Patents by Inventor Richard L. Howe

Richard L. Howe 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: 11120505
    Abstract: A system processes a set of images to verify whether the images depict a type of property damage, such as hail damage from a hail storm. The system receives digital images of a roof or other facet of the property that were taken by an image capturing device after the storm event. The system also receives storm data relating to the storm event and claim data related to a property damage claim. The system uses the claim data to process the digital images to automatically identify damage to the roof or other facet. The system then analyzes the storm data to determine whether the damage is consistent with an actual, naturally-occurring storm event, and it generates a report depicting its findings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Edgar A. Bernal, Valerie J. Raburn, Matthew Adam Shreve
  • Patent number: 11055786
    Abstract: A system segments a set of images of a property to identify a type of damage to the property. The system receives, from an image capturing device, a digital image of a roof or other feature of the property. The system processes the image to identify a set of segments, in which each segment corresponds to a piece of the feature, such as a tab or tooth of a shingle on the roof. The system saves a result of the processing to a data file as a segmented image of the property, and it uses the segmented image to identify a type of damage to the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Adam Shreve, Edgar A. Bernal, Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 10607330
    Abstract: A system estimates quality of a digital image by accessing a corpus of digital images of one or more subjects, such as a facet of a property. The system will receive, for at least a subset of the corpus, an indicator that one or more patches of each image in the subset is out of focus. The system will train a classifier by obtaining a feature representation of each pixel in each image, along with a focus value that represents an extent to which each pixel in the image is in focus or out of focus. The system will use the classifier to analyze pixels of a new digital image and assess whether each analyzed pixel in the new digital image is in focus or out of focus. The system may use the image to assess whether an incident occurred, such as storm-related damage to the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Pramod Sankar Kompalli, Arjun Sharma, Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 10511676
    Abstract: A system for assessing a property damage claim uses an imaging device to capture images of a property that has reportedly been damaged by an incident. The system receives a property damage incident type, along with image processing criteria for processing images that are associated with the incident type. The system automatically processes the images according to the image processing criteria to identify one or more characteristics in the images and, based on the identified characteristics, determines whether certain claim processing criteria are satisfied. The claim processing criteria may help the system determine whether the property actually was damaged by the reported incident. The system will generate a command to process the property damage claim only if the system determines that one or more images show that the claim processing criteria are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Valerie J. Raburn, Edgar A. Bernal, Matthew Adam Shreve, Peter Paul, Pramod Sankar Kompalli
  • Publication number: 20180096473
    Abstract: A system estimates quality of a digital image by accessing a corpus of digital images of one or more subjects, such as a facet of a property. The system will receive, for at least a subset of the corpus, an indicator that one or more patches of each image in the subset is out of focus. The system will train a classifier by obtaining a feature representation of each pixel in each image, along with a focus value that represents an extent to which each pixel in the image is in focus or out of focus. The system will use the classifier to analyze pixels of a new digital image and assess whether each analyzed pixel in the new digital image is in focus or out of focus. The system may use the image to assess whether an incident occurred, such as storm-related damage to the property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Pramod Sankar Kompalli, Arjun Sharma, Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 9870609
    Abstract: A system estimates quality of a digital image by accessing a corpus of digital images of one or more subjects, such as a facet of a property. The system will receive, for at least a subset of the corpus, an indicator that one or more patches of each image in the subset is out of focus. The system will train a classifier by obtaining a feature representation of each pixel in each image, along with a focus value that represents an extent to which each pixel in the image is in focus or out of focus. The system will use the classifier to analyze pixels of a new digital image and assess whether each analyzed pixel in the new digital image is in focus or out of focus. The system may use the image to assess whether an incident occurred, such as storm-related damage to the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Pramod Sankar Kompalli, Arjun Sharma, Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 9846915
    Abstract: A system for capturing property damage images includes an imaging device and a knowledge base of property damage incident types. The knowledge base also includes, for each category, one or more image acquisition parameters that are associated with the category. A processor receives a property damage incident type for a property damage claim that is associated with a property that reportedly experienced an incident, retrieves from the knowledge base one or more image acquisition parameters that are associated with the received incident type, and uses the one or more applicable image acquisition parameters to automatically cause the imaging device to capture digital images of the property using the retrieved one or more image acquisition parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Valerie J. Raburn, Edgar A. Bernal, Matthew Adam Shreve, Peter Paul, Pramod Sankar Kompalli
  • Publication number: 20170352143
    Abstract: A system estimates quality of a digital image by accessing a corpus of digital images of one or more subjects, such as a facet of a property. The system will receive, for at least a subset of the corpus, an indicator that one or more patches of each image in the subset is out of focus. The system will train a classifier by obtaining a feature representation of each pixel in each image, along with a focus value that represents an extent to which each pixel in the image is in focus or out of focus. The system will use the classifier to analyze pixels of a new digital image and assess whether each analyzed pixel in the new digital image is in focus or out of focus. The system may use the image to assess whether an incident occurred, such as storm-related damage to the property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Pramod Sankar Kompalli, Arjun Sharma, Richard L. Howe
  • Publication number: 20170352100
    Abstract: A system segments a set of images of a property to identify a type of damage to the property. The system receives, from an image capturing device, a digital image of a roof or other feature of the property. The system processes the image to identify a set of segments, in which each segment corresponds to a piece of the feature, such as a tab or tooth of a shingle on the roof. The system saves a result of the processing to a data file as a segmented image of the property, and it uses the segmented image to identify a type of damage to the property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Adam Shreve, Edgar A. Bernal, Richard L. Howe
  • Publication number: 20170352099
    Abstract: A system processes a set of images to verify whether the images depict a type of property damage, such as hail damage from a hail storm. The system receives digital images of a roof or other facet of the property that were taken by an image capturing device after the storm event. The system also receives storm data relating to the storm event and claim data related to a property damage claim. The system uses the claim data to process the digital images to automatically identify damage to the roof or other facet. The system then analyzes the storm data to determine whether the damage is consistent with an actual, naturally-occurring storm event, and it generates a report depicting its findings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Edgar A. Bernal, Valerie J. Raburn, Matthew Adam Shreve
  • Publication number: 20170270650
    Abstract: A system for assessing a property damage claim uses an imaging device to capture images of a property that has reportedly been damaged by an incident. The system receives a property damage incident type, along with image processing criteria for processing images that are associated with the incident type. The system automatically processes the images according to the image processing criteria to identify one or more characteristics in the images and, based on the identified characteristics, determines whether certain claim processing criteria are satisfied. The claim processing criteria may help the system determine whether the property actually was damaged by the reported incident. The system will generate a command to process the property damage claim only if the system determines that one or more images show that the claim processing criteria are satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Valerie J. Raburn, Edgar A. Bernal, Matthew Adam Shreve, Peter Paul, Pramod Sankar Kompalli
  • Publication number: 20170270612
    Abstract: A system for capturing property damage images includes an imaging device and a knowledge base of property damage incident types. The knowledge base also includes, for each category, one or more image acquisition parameters that are associated with the category. A processor receives a property damage incident type for a property damage claim that is associated with a property that reportedly experienced an incident, retrieves from the knowledge base one or more image acquisition parameters that are associated with the received incident type, and uses the one or more applicable image acquisition parameters to automatically cause the imaging device to capture digital images of the property using the retrieved one or more image acquisition parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Valerie J. Raburn, Edgar A. Bernal, Matthew Adam Shreve, Peter Paul, Pramod Sankar Kompalli
  • Patent number: 9666088
    Abstract: A video-based teaching aid system and method. Video images are recorded of at least some of a plurality of people in a classroom setting by use of a video camera arrangement. Expressions of the people in the video images are identified by use of an expression recognition module configured to receive the video images from the video camera arrangement. The identified expressions of the people in the video images are correlated with at least one of an event or an outcome of an event occurring in a classroom setting by use of a correlation module. The results of the correlating are outputted by an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edul N. Dalal, Wencheng Wu, Richard L. Howe
  • Publication number: 20160171334
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems replace solid lines of user-fillable areas of a print job with patterned lines and then print the print job with the patterned lines to print user-fillable pre-printed forms, using a printing device. These methods, devices, and systems also scan at least one of the user-fillable pre-printed forms having user markings to produce a scan, using an optical scanner. Further, such methods, devices, and systems produce an altered scan by removing only the patterned lines from the scan to leave the user markings in the altered scan using the image processor. Then, these methods, devices, and systems can identify user-supplied characters by performing automated character recognition on the user markings in the altered scan using the image processor and output such user-supplied characters from the image processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: RICHARD L. HOWE, ERIC M. GROSS, DENNIS L. VENABLE
  • Patent number: 9361536
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems replace solid lines of user-fillable areas of a print job with patterned lines and then print the print job with the patterned lines to print user-fillable pre-printed forms, using a printing device. These methods, devices, and systems also scan at least one of the user-fillable pre-printed forms having user markings to produce a scan, using an optical scanner. Further, such methods, devices, and systems produce an altered scan by removing only the patterned lines from the scan to leave the user markings in the altered scan using the image processor. Then, these methods, devices, and systems can identify user-supplied characters by performing automated character recognition on the user markings in the altered scan using the image processor and output such user-supplied characters from the image processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Eric M. Gross, Dennis L. Venable
  • Publication number: 20150044657
    Abstract: A video-based teaching aid system and method. Video images are recorded of at least some of a plurality of people in a classroom setting by use of a video camera arrangement. Expressions of the people in the video images are identified by use of an expression recognition module configured to receive the video images from the video camera arrangement. The identified expressions of the people in the video images are correlated with at least one of an event or an outcome of an event occurring in a classroom setting by use of a correlation module. The results of the correlating are outputted by an output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edul N. Dalal, Wencheng Wu, Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 8116640
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) and method (200) that senses photoreceptor failure in a xerographic printing apparatus is disclosed. The xerographic printing apparatus can include a rotatable photoreceptor (110) having a photoreceptor surface (111), a cleaning device (124) for removing marking material from the photoreceptor, and a printing apparatus controller (150) that controls operations of the xerographic printing apparatus. The method can include charging (220) the photoreceptor surface to a fixed voltage. The method can include discharging (230) at least a portion of the charged photoreceptor surface to an exposed voltage. The method can include developing (240) the discharged portion of the photoreceptor surface by providing a cleaning field between the charged photoreceptor surface fixed voltage and a developing bias voltage. The method can include reducing (250) the cleaning field. The method can include generating (260) a developed image on the photoreceptor using the reduced cleaning field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Zona, Richard L. Howe
  • Publication number: 20100329701
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) and method (200) that senses photoreceptor failure in a xerographic printing apparatus is disclosed. The xerographic printing apparatus can include a rotatable photoreceptor (110) having a photoreceptor surface (111), a cleaning device (124) for removing marking material from the photoreceptor, and a printing apparatus controller (150) that controls operations of the xerographic printing apparatus. The method can include charging (220) the photoreceptor surface to a fixed voltage. The method can include discharging (230) at least a portion of the charged photoreceptor surface to an exposed voltage. The method can include developing (240) the discharged portion of the photoreceptor surface by providing a cleaning field between the charged photoreceptor surface fixed voltage and a developing bias voltage. The method can include reducing (250) the cleaning field. The method can include generating (260) a developed image on the photoreceptor using the reduced cleaning field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael F. Zona, Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 7580664
    Abstract: A fuser stripping subsystem for use with a fusing system is provided. In one embodiment, at least one movable stripper finger is disposed adjacent a fusing assembly in a first position. Assuming a selected condition is met, the at least one movable stripper finger is moved from the first position to a second position for substantially aligning the at least one movable stripper finger with a toned image section of a print media sheet passing through a nip defined by the rolls. In another embodiment, a print media sheet with a toned image section is shifted, prior to feeding the same through the nip, so that the toned image section may be substantially aligned with at least one stripper finger. In yet another embodiment, a combination of stripper finger movement and/or image shifting may be used to obtain substantial alignment between one or more stripper fingers and an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Richard L. Howe
  • Publication number: 20080298861
    Abstract: A fuser stripping subsystem for use with a fusing system is provided. In one embodiment, at least one movable stripper finger is disposed adjacent a fusing assembly in a first position. Assuming a selected condition is met, the at least one movable stripper finger is moved from the first position to a second position for substantially aligning the at least one movable stripper finger with a toned image section of a print media sheet passing through a nip defined by the rolls. In another embodiment, a print media sheet with a toned image section is shifted, prior to feeding the same through the nip, so that the toned image section may be substantially aligned with at least one stripper finger. In yet another embodiment, a combination of stripper finger movement and/or image shifting may be used to obtain substantial alignment between one or more stripper fingers and an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Richard L. Howe