Patents Examined by John Edmund Rovnak
  • Patent number: 6916180
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Qualistar Colorado
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Patent number: 6899540
    Abstract: A means for training and testing baggage screening machine operators. The invention is a computer system which causes the baggage screening monitor to show computer-generated (i.e. simulated) contraband items in a piece of baggage. This can be done in one of two ways: the image of the contraband item can be superimposed on the image of an actual piece of baggage being screened so that it appears to be within the piece of baggage, or the image of an entire piece of baggage containing a contraband item can be displayed. The invention allows the operator's proficiency in spotting contraband items to be evaluated and it can be used for training a new operator as well as for providing continued proficiency training and evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Transportation
    Inventors: Eric C. Neiderman, James L. Fobes
  • Patent number: 6887081
    Abstract: A bible teaching aid that includes a voice generating circuit, a large number of circuit recognizable templates positionable on a housing containing the voice generating circuit, a spinning pointer mechanism that stops randomly at one of a preset number of stop locations, and generates a spoken biblical teaching message stored in one of a large number of keyed memory locations of the voice generating circuit that are keyed to specific stop locations on specific sides of specific templates that corresponds with a biblical figure, event or location depicted at that stop spot on that particular side of that particular template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Lyndell W. Briggs
  • Patent number: 6808392
    Abstract: A system and method for developing a curriculum for stimulating cognitive processing. In one embodiment the system includes an objective subsystem configured to obtain at least one goal, objectives and skills for each of the objectives from a user, and a correlation subsystem configured to assign the objectives and the skills to cognitive processing categories (CPCs), and divide the skills into information processing stage classes (IPSCs). The system further includes a sequencing subsystem configured to sequence the skills initially based upon the IPSCs and subsequently upon the CPCs. In one embodiment the method includes placing at least one goal, objectives and skills for each of the objectives into a list, and assigning the objective and the skills to CPCs. The method further includes dividing the skills into IPSCs, and arranging the skills initially based upon the IPSCs and subsequently upon the CPCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Donna L. Walton
  • Patent number: 6804489
    Abstract: A learning system includes a plurality of teacher stations and a plurality of student stations for holding a number of learning sessions between teachers and students. A database that stores one or more teacher attributes of a pool of teachers, and a teacher selection controller coupled to the database retrieves a teacher attribute. The teacher selection controller selects the teacher from the pool of teachers to hold one or more of said learning sessions based on at least one retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Laureate Education, Inc.
    Inventors: John Stuppy, Joe Tojek, Anna Parmer
  • Patent number: 6796799
    Abstract: A behavior determining apparatus, has first detective means for detecting the behavior of a given subject person; second detective means for detecting the operation of a given appliance; recording means for recording one or more combined patterns of behavior of said subject person and operation of said appliance; determining means for comparing the behavior of said subject person detected by said first detective means and the operation of said appliance detected by said second detective means with patterns recorded in said recording means to determine whether or not a combination of behavior of said subject person and operation of said appliance substantially accords with any of said patterns; and output means for outputting the determined results of the said determining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Yoshiike, Akiyoshi Hattori, Katsuya Morinaka, Shigeyuki Inoue, Shinji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6796798
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of associating visual symbols with verbal expression including the steps of preselecting a language having both verbal and written expressions, establishing an array of sounds employed in the verbal expression of the language, assembling an array of symbols correlating to the first array of sounds according to the language, associating a mechanical physiologic cue with each sound in the array of sounds, and animating the array of symbols according to the mechanical physiologic cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: Thomas Sanocki
  • Patent number: 6795684
    Abstract: This invention is a computer based system for the assessment, management and instruction of students, and for the delivery of work pages and other instructional materials in the form of electronic student workbooks. The computer based assessment of the student produces a student profile including skill gaps or learning objectives. Teacher (20) and student (22) workstations are networked CPUs with pen-based tablet inputs, and displays network with a central processor (10) and data base. A director workstation may also be networked with the central processor. The central processor generates a teacher workbook either directly or with input from the director workstation. The teacher, or teacher and director together, assemble an electronic student workbook containing instructional materials correlated with the student profile. The system tracks useful data such as instructional material (e.g., textbook pages, work sheets, software, simulations, tests, etc.) delivered to students.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Stuppy
  • Patent number: 6790041
    Abstract: A method of training an aircraft pilot using a flight simulator having a controller that generates a plurality of simulated fault conditions and a fault analysis guide. The fault analysis guide includes a fault procedures section printed with a plurality of fault procedures each corresponding to a fault condition, and further includes a visual procedure locator section and a nonvisual procedure locator section. The visual procedure locator section includes printed indicator symbols that are arranged in the same general spatial orientation as the arrangement of a plurality of indicators a warning light panel. Each printed indicator symbol is graphically representative of a single indicator and has an associated locator symbol indicating the location of an appropriate fault procedure in the fault procedures section. The nonvisual procedure locator section includes a list of the physical error conditions not associated with the plurality of indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Fountain & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip J. Fountain
  • Patent number: 6786733
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method teaches a user to evaluate a gemstone, such as a cut diamond. The method includes providing a computer system connected to an apparatus capable of capturing an image of a gemstone. The computer system is arranged to process a received image of a gemstone to determine one or more optical properties of the gemstone. In one aspect, the method presents on a display of the computer system a series of pre-stored screens comprising a graphical representation how the cut of a gemstone affects its light handling ability, and a user interface screen. The user interface screen allows the user to control the operation of the apparatus to measure the one or more optical properties of a particular gemstone provided to the apparatus, to view an image of the gemstone measured, and to view representations of the measured one or more optical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Overseas Diamonds Inc.
    Inventors: Davy Lapa, Christian Lenaerts
  • Patent number: 6782238
    Abstract: A method for presenting media on an electronic device. A landmark is identified based on a landmark sensor of the electronic device. Media is selected based on the landmark. The media is presented on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Burg, Craig Sayers
  • Patent number: 6769917
    Abstract: In an education system using a network, a method for automatically detecting a defective part in an education material and for indicating the defective part is provided. A defective information storing means for storing a defect point correlation with a portion of an education material is provided. When the system receives a question from a student's terminal PC, a defect point of a corresponding portion of an educational material, in the defective information storing means, is updated, based on the received question. By this update, whenever a question is sent from a student's terminal, a defect point stored correlation to a portion of an educational material is accumulated. It is judged whether the defect point reaches a predetermined threshold value, and the corresponding portion of the educational material is transmitted to a terminal of a system administrator, based on the result of the judgement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akio Fujino, Hiroshi Kuzumaki, Shunichi Kamikawa, Norio Takeda, Hitoshi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 6769915
    Abstract: A user-interactive behavioral modification system (10) includes a base module (12) with an input (14) for a first set of personal data (16). A feedback interface (18) provides feedback in response to the first data set (16). A main database (22) maintains the first data set (16). A main controller (24) generates a main output signal (26) for causing feedback to the user (28) according to a predetermined set of behavioral pattern rules (30). The feedback interface (18) receives a feedback input signal (32) and includes a display (34) for displaying an appearance of a character (36) based on the first set of personal data (16) and in response to the received input signal (32). The appearance of the character (36) is controlled to encourage the user (28) to perform desired behavioral responses according to the behavioral pattern rules (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Personal Beasties Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Paula J. Murgia, Conrad R. Newman, Jane N. Dowling, Tory T. Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6767214
    Abstract: The general learning support system comprises a preliminarily learning unit 50, an information providing unit 20, an input unit 53 and a post leaning unit 55. The preliminarily learning unit 50 provides, for preliminary learning, first information about a situation to be experienced by a learner. The information providing unit 20 provides second information to the learner who preliminary learned the first information by using the preliminary learning unit 50 such that the learner experiences the situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignees: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, NTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya Kobayashi, Hayato Honma
  • Patent number: 6758676
    Abstract: An interactive education system for teaching patient care to a user is described. The system comprises a patient simulator; a virtual instrument for use with the patient simulator in performing patient care activities; means for sensing an interaction between the virtual instrument and the simulator, and means for providing feedback to the user regarding the interaction between the virtual instrument and the simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Gaumard Scientific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Eggert, Michael S. Eggert, Phillip Vallejo
  • Patent number: 6755655
    Abstract: An electronic toy appliance for use with interchangeable graspable objects such as blocks or tiles, the toy appliance designed to stimulate the development of a child's mind using audio feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Tinkers & Chance
    Inventors: Brian I. Marcus, Warren S. Heit
  • Patent number: 6755662
    Abstract: In a method for presenting questions by a host computer receiving questions from users, a question most suitable to an user can be presented. In an education system wherein plurality of students' personal computers PC are connected to an education center through a network, at the time of the FAQ search from a student, a plurality of FAQ questions are presented in the order appropriate to the student, by matching the FAQ level and FAQ keywords to the student's level and the keywords learned by the student. The student can easily select a question compatible with his/her own question, from the presented questions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akio Fujino, Hiroshi Kuzumaki, Shunichi Kamikawa, Norio Takeda, Hitoshi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 6749434
    Abstract: This invention is a computer based system for the assessment, management and instruction of students, and for the delivery of work pages and other instructional materials in the form of electronic student workbooks. The computer based assessment of the student produces a student profile including skill gaps or learning objectives. Teacher (20) and student (22) workstations are networked CPUs with pen-based tablet inputs, and displays network with a central processor (10) and data base. A director workstation may also be networked with the central processor. The central processor generates a teacher workbook either directly or with input from the director workstation. The teacher, or teacher and director together, assemble an electronic student workbook containing instructional materials correlated with the student profile. The system tracks useful data such as instructional material (e.g., textbook pages, work sheets, software, simulations, tests, etc.) delivered to students.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Stuppy
  • Patent number: 6749431
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for connecting simulator instruments to a simulator host computer includes a plurality of panel modules, a data bus having a connection to each panel module, and a control computer connected to the data bus and to the host computer. Each panel module further comprises at least one simulated instrument and a local computer. The local computer runs a computer program adapted to the instrument or instruments controlled by that panel module, so that the local computer communicates with the data bus for bi-directional communication between the instrument and the control computer. Each panel module has a unique address on the data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Control Products Corporation
    Inventors: Hoke Smith, James Johnson, Eric Dickey
  • Patent number: 6749432
    Abstract: An interactive educational system includes a tracking system for determining changes in an overall physical location of a student, and a display for displaying cues for the student to engage in full-body motion and to engage in an interactive cognitive learning task. An educational method includes prompting a student to engage in an interactive cognitive learning task which involves full body motion, thereby enabling the student to reach the enhanced learning state which results from elevated metabolic rate, and synergistically engaging the student's kinesthetic learning facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Impulse Technology LTD
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson