Patents Assigned to International Business Machines Corporation
  • Publication number: 20190058226
    Abstract: A wet-cell in a battery is configured with a set of i-electrodes. A collection surface inside the wet-cell is identified where electrically conductive debris accumulates to an expected height. A first i-electrode of a first polarity in the set of i-electrodes is configured to be located at substantially the expected height inside the wet-cell. A second i-electrode of a second polarity in the set of i-electrodes is configured to be located at substantially the expected height inside the wet-cell. A first indication device is installed where the first i-electrode and the second i-electrode are configured in an electrical circuit via the first indication device, wherein when the electrically conductive debris has accumulated up to the expected height, makes simultaneous electrical contact with the first i-electrode and the second i-electrode and activates the first indication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marc H. Coq, Richard J. Fishbune, Mark E. Maresh, Eric B. Swenson
  • Patent number: 10208774
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to an apparatus that disengages a tool and indicates undesired contact. More specifically, the embodiments of the disclosure relate to a fastener that limits over insertion, indicates over insertion, and limits undesired contact of that fastener with a surface. Further, the apparatus can limit damage to an underlying component such as a circuit board. The apparatus has a shank having a cavity extending through the shank. Additionally, the shank has a recess for installation by a tool. A slider is positioned within the shank wherein the slider can limit engagement with the recess and indicate a condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah K. Czaplewski, Lee N. Helgeson, Jonathan L. Kaus, Pamela L. Lembke
  • Patent number: 10212853
    Abstract: A method. Rack containers include rack units stacked in a first direction that is parallel to a floor. Each rack unit has wheels positioned on a supporting structure on the floor which enables adjacent rack containers to move closer to or further from each other. The supporting structure is on the floor and is oriented in the second direction. The second direction is parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the first direction. A cooling fluid is flowed through a flexible tube into each rack container via a cooling conduit secured at a first port on a top surface of each rack container. The cooling conduit encapsulates the flexible tube. The to surface is further from the floor than is any other surface of each rack container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Bousseton, Arnaud Lund
  • Patent number: 10207208
    Abstract: An apparatus for a switchable filter assembly includes a first conduit coupled to a second and a third conduit, where a liquid has the ability to flow through the first conduit to the second conduit and the third conduit, and where the second conduit and the third conduit are arranged in parallel. A first assembly is capable of sliding inside the first conduit, such that a position of the first assembly determines an amount of liquid flowing to the third conduit. The first assembly includes a compressible member coupled to a first structure, where the first structure prevents the liquid from passing through the first conduit to the third conduit. An amount of compression of the compressible member coupled to the first structure is dependent on a pressure of the liquid flowing from the first conduit to the second conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. Porter, Jacob T. Porter, Allan C. VanDeventer, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10207111
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a computer implemented neural stimulation system having a first module configured to derive neural data from muscle contractions or movements of a subject. The system further includes a second module configured to derive a neural state assessment of the subject based at least in part on the neural data. The system further includes a third module configured to derive at least one neural stimulation parameter based at least in part on the neural state assessment. The system further includes a fourth module configured to deliver neural stimulations to the subject based at least in part on the at least one neural stimulation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guillermo A. Cecchi, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Irina Rish
  • Patent number: 10207854
    Abstract: Transportation packaging may be used to ship or transport a product, such as an electronic device. The transportation packaging may be reused subsequent to the transport of the product by removing a shape defined by a pattern included on the transportation packaging, assembling or altering a portion of the removed pattern, and engaging the assembled pattern with the product. In a particular embodiment, the assembled pattern may provide a usability surface for at least one peripheral device to be used with the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron R. Cox, ZhenDe Fu, Lei R. Li
  • Patent number: 10207718
    Abstract: A method causes a self-driving vehicle (SDV) to warn passengers of an upcoming maneuver, and to explain why the SDV will be making the upcoming maneuver. One or more processors receive sensor readings that describe a condition of a roadway upon which a self-driving vehicle (SDV) is traveling, where the sensor readings are from roadway sensors that detect water on the roadway. The processor(s) reroute the SDV due to the water on the roadway, and provide an explanation to an occupant of the SDV that describes the water on the roadway as a reason for rerouting the SDV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10209186
    Abstract: A chemical sensor, methods of forming the same, and methods of performing chemical detection include a carbon nanotube test surface. A detector is configured to receive a signal from the carbon nanotube test surface responsive to illumination on the nanotube test surface. A matching module is configured to determine whether a chemical is present at the carbon nanotube test surface based on a comparison between the signal and a spectral profile of the chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ali Afzali-Ardakani, Abram L. Falk, Damon B. Farmer, Shu-Jen Han, George S. Tulevski
  • Patent number: 10207803
    Abstract: A computer program product for automatically delivering a physical mail includes receiving, by an unmanned aerial vehicle from an unmanned aerial vehicle management system, a delivery information, the delivery information includes information about a first secure mailbox and information about a second secure mailbox, the first secure mailbox being related to a first target user, delivering the physical mail to the first secure mailbox, and rerouting the unmanned aerial vehicle carrying the physical mail from the first secure mailbox to the second secure mailbox in response to the physical mail being delivered to the first secure mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simone Bonazzoli, Marco Borgianni, Claudio Falcone, Alessio Fioravanti, Giuseppe Longobardi, Silvano Lutri, Luigi Presti, Paolo Salerno, Alessandro Tomasi, Francesca Ziantoni
  • Patent number: 10210147
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable reduction of characters in a character-limited scenario by minimally editing a text to remain within a character limit while maintaining a tone of a user's writing. More specifically, as a user enters text into a character-limited field, character reduction opportunities for shortening words or phrases are identified in the text. These identified opportunities for shortening words or phrases are compared with a historical writing tone profile of the user in order to preserve a tone and style of the user. Words or phrases that are presented and implemented to shorten the text entered by the user are only sufficient to bring a character count of the entered text within the character limit of the character-limited field. Once the text is within the character limit, no further character reduction is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Dana L. Price, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 10210047
    Abstract: Machines, systems and methods for recovering data objects in a distributed data storage system, the method comprising storing one or more replicas of a first data object on one or more clusters in one or more data centers connected over a data communications network; recording health information about said one or more replicas, wherein the health information comprises data about availability of a replica to participate in a restoration process; calculating a query-priority for the first data object; querying, based on the calculated query-priority, the health information for the one or more replicas to determine which of the one or more replicas is available for restoration of the object data; calculating a restoration-priority for the first data object based on the health information for the one or more replicas; and restoring the first data object from the one or more of the available replicas, based on the calculated restoration-priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Factor, David Hadas, Elliot K. Kolodner
  • Patent number: 10210077
    Abstract: A static analysis tool is augmented to provide for enhanced security vulnerability determination from generated code traces. According to this disclosure, a multiple sequence alignment is applied to a set of traces generated by static analysis of application source code. The output of this operation is an alignment result that simplifies the traces, e.g., by representing many common nodes as a single node. In particular, the sequence alignment identifies entries in the alignment result that represent at least one code execution path that multiple traces in the set of traces include. A call graph can then be output that includes the at least one code execution path identified, and that call graph can also be simplified by applying a compression portions of the traces that are used to generate it. Using multiple sequence alignment and simplified call graphs enable a user to identify security vulnerabilities more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Shu Wang
  • Patent number: 10209234
    Abstract: The present invention involves a multimodal sensor network for analyte detection. A first mode may involve low-power detection and a second mode may involve determining an analyte concentration and transmitting data associated with the analyte concentration. Specifically, the first mode may include establishing an analyte sensor network in a detection region, detecting an analyte in the detection region, and generating an electrical signal in response to the detecting the analyte. In response to the electrical signal exceeding a first threshold, the analyte detection system may operate in the second mode. The second mode may include requesting data associated with the one or more environmental conditions, determining an analyte concentration based on one or more environmental conditions transmitting data associated with the analyte concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Josephine B. Chang, Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente Klein, Siyuan Lu
  • Patent number: 10209367
    Abstract: A dosimetry device includes a first chamber formed on a substrate with a first decomposable barrier sensitive to radiation and a first chemical component. A second chamber is formed on the substrate in proximity of the first chamber and includes a second decomposable barrier sensitive to radiation and a second chemical component. Upon a radiation event, decomposition of the first and second barriers of the first and second chambers permits a mixing of the first and second chemical components to cause a visible change of the dosimetry device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Qing Cao, Kangguo Cheng, Zhengwen Li, Fei Liu
  • Patent number: 10209266
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a biosample plate that includes a memory component for storing biosample identification and analysis data, and a wireless communication interface for transferring the data to and from the biosample plate. In one embodiment, the biosample plate comprises a base for receiving a biosample, a memory component coupled to the base for storing identification and analysis information related to the biosample, and a wireless communication interface coupled to the memory component for transferring the information to and from the memory component. The wireless communication interface may include an optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nils Haustein, Thorsten Krause, Anna W. Topol, Daniel J. Winarski
  • Patent number: 10209363
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a system for implementing a restricted-operation region. The system includes an instruction development module configured to be utilized in the development of a set of instructions that implement an operation policy of the restricted-operation region. The set of instructions is configured to, when interpreted, implement the operation policy by controlling at least one function of a vehicle that attempts to operate within the restricted-operation region. The system further includes a first transmitter configured to transmit the set of instructions to the vehicle, wherein a processor of the vehicle is configured to interpret the set of instructions based at least in part on a determination that the vehicle is attempting to operate within the restricted-operation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maryam Ashoori, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Jason B. Ellis, Robert G. Farrell, Danny Soroker
  • Patent number: 10209289
    Abstract: The service life of electrical equipment is predicted using a thermal history sensor mounted in the electrical equipment. At least one thermal history sensor is mounted inside or on an outer wall surface of electrical equipment. The thermal history sensor includes dissimilar metal joints, and the resistance values of the dissimilar metal joints change in response to the amount of intermetallic compound growing in the dissimilar metal joints due to the temperature inside the electrical equipment or of the outer wall thereof during operation. A determining mechanism periodically or irregularly monitors and stores in memory the resistance values of the dissimilar metal joints from the thermal history sensor, and uses the stored history of resistance values to predict the service life of the electrical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Satsuo Kiyono, Eiji Ohno, Masahiro Uemura
  • Patent number: 10208757
    Abstract: An adaptor for providing remote control of a mechanical actuator includes a housing having a bore formed therein for receiving a portion of the mechanical actuator. At least one engagement mechanism extends into the bore such that the at least one engagement mechanism engages the portion of the mechanical actuator. A motor is coupled to the at least one engagement mechanism and a sensor is operably coupled to the motor such that the motor is configured to actuate the mechanical actuator via the at least one engagement mechanism in response to a signal detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua A. Alger, David R. Cariello, Sean M. Franklin, Andrew J. Lohr
  • Patent number: 10209306
    Abstract: A computer system verifies functional test patterns for diagnostics, characterization and manufacture testing. The system generates, by a system designer, verification sequences including initial trace traces selected from a verification sequence data to test system functional design. The system includes a trace module, an emulated pattern generator module, and a test pattern verification and debug module. The trace module adds custom information to the traces to generate modified traces and the system executes the verification sequences against a device to generate traces. The trace module further processes the modified traces by parsing the captured modified traces. The system verifies data integrity and summarizes statistics of the captured traces. The emulated pattern generator module generates emulated test patterns, which are based on the output of the trace module and have independent format streams compatible with a device test port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Franco Motika, John D. Parker, Gerard M. Salem
  • Patent number: 10210095
    Abstract: A system for managing one or more queues in a multi-processor environment includes a shared memory configured to be accessed by a plurality of processing elements, and a queue manager configured to control a queue in the shared memory, the queue manager storing dynamically configurable queue parameters including an operation address associated with the queue, a number of queue elements and a size of each queue element. The queue manager is configured to intercept a message from a processing element, the message directed to the shared memory and specifying the operation address, calculate an address of a location in the shared memory corresponding to one or more available queue elements, the calculating performed based on the operation address, the number of queue elements, and the size of each queue element, and perform one or more queuing operations on the queue based on the calculated address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Clinton E. Bubb, Michael Grassi, Howard M. Haynie, Raymond M. Higgs, Luke M. Hopkins, Kirk Pospesel, Gabriel M. Tarr