Notre Dame Patents

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This collection brings together all of the patents assigned to the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to the present, plus other selected patents prior to 1952. Each record includes a full-text searchable and accessible PDF document for the corresponding invention. The record also includes the present-day academic department with which the inventor was or would have been associated.

Why patents? According to the University’s IDEA Center, “Part of the University’s public service mission is to ensure that the results of its research are made available for public use and benefit. This is accomplished in many ways: through educating students, publishing results of research, and ensuring that inventions are developed into useful products and services for the benefit of the public.”

“Today, our research universities play an even more vital role in creating a better future—not only by educating close to 600,000 graduate students in science and engineering every year, but also, and critically, by performing more than 15% of U.S. R&D in 2011—and according to 2012 NSF data, accounted for the majority (53%) of national basic research. This research, some basic, some applied or ‘translational’ creates new technologies, new products and services, medicines, diagnostics — the list is long and impressive — but also, this research gives rise to entire new industries.” (David Winwood, “The Importance of Patents and Academic Technology Transfer,” March 26, 2015)

The collection also includes the most famous patent associated with Notre Dame, U.S. patent 1,811,959 from 1931, “Vinyl derivatives of acetylene and method of preparing the same” — in other words, synthetic rubber. Invented by Rev. Fr. Julius Nieuwland, CSC, and assigned to DuPont, this patent did, in fact, give rise to entire new industries. More about this invention may be found at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

These patents are one more example of the University fulfilling Rev. Fr. Sorin’s vision of becoming a “powerful force for good.”

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  • Inventor(s):
    Kai Zeng, Charles A. Bouman, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Jiang Hsieh, Ken D. Sauer, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Zhou Yu
    Patent Number:
    US 8655033 B2
    Description:

    An improved iterative reconstruction method to reconstruct a first image includes generating an imaging beam, receiving said imaging beam on a detector array, generating projection data based on said imaging beams received by said detector array, providing said projection data to an image reconstructor, enlarging one of a plurality of voxels and a plurality of detectors of the provided projection data, reconstructing portions of the first image with the plurality of enlarged voxels or detecto…

    Date Issued:
    2014-02-18
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Zhou Yu, Jiao Wang, Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman
    Patent Number:
    US 8416914 B2
    Description:

    A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon a computer program having instructions, which, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to acquire a set of projection data corresponding to a plurality of image voxels and to calculate coefficients of a regularizing function configured to penalize differences between pairs of the plurality of voxels that are not immediate neighbors. The instructions also cause the computer to iteratively reconstruct an image from …

    Date Issued:
    2013-04-09
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Zhou Yu, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Debashish Pal, Lin Fu, Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer, Sathish Ramani, Jeffrey Allen Fessler, Somesh Srivastava
    Patent Number:
    US 8885975 B2
    Description:

    A method is provided for reconstructing an image of an object that includes image elements. The method includes accessing measurement data associated with the image elements, introducing an auxiliary variable to transform an original problem of reconstructing the image to a constrained optimization problem, and solving the constrained optimization problem using a method of multipliers to create a sequence of sub-problems and solve the sequence of sub-problems. Solving the sequence of sub-prob…

    Date Issued:
    2014-11-11
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Zhou Yu
    Patent Number:
    US 8135186 B2
    Description:

    Disclosed is an imaging system including a source generating an x-ray beam, a detector array receiving the x-ray beam and generating projection data, a translatable table configured for disposal of an object thereon and operable to translate in relation to the source and the detector array, the source and the detector array rotating about the translatable table to scan the object, and an image reconstructor electrically coupled to the detector array and configured to reconstruct an image in r…

    Date Issued:
    2012-03-13
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Jiang Hsieh, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Samit Kumar Basu, Zhou Yu, Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman
    Patent Number:
    US 8175115 B2
    Description:

    A method for reconstructing an image of an object, the image comprising a plurality of image elements, is disclosed. The method includes accessing image data associated with the plurality of image elements, applying a first algorithm to the plurality of image elements, selecting a spatially non-homogenous set of the plurality of image elements, and applying an iterative algorithm to the set of image elements to reduce an amount of time necessary for reconstructing the image, or to improve an …

    Date Issued:
    2012-05-08
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Zhou Yu, Evgeny Drapkin, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Kai Zeng, Jiang Hsieh, Brian E. Nett, Debashish Pal, Lin Fu, Guangzhi Cao, Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer
    Patent Number:
    US 9020230 B2
    Description:

    A method for reconstructing an image of an object that includes a plurality of image elements. The method includes accessing image data associated with a plurality of image elements, and reconstructing an image of the object by optimizing an objective function, where the objective function is optimized by iteratively solving a nested sequence of approximate optimization problems. The algorithm is composed of nested iterative loops, in which an inner loop iteratively optimizes an objective fun…

    Date Issued:
    2015-04-28
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Kai Zeng, Zhou Yu, Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer
    Patent Number:
    US 8787521 B2
    Description:

    A system and method include acquisition of a set of image data corresponding to a time period of data acquisition, the set of image data corresponding to a plurality of voxels, wherein each of the plurality of voxels corresponds to a distinct acquisition time within the time period of data acquisition. The system and method further include the modeling of the plurality of voxels as a function of time based on a plurality of kinetic parameters associated therewith and reconstruction of an imag…

    Date Issued:
    2014-07-22
    Resource Type
    Patent