Patents by Inventor Markus Gross

Markus Gross 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: 20180130245
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable memory are provided for determining time-varying anatomical and physiological tissue characteristics of an animation rig. For example, shape and material properties are defined for a plurality of sample configurations of the animation rig. The shape and material properties are associated with the plurality of sample configurations. An animation of the animation rig is obtained, and one or more configurations of the animation rig are determined for one or more frames of the animation. The determined one or more configurations include shape and material properties, and are determined using one or more sample configurations of the animation rig. A simulation of the animation rig is performed using the determined one or more configurations. Performing the simulation includes computing physical effects for addition to the animation of the animation rig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Yeara Kozlov, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Moritz Bächer, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9959664
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide adaptive image filtering. Under this approach, image quality can be enhanced by adjusting an approximation function to better adapt image signals in different parts of an image. Certain parts of the image may be enhanced using a certain approximation function while some other parts of the image may be enhanced using a different approximation function. In certain embodiments, the approximation function selected for a part of the image can be a polynomial function having a specific order. The specific polynomial order can be applied directly to obtain an estimated image value of the part of the image. In certain embodiments, the estimation of the reconstruction error can include iteratively estimating a bias term of the reconstruction error and a variance term of the reconstruction error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20180085201
    Abstract: A system and method for non-invasive reconstruction of an entire object-specific or person-specific teeth row from just a set of photographs of the mouth region of an object (e.g., an animal) or a person (e.g., an actor or a patient) are provided. A teeth statistic model defining individual teeth in a teeth row can be developed. The teeth statistical model can jointly describe shape and pose variations per tooth, and as well as placement of the individual teeth in the teeth row. In some embodiments, the teeth statistic model can be trained using teeth information from 3D scan data of different sample subjects. The 3D scan data can be used to establish a database of teeth of various shapes and poses. Geometry information regarding the individual teeth can be extracted from the 3D scan data. The teeth statistic model can be trained using the geometry information regarding the individual teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Chenglei Wu, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180089330
    Abstract: There is provided a system for linking transmedia content subsets. A memory stores a plurality of transmedia content data items and associated linking data which define time-ordered content links between the plurality of transmedia content data items. The plurality of transmedia content data items are arranged into linked transmedia content subsets comprising different groups of the transmedia content data items and different content links therebetween; a transmedia content model that represents the transmedia content data items as nodes and the content links between the transmedia content data items as edges in one or more time-varying graphs. A processor is configured to associate the transmedia content data items with the time-ordered content links and store the linking data in the memory. It assigns the transmedia content data items to nodes of a graph structure, assign the time-ordered content links to edges of the graph structure and store them in the transmedia content model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Smolic, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Nikolce Stefanoski, Markus Gross, Adriano Galati
  • Publication number: 20180089573
    Abstract: A recommender engine is configured to access memory and surface transmedia content items; and/or linked transmedia content subsets; and/or one or more identifications of identified users; and/or content items of the plurality of transmedia content items associated with at least one identified user. The surfaced items are presented for selection by the given user via the transmedia content linking engine as one or more user-selected transmedia content items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Barbara Solenthaler, Tanja Kaeser, Severin Klingler, Adriano Galati, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180089905
    Abstract: A method of rendering content items on a display via an electronic device involves mapping linked content items to a three-dimensional object defined by layout data. The layout data is then transmitted to an electronic device for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Barbara Solenthaler, Sohyeon Jeong, Max Grosse, Sasha Schriber, David Sinclair, Maria Cabral, Markus Gross, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20180091573
    Abstract: A system for managing non-linear transmedia content data is provided. Memory stores a plurality of transmedia content data items and associated linking data which define time-ordered content links between the plurality of transmedia content data items. The plurality of transmedia content data items are arranged into linked transmedia content subsets comprising different groups of the transmedia content data items and different content links therebetween. A control engine receives one or more instructions to create a new time-ordered content link between at least two of the plurality of transmedia content data items. The control engine modifies the linking data stored in the memory to include the new time-ordered content link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zurich (Eidgenossiche Technisch Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Max Grosse, Barbara Solenthaler, Peter Kaufmann, Markus Gross, Sasha Schriber
  • Publication number: 20180089201
    Abstract: A method is provided for rendering a representation of and interacting with transmedia content on an electronic device. Transmedia content data is received at the electronic device. The transmedia content data comprises: a plurality of transmedia content data items; linking data which define time-ordered content links between the plurality of transmedia content data items, whereby the plurality of transmedia content data items are arranged into linked transmedia content subsets comprising different groups of the transmedia content data items and different content links therebetween; a visualisation model of the transmedia content data; and a hierarchical structure of the linked transmedia content subsets and clusters of linked transmedia content subsets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Rebekkah Laeuchli, Max Grosse, Maria Cabral, Markus Gross, Sasha Schriber, Isa Simo
  • Patent number: 9892539
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for applying physics-based simulation to an animator provided rig. The disclosure presents equations of motions for simulations performed in the subspace of deformations defined by an animator's rig. The method receives an input rig with a plurality of deformation parameters, and the dynamics of the character are simulated in the subspace of deformations described by the character's rig. Stiffness values defined on rig parameters are transformed to a non-homogeneous distribution of material parameters for the underlying rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernhard Thomaszewski, Robert Sumner, Fabian Hahn, Stelian Coros, Markus Gross, Sebastian Martin
  • Publication number: 20180040160
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide adaptive image filtering. Under this approach, image quality can be enhanced by adjusting an approximation function to better adapt image signals in different parts of an image. Certain parts of the image may be enhanced using a certain approximation function while some other parts of the image may be enhanced using a different approximation function. In certain embodiments, the approximation function selected for a part of the image can be a polynomial function having a specific order. The specific polynomial order can be applied directly to obtain an estimated image value of the part of the image. In certain embodiments, the estimation of the reconstruction error can include iteratively estimating a bias term of the reconstruction error and a variance term of the reconstruction error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20180012401
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for generating a parametric eye model of one or more eyes are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining eye data from an eye model database. The eye data includes eyeball data and iris data corresponding to a plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an eyeball model using the eyeball data. Generating the eyeball model includes establishing correspondences among the plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an iris model using the iris data. Generating the iris model includes sampling one or more patches of one or more of the plurality of eyes using an iris control map and merging the one or more patches into a synthesized texture. The systems and techniques may further include generating the parametric eye model that includes the eyeball model and the iris model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180012418
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for reconstructing one or more eyes using a parametric eye model are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining one or more input images that include at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include obtaining a parametric eye model including an eyeball model and an iris model. The systems and techniques may further include determining parameters of the parametric eye model from the one or more input images. The parameters can be determined to fit the parametric eye model to the at least one eye in the one or more input images. The parameters include a control map used by the iris model to synthesize an iris of the at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include reconstructing the at least one eye using the parametric eye model with the determined parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bêrard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9843776
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating stereoscopic content with granular control over binocular disparity based on multi-perspective imaging from representations of light fields are provided. The stereoscopic content is computed as piecewise continuous cuts through a representation of a light field, minimizing an energy reflecting prescribed parameters such as depth budget, maximum binocular disparity gradient, desired stereoscopic baseline. The methods and systems may be used for efficient and flexible stereoscopic post-processing, such as reducing excessive binocular disparity while preserving perceived depth or retargeting of already captured scenes to various view settings. Moreover, such methods and systems are highly useful for content creation in the context of multi-view autostereoscopic displays and provide a novel conceptual approach to stereoscopic image processing and post-production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Changil Kim, Alexander Hornung, Simon Heinzle, Wojciech Matusik, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9786062
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for estimating depth in a scene. According to one aspect, regions where the depth estimation is expected to perform well may first be identified in full-resolution epipolar-plane images (EPIs) generated from a plurality of images of the scene. Depth estimates for EPI-pixels with high edge confidence are determined by testing a number of discrete depth hypotheses and picking depths that lead to highest color density of sampled EPI-pixels. The depth estimate may also be propagated throughout the EPIs. This process of depth estimation and propagation may be iterated until all EPI-pixels with high edge confidence have been processed, and all EPIs may also be processed in this manner. The EPIs are then iteratively downsampled to coarser resolutions, at which edge confidence for EPI-pixels not yet processed are determined, depth estimates of EPI-pixels with high edge confidence made, and depth estimates propagated throughout the EPIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Changil Kim, Henning Zimmer, Yael Pritch, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9691165
    Abstract: Methods and systems of reconstructing an eyelid are provided. A method of reconstructing an eyelid includes obtaining one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more image input data for the one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more reconstruction data for the one or more images of the eyelid, and reconstructing a spatio-temporal digital representation of the eyelid using the one or more input image data and the one or more reconstruction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenossische Technische Hochscule Zürich)
    Inventors: Amit Bermano, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel, Markus Gross, Yeara Kozlov
  • Patent number: 9684953
    Abstract: A method for image processing in video conferencing, for correcting the gaze of an interlocutor in an image or a sequence of images captured by at least one real camera, comprises the steps of the at least one real camera acquiring an original image of the interlocutor; synthesizing a corrected view of the interlocutor's face as seen by a virtual camera, the virtual camera being located on the interlocutor's line of sight and oriented towards the interlocutor; transferring the corrected view of the interlocutor's face from the synthesized view into the original image, thereby generating a final image; at least one of displaying the final image and transmitting the final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: ETH Zurich, The Technion Research and Development Foundation Ltd.
    Inventors: Claudia Kuster, Tiberiu Popa, Jean-Charles Bazin, Markus Gross, Craig Gotsman
  • Patent number: 9659397
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for applying physics-based simulation to an animator provided rig. The disclosure presents equations of motions for simulations performed in the subspace of deformations defined by an animator's rig. The method receives an input rig with a plurality of deformation parameters, and the dynamics of the character are simulated in the subspace of deformations described by the character's rig. In certain embodiments, the present disclosure provides a method that transforms stiffness values defined on rig parameters to a non-homogeneous distribution of material parameters for the underlying rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Fabian Hahn, Stelian Coros, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Sebastian Martin, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9641822
    Abstract: Provided is point-based efficient three-dimensional (3D) information representation from a color image that is obtained from a general Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)/Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) camera, and a depth image that is obtained from a depth camera. A 3D image processing method includes storing a depth image associated with an object as first data of a 3D data format, and storing a color image associated with the object as color image data of a 2D image format, independent of the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Young Sim, Do Kyoon Kim, Kee Chang Lee, Gael Guennebaud, Mario Botsch, Markus Gross, Robert Carnecky
  • Patent number: 9623608
    Abstract: In an object generation system, consumable base materials are characterized in a characterization process wherein an object generation system can use a plurality of so-characterized base materials. User input representing a desired object and set of characteristics for that desired object are processed, using a computer or computing device, to derive a mapping of locations for placement of portions of the plurality of base materials such that when the mapping is provided to an object generator, the generated object approximates the representing a desired object and set of characteristics. The characterization of a base material might include elasticity of the base material, the user input might be a desired shape and elasticity, the object generator might be a 3D multi-material printer and the generated object might at least approximate the desired shape and elasticity as a result of being constructed from the plurality of base materials used by the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Wojciech Matusik, Miguel A. Otaduy, Markus Gross, Hanspeter Pfister
  • Patent number: 9600921
    Abstract: There are provided an interactive design system and method for character crafting. An example system includes a memory storing a machine software application and a processor configured to execute the machine software application to receive a plurality of components for a character, the plurality of components including at least a first component and a second component, receive a movement for the character, the movement including a first pose for the character and a second pose for the character, calculate a linkage for the first component and the second component based on the movement, and generate an updated character by connecting the second component to the first component using the linkage. The linkage may include at least one of a connector, a trimmer, and a propagation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernhard Thomaszewski, Vittorio Megaro, Markus Gross, Stelian Coros