Patents Examined by Daniel Abebe
  • Patent number: 10210271
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable medium for providing a translated message in telecommunications. A request is received for translating a current message in a first language into a current message in a second language destined for a user. Whether the current message in the first language has been previously translated into a corresponding message in the second language is determined. If the corresponding message in the second language exists, the current message in the second language is generated based on the corresponding message in the second language previously translated. The current message is then sent in the second language to the user as a response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MOTIONPOINT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Enrique Travieso, Eugenio Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10210003
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to process a user input on independent applications that provide classifier outputs to an arbitration module, which selects one of the application to respond to the user input. The classifier outputs include a probability that the user input is in domain for the application functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Frederick Ducatelle, Marcus Grober, Gaetan Martens
  • Patent number: 10204623
    Abstract: Privacy control in a connected environment is described. An assistant device can detect speech spoken by a user. The speech can include a hardware activation phrase that indicates whether the user intends for at least a portion of the speech to be provided to local resources or cloud resources. The speech can then be provided to the appropriate resource based on the hardware activation phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10198646
    Abstract: A cascaded finite-state-transducer array includes a plurality of finite-state-transducers, the finite-state-transducers being distributed in space. The finite-state-transducer array is configured with dedicated data transfer channels between the finite-state-transducers to transfer specific data types. Each data stream on a dedicated data transfer channel may transmit a particular data type, which may be sorted in increasing order of start offsets or token IDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kubilay Atasu, Akihiro Nakayama, Raphael Polig, Tong Xu
  • Patent number: 10192561
    Abstract: An audio processor for processing an audio signal includes an audio signal phase measure calculator configured for calculating a phase measure of an audio signal for a time frame, a target phase measure determiner for determining a target phase measure for the time frame, and a phase corrector configured for correcting phases of the audio signal for the time frame using the calculated phase measure and the target phase measure to obtain a processed audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Sascha Disch, Mikko-Ville Laitinen, Ville Pulkki
  • Patent number: 10186266
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing message playback using a shared electronic device is described herein. In response to receiving a request to output messages, a speech-processing system may determine a group account associated with a requesting device, and may determine messages stored by a message data store for the group account. Speaker identification processing may also be performed to determine a speaker of the request. A user account associated with the speaker, and messages stored for the user account, may be determined. A summary response indicating the user account's messages and the group account's message may then be generated such that the user account messages are identified prior to the group account's messages. The messages may then be analyzed to determine an appropriate voice user interface for the requester such that the playback of the messages using a shared electronic device is more natural and conversational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christo Frank Devaraj, Brian Oliver, Sumedha Arvind Kshirsagar, Gregory Michael Hart, Ran Mokady
  • Patent number: 10186267
    Abstract: Methods and systems for prioritizing messages for playback are described herein. In some embodiments, a request for messages to be output may be received by a speech-processing system. The speech-processing system may include a message database that includes messages received for a speaker of the request's user account and/or a group account associated with a shared electronic device that the request was received from. One or more prioritization rules may be applied to the messages to order the messages for playback in order to provide an optimal voice user interface for the requesting individual. For instance, messages received for the user account may be prioritized over messages received for the group account, messages received from a similar sender or a high priority sender may be prioritized over other messages, and messages that are indicating as being urgent may be prioritized over messages that are indicated as being non-urgent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Christo Frank Devaraj, Brian Oliver, Sumedha Arvind Kshirsagar, Gregory Michael Hart, Ran Mokady
  • Patent number: 10185534
    Abstract: A first device is installed at a first location in a first space visible to a user. A second device is installed at a second location in a second space not visible to the user. A control method acquires line-of-sight information indicating a line-of-sight direction of the user from a camera. The line-of-sight direction of the user is determined based on the line-of-sight information. In a case where the line-of-sight direction indicates a third location other than the first location, a second dictionary corresponding to the second device is acquired from a plurality of dictionaries including a first dictionary corresponding to the first device and the second dictionary. Sound data indicating speech of the user is acquired from a microphone, a control command corresponding to the sound data is generated using the second dictionary, and the control command is transmitted to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hiroto Kanda, Masafumi Okubo, Keiichi Tanaka, Tomonori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10170120
    Abstract: A speech recognition server has a speech recognition engine, and a mode control table to hold a speech recognition mode for each call. The speech recognition engine has a mode management unit to designate a speech recognition mode for a decoder, and an output analysis unit to analyze recognition result data speech-to-text converted by speech recognition. The output analysis unit designates the speech recognition mode for the mode management unit in accordance with result of analysis of the recognition result data speech-to-text converted by the speech recognition. The mode management unit designates the speech recognition mode for the decoder in accordance with the designation with the output analysis unit. Upon speech recognition of call data, it is possible to suppress hardware resource consumption while improve users' satisfaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Information & Telecommunication Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehisa Arikawa
  • Patent number: 10157614
    Abstract: Methods and systems for redirecting messages based on contextual information associated with the messages are described herein. In some embodiments, a first individual may speak an utterance including a message, where the utterance indicates a first recipient for the message. Audio data representing the utterance may be provided to a speech-processing system, which may performed automatic speech recognition processing, natural language understanding processing, and contextual recognition processing to the audio data. In some embodiments, the contextual recognition processing may determine that the message may be intended for a second recipient. If so, the speech-processing system may cause the message to be redirected to the second recipient, such that the second recipient may receive the message as opposed to the first recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christo Frank Devaraj, Brian Oliver, Sumedha Arvind Kshirsagar, Gregory Michael Hart, Ran Mokady
  • Patent number: 10147439
    Abstract: A speech-capturing device that can modulate its output audio data volume based on environmental sound conditions at the location of a user speaking to the device. The device detects the sound pressure of a spoken utterance at the device location and determines the distance of the user from the device. The device also detects the sound pressure of noise at the device and uses information about the location of the noise source and user to determine the sound pressure of noise at the location of the talker. The device can then adjust the gain for output audio (such as a spoken response to the utterance) to ensure that the output audio is at a certain desired sound pressure when it reaches the location of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Trausti Thor Kristjansson, Mohamed Mansour, Amit Singh Chhetri, Ludger Solbach
  • Patent number: 10133736
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an artificially intelligence platform to resolve an analogy. representation. The aspect of providing a resolution to the analogy includes receiving a communication that includes an analogy. An analogical phrase within the communication is identified and an anaphora within the phrase is detected. The entity to the anaphora is denoted and utilized to resolve an explanation of the analogy. A template or structure is created and populated with both an action term and the entity identifying the anaphora. A contextual response that correlates to a sentiment reflected in the analogy phrase is retrieved and is utilized as an explanation of the analogy. A response is communicated as output, with the response including the populated structure and the explanation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Corville O. Allen, Andrew R. Freed
  • Patent number: 10133740
    Abstract: A control method includes receiving a sentence and link information about the sentence, outputting a first translation sentence by retranslating the sentence into a language corresponding to a user command by using a translation engine, in response to the translation engine being updated, generating a second translation sentence by retranslating the sentence, and outputting the second translation sentence and the link information. Therefore, the translation apparatus improves a quality of translation sentence, which is translated before a translation engine is updated, through the translation engine that is updated as a latest version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hak-jung Kim
  • Patent number: 10134406
    Abstract: Present disclosure provide a linear prediction-based noise signal processing method includes: acquiring a noise signal, and obtaining a linear prediction coefficient according to the noise signal; filtering the noise signal according to the linear prediction coefficient, to obtain a linear prediction residual signal; obtaining a spectral envelope of the linear prediction residual signal according to the linear prediction residual signal; and encoding the spectral envelope of the linear prediction residual signal. According to the noise processing method, the noise generation method, the encoder, the decoder, and the encoding and decoding system that are in the embodiments of the present disclosure, more spectral details of an original background noise signal can be recovered, so that comfort noise can be closer to original background noise in terms of subjective auditory perception of a user, and subjective perception quality of the user is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhe Wang
  • Patent number: 10120866
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure describe systems and methods relating to conversational system user behavior identification. A user of the conversational system may be evaluated based on one or more factors. The one or more factors may be compared to an aggregated measure for a larger group of conversational system users, such that “anomalous” behavior (e.g., behavior that deviates from a normal behavior) may be identified. When a user is identified as exhibiting anomalous behavior, the conversational system may adapt its interactions with the user in order to encourage, discourage, or further observe the identified behavior. As a result, the conversational system may be able to verify a user's anomalous behavior, discourage the anomalous behavior, or take other action while interacting with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Edwin Johnson, Jr., Emmanouil Koukoumidis, Donald Brinkman, Matthew Schuerman
  • Patent number: 10121480
    Abstract: A method for processing audio data includes determining a first common scalefactor value for representing quantized audio data in a frame. A second common scalefactor value is determined for representing the quantized audio data in the frame. A line equation common scalefactor value is determined from the first and second common scalefactor values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Dmitry N. Budnikov, Igor Igor Chikalov, Sergey N. Zheltov
  • Patent number: 10121494
    Abstract: A speech-capture device can capture audio data during wakeword monitoring and use the audio data to determine if a user is present nearby the device, even if no wakeword is spoken. Audio such as speech, human originating sounds (e.g., coughing, sneezing), or other human related noises (e.g., footsteps, doors closing) can be used to detect audio. Audio frames are individually scored as to whether a human presence is detected in the particular audio frames. The scores are then smoothed relative to nearby frames to create a decision for a particular frame. Presence information can then be sent according to a periodic schedule to a remote device to create a presence “heartbeat” that regularly identifies whether a user is detected proximate to a speech-capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shiva Kumar Sundaram, Chao Wang, Shiv Naga Prasad Vitaladevuni, Spyridon Matsoukas, Arindam Mandal
  • Patent number: 10114816
    Abstract: A dialogue complexity assessment method, system, and computer program product for introducing the notion of dialogue complexity to understand and compare dialogues in a repository, calculating the dialogue complexity, use the dialogue complexity to understand customer interactions in a variety of domains using public and proprietary data, and demonstrate the dialogue complexity usage to improve a service management operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Biplav Srivastava, Qingzi Vera Liao, Pavan Kapanipathi Bangalore
  • Patent number: 10115406
    Abstract: An apparatus for decoding to obtain a reconstructed audio signal envelope includes a signal envelope reconstructor for generating the reconstructed audio signal envelope depending on one or more splitting points and an output interface for outputting the reconstructed audio signal envelope. The signal envelope reconstructor is configured to generate the reconstructed audio signal envelope such that the one or more splitting points divide the reconstructed audio signal envelope into two or more audio signal envelope portions, and to generate the reconstructed audio signal envelope such that, for each of the two or more signal envelope portions, an absolute value of its signal envelope portion value is greater than half of an absolute value of the signal envelope portion value of each of the other signal envelope portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V
    Inventors: Tom Baeckstroem, Benjamin Schubert, Markus Multrus, Sascha Disch, Konstantin Schmidt, Grzegorz Pietrzyk
  • Patent number: 10102855
    Abstract: Methods and systems for rendering lists of instructions and performing actions associated with those lists are described herein. In some embodiments, an individual may request that a voice activated electronic device associated with their user account assist in performing a task using a list of instructions. The list of instructions may include metadata that indicates actions capable of being performed by additional Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices. When the instructions are rendered, an instructions speechlet may recognize the metadata and may cause one or more of the IoT devices to perform a particular action. Furthermore, the metadata may also correspond to content capable of being rendered by the voice activated electronic device to assist the individual in performing a particular step of the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Manoj Sindhwani