Patents

  • Rapid image annotation via brain state decoding and visual pattern mining

    March 6, 2018

    Human visual perception is able to recognize a wide range of targets but has limited throughput. Machine vision can process images at a high speed but suffers from inadequate recognition accuracy of general target classes. Systems and methods are provided that combine the strengths of both systems and improve upon existing multimedia processing systems and methods to provide enhanced multimedia labeling, categorization, searching, and navigation.

  • Method and apparatus for providing quality assurance and calibration assurance in a spectrophotometer

    January 18, 2017

    An apparatus for the calibration and quality assurance of a multichannel spectrophotometer, particularly an ELISA spectrophotometer, comprises a series of filters having a known first color and linearly increasing optical density. The response of the spectrophotometer is measured against the known color and linearly increasing optical density. Additional filters of at least one additional color permit checking the color response of the spectrophotmeter. An algorithm determines whether the response conforms to predetermined conditions. An output is produced to provide a record of the calibration and quality assurance of the spectrophotometer. The invention has particular utility for conducting calibration and quality assurance of ELISA spectrophotometers used in clinical laboratory screening for infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis B and the AIDS viruses.

  • Method and Apparatus for Training a Neural Network to Detect and Classify Objects with Uncertain Training Data

    January 17, 2017

  • Method and apparatus for training a neural network to learn hierarchical representations of objects and to detect and classify objects with uncertain training data

    January 17, 2017

    A signal processing apparatus and concomitant method for learning and integrating features from multiple resolutions for detecting and/or classifying objects are presented. Neural networks in a pattern tree structure with tree-structured descriptions of objects in terms of simple sub-patterns, are grown and trained to detect and integrate the sub-patterns. A plurality of objective functions and their approximations are presented to train the neural networks to detect sub-patterns of features of some class of objects. Objective functions for training neural networks to detect objects whose positions in the training data are uncertain and for addressing supervised learning where there are potential errors in the training data are also presented.

  • Method and apparatus for training and operating a neural network for detecting breast cancer

    January 17, 2017

    A method and apparatus for training and operating a neural network using gated data. The neural network is a mixture of experts that performs “soft” partitioning of a network of experts. In a specific embodiment, the technique is used to detect malignancy by analyzing skin surface potential data. In particular, the invention uses certain patient information, such as menstrual cycle information, to “gate” the expert output data into particular populations, i.e., the network is soft partitioned into the populations. An Expectation-Maximization (EM) routine is used to train the neural network using known patient information, known measured skin potential data and correct diagnosis for the particular training data and patient information. Once trained, the neural network parameters are used in a classifier for predicting breast cancer malignancy when given the patient information and skin potentials of other patients.

  • Method and apparatus for training a neural network to detect objects in an image

    January 17, 2017

    A signal processing apparatus and concomitant method for learning and integrating features from multiple resolutions for detecting and/or classifying objects. The signal processing apparatus comprises a hierarchical pyramid of neural networks (HPNN) having a “fine-to-coarse” structure or a combination of the “fine-to-coarse” and the “coarse-to-fine” structures.

  • Mosaicing and enhancement of images for ophthalmic diagnosis and documentation

    January 17, 2017

    The invention is a method and system for mosaicing images of the eye to create high resolution, wide-field ophthalmic images for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. The inventive method acquires a first image of the eye, acquires a second image of the eye, and processes the images to produce a mosaic representation. The second image includes a portion of the first image. To guide in acquiring the second image, the method may view the first image while acquiring the second image. The images typically are acquired using either a direct ophthalmoscope or a slitlamp biomicroscope. The method further may convert the images to a digital format. The step of processing includes aligning and merging the images, and conducting real-time processing and non-real-time processing. Real-time processing may include eliminating non-overlapping images, image registration, topology inference, local-to-global alignment, image fusion, signal estimation, and multiresolution blending, while the non-real-time processing may include local alignment, global alignment, image registration, intra-alignment, inter-alignment, signal averaging, and photometric blending.

  • System and method for providing programming content in response to an audio signal

    January 17, 2017

    A system and a concomitant method for providing programming content in response to an audio signal. The programming content and the audio signal are transmitted in a network having a forward channel and a back channel. In one embodiment, the system comprises a local processing unit and a remote server computer. A first user provides a first audio signal containing a request for programming content from a service provider. The local processing unit receives the first audio signal and transmits the received first audio signal to a service provider via the back channel. The remote server computer receives the first audio signal from the back channel, recognizes the first user and the request for programming content, retrieves the requested programming content from a program database and transmits the programming content to the local processing unit via the forward channel.

  • Rapid image annotation via brain state decoding and visual pattern mining

    January 12, 2017

    Human visual perception is able to recognize a wide range of targets but has limited throughput. Machine vision can process images at a high speed but suffers from inadequate recognition accuracy of general target classes. Systems and methods are provided that combine the strengths of both systems and improve upon existing multimedia processing systems and methods to provide enhanced multimedia labeling, categorization, searching, and navigation.

  • Single Trial detection in encephalography

    January 11, 2017

    An EEG cap (8) having 64 or 128 electrodes (10) is placed on the head of the subject (11) who is viewing CRT monitor (14). The signals on each channel are amplified by amplifier (17) and sent to an analog-to-digital converter (20). PC (23) captures and records the amplified signals and the signals are processed by signal processing PC (26) performing linear signal processing. The resulting signal is sent back to a feedback/display PC (29) having monitor (14).

  • Systems and Methods for Identifying and Tracking Neural Correlates of Baseball Pitch Trajectories

    January 10, 2017

    Methods and systems for evaluating a subject’s response to a task related to a stimulus include a brain activity sensor, such as an EEG sensor, for measuring neural data generated by the subject in response to the visual stimulus. One or more neural discriminators can be calculated based on the neural data. In order to generate one or more neural discriminators, two or more task conditions can be selected for discrimination. The subject’s performance can be evaluated based on the one or more neural discriminators. Feedback can be provided to the subject to assist in achieving better performance.