Patents Examined by Bharatkumar S Shah
  • Patent number: 10319393
    Abstract: When an instruction to start voice input is received from the user, a gain controller acquires, from a gain table which defines a correspondence between vehicle speed ranges and gains, a gain corresponding to a vehicle speed range including the vehicle speed of a vehicle detected by a vehicle speed detector, and sets the acquired gain as the gain of an input amplifier that amplifies an input audio signal output by a microphone. As a gain corresponding to each vehicle speed range, the gain table records a gain of the input amplifier corresponding, in an experimentally determined frequency distribution of peak values in the vehicle speed range, to a maximum frequency in the range of magnitude of voice output as an input audio signal by the microphone and to be input to a speech recognition engine as voice having a magnitude within the input range of the speech recognition engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Hirokazu Suzuki, Toru Marumoto
  • Patent number: 10319365
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating output audio with emphasized portions are described. Spoken audio is obtained and undergoes speech processing (e.g., ASR and optionally NLU) to create text. It may be determined that the resulting text includes a portion that should be emphasized (e.g., an interjection) using at least one of knowledge of an application run on a device that captured the spoken audio, prosodic analysis, and/or linguistic analysis. The portion of text to be emphasized may be tagged (e.g., using a Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) tag). TTS processing is then performed on the tagged text to create output audio including an emphasized portion corresponding to the tagged portion of the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Nicolis, Adam Franciszek Nadolski
  • Patent number: 10311876
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for detecting hotwords using a server. One of the methods includes receiving an audio signal encoding one or more utterances including a first utterance; determining whether at least a portion of the first utterance satisfies a first threshold of being at least a portion of a key phrase; in response to determining that at least the portion of the first utterance satisfies the first threshold of being at least a portion of a key phrase, sending the audio signal to a server system that determines whether the first utterance satisfies a second threshold of being the key phrase, the second threshold being more restrictive than the first threshold; and receiving tagged text data representing the one or more utterances encoded in the audio signal when the server system determines that the first utterance satisfies the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alexander H. Gruenstein, Petar Aleksic, Johan Schalkwyk, Pedro J. Moreno Mengibar
  • Patent number: 10270685
    Abstract: The following processing is executed by a communication apparatus capable of performing wireless communication in a first communication mode in which communication is performed via an access point and a second communication mode in which communication is performed with a communication partner apparatus in a peer-to-peer mode. If communicating with the communication partner apparatus in the second communication mode, it is determined whether to concurrently execute operations in the first communication mode and the second communication mode. If it is determined to concurrently execute the operations in the first communication mode and the second communication mode, it is controlled to operate as a service providing source which provides a service in the second communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Iwauchi, Takashi Moriya, Shigeto Sakai, Shuji Inoue
  • Patent number: 10261993
    Abstract: A text analytics platform includes instructions embodied in one or more non-transitory machine accessible storage media configured to cause a computing device to retrieve text from at least one text source and implement one or more algorithms to determine a quantitative linguistics assessment for the retrieved text and provide as output a numeric value corresponding to the quantitative linguistics assessment. The quantitative linguistics assessment is based at least in part on a trained model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: John J. Niekrasz, Edmond D Chow
  • Patent number: 10255356
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are disclosed for adaptively generating a summary of web-based content based on an attribute of a mobile communication device having transmitted a request for the web-based content. By adaptively generating the summary based on an attribute of the mobile communication device such as an amount of visual space available or a number of characters permitted in the interface, a display of the web-based content may be controlled on the mobile communication device in a way that was not previously available. This enables control of displaying web-based content that has been adaptively generated to be displayed on limited display screens based on a learned attribute of the mobile communication device requesting the web-based content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Youssef Billawala, Yashar Mehdad, Dragomir Radev, Amanda Stent, Kapil Thadani
  • Patent number: 10229715
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for producing high quality losslessly compressed audio tracks based on conversations between participants remote from one another, such as conversations that occur during a telephonic interview or online conference, or other conversations that take place over a network between two or more participants. In an embodiment, each participant's device includes an audio chat client configured to record that participant's audio contribution to the conversation and store a non-compressed version of the contribution locally. A first version of the captured audio is generated with lossy compression and pushed in real time to a cloud-based service, for purposes of the live conversation. A second version of the captured audio for subsequent playback is generated and stored with lossless compression and is pushed asynchronously to the service. The service is configured to automatically provide a multitrack project with high quality audio tracks from each participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventor: Tobias Baier
  • Patent number: 10224046
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, logic (e.g., executable instructions encoded in a non-transitory computer-readable medium to carry out a method), and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured with such instructions. The method is to generate and spatially render spatial comfort noise at a receiving endpoint of a conference system, such that the comfort noise has target spectral characteristics typical of comfort noise, and at least one spatial property that at least substantially matches at least one target spatial property. On version includes receiving one or more or more audio signals from other endpoints, combining the received audio signals with the spatial comfort noise signals, and rendering the combination of the received audio signals and the spatial comfort noise signals to a set of output signals for loudspeakers, such that the spatial comfort noise signals are continually in the output signal sin addition to output from the received audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Xuejing Sun, Yen-Liang Shue, Heiko Purnhagen
  • Patent number: 10217458
    Abstract: Technologies for improved keyword spotting are disclosed. A compute device may capture speech data from a user of the compute device, and perform automatic speech recognition on the captured speech data. The automatic speech recognition algorithm is configured to both spot keywords as well as provide a full transcription of the captured speech data. The automatic speech recognition algorithm may preferentially match the keywords compared to similar words. The recognized keywords may be used to improve parsing of the transcribed speech data or to improve an assistive agent in holding a dialog with a user of the compute device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Praful Mangalath, Josef G. Bauer, Georg Stemmer
  • Patent number: 10217469
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for generating a signature of a musical audio signal of a given duration, the method comprising the following steps: —modelling (104) the musical audio signal to obtain, for each frequency band of a set of n frequency bands, a diagram representing the energy of the audio signal for the frequency band, on the basis of the time during said given duration; —determining (103) musical transition times tk of the audio signal during the given duration; —associating (105) each musical transition time tk with an item of local information comprising a vector of n values representative, respectively, of the energy of the audio signal in each of the n diagrams obtained between musical transition time tk and a subsequent musical transition time tk+1 and/or a vector of n values representative, respectively, of the energy of the audio signal in each of the n diagrams obtained between musical transition time tk and a preceding musical transition time tk?1; —determining (106), on the basis of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Sebastien Fenet, Yves Grenier, Richard Gael
  • Patent number: 10210249
    Abstract: Disclosed are system, method and computer program product for synthesis of natural-language text; receiving information objects; selecting among the received information objects information objects and an associated synthesis templates in a template library, each synthesis template including a template semantic-syntactic tree; generating for each selected information object a synthesis semantic-syntactic tree based on the template semantic-syntactic tree; and generating natural language text based on each generated synthesis semantic-syntactic tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Anatoly Starostin, Dmitrii Kuklin
  • Patent number: 10204098
    Abstract: A system and method to communicate between devices through natural language using instant messaging applications and interoperable public identifiers where the method comprises the stages of receiving an instant messaging module from an instant messaging client, an instant message in natural language, with an interoperable public identifier, identifying said message as a message to be processed because said interoperable public identifier corresponds to the public identifier that uniquely identifies said instant messaging module, processing said instant message and resending said message to a natural language processing module, processing the content of said message in said natural language processing module to translate said content into at least one specific command for a target device and launch the execution of the at least said command in said target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Antonio Gonzalo Vaca, Javier Bento Chaves
  • Patent number: 10200549
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes: a first type communication unit configured to perform communication with a portable device in a near field communication mode; a display unit; and a control device configured to perform: a receiving process of receiving a radio wave for connection with the portable device in the near field communication mode, from the portable device through the first type communication unit; and a display process of controlling the display unit to display a notice for prompting a user to perform operation for permitting the portable device to transmit information to the communication apparatus in the near field communication mode, in response to receipt of the radio wave in the receiving process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10186251
    Abstract: A system and method of converting source speech to target speech using intermediate speech data is disclosed. The method comprises identifying intermediate speech data that match target voice training data based on acoustic features; performing dynamic time warping to match the second set of acoustic features of intermediate speech data and the first set of acoustic features of target voice training data; training a neural network to convert the intermediate speech data to target voice training data; receiving source speech data; converting the source speech data to an intermediate speech; converting the intermediate speech to a target speech sequence using the neural network; and converting the target speech sequence to target speech using the pitch from the target voice training data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: OBEN, INC.
    Inventor: Seyed Hamidreza Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 10180940
    Abstract: A translation method is disclosed herein. The method includes determining a target object to be translated, the target object including a plurality of elements; dividing the target object to be translated according to a language correspondence relationship to obtain at least one element set; determining a weight value of a second object corresponding to each first object in each element set according to the language correspondence relationship; determining a comparison value associated with each element set according to the determined weight value and selecting an element set with the maximum comparison value; determining a second object with the maximum weight value corresponding to each first object in the selected element set according to the correspondence relationship, combining all the determined second objects to form a translation content of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Hongfei Jiang, Jun Lu, Weihua Luo, Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 10176796
    Abstract: Systems and techniques of voice personalization for machine reading are described herein. A message with textual content may be received. A sender of the message may be identified. A voice model that corresponds to the sender may be identified. An audio representation of the textual content may be rendered using the voice model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Honggang Li, Yuan Zhu, Bo Huang, Liu Yang
  • Patent number: 10176798
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating dynamic and intelligent conversion of text into real user speech according to one embodiment. A method of embodiments, as described herein, includes receiving a textual message from a first user, and accessing a voice profile associated with the first user, where the voice profile includes a real voice of the first user and at least one of emotional patterns relating to the first user, context distinctions relating to the first user, and speech characteristics relating to the first user, where accessing further includes extracting the real voice and at least one of an emotional pattern, a context distinction, and a speech characteristic based on subject matter of the textual message. The method may further include converting the textual message into a real speech of the first user based on the voice profile including the real voice and at least one of the emotional pattern, the context distinction, and the speech characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Ofer Gueta, Sefi Kraemer
  • Patent number: 10176800
    Abstract: Procedure dialogs are improved through knowledge mining within a reinforcement learning framework. Taking an existing procedure dialog as input, a machine learning model is generated. User interactions with the machine learning model are monitored and used to update the machine learning model. The updates to the machine learning model are applied to the existing procedure dialog for review and revision by subject matter experts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hao Chen, Qi Cheng Li, Shao Chun Li, Jie Ma, Li Jun Mei
  • Patent number: 10171909
    Abstract: The specification and drawings present a use of multiple microphones for increasing acoustic sensing capabilities by processing acoustic signals from the multiple microphones in outdoor luminaire mounted surveillance/sensor systems. For example, various embodiments presented herein describe signal processing means to utilize stereo/multiple microphones in a luminaire (such as an outdoor roadway luminaire) to provide enhanced information regarding the surroundings of the luminaire. The multiple microphone luminaire sensor processing system can provide a more environmentally robust and sensitive approach which can be, for example, resistant to environmental noise such as a wind noise, as well as capable of isolating specific sounds from the surroundings, e.g., in specific directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Koushik Babi Saha, Thomas Clynne, Jonathan Robert Meyer
  • Patent number: 10170127
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transmitting multimedia data are provided. A first device, which provides an audio signal to a second device, includes: a control unit that divides an audio signal input to the first device into a plurality of audio frames, compares a current audio frame among the plurality of audio frames with the at least one previous audio frame prestored in the memory of the first device, and selects one of the prestored previous audio frames based on similarity of the prestored previous audio frame and the current audio frame; and a communication unit that transmits an identification value of the selected previous audio frame to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Kyung-hun Jung, Eun-mi Oh, Jong-hoon Jeong, Seon-ho Hwang