Patents Examined by Qi Han
  • Patent number: 10528659
    Abstract: [Object] To present a response to a natural sentence in a more suitable aspect even in circumstances in which a natural sentence with ambiguity can be input. [Solution] An information processing device including: an acquisition unit configured to acquire an extraction result of candidates for a response to an input which is based on first information indicating a result of natural language analysis on a natural sentence acquired as the input and second information indicating a state or a situation involved in use of a predetermined device; and a control unit configured to cause a predetermined output unit to present information indicating the candidates for the response in an aspect corresponding to the extraction result of the candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuharu Asano
  • Patent number: 10530719
    Abstract: A computing device includes an interface configured to interface and communicate with a communication system, a memory that stores operational instructions, and processing circuitry operably coupled to the interface and to the memory that is configured to execute the operational instructions to perform various operations. The computing device processes a message that is provided from a sender and is intended for a recipient associated with another computing device in accordance with topic, emotive content, and/or social content to generate a classification model for the message that includes classification parameter value(s). When appropriate to perform message transformation, the computing device selects a tonal transformation based on the classification parameter value(s) and processes the message in accordance with the tonal transformation to generate a normalized message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kelley Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Liam S. Harpur, Jonathan Dunne
  • Patent number: 10521505
    Abstract: In an approach to generating blockchain smart contracts, one or more computer processors receive a request for a service from a user. The one or more computer processors extract one or more features from the request. The one or more computer processors determine one or more smart contract templates associated with the request based, at least in part, on the extracted one or more features. The one or more computer processors receive one or more responses to the request from one or more service providers. The one or more computer processors generate a draft smart contract based, at least in part on the determined one or more smart contract templates and the one or more received responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Anderson, Joseph Kozhaya, Christopher M. Madison, John Wolpert
  • Patent number: 10504512
    Abstract: Techniques for limiting natural language processing performed on input data are described. A system receives input data from a device. The input data corresponds to a command to be executed by the system. The system determines applications likely configured to execute the command. The system performs named entity recognition and intent classification with respect to only the applications likely configured to execute the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ruhi Sarikaya, Rohit Prasad, Kerry Hammil, Spyridon Matsoukas, Nikko Strom, Frédéric Johan Georges Deramat, Stephen Frederick Potter, Young-Bum Kim
  • Patent number: 10489517
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of providing an on demand translation service is provided. A subscriber may be charged a reduced fee or no fee for use of the on demand translation service in exchange for displaying commercial messages to the subscriber, the commercial messages being selected based on subscriber information. A multimedia signal including information in a source language may be received. The information may be obtained as text in the source language from the multimedia signal. The text may be translated from the source language to a target language. Translated information, based on the translated text, may be transmitted to a processing device for presentation to the subscriber. The received multimedia signal may be sent to a multimedia device for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, David Crawford Gibbon, Mazin Gilbert, Patrick Guy Haffner, Zhu Liu, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 10482181
    Abstract: A computing device for expert case-based natural language learning includes a blackboard database, a top level mapper, and a bottom level case-based inference engine, and a bottom level translator. The blackboard database is configured to store context information corresponding to case semantics associated with natural language sentential forms. The case semantics include situation semantics and action semantics. The top level mapper is configured to query the blackboard database for the context information, map the situation semantics to the action semantics using the context information to form new case semantics, and store the new case semantics in a bottom level case database. The bottom level case-based inference engine is configured to match an input natural language sentential form to a matching case semantic stored in the bottom level case database. The bottom level translator is configured to translate the matching case semantic into natural language sentential form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Stuart Harvey Rubin
  • Patent number: 10482903
    Abstract: A method for selectively interacting with multi-devices is provided. The method includes the following steps: receiving identical voice information transmitted by a plurality of terminal devices respectively; performing voice recognition on the received voice information; calculating energy of a wake-up word in respective voice information; and comparing the energy of one wake-up word with another, and transmitting feedback information to the terminal devices according to an energy comparison result and a voice recognition result. By calculating the energy of the wake-up word in respective voice information transmitted by respective devices, the distances between respective device and a user can be distinguished. A unique response can be ensured by determining that the device closest to the user responds to the user's request, thus ensuring the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sha Tao, Yonghui Zuo, Peng Wang, Guoguo Chen, Ji Zhou, Kaihua Zhu
  • Patent number: 10482886
    Abstract: An interactive robot includes an image capturing device, an audio capturing device, an output device, and a processor. The processor is configured to obtain audio information captured by the audio capturing device and image information captured by the image capturing device, recognize a target from the audio information and the image information, confirm basic information and event information of the target and link the basic information with the event information, obtain key information from the event information of the target, implement a neural network analysis algorithm on the key information to confirm an emotion type of the target, search a preset public knowledge database according to the key information to obtain a relevant result, apply a deep learning algorithm on the relevant result and the emotion type of the target to determine a response, and execute the response through the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xue-Qin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10474703
    Abstract: A method includes associating, for each one of a plurality of answer definitions, at least one or more pattern-form questions, wherein each answer definition has an associated jump target that defines a respective entry point into the workspace analytics system to provide information responsive to the associated one or more pattern-form questions. The method further includes receiving a user input including capturing input text defining a natural language user query, matching the received input text to one of the pattern-form questions thereby selecting the jump target associated with the matched pattern-form question, and generating a response to the natural language user query by retrieving information from the workspace analytics system by referencing a link based on the selected jump target and zero or more parameters values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lakeside Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward S. Wegryn, Lawrence J. Birk, Christopher Dyer, Kenneth M. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10475439
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing system enabling a user to provide easily an instruction on whether to continue speech recognition processing on sound information, the information processing system including: a recognition control portion configured to control a speech recognition portion so that the speech recognition portion performs speech recognition processing on sound information input from a sound collection portion. The recognition control portion controls whether to continue the speech recognition processing on the basis of a gesture of a user detected at predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Kawano, Yuhei Taki
  • Patent number: 10467342
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for determining a semantic matching degree. The method includes acquiring a first sentence and a second sentence, dividing the first sentence and the second sentence into x and y sentence fragments, respectively, performing a convolution operation on word vectors in each sentence fragment of the first sentence and word vectors in each sentence fragment of the second sentence, to obtain a three-dimensional tensor, performing integration and/or screening on adjacent vectors in the one-dimensional vectors of x rows and y columns, until the three-dimensional tensor is combined into a one-dimensional target vector, and determining a semantic matching degree between the first sentence and the second sentence according to the target vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhengdong Lu, Hang Li
  • Patent number: 10467286
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to audio watermarking and watermark detection and extracted are described herein. Disclosed example methods to decode a watermark from an audio signal include averaging a second sequence of audio samples stored in a buffer with a first sequence of audio samples stored in the buffer to determine an averaged sequence of audio samples, the second sequence of audio samples being related to the first sequence of audio samples based on a repetition period associated with watermark data of the watermark to be decoded. Disclosed example methods also include determining whether to enable a stacker. Disclosed example methods further include, in response to the stacker being enabled, decoding the watermark from the averaged sequence of audio samples, and in response to the stacker being disabled, decoding the watermark from the first sequence of audio samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Venugopal Srinivasan, Alexander Topchy
  • Patent number: 10452776
    Abstract: In an approach to generating blockchain smart contracts, one or more computer processors receive a request for a service from a user. The one or more computer processors extract one or more features from the request. The one or more computer processors determine one or more smart contract templates associated with the request based, at least in part, on the extracted one or more features. The one or more computer processors receive one or more responses to the request from one or more service providers. The one or more computer processors generate a draft smart contract based, at least in part on the determined one or more smart contract templates and the one or more received responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Anderson, Joseph Kozhaya, Christopher M. Madison, John Wolpert
  • Patent number: 10418023
    Abstract: Techniques are described that facilitate automatically providing entities with rephrased versions of standard answers. In one embodiment, a computer-implemented is provided that comprises determining, by a device operatively coupled to a processor, a talking style of a plurality of talking styles that an entity is associated with based on reception of natural language input from the entity proposing a question related to a defined topic. The method further comprises selecting, by the device based on the talking style, an answer rephrasing model from a plurality of answer rephrasing models respectively configured to generate different rephrased versions of a standard answer to the question, and employing, by the device, the answer rephrasing model to generate a rephrased version of the standard that corresponds to the talking style.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jian Min Jiang, Yuan Ni, Guo Yu Tang, Guo Tong Xie, Shi Wan Zhao
  • Patent number: 10410642
    Abstract: Noise filling of a spectrum of an audio signal is improved in quality with respect to the noise filled spectrum so that the reproduction of the noise filled audio signal is less annoying, by performing the noise filling in a manner dependent on a tonality of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Sascha Disch, Marc Gayer, Christian Helmrich, Goran Markovic, Maria Luis Valero
  • Patent number: 10407027
    Abstract: A vehicle key includes: a voice input configured to receive a voice command of a user; and the key controller configured to determine at least one of a service type and information indicating whether the vehicle key is disposed in a key groove of a vehicle, and to process at least one of a voice recognition result acquired from the user voice command and a control command corresponding to the voice recognition result on the basis of a result of determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seong Soo Yae
  • Patent number: 10403288
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for speaker diarization are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes the actions of receiving audio data corresponding to an utterance. The actions further include determining that the audio data includes an utterance of a predefined hotword spoken by a first speaker. The actions further include identifying a first portion of the audio data that includes speech from the first speaker. The actions further include identifying a second portion of the audio data that includes speech from a second, different speaker. The actions further include transmitting the first portion of the audio data that includes speech from the first speaker and suppressing transmission of the second portion of the audio data that includes speech from the second, different speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandar Kracun, Richard Cameron Rose
  • Patent number: 10403266
    Abstract: An example apparatus for detecting keywords in audio includes an audio receiver to receive audio comprising a keyword to be detected. The apparatus also includes a spike transducer to convert the audio into a plurality of spikes. The apparatus further includes a spiking neural network to receive one or more of the spikes and generate a spike corresponding to a detected keyword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Muhammad Khellah, Oren Arad, Binuraj Ravindran, Somnath Paul, Charles Augustine, Bruno Umbria Pedroni
  • Patent number: 10388297
    Abstract: Approaches are disclosed for generating auditory scenes. A computing device includes a wireless network interface and a processor. The processor is configured to receive, via a microphone, a first auditory signal that includes a first plurality of voice components. The processor is further configured to receive a request to at least partially suppress a first voice component included in the first plurality of voice components. The processor is further configured to generate a second auditory signal that includes the first plurality of voice components with the first voice component at least partially suppressed. The processor is further configured to transmit the second auditory signal to a speaker for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti, Ajay Juneja
  • Patent number: 10367652
    Abstract: A smart home interaction system is presented. It is built on a multi-modal, multithreaded conversational dialog engine. The system provides a natural language user interface for the control of household devices, appliances or household functionality. The smart home automation agent can receive input from users through sensing devices such as a smart phone, a tablet computer or a laptop computer. Users interact with the system from within the household or from remote locations. The smart home system can receive input from sensors or any other machines with which it is interfaced. The system employs interaction guide rules for processing reaction to both user and sensor input and driving the conversational interactions that result from such input. The system adaptively learns based on both user and sensor input and can learn the preferences and practices of its users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NANT HOLDINGS IP, LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Ehsani, Silke Maren Witt-Ehsani, Walter Rolandi