Research & Innovation

Nickerson Awarded Patent

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken has been assigned a patent (8,145,591) developed by Jeffrey V. Nickerson, Weehawken, N.J., and Toshihiko Matsuka, Chiba, Japan, for a "detection of hostile intent from movement patterns."

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of the present invention relates to a method comprising identifying a suspect; determining that the suspect has moved a first distance in a target zone around a target during a first time period; determining a suspect-target distance between the suspect and the target; determining a suspect-potential destination distance between the suspect and a potential destination in the target zone for the suspect; determining that the suspect has moved a second distance in the target zone during a second time period; determining a suspect zone around the suspect; determining a movement characteristic index associated with the suspect zone when the suspect has moved the second distance, and determining, by a computer, a probability of hostility of the suspect, wherein the probability of hostility is obtained from the movement characteristic index and a ratio of the suspect-target distance and the suspect-potential destination distance."

The patent application was filed on July 18, 2008 (12/175,855). The full-text of the patent can be found by clicking here.

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