Patents Examined by Leonard Saint-Cyr
  • Patent number: 11062324
    Abstract: Client instance data including a plurality of incidents is obtained, each incident including a plurality of fields. A target field and an evaluation field are selected from among the plural fields. The plurality of incidents are grouped into a plurality of clusters based on a degree of a natural language text similarity of respective target fields in the plurality of incidents. A quality value is determined for each of the plurality of clusters based on the degree of the natural language text similarity of respective target fields in grouped incidents of the cluster from among the plurality of incidents, and based on respective evaluation fields. Each of the plurality of clusters is ranked based on the respective quality value of the cluster and a number of the grouped incidents of the cluster. At least one of the ranked plurality of clusters is identified to perform a service management operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ServiceNow, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Walthers, Abhay Kulkarni, Mukund Ramachandran, Darius Koohmarey
  • Patent number: 11064101
    Abstract: A voice-activated camera system for a computing device. The voice-activated camera system includes a processor, a camera module, a speech recognition module and a microphone for accepting user voice input. The voice-activated camera system includes authorized for only a specific user's voice, so that a camera function may be performed when the authorized user speaks the keyword, but the camera function is not performed when an unauthorized user speaks the keyword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Jesse L. Wobrock
  • Patent number: 11055355
    Abstract: A method comprising sending query data representative of a query to a first and second query-answering subsystem of a query-answering system. It is determined that the query-answering system lacks a satisfactory answer to the query. Paraphrase data representative of a rephrased version of the query is received. The paraphrase data is sent to the first and second query-answering subsystems. Answer data representative of an answer to the rephrased version of the query is received from the first query-answering subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Emilio Fabio Monti, Anjishnu Kumar, David Spike Palfrey, Sainyam Kapoor, Janez Starc, Samuel Tucker
  • Patent number: 11054626
    Abstract: A microscope control method for operating a microscope, includes: capturing an item of acoustic, graphically represented and/or electronically coded voice information; comparing the voice information with stored reference commands and determining a voice command on the basis of a predetermined degree of correspondence between at least one section of the voice information and a reference command; selecting that reference command to which the voice command corresponds at least to a predetermined degree; generating at least one control command suitable for operating the microscope, wherein the control command is either an invariable control command assigned to the selected reference command or the control command is generated on the basis of a rule assigned to the reference command for forming a generated control command, and controlling the microscope by means of the assigned or generated control command. Also, a microscope is designed to carry out the microscope control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Ingo Kleppe, Rebecca Elsässer, Philipp Schwesig
  • Patent number: 11056110
    Abstract: An operation method of a dialog agent includes obtaining an utterance history including at least one of an outgoing utterance to be transmitted to request a service or at least one of an incoming utterance to be received to request the service, updating a requirement specification including items requested for the service based on the utterance history, generating utterance information to be used to request the service based on the updated requirement specification, and outputting the generated utterance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Seok Kim, Jeong-Hoon Park, Seongmin Ok, Je Hun Jeon, Jun Hwi Choi
  • Patent number: 11043220
    Abstract: This relates to intelligent automated assistants and, more specifically, to intelligent context sharing and task performance among a collection of devices with intelligent automated assistant capabilities. An example method includes, at a first electronic device participating in a context-sharing group associated with a first location: receiving a user voice input; receiving, from a context collector, an aggregate context of the context-sharing group; providing at least a portion of the aggregate context and data corresponding to the user voice input to a remote device; receiving, from the remote device, a command to perform one or more tasks and a device identifier corresponding to a second electronic device; and transmitting the command to the second electronic device based on the device identifier, wherein the command causes the second electronic device to perform the one or more tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Hansen, Nikrouz Ghotbi, Yifeng Gui, Xinyuan Huang, Benjamin S. Phipps, Eugene Ray, Mahesh Ramaray Shanbhag, Jaireh Tecarro, Sumit Wattal
  • Patent number: 11043219
    Abstract: A virtual environment platform may receive, from a user device, a request to access a virtual reality (VR) environment and may verify, based on the request, a user of the user device to allow the user device access to the VR environment. The virtual environment platform may receive, after verifying the user of the user device, user voice input and user handwritten input from the user device. The virtual environment platform may generate processed user speech by processing the user voice input, wherein a characteristic of the processed user speech and a corresponding characteristic of the user voice input are different and may generate formatted user text by processing the user handwritten input, wherein the formatted user text is machine-encoded text. The virtual environment platform may cause the processed user speech to be audibly presented and the formatted user text to be visually presented in the VR environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Walters, Jeremy Goodsitt, Fardin Abdi Taghi Abad, Vincent Pham, Kenneth Taylor
  • Patent number: 11042355
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein include (i) receiving a voice command via at least one microphone of a networked microphone device, wherein the networked microphone device is configured to receive voice commands for a media playback system, and wherein the media playback system comprises the networked microphone device and a first playback device configured to play back content, (ii) determining that the networked microphone device is not configured to play back the content, (iii) in response to determining that the networked microphone is not configured to play back the content, determining that the first playback device is available to play back the content, (iv) causing the first playback device to play back the content, (v) determining that the first playback device is no longer available to play back the content, and (vi) selecting a second playback device to play back the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Plagge, Simon Jarvis, Christopher Butts
  • Patent number: 11037555
    Abstract: Coordinating signal processing among computing devices in a voice-driven computing environment is provided. A first and second digital assistant can detect an input audio signal, perform a signal quality check, and provide indications that the first and second digital assistants are operational to process the input audio signal. A system can select the first digital assistant for further processing. The system can receive, from the first digital assistant, data packets including a command. The system can generate, for a network connected device selected from a plurality of network connected devices, an action data structure based on the data packets, and transmit the action data structure to the selected network connected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anshul Kothari, Gaurav Bhaya, Tarun Jain
  • Patent number: 11037028
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for creating a translation model for low resource language pairs and applicable on noisy inputs utilizing several approaches: choosing particular input corpora covering in-domain noisy and clean texts as well as unrelated but larger general parallel texts, performing several chosen methods of creating synthetic parallel corpora and filtering, pre-processing, deduplicating and concatenating training corpora.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
    Inventors: Ondrej Bojar, Roman Sudarikov
  • Patent number: 11030419
    Abstract: The invention is a data processing method and system for suggesting non-obvious potential Hydrocarbon Plays from unstructured text. The data processing system detects clues for Hydrocarbon Play Elements in sentences, matches combinatorial patterns (DNA inspired) across sentences and documents to output potential Hydrocarbon Plays. The system also computes a rank for the detected Hydrocarbon Play's non-obvious nature. In particular, the data processing system operates on any digital unstructured text derived from academic literature, company reports, web pages and other sources. Detected Hydrocarbon Plays can be used to stimulate ideation and learning events for geoscientists in the oil and gas exploration industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Hugh Cleverley
  • Patent number: 11024317
    Abstract: This application relates to microphone authentication apparatus for verifying whether or not an audio signal originated at a microphone (101, 102). The microphone authentication apparatus (300) has a comparison block (301) configured to receive a first signal (A*) indicative of one or more spectral parameters of at least part of an audio signal to be verified, and compare the one or more spectral parameters to one or more predetermined characteristic microphone parameters relating to a characteristic resonance associated with an acoustic port of a microphone. The first signal (A*) may be an audio signal (A) and the microphone authentication apparatus may have a feature extract module (303) for determining the spectral parameters. Based on the comparison determination block (304) may whether the audio signal originated from a microphone and may send a verification signal (VMIC) to a voice biometric module 111.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: John Paul Lesso
  • Patent number: 11024308
    Abstract: Various embodiments contemplate systems and methods for performing automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) that enable high accuracy recognition and understanding of freely spoken utterances which may contain proper names and similar entities. The proper name entities may contain or be comprised wholly of words that are not present in the vocabularies of these systems as normally constituted. Recognition of the other words in the utterances in question, e.g. words that are not part of the proper name entities, may occur at regular, high recognition accuracy. Various embodiments provide as output not only accurately transcribed running text of the complete utterance, but also a symbolic representation of the meaning of the input, including appropriate symbolic representations of proper name entities, adequate to allow a computer system to respond appropriately to the spoken request without further analysis of the user's input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Promptu Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Harry William Printz
  • Patent number: 11017006
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a system for generating sentiment-based summaries for a user review. In an embodiment, a text analyzer receives a block of text indicating a user review. The text analyzer may generate one or more vectors for the plurality of words. Further, a relation is identified among the one or more vectors. A model is trained to identify a relation among the one or more vectors. Using the relation between the one or more vectors, a sentiment associated with the block of text is determined. Thereafter, one or more keywords from the block of text contributing to the determined sentiment is are identified and are classified into categories according to the sentiment contributed by the one or more words. Thereafter, the summary is generated for each category using the corresponding one or more words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Arindam Chatterjee, Manjunath Ramachandra Iyer, Vinutha Bangalore Narayanamurthy
  • Patent number: 11017765
    Abstract: A method for use with a computing device is provided. The method may include executing one or more programs of an intelligent digital assistant system at a processor and presenting a user interface to a user. At the processor, the method may include receiving natural language user input from the user, parsing the user input at an intent handler to determine an intent template with slots, populating the slots in the intent template with information from user input, and performing resolution on the intent template to partially resolve unresolved information. If a slot with missing slot information exists in the partially resolved intent template, a loop may be executed at the processor to fill the slots. The method may include, at the processor, determining that all required information is available and resolved and generating a rule based upon the intent template with all required information being available and resolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Oz Solomon, Christopher Brian Quirk, Han Yee Mimi Fung, Keith Coleman Herold
  • Patent number: 10984802
    Abstract: A system of determining identity based on voiceprint and voice password, and a method thereof are disclosed. In the method, after the voice signal is received, the judgment result of the voiceprint of the voice signal and the judgment result of the content of the voice signal are used to determine whether to pass the verification, and this technical solution of the present invention can confirm that the voice, identified based on the voiceprint thereof, is made by a real person, so as to improve the security of identity determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Chaucer Chiu
  • Patent number: 10977452
    Abstract: Provided are systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer-program products for a multi-lingual device, capable of receiving verbal input in multiple languages, and further capable of providing conversational responses in multiple languages. In various implementations, the multi-lingual device includes an automatic speech recognition engine capable of receiving verbal input in a first natural language and providing a textual representation of the input and a confidence value for the recognition. The multi-lingual device can also include a machine translation engine, capable of translating textual input from the first natural language into a second natural language. The machine translation engine can output a confidence value for the translation. The multi-lingual device can further include natural language processing, capable of translating from the second natural language to a computer-based language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Wen Wang, Dimitra Vergyri, Girish Acharya
  • Patent number: 10978052
    Abstract: An email-like user interface displays a list of user logs determined based on user-specified list criteria to user logs received in a natural language (NL) training environment. The list comprise a subset of the received user logs in order to minimize the number of actions required to configure and train the NL configuration system in a semi-supervised manner, thereby improving the quality and accuracy of NL configuration system. To determine a list of user logs relevant for training the user logs can be filtered, sorted, grouped and searched within the email-like user interface. A training interface to a network of instances that comprises a plurality of NL configuration systems leverages a crowd-sourcing community of developers in order to efficiently create a customizable NL configuration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre Lebrun
  • Patent number: 10970040
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for the creation of a localized audio message for use in a personal audio device. The system includes: a database of information relating to a pre-determined subject obtained from online media content; one or more processors; and a personal audio device configured to receive a localized audio message. The processors extract a dataset comprising information relating to a pre-determined subject from online media content; generate one or more summaries of the information relating to the pre-determined subject; generate a localized audio message based on the one or more summaries; and send the localized audio message to a personal audio device of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Elizabeth Nielsen, Elio Dante Querze, Marko Orescanin, Naganagouda B. Patil, Marina Shah, Vijayan P. Sarathy, Shanthi Chandrababu, Shuo Zhang, Isaac Julien
  • Patent number: 10964313
    Abstract: A word score calculation device according to an embodiment includes an input unit and a calculating unit. The input unit receives input of a string of words including known words, which are known already, and new words, which are not yet known. The calculating unit inputs the lexicon feature of a word, which is included in the string of words, in a neural network in which one or more unit groups for inputting the lexicon features of words are included in an input layer, and calculates a word score of the target word included in the string of words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Terufumi Morishita, Takashi Masuko