurality of possible lines is most likely to be an actual line passing through a possible corner of a pallet. The method may comprise: providing a Ro image comprising pixels valued to generally correspond to an orthogonal distance from an origin point in the Ro image to one or more possible lines in a corresponding grey scale image; providing, using a computer, a location in the Ro image corresponding to a possible pallet corner; defining, using the computer, a plurality of possible lines passing through the possible pallet corner, each of the possible lines being respectively oriented at one angle within a range of angles to an axis of the Ro image; and determining, using the computer, which of the plurality of possible lines is most likely to be the actual line passing through the possible pallet corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger
  • Patent number: 8718372
    Abstract: A method is provided for tracing a line from a possible corner of a pallet. The method may comprise: providing a Ro image; identifying, using a computer, a possible pallet corner in the Ro image; positioning, using the computer, a J×K window over at least respective portions of a plurality of rows in the Ro image including at least a portion of a row containing the possible corner; calculating, using the computer, an average of pixel values for each row in the J×K window; determining, using the computer, one of the rows in the J×K window having an average pixel value nearest a current pixel location being considered for inclusion in a line being traced and defining the one row as a nearest row; and deciding, using the computer, whether the nearest row is over a pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger
  • Publication number: 20130101202
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining which of a plurality of possible lines is most likely to be an actual line passing through a possible corner of a pallet. The method may comprise: providing a Ro image comprising pixels valued to generally correspond to an orthogonal distance from an origin point in the Ro image to one or more possible lines in a corresponding grey scale image; providing, using a computer, a location in the Ro image corresponding to a possible pallet corner; defining, using the computer, a plurality of possible lines passing through the possible pallet corner, each of the possible lines being respectively oriented at one angle within a range of angles to an axis of the Ro image; and determining, using the computer, which of the plurality of possible lines is most likely to be the actual line passing through the possible pallet corner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger
  • Publication number: 20130101204
    Abstract: A method is provided for evaluating a possible pallet object in a gray scale image including one or more pallets. The method may comprise: generating, by a computer, a first confidence score ScoreLowerLeftCorner for a lower left corner associated with the possible pallet object; generating, by the computer, a second confidence score ScoreLowerRightCorner for a lower right corner associated with the possible pallet object; generating, by the computer, a third confidence score ScoreBaseboardLine for a bottom pallet board line associated with the possible pallet object; generating, by the computer, a fourth confidence score Scorehole for a center stringer associated with the possible pallet object; and calculating, by the computer, a composite score ScoreObject based on the first, second, third and fourth confidence scores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20130101230
    Abstract: A method is provided for identifying one or more scored candidate objects that may correspond to one or more actual pallets in a gray scale image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20130101167
    Abstract: A method of tracking scored candidate objects in a sequence of image frames acquired by a camera is provided. The scored candidate objects may comprise a set of existing scored candidate objects associated with a prior image frame and a set of new scored candidate objects associated with a next image frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20130101173
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling forks of a vehicle. The method may comprise: while the forks of the vehicle are moving vertically, acquiring a series of images of a scene of a physical environment in which a plurality of pallets are visible; identifying in each image, by a computer system, one or more scored candidate objects, each potentially corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of pallets; for each of the one or more scored candidate objects, tracking, by the computer system, a respective location in each of at least two images of the series; determining for each of the one or more scored candidate objects a respective, associated height in the physical environment; and stopping, by the computer system, the forks of the vehicle at a height in the physical environment based on the height of a specific one of the scored candidate objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20130101228
    Abstract: A method is provided for evaluating a possible center stringer of a pallet. The method may comprise providing a first Ro image; providing a second Ro image comprising pixels that may generally correspond to an orthogonal distance from an origin point to one or more possible vertical right lines in the corresponding gray scale image; identifying, using a computer, a possible lower left corner location of a center stringer in the corresponding gray scale image; determining, using the computer, an upper left corner location based on the possible lower left corner location; identifying, using the computer, a possible lower right corner location of the center stringer in the corresponding gray scale image; and determining, using the computer, an upper right corner location based on the possible lower right corner location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20130101227
    Abstract: A method is provided for tracing a line from a possible corner of a pallet. The method may comprise: providing a Ro image; identifying, using a computer, a possible pallet corner in the Ro image; positioning, using the computer, a J×K window over at least respective portions of a plurality of rows in the Ro image including at least a portion of a row containing the possible corner; calculating, using the computer, an average of pixel values for each row in the J×K window; determining, using the computer, one of the rows in the J×K window having an average pixel value nearest a current pixel location being considered for inclusion in a line being traced and defining the one row as a nearest row; and deciding, using the computer, whether the nearest row is over a pallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Michael J. Seelinger
  • Publication number: 20130101166
    Abstract: A programmable computer-implemented method is provided for finding possible corners of a pallet in an image. The method may comprise: acquiring a grey scale image including one or more pallets; determining, using a computer, horizontal cross correlations between the image and a first step-edge template to generate a set of horizontal cross correlation results; determining, using the computer, vertical cross correlations between the image and a second step-edge template to generate a set of vertical cross correlation results; and determining, using the computer, a first set of pixels, each such pixel respectively corresponding to a possible first corner of the one or more pallets, using a first corner template, the set of horizontal cross correlation results and the set of vertical cross correlation results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger, John-David S. Yoder
  • Publication number: 20130101201
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for finding a Ro image providing data corresponding to possible orthogonal distances to possible lines on a pallet in an image. The method comprises: acquiring a grey scale image including one or more pallets; determining, using a computer, a horizontal gradient image by convolving the grey scale image and a first convolution kernel; determining, using the computer, a vertical gradient image by convolving the grey scale image and a second convolution kernel; and determining, using the computer, respective pixel values of a first Ro image providing data corresponding to a possible orthogonal distance from an origin point of the grey scale image to one or more possible lines on one or more possible pallets in the grey scale image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Lee F. Holeva, Edwin R. Elston, Eric L. Jensen, Michael J. Seelinger