Patents by Inventor Masumi Ichien

Masumi Ichien 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: 20220258343
    Abstract: The information processing device 1B includes an acquisition unit 51A, a potential function synthesizing unit 53A, and an objective function outputting unit 54A. The acquisition unit 51A acquires a task logical expression in which an objective task to be performed by a robot is expressed by a combination of a plurality of atomic tasks. The potential function synthesizing unit 53A synthesizes atomic potential functions, each of which is a potential function corresponding to each of the atomic tasks, based on the task logical expression. The objective function output unit 54A outputs an atomic potential function synthesized based on the task logical expression as an objective function for controlling the robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Manao MACHIDA, Masumi ICHIEN
  • Patent number: 11395096
    Abstract: To order to enable to improve accuracy of sensing information after being shared and to improve efficiency of control based on the sensing information when there is a possibility of loss of sensing information from another device, the information sharing device acquires a sensing result of an own device, transmits integrated information obtained by integrating information related to the sensing result of the own device and the another device stored in an integrated information storage means, receives the integrated information of the another device that is communicable, and causes the integrated information storage means to store the integrated information that is new obtained by integrating the integrated information stored in the integrated information storage means of the own device, the sensing result of the own device, and the integrated information of the another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masumi Ichien, Masatsugu Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20220171383
    Abstract: To make it possible to change the action of an unmanned vehicle by reflecting the importance of purposes that can change in response to a change in the situation. An unmanned vehicle (11) acts according to a plurality of purposes. A purpose importance input means (12) inputs the importance of each purpose in the unmanned vehicle (11). An action parameter determining means (13) determines a parameter for controlling the action of the unmanned vehicle (11) based on purpose importance information indicating the input importance of each purpose. An action controlling means (14) controls the action of the unmanned vehicle (11) in accordance with the parameter determined by the action parameter determining means (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masumi ICHIEN, Masatsugu OGAWA
  • Patent number: 11347241
    Abstract: A control device includes a search information calculation unit, an area information storage unit, an area information update unit, and a location control unit. The search information calculation unit acquires information relating to a plurality of unmanned vehicles that move within a target area in accordance with a set operation, and calculates search information relating to the unmanned vehicles using the acquired information relating to the unmanned vehicles. The area information storage unit stores area information including indicators for searching the target area. The area information update unit updates the area information on the basis of said search information and the time that has elapsed since the last search conducted by the unmanned vehicles. The location control unit which, on the basis of the area information, calculates locations to which the unmanned vehicles should move, and outputs control signals for causing the unmanned vehicles to move to the calculated locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masumi Ichien, Masatsugu Ogawa, Masafumi Emura
  • Publication number: 20220075379
    Abstract: A control device acquires position information of an unmanned machine subject to control, and position information of an unmanned machine not subject to control; attempts to detect a target object, using a sensor signal from a sensor mounted in at least one of the unmanned machines; calculates a presence probability distribution of the target object based on information on a position and a time at which detection of the target object is successful; determines a formation of the unmanned machines based on the presence probability distribution of the target object; calculates an operation amount of the unmanned machine subject to control, based on the formation; and performs operation setting on the unmanned machine subject to control, according to the calculated operation amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masatsugu OGAWA, Masumi ICHIEN
  • Patent number: 11270592
    Abstract: A control method of a vehicle, comprising: estimating an environment model relating to a search region, based on environment information acquired by an environment sensor, wherein the environment sensor acquires the environment information representing an environment around a local vehicle among one or more vehicles; estimating an effective range based on the estimated environment model, when the local vehicle, and each vehicle among the one or more vehicles move to each candidate destination; and configuring a plurality of sets being configurable by the candidate destinations of all the vehicles, determining, based on the estimated effective range, a certain set, among the plurality of sets, by which an entire size demarcated by the effective range in one set among the plurality of sets becomes maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Emura, Masatsugu Ogawa, Masumi Ichien
  • Publication number: 20220026900
    Abstract: A movable body control device includes: a safety information acquisition unit that, for each of at least two locations, acquires safety information indicating safety of that location for a movable body in which a communication device is mounted; a communication status information acquisition unit that, for each of the at least two locations, acquires communication status information indicating a communication status at that location; a location selection unit that selects any one location of the at least two locations based on the safety information and the communication status information; and a movable body control unit that controls the movable body so that the movable body is positioned at the selected location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masumi ICHIEN, Masatsugu OGAWA
  • Patent number: 11163299
    Abstract: Provided is a control device which controls at least one of unmanned vehicles forming a group of unmanned vehicles that includes one vehicle, the control device acquires information on a state of another vehicle, calculates comparison values for plural kinds of actions by using acquired information on the one vehicle and the another vehicle, selects an action that the one vehicle is to take, based on comparison values for the plural kinds of actions, calculates an operation amount of the one vehicle by using information on an selected action and acquired information on a state of the another vehicle, and sets an operation setting value of an actuator for operating the one vehicle by using the calculation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatsugu Ogawa, Masumi Ichien, Masafumi Emura
  • Publication number: 20210232139
    Abstract: A control device for an autonomous operating machine includes: an acquisition unit that acquires first state information of a first autonomous operating machine and second state information of a second autonomous operating machine in a case where the first and the second autonomous operating machines that operate in cooperation with each other select and execute executable operations as needed in order to achieve an object; a generation unit that generates value information indicating a height of a value of execution for achievement of the object regarding each of the operations that can be executed by the first autonomous operating machine by using a value calculation criterion based on the first state information and the second state information; a selection unit that selects a specific operation from among the operations based on the value information; and a control that controls the first autonomous operating machine to execute the specific operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masatsugu OGAWA, Masumi ICHIEN, Masafumi EMURA
  • Publication number: 20210211834
    Abstract: To order to enable to improve accuracy of sensing information after being shared and to improve efficiency of control based on the sensing information when there is a possibility of loss of sensing information from another device, the information sharing device acquires a sensing result of an own device, transmits integrated information obtained by integrating information related to the sensing result of the own device and the another device stored in an integrated information storage means, receives the integrated information of the another device that is communicable, and causes the integrated information storage means to store the integrated information that is new obtained by integrating the integrated information stored in the integrated information storage means of the own device, the sensing result of the own device, and the integrated information of the another device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masumi ICHIEN, Masatsugu OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20210147075
    Abstract: Provided is a landing apparatus which guides an unmanned aircraft to avoid obstacles and lands the unmanned aircraft at a low-risk spot. The landing apparatus has a dangerous object position detecting device, a movement target spot calculating device, and a parachute control device. The dangerous object position detecting device detects the position of a dangerous object that is present in the vicinity of the unmanned aircraft attempting to land using a parachute. Based on the position of the dangerous object, the movement target spot calculating device calculates a movement target spot to which the unmanned aircraft should move at each instance in order to avoid colliding with the dangerous object and landing on a dangerous site. The parachute control device controls the parachute so that the unmanned aircraft moves to the movement target spot calculated by the movement target spot calculating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi EMURA, Masatsugu OGAWA, Masumi ICHIEN
  • Publication number: 20210018319
    Abstract: A search support apparatus includes: a search sensor unit 2; an environment sensor unit 3 configured to generate environment information; a search effective range estimation unit 4 configured to estimate the search effective range of the search sensor unit 2 using the environment information and performance information that indicates the performance of the search sensor unit; a threat effective range estimation unit 5 configured to estimate the search effective range of a sensor possessed by a target that is a threat using the environment information and performance information that indicates the performance of the sensor possessed by the target; and a route calculation unit 6 configured to calculate a search route to the object, based on the search effective range of the search sensor unit 2, the search effective range of the sensor possessed by the target, and a distribution of existence probabilities of the target that is a threat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi EMURA, Masatsugu OGAWA, Masumi ICHIEN, Minoru KOBAYASHI, Masahiro YAGI
  • Publication number: 20200393832
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile body control device for controlling a mobile body and reliably and quickly performing sensing in all of a target area, even if the sensing of the moving object is inadequate in the target area. The device includes: a disposition control unit that controls the disposition of the mobile body in the target area; a completed range calculation unit that, when the target area comprises small areas, performs sensing of small areas in high-priority order, and calculates a sensing-completed range comprising small areas; an uncompleted range calculation unit that calculates a sensing-uncompleted range, the range comprising small areas within the target area, based on the sensing-completed range and a reference range; and an update unit that updates so that the priority of the small areas corresponding to the sensing-incomplete range is greater than the priority of the sensing-completed range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masumi ICHIEN, Masatsugu OGAWA
  • Patent number: 10733853
    Abstract: Provided is a technology for enhancing movement efficiency and safety overall without depending on a person's experience or intuition, when a guidance instruction is given to a crowd. A crowd index calculating unit calculates an index regarding safety of a crowd and an index regarding movement efficiency of the crowd on the basis of crowd information on the crowd in target areas. Further, a crowd allocation determining unit determines allocation of the crowd in guidance spots to the target areas on the basis of the indexes calculated for the respective target areas. Further, a guidance instruction determining unit is provided with the guidance instruction determining unit that determines, for each guidance spot, details of a guidance instruction based on the determined allocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masumi Ichien
  • Publication number: 20200166620
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a control apparatus that is capable of continuing monitoring even when an environmental change causes fluctuation in the coverage area of a sensor. [Solution] This control apparatus is provided with: a coverage area prediction means 1; and a control means 2. The coverage area prediction means 1 predicts, on the basis of the measurement result of the environment of an area in which an object is to be detected, a coverage area that is a range in which a stationary sensor for detecting objects can carry out measurement. The control means 2 determines the position where a mobile sensor for detecting objects is to be disposed, and controls the mobile sensor, on the basis of the coverage area predicted by the coverage area prediction means 1 and the probability that the object is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi EMURA, Masatsugu OGAWA, Masumi ICHIEN
  • Publication number: 20200090522
    Abstract: A control method of a vehicle, comprising: estimating an environment model relating to a search region, based on environment information acquired by an environment sensor, wherein the environment sensor acquires the environment information representing an environment around a local vehicle among one or more vehicles; estimating an effective range based on the estimated environment model, when the local vehicle, and each vehicle among the one or more vehicles move to each candidate destination; and configuring a plurality of sets being configurable by the candidate destinations of all the vehicles, determining, based on the estimated effective range, a certain set, among the plurality of sets, by which an entire size demarcated by the effective range in one set among the plurality of sets becomes maximum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi EMURA, Masatsugu OGAWA, Masumi ICHIEN
  • Publication number: 20200019186
    Abstract: A control device includes a search information calculation unit, an area information storage unit, an area information update unit, and a location control unit. The search information calculation unit acquires information relating to a plurality of unmanned vehicles that move within a target area in accordance with a set operation, and calculates search information relating to the unmanned vehicles using the acquired information relating to the unmanned vehicles. The area information storage unit stores area information including indicators for searching the target area. The area information update unit updates the area information on the basis of said search information and the time that has elapsed since the last search conducted by the unmanned vehicles. The location control unit which, on the basis of the area information, calculates locations to which the unmanned vehicles should move, and outputs control signals for causing the unmanned vehicles to move to the calculated locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masumi ICHIEN, Masatsugu OGAWA, Masafumi EMURA
  • Publication number: 20190369618
    Abstract: In order to achieve an operation in which an unmanned craft group behaves autonomously by following situation changes while reflecting a command from an operator when unmanned crafts are arranged and controlled autonomously in a specific area, provided is a control system which controls at least one unmanned craft arranged in the specific area. The control system includes an area-priority integration means configured to calculate an integrated area-priority by integrating, as input, a designated-area priority calculated based on a priority of an externally-designated area, and a detected area-priority calculated based on a priority of an area detected by a sensor mounted on the unmanned craft, and a control means configured to deliver, to the unmanned craft, a control signal for controlling the unmanned craft, based on the integrated area-priority calculated by the area-priority integration means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masumi ICHIEN, Masatsugu OGAWA, Masafumi EMURA
  • Publication number: 20190354113
    Abstract: Provided is a control device which controls at least one of unmanned vehicles forming a group of unmanned vehicles that includes one vehicle, the control device acquires information on a state of another vehicle, calculates comparison values for plural kinds of actions by using acquired information on the one vehicle and the another vehicle, selects an action that the one vehicle is to take, based on comparison values for the plural kinds of actions, calculates an operation amount of the one vehicle by using information on an selected action and acquired information on a state of the another vehicle, and sets an operation setting value of an actuator for operating the one vehicle by using the calculation result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masatsugu OGAWA, Masumi ICHIEN, Masafumi EMURA
  • Patent number: 10361562
    Abstract: A power control system with a power management apparatus and a power monitoring control apparatus for each control segment. The power monitoring control apparatus is provided with: a contribution degree setting unit setting the degree of contribution of each control segment; a device control unit controlling the power consumption of each power using device connected; a priority control unit setting a priority for reducing the power of the power using device; and a device monitoring unit obtaining the priority of each power using device and transmitting the obtained priority to the power management apparatus. The power management apparatus is provided with an optimum control calculation unit determining a control command for controlling each power using device connected. The control command is determined based on: a target value of the total power consumption of all the control segments; the degree of contribution; and the priority of each power using device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masumi Ichien, Norihisa Iga