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US20170297198 Supervised Autonomous Robotic System for Complex Surface Inspection and Processing  
The invention disclosed herein describes a supervised autonomy system designed to precisely model, inspect and process the surfaces of complex three-dimensional objects. The current application...
9792734 Methods and software for volume-centric shape abstraction and simplification of a 3D digital model  
Methods of generating one or more abstractions of a three-dimensional (3D) input model by performing volumetric manipulations on one or more volumetric abstractions of the 3D input model. In some...
US20170288281 LITHIUM METAL ELECTRODES AND BATTERIES THEREOF  
The present disclosure is generally related to separators for use in lithium metal batteries, and associated systems and products. Certain embodiments are related to separators that form or are...
US20170283830 COMPOSITIONS FOR ENHANCING TARGETED GENE EDITING AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF  
Compositions and methods for enhancing targeted gene editing and methods of use thereof are disclosed. In the most preferred embodiments, gene editing is carried out utilizing a gene editing...
9779330 Grain quality monitoring  
A method and non-transitory computer-readable medium capture an image of bulk grain and apply a feature extractor to the image to determine a feature of the bulk grain in the image. For each of a...
9773179 Vehicle operator monitoring system and method  
A method for monitoring a vehicle operator can be executed by a controller and includes the following steps: (a) receiving image data of a vehicle operator's head; (b) tracking facial feature...
9770588 Ingestible, electrical device for stimulating tissues in a gastrointestinal tract of an organism  
In one aspect, an ingestible, electrical device, comprises one or more electrodes comprising a biocompatible conducting material and a biocompatible insulating material; a generator connected to...
9766320 Method and apparatus for locating a mobile device within an indoor environment  
A method for locating a mobile device is disclosed. Initially, a set of modulated ultrasound signals and a set of radio signals are separately broadcast from a group of transmitters. The...
9765169 Functionalized polymer hybrids  
A method of synthesizing a polynucleotide composition includes attaching a compound including at least one initiator or at least one transfer agent for a reversible deactivation radical...
9761136 Methods and software for managing vehicle priority in a self-organizing traffic control system  
Methods and software for managing vehicle priority proximate to a potential travel-priority conflict zone, such as a roadway intersection, where travel conflicts, such as crossing traffic, can...
9761036 Methods and software for visualizing data by applying physics-based tools to data objectifications  
Methods and corresponding software for allowing a user to manipulate and interactively explore data intuitively by objectifying the data and allowing the user to apply any one or more simulated...
9760957 Distributed methods and software for balancing supply and demand in an electric power network  
Methods and software for managing electric power networks in a distributed manner. A supply and demand balancing scheme is used across a network of agents to facilitate agreement on the optimal...
US20170256059 Object Segmentation from Light Field Data  
A scene is segmented into objects based on light field data for the scene, including based on image pixel values (e.g., intensity) and disparity map(s). In one aspect, the light field data is used...
9753029 Devices and methods for detection and quantification of immunological proteins, pathogenic and microbial agents and cells  
The present invention provides a method and microfluidic immunoassay pScreen™ device for detecting and quantifying the concentration of an analyte in a liquid sample by using antigen-specific...
9753023 Nanofiber grid and related methods  
Methods and systems are provided for measuring single and multi-cell inside-out and/or outside-in forces on a nanofiber grid. Single and multi-cells are deposited on, or migrate onto the nanofiber...
US20170249776 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING POSE OF TEXTURELESS OBJECTS  
Systems and methods for estimating the pose of a textureless object are disclosed. A method to estimate a pose of a textureless object includes obtaining, by a processing device, a single image of...
US20170245936 SENSOR GUIDED CATHETER NAVIGATION SYSTEM  
A method and a system for producing images of a subject, such as the heart of a human being. The method may comprise acquiring ultrasound images of the subject with a catheter comprising a...
US20170236518 System and Method for Multi-User GPU-Accelerated Speech Recognition Engine for Client-Server Architectures  
Disclosed herein is a GPU-accelerated speech recognition engine optimized for faster than real time speech recognition on a scalable server-client heterogeneous CPU-GPU architecture, which is...
US20170236516 System and Method for Audio-Visual Speech Recognition  
Disclosed herein is method of performing speech recognition using audio and visual information, where the visual information provides data related to a person's face. Image preprocessing...
US20170236057 System and Method for Face Detection and Landmark Localization  
Disclosed herein is a deep learning model that can be used for performing speech or image processing tasks. The model uses multi-task training, where the model is trained for at least two...
US20170232439 SEPARATION OF LOW-ABUNDANCE CELLS FROM FLUID USING SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVES  
An apparatus for sorting cells from a mixed population of cells using surface acoustic waves is described. Methods for separating cancer cells from a mixed population of cells are provided....
9731422 Methods, apparatuses, and systems for micromanipulation with adhesive fibrillar structures  
The present invention are methods for fabrication of micro- and/or nano-scale adhesive fibers and their use for movement and manipulation of objects. Further disclosed is a method of manipulating...
US20170226572 Enhanced Biomolecule Detection Assays Based on Tyramide Signal Amplification and gammaPNA Probes  
Provided herein are methods of detecting target analytes, such as nucleic acids, for example microRNAs using an enhanced Tyramide Signal Amplification (TSA) method that employs probes tagged with...
9727581 Quantitative comparison of image data using a linear optimal transportation  
A method performed by one or more processors includes retrieving a set of images; selecting, based on the images retrieved, a reference template; calculating optimal transportation plans between...
9725601 Carbon nanotube aerogels, composites including the same, and devices formed therefrom  
An aerogel fabricated by forming an aqueous suspension including carbon nanotubes and a surfactant, agitating the aqueous suspension, and centrifuging the agitated suspension to form a supernatant...
US20170222576 ELECTROSTATIC CLUTCH  
An electrostatic clutch is described comprising a plurality of micron-scale thickness electrodes, adjacent electrodes being separated by a thin film of dielectric material. A power source and...
US20170221508 L1o-Ordered MnAl Thin Films with High Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy, and Structures and Devices Made Therewith  
A stacked-thin-film structure that includes an Llo-ordered MnAl layer having high perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). In some embodiments, the Ll0-ordered MnAl layer has an Mn content in a...
US20170218167 Polymer Composite with Liquid Phase Metal Inclusions  
Disclosed herein is a composite comprising an elastomer with an embedded network of liquid metal inclusions. The composite retains similar flexibility to that of an elastomer but exhibits...
US20170217139 Composition, System, and Method for Rigidity Tuning with Conductive Thermoplastic Elastomer  
Disclosed herein is a composite comprising a conductive elastomer and an isolating elastomer. When a current is passed through the conductive elastomer, its tensile modulus decreases as the...
US20170212511 DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SELF-AUTOMATED PARKING LOT FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES BASED ON VEHICULAR NETWORKING  
The present disclosure relates to a device and a method for self-automated parking lots for autonomous vehicles based on vehicular networking, advantageous in reducing parking movements and space....
US20170209524 Methods and Compounds to Suppress Viral Genome Release and Packaging  
Provided herein are methods of suppressing viral nucleic acid, e.g. double-stranded (ds) DNA, genome release from or packaging of viruses having their nucleic acid genome packaged under stress in...
US20170209078 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AIDING IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF OTITIS MEDIA BY CLASSIFYING TYMPANIC MEMBRANE IMAGES  
A method of aiding the diagnosis of otitis media in a patient includes obtaining image data in a processor apparatus of a computing device, the image data being associated with at least one...
US20170206645 Fill Level Indicator for an Automated Unloading System  
First imaging device collects first image data, whereas second imaging device collects second image data of a storage portion. An image processing module identifies a rim of a container in either...
US20170206470 Pattern Identification in Time-Series Social Media Data, and Output-Dynamics Engineering for a Dynamic System Having One or More Multi-Scale Time-Series Data Sets  
In some aspects, computer-implemented methods of identifying patterns in time-series social-media data. In an embodiment, the method includes applying a deep-learning methodology to the...
US20170203442 SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT OF A MULTI-LINKED DEVICE  
A system for controlling the movement of a steerable multi-linked device may include a steerable multi-linked device, a feeder mechanism releasably connected to the steerable multi-linked device...
US20170196685 ARTIFICIAL VALVED CONDUITS FOR CARDIAC RECONSTRUCTIVE PROCEDURES AND METHODS FOR THEIR PRODUCTION  
Artificial heart valve structures and methods of their fabrication are disclosed. The heart valve structures may be fabricated from a biocompatible polymer and include one or more heart valve...
US20170184640 Systems, Methods, and Software for Planning, Simulating, and Operating Electrical Power Systems  
An approach to modeling the nonlinear steady-state behavior of an electrical power grid in terms of equivalent circuits with currents and voltages as state variables is provided. Current and...
9688743 Optical biosensors  
Provided are biosensors, compositions comprising biosensors, and methods of using biosensors in living cells and organisms. The biosensors are able to be selectively targeted to certain regions or...
US20170180140 METHODS FOR GENERATING RELIABLE RESPONSES IN PHYSICAL UNCLONABLE FUNCTIONS (PUFS) AND METHODS FOR DESIGNING STRONG PUFS  
In some aspects, a method includes obtaining, by a response generator circuit, reliability information for each bit of an array of bits provided by a physical unclonable function (PUF) circuit;...
US20170177854 Method and Apparatus for On-Demand Isolated I/O Channels for Secure Applications  
A computing platform for on-demand I/O channels, which enable secure application to dynamically connect to diverse peripheral devices of untrusted commodity OSes
US20170162666 METAL-SEMICONDUCTOR-METAL (MSM) HETEROJUNCTION DIODE  
In one aspect, a diode comprises: a semiconductor layer having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the semiconductor layer having a thickness between the first side and the...
US20170158836 ORDERED MACROPOROUS HYDROGELS FOR BIORESPONSIVE PROCESSES  
A three-dimensionally ordered macroporous hydrogel for immobilizing a selected bioresponsive molecule and method of making are disclosed. The three-dimensionally ordered macroporous hydrogel...
US20170156815 APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPLANTATION OF DEVICES INTO SOFT TISSUE  
Apparatus and method for surgeon-assisted rapid surgical implantation of devices into soft tissue. The apparatus comprises several subsystems that enable the referencing of the spatial position...
US20170156621 Electronic Structures on Swollen Hydrogels  
This document describes a conformable substrate that includes a hydrogel having adhesion-promoting moieties, said adhesion-promoting moieties comprising one or more catechol groups. The...
US20170156569 STEERABLE, FOLLOW THE LEADER DEVICE  
A highly articulated robotic probe (HARP) is comprised of a first mechanism and a second mechanism, one or both of which can be steered in desired directions. Each mechanism can alternate between...
US20170152336 FUNCTIONALIZED POLYMER HYBRIDS  
A method of synthesizing a polynucleotide composition includes attaching a compound including at least one initiator or at least one transfer agent for a reversible deactivation radical...
US20170151069 ROBUST SWING LEG CONTROLLER UNDER LARGE DISTURBANCES  
Local swing leg control was developed that takes advantage of segment interactions to achieve robust leg placement under large disturbances while generating trajectories and joint torque patterns...
9662432 Cannula tip for an arterial cannula  
A novel arterial cannula tip includes an elongated body having an expanded four-lobe swirl inducer and a diverging diffuser. The swirl inducer presents micro-scale blood-wetting features that help...
US20170145048 ATOM TRANSFER RADICAL POLYMERIZATION UNDER BIOLOGICALLY COMPATIBLE CONDITIONS  
Methods for conducting controlled grafting-from radical polymerizations from biomolecules under conditions that are biologically compatible are described. The methods provide biomolecule-polymer...
US20170143208 Device and Method for Palpation of Tissues for Characterization and Mechanical Differentiation of Subcutaneous Structures  
A palpation device for palpation of tissues for characterization (e.g., qualification and/or quantification) of subcutaneous structures is provided. The palpation device includes a frame formed...