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William O Dargel

from Ann Arbor, MI
Age ~67

William Dargel Phones & Addresses

  • 100 Joy Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • Ypsilanti, MI

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Image Recognition Methods

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US Patent:
6763148, Jul 13, 2004
Filed:
Nov 13, 2000
Appl. No.:
09/711493
Inventors:
Stanley R. Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI
William Dargel - Ann Arbor MI
John W. Lennington - Ann Arbor MI
Thomas Voiles - Ann Arbor MI
Assignee:
Visual Key, Inc. - Ann Arbor MI
International Classification:
G06K 932
US Classification:
382293, 382295
Abstract:
Physical objects, including still and moving images, are transformed into more compact forms for identification and other purposes using a method unrelated to existing image-matching systems which rely on feature extraction. An auxiliary construct, preferably a warp grid, is associated with an image, and a series of transformations are imposed to generate a unique visual key for identification, comparisons, and other operations. Search methods are also disclosed for matching an unknown image to one previously represented in a visual key database. Broadly, a preferred search method sequentially examines candidate database images for their closeness of match in a sequential order determined by their a priori match probability. Thus, the most likely match candidate is examined first, the next most likely second, and so forth. With respect to the recognition of video sequences and other information streams, inventive holotropic stream recognition principles are deployed, wherein the statistics of the spatial distribution of warp grid points is used to generate index keys.

Digital Media Recognition Apparatus And Methods

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US Patent:
7474759, Jan 6, 2009
Filed:
Nov 13, 2001
Appl. No.:
10/416560
Inventors:
Stanley Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI,
William Dargel - Ann Arbor MI,
John W Lennington - Ann Arbor MI,
Thomas Voiles - Ann Arbor MI,
Assignee:
Pixel Velocity, Inc. - Ann Arbor MI
International Classification:
G06K 9/00
G06K 9/32
G06K 9/36
US Classification:
382100, 382276, 382293
Abstract:
Physical objects, including still and moving images, sound/audio and text are transformed into more compact forms for identification and other purposes using a method unrelated to existing image-matching systems which rely on feature extraction. An auxiliary construct, preferably a warp grid, is associated with an object, and a series of transformations are imposed to generate a unique visual key for identification, comparisons, and other operations. Search methods are also disclosed for matching an unknown image to one previously represented in a visual key database. Broadly, a preferred search method sequentially examines candidate database images for their closeness of match in a sequential order determined by their a priori match probability. Thus, the most likely match candidate is examined first, the next most likely second, and so forth. With respect to the recognition of video sequences and other information streams, inventive holotropic stream recognition principles are deployed, wherein the statistics of the spatial distribution of warp grid points is used to generate index keys.

Digital Media Recognition Apparatus And Methods

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US Patent:
7756291, Jul 13, 2010
Filed:
Dec 9, 2008
Appl. No.:
12/276901
Inventors:
John W. Lennington - Ann Arbor MI,
Thomas Voiles - Ann Arbor MI,
Stanley Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI,
William Dargel - Ann Arbor MI,
Assignee:
Pixel Velocity, Inc. - Ann Arbor MI
International Classification:
G06K 9/00
G06K 9/36
H04N 1/40
US Classification:
382100, 382276, 358 328
Abstract:
One of the embodiments of the invention includes a method of identifying illegal uses of copyright material. The steps of the method preferably include the steps of: (a) providing a primary digital media object, (b) associating an auxiliary construct with the object, (c) transforming the construct using at least one of the attributes of the object to generate a unique key representative of the primary object, (d) receiving a plurality of secondary digital media objects, (e) performing steps (b) and (c) on the secondary objects to generate unique keys representative of the secondary objects, (f) comparing the keys of the secondary objects with the key of the primary object to identify if any of the secondary objects are substantially similar to the primary object.

Digital Media Recognition Apparatus And Methods

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US Patent:
8019118, Sep 13, 2011
Filed:
May 18, 2010
Appl. No.:
12/782593
Inventors:
Stanley Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI,
William Dargel - Ann Arbor MI,
John W. Lennington - Ann Arbor MI,
Thomas Voiles - Ann Arbor MI,
Assignee:
Pixel Velocity, Inc. - Ann Arbor MI
International Classification:
G06K 9/00
US Classification:
382100, 382181
Abstract:
One of the embodiments of the invention includes a method of identifying illegal uses of copyright material. The steps of the method preferably include the steps of: (a) providing a primary digital media object, (b) associating an auxiliary construct with the object, (c) transforming the construct using at least one of the attributes of the object to generate a unique key representative of the primary object, (d) receiving a plurality of secondary digital media objects, (e) performing steps (b) and (c) on the secondary objects to generate unique keys representative of the secondary objects, (f) comparing the keys of the secondary objects with the key of the primary object to identify if any of the secondary objects are substantially similar to the primary object.

Digital Media Recognition Apparatus And Methods

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US Patent:
2012009, Apr 19, 2012
Filed:
Sep 12, 2011
Appl. No.:
13/230728
Inventors:
John W. Lennington - Ann Arbor MI,
Thomas Voiles - Ann Arbor MI,
Stanley Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI,
William Dargel - Ann Arbor MI,
International Classification:
G06F 17/30
US Classification:
707706, 707741, 707E17083, 707E17069
Abstract:
One preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a method of automatically responding to a search query. The method of the preferred embodiment can include steps performed at or by a database, including electronically receiving a query digital media object from a first computer and electronically generating a query index identification of the query digital media object wherein the query index identification includes a query keyword relating to the query digital media object. The method of the preferred embodiment can also include searching the database for an index identification of a digital media object including a keyword relating to the digital media object; and in response to a predetermined level of similarity between the query keyword and the keyword, electronically returning the digital media object in response to the query.

Dynamic Data Correction Generator For An Image Analyzer System

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US Patent:
4290049, Sep 15, 1981
Filed:
Sep 10, 1979
Appl. No.:
6/073816
Inventors:
Stanley R. Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI
Robert M. Lougheed - Ann Arbor MI
William O. Dargel - Ann Arbor MI
Assignee:
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan - Ann Arbor MI
International Classification:
G06K 912
US Classification:
3401463MA
Abstract:
Dynamic data generator circuitry is disclosed for use in an image analyzer system. The system includes a plurality of storage devices for temporarily storing a neighborhood in the image matrix comprised of a central data point and its surrounding points in the matrix. A transformation generator includes neighborhood contribution circuitry for operating on the values of each point in the neighborhood when they are loaded in the storage devices. The maximum value associated with any of the adjusted points in the neighborhood is provided as a transformation output signal. To aid in the maximum value selection process, the value of the central data point in the neighborhood is sensed and used to provide a correction value so that all of the adjusted data points in the neighborhood are within a particular range of values so that the maximum value selection circuitry may accurately identify the data point in the neighborhood truly having the maximum value associated with the image.

Neighborhood Transformation Logic Circuitry For An Image Analyzer System

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US Patent:
4484346, Nov 20, 1984
Filed:
Apr 28, 1983
Appl. No.:
6/489669
Inventors:
Stanley R. Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI
William O. Dargel - Ann Arbor MI
Robert M. Lougheed - Ann Arbor MI
David L. McCubbrey - Ann Arbor MI
Ralph E. Richardson - Eatontown NJ
International Classification:
G06K 900
G06F 1520
US Classification:
382 27
Abstract:
A system for analyzing images represented by a serial stream of digital electrical signals corresponding to values of pixels in a matrix of points constituting an image. The system includes a pipeline of substantially identical neighborhood transformation stages. Each stage includes a processor portion for analyzing the pixel values and a memory portion communicating with the processor portion for sequentially providing a window of neighboring pixels to the processor for analysis. A central programmable controller communicates with the pipeline over a single communication link which provides both the pixel value data to the pipeline and transformation control instructions to the processor portions of each stage. The memory portion preferably includes a random access memory which serves as a line storage device which may be readily adjusted to accommodate different raster scan line lengths from various image sensors. Each stage includes improved logic circuitry capable of performing a wide variety of analyses on both two-dimensional image data represented by binary pixel values and three-dimensional image data represented by multi-valued pixel values.

Dynamic Data Correction Generator For An Image Analyzer System

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US Patent:
4464788, Aug 7, 1984
Filed:
Sep 8, 1981
Appl. No.:
6/300328
Inventors:
Stanley R. Sternberg - Ann Arbor MI
Robert M. Lougheed - Ann Arbor MI
William O. Dargel - Ann Arbor MI
Assignee:
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan - Ann Arbor MI
International Classification:
G06K 900
G06F 1520
US Classification:
382 41
Abstract:
Dynamic data generator circuitry is disclosed for use in an image analyzer system. The system includes a plurality of storage devices for temporarily storing a neighborhood in the image matrix comprised of a central data point and its surrounding points in the matrix. A transformation generator includes neighborhood contribution circuitry for operating on the values of each point in the neighborhood when they are loaded in the storage devices. The maximum value associated with any of the adjusted points in the neighborhood is provided as a transformation output signal. To aid in the maximum value selection process, the value of the central data point in the neighborhood is sensed and used to provide a correction value so that all of the adjusted data points in the neighborhood are within a particular range of values so that the maximum value selection circuitry may accurately identify the data point in the neighborhood truly having the maximum value associated with the image.
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