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Ernest A Franke, Ernest S Kinkler, Michael J Magee, Steven B Seida: Method and apparatus for traffic incident detection. Southwest Research Institute, Baker Botts L, June 25, 2002: US06411328 (159 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and methods effective for detecting, locating and characterizing traffic-related incidents are based upon improved image processing techniques applied to infrared and visible light spectrum roadway images in a time sequence. Substantially real-time isolation and identification of anomalous ...


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Michael P Rigney, Michael J Magee, Ernest A Franke: Model-based incident detection system with motion classification. Southwest Research Institute, Baker Botts L, January 10, 2006: US06985172 (59 worldwide citation)

Surveillance apparatus and methods effective for detecting incidents are based upon improved image processing techniques applied to infrared and visible light spectrum images in a time sequence. A reference image is generated by removing motion objects from an image of a region of interest. The refe ...


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Ernest A Franke: Antenna with enhanced gain. E Systems, Harold E Meier, January 8, 1991: US04983988 (28 worldwide citation)

The present invention will yield enhanced gain over a conventional antenna system by taking advantage of combining directional antennae. In one embodiment, the invention utilizes four 10 dB dipole, vertically-polarized, omni-directional antennae having a reflector added to each one to limit the hori ...


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Ernest A Franke, Michael J Magee, Michael P Rigney, Joseph N Mitchell, Robert J Beeson: Non-contact apparatus and method for measuring surface profile. Southwest Research Institute, Baker & Hostetler, June 13, 2006: US07061628 (17 worldwide citation)

Embodiments of the invention provide a non-contact method for measuring the surface profile of an object that can include generating a point-type optical signal and projecting it on a rotatable precision optical grating, generating a rotating pattern of light and dark lines onto the object, recordin ...


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Ernest A Franke, Michael J Magee, Michael P Rigney, Joseph N Mitchell, Robert J Beeson: Non-contact apparatus and method for measuring surface profile. Southwest Research Institute, Grossman Tucker Perreault & Pfleger PLLC, June 3, 2008: US07382471 (7 worldwide citation)

Embodiments of the invention provide a non-contact method for measuring the surface profile of an object that can include generating a point-type optical signal and projecting it on a rotatable precision optical grating, generating a rotating pattern of light and dark lines onto the object, recordin ...


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Richard J Weniger, Ernest A Franke, Glynn R Bartlett: Optical sensor for detecting quantity of protective coating. Southwest Research Institute, Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger, August 6, 1991: US05038038 (7 worldwide citation)

An optical sensor which can be used in conjunction with an automatic stripping apparatus. A plurality of sensing elements are placed in a predetermined geometrical relationship with respect to a plurality of nozzles which deliver paint stripping material. Each of the sensing elements comprises a len ...


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Michael J Magee, Ernest A Franke, Jeremy K Zoss: Interactive computer aided analysis of images from sensor combinations. Southwest Research Institute, Baker Botts, October 16, 2007: US07283664 (3 worldwide citation)

A method of interactively using a computer to select a sensor combination for analyzing images of a scene in order to distinguish between objects or patterns. Two or more images are acquired, each image from a different sensor. One or more regions of interest (ROIs) are then defined in the scene. A ...


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Michael J Magee, Ernest A Franke, Jeremy K Zoss: Interactive computer aided analysis of images from sensor combinations. Southwest Research Institute, Baker Botts, March 25, 2004: US20040057618-A1

A method of interactively using a computer to select a sensor combination for analyzing images of a scene in order to distinguish between objects or patterns. Two or more images are acquired, each image from a different sensor. One or more regions of interest (ROIs) are then defined in the scene. A ...


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Ernest A Franke, Michael J Magee, Michael P Rigney, Joseph N Mitchell, Robert J Beeson: Non-contact apparatus and method for measuring surface profile. Baker & Hostetler, January 9, 2003: US20030007159-A1

Embodiments of the invention provide a non-contact method for measuring the surface profile of an object that can include generating a point-type optical signal and projecting it on a rotatable precision optical grating, generating a rotating pattern of light and dark lines onto the object, recordin ...


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Ernest A Franke, Michael J Magee, Michael P Rigney, Joseph N Mitchell, Robert J Beeson: Non-contact apparatus and method for measuring surface profile. Southwest Research Institute, Baker & Hostetler, Washington Square, April 20, 2006: US20060082787-A1

Embodiments of the invention provide a non-contact method for measuring the surface profile of an object that can include generating a point-type optical signal and projecting it on a rotatable precision optical grating, generating a rotating pattern of light and dark lines onto the object, recordin ...