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1 US10557926B2
Modular ladar sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US10557926B2 Publication Date: 2020-02-11 Application Number: 15/720,310 Filing Date: 2017-09-29 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The ...More Less
2 US2020025895A1
MODULAR LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2020025895A1 Publication Date: 2020-01-23 Application Number: 16/380,697 Filing Date: 2019-04-10 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC.   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The ...More Less
3 EP2759848B1
Modular LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: EP2759848B1 Publication Date: 2019-10-02 Application Number: 14152212.8 Filing Date: 2014-01-22 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S17/89
4 US2019174076A1
3-DIMENSIONAL HYBRID CAMERA AND PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2019174076A1 Publication Date: 2019-06-06 Application Number: 16/272,511 Filing Date: 2019-02-11 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Short, Bradley   Gilliland, Patrick   Laux, Thomas   Heughebaert, Laurent   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC   IPC: H04N5/33 Abstract: A three-dimensional imaging system includes a ladar sensor with a first field of view adapted to produce a three-dimensional image. The system also includes a visible light camera with a second field of view overlapping the first field of view and adapted to produce a two-dimensional image output. At least one digital processor is connected to the ladar sensor and the visible light camera and adapted to merge the three-dimensional image output with the two-dimensional image output into a three-dimensional point cloud output. A three-dimensional imaging system includes a ladar sensor with a first field of view adapted to produce a three-dimensional image. The system also includes a visible light camera with a second field of view overlapping the first field of view and adapted to produce a ...More Less
5 US2019170859A1
PERSONAL LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2019170859A1 Publication Date: 2019-06-06 Application Number: 16/271,096 Filing Date: 2019-02-08 Inventor: Bailey, Howard   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Heughebaert, Laurent   Short, Brad   Spagnolia, Joseph   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S7/481 Abstract: A dual mode ladar system includes a laser transmitter having a wavelength of operation and a modulator connected thereto to impose a modulation thereon. The modulator is configured to impose amplitude modulation and/or frequency modulation. Diffusing optics illuminate a field of view and an array of light sensitive detectors each produce an electrical response signal from a reflected portion of the laser light output. A dual mode ladar system includes a laser transmitter having a wavelength of operation and a modulator connected thereto to impose a modulation thereon. The modulator is configured to impose amplitude modulation and/or frequency modulation. Diffusing optics illuminate a field of ...More Less
6 US10241196B2
Personal LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US10241196B2 Publication Date: 2019-03-26 Application Number: 15/888,220 Filing Date: 2018-02-05 Inventor: Bailey, Howard   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Heughebaert, Laurent   Short, Brad   Spagnolia, Joseph   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC.   IPC: G01C3/08 Abstract: A ladar sensor assembly includes a semiconductor laser and a diffusing optic for illuminating a field of view utilizing modulated laser light from the semiconductor laser. A lens is configured to receive the modulated laser light reflected off at least one object. An array of light sensitive detectors are configured to receive the modulated laser light received by the lens. The assembly further includes at least one piezoelectric actuator operatively connected to the lens for dynamically positioning a focal plane of the received modulated laser light on the array of light sensitive detectors. A ladar sensor assembly includes a semiconductor laser and a diffusing optic for illuminating a field of view utilizing modulated laser light from the semiconductor laser. A lens is configured to receive the modulated laser light reflected off at least one object. An array of ...More Less
7 US2018024232A1
MODULAR LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2018024232A1 Publication Date: 2018-01-25 Application Number: 15/720,310 Filing Date: 2017-09-29 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Stettner, Roger   Short, Brad   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC   IPC: G01S17/89 Abstract: A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The sensor generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The ...More Less
8 US2018275248A1
PERSONAL LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2018275248A1 Publication Date: 2018-09-27 Application Number: 15/888,220 Filing Date: 2018-02-05 Inventor: Bailey, Howard   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Barton   Heughebaert, Laurent   Short, Brad   Spagnolia, Joseph   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S7/481 Abstract: A ladar sensor assembly includes a semiconductor laser and a diffusing optic for illuminating a field of view utilizing modulated laser light from the semiconductor laser. A lens is configured to receive the modulated laser light reflected off at least one object. An array of light sensitive detectors are configured to receive the modulated laser light received by the lens. The assembly further includes at least one piezoelectric actuator operatively connected to the lens for dynamically positioning a focal plane of the received modulated laser light on the array of light sensitive detectors. A ladar sensor assembly includes a semiconductor laser and a diffusing optic for illuminating a field of view utilizing modulated laser light from the semiconductor laser. A lens is configured to receive the modulated laser light reflected off at least one object. An array of ...More Less
9 US9915726B2
Personal LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US9915726B2 Publication Date: 2018-03-13 Application Number: 14/310,448 Filing Date: 2014-06-20 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Heughebaert, Laurent   Goldstein, Barton   Gilliland, Patrick   Bailey, Howard   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC   IPC: G01S17/89 Abstract: A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for personal electronic appliances. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in personal electronic devices. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities to a variety of personal electronic appliances. A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for personal electronic appliances. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and ...More Less
10 KR101777898B1
FLASH LADAR COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: KR101777898B1 Publication Date: 2017-09-12 Application Number: 20137014299 Filing Date: 2011-11-01 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Heughebaert, Laurent   Gilliland, Patrick   Goldstein, Bart   Assignee: ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS INC.   IPC: G01S17/88 Abstract: 시스템 제어기
11 US9797995B2
Modular LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US9797995B2 Publication Date: 2017-10-24 Application Number: 15/228,428 Filing Date: 2016-08-04 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC.   IPC: G01S7/483 Abstract: A mobile ladar platform having a ladar sensor, a positioning system, and a digital processor adapted to perform analysis of a scene in a field of view. The ladar sensor includes a ladar transmitter, a zero range reference circuit, a two-dimensional array of light sensitive detectors positioned at a focal plane of a light collecting and focusing system, and a readout integrated circuit with a plurality of unit cell electrical circuits. The ladar sensor also includes a detector bias circuit and a communications port. A mobile ladar platform having a ladar sensor, a positioning system, and a digital processor adapted to perform analysis of a scene in a field of view. The ladar sensor includes a ladar transmitter, a zero range reference circuit, a two-dimensional array of light sensitive ...More Less
12 US9753462B2
Flash LADAR collision avoidance system
Publication/Patent Number: US9753462B2 Publication Date: 2017-09-05 Application Number: 14/740,518 Filing Date: 2015-06-16 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Stettner, Roger   Heughebaert, Laurent   Goldstein, Barton M.   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC.   IPC: G05D1/02 Abstract: A vehicular collision avoidance system comprising a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, a number of independent ladar sensor units, a cabling infrastructure, internal memory, a scene processor, and a data communications port is presented herein. The described invention is capable of developing a 3-D scene, and object data for targets within the scene, from multiple ladar sensor units coupled to centralized LADAR-based Collision Avoidance System (CAS). Key LADAR elements are embedded within standard headlamp and taillight assemblies. Articulating LADAR sensors cover terrain coming into view around a curve, at the crest of a hill, or at the bottom of a dip. A central laser transmitter may be split into multiple optical outputs and guided through fibers to illuminate portions of the 360° field of view surrounding the vehicle. These fibers may also serve as amplifiers to increase the optical intensity provided by a single master laser. A vehicular collision avoidance system comprising a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, a number of independent ladar sensor units, a cabling infrastructure, internal memory, a scene processor, and a data communications port is presented herein. The described invention ...More Less
13 US9421665B2
Pressure-adjusting lapping element
Publication/Patent Number: US9421665B2 Publication Date: 2016-08-23 Application Number: 14/614,641 Filing Date: 2015-02-05 Inventor: Schuh, Gregory W.   Heughebaert, Laurent   Assignee: VEECO INSTRUMENTS, INC.   IPC: B24B37/30 Abstract: A pressure-adjusting lapping element is included as a structural component of a carrier assembly in a lapping head. The lapping element includes actuator nodes that permit fine tuning of a lapping force applied through the lapping element to a work piece. An actuator assembly is directly attached to the lapping element and manipulates the individual actuator nodes. The lapping element further includes whippletree structure to permit a desired degree of flexibility in the lapping element to respond to force inputs at the actuator nodes. A pressure-adjusting lapping element is included as a structural component of a carrier assembly in a lapping head. The lapping element includes actuator nodes that permit fine tuning of a lapping force applied through the lapping element to a work piece. An actuator assembly is ...More Less
14 US9465112B2
Automatic range corrected flash ladar camera
Publication/Patent Number: US9465112B2 Publication Date: 2016-10-11 Application Number: 14/966,465 Filing Date: 2015-12-11 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Bailey, Howard   Short, Brad   Heughebaert, Laurent   Gilliland, Patrick   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, Inc.   IPC: G01C3/08 Abstract: A three dimensional imaging camera comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, receiving optics, an infrared focal plane array light detector, and an image processor. The described invention is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view. The 3-D imaging camera utilizes a pulsed laser transmitter capable of illuminating an entire scene with a single high power flash of light. The 3-D imaging camera employs a system controller to trigger a pulse of high intensity light from the pulsed laser transmitter, and counts the time from the start of the transmitter light pulse. The light reflected from the illuminated scene impinges on a receiving optics and is detected by a focal plane array optical detector. An image processor applies image enhancing algorithms to improve the image quality and develop object data for subjects in the field of view of the flash ladar imaging camera. A three dimensional imaging camera comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, receiving optics, an infrared focal plane array light detector, and an image processor. The described invention is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view ...More Less
15 US9229109B2
Automatic range corrected flash ladar camera
Publication/Patent Number: US9229109B2 Publication Date: 2016-01-05 Application Number: 14/306,648 Filing Date: 2014-06-17 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Bailey, Howard   Short, Brad   Heughebaert, Laurent   Gilliland, Patrick   Assignee: Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.   IPC: G01C3/08 Abstract: A three dimensional imaging camera comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, receiving optics, an infrared focal plane array light detector, and an image processor. The described invention is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view. The 3-D imaging camera utilizes a pulsed laser transmitter capable of illuminating an entire scene with a single high power flash of light. The 3-D imaging camera employs a system controller to trigger a pulse of high intensity light from the pulsed laser transmitter, and counts the time from the start of the transmitter light pulse. The light reflected from the illuminated scene impinges on a receiving optics and is detected by a focal plane array optical detector. An image processor applies image enhancing algorithms to improve the image quality and develop object data for subjects in the field of view of the flash ladar imaging camera. A three dimensional imaging camera comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, receiving optics, an infrared focal plane array light detector, and an image processor. The described invention is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view ...More Less
16 US2016103224A1
AUTOMATIC RANGE CORRECTED FLASH LADAR CAMERA
Publication/Patent Number: US2016103224A1 Publication Date: 2016-04-14 Application Number: 14/966,465 Filing Date: 2015-12-11 Inventor: Stettner, Roger   Bailey, Howard   Short, Brad   Heughebaert, Laurent   Gilliland, Patrick   Assignee: Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.   IPC: G01S17/93 Abstract: A three dimensional imaging camera comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, receiving optics, an infrared focal plane array light detector, and an image processor. The described invention is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view. The 3-D imaging camera utilizes a pulsed laser transmitter capable of illuminating an entire scene with a single high power flash of light. The 3-D imaging camera employs a system controller to trigger a pulse of high intensity light from the pulsed laser transmitter, and counts the time from the start of the transmitter light pulse. The light reflected from the illuminated scene impinges on a receiving optics and is detected by a focal plane array optical detector. An image processor applies image enhancing algorithms to improve the image quality and develop object data for subjects in the field of view of the flash ladar imaging camera. A three dimensional imaging camera comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, receiving optics, an infrared focal plane array light detector, and an image processor. The described invention is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view ...More Less
17 US9277204B2
Modular LADAR sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US9277204B2 Publication Date: 2016-03-01 Application Number: 13/747,671 Filing Date: 2013-01-23 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.   IPC: G01S7/483 Abstract: A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to ...More Less
18 US2016341818A1
MODULAR LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2016341818A1 Publication Date: 2016-11-24 Application Number: 15/228,428 Filing Date: 2016-08-04 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, INC.   IPC: G01S7/486 Abstract: A mobile ladar platform having a ladar sensor, a positioning system, and a digital processor adapted to perform analysis of a scene in a field of view. The ladar sensor includes a ladar transmitter, a zero range reference circuit, a two-dimensional array of light sensitive detectors positioned at a focal plane of a light collecting and focusing system, and a readout integrated circuit with a plurality of unit cell electrical circuits. The ladar sensor also includes a detector bias circuit and a communications port. A mobile ladar platform having a ladar sensor, a positioning system, and a digital processor adapted to perform analysis of a scene in a field of view. The ladar sensor includes a ladar transmitter, a zero range reference circuit, a two-dimensional array of light sensitive ...More Less
19 US2016195616A1
MODULAR LADAR SENSOR
Publication/Patent Number: US2016195616A1 Publication Date: 2016-07-07 Application Number: 15/010,915 Filing Date: 2016-01-29 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.   IPC: G01S17/93 Abstract: A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to ...More Less
20 US9420264B2
Modular ladar sensor
Publication/Patent Number: US9420264B2 Publication Date: 2016-08-16 Application Number: 15/010,915 Filing Date: 2016-01-29 Inventor: Gilliland, Patrick   Heughebaert, Laurent   Spagnolia, Joseph   Short, Brad   Stettner, Roger   Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, Inc.   IPC: G01S7/483 Abstract: A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in multi-sensor television production systems and 3-D graphics capture and moviemaking. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities. A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for modular manufacture and rapid field configurability and provisioning. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to ...More Less