Patents by Inventor ZACHARY T. BONEFAS

ZACHARY T. BONEFAS 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: 20200375083
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, a system and method for obscurant mitigation is disclosed. The system comprises an obscurant assessor configured to characterize one or more characteristics of a detected obscurant and generate an obscurant model; an obscurant mitigator configured to perform one or more mitigation operations; and a controller communicatively coupled to each of the obscurant assessor and the obscurant mitigator. The controller is configured to receive an output signal from a vehicle sensor corresponding to a detected obscurant level and determine if the detected obscurant level exceeds a predetermined threshold. The controller generates an obscurant mitigation plan if the detected obscurant level exceeds the predetermined threshold based on the obscurant model generated by the obscurant assessor; and controls operations of an obscurant mitigator based on the obscurant mitigation plan to reduce the detected obscurant level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Noel W. Anderson, Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Publication number: 20200214210
    Abstract: A spout is operably connected to a transferring material for transferring the agricultural material to the receiving vehicle. An imaging device faces towards the storage portion of the receiving vehicle and collects image data. A container module is adapted to determine a container position of the storage portion, or its container perimeter. A spout module is adapted to identify a spout of the transferring vehicle in the collected image data, or to determine a spout position. An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the container position based on the collected image data and to generate command data or user interface data to facilitate placement of the spout and storage container in relative cooperative alignment for transferring of material from the transferring vehicle to the receiving vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventor: Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Publication number: 20200128735
    Abstract: An image capture device captures an image of crop after it has been processed by a kernel processing unit on a forage harvester. A size distribution indicative of the distribution of kernel fragment sizes in the harvested crop is identified from the image captured by the image capture device. A control system generates control signals to control a speed differential in the speed of rotation of kernel processing rollers based on the size distribution. Control signals can also be generated to control a size of a gap between the kernel processing rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Zachary T. BONEFAS, Niels DYBRO
  • Patent number: 10631462
    Abstract: A spout is operably connected to a transferring material for transferring the agricultural material to the receiving vehicle. An imaging device faces towards the storage portion of the receiving vehicle and collects image data. A container module is adapted to determine a container position of the storage portion, or its container perimeter. A spout module is adapted to identify a spout of the transferring vehicle in the collected image data, or to determine a spout position. An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the container position based on the collected image data and to generate command data or user interface data to facilitate placement of the spout and storage container in relative cooperative alignment for transferring of material from the transferring vehicle to the receiving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Patent number: 10129528
    Abstract: An adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Patent number: 10015928
    Abstract: A spout identification module is adapted to identify a spout (e.g., or an associated spout position) of the harvesting vehicle in the collected image data. A relative motion detector detects the relative motion of a receiving vehicle and the harvesting vehicle or detects the relative motion between the spout and a container of the receiving vehicle. An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the cells in the container via processing of the image data such that the spout is aligned with the longitudinal axis or a lateral offset from the longitudinal axis based on the detected relative motion and where a longitudinal size of the deadband volume is adjusted based on the relative motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Alex J. Nykamp, Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Patent number: 10019790
    Abstract: First imaging device collects first image data, whereas second imaging device collects second image data of a storage portion. An image processing module identifies a rim of a container in either the first image data or the second image data. The image processing module then overlays an outline of the rim in an image presented on a display to an operator of a transferring vehicle. The image processing module further identifies the fill level of material in a receiving vehicle container and overlays this information in the image presented on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Herman Herman, Joan Campoy
  • Patent number: 9992931
    Abstract: An adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Patent number: 9992932
    Abstract: An adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Publication number: 20180042179
    Abstract: A spout is operably connected to a transferring material for transferring the agricultural material to the receiving vehicle. An imaging device faces towards the storage portion of the receiving vehicle and collects image data. A container module is adapted to determine a container position of the storage portion, or its container perimeter. A spout module is adapted to identify a spout of the transferring vehicle in the collected image data, or to determine a spout position. An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the container position based on the collected image data and to generate command data or user interface data to facilitate placement of the spout and storage container in relative cooperative alignment for transferring of material from the transferring vehicle to the receiving vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventor: Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Patent number: 9861040
    Abstract: A spout is operably connected to a transferring material for transferring the agricultural material to the receiving vehicle. An imaging device faces towards the storage portion of the receiving vehicle and collects image data. A container module is adapted to determine a container position of the storage portion, or its container perimeter. A spout module is adapted to identify a spout of the transferring vehicle in the collected image data, or to determine a spout position. An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the container position based on the collected image data and to generate command data or user interface data to facilitate placement of the spout and storage container in relative cooperative alignment for transferring of material from the transferring vehicle to the receiving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Publication number: 20170206645
    Abstract: First imaging device collects first image data, whereas second imaging device collects second image data of a storage portion. An image processing module identifies a rim of a container in either the first image data or the second image data. The image processing module then overlays an outline of the rim in an image presented on a display to an operator of a transferring vehicle. The image processing module further identifies the fill level of material in a receiving vehicle container and overlays this information in the image presented on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicants: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation, Deere & Company
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Herman Herman, Joan Campoy
  • Patent number: 9642305
    Abstract: An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the cells in the container via processing of image data such that the spout is aligned within a target fill zone of the cells in accordance with a fill sequence or fill plan instructions in which (a) first, the alignment module is adapted to direct the spout to fill the container with the material in a first mode to a first target level that is less than a peak height of the container; (b) second, the fill level estimator is adapted to estimate the number of cells that are below the first target level after directing the spout to fill in the first mode; and (c) third, the alignment module is adapted to direct the spout to fill the container in a second mode to a second target level that is greater than the first target level if less than a threshold number of cells are below the first target level, where the second mode is generally opposite in direction to the relative spout-container movement of the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Alex J. Nykamp, Zachary T. Bonefas, Andrew T. Jennett
  • Publication number: 20170055446
    Abstract: A spout identification module is adapted to identify a spout (e.g., or an associated spout position) of the harvesting vehicle in the collected image data. A relative motion detector detects the relative motion of a receiving vehicle and the harvesting vehicle or detects the relative motion between the spout and a container of the receiving vehicle. An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the cells in the container via processing of the image data such that the spout is aligned with the longitudinal axis or a lateral offset from the longitudinal axis based on the detected relative motion and where a longitudinal size of the deadband volume is adjusted based on the relative motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Alex J. Nykamp, Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Publication number: 20170049053
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicants: DEERE & COMPANY, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Publication number: 20170042089
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicants: DEERE & COMPANY, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Publication number: 20170042088
    Abstract: An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the cells in the container via processing of image data such that the spout is aligned within a target fill zone of the cells in accordance with a fill sequence or fill plan instructions in which (a) first, the alignment module is adapted to direct the spout to fill the container with the material in a first mode to a first target level that is less than a peak height of the container; (b) second, the fill level estimator is adapted to estimate the number of cells that are below the first target level after directing the spout to fill in the first mode; and (c) third, the alignment module is adapted to direct the spout to fill the container in a second mode to a second target level that is greater than the first target level if less than a threshold number of cells are below the first target level, where the second mode is generally opposite in direction to the relative spout-container movement of the first mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Alex J. Nykamp, Zachary T. Bonefas, Andrew T. Jennett
  • Publication number: 20170042090
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container. Further provided is a system that identifies and tracks a target object in image data, which is then used to determine the trajectory of the target. With the trajectory known, the control arrangement can accurately direct the crop flow into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicants: DEERE & COMPANY, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Alex NyKamp, Jose Gonzalez-Mora, Herman Herman, Jean-Philippe Tardif, Matt Levine
  • Patent number: 9532504
    Abstract: Present invention is an adjustable transfer device for unloading processed crop onto a container of a transport vehicle including a control arrangement with an electronic control unit, among other integrated components. Electronic control unit calculates position of expected point of incidence of crop flow on the container within field of view of optical image capture device, displays image of container together with symbol representing calculated expected point of incidence of crop flow on container on display, receives adjustment inputs from user interface for adjusting position of actuator and thus of adjustable transfer device, updates position of symbol in image on display, receives confirmation input from user interface once symbol in image on display is in appropriate position, derives at least one feature in image representing container, and tracks container within output signal of image processing system based on retrieved image feature and controls actuator accordingly to fill container with crop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignees: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Herman Herman, Zachary T. Bonefas, Carlos Vallespi-Gonzalez, Johannes Josef Zametzer
  • Patent number: 9522792
    Abstract: First imaging device collects first image data, whereas second imaging device collects second image data of a storage portion. A container identification module identifies a container perimeter of the storage portion in at least one of the collected first image data and the collected second image data. A spout identification module is adapted to identify a spout of the transferring vehicle in the collected image data. An image data evaluator determines whether to use the first image data, the second image data, or both based on an evaluation of the intensity of pixel data or ambient light conditions. An alignment module is adapted to determine the relative position of the spout and the container perimeter and to generate command data to the propelled portion to steer the storage portion in cooperative alignment such that the spout is aligned within a central zone or a target zone of the container perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Zachary T. Bonefas, Darin E. Bartholomew