Feature Extraction Patents (Class 382/190)
  • Patent number: 9898655
    Abstract: A system and method of for describing target data as a sequence of pattern elements and pattern element groups that comprise an overall target pattern is described. Pattern elements may utilize regular expression syntax along with other metadata that describe the behavior of the element. A pattern element group may be a collection of fully defined pattern elements where at least one pattern element from the group must have a match for the overall pattern to match. Patterns contain both pattern elements and pattern element groups. The general process involves first performing optical character recognition (OCR) on the document, which in turn produces a sequence of text tokens representing the lines of text on each page of the document. The search algorithm may then apply each defined pattern to the entire document capturing and/or extracting data that match each pattern's required elements and element groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Parchment Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Brown
  • Patent number: 9886762
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to image retrieval in an electronic device. An operating method of an electronic device includes determining an object included in an image and a position of extent occupied by the object in the image and retrieving at least one image including the object at the position from among a plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Kiran Nanjunda Iyer, Raushan Kumar, Satish Lokkoju, Viswanath Gopalakrishnan, Viswanath Veera
  • Patent number: 9881356
    Abstract: A data processing method is disclosed for processing hyperspectral image data of a scene. The method comprises sequentially receiving portions of the data at a data buffer to form a data set comprising a predefined number of data portions and calculating a set of global statistical parameters and data correction factors using the data forming the data set. The method further comprises receiving a further data portion at the data buffer and simultaneously removing the earliest received data portion at the data buffer, from the data set, and subsequently calculating a set of local statistical parameters using the data of the further data portion. The method further comprises updating the set of global statistical parameters using the set of local statistical parameters and correcting the data of the data portion removed from the data set using the correction factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Ainsley Killey, Philip Dale
  • Patent number: 9881233
    Abstract: An image recognition apparatus includes a storage unit which stores a plurality of pieces of identical recognition reference data which are used as references for recognizing a specific object from an image, an image recognition unit which recognizes the specific object by alternately making a switch between the plurality of pieces of recognition reference data, on a frame basis, stored in the storage unit, for consecutive frames of the image acquired by an image acquisition unit, and a recognition determining unit which, on condition that recognition results obtained by the image recognition unit by using the plurality of pieces of recognition reference data meet a predetermined matching condition, outputs the recognition results as effective recognition results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Akira Nakashima, Tetsuya Kimata
  • Patent number: 9881227
    Abstract: An image analysis unit of an image processing apparatus acquires a distribution condition of feature points in an entire input image and in each of a plurality of small regions in the input image. A target point number setting unit sets a target point number for each small region based on the distribution condition of feature points in the entire input image. An expected point number setting unit sets an expected point number for each small region based on the distribution condition of feature points in the small region. A comparison unit compares the target point number and the expected point number. A sensitivity setting unit sets detection sensitivity based on the comparison result. A feature point detection unit performs feature point detection according to the detection sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Naoyuki Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9881226
    Abstract: Recommendations can be generated even in situations where sufficient user information is unavailable for providing personalized recommendations. Instead of generating recommendations for an item based on item type or category, a relation graph can be consulted that enables other items to be recommended that are related to the item in some way, which may be independent of the type or category of item. For example, images of models, celebrities, or everyday people wearing items of clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and other such items can be received and analyzed to recognize those items and cause them to be linked in the relation graph. When generating recommendations or selecting advertisements, the relation graph can be consulted to recommend products that other people have obtained with the item from any of a number of sources, such that the recommendations may be more valuable to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleg Rybakov, Matias Omar Gregorio Benitez, Leo Parker Dirac, Rejith George Joseph, Vijai Mohan, Srikanth Thirumalai
  • Patent number: 9881408
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method and system of this disclosure are configured to correct or resolve artifacts in a received digital image, using a selection of one or more encompassment measures, each encompassing the largest artifact and an optional second smaller artifact. The processor herein is configured to calculate difference in Gaussians using blurred versions of the input digital image and optionally, the input digital image itself; to composite the resulting difference in Gaussians and the input digital image; and to determine pixels with properties of invariant values, also referred to as invariant pixels. The values in the properties of the invariant pixels are then applied to the artifacts regions to correct these artifacts, thereby generating the modified digital image in which the artifact regions are more or less differentiable to a human eye when compared with the digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: David Sarma
  • Patent number: 9881240
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a dithering circuit, a gradation correction pattern generating circuit, and a gradation correction pattern correcting circuit. The dithering circuit performs a dithering process on image data to generate dithered image data. The gradation correction pattern generating circuit sets, in multi-valued data, gradation information of each of pixels of the generated dithered image data, and generates a gradation correction pattern imitating the dithered image data. The gradation correction pattern correcting circuit performs pattern matching on the generated gradation correction pattern, and corrects the generated gradation correction pattern in accordance with a result of the pattern matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Miyadera
  • Patent number: 9881354
    Abstract: Described is a technology by which an image such as a stitched panorama is automatically cropped based upon predicted quality data with respect to filling missing pixels. The image may be completed, including by completing only those missing pixels that remain after cropping. Predicting quality data may be based on using restricted search spaces corresponding to the missing pixels. The crop is computed based upon the quality data, in which the crop is biased towards including original pixels and excluding predicted low quality pixels. Missing pixels are completed by using restricted search spaces to find replacement values for the missing pixels, and may use histogram matching for texture synthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Johannes Peter Kopf, Sing Bing Kang, Wolf Kienzle, Steven M. Drucker
  • Patent number: 9870376
    Abstract: A method and a system for summarizing a concept are provided. A query corresponding to a concept is received from a user. A plurality of images and corresponding descriptive information may be collected based on the query. The plurality of images and the descriptive information may be processed to form feature vectors and processed descriptive information respectively. Further, one or more topics may be identified for the plurality of images. Each of the plurality of images may be assigned with one or more topic distribution values corresponding to the one or more topics. The one or more topics correspond to the processed descriptive information. A sparse set of images may be determined based on the feature vectors and the assigned topic distribution values, to summarize the concept. Also, a target summary may be built from the summarized concept, by regularizing one or more distribution constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Subhajit Sanyal, Dhruv Kumar Mahajan, Sundararajan Sellamanickam
  • Patent number: 9870521
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for automatically cropping images taken by an electronic device in order to determine the identity of a product contained in the image are described herein. A number of different techniques may be applied to perform the automatic cropping, including a focus sweep technique in which a first image is analyzed for the presence of a human being and then a second image is taken in a plane closer to the camera than the first image. The two frames are analyzed and a resultant image is provided that avoids the regions in which the human being is present to focus on the product. In other embodiments, a motion vector calculation is made between two images in which an individual is holding a product. The motion vectors related to the human are removed and a bounding box is calculated to reduce the size of the image to include a higher percentage of the product, such that the product can be more easily identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mashhour Solh, Yue Liu, Gordon Lee, Bryan Taylor
  • Patent number: 9860517
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a method for determining conditions associated with the presence of a user in order to perform object detection. For example, various heuristic tests can be used to identify movement within a sequence of images or to identify user engagement therewith and, if movement or user engagement is identified, stereo disparity can be computed in an attempt to detect an object within a predetermined distance of the computing device. Accordingly, if the distance of the object is within the predetermined distance, object detection is performed. If the object is beyond the threshold distance, however, object detection is not performed in order to conserve battery life of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharadh Ramaswamy, David Wayne Stafford
  • Patent number: 9858498
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for incremental object detection using a staged process and a band-pass feature extractor are presented. At each stage of the staged process, a different band of features from a plurality of bands of features in image data can be extracted using a dual-threshold local binary pattern operator, and compared with features of a target object within the band for a partial decision. The staged process exits if a rejection decision is made at any stage of the staged process. If no rejection decision is made in each stage of the staged process, the target object is detected. Features extracted at each stage may be from a different image for some applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Victor Chan, Alok Govil, Gerhard Reitmayr
  • Patent number: 9858479
    Abstract: A system for performing global-scale damage detection using satellite imagery, comprising a damage detection server that receives and analyzes image data to identify objects within an image via a curated computational method, and a curation interface that enables a user to curate image information for use in object identification, and a method for a curated computational method for performing global scale damage detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DIGITALGLOBE, INC.
    Inventors: Muhammad Hamid, Lionel Gueguen
  • Patent number: 9852177
    Abstract: A system and method for generating automated response to an input query received from a user in a human-machine interaction environment are described. The system may comprise an external memory wherein the data is stored and segregated into a plurality of segments in the hierarchical structure. The system may further comprise a processor and a memory coupled with the processor. The processor may execute a plurality of modules stored in the memory. A segment identification module may be configured to identify a relevant segment, from the plurality of segments, matching with a user input. A relevant data determination module may be configured to determine relevant data within the relevant segment matching with the user input. A response generation module may be configured to generate a response with respect to the user input based upon the relevant data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Chi Leung Alex Cheung, Yu Fai Ho
  • Patent number: 9846522
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to interacting with a graphical user interface in a manner to facilitate hands-free operation. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method including outputting to a display device a user interface that displays graphical representations of a plurality of alignable user interface objects, each alignable user interface object representing a selectable object. The method further includes receiving depth data from an imaging device, the image data capturing an image of a face directed toward the display device. The method further comprises changing an alignment condition of a first user interface object of the plurality of alignable user interface objects to move the first user interface object into an aligned condition, and changing an alignment condition of a second user interface object to move the second user interface object out of an aligned condition based on the received image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventors: David Cohen, Sagi Katz, Dani Daniel, Giora Yahav
  • Patent number: 9846562
    Abstract: A method (100) for monitoring the displaying of a plurality of video contents (VD1, . . . , VDM) on a display (1) is described, the video contents (VD1,, VDM) each comprising a stream of digital images (I1, . . . , IK), each digital image comprising a respective pixel matrix. The method does not require the integration of markers inside the video contents and the monitoring is performed by means of an optical sensor (2) having a sensitive area facing the display (1) so as to detect over time the chromatic variations of the video contents displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TAGGALO, S.R.L.
    Inventors: Cosimo Distante, Pierluigi Carcagni′, Luca Nestola
  • Patent number: 9830527
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a first processor that acquires frames of image data. For each frame of data, the first processor generates a Gaussian pyramid for the frame of data, extract histogram of oriented gradient (HOG) descriptors for each level of the Gaussian pyramid, compresses the HOG descriptors, and sends the compressed HOG descriptors. A second processor is coupled to the first processor and is configured to receive the compressed HOG descriptors, aggregate the compressed HOG descriptors into windows, compare data of each window to at least one stored model, and generate output based upon the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Alberto Margari, Danilo Pietro Pau, Raimondo Schettini
  • Patent number: 9826151
    Abstract: An image capture system includes: a pan-tilt head with a driving-and-supporting mechanism; an image capture module including at least two image capture devices fixed on the driving-and-supporting mechanism and arranged side by side in a horizontal direction or a vertical direction; a distance obtaining module configured to obtain a distance between a to-be-captured object and the image capture module; a processor configured to calculate a width P of the to-be-captured object which is capable of being currently captured by one of the image capture devices based on the distance L and a visual angle of the image capture device in the horizontal direction or the vertical direction, and calculate a relative rotation angle of the image capture devices in the horizontal direction or the vertical direction based on the width; and a controller configured to control the image capture device to rotate based on the relative rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Shuo Chen
  • Patent number: 9818025
    Abstract: A discriminator generation device 10 includes a feature quantity extraction unit 13 which, using at least two pattern groups having patterns of different sizes for a detection object, extracts a feature quantity of patterns configuring each pattern group, and a discriminator generation unit 14 which generates a discriminator for detecting a detection object of a size corresponding to each pattern group in an image based on the feature quantity of the patterns of each pattern group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Rodrigo Benenson, Markus Mathias, Radu Timofte, Luc Van Gool, Ryuji Funayama
  • Patent number: 9818159
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture for expense management are disclosed. A user may submit receipts for one or more transactions into an expense management system. The expense management system may extract information from the receipts and match the extracted information to one or more of a plurality of Records of Charge (ROCs). The expense management system may match the extracted information to a ROC based on vendor name, location, time stamp, and the like. The expense management system may further assign a ROC to an expense category. The expense management system may assign a ROC to an expense category based on a standard industrial classification (SIC) code of a merchant, a category assigned to a different ROC, and a location associated with the ROC. An expense report for all submitted receipts may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Azriel Chelst, Estelle Mangeney, Lee Pham
  • Patent number: 9810895
    Abstract: A biological observation apparatus includes a light source that radiates illumination light onto an observation region that includes a biological specimen; a CCD that acquires a macro image of the observation region; a light source that radiates excitation light onto the biological specimen; a micro-image acquisition unit that acquires a micro image of the biological specimen; an identification-information storing unit that stores identification information of the biological specimen; a biological-specimen specifying unit that extracts identification information of the biological specimen by performing image processing on the macro image, and specifies a biological specimen for which the extracted identification information corresponds to the identification information stored in the identification-information storing unit; and a pan controller that moves a capturing range of the micro-image acquisition unit such that the biological specimen is included in the viewing range of the micro image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9805268
    Abstract: With the widespread availability of video cameras, we are facing an ever-growing enormous collection of unedited and unstructured video data. Due to lack of an automatic way to generate highlights from this large collection of video streams, these videos can be tedious and time consuming to index or search. The present invention is a novel method of online video highlighting, a principled way of generating a short video highlight summarizing the most important and interesting contents of a potentially very long video, which is costly both time-wise and financially for manual processing. Specifically, the method learns a dictionary from given video using group sparse coding, and updates atoms in the dictionary on-the-fly. A highlight of the given video is then generated by combining segments that cannot be sparsely reconstructed using the learned dictionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Eric Xing, Bin Zhao
  • Patent number: 9798953
    Abstract: A system for detecting a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer is provided herein. An imaging device is configured to capture images of the trailer and a controller is configured to process images captured by the imaging device. The controller derives a template image and rotates the template image relative to a search image about an imaged hitch point that is common to the template image and the search image. The location of the imaged hitch point corresponds to a selected one of a number of candidate hitch point locations. The hitch angle is determined based on an angle at which the template image is rotated relative to the search image to generate a match therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Zheng Hu
  • Patent number: 9800827
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations for de-interlacing an interlaced digital video and up-converting a frame rate of a digital video are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Shahram Shirani, Roozbeh Dehghannasiri
  • Patent number: 9799123
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an information identification system, a method of identifying information, and a program for identifying information to efficiently identify information by considering information on an object existing in the imaged area when identifying information from an image. The information identification system 10 that identifies information on an object imaged in the image previously registers information on the object existing in a predetermined area, detects the location information of the image and identifies which area the location information belongs to, detects the feature amount of the object imaged in the image, and matches the identified area information and the detected feature amount to the database and identifies information on the object imaged in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 9799130
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a spatial feature descriptor representing a binary string of comparison results between specified pairings of N patches in a region of an image, N being an integer greater than one. The method further includes compressing the spatial feature descriptor by determining a minimum number of bits needed to represent N, and generating a sorted array representing a ranking of the N patches based on the binary string of comparison results. Each element of the sorted array is associated with a corresponding patch of the N patches and stores a value representing a ranking of the patch relative to the other N?1 patches and coded using the minimum number of bits needed to represent N. The sorted array may be further compressed using a progressive bit representation decimation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Pieter Kapsenberg
  • Patent number: 9760686
    Abstract: Ultraviolet light poses both health benefits and health risks. A method, device and computer storage program balances the health risks and benefits of ultraviolet light exposure with personal sensitivities and preferences for these health risks and benefits. An ultraviolet light exposure level of a subject person is estimated by monitoring data from a plurality of sources. A personal sensitivity to ultraviolet light exposure is also estimated from data from various sources. A recommendation for the subject person is generated based upon the estimated risks and benefits of ultraviolet light exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rahil Garnavi, Timothy M. Lynar, Suraj Pandey, John M. Wagner, Ziyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9754182
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting keypoints in image data may include an image sensor interface receiving pixel data from an image sensor. A front-end pixel data processing circuit may receive pixel data and convert the pixel data to a different color space format. A back-end pixel data processing circuit may perform one or more operations on the pixel data. An output circuit may receive pixel data and output the pixel data to a system memory. A keypoint detection circuit may receive pixel data from the image sensor interface in the image sensor pixel data format or receive pixel data after processing by the front-end or the back-end pixel data processing circuits. The keypoint detection circuit may perform a keypoint detection operation on the pixel data to detect one or more keypoints in the image frame and output to the system memory a description of the one or more keypoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Pope
  • Patent number: 9754153
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for image processing, a corresponding apparatus and a computer program product. The method comprises performing face detection of an image, obtaining a coarse face segmentation region of at least one face and a contour edge of the at least one face based on the face detection; and adjusting the coarse face segmentation region based on the contour edge to obtain a fine face segmentation region. By using the method, corresponding apparatus and computer program product of the present invention, the coarse face region in an image can be precisely segmented, which provides a good basis for the subsequent image processing based on the fine face segmentation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jiangwei Li, Kongqiao Wang, He Yan
  • Patent number: 9754161
    Abstract: Determining occupancy in a space by detecting a suspected object in a first image of a space, creating a bounding shape around the suspected object in the image, the bounding shape being aligned towards the center of the image, tracking a selected feature from within the bonding shape, determining occupancy in the space based on the tracking, and controlling a device based on the occupancy determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: POINTGRAB LTD.
    Inventors: Gilboa Levy, Haim Perski
  • Patent number: 9754017
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that allow for indexing, processing, or both of information from physical media or electronic media, which may be received from a plurality of sources. In embodiments, a document file may be matched using pattern matching methods and may include comparisons with a comparison reference database to improve or accelerate the indexing process. In embodiments, information may be presented to a user as potential matches thereby improving manual indexing processes. In embodiments, one or more additional actions may occur as part of the processing, including without limitation, association additional data with a document file, making observations from the document file, notifying individuals, creating composite messages, and billing events. In an embodiment, data from a document file may be associated with a key word, key phrase, or word frequency value that enables adaptive learning so that unindexed data may be automatically indexed based on user interaction history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: INDXIT SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Ebaugh, Matthew J. Morvant
  • Patent number: 9736524
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides user interface methods of and systems for displaying at least one available action overlaid on an image, comprising displaying an image; selecting at least one action and assigning a ranking weight thereto based on at least one of (1) image content, (2) current device location, (3) location at which the image was taken, (4) date of capturing the image; (5) time of capturing the image; and (6) a user preference signature representing prior actions chosen by a user and content preferences learned about the user; and ranking the at least one action based on its assigned ranking weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: VEVEO, INC.
    Inventors: Murali Aravamudan, Ajit Rajasekharan
  • Patent number: 9734582
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a remote point method. A remote pointing method according to the present invention comprises capturing images by a first and a second camera disposed being separated spatially from each other; detecting a pointing part in a first image captured by the first camera; determining a region of interest including the pointing part in a second image captured by the second camera; and extracting stereoscopic coordinates of the pointing part within the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Kamin Lee, Sungjin Kim
  • Patent number: 9734398
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying an object are disclosed. The method includes: performing linear feature detection on an image to be identified by using a linear feature detecting method to obtain detected linear features, wherein the linear feature detection method transforms detection of linear features in an image space to detection of extremal points in another space and assigns larger weights to continuous image points than to discrete image points during the transformation by using a continuous cluster factor; and identifying an object to be identified from the detected linear features by considering characteristics of the object to be identified. The method and apparatus for identifying an object of the invention, when used to detect and identify weak linear objects in high resolution remote sensing images, can effectively suppress the system noise and ambient noise, thereby successfully identifying the interested object and avoiding false alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Yunping Chen, Ling Tong, Weihong Han
  • Patent number: 9726595
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus includes a sample stage, an excitation unit, a light receiving unit, a stimulant applying nozzle, and a spray nozzle in a measurement space inside a body case, and also includes a heating unit and a gas supplying unit. The body case includes an inner case surrounding the measurement space, and an outer case surrounding the inner case to shield the measurement space from light from the outside and seal the measurement space. The heating unit is disposed between the inner case and the outer case and adjusts temperature in the measurement space through the inner case. The gas supplying unit supplies gas having controlled temperature and humidity into the measurement space and adjusts temperature and humidity in the measurement space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Kimiko Kazumura, Hiroshi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9729783
    Abstract: A method of capturing images includes obtaining a first image of a user captured by a front camera device of an electronic device. First coordinates of two eyes of the user in the first image are identified. A preview image of the user from a rear camera device of the electronic device is obtained, and second coordinates of the two eyes of the user in the preview image are identified. At least one difference value is calculated according to the first coordinates and the second coordinates of the two eyes of the user. Once each of the at least one difference value is within a corresponding predetermined range, the rear camera device is controlled to capture a second image of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chin-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 9710697
    Abstract: A method and a system for exacting face features from data of face images have been disclosed. The system may comprise: A first feature extraction unit configured to filter the data of face images into a first plurality of channels of feature maps with a first dimension and down-sample the feature maps into a second dimension of feature maps; a second feature extraction unit configured to filter the second dimension of feature maps into a second plurality of channels of feature maps with a second dimension, and to down-sample the second plurality of channels feature maps into a third dimension of feature maps; and a third feature extraction unit configured to filter the third dimension of feature maps so as to further reduce high responses outside the face region such that reduce intra-identity variances of face images, while maintain discrimination between identities of the face images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Beijing Sensetime Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaoou Tang, Zhenyao Zhu, Ping Luo, Xiaogang Wang
  • Patent number: 9710699
    Abstract: The invention is a device and method for recognizing individuals of interest by analyzing images taken under real world lighting conditions with imperfect viewing. Recognition attributes are identified by running a plurality of processing algorithms on the image data which a) extract indices of recognition that are markers relating to specific individuals, b) create morphable, three dimensional computer graphics models of candidate individuals based on the indices of recognition, c) apply the viewing conditions from the real world data imagery to the three dimensional models, and d) declare recognition based on a high degree of correlation between the morphed model and the raw data image within a catalog of the indices of recognition of individuals of interest. The invention further encompasses the instantiation of the processing on very high thruput processing elements that may include FPGAs or GPUs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Irvine Sensors Corp.
    Inventors: James W Justice, Virgillio Villacorta
  • Patent number: 9710549
    Abstract: Systems and methods for normalizing entities via name normalization are disclosed. In some implementations, a computer-implemented method of identifying duplicate objects in a plurality of objects is provided. Each object in the plurality of objects is associated with one or more facts, and each of the one or more facts having a value. The method includes: using a computer processor to perform: associating facts extracted from web documents with a plurality of objects; and for each of the plurality of objects, normalizing the value of a name fact, the name fact being among one or more facts associated with the object; processing the plurality of objects in accordance with the normalized value of the name facts of the plurality of objects. In some implementations, normalizing the value of the name fact is optionally carried out by applying a group of normalization rules to the value of the name fact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Betz
  • Patent number: 9697431
    Abstract: A device and method for providing a visual cue for improved text imaging on a mobile device. The method includes determining a minimum text size for accurate optical character recognition (OCR) of an image captured by the mobile device, receiving an image stream of a printed substrate, and displaying the image stream and a visual cue superimposed onto the image stream, wherein the visual cue is indicative of the minimum text size. The method further includes capturing a digital image of the image stream, wherein the digital image does not include the visual cue. Additionally, the method further includes notifying a user of the mobile device when text displayed within the image stream is at least as large as the minimum text size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventor: Raja Bala
  • Patent number: 9684850
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a biological information processor includes: an area detection unit configured to detect an area in which a person is displayed from image information; a feature extraction unit configured to extract feature information based on a characteristic portion of a person from the area detected by the area detection unit from the image information; and a determination unit configured to determine an extraction precision indicating whether or not the characteristic portion of the person can be extracted, with respect to the feature information extracted by the feature extraction unit based on a position of the characteristic portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroo Saito, Hiroshi Sukegawa
  • Patent number: 9684715
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to audio identification using ordinal transformations. A media matching component receives a sample audio file. The sample audio file can include, for example, a cover song. The media matching component includes a vector component that computes a set of vectors using auditory feature values included in the sample audio file. A hashing component employs a hash function to generate a fingerprint, including a set of sub-fingerprints, for the sample audio file using the set of vectors. The fingerprint is invariant to variations including but not limited to variations in key, instrumentation, encoding formats, performers, performance conditions, arrangement, and/or recording and processing variations. An identification component determines if any reference audio files are similar to the sample audio file using the fingerprint and/or sub-fingerprints, and identifies any similar reference audio files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Ross, Jay Yagnik
  • Patent number: 9679353
    Abstract: When enlarged/reduced images to be displayed based on a predetermined original image are displayed on a display screen, each of the enlarged/reduced images is created and displayed at a higher speed. Therefore, desired regions within an original image are designated, and desired images including the entire designated desired region are read from the original image, and stored separately from the original image. Then, an enlargement/reduction ratio with respect to the original image is acquired, and an enlarged/reduced original image obtained by enlarging/reducing the original image with the enlargement/reduction ratio in both a long-side direction and a short-side direction is created and displayed on a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Data Infotech Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Kawatani
  • Patent number: 9672413
    Abstract: Provided is an information processor which readily permits operation input to be made so as to point a position on a screen when an operation input is received from a user using a captured image obtained by imaging the user. The information processor acquires a captured image including a user's face, identifies the position of the user's face included in the acquired captured image, sets an operation area at a position on the captured image determined in accordance with the identified face position, detects a detection target within the operation area, and receives, as a user-pointed position, a position on the screen corresponding to a relative position of the detected detection target within the operation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yutaka Yokokawa, Nicolas Doucet, Takumi Yoshida, Tetsugo Inada
  • Patent number: 9665606
    Abstract: Edge-based recognition systems and methods are presented. Edges of the object are identified from the image data based on co-circularity of edgels, and edge-based descriptors are constructed based on the identified edges. The edge-based descriptors along with additional perception metrics are used to obtain a list of candidate objects matched with the edge-based descriptors. Through various filtering processes and verification processes, false positive candidate objects are further removed from the list to determine the final candidate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventors: Bing Song, Matheen Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 9656075
    Abstract: A method for assessment, optimization and logging of the effects of a therapy for a medical condition, including (a) receiving into a signal processor input signals indicative of the subject's brain activity; (b) characterizing the spatio-temporal behavior of the brain activity using the signals; (c) delivering a therapy to a target tissue of the subject; (d) characterizing the spatio-temporal effect of the therapy on the brain activity; (e) in response to the characterizing, optimizing at least one parameter of the therapy if the brain activity has not been satisfactorily modified and/or has been adversely modified by the therapy; (f) characterizing the spatio-temporal effect of the at least one optimized parameter; and (g) logging to memory the at least one optimized parameter. A computer readable program storage unit encoded with instructions that, when executed by a computer, performs the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Flint Hills Scientific, LLC.
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio
  • Patent number: 9659204
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an image processing method and system for recognizing barcodes and/or product labels. According to an exemplary embodiment, the method uses a multifaceted detection process that includes both image enhancement of a candidate barcode region and other product label information associated with a candidate barcode region to identify a product label, where the candidate barcode region includes a nonreadable barcode. According to one exemplary application, a store profile is generated based on the identifications of the product labels which are associated with a location of a product within a store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Wencheng Wu, Dennis L. Venable, Steven R. Moore, Thomas F. Wade, Peter Paul, Adrien P. Côté
  • Patent number: 9652694
    Abstract: An object detection device comprises a specific object detector configured to detect a specific object in an image, a scene model creation unit configured to create a scene model characterizing a background of the specific object in the image, and a filtering unit configured to filter object detection results of the specific object detector using the scene model to determine the specific object, wherein the scene model creation unit comprises a collection unit configured to collect regions other than the specific object to be detected from the image as samples, a feature extraction unit configured to extract first negative feature vectors from the samples, a clustering unit configured to cluster first negative feature vectors into a plurality of feature groups, and a classifier creation unit configured to create first classifiers each for respective one of the feature groups and to create the scene model by combining the first classifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Yong Jiang
  • Patent number: 9652043
    Abstract: Recognizing a command may include monitoring a tangible reference with a depth sensor, maintaining a virtual reference approximately on calibrated three dimensional coordinates of the tangible reference, maintaining a touch space adjacent the virtual reference, and recognizing a command when a predetermined object enters the touch space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jinman Kang, Charles Jia