Richard Stephen Szeliski, Polina Golland: Method for performing stereo matching to recover depths, colors and opacities of surface elements. Microsoft Corporation, Klarquist Sparkman Campbell Leigh & Whinston, June 29, 1999: US05917937 (186 worldwide citation)

A stereo matching method simultaneously recovers disparities, colors and opacities from input images to reconstruct 3-dimensional surfaces depicted in the input images. The method includes formulating a general disparity space by selecting a projective sampling of a 3D working volume, and then mappi ...

Bradley J Hesse, Steven W Carlson: Energy storage scheduling system. The Fleming Group, Salzman & Levy, December 28, 1993: US05274571 (184 worldwide citation)

The present invention features an energy storage scheduler that schedules the timing and extent of charging a storage device from the electric energy supply. The energy storage scheduler has a charge level device for receiving information representative of the level of charge of the storage device. ...

Ranko Scepanovic, James S Koford, Alexander E Andreev: Advanced modular cell placement system with overlap remover with minimal noise. February 15, 2000: US06026223 (165 worldwide citation)

A method for refining the position of linearly aligned cells on the surface of a semiconductor chip is disclosed herein. The method comprises defining an array of spaces between cells based on maximum and minimum cell positions, establishing a minimum spacing between cells, and linearly shifting cel ...

Tanveer F Syeda Mahmood: System for selecting multimedia databases over networks. Xerox Corporation, Luis Ortiz, Gary B Cohen, July 6, 1999: US05920856 (156 worldwide citation)

There is provided a network server which interfaces a client with selected database sites from a plurality of database sites. The network server comprises a meta-database (including both text information and multimedia information), a search agent, and a refining module. The search agent indexes the ...

Randolph A Strauss: Drag operation gesture controller. Adobe Systems Incorporated, Fish & Richardson P C, June 12, 2001: US06246411 (153 worldwide citation)

A method and system for refining the function performed by a drag operation during the drag operation. After a drag operation begins, a “Drag Toolbar” appears with controls that change the current function of the drag operation when the cursor is moved over a selected control. In the preferred embod ...

Sougata Mukherjea, Kyogi Hirata, Yoshinori Hara: Method and apparatus for query refinement. NEC USA, Sughrue Mion PLLC, July 2, 2002: US06415282 (152 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for providing a user interface for refining a query applied to a database of images, where a Query Result Visualization Environment allows the user to organize the search results using various techniques. For example, the search results may be clustered on the basis of text, i ...

Michael Z Moricz, Louis M Monier, Jean Claude Michelou: Dynamic query expansion. Compaq Information Technologies Group, Pennie & Edmonds, June 25, 2002: US06411950 (135 worldwide citation)

A dynamic search result refinement for refining a general search query into a more specific search query. For a general search query, a user is presented with a list of more specific queries. The entries in the list selected from a log-file of queries according to the index frequency of each query. ...

James L Gaddy: Biological production of ethanol from waste gases with Clostridium ljungdahlii. Bioengineering Resources, Howson and Howson, October 24, 2000: US06136577 (125 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for converting waste gases from industrial processes such as oil refining, carbon black, coke, ammonia, and methanol production, into useful products is disclosed. The method includes introducing the waste gases into a bioreactor where they are fermented to various product, su ...

Allan T Van Huisen, Paul E Griffin: Geothermal petroleum refining. Poms Smith Lande & Rose, February 3, 1981: US04248306 (125 worldwide citation)

Petroleum is distilled into fractions and/or cracked to form gas and/or lighter oil fractions by pumping the oil into the boiler section of a unit disposed in a hot, deep, subterranean geothermal zone. The distillation can be aided by forming steam from the geothermal heat as a thermal carrier.

Krishna Bharat: Ranking search results by reranking the results based on local inter-connectivity. Google, Harrity & Snyder, April 20, 2004: US06725259 (121 worldwide citation)

A search engine for searching a corpus improves the relevancy of the results by refining a standard relevancy score based on the interconnectivity of the initially returned set of documents. The search engine obtains an initial set of relevant documents by matching a user's search terms to an i ...