Patents Examined by Edwin S Leland, III
  • Patent number: 10923130
    Abstract: An electronic device and method are disclosed, including a communication circuit, a speaker, a microphone and a processor. The processor implements the method, including receiving a first voice input through the microphone, executing first voiceprint authentication on the first voice input including determining whether the first voice input matches voice information corresponding to a user stored in the electronic device, when the first voice input does not match the voice information, transmit a request message to at least one external electronic device for execution of a second voiceprint authentication, receive a response message indicating whether the first voice input is authenticated under the second voiceprint authentication, receive a second voice input through the microphone, and transmit second data related to the second voice input to an external server through the communication circuit for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) or Natural Language Understanding (NLU) on the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyucheol Choi, Youngkyoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10902211
    Abstract: A system determines intent values based on an object in a received phrase, and detail values based on the object in the received phrase. The system determines intent state values based on the intent values and the detail values, and detail state values and an intent detail value based on the intent values and the detail values. The system determines other intent values based on the intent values and another object in the received phrase, and other detail values based on the detail values and the other object in the received phrase. The system determines a general intent value based on the other intent values, the other detail values, and the intent state values, and another intent detail value based on the other intent values, the other detail values, and the detail state values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Yilin Shen, Hongxia Jin
  • Patent number: 10902045
    Abstract: A method is performed at a computing device having a display, one or more processors, and memory. The device displays a graphical user interface on the display. A user provides a natural language input, which specifies a filter, including a first data field, a relation, and a first comparison value. The user then replaces the first data field in the filter with a second data field. In response to replacing the first data field, the device automatically replaces the first comparison value with a second comparison value. The second comparison value corresponds to the data type of the second data field. In some instances, the device also updates the relation based on the data type of the second data field. The device then displays an updated data visualization according to the updated filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Tableau Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Ericson, Sanaz Golbabaei, Theodore Kornish, Vidya Setlur, Alex Djalali
  • Patent number: 10891436
    Abstract: An idea recognition tool utilizes natural language processing techniques to capture, understand, and identify ideas that are mentioned by speakers during a conversation involving multiple speakers, and tag ideas attributed to their speaker accordingly. The idea recognition tool also autonomously triggers search operations to obtain supplemental information for enriching the underlying identified ideas. The identified ideas and supplemental information are grouped, classified, and formatted into a dedicated format for further analysis, as well as considered for implementing relevant actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Georgios Krasadakis
  • Patent number: 10860800
    Abstract: An information processing method includes acquiring first text information from a storage apparatus in which the first text information representing one or more utterance sentences is stored as a learning data set, identifying one or more named entities included in the acquired first text information, replacing each of the one or more identified named entities with an abstract expression abstracted based on a predetermined rule thereby generating second text information from the first text information, and learning a model of a dialogue system using, as training data, the second text information generated in the replacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Asuka Sakai, Mitsuru Endo, Takashi Ushio, Hongjie Shi
  • Patent number: 10860804
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media for an improved text classification model. A text classification system determines a first embedding for a first set of characters in a text, and a second embedding for a second set of characters in the text. The text classification system applies a first coefficient to the first embedding and a second coefficient to the second embedding, yielding a first weighted embedding and a second weighted embedding. The first coefficient is different than the second coefficient. The text classification system determines a weighted average embedding for the text based on the first weighted embedding, the second weighted embedding, the first coefficient and the second coefficient. The text classification system identifies at least a first classification label and a second classification label for the text based on the weighted average embedding for the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey William Pasternack
  • Patent number: 10854193
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, devices and computer-readable storage media for real-time speech recognition are provided. The method includes: based on an input speech signal, obtaining truncating information for truncating a sequence of features of the speech signal; based on the truncating information, truncating the sequence of features into a plurality of subsequences; and for each subsequence in the plurality of subsequences, obtaining a real-time recognition result through attention mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoyin Fu, Jinfeng Bai, Zhijie Chen, Mingxin Liang, Xu Chen, Lei Jia
  • Patent number: 10847164
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are example techniques to support multiple voice assistant services. An example implementation may involve a playback device capturing audio from the one or more microphones into one or more buffers as a sound data stream monitoring the sound data stream for a wake word associated with a specific voice assistant service and monitoring the sound data stream for a wake word associated with the media playback system. The playback device generates a second wake-word event corresponding to a voice input when sound data matching the wake word associated with the media playback system in a portion of the sound data stream is detected. The playback device determines that the voice input includes sound data matching one or more playback commands and sends sound data representing the voice input to a voice assistant associated with the media playback system for processing of the second voice input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Dayn Wilberding
  • Patent number: 10847136
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mapping a customer journey in an interactive voice response (IVR) system to a category from a categories list, build a directed graph based on one or more sample IVR customer journeys; generate a black list based on the directed graph; for a given customer journey: filter one or more non-informative menus from the plurality of available menus based on the black list; concatenate the respective associated menu prompt of each menu that was not filtered, and one or more user responses to one or more menu prompts from the series of interactions in the given customer journey, into a concatenated word string; calculate a similarity score between the concatenated word string and a category name of each category from the categories list; and map the given customer journey to the category whose category name produces the highest similarity score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NICE LTD.
    Inventors: Hila Kneller, Yuval Shachaf, Gennadi Lembersky
  • Patent number: 10847139
    Abstract: A crowdsourcing based community platform includes a natural language configuration system that predicts a user's desired function call based on a natural language input (speech or text). The system provides a collaboration platform to configure and optimize quickly natural language systems to leverage the work and data of other developers, thus minimizing the time and data required to improve the quality and accuracy of one single system and providing a network effect to reach quickly critical mass of data. An application developer can provide training data for training a model specific to the developer's application. The developer can also obtain training data by forking one or more other applications so that the training data provided for the forked applications is used to train the model for the developer's application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre Lebrun
  • Patent number: 10832003
    Abstract: A computer-implemented intent classification method and system are provided. The method comprises: providing a plurality of trained model sets, each based on a different model and comprising a plurality of trained models, with each trained model in each trained model set obtained by training a same model with a different initialization condition over a pre-determined dataset; feeding an input text into each trained model to obtain a plurality of prediction results for indicating a likely intent class of the input text; ensembling prediction results corresponding to a same trained model set for each trained model set to obtain a plurality of first-layer ensembles; ensembling the plurality of first-layer ensembles to obtain at least one second-layer ensemble, each obtained by ensembling two or more first-layer ensembles; and determining the intent class of the input text based on the at least one second-layer ensemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CloudMinds Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Costello
  • Patent number: 10811014
    Abstract: Techniques for using validated communications identifiers of a user's communications profile to resolve entries in another user's contact list are described. When a user imports a contact list, the contact list may include multiple entities related to the same person. The system may identify one of the entries in the contact list that corresponds to a validated communications identifier stored in another user's communications profile. The system may identify other validated communications identifiers in the other user's communications profile and cross-reference them against the entries of the contact list. If the system determines the contact list includes entries for the different validated communications identifiers of the other user, the system may consolidate the entries into a single entry associated with the other user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Kumar Gundeti, Mohammed Yasar Arafath Abdul Rahim
  • Patent number: 10810993
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating an adaptive audio-generation model. One of the methods includes generating an adaptive audio-generation model including learning a plurality of embedding vectors and parameter values of a neural network using training data comprising first text and audio data representing a plurality of different individual speakers speaking portions of the first text, wherein the plurality of embedding vectors represent respective voice characteristics of the plurality of different individual speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DeepMind Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Yutian Chen, Scott Ellison Reed, Aaron Gerard Antonius van den Oord, Oriol Vinyals, Heiga Zen, Ioannis Alexandros Assael, Brendan Shillingford, Joao Ferdinando Gomes de Freitas
  • Patent number: 10789945
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating a digital assistant are provided. In an example process, low-latency operation of a digital assistant is provided. In this example, natural language processing, task flow processing, dialogue flow processing, speech synthesis, or any combination thereof can be at least partially performed while awaiting detection of a speech end-point condition. Upon detection of a speech end-point condition, results obtained from performing the operations can be presented to the user. In another example, robust operation of a digital assistant is provided. In this example, task flow processing by the digital assistant can include selecting a candidate task flow from a plurality of candidate task flows based on determined task flow scores. The task flow scores can be based on speech recognition confidence scores, intent confidence scores, flow parameter scores, or any combination thereof. The selected candidate task flow is executed and corresponding results presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro Acero, Hepeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10789938
    Abstract: A speech synthesis method and device. The method comprises: determining language types of a statement to be synthesized; determining base models corresponding to the language types; determining a target timbre, performing adaptive transformation on the spectrum parameter models based on the target timbre, and training the statement to be synthesized based on the spectrum parameter models subjected to adaptive transformation to generate spectrum parameters; training the statement to be synthesized based on the fundamental frequency parameters to generate fundamental frequency parameters, and adjusting the fundamental frequency parameters based on the target timbre; and synthesizing the statement to be synthesized into a target speech based on the spectrum parameters, and the fundamental frequency parameters after adjusting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hao Li, Yongguo Kang
  • Patent number: 10789426
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to natural language processing. An input interface of a computing device receives input (e.g., speech input) and generates a digital signal corresponding to that input. Text corresponding to the digital signal is obtained, and the text is processed using each of a context-free and a context-specific linguistic model to generate linguistic processing results for that text. The text and linguistic processing results may be processed using a NLU model to generate an NLU recognition result corresponding to the input received at the input interface. The text and the linguistic processing results may also be annotated and used to train a NLU model. The linguistic processing results may relate to, e.g., the tokenization of portions of the text, the normalization of portions of the text, sequences of normalizations for portions of the text, and rankings and prioritization of the linguistic processing results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Lavallee, Kenneth W. D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10769382
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for disambiguating meaning of terms. A natural language processing system obtains a first corpora of words used in a first sense and a second corpora of the same words that are used in a second sense. Each of these corpora of words may be associated with different linguistic domains. The natural language processing system generates a first and a second set of patterns using both the first and second corpora of words, respectively. A question passage is then received by the natural language processing system. The natural language processing system examines a word of interest in the question passage. The user is then notified that the word of interest is being used in the first sense or the second sense in response to identifying the word of interest in only the first set of patterns or the second set of patterns, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alfredo Alba, Clemens Drews, Daniel F. Gruhl, Linda H. Kato, Christian B. Kau, Neal R. Lewis, Pablo N. Mendes, Meenakshi Nagarajan, Cartic Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10762301
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for generating linguistic rules. The system may comprise: an electronic display with a graphical user interface comprising: (i) one or more interactive elements for receiving an user input indicating one or more edits to a rule, and (ii) a result visualization region for dynamically displaying a result of the rule in response to receiving the one or more edits, wherein the result of the rule comprises an indicator indicating the validity of the rule; and one or more computer processors that are programmed to: (i) generate the result of the rule by processing the rule with the one or more edits against a set of examples; and (ii) configure the graphical user interface to display the result in a user-selected format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Dudley Johnson
  • Patent number: 10733380
    Abstract: A neural paraphrase generator receives a sequence of tuples comprising a source sequence of words, each tuple comprising word data element and structured tag element representing a linguistic attribute about the word data element. An RNN encoder receives a sequence of vectors representing a source sequence of words, and RNN decoder predicts a probability of a target sequence of words representing a target output sentence based on a recurrent state in the decoder. An input composition component includes a word embedding matrix and a tag embedding matrix, and receives and transforms the input sequence of tuples into a sequence of vectors by 1) mapping word data elements to word embedding matrix to generate word vectors, 2) mapping structured tag elements to tag embedding matrix to generate tag vectors, and 3) concatenating word vectors and tag vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: THOMSON REUTERS ENTERPRISE CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen L. Leidner, Vasileios Plachouras, Fabio Petroni
  • Patent number: 10702991
    Abstract: An apparatus, robot, method and recording medium is provided, wherein when it is determined that a speech of an adult includes a warning word, whether the adult is angry or scolding is determined based on a physical feature value of the speech of the adult. When it is determined that the adult is angry, at least any of the following processes is performed: (a) a process of causing a loudspeaker to output a first sound, (b) a process of causing an apparatus to perform a first operation, and (c) a process of causing a display to perform a first display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michiko Sasagawa, Ryouta Miyazaki