Object Boundary Expansion Or Contraction Patents (Class 382/256)
  • Patent number: 9911179
    Abstract: A set of optimized operational parameter values is generated for performing decontouring operations on a predicted image. The predicted image is predicted from a first image mapped from a second image that has a higher dynamic range than the first image. Based on the set of optimized operational parameter values, smoothen operations and selection/masking based on a residual mask are performed on the predicted image. The set of optimized operational parameter values is encoded into a part of a multi-layer video signal that includes the first image, and can be used by a recipient decoder to generate a decontoured image based on the predicted image and reconstruct a version of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Konstantinos Konstaninides
  • Patent number: 9674662
    Abstract: A mobile data analysis system is provided that enables mobile device location tracking, secure messaging, and real-time sharing of intelligence information, among other features. In one embodiment, a method and apparatus is provided for creating data objects from one or more digital images captured by a mobile device. A computing device receives a first digital image file comprising first image metadata, wherein the first image metadata includes one or more image properties each having an image property value. The computing device transforms one or more of the image property values of the one or more image properties into one or more particular values. The computing device populates one or more data object property values of a data object with the one or more particular values. The computing device stores the data object in a data repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Freeland, Jacob Scott, Eric Sadur, Timothy Ronan, Michael Kross, Huey Kwik
  • Patent number: 9659747
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is for generating write data for resizing a write pattern to be written with an energy beam. The method includes connecting vertices of the write pattern with a plurality of vectors, extracting a pair of collinear vectors pointing in opposite directions from the vectors, dividing the write pattern into a plurality of figures with a line passing between two adjacent ends of the extracted pair of vectors and extending in a direction orthogonal to the pair of vectors, and generating write data for each of the figures, the write data containing figure data and resizing information, the figure data indicating a shape, a size, and a position of the figure, the resizing information indicating resizing or non-resizing, resizing directions in the resizing, and an amount of resizing in each of the resizing directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Yashima
  • Patent number: 9626576
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention includes a method of determining MSER on a processing system that includes a parallel processor such as a GPU, the method including method steps carried out in parallel. Embodiments of the present invention also include an apparatus that includes a parallel processor and that is operative to carry out the method, and also logic, e.g., executable instructions configured on a non-transitory computer-readable media operative to carry out the method, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium encoded with such instructions. The method includes assigning to the pixels in an image metapixels of all connected pixels at a level, carrying out watershed in parallel on metapixels to determine catchment basins, and carrying out further steps, including steps executed in parallel to determine the MSER of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MotionDSP, Inc.
    Inventors: Nemanja Grujic, Igor Mihajlovic
  • Patent number: 9378583
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for bidirectionally inpainting an occlusion area appearing during generation of a virtual viewpoint image, using a foreground area and a background area based on a predicted volume are provided. The method includes receiving an input of a depth image and a color image, the depth image having depth information for a first viewpoint, and the color image having color information for the first viewpoint, generating a virtual viewpoint image at a second viewpoint based on the depth image and the color image, separating the virtual viewpoint image into a foreground area and a background area, based on the depth information and direction information regarding a direction from the first viewpoint to the second viewpoint, predicting a three-dimensional (3D) volume of the foreground area, and inpainting an occlusion area bidirectionally using the foreground area and the background area, based on the predicted 3D volume, the occlusion area being included in the virtual viewpoint image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Kyu Lee, Hwa Sup Lim, Kee Chang Lee, Do Kyoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9235757
    Abstract: A system that identifies and recognizes text that offers reduced the computational complexity for processing complex images. Widths of scan line segments within candidate text regions are determined, with the shortest segments selected as being representative of stroke width. Statistical features of the stroke widths are used as part of the process to classify each region as containing or not containing a text character or glyph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yue Liu, Oleg Rybakov
  • Patent number: 9165203
    Abstract: A video processing system enhances quality of an overlay image, such as a logo, text, game scores, or other areas forming a region of interest (ROI) in a video stream. The system separately enhances the video quality of the ROI, particularly when screen size is reduced. The data enhancement can be accomplished at decoding with metadata provided with the video data for decoding so that the ROI that can be separately enhanced from the video. In improve legibility, the ROI enhancer can increase contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, and bit density of the ROI. The ROI enhancer can operate down to a pixel-by-pixel level. The ROI enhancer may use stored reference picture templates to enhance a current ROI based on a comparison. When the ROI includes text, a minimum reduction size for the ROI relative to the remaining video can be identified so that the ROI is not reduced below human perceptibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean T. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9135744
    Abstract: Method for filling a hole-region and a three-dimensional (3D) video system using the same. In order to synthesize an image, a plurality of images each having a different viewpoint may be obtained. By using depth maps of the obtained plurality of images, an intermediate virtual viewpoint image may be synthesized. After synthesizing, a hole-region in the intermediate virtual viewpoint image may be filled using a color image of the intermediate virtual viewpoint image, a mask image indicating the hole-region in the intermediate virtual viewpoint image, and a depth image of the intermediate virtual viewpoint image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yo-Sung Ho, Cheon Lee
  • Patent number: 9129387
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adaptation system for adapting a deformable model comprising a plurality of model elements to an object of interest in an image data set, the adaptation system comprising a selector for selecting at least one image- driven model element from the plurality of model elements and an adapter for adapting the deformable model on the basis of optimizing a model energy of the deformable model, the model energy comprising an internal energy of the plurality of model elements and an external energy of the at least one image-driven model element, thereby adapting the deformable model. By enabling the adaptation system to selectively choose the image- driven model elements, the adaptation system of the current invention allows excluding a poorly adaptable model element from interacting with the image data set and thus from being pulled and/or pushed by the image data set into a wrong location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Olivier Ecabert, Peters Jochen, Juergen Weese
  • Patent number: 9082218
    Abstract: A method for modifying an onscreen rendering of three-dimensional data stored in a voxel cell of a voxel grid to produce an altered visual effect for the cell comprising the steps (a) for each vertex of the voxel cell, determining the data density ratio in neighboring voxel cells, or determining the material type of the voxel cell and or neighboring voxel cells, (b) for each vertex in the voxel cell, and based on the results of (a), determining to change the spatial position of the vertex, and (c) for each vertex in the voxel cell, and based on the decision in (b), generating three vertex location offset coordinates defining a new vertex location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Roblox Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Jonathan Ignatoff
  • Patent number: 9041508
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining an inventory condition of objects based on captured images are described. An exemplary inventory control system or method utilizes a highly efficient and economical approach to apply suitable imaging parameters for capturing images of a storage drawer being accessed by a user, or for manipulating the captured images of the drawer. An inventory condition of the drawer is determined based on the captured images or manipulated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stephen L. Glickman, David A. Jackson, Matthew J. Lipsey, Preston Phillips, David C. Fly, Jason L. Weeks
  • Patent number: 9025853
    Abstract: A method of determining relief markings on a tire's sidewall surface includes assigning, to each pixel of a three-dimensional image of the surface, a grey-level value proportional to an elevation point corresponding to the pixel, to obtain a starting image. Using linear structuring elements of successively increasing sizes and oriented circumferentially, a series of successive morphological openings is performed iteratively on the starting surface. An image value obtained after a morphological opening using a structuring element is subtracted from an image value obtained after a morphological opening using a structuring element of an immediately lower size, to obtain a succession of images flattened by differencing. A thresholding operation is performed on the images flattened by differencing, to obtain binary images. A set-theoretic union of values of each of the binary images is performed, to obtain a final binary image in which markings appear in relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Establissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Noyel, Jean-Paul Zanella, Alexandre Joly
  • Publication number: 20150103969
    Abstract: A method is based on first projection data, recorded during a relative rotational movement between an x-ray source of a CT device and at least one examination object lying partly outside the field of view of the CT device. Contour data of the surface of the examination object is useable to enhance the reconstruction of the incomplete first projection data. The spatial correlation between the first projection data and the contour data is known. The first projection data is expanded by way of the contour data to modified projection data, so that the modified projection data includes information about the contour of the examination object lying outside the field of view of the CT device. In an embodiment of the inventive reconstruction of image data by way of the modified projection data, fewer or no artifacts occur by comparison with reconstruction of image data from just the first image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas FLOHR, Bernhard SCHMIDT, Martin SEDLMAIR
  • Patent number: 8989511
    Abstract: Methods for correcting for thermal drift in microscopy images are described. One such method includes receiving an original image for correction, the original image having been generated using microscopy, receiving information indicative of a feature selected from within the original image by a user, the selected feature including an edge, storing the original image in a database including a plurality of images, each having one or more features, correlating the selected feature with one of the one or more features stored in the database to identify a first plurality of points defining the edge, removing one or more points of the first plurality of points using an outlier rejection technique, generating a smoothing spline approximation for a second plurality of points defining the edge, and generating a corrected image by shifting points of the original image in accordance with the smoothing spline approximation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean P. Leary
  • Patent number: 8983222
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically retrieving information regarding optical properties of a scattering medium including receiving a first digital image and a first image quality value associated with the first digital image and sharpness of an edge of the first digital image, producing an optimized image, transforming the optimized image into an optimized optical transfer function, receiving a second digital image and a second image quality value associated with the second digital image and sharpness of an edge of the second digital image, identifying either the first or second digital image as an optimized digital image, and transforming the optimized optical transfer function into an optimized value of the optical parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Weilin Hou, Alan Weidemann
  • Patent number: 8897833
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing at least one digital photographic image is presented, the system and method comprising at least one capturing device and at least one receiving device disposed in a communicative relation with one another via at least one wireless network. In particular, the capturing device is structured to capture the at least one digital photographic image via, for example, a capture assembly, whereas the receiving device is cooperatively structured to receive the digital photographic image via, for example, the at least one wireless network. In addition, the capturing device(s) and receiving device(s) may be disposed in a selectively paired relationship via one or more common pre-defined pairing criteria. Further, the at least one digital photographic image may be filtered via at least one pre-defined transfer criteria disposed on the capturing device and/or receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rothschild Storage Retrieval Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 8861830
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for detecting and analyzing heart mechanical activity at a region of interest of a patient's heart are provided. The method comprises acquiring a time sequence of 2-dimensional X-ray images of a region of interest over at least part of a cardiac cycle; detecting coronary vessels in the X-ray images; tracking the coronary vessels through the sequence of images to identify movements of the coronary vessels; and analyzing the movements of the coronary vessels to quantify at least one parameter characterizing heart wall motion in the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Paieon Inc.
    Inventors: Rafael Brada, Michael Zarkh
  • Patent number: 8855211
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing video transport is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to predict visibility to a viewer of packet loss impairment for communicated video content based at least in part on scene information for one or more packets of the video content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Amy Ruth Reibman, David John Poole
  • Patent number: 8786629
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display apparatus and a control method of the same. The display apparatus includes: a display unit, an image processing unit; an image receiving unit which receives an image from an image source; and a controller which controls the image processing unit to crop the image such that an aspect ratio of the received image becomes a preset reference aspect ratio and scale the cropped image in correspondence to a resolution of the display unit. With this configuration, an image with no distortion can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-jun Park
  • Patent number: 8781258
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, includes: a transforming area setter, operable to set at least a part of an area of a target image as a transforming area; a transforming area divider, operable to arrange a plurality of dividing points in the transforming area and to divide the transforming area into a plurality of small areas by using a line connecting the dividing points; and a transforming processor, operable to move a position of at least one of the dividing points to transform at least one of the small areas, thereby transforming an image in the transforming area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ikuo Hayaishi, Akio Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8744189
    Abstract: A character region extracting apparatus and method which extract a character region through the calculation of character stroke widths are provided. The method includes producing a binary image including a candidate character region from an original image; extracting a character outline from the candidate character region; acquires character outline information for the extracted outline; setting a representative character stroke width and a representative character angle in each of the pixels forming the outline, based on the character outline information; and determining a character existing region in the candidate character region by confirming the ratio of effective representative stroke widths and effective angles as compared to the entire length of the outline. Accordingly, it is possible to efficiently determine whether one or more characters exist in the candidate character region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventors: Sang-Wook Oh, Sang-Hoon Sull, Myung-Hoon Kim, Hoon-Jae Lee, Soon-Hong Jung, Jun-Sic Youn
  • Patent number: 8718393
    Abstract: An urban scenes reconstruction method includes: acquiring digital data of a three-dimensional subject, the digital data comprising a 2D photograph and a 3D scan; fusing the 3D scan and the 2D photograph to create a depth-augmented photograph; decomposing the depth-augmented photograph into a plurality of constant-depth layers; detecting repetition patterns of each constant-depth layer; and using the repetitions to enhance the 3D scan to generate a polygon-level 3D reconstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Baoquan Chen, Liangliang Nan, Qian Zheng
  • Patent number: 8699813
    Abstract: In general, in one embodiment, low-light noise is removed from an image by separately filtering luma and chroma components of the image, by adaptively filtering the image based at least in part on a Gaussian distribution of the image, and/or by dividing the image into separate regions and filtering each region separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc
    Inventors: Raka Singh, Gaurav Malik, Rajesh Mahapatra
  • Patent number: 8660373
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that facilitate identifying objects in a document (e.g., a PDF document) for automatic image enhancement (AIE). A PDF document is “chunked” or segmented into chunks, and boundaries between chunks are identified as real or imaginary. Chunks sharing imaginary boundaries are combined, while real boundaries are retained, to generate “de-chunked” objects. These objects are then classified, and an AIE application is executed on objects meeting pre-specified classification criteria. In this manner, objects of r which AIE is not desired are not subjected to the AIE application, thereby saving time and processing resources associated with enhancing the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Zhigang Fan, Reiner Eschbach, Michael Branciforte, Farzin Blurfrushan, Roger L. Triplett, Raymond J. Clark, William A. Fuss, Michael E. Farrell, David E. Rumph
  • Patent number: 8625920
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method and apparatus for constructing a virtual microscope slide. The method encompasses the construction of a data structure by digitally scanning a specimen and acquiring digital image data of a series of digitized adjacent image segments of the specimen. The image segments are useable to provide an overall magnified image of the specimen as well as higher magnification images of selected points on the specimen. The scanned digital image data can be stored and transferred over an Internet or intranet communication channel. A control program is provided for the data structure for viewing the overall magnified image and higher magnification images of selected points on the specimen. The control program allows for the selection of a point on the overall magnified image, and display from the stored digital image data a corresponding higher magnification image of the selected point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus America Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Bacus, James V. Bacus
  • Patent number: 8594722
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing at least one digital photographic image is presented, the system and method comprising at least one capturing device and at least one receiving device disposed in a communicative relation with one another via at least one wireless network. In particular, the capturing device is structured to capture the at least one digital photographic image via, for example, a capture assembly, whereas the receiving device is cooperatively structured to receive the digital photographic image via, for example, the at least one wireless network. In addition, the capturing device(s) and receiving device(s) may be disposed in a selectively paired relationship via one or more common pre-defined pairing criteria. Further, the at least one digital photographic image may be filtered via at least one pre-defined transfer criteria disposed on the capturing device and/or receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: SRR Patent Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 8582839
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an ultrasound system and a method of forming an elastic image, which are capable of preventing the distortion of the elastic image. The persistence of the previous frame and the present frame is performed after moving the boundary pixels set up in the previous interest frame to the boundary pixels in the present interest frame. This is so that the distortion of the elastic image may be reduced and the signal to noise ratio may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Gyu Hyun, Mok Kun Jeong
  • Patent number: 8578299
    Abstract: A computing device in a system for motion detection comprises an image processing device to determine a motion of an object of interest, and a graphical user interface (GUI) module to drive a virtual role based on the motion determined by the image processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignees: Industrial Technology Research Institute, Cywee Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Lung Chen, Chien-Chun Kuo, Wen-Yang Wang, Duan-Li Liao, Zhou Ye, Sheng-Wen Jeng
  • Patent number: 8577162
    Abstract: An output apparatus determines pixels that form an area equal to or greater than a predetermined size and whose pixel values are not different from pixel values of neighboring pixels, and pixels that form an area not equal to or greater than the predetermined size. The apparatus reduces the pixel values of the determined pixels and outputs a binary image formed by the determined pixels with the reduced pixel values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Shouichi Kuboyama
  • Patent number: 8532423
    Abstract: Representing high-resolution media content in a lower resolution system is disclosed. For a first portion of a high-resolution media content which is associated with a content boundary that does not align with an interval boundary of the lower resolution system, a new media content file that includes at least said first portion of the high-resolution media content is created. The new media content file and a second file comprising at least a second portion of the original media content file, which second portion begins at a first interval boundary and ends at a second interval boundary of the lower resolution system, are provided to the lower resolution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Eppolito
  • Patent number: 8526721
    Abstract: A method of processing image data, to obtain image data for printing a junction area connecting a circular pad having a radius R with a linear line pattern by forming ink blots having a radius r in an overlapping manner, includes: setting a base pitch P as a base distance between adjacent ink blots; arranging image data of the pad, line pattern, and junction area, which is defined by an extension of the line pattern, in an x-y coordinate system; selecting a first determination point, which corresponds to one side of the junction area; comparing a distance from a center of the pad to the first determination point with a value of (R?r+P); and storing coordinates of the first determination point as print data if the distance from the center of the pad to the first determination point is greater than or equal to the value of (R?r+P).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwansoo Yun, Joshi Akshay, Sangdo Cho, Yongsik Kim, Jaewoo Joung
  • Patent number: 8515200
    Abstract: A logic arrangement, system and method for segmentation using magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”) are provided. For example, as an end product, an image associated with at least one portion of an anatomical structure is generated. In particular, first data associated with the at least one portion of the anatomical structure is received. Second data can be associated with at least one edge of at least one of the at least one portion is obtained based on the first data. The image can be generated based on the first data and the second data. In addition or as an alternative, it is also possible to generate the image using connected voxel components. Such components are created by processing information associated with an erosion of surface voxels of an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Artem Mikheev, Henry Rusinek
  • Publication number: 20130170766
    Abstract: A method of performing eyebrow shaping on an image containing a face with eyebrows visible on the face includes loading the image into a computing device having a processor. The processor selects a mask from a predefined list of masks, the mask having a desired eyebrow shape to be used for shaping the eyebrows shown in the image. The processor then adjusts the mask according to a shape of the face to produce an adjusted mask. Next the processor simultaneously superimposes the adjusted mask over the eyebrows and thins the eyebrows by changing an overall vertical height of the eyebrows in order to produce shaped eyebrows. The processor then outputs an enhanced image having the shaped eyebrows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: HeHuan Xu, JianFeng Li, Jin Wang
  • Patent number: 8472076
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an image processing apparatus and method capable of analyzing a character image to detect a blur, and reducing the blur on a printed product. According to the method, a scanner reads an original character image, generating image data. A blur and deterioration of a character image represented by the image data are detected. Portions corresponding to the detected blur or the deterioration are removed from the image data. The image data from which the portions corresponding to the blur or the deterioration are removed is output to an image output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tohru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8467588
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a volume-of-interest segmentation system for use with molecular imaging quantization, which includes: a set of template for segmentation of organ/anatomical region-of-interest, an animal size/weight/location calculator, an animal spine position calculator, and a texture analyzer. It can be used for saving time and reducing cost for segmentation of interested regions and increasing the precision of molecular image quantization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research Atomic Energy Council
    Inventors: An-Jim Long, Chih-Hsien Chang, Te-Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 8463009
    Abstract: A series of image data sets of a region of an organism is acquired while the acquired region of the organism moves dependent on breathing and heartbeat, and supplied to a processor. The processor determines a first contour that moves depending on the breathing in the acquired image data sets. The acquired image data sets are distorted elastically in the processor into singly distorted image data sets such that the first contours of the singly distorted image data sets spatially correspond with one another. A second contour is determined in the processor in the acquired image data sets or in the singly distorted image data sets, this second contour moves depending on the heartbeat. The singly distorted image data sets are distorted elastically into doubly distorted image data sets such that the second contours of the doubly distorted image data sets spatially correspond with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Deimling
  • Patent number: 8457432
    Abstract: Various embodiments create a source image from a web page and then process the source image effective to remove left and/or right border areas so that a reduced-size web page image created from the source image has a better chance of capturing relevant content for a viewer. In at least some embodiments, image processing techniques are utilized to identify repeating patterns of pixels along left and/or right border areas of a source image. The image processing techniques can process individual rows of pixels looking for patterns of pixel color values. Identified patterns of pixel color values are noted and then subsequently used to remove regions of the source image in which repeating patterns occur. Having removed these regions from a source image, the source image can be reduced in a manner directed to improving information density contained in a reduced-size web page image created from the source image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Karim T. Farouki, Radu C. Margarint, Timothy R. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8437797
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing at least one digital photographic image is presented, the system and method comprising at least one capturing device and at least one receiving device disposed in a communicative relation with one another via at least one wireless network. In particular, the capturing device is structured to capture the at least one digital photographic image via, for example, a capture assembly, whereas the receiving device is cooperatively structured to receive the digital photographic image via, for example, the at least one wireless network. In addition, the capturing device(s) and receiving device(s) may be disposed in a selectively paired relationship via one or more common pre-defined pairing criteria. Further, the at least one digital photographic image may be filtered via at least one pre-defined transfer criteria disposed on the capturing device and/or receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: SRR Patent Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 8432563
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a dynamic re-configuration with a DFE imager and caching modules to optimize RIP performance by analyzing pages within the job that collect page with job heuristics and statistics. Enabling the functionality to assess the information, thereby re-configuring a digital printer's imager and caching module dynamically during the job RIP to achieve improved overall RIP performance. Accordingly, a system collects and assesses job statistics across multiple jobs to enable optimum performance over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Eric S. Barnes
  • Patent number: 8432572
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for identifying candidates for trapping in a frame buffer by correlating display list object information stored in an object-ID plane with pixel data in the frame buffer. In some embodiments, the display list of objects may be generated from the PDL description of a document. In some embodiments, object boundaries may be computed by assigning unique identifiers to objects in the object-ID plane and using morphological techniques to identify object boundaries. Object boundary information may then be utilized to perform trapping on pixels in the frame buffer. The methods described may be performed on a computer and/or a printing device and implemented using one or more of combination of hardware, software, and/or firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt Nathan Nordback
  • Patent number: 8423896
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention includes a land planning tool that maybe used to perform a variety of land planning tasks. The land planning tool may interpret global information systems (GIS) electronic data in conjunction with user-specified constraints to analyze and display a development site, visually indicating developable areas. The user may then use a pen-based device to sketch outlines of land planning objects. As the user sketches, the land planning tool may generate vector geometry stored in an electronic database for use by a variety of computer aided design tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Davis, Richard D. Howard, Gene Roe
  • Patent number: 8401325
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided an image processing apparatus comprising: a thinning process unit which extracts a core line by applying a thinning process; a line width estimation unit which estimates an original line width of each pixel of the core line; a core line division unit which divides the core line; a monospaced line determination unit which determines, based on line width information, whether or not each of core lines divided by the core line division unit is a monospaced line; a connection relation information generation unit which generates connection relation information with another core line in association with each of the core lines; and a core line modification unit which modifies the core lines, based on pieces of line width information of core line pixels, a monospaced line determination result, and pieces of connection relation information generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuuichi Tsunematsu
  • Patent number: 8400670
    Abstract: A method for resizing an input digital image having input pixel values to produce an output digital image having output pixel values, wherein the output digital image has a lower resolution and wherein single pixel width details in the input digital image are preserved, the method being performed by a processor and comprising: determining an output pixel value for the output digital image by interpolating within a corresponding neighborhood of image pixels in the input digital image; detecting whether the input digital image contains a fine detail within the corresponding neighborhood of image pixels; adjusting the output pixel value when a fine detail is detected; and repeating steps a)-c) for a plurality of output pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Christopher Rueby
  • Patent number: 8385688
    Abstract: A system and method for recognizing and labeling anatomical structures in an image includes creating a list of objects such that one or more objects on the list appear before a target object and setting the image as a context for a first object on the list. The first object is detected and labeled by subtracting a background of the image. A local context is set for a next object on the list using the first object. The next object is detected and labeled by registration using the local context. Setting a local context and detecting and labeling the next object are repeated until the target object is detected and labeled. Labeling of the target object is refined using region growing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Leiguang Gong, Jonathan B. Rohrer, Giridharan R. Iyengar
  • Patent number: 8374454
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting objects and background in digital images using range information includes receiving the digital image representing a scene; identifying range information associated with the digital image and including distances of pixels in the scene from a known reference location; generating a cluster map based at least upon an analysis of the range information and the digital image, the cluster map grouping pixels of the digital image by their distances from a viewpoint; identifying objects in the digital image based at least upon an analysis of the cluster map and the digital image; and storing an indication of the identified objects in a processor-accessible memory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Sen Wang
  • Patent number: 8368965
    Abstract: An image cropping process of a multifunction peripheral is provided. Firstly, a top edge endpoint of an object image is searched from a band image of an original image. Then, each band image of the original image is read to search the object endpoint coordinate of a to-be-printed object image zone. The object image zone is outputted to be printed. The image cropping process further provides a strategy for detecting spots in order to enhance the accuracy of searching the object image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiung-Sheng Wang, Sung-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 8340378
    Abstract: A technique for segmenting a ribcage, e.g., in a chest radiograph, may involve determining whether or not the top of the image cuts through the lungs. The process may then proceed to segment the top and the sides of the ribcage. A dynamic programming technique may be used to perform the segmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Riverain Medical Group, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Knapp, Richard V. Burns, Praveen Kakumanu
  • Patent number: 8331760
    Abstract: Adaptive video zoom is provided by a method of providing a video content item for viewing by one or more viewers. The method includes identifying one or more objects within the video content item. The method further includes, for each identified object, assigning a searchable descriptor for the object, creating a time stamp indicating one or more time periods within the video content item during which the object occurs, and creating a bounding window defining a region of the video content item within which the object occurs. The searchable descriptor, time stamp, and bounding window are then packaged into metadata associated with the video content item. The method further includes delivering the video content item and the metadata associated with the video content item to a client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Butcher
  • Patent number: 8326078
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for removing artifacts from a digitized document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Prakash Reddy, Jian Fan, Steven T. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8326082
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a subject region detection unit detecting regions of subjects included in an input image; a cropped region setting unit setting a region including all of the regions of the detected subjects as a cropped region; an expansion region addition unit adding an expansion region to expand an end of the cropped region only by a predetermined width; a cutting unit cutting a cut image formed from a cut region including the cropped region and the expansion region from the input image; a subject adaptation size change unit changing a size of an image formed from the cut region by deleting a region where an influence on the subjects is small in the cut image; and an entire image size changing unit changing the size of the entire image changed in size by the subject adaptation size change unit at a predetermined ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nodoka Tokunaga, Kazuki Aisaka, Masatoshi Yokokawa, Jun Murayama