Patents Examined by Michael Colucci
  • Patent number: 10276152
    Abstract: An audible based electronic challenge system is used to control access to resources by using a test to identify an origin of a voice. The test is based on optimized text sentences selected for their discrimination capability in identifying different speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: J. Nicholas and Kristin Gross
    Inventor: John Nicholas Gross
  • Patent number: 10157350
    Abstract: Method(s) and system(s) providing for providing context based conversations are described here. The method may include receiving user data pertaining to a user. The user data includes registration information of the user and metadata associated with the user. The method may include determining a pre-defined role of the user based on the registration information. Further, the method may include providing restricted access to a users' data repository to the user, based on the role of the user. The method includes obtaining a text input pertaining to a conversation. Based on the text input an expression is generated. Further, one of a discussion service, a learning service, and an unlearning service is invoked, based on the expression and the metadata associated with the user. Based on at least one of the invoking services and the metadata associated with the user, retrieving a response. The response is shared with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Sumesh M R, Anju Paul, Neethu Manuel, Sibimon Sasidharan, Keerthi Damaraju, Viju Chacko, Shampa Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10157607
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method according to one embodiment includes identifying a request for audio data, determining one or more factors associated with the request, adjusting a speed of the audio data to create adjusted audio data, based on the one or more factors, and returning the adjusted audio data in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Inseok Hwang, Su Liu, Eric J. Rozner, Chin Ngai Sze
  • Patent number: 10157179
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a computer-implement method of producing a flexible sentence syntax to facilitate one or more computer applications to generate and publish sentence expressions. For example, the method can include providing a developer interface to define a flexible sentence syntax that controls one or more sentences publishable by an application service. A developer of the application service can customize the flexible sentence syntax including selecting at least one of selectable tokens that is associated with another element to incorporate in the flexible sentence syntax. Based on the selected token, a computing device can generate and publish a target sentence according to the flexible sentence syntax on the application service's behalf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Ling Bao, Hugo Johan van Heuven, Jiangbo Miao
  • Patent number: 10146773
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein facilitate multi-lingual communications. The systems and methods of some embodiments may enable multi-lingual communications through different modes of communications including, for example, Internet-based chat, e-mail, text-based mobile phone communications, postings to online forums, postings to online social media services, and the like. Certain embodiments may implement communications systems and methods that translate text between two or more languages (e.g., spoken), while handling/accommodating for one or more of the following in the text: specialized/domain-related jargon, abbreviations, acronyms, proper nouns, common nouns, diminutives, colloquial words or phrases, and profane words or phrases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MZ IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Leydon, Francois Orsini, Nikhil Bojja, Shailen Karur
  • Patent number: 10133728
    Abstract: The system that performs semantic parsing may automatically extract complex information from databases. Complex information may comprise nested event structures. In one example process, a processor may receive unannotated text and may access a natural-language database that includes nested events. The processor, in performing semantic parsing, may automatically generate syntactic trees that include annotations that represent the semantic information. In particular, the natural-language sentences and the database include nested event structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Hoifung Poon, Kristina Toutanova, Ankur P. Parikh
  • Patent number: 10115405
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a new method for improving the performance of a real-valued filterbank based spectral envelope adjuster. By adaptively locking the gain values for adjacent channels dependent on the sign of the channels, as defined in the application, reduced aliasing is achieved. Furthermore, the grouping of the channels during gain-calculation, gives an improved energy estimate of the real valued subband signals in the filterbank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10102771
    Abstract: A method and a device for learning a language and a computer readable recording medium are provided. The method includes following steps. An input voice from a voice receiver is transformed into an input sentence according to a grammar rule. Whether the input sentence is the same as a learning sentence displayed on a display is determined. If the input sentence is different from the learning sentence, an ancillary information containing at least one error word in the input sentence that is different from the learning sentence is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Hsi-chun Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10102199
    Abstract: Representative embodiments disclose mechanisms to complete partial natural language questions. Users enter a partial question. The system comprises a plurality of indexes, one index comprising common phrases associated with natural language questions and other indexes comprising short text entries associated with documents, such as document titles. The partial question is used to search one or more of the indexes. The search yields a ranked list of results. The top k entries of the list are selected and one or more language models are created from the top k entries. Each language model comprises n-grams from the top k entries from an index and an associated probability for each n-gram. A question completion generator creates question completion suggestions by matching n-grams with the partial question, removing ungrammatical candidate suggestions, and filtering the remaining suggestions per a filtering criteria. The top N results are returned as suggestions to complete the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Richard Bailey, David Anthony Hawking, David Maxwell
  • Patent number: 10089061
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a memory and a hardware processor. The hardware processor is in communication with the memory. The hardware processor is configured to obtain a sound file including sound data and attached data, determine a type of meeting of the sound file classified based on an utterance state of the sound data, and display the sound file based on at least one of the sound data and the attached data such that the type of meeting is visually recognizable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Yusaku Kikugawa
  • Patent number: 10078632
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which an information handling system detects a multi-entity co-occurrence anomaly within a set of documents that corresponds to an amount of times that a first entity and a second entity co-occur in the set of documents. The information handling system then determines that at least one of the documents includes a title having a verb that grammatically connects the first entity to the second entity. As such, the information handling system collects document segments from the set of documents that have the first entity, the second entity, and the connecting verb. In turn, the information handling system uses the collected document segments to train a relation-based classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Devin R. Harper, Pawan K. Lakshmanan, Gregory W. Schoeninger, Elliot B. Turner
  • Patent number: 10079013
    Abstract: A computing system is operable as virtual personal assistant (VPA) to understand relationships between different instances of natural language dialog expressed by different people in a multi-person conversational dialog session. The VPA can develop a common resource, a shared intent, which represents the VPA's semantic understanding of at least a portion of the multi-person dialog experience. The VPA can store and manipulate multiple shared intents, and can alternate between different shared intents as the multi-person conversation unfolds. With the shared intents, the computing system can generate useful action items and present the action items to one or more of the participants in the dialog session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Edgar T. Kalns, Douglas A. Bercow, James F. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10079025
    Abstract: A method of modification of audio data to improve the quality of the audio modification or reconstruction or improves the speed of such reconstruction or modification and produces more realistic audio data. Realistic audio data is audio data that is generated in natural events like talking or singing or a vehicle passing by and is not generated only by artificially constructing audio data like in a synthesizer. This will lead to audio data that will be perceived more likely as natural or unmodified audio signal when being played back to human beings. The method involves modification of some part of transformed audio data, especially phase data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Jacques Guillaume Rolland, Yvan Grabit
  • Patent number: 10071590
    Abstract: A greeting card having an audio message recording and playback device permits recording of personalized audio messages to be played upon opening of the greeting card. The recording device is operable in either a trial mode or a use mode. In the trial mode, which would be applicable when the card is displayed in a store, a potential purchaser may experience the functionality of the card by recording their own test message. The test message is played back initially for the potential purchaser but is not subsequently played back to be later heard by other potential purchasers. In the use mode, which the card may be switched to after purchase by removal of a trial mode panel from the greeting card, a user recorded message is played repeatedly upon subsequent openings of the card. The user recorded message may be followed by a prerecorded recording, such as a song. Additional prerecorded messages, such as voice prompts with instructions for recording a message, may also be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy J. Lien, Randy S. Knipp, John B. Watkins
  • Patent number: 10074376
    Abstract: A technology of accurately coding and decoding coefficients which are convertible into linear prediction coefficients even for a frame in which the spectrum variation is great while suppressing an increase in the code amount as a whole is provided. A coding device includes: a first coding unit that obtains a first code by coding coefficients which are convertible into linear prediction coefficients of more than one order; and a second coding unit that obtains a second code by coding at least quantization errors of the first coding unit if (A-1) an index Q commensurate with how high the peak-to-valley height of a spectral envelope is, the spectral envelope corresponding to the coefficients which are convertible into the linear prediction coefficients of more than one order, is larger than or equal to a predetermined threshold value Th1 and/or (B-1) an index Q? commensurate with how short the peak-to-valley height of the spectral envelope is, is smaller than or equal to a predetermined threshold value Th1?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Takehiro Moriya, Yutaka Kamamoto, Noboru Harada
  • Patent number: 10068577
    Abstract: A method of encoding adaptive audio, comprising receiving N objects and associated spatial metadata that describes the continuing motion of these objects, and partitioning the audio into segments based on the spatial metadata. The method encodes adaptive audio having objects and channel beds by capturing a continuing motion of a number N objects in a time-varying matrix trajectory comprising a sequence of matrices, coding coefficients of the time-varying matrix trajectory in spatial metadata to be transmitted via a high-definition audio format for rendering the adaptive audio through a number M output channels, and segmenting the sequence of matrices into a plurality of sub-segments based on the spatial metadata, wherein the plurality of sub-segments are configured to facilitate coding of one or more characteristics of the adaptive audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Vinay Melkote, Malcolm James Law, Roy M. Fejgin
  • Patent number: 10062390
    Abstract: A decoder for generating a frequency enhanced audio signal, includes: a feature extractor for extracting a feature from a core signal; a side information extractor for extracting a selection side information associated with the core signal; a parameter generator for generating a parametric representation for estimating a spectral range of the frequency enhanced audio signal not defined by the core signal, wherein the parameter generator is configured to provide a number of parametric representation alternatives in response to the feature, and wherein the parameter generator is configured to select one of the parametric representation alternatives as the parametric representation in response to the selection side information; and a signal estimator for estimating the frequency enhanced audio signal using the parametric representation selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frederik Nagel, Sascha Disch, Andreas Niedermeier
  • Patent number: 10062378
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and an apparatus are provided. The method includes obtaining, by a processor, a frequency spectrum of an audio signal data. The method further includes extracting, by the processor, periodic indications from the frequency spectrum. The method also includes inputting, by the processor, the periodic indications and components of the frequency spectrum into a neural network. The method additionally includes estimating, by the processor, sound identification information from the neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Fukuda, Osamu Ichikawa, Bhuvana Ramabhadran
  • Patent number: 10056080
    Abstract: A system receives candidate strings from a speech recognition engine. Where the speech recognition indicates success, the candidate string may be reported or otherwise used. Otherwise, candidate strings may be processed by comparing collapsed forms of the candidate strings to collapsed forms of a user's contacts. The collapsed form may replace contiguous consonants with a 1 and contiguous vowels with a 0. If a candidate string has a collapsed form matching a contact's collapsed form, that contact may be used. Where multiple candidate strings match the collapsed forms of multiple contacts, the contacts may be filtered according to textual similarity to the candidate strings, proximity to a typical usage location for the contacts, and a typical usage time for the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Shant Tokatyan, Shounak Athavale
  • Patent number: 10056077
    Abstract: Speech recorded by an audio capture facility of a music facility is processed by a speech recognition facility to generate results that are provided to the music facility. When information related to a music application running on the music facility are provided to the speech recognition facility, the results generated are based at least in part on the application related information. The speech recognition facility uses an unstructured language model for generating results. The user of the music facility may optionally be allowed to edit the results being provided to the music facility. The speech recognition facility may also adapt speech recognition based on usage of the results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Cerra, John N. Nguyen, Michael S. Phillips, Han Shu