Patents by Inventor Robert D. Pedersen

Robert D. Pedersen 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: 7110951
    Abstract: A system and method of using a combination of audio signal modification technologies integrated with hearing capability profiles, modern computer vision, speech recognition, and expert systems for use by a hearing impaired individual to improve speech intelligibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventors: Dorothy Lemelson, legal representative, Robert D. Pedersen, Tracy D. Blake, Jerome H. Lemelson, deceased
  • Patent number: 6906639
    Abstract: A system and method assists the driver of a motor vehicle in preventing accidents or minimizing the effects of same. In one form, a television camera or other ranging device is mounted on a vehicle and scans the roadway ahead of the vehicle as the vehicle travels. Continuously generated video picture signals output by the camera are electronically processed and analyzed by a fuzzy-logic-based image analyzing computer mounted in the controlled vehicle, which generates control signals and applies them to control the operation of the accelerator, brake, and steering system of the vehicle in a coordinated way to attempt to avoid or lessen the effects of a collision. In a particular form, the decision computer may select the evasive action taken from a number of choices, depending on whether and where the detection device senses other vehicles and obstacles. Warning signals may also be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventors: Dorothy Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Jerome H. Lemelson
  • Patent number: 6898484
    Abstract: Global positioning system inputs are used in a manufacturing process where location of a work piece relative to a robotic manipulator is input into a control system. The manipulator is located and tracked by using “GPS” signals, as is an associated work piece. Radio signal based position indicators associated with work pieces transmit work piece location and status. In some embodiments manipulator locations are sensed by position indicators associated with manipulators and signals relating to the position of the manipulators are transmitted to the control system. The control system controls the manipulator and may also control material handling equipment for the transport of work pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventors: Dorothy Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Tracy D. Blake, Jerome H. Lemelson
  • Patent number: 6873256
    Abstract: System and method for detecting, monitoring and evaluating hazardous situations in a structure includes the use of an expert system and, to the extent necessary, fuzzy logic in the generation of solution sets. Sensor units having two-way communication capability are strategically located in a structure or in a matrix of structures. These units are high-level multifunctional detectors, RF and other wireless or hardwired communication modules and signal generating systems that may communicate with a base station, with other modules and/or may have onboard logical solution generation capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventors: Dorothy Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Jerome H. Lemelson
  • Patent number: 6816158
    Abstract: A system and method for generating and displaying three-dimensional images of a scene 6 on a screen 12 that provides multiple viewing positions for one or more viewers 16. A stereoscopic video capture system 2 and 4 picks up video images 3 and 5 of the scene 6. A video signal processing unit processes the video images into video signals. The video signal processing unit has a graphics controller 8 for controlling and processing the video signals into stereoscopic display signals. A display unit 10 displays the stereoscopic display signals as stereoscopic display images on the screen 12, and the graphics controller 8 manipulates the stereoscopic display images to provide multiple viewing positions of the stereoscopic display signals on the display unit 10 of the screen 12 to the one or more viewers 16. Multiple viewing angles and distances are provided for the one or more viewers 16. The stereoscopic display images are oscillated to provide multiple viewing angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Tracy D. Blake
  • Publication number: 20040022416
    Abstract: A system and method assists the driver of a motor vehicle in preventing accidents or minimizing the effects of same. In one form, a television camera is mounted on a vehicle and scans the roadway ahead of the vehicle as the vehicle travels. Continuously generated video picture signals output by the camera are electronically processed and analyzed by an image analyzing computer, which generates codes that serve to identify obstacles. A decision computer mounted in the controlled vehicle receives such code signals along with code signals generated by the speedometer or one or more sensors sensing steering mechanism operation and generates control signals. Such code signals may be displayed, and a synthetic speech or special sound generating and warning means used, to warn the driver of the vehicle of approaching and existing hazards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Dorothy Lemelson
  • Publication number: 20030234725
    Abstract: System and method for detecting, monitoring and evaluating hazardous situations in a structure includes the use of an expert system and, to the extent necessary, fuzzy logic in the generation of solution sets. Sensor units having two-way communication capability are strategically located in a structure or in a matrix of structures. These units are high-level multifunctional detectors, RF and other wireless or hardwired communication modules and signal generating systems that may communicate with a base station, with other modules and/or may have onboard logical solution generation capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Dorothy Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Tracy D. Blake
  • Patent number: 6662086
    Abstract: A fuzzy logic based emergency flight control system for an aircraft. The system has a thrust vectoring flight control system, an aerodynamic flight control system, and a fuzzy logic controller. The thrust vectoring flight control system provides thrust to the aircraft in an emergency situation alone or in combination with aerodynamic flight controls. The fuzzy logic controller executes fuzzy logic algorithms for assessing the emergency situation and controlling the aircraft thrust vectoring and aerodynamic flight control systems in the emergency situation. An adjustable nozzle is coupled to an exhaust thrust end of an engine of the aircraft and is angularly adjusted to direct thrust of the aircraft in a determined direction after fuzzy logic controller assessment of the emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Tracy D. Blake
  • Publication number: 20030208302
    Abstract: Global positioning system inputs are used in a manufacturing process where location of a work piece relative to a robotic manipulator is input into a control system. The manipulator is located and tracked by using “GPS” signals, as is an associated work piece. Radio signal based position indicators associated with work pieces transmit work piece location and status. In some embodiments manipulator locations are sensed by position indicators associated with manipulators and signals relating to the position of the manipulators are transmitted to the control system. The control system controls the manipulator and may also control material handling equipment for the transport of work pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Dorothy Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Tracy D. Blake
  • Patent number: 6633238
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling traffic and traffic lights and selectively distributing warning messages to motorists includes a controller to determine appropriate action based on traffic congestion parameters. Fuzzy logic is used to determine optimum traffic light phase split based on the traffic information from the traffic information units. Global Positioning System technology is used by the system and method in order to track moving vehicles and signs and be able to communicate with them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Steven R. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 6608559
    Abstract: Surveillance platforms detect dangers and transmit information signals describing the dangers to a control center, which determines the degree of danger and its geographic extent. The center generates a message that identifies the degree of danger and GPS coordinates of the impacted geographic area for a region. A vulnerability index determined using neural networks and fuzzy logic enables a prioritized message. The center broadcasts the message to remotely located warning devices, which compare the received danger coordinates with their own GPS coordinates and determine the extent to which they are in danger. Warning signals can issue automatically, appropriate to the degree of danger. Emergency manned vehicles may also directly receive the broadcast message and act appropriately relative to the degree of danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 6556981
    Abstract: A method for detecting fires and reacting thereto. A stationary, earth orbit satellite, drone aircrafts or piloted aircraft contains infrared detectors and optical means for detecting fires. A computer in the satellite, drone or piloted aircraft and/or on the ground analyzes image signals of the areas being monitored and, upon detecting infrared radiation of varying intensity and shape, indicative that a fire has started, generates signals which are indicative of the coordinate locations of the fire, the extent of the fire, the shape of the area(s) burning, the direction of movement of the fires, the speed(s) of the flame fronts, smoke condition, intensity of the fire, fire ball location(s), etc. In one form, a camera generates image signals which are digitized and recorded. Expert system logic is used to prioritize dangerous areas to assist in directing fire fighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventors: Robert D. Pedersen, Jerome H. Lemelson
  • Patent number: 6487500
    Abstract: GPS satellite (4) ranging signals (6) received (32) on comm1, and DGPS auxiliary range correction signals and pseudolite carrier phase ambiguity resolution signals (8) from a fixed known earth base station (10) received (34) on comm2, at one of a plurality of vehicles/aircraft/automobiles (2) are computer processed (36) to continuously determine the one's kinematic tracking position on a pathway (14) with centimeter accuracy. That GPS-based position is communicated with selected other status information to each other one of the plurality of vehicles (2), to the one station (10), and/or to one of a plurality of control centers (16), and the one vehicle receives therefrom each of the others' status information and kinematic tracking position. Objects (22) are detected from all directions (300) by multiple supplemental mechanisms, e.g., video (54), radar/lidar (56), laser and optical scanners. Data and information are computer processed and analyzed (50,52,200,452) in neural networks (132, FIGS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 6468069
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that optimize the combustion process in various reactors, furnaces, and internal combustion engines. Video cameras are used to evaluate the combustion flame grade. Depending on the desired form, standard or special video devices, or beam scanning devices, are used to image the combustion flame and by-products. The video device generates and outputs image signals during various phases of, and at various locations in, the combustion process. Other forms of sensors monitor and generate data signals defining selected parameters of the combustion process, such as air flow, fuel flow, turbulence, exhaust and inlet valve openings, etc. In a preferred form, a neural networks initially processes the image data and characterizes the combustion flame. A fuzzy logic controller and associated fuzzy logic rule base analyzes the image data from the neural network, along with other sensor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, John H. Hiett
  • Patent number: 6437727
    Abstract: A friend or foe detection system and method is disclosed. Friend or foe warning unit 20 has a geographic locating system, a communication system for communicating with each of the warning units, and a military force detection system for detecting military forces in a combat area and has a signal routing and control circuitry 50 for controlling operations. A number of components, devices, or sub-systems, such as a transmitter/receiver radio 28, an antenna 26, a microphone 30, a speaker 32, a battery 34, a display 36, a microprocessor 38, a memory 40, a camera 56, a radar/lidar input 54, on/off switch 52, a GPS location system 45 that includes a GPS processor 46, a GPS receiver 42, a GPS antenna 44, are coupled to the circuitry 50. Display 36 provides a display to the user of the unit 20 and shows the location of friendly forces as well as unfriendly or unidentified forces in the area. Display 36 displays text messages for the user of the warning unit 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Steven R. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 6437696
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a general overall system 30 and a general overall method 10 for tracking, monitoring, and learning prisoner or parolee behavior. The system 30 and method 10 involve obtaining prisoner or parolee data and monitoring data for at least one individual prisoner or parolee 38, storing the prisoner or parolee data and monitoring data into a database, learning prisoner or parolee behavior from the prisoner or parolee data and the monitoring data in the database, and updating the prisoner or parolee data and the monitoring data in the database. The present invention involves learning both individual and aggregate prisoner or parolee behavior from the prisoner or parolee data and the monitoring data in the database. The present invention executes expert system (i.e. including but not limited to fuzzy logic, reinforcement learning, neural networks, artificial intelligence, etc.) algorithms for determining and analyzing deviated behavior by the prisoner or parolee 38.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, John H. Hiett
  • Publication number: 20020067272
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a general overall system 30 and a general overall method 10 for tracking, monitoring, and learning prisoner or parolee behavior. The system 30 and method 10 involve obtaining prisoner or parolee data and monitoring data for at least one individual prisoner or parolee 38, storing the prisoner or parolee data and monitoring data into a database, learning prisoner or parolee behavior from the prisoner or parolee data and the monitoring data in the database, and updating the prisoner or parolee data and the monitoring data in the database. The present invention involves learning both individual and aggregate prisoner or parolee behavior from the prisoner or parolee data and the monitoring data in the database. The present invention executes expert system (i.e. including but not limited to fuzzy logic, reinforcement learning, neural networks, artificial intelligence, etc.) algorithms for determining and analyzing deviated behavior by the prisoner or parolee 38.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome H Lemelson, Dorothy Lemelson, Robert D Pedersen, John H Hiett
  • Publication number: 20020026431
    Abstract: A method for detecting fires and reacting thereto. A stationary, earth orbit satellite, drone aircrafts or piloted aircraft contains infrared detectors and optical means for detecting fires. A computer in the satellite, drone or piloted aircraft and/or on the ground analyzes image signals of the areas being monitored and, upon detecting infrared radiation of varying intensity and shape, indicative that a fire has started, generates signals which are indicative of the coordinate locations of the fire, the extent of the fire, the shape of the area(s) burning, the direction of movement of the fires, the speed(s) of the flame fronts, smoke condition, intensity of the fire, fire ball location(s), etc. In one form, a camera generates image signals which are digitized and recorded. Expert system logic is used to prioritize dangerous areas to assist in directing fire fighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventors: Robert D. Pedersen, Jerome H. Lemelson
  • Publication number: 20020022927
    Abstract: GPS satellite (4) ranging signals (6) received (32) on comm1, and DGPS auxiliary range correction signals and pseudolite carrier phase ambiguity resolution signals (8) from a fixed known earth base station (10) received (34) on comm2, at one of a plurality of vehicles/aircraft/automobiles (2) are computer processed (36) to continuously determine the one's kinematic tracking position on a pathway (14) with centimeter accuracy. That GPS-based position is communicated with selected other status information to each other one of the plurality of vehicles (2), to the one station (10), and/or to one of a plurality of control centers (16), and the one vehicle receives therefrom each of the others' status information and kinematic tracking position. Objects (22) are detected from all directions (300) by multiple supplemental mechanisms, e.g., video (54), radar/lidar (56), laser and optical scanners. Data and information are computer processed and analyzed (50, 52, 200, 452) in neural networks (132, FIGS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20020008637
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling traffic and traffic lights and selectively distributing warning messages to motorists includes a controller to determine appropriate action based on traffic congestion parameters. Fuzzy logic is used to determine optimum traffic light phase split based on the traffic information from the traffic information units. Global Positioning System technology is used by the system and method in order to track moving vehicles and signs and be able to communicate with them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Dorothy Lemelson, Robert D. Pedersen, Steven R. Pedersen