Patents Examined by Abdelali Serrou
  • Patent number: 9754602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for synthesizing a speech signal; comprising obtaining a speech sequence input signal comprising semantic content corresponding to a speaker's utterance; analyzing the input speech sequence signal to obtain a first sequence of feature vectors for the input speech sequence signal; synthesizing a second sequence of feature vectors different from and based on the first sequence of feature vectors; generating an excitation signal and filtering the excitation signal based on the second sequence of feature vectors to obtain a synthesized speech signal wherein the semantic content is obfuscated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AGNITIO SL
    Inventors: Johan Nikolaas Langehoven Brummer, Avery Maxwell Glasser, Luis Buera Rodriquez
  • Patent number: 9740677
    Abstract: Provided is a method of recommending a sticker through a dialog act analysis. The method includes: by a server, performing a surface analysis on the last utterance between the first user terminal and the second user the terminal; performing a dialog act analysis on the last utterance using a result of the surface analysis; extracting a dialog context factor including a surface analysis result and a dialog act analysis result on a certain number of continuous utterances including the last utterance between the first user terminal and the second user terminal; selecting a sticker to be recommended to the first user using the dialog context factor; and providing the selected sticker for the first user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NCsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Taek Jin Kim, Jay June Lee, Jungsun Jang, Sehee Chung, Kyeong Jong Lee, Yeonsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9729691
    Abstract: A portable device performs a multiple recording function by which data is recorded using different recording techniques. The device includes at least one of an input unit and a touch panel, which creates or supports an input signal for activating an audio-related function and an input signal for activating the multiple recording function while the audio-related function is performed. The device further includes a display panel configured to output a memo writing screen of a memo function in response to the activation of the multiple recording function, the memo writing screen allowing the activation of a voice recording function. The device also includes a control unit configured to control the output of the memo writing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Young Jeon, Sang Hyuk Koh, Tae Yeon Kim, Hyun Kyoung Kim, Hyun Mi Park, Hye Bin Park, Sae Gee Oh
  • Patent number: 9711134
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus are generally described for providing an audio interface. In some examples, first voice data of a first narrator and a second voice data of a second narrator are received and the second voice data is transformed by a voice transformation function. At least a part of a first text data is converted into a first synthesized voice data based, at least in part, on the first voice data and at least a part of a second text data is converted into a second synthesized voice data based, at least in part, on the transformed second voice data by applying a voice transformation function which maximizes a feature difference between the first voice data and the transformed second voice data. The first synthesized voice data and the second synthesized voice data are provided in parallel on a temporal axis via the voice interface system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Noriaki Kuwahara, Tsutomu Miyasato, Yasuyuki Sumi
  • Patent number: 9711160
    Abstract: A dock for a portable electronic device including a housing, a connector extending from the housing to connect the portable electronic device to the dock, a microphone integrated within the housing, and a processor. The processor is operatively coupled to receive audio input from the microphone, and in response to the audio input, transmit a message to the portable electronic device via the connector to activate a voice recognition mode of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Krueger, Jesse Dorogusker, Erik Wang
  • Patent number: 9704503
    Abstract: A command handling method, apparatus, and system. The method includes receiving multiple voice instructions sent by a voice parsing server, where the multiple voice instructions are generated after the voice parsing server parses source voice commands that are from different voice control devices; separately determining whether any two voice instructions in the multiple voice instructions are similar instructions, where the similar instructions are voice instructions corresponding to source voice commands that are obtained by the different voice control devices by collecting same voice information; and when two voice instructions that are similar instructions exist in the multiple voice instructions, discarding one voice instruction in the two similar voice instructions. The embodiments of the present invention further provide a command handling apparatus and system. The embodiments eliminate a control error caused by repeated execution of a command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jingqing Mei, Guodong Xue
  • Patent number: 9697192
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method which, in one example embodiment, can include reading text data corresponding to messages and creating semantic annotations to the text data to generate annotated messages. Creating the semantic annotations can include generating, at least in part by at least one trained statistical language model, predictive labels as annotations corresponding to language patterns associated with the text data. The method further includes aggregating the annotated messages and storing information associated with the aggregated annotated messages in a message store, and performing, based on information from the message store and associated with the messages, global analytics functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Digital Reasoning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Wayne Estes, James Johnson Gardner, Matthew Russell, Phillip Daniel Michalak
  • Patent number: 9653088
    Abstract: A time shift calculated during a pitch-regularizing (PR) encoding of a frame of an audio signal is used to time-shift a segment of another frame during a non-PR encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Vivek Rajendran, Ananthapadmanabhan A. Kandhadai, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 9564120
    Abstract: A method of and system for speech synthesis. First and second text inputs are received in a text-to-speech system, and processed into respective first and second speech outputs corresponding to stored speech respectively from first and second speakers using a processor of the system. The second speech output of the second speaker is adapted to sound like the first speech output of the first speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Stefan, Gaurav Talwar, Rathinavelu Chengalvarayan
  • Patent number: 9560206
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for providing real-time resources to participants in an audio conference session. One embodiment is a method for providing real-time resources to participants in an audio conference session via a communication network. One such method comprises: a conferencing system establishing an audio conference session between a plurality of computing devices via a communication network, each computing device generating a corresponding audio stream comprising a speech signal; and in real-time during the audio conference session, a server: receiving and processing the audio streams to determine the speech signals; extracting words from the speech signals; analyzing the extracted words to determine a relevant keyword being discussed in the audio conference session; identifying a resource related to the relevant keyword; and providing the resource to one or more of the computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: American Teleconferencing Services, Ltd.
    Inventors: Boland T. Jones, David Michael Guthrie, Laurence Schaefer, J Douglas Martin
  • Patent number: 9553977
    Abstract: A system for automated adaptation and improvement of speaker authentication in a voice biometric system environment, comprising a speech sample collector, a target selector, a voice analyzer, a voice data modifier, and a call flow creator. The speech sample collector retrieves speech samples from a database of enrolled participants in a speaker authentication system. The target selector selects target users that will be used to test the speaker authentication system. The voice analyzer extracts a speech component data set from each of the speech samples. The call flow creator creates a plurality of call flows for testing the speaker authentication system, each call flow being either an impostor call flow or a legitimate call flow. The call flows created by the call flow creator are used to test the speaker authentication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Cyara Solutions Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Alok Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 9546924
    Abstract: Methods and devices for efficient encoding/decoding of a time segment of an audio signal. The methods comprise deriving an indicator, z, of the position in a frequency scale of a residual vector associated with the time segment of the audio signal, and deriving a measure, ?, related to the amount of structure of the residual vector. The methods further comprise determining whether a predefined criterion involving the measure ?, the indicator z and a predefined threshold ?, is fulfilled, which corresponds to estimating whether a change of sign of at least some of the non-zero coefficients of the residual vector would be audible after reconstruction of the audio signal time segment. The respective amplitude of the coefficients of the residual vector is encoded, and the signs of the coefficients of the residual vector are encoded only when it is determined that the criterion is fulfilled, and thus that a change of sign would be audible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Volodya Grancharov, Sigurdur Sverrisson
  • Patent number: 9530415
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods and computer-readable media for enabling speech processing in a user interface of a device. The method includes receiving an indication of a field and a user interface of a device, the indication also signaling that speech will follow, receiving the speech from the user at the device, the speech being associated with the field, transmitting the speech as a request to public, common network node that receives and processes speech, processing the transmitted speech and returning text associated with the speech to the device and inserting the text into the field. Upon a second indication from the user, the system processes the text in the field as programmed by the user interface. The present disclosure provides a speech mash up application for a user interface of a mobile or desktop device that does not require expensive speech processing technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jay Wilpon, Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio, Benjamin J. Stern
  • Patent number: 9520068
    Abstract: A method and related system, computer program product and device for interactively tracking oral reading of text from a document includes recording audio for a sentence read by a user and determining when the user has reached the last word of the sentence. The method also includes providing visual feedback to the user reading on a sentence by sentence level to indicate a current location in the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: JTT Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie L. Beattie, Marilyn Jager Adams
  • Patent number: 9508350
    Abstract: An audio packet error concealment system includes an encoding unit for encoding an audio signal consisting of a plurality of frames, and an auxiliary information encoding unit for estimating and encoding auxiliary information about a temporal change of power of the audio signal. The auxiliary information is used in packet loss concealment in decoding of the audio signal. The auxiliary information about the temporal change of power may contain a parameter that functionally approximates a plurality of powers of subframes shorter than one frame, or may contain information about a vector obtained by vector quantization of a plurality of powers of subframes shorter than one frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Kimitaka Tsutsumi, Kei Kikuiri
  • Patent number: 9502024
    Abstract: An automatic speech recognition (ASR) system includes a speech-responsive application and a recognition engine. The ASR system generates user prompts to elicit certain spoken inputs, and the speech-responsive application performs operations when the spoken inputs are recognized. The recognition engine compares sounds within an input audio signal with phones within an acoustic model, to identify candidate matching phones. A recognition confidence score is calculated for each candidate matching phone, and the confidence scores are used to help identify one or more likely sequences of matching phones that appear to match a word within the grammar of the speech-responsive application. The per-phone confidence scores are evaluated against predefined confidence score criteria (for example, identifying scores below a ‘low confidence’ threshold) and the results of the evaluation are used to influence subsequent selection of user prompts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brian Pickering, Timothy David Poultney, Benjamin Terrick Staniford, Matthew Whitbourne
  • Patent number: 9501295
    Abstract: Provided are a method, system, and computer program product for handling locale and language in a cloud management system, in which a first composite values list of applicable locales and matching languages combinations is generated from at least one language installed on a service management system and at least one locale supported by said service management system. A second composite values list of applicable locales and matching languages combinations is generated as a fall back list based on at least one base language of said service management system and at least one matching locale formed from said at least one base language, if said first composite values list of applicable locales and matching languages is empty. A resulting composite values list of valid locales and languages combinations is provided for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephane B. Rodet, Torsten Teich
  • Patent number: 9489940
    Abstract: The technology of the present application provides a method and apparatus to allow for dynamically updating a language model across a large number of similarly situated users. The system identifies individual changes to user profiles and evaluates the change for a broader application, such as, a dialect correction for a speech recognition engine, as administrator for the system identifies similarly situated user profiles and downloads the profile change to effect a dynamic change to the language model of similarly situated users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: NVOQ INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Charles Corfield
  • Patent number: 9471560
    Abstract: Various techniques for autocorrecting virtual keyboard input for various languages (e.g., Japanese, Chinese) are disclosed. In one aspect, a system or process receives a sequence of keyboard events representing keystrokes on a virtual keyboard. A hierarchical data structure is traversed according to the sequence of keyboard events to determine candidate words for the sequence of keyboard events. A word lattice is constructed using a language model, including deriving weights or paths in the word lattice based on candidate word statistics and data from a keyboard error model. The word lattice is searched to determine one or more candidate sentences comprising candidate words based on the path weights. Paths through the word lattice can be pruned (e.g., discarded) to reduce the size and search time of the word lattice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuo Kida, Leland Douglas Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9472197
    Abstract: An audio signal processing apparatus that processes a bit stream generated by coding an audio signal on a frame-by-frame basis, the bit stream including, for each frame, coded data representing the audio signal, additional data and attribute information, the audio signal processing apparatus including a decoding unit configured to decode the coded data to generate a decoded signal, a processing unit configured to process the decoded signal, a detection unit configured to detect whether or not there has been a change in the attribute information, and a storage unit, wherein the processing unit is configured to, when the change is not detected, process the decoded signal by using at least two pieces of additional data stored, and when the change is detected, process the decoded signal by using only either additional data before detection of the change or additional data after detection of the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SOCIONEXT INC.
    Inventors: Shuji Miyasaka, Satoshi Shinzaki, Sin Akamatsu, Shuhei Yamada