Patents by Inventor Steven Rees

Steven Rees 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: 20210062171
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to novel sialidase enzymes having a preference for cleaving N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) from glycoconjugates over cleaving N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac). The present disclosure further provides the polypeptide of such novel sialidase and its catalytic pockets; the recombinant host cells expressing the same, as well as the enzymatic, pharmaceutical, and consumable compositions comprising such novel sialidases. Probiotic compositions comprising a bacterium that expresses the sialidase having a preference for Neu5Gc over Neu5Ac, and methods for removing Neu5Gc from consumable products are also provided. Also disclosed are methods for treating or preventing various diseases, disorders, and inflammatory conditions in a subject using the novel sialidases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Karsten Zengler, Ajit Varki, Frederico Da Silva, Sandra Diaz, Cameron Martino, Geoffrey Chang, Steven Rees, Livia Soares Zaramela
  • Patent number: 10740610
    Abstract: The automated treatment of agricultural fields allows precise application of treatment to only areas of the field requiring treatment, allowing reduced use of agricultural products such as pesticides and the related reduction in environmental stress. Such automated treatment requires the monitoring of image information of the field to detect objects of interest such as weeds. Such monitoring of image information of the field suffers from the real world problem of shadows cast from the agricultural equipment and/or adjacent trees or structures that cast shadows across the field. Shadows are extracted from the image data by smoothing the data, and developing a shadow mask by employing an intensity histogram and identifying a local minima in the darker intensities of the histogram to identify a shadow threshold. The image areas within the shadow area detected by said mask are then corrected by multiplication with correction coefficients to extract the shadow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
    Inventors: Steven Rees, Matthew Tscharke
  • Patent number: 10699121
    Abstract: The automated treatment of agricultural fields allows precise application of treatment to only areas of the field requiring treatment, allowing reduced use of agricultural products such as pesticides and the related reduction in environmental stress. Such automated treatment requires the monitoring of image information of the field to detect objects of interest such as weeds. Such monitoring of image information of the field suffers from the real world problem of shadows cast from the agricultural equipment and/or adjacent trees or structures that cast shadows across the field. Shadows are extracted from the image data by smoothing the data, and developing a shadow mask by employing an intensity histogram and identifying a local minima in the darker intensities of the histogram to identify a shadow threshold. The image areas within the shadow area detected by said mask are then corrected by multiplication with correction coefficients to extract the shadow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
    Inventors: Steven Rees, Matthew Tscharke
  • Patent number: 10694091
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein relate to imaging devices and systems that capture an image of a target object and separately capture light from the light source illuminating the target object to compensate for inconsistent lighting of that object. Some systems have scene cameras to capture the images of the target objects and a separate light capturing camera to capture the light from the light source. Other embodiments relate to a single camera capturing an image of the target object while simultaneously capturing light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
    Inventor: Steven Rees
  • Patent number: 10405535
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to identification of one or more specific objects among several other objects. Certain exemplary implementations relate to systems, methods, and devices for identification of one or more specific plant species among several different plants, especially real-time identification of weed plant species in a real-world environment such as a crop field. Other embodiments relate to identification systems, methods, or devices in combination with action components, such as a spraying system for spraying the weed plants identified in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND, HORTICULTURE INNOVATION AUSTRALIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Steven Rees
  • Publication number: 20190253592
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein relate to imaging devices and systems that capture an image of a target object and separately capture light from the light source illuminating the target object to compensate for inconsistent lighting of that object. Some systems have scene cameras to capture the images of the target objects and a separate light capturing camera to capture the light from the light source. Other embodiments relate to a single camera capturing an image of the target object while simultaneously capturing light from the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: University of Southern Queensland
    Inventor: Steven REES
  • Publication number: 20190095710
    Abstract: The automated treatment of agricultural fields allows precise application of treatment to only areas of the field requiring treatment, allowing reduced use of agricultural products such as pesticides and the related reduction in environmental stress. Such automated treatment requires the monitoring of image information of the field to detect objects of interest such as weeds. Such monitoring of image information of the field suffers from the real world problem of shadows cast from the agricultural equipment and/or adjacent trees or structures that cast shadows across the field. Shadows are extracted from the image data by smoothing the data, and developing a shadow mask by employing an intensity histogram and identifying a local minima in the darker intensities of the histogram to identify a shadow threshold. The image areas within the shadow area detected by said mask are then corrected by multiplication with correction coefficients to extract the shadow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
    Inventors: Steven REES, Matthew TSCHARKE
  • Publication number: 20170071188
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to identification of one or more specific objects among several other objects. Certain exemplary implementations relate to systems, methods, and devices for identification of one or more specific plant species among several different plants, especially real-time identification of weed plant species in a real-world environment such as a crop field. Other embodiments relate to identification systems, methods, or devices in combination with action components, such as a spraying system for spraying the weed plants identified in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: University of Southern Queensland
    Inventor: Steven Rees
  • Publication number: 20060293782
    Abstract: A method of controlling the transport of product along an accumulation conveyor is provided. The accumulation conveyor has a plurality of zones. Each zone is independently driven and has a status corresponding to the presence of product thereon. The method includes the steps of generating a first data table containing instructions for transporting the product between a first pair of zones of the accumulation conveyor and monitoring the status of the plurality of zones. A first zone is driven in response to the status of the plurality of zones in accordance with the instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventor: Steven Rees