Patents Examined by Daniel Abebe
  • Patent number: 10268690
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computing device, a plurality of content objects from one or more computer content source devices; extracting, by the computing device, metadata from the plurality of content objects; storing, by the computing device, a plurality of records having the extracted metadata in a repository, wherein each record identifies a time in which a statement was made by an individual regarding a topic; identifying, by the computing device, correlated content between the plurality of content objects based on comparing the metadata in the records, wherein the correlated content includes a plurality of statements made by the individual regarding the topic at different periods of time; generating, by the computing device, a correlated content object having the correlated content; and providing, by the computing device, the correlated content object to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10255928
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to encoding or decoding an audio signal is provided. In the method and apparatus, a noise-floor level to use in encoding or decoding a high frequency signal is updated according to the degree of a voiced or unvoiced sound included in the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-hyun Choo, Eun-mi Oh, Ho-sang Sung, Jung-hoe Kim, Mi-young Kim
  • Patent number: 10248537
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a translation system may use a translation bug prediction model to more efficiently identify translation errors in a user interface text string. The translation system may apply a translation bug prediction model to a translation resource to identify a potential error source. The translation system may associate an attention flag with the translation resource when identified as the potential error source. The translation system may execute an automatic translation of the translation resource to create a translation target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dong Kwon Joo, Kevin O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10241997
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for computing numeric representations of words. One of the methods includes obtaining a set of training data, wherein the set of training data comprises sequences of words; training a classifier and an embedding function on the set of training data, wherein training the embedding function comprises obtained trained values of the embedding function parameters; processing each word in the vocabulary using the embedding function in accordance with the trained values of the embedding function parameters to generate a respective numerical representation of each word in the vocabulary in the high-dimensional space; and associating each word in the vocabulary with the respective numeric representation of the word in the high-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tomas Mikolov, Kai Chen, Gregory S. Corrado, Jeffrey A. Dean
  • Patent number: 10236010
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a pitch filter for filtering a preliminary audio signal generated from an audio bitstream is disclosed. The pitch filter has an operating mode selected from one of either: (i) an active mode where the preliminary audio signal is filtered using filtering information to obtain a filtered audio signal, and (ii) an inactive mode where the pitch filter is disabled. The preliminary audio signal is generated in an audio encoder or audio decoder having a coding mode selected from at least two distinct coding modes, and the pitch filter is capable of being selectively operated in either the active mode or the inactive mode while operating in the coding mode based on control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Barbara Resch, Kristofer Kjörling, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10229669
    Abstract: There is provided a speech processing apparatus including: a data obtaining unit which obtains music progression data defining a property of one or more time points or one or more time periods along progression of music; a determining unit which determines an output time point at which a speech is to be output during reproducing the music by utilizing the music progression data obtained by the data obtaining unit; and an audio output unit which outputs the speech at the output time point determined by the determining unit during reproducing the music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Ikeda, Ken Miyashita, Tatsushi Nashida
  • Patent number: 10217452
    Abstract: This invention is an improvement of technology for automatically generating response voice to voice uttered by a speaker (user), and is characterized by controlling a pitch of the response voice in accordance with a pitch of the speaker's utterance. A voice signal of the speaker's utterance (e.g., question) is received, and a pitch (e.g., highest pitch) of a representative portion of the utterance is detected. Voice data of a responsive to the utterance is acquired, and a pitch (e.g., average pitch) based on the acquired response voice data is acquired. A pitch shift amount for shifting the acquired pitch to a target pitch having a particular relationship to the pitch of the representative portion is determined. When response voice is to be synthesized on the basis of the response voice data, the pitch of the response voice to be synthesized is shifted in accordance with the pitch shift amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiraku Kayama, Hiroaki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10217460
    Abstract: A speech recognition circuit comprises an input buffer for receiving processed speech parameters. A lexical memory contains lexical data for word recognition. The lexical data comprises a plurality of lexical tree data structures. Each lexical tree data structure comprises a model of words having common prefix components. An initial component of each lexical tree structure is unique. A plurality of lexical tree processors are connected in parallel to the input buffer for processing the speech parameters in parallel to perform parallel lexical tree processing for word recognition by accessing the lexical data in the lexical memory. A results memory is connected to the lexical tree processors for storing processing results from the lexical tree processors and lexical tree identifiers to identify lexical trees to be processed by the lexical tree processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ZENTIAN LIMITED.
    Inventor: Mark Catchpole
  • 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: 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: 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: 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