Patents Examined by Gerald Gauthier
  • Patent number: 11023684
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods are described herein for automatically generating questions from text. Text including one or more sentences is received. A sentence, comprising a predicate and one or more arguments associated with the predicate, is parsed from the text. Semantic role labels are assigned to the one or more arguments associated with the predicate. One or more questions are automatically generated relating to the predicate based on the assigned semantic role labels. Each answer to the generated questions is one of the one or more arguments associated with the predicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Michael Flor, Brian W. Riordan
  • Patent number: 11019219
    Abstract: A method for detecting and flagging problems in videoconferencing is provided. The method includes measuring, by a processing device of a videoconferencing device, a first set of acoustic data associated with a conference room during a video conference attended by a plurality of users. The first set of acoustic data indicates one or more acoustic parameters, including the reverberation time, the signal-to-noise ratio, or the absolute noise level of the conference room. The method further includes determining whether the acoustic parameters suggest that a feedback is to be provided to one or more of the users regarding an action to be performed to improve the acoustic parameters during the video conference. Moreover, the method includes responsive to determining that the feedback is to be provided to at least one user, providing the feedback to the at least one user during the video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Christian Schüldt, Magnus Berggren, John Fredric Lindstrom
  • Patent number: 11019004
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for performing bot engine abstraction. In use, a message is received at a bot engine from a messaging channel, utilizing a first abstraction layer. Additionally, one or more external components are accessed by the bot engine, utilizing a second abstraction layer, to create a response to the message. Further, the response is sent from the bot engine to the messaging channel, utilizing the first abstraction layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: AMDOCS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Deborah A. Sohrweide, Sanjay Gupta, Andrew Harper, Alma D. Lopez, Ksheerasagar Akella, Roi Dayan, Toshish Arun Jawale, Pawan Liladhar Bhole
  • Patent number: 11017788
    Abstract: A method of building a new voice having a new timbre using a timbre vector space includes receiving timbre data filtered using a temporal receptive field. The timbre data is mapped in the timbre vector space. The timbre data is related to a plurality of different voices. Each of the plurality of different voices has respective timbre data in the timbre vector space. The method builds the new timbre using the timbre data of the plurality of different voices using a machine learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Modulate, Inc.
    Inventors: William Carter Huffman, Michael Pappas
  • Patent number: 11011167
    Abstract: A communication system includes a pair of speech recognition devices that are capable of communicating with each other, each of the speech recognition devices including a speech input section into which speech is input, a speech recognition section that recognizes speech input to the speech input section, and a speech output section that outputs speech. The communication system also includes an information generation section that generates notification information corresponding to speech recognized by the speech recognition section in one speech recognition device from out of the pair of speech recognition devices, and a speech output control section that performs control to output notification speech corresponding to the notification information at a specific timing from the speech output section of the other speech recognition device from out of the pair of speech recognition devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Kobayashi, Akihiro Muguruma, Yukiya Sugiyama, Shota Higashihara, Riho Matsuo, Naoki Yamamuro
  • Patent number: 11012576
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing additional video call transfer functionality are disclosed. The systems and methods can enable a video call between a first user equipment (UE) and a second UE to be transferred to a video call between the second UE and a third UE either a video call or an audio call. The systems and methods can also enable the third UE to accept a transferred video call or to request that the video call be downgraded to an audio call. The systems and methods can incorporate a multimedia resource function (MRF) to connect to the second UE while the transfer is being negotiated and effected. The MRF can provide an audio stream and a video stream to the second UE to provide a “video hold” feature—to prevent the video call from dropping to an audio call automatically or dropping altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Vinod Ravichandran
  • Patent number: 11012797
    Abstract: A transcutaneous bone conduction device includes magnets secured to housing of an external portion of the device. The magnets can be disposed within the housing, or secured to an external surface thereof. The magnets are disposed about a shaft that delivers vibrational stimuli to a recipient so as to evenly deliver the stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Andersson, Martin Evert Gustaf Hillbratt, Johan Gustafsson, Tommy Bergs
  • Patent number: 11004452
    Abstract: A method and a system for multimodal interaction with a sound device connected to a network are provided. The method for multimodal interaction comprises the steps of: outputting audio information for playing content through a voice-based interface included in an electronic device; receiving a speaker's voice input associated with the outputted audio information through the voice-based interface; generating location information associated with the speaker's voice input; and determining an operation associated with the playing of the content by using the voice input and the location information associated with the voice input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: NAVER CORPORATION, LINE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyeoncheol Lee, Jin Young Park
  • Patent number: 11005988
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for providing smart notifications during voice call transitions from hold status to active status are described. An example method can include establishing a call between an endpoint and a remote device; after a determination that the call was placed on hold by the remote device, monitoring, by the endpoint, the call for an indication of a call resume transition, the indication of the call resume transition including at least one of a particular keyword transmitted by the remote device, an active speaker at the remote device, and a dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (DTMF) input from the remote device; detecting, by the endpoint, the indication of the call resume transition; and in response to detecting the indication of the call resume transition, generating, by the endpoint, a notification indicating that the hold has ended and the call has resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Satish Babu Patakokila, Ramprasad Katkam, Dinesh Kumar Dommaraju, Venkata Leela Kiran Darisi
  • Patent number: 11006080
    Abstract: A method and system for optimizing conference session activities within a conference space, the system comprising at least a first sensor for sensing session characteristics and a processor receiving the sensed session characteristics and identifying a conference paradigm based on the sensed session characteristics, identifying an action sequence to perform as a function of the conference paradigm and performing the action sequence, wherein the action sequence results in automatic presentation of at least some information to at least a subset of conferees within the conference space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Noll
  • Patent number: 11002965
    Abstract: Systems and methods for computer-generated reality user hailing are described. Some implementations may include accessing sensor data captured using one or more sensors; detecting a person within a distance of a head-mounted display based on the sensor data; detecting a hail event based on the sensor data; and responsive to the hail event, invoking an alert using the head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Golnaz Abdollahian
  • Patent number: 10999444
    Abstract: An acoustic echo cancellation device includes: a first echo canceller which, using an input signal obtained from at least two microphones and a reproduced signal outputted to a speaker, produces a first pseudo echo signal which indicates a component of the reproduced signal contained in the input signal; and a second echo canceller which, using at least one input signal outputted from the at least two microphones and the first pseudo echo signal, produces a second pseudo echo signal which indicates a component of the first pseudo echo signal contained in the at least one input signal, and cancels an acoustic echo component of the at least one input signal using the second pseudo echo signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Shinichi Yuzuriha
  • Patent number: 10984794
    Abstract: An information processing system according to an embodiment includes a storage, a plurality of conversationers, and a selector. The storage stores a regulation rule indicating a generation rule of a speech in a conversation. Each of the plurality of conversationers makes conversation with a user on the basis of the regulation rule. The selector selects some or all of the plurality of conversationers to cause a conversation to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Kaneko, Yasunari Tanaka, Masahisa Shinozaki, Hideo Umeki, Hisako Yoshida, Ai Matsui, Kenryo Kanaya, Keiji Kubota, Kazuho Igoshi, Motokazu Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10984318
    Abstract: A word semantic embedding apparatus includes: a data storing unit to store a lexical semantic network including word dictionary data and word semantic data; a word list generating unit to extract vocabularies having a predetermined part of speech from the stored word dictionary data and generate a list of words to be learned; a processing data generating unit to bring the generated list of words to be learned and the word semantic data of a word to be learned included in the list of words to be learned from the data storing unit and process the data suitable for word embedding learning to generate processing data; and a word embedding learning unit to learn the word to be learned through the word embedding learning using a learning model formed of an input/output layer and a projection layer with the generated processing data to generate a word vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF ULSAN FOUNDATION FOR INDUSTRY COOPERATION
    Inventors: Cheol Young Ock, Joon Choul Shin, Ju Sang Lee
  • Patent number: 10986446
    Abstract: A panel loudspeaker controller for controlling a panel loudspeaker including a plurality of actuators, the panel loudspeaker controller including a plurality of electrical signal inputs, each input being associated with each actuator of the panel loudspeaker to be controlled; a plurality of signal processors, each signal processor being associated with each input and having an output for an electrical signal to control an actuator of the panel loudspeaker, and each signal processor implementing a transfer function from its input to its output based on each actuator of the panel loudspeaker to a desired acoustic receiver; and a signal processor controller associated with all of the plurality of signal processors, wherein the signal processor controller is preconfigured to improve phase alignment between the signals as an ensemble output at the outputs of the signal processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Neil John Harris
  • Patent number: 10979672
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a web-based videoconference system that allows for video avatars to navigate within the virtual environment. The system has a presented mode that allows for a presentation stream to be texture mapped to a presenter screen situated within the virtual environment. The relative left-right sound is adjusted to provide sense of an avatar's position in a virtual space. The sound is further adjusted based on the area where the avatar is located and where the virtual camera is located. Video stream quality is adjusted based on relative position in a virtual space. Three-dimensional modeling is available inside the virtual video conferencing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Katmai Tech Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Gerard Cornelis Krol, Erik Stuart Braund
  • Patent number: 10979563
    Abstract: Systems and methods for initiating communication with a controlled-environment facility resident by a non-resident may employ a controlled-environment facility secure communication platform that receives an incoming communication request from a non-resident, directed to a telephone number assigned to a controlled-environment facility resident and/or a controlled-environment facility media and/or communications device associated with the resident, for a communication with the resident. The facility secure communication platform sends an event notice to the device associated with the resident or a controlled-environment facility media and/or communications terminal associated with the resident, in response to receipt of the incoming communication request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Uday R. Parekh
  • Patent number: 10978069
    Abstract: Techniques for altering default language, in system outputs, with language included in system inputs are described. A system may determine a word(s) in user inputs, associated with a particular user identifier, correspond to but are not identical to a word(s) in system outputs. The system may store an association between the user identifier, the word(s) in the user inputs, and the word(s) in the system outputs. Thereafter, when the system is generates a response to a user input, the system may replace the word(s), traditionally in the system outputs, with the word(s) that was present in previous user inputs. Such processing may further be tailored to a natural language intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Starr McCraw, Sheena Yang, Sampat Biswas, Ryan Summers, Michael Sean McPhillips
  • Patent number: 10979555
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to one or more devices, systems and/or methods for generating sealing current at a customer's premises or residence and injecting the sealing current into a DSL service provider's telephone cables to prevent the oxidation or corrosion of wire splices or connections on the telephone cables transporting DSL services. A cable pair stabilizer unit is connected at the customer's premises or residence, between the service provider's telephone cables and the customer's residential gateway/modem. The cable pair stabilizer unit comprises circuitry for generating the sealing current and for injecting the sealing current into the service provider's telephone cables transporting DSL services. The cable pair stabilizer unit may be combined with an AC/DC power supply adapter as a single, integrated device. The cable pair stabilizer unit may alternatively be combined with or inside of the Residential Gateway as a single, integrated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Enginuity Communications Corp.
    Inventors: Sean Iwasaki, Stephen M. Todd
  • Patent number: 10958793
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for communications that include social media clients are provided. In particular, a server operates a virtual client for communicating with clients of a social media server. The server receives a call request associated with a directory number of a call server, the call request to initiate a call associated with the directory number and a given client of the social media server. The server conducts the call by controlling: the virtual client to communicate with the given client, via the social media server; and the virtual client to communicate with a communication device associated with the directory number, via the call server. The server may also facilitate exchange of status updates between a given client of the social media server and the call server. The server may also facilitate calls between respective clients of different social media servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Logendra Naidoo, Ralph Anzarouth, Thomas A. Gray