Patents Examined by John H Le
  • Patent number: 10230267
    Abstract: Systems, methods, computer-readable storage mediums including computer-readable instructions and/or circuitry for control of transmission to a target device with communicating with one or more sensors in an ad-hoc sensor network may implement operations including, but not limited to: generating electrical power from at least one ambient source via at least one transducer; powering at least one transmitter via the electrical power from at least one ambient source to wirelessly transmit one or more sensor operation activation signals to one or more sensors; and at least one of powering one or more sensing operations of the one or more sensors or charging one or more power storage devices of the one or more sensors via the one or more sensor operation activation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Matthew G. Dyor, Peter N. Glaskowsky, Kimberly D. A. Hallman, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Michael F. Koenig, Robert W. Lord, Richard T. Lord, Craig J. Mundie, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Desney S. Tan, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10228484
    Abstract: Methods and systems for characterizing a subterranean formation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements are described herein. One method includes locating a downhole logging tool in a wellbore that traverses the subterranean formation, and performing NMR measurements to obtain NMR data for a region of the subterranean formation. The NMR data is processed by employing sparse Bayesian learning (SBL) to determine a multi-dimensional property distribution of the NMR data (e.g., T1-T2, D-T2, and D-T1-T2 distributions). The sparse Bayesian learning can utilize Bayesian inference that involves a prior over a vector of basis coefficients governed by a set of hyperparameters, one associated with each basis coefficient, whose most probable values are iteratively estimated from the NMR data. The sparse Bayesian learning can achieve sparsity because posterior distributions of many of such basis coefficients are sharply peaked around zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pu Wang, Vikas Jain, Lalitha Venkataramanan
  • Patent number: 10228413
    Abstract: A method and system to monitor electrical devices. At least one characteristic electric power consumption profile is determined for an operational cycle for an electrical device. The electrical device includes a number of components that each operate at respective time intervals within the operational cycle. A measured electric power consumption dataset is received, from an electrical power measurement apparatus connected to a power input of the electrical device, for the electrical device where the measured electric power consumption dataset includes measurements of electrical consumption by the electrical device over a time duration corresponding to at least part of the operational cycle. The measured electric power consumption dataset is compared to the at least one characteristic electrical power consumption profile associated with the electrical device. Based on the comparing, an operational condition from within a plurality of operating conditions of the electrical device is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vittorio Castelli, Martin Franz
  • Patent number: 10221735
    Abstract: A method of real-time oil consumption is disclosed. A method of real-time oil consumption detection may include capturing a raw oil quantity, calculating a corrected oil quantity, calculating a predicted oil quantity, calculating a prediction error, and calculating an estimated oil consumption rate. Raw oil quantity may be captured from an oil quantity sensor in an engine. Corrected oil quantity may be calculated by taking raw oil quantity and applying environmental and engine operational conditions. Prediction error may be calculated by finding the difference between corrected oil quantity and predicted oil quantity. Oil consumption rate may be calculated by applying a regression algorithm to prediction error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven Butler, Sean McCutchan, Reade James, Denman James
  • Patent number: 10223069
    Abstract: An initial segment set generation unit (120) generates an initial segment set (F) from training time-series data (S). An initial segment set sorting unit (130) sorts initial segments included in the initial segment set by the order of feature quantities. A sample segment set generation unit (140) generates a sample segment set (E) from the initial segment set. A sample segment set sorting unit (150) sorts sample segments included in the sample segment set by the order of the feature quantities. A search result distance calculation unit (160) calculates a search result distance (Z) for each of test segments by using the sample segment set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Nakamura, Makoto Imamura
  • Patent number: 10222196
    Abstract: The present invention monitors an electric power system using a time-series measurement value including abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Yamazaki, Masahiro Yatsu, Sumito Tobe, Osamu Tomobe, Tatsuki Inuduka
  • Patent number: 10220525
    Abstract: In an approach to non-functional requirement testing of a robot, a computer determines one or more kinematic actions included in a received command. The computer determines at least one component of the robot included in an operation of the one or more kinematic actions. The computer determines at least one agent associated with the at least one component of the robot included in the one or more kinematic actions. The computer sends the one or more kinematic actions to the robot. In response to the robot performing the one or more kinematic actions, the computer receives, from the at least one agent, at least one characteristic of the performed one or more kinematic actions associated with the at least one component of the robot included in the one or more kinematic actions. The computer, based on the received at least one characteristic, generates one or more test results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kristina Y. Choo, Krishnan K. Ramachandran, Gandhi Sivakumar
  • Patent number: 10217220
    Abstract: Methods for the determination of transit time in circulatory systems and applications of the same. In at least one embodiment, the method includes the steps of obtaining a biological tree image showing a vasculature of at least part of a mammalian biological tree including at least a vessel segment, determining a transit time in the vessel segment, determining a blood volume in the vessel segment, determining a blood volume in a first vascular tree comprising the vessel segment, and calculating a transit time in the first vascular tree based upon the transit time through the vessel segment, the blood volume in the vessel segment, and the blood volume in the first vascular tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DTherapeutics, LLC
    Inventor: Ghassan S. Kassab
  • Patent number: 10214166
    Abstract: Systems and methods for impact detection in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle impact detection system includes an acceleration sensor, a storage device storing an impact detection application, and a processor, where the impact detection application directs the processor to receive acceleration information using the acceleration sensor, filter the acceleration information to attenuate noise, determine an occurrence of an impact by detecting an acceleration from the acceleration information that exceeds a threshold for a time period, detect an angle of the impact with respect to a forward direction using the acceleration information, and trigger an impact detector signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CalAmp Corp.
    Inventor: Alexandre Dlagnekov
  • Patent number: 10210486
    Abstract: In a Method for maintenance of a non-computing appliance, such as a kitchen appliance, the steps are a2) identifying a datum representative of the lifetime of at least one component of the appliance, and determining a threshold value of the said datum beyond which a risk of malfunction of the component may occur, b2) monitoring the current value of the said datum of an appliance in a user's site, c2) performing a maintenance operation in respect of the appliance as soon as the current value exceeds the said threshold value, with a view to undertaking for example the replacement of the said component. in step a2), sub-steps are obtaining a reference value of the datum, obtaining information for one and the same component of several identical or similar appliances in users' sites, and calculating the threshold value on the basis of the reference value and the said information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jacques Heinis, Yves Lubrina
  • Patent number: 10209138
    Abstract: A distributed sensing device for determining a physical quantity which includes a measuring unit configured for measuring signals over time and space by distributed sensing, a determining unit configured for determining, based on the measured signals, data being correlated to the physical quantity, and a filtering unit configured for filtering the data to reduce noise and substantially preserve real features based on at least one filter parameter which is determined depending on the data which relate to the physical quantity at a plurality of different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AiQ Dienstleistungen UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    Inventors: Gregor Cedilnik, Aldemar Dünkel, Alf Clement
  • Patent number: 10203513
    Abstract: A method of minimizing cross-talk between optical modes propagating in a multi-mode optical fiber, comprises superimposing a plurality of optical wavefunctions; determining a relationship between superpositions of at least some of the optical wavefunctions and at least one measure of orthogonality of the optical modes at an output of the multi-mode optical fiber; and identifying a superposition of at least some of the optical wavefunctions that provides a desired or optimized value of the at least one measure of orthogonality using the determined relationship. The method further comprises generating, using light from a laser and at least one optical component, the identified superposition of at least some of the optical wavefunctions that provides the desired or optimized value of the at least one measure of orthogonality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS
    Inventors: Kishan Dholakia, Michael Mazilu, Anna Chiara De Luca
  • Patent number: 10203395
    Abstract: A system (20) for quality assurance of a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging device (23) used in magnetic resonance based radiation therapy planning includes a phantom (10) weighing less than 18.2 kg (40 lbs.). The phantom includes a three dimensional spatial distribution of MR and CT imagable elements (12) located in an MR and CT inert foam support (14), and an MR and CT inert external support structure (16) which surrounds and hermetically seals the foam support. The spatial distribution is sized to completely fill an imaging volume of the magnetic resonance imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: David Leslie Foxall, Melanie Suzanne Kotys, Ajit Devaraj
  • Patent number: 10203415
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods, the methods including installing a plurality of lighting fixtures, each of the lighting fixtures being installed at a location where they are to be operated and including at least one of a motion sensor and a global positioning system (GPS) device; receiving a signal from the plurality of lighting fixtures; storing a dataset including data representing the signals from the plurality of lighting fixtures; determining a correlation between the plurality of lighting fixtures and/or determining neighboring lighting fixtures for the plurality of lighting fixtures; and determining a topology of the installed lighting fixtures based on the determined correlation between the plurality of lighting fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: István Maros, Gábor Törös, Roland Bátai, Ténia Alexandra Kovács, Tamás Both, Tamás Varjasi, Gábor Csaba Hencz
  • Patent number: 10197418
    Abstract: Examples include systems and methods for decomposition of error components between angular, forward, and sideways errors in estimated positions of a computing device. One method includes determining an estimation of a current position of the computing device based on a previous position of the computing device, an estimated speed over an elapsed time, and a direction of travel of the computing device, determining a forward, sideways, and orientation change error component of the estimation of the current position of the computing device, determining a weight to apply to the forward, sideways, and orientation change error components based on average observed movement of the computing device, and using the weighted forward, sideways, and orientation change error components as constraints for determination of an updated estimation of the current position of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Etienne Le Grand, Brian Patrick Williams
  • Patent number: 10197634
    Abstract: The preset invention relates to an identification code allocating device for battery management categories, a sequencing device for the battery management categories, and a battery management method using the same and the identification code allocating device includes: a unique identification code allocating unit allocating a unique identification code for a plurality of battery management categories each; a cycle identification code allocating unit allocating a cycle identification code for each of the plurality of battery management categories to correspond to a cycle of each of the plurality of battery management categories; and a dependency identification code allocating unit allocating a dependency identification code for each of the plurality of battery management categories to correspond to dependency relationships among the plurality of battery management categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventor: Hahnsang Kim
  • Patent number: 10197706
    Abstract: A system and method employing a hybrid method for predicting sub-seasonal forecasts of winter storms and cold air outbreaks (CAOs). In various embodiments, the method includes, deriving a lead-time series of forecasted indices describing a state of stratospheric mass circulation from a plurality of forecasts generated by an operational numerical model for seasonal weather forecasts, detecting one or more PULSE events in the lead-time series of forecasted indices describing a state of stratospheric mass circulation to determine a state of the stratospheric mass circulation during the detected PULSE events and generating a sub-seasonal forecast of winter snowstorms and cold air outbreaks (CAOs) by linking the state of stratospheric mass circulation during the detected PULSE events to one or more maps of surface temperature and wintery precipitation based on historical observation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Cai, Yueyue Yu
  • Patent number: 10191825
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to device testing, and more particularly to a system and method for testing a device using a light weight device validation (LWDV) protocol. This includes accessing a test script corresponding to a test case testing the device. The test script includes a set of mutually independent primitive executables. The method includes packetizing one or more of the set of primitive executables based on a LWDV protocol. The method further includes transmitting the one or more encoded primitive executables to the device for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Souvik Dutta, Debasish Chanda, Swarup Mandal
  • Patent number: 10192724
    Abstract: When, in performing MS/MS analysis on a multivalent ion originated from a target component, an analyzing operator inputs at least two values of a mass value mLoss of an eliminated fragment, a valence zLoss of the eliminated fragment, a valence zPrec of a precursor ion and a valence zProd of a product ion by an inputting unit, a valence calculating unit calculates an uninput valence zPrec or zProd based on the relation, zPrec=zProd+zLoss. Upon the start of the MS/MS analysis, a precursor ion m/z setting unit sets m/z=MPrec of an ion that passes through a front-stage quadrupole mass filter , and a passed product ion m/z calculating unit calculates m/z=MProd of the product ion that passes through a rear-stage quadrupole mass filter by applying MPrec, mLoss, zPrec and zProd above to the relational expression, MProd=(MPrec×zPrec?mLoss)/zProd.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshikatsu Umemura
  • Patent number: 10191092
    Abstract: A method for determining an electric voltage u(t) and/or an electric current i(t) of an HF signal in an electrical cable on a calibration plane by measuring in the time domain. Using a directional coupler, a first portion v3(t) of a first HF signal is decoupled, fed to a time domain measuring device, and a second portion v4(t) of a second HF signal is decoupled. The signal portions v3(t), v4(t) are converted into the frequency domain, then absolute wave frequencies in the frequency domain are determined and converted into the electric voltage u(t) and/or the electric current i(t). In a previous calibration step, the calibration parameters are determined, and the absolute wave frequencies on the calibration plane are determined using the calibration parameters (e00,r(?3, ?4), e01,r(?3, ?4), e10,r(?3, ?4), e11,r(?3, ?4)), wherein ?3, ?4 are the reflection factors of the inputs of the time domain measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Zietz