Patents Examined by Thierry L Pham
  • Patent number: 11030405
    Abstract: A method and a device for generating a statement are provided. An embodiment includes obtaining an input statement by a user over a terminal; determining at least one target position in the input statement; according to a target position in the at least one target position, determining a statement to be inserted from the input statement; based on the statement to be inserted, determining at least one candidate word to be inserted in the target position; inserting a candidate word in the at least one candidate word into the target position to obtain a candidate statement; and sending the candidate statement to the terminal of the user for display. The embodiment can make candidate statements displayed on the terminal of the user more diversified to assist the user to select an expected statement from candidate statements, thereby saving time of the user spending on manually inserting words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING BYTEDANCE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoshuai Chen
  • Patent number: 11024312
    Abstract: A voice recognition apparatus includes a communication part configured to communicate with a voice recognition server, a voice receiver configured to receive a user's voice signal, a storage part configured to store guide information comprising at least an example command for voice recognition; and a controller. The controller is configured to generate a guide image comprising at least a part of the example command, transmit the received user's voice signal to the voice recognition server through the communication part in response to receiving the user's voice signal by the voice receiver, and update the stored guide information based on update information received through the communication part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-cheol Park, Do-wan Kim, Sang-shin Park
  • Patent number: 11011181
    Abstract: An encoder for encoding a parametric spectral representation (ƒ) of auto-regressive coefficients that partially represent an audio signal. The encoder includes a low-frequency encoder configured to quantize elements of a part of the parametric spectral representation that correspond to a low-frequency part of the audio signal. It also includes a high-frequency encoder configured to encode a high-frequency part (ƒH) of the parametric spectral representation (ƒ) by weighted averaging based on the quantized elements ({circumflex over (ƒ)}L) flipped around a quantized mirroring frequency ({circumflex over (ƒ)}m), which separates the low-frequency part from the high-frequency part, and a frequency grid determined from a frequency grid codebook in a closed-loop search procedure. Described are also a corresponding decoder, corresponding encoding/decoding methods and UEs including such an encoder/decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Volodya Grancharov, Sigurdur Sverrisson
  • Patent number: 11003852
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes presenting, on a display, sample text in a given language to a user. The method further includes recording eye fixation times for each word of the sample text for the user and recording saccade times between each pair of fixations of the sample text. The method further includes comparing features of the gaze pattern of the user to features of a gaze pattern of a plurality of training readers. Each training reader (e.g., training user) has a known native language. The method further generates a probability of at least one an estimated native language of the user based on the results of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Yevgeni Berzak, Boris Katz
  • Patent number: 10997981
    Abstract: A method of speaker recognition comprises: receiving an audio signal comprising speech; performing a biometric process on a first part of the audio signal, wherein the first part of the audio signal extends over a first time period; obtaining a speaker recognition score from the biometric process for the first part of the audio signal; performing a biometric process on a plurality of second parts of the audio signal, wherein the second parts of the audio signal are successive sections of the first part of the audio signal, and wherein each second part of the audio signal extends over a second time period and the second time period is shorter than the first time period; obtaining a respective speaker recognition score from the biometric process for each second part of the audio signal; and determining whether there has been a speaker change based on the respective speaker recognition scores for successive second parts of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: John Paul Lesso
  • Patent number: 10997367
    Abstract: In an embodiment, Applicant's method can automatically determine proficiency in a given language by tracking a user's gaze during reading a sample text. The language proficiency test includes reading sentences in a language (e.g., a language to the user's native language). The user's, or learner's, gaze is recorded using an eye-tracking camera while they read the sample text. Applicant's method and corresponding system predicts the language proficiency of the learner based on their gaze patterns. Applicant's method and corresponding system can also predict performance on specific standardized language proficiency tests such as Michigan EPT (Michigan English Proficiency Test), TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication®), and TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language®).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yevgeni Berzak, Boris Katz, Roger Levy
  • Patent number: 10984798
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to using voice interaction to access call functionality of a companion device. In an example process, a user utterance is received. Based on the user utterance and contextual information, the process causes a server to determine a user intent corresponding to the user utterance. The contextual information is based on a signal received from the companion device. In accordance with the user intent corresponding to an actionable intent of answering the incoming call, a command is received. Based on the command, instructions are provided to the companion device, which cause the companion device to answer the incoming call and provide audio data of the answered incoming call. Audio is outputted according to the audio data of the answered incoming call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Ferdinand Schramm, Justin Binder, Benjamin S. Phipps, Po Keng Sung
  • Patent number: 10984790
    Abstract: A speech recognition device is provided. The speech recognition device includes at least one microphone configured to receive a sound signal from a first sound source, and at least one processor configured to determine a direction of the first sound source based on the sound signal, determine whether the direction of the first sound source is in a registered direction, and based on whether the direction of the first sound source is in the registered direction, recognize a speech from the sound signal regardless of whether the sound signal comprises a wake-up keyword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeon-Taek Lim, Sang-Yoon Kim, Kyung-Min Lee, Chang-Woo Han, Nam-Hoon Kim, Jong-Youb Ryu, Chi-Youn Park, Jae-Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10971139
    Abstract: An example system is configured to cause a first playback device in a first playback zone to operate in a given playback state including play back of media items identified in a playback queue associated with the first playback zone. The system is also configured to, while the first playback device is operating in the given playback state, (i) receive data corresponding to a detected voice input including an indication of (a) a command word and (b) one or more zone variable instances and (ii) determine, based on the command word and the one or more zone variable instances, an intent to transfer the given playback state to a second playback zone. The system is also configured to transfer the given playback state to the second playback zone, thereby causing a second playback device in the second playback zone to play back the media items identified in the playback queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. J. Millington, Keith Corbin, Mark Plagge
  • Patent number: 10971143
    Abstract: An input device which includes a sensor, a microphone, a communicator, and a processor configured to, based on an operation of a user being identified based on a value sensed through the sensor, transmit utterance intention sensing information to an electronic device, based on a command to initiate a speech recognition and feedback information being received from the electronic device according to the utterance intention sensing information transmitted to the electronic device, activate the microphone and provide a feedback according to the feedback information, and transmit a voice signal received via the microphone to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-hyun Song, Je-hwan Seo, Suk-hoon Yoon, Jong-keun Lee, Chae-young Lim, Min-sup Kim, Hyun-kyu Yun
  • Patent number: 10956678
    Abstract: This specification describes methods and systems for sentiment analysis. One of the methods includes: receiving a plurality of documents, each document having text data and for each of the documents: (1) representing at least part of the document's text data in a multi-dimensional vector space to produce vectorized text data; (2) applying a neural network to the vectorized text data to calculate a sentiment score, wherein the neural network has been trained using a two step process including (a) training the neural network with a non-domain specific training set; and (b) training the neural network with a domain specific training set; and (3) determining a sentiment score for an entity based at least in part on the sentiment scores for the plurality of documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: S&P Global Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammed Hadi, Michal Koblas, Saeed Shoaraee
  • Patent number: 10950236
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for customizing an action. In some implementations, voice input is received from a user and a context is determined from the voice input. Potential contextual data is identified based on the context and the voice input. A level of confidence is determined for an association of the potential contextual data and the context. An action is performed based on the voice input, the potential contextual data, and the level of confidence. The potential contextual data is used to customize the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Zoltan Stekkelpak, Gyula Simonyi
  • Patent number: 10943601
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: receiving, at an information handling device, audible user input; determining, using a processor, a dialect associated with the audible user input; and providing, based on the determining, output associated with the dialect. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Knudson, Roderick Echols
  • Patent number: 10923102
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for broadcasting a response based on artificial intelligence, and a storage medium, wherein the method comprises: obtaining a user-input speech query; generating a response corresponding to the query; obtaining a recorded speech of a mood meaning corresponding to a modal particle in the response and matched with the response; combining the obtained recorded speech with a TTS-generated speech to perform TTS broadcast of the response. The solution of the present disclosure may be applied to enhance an effect of broadcasting the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Bo Xie
  • Patent number: 10924706
    Abstract: An audio device is provided which distributes via the Internet a telephone talk between a distributer and a viewer, with a simple structure. An audio interface device can be connected to a PC, and distributes via the Internet a sound signal which is input from a microphone along with a BGM by outputting the sound signal to the PC. When a call is made with a caller, the audio interface device branches the sound signal which is input from the microphone into a first sound signal and a second sound signal, and supplies the second sound signal to the caller. Also, the first sound signal, the sound signal from the caller, and the BGM are synthesized and output to the PC, and the telephone talk is distributed via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TEAC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10911618
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a displayer; and a hardware processor that obtains voice recognition data that is a voice recognition result related to a voice vocalized in a state in which at least one operation screen is displayed in the displayer, determines a search target character string on the basis of the voice recognition data, executes search processing of searching for one voice operation command that agrees with the search target character string among a plurality of voice operation commands including a voice operation command group related to a first screen related to the image processing device, and a voice operation command group related to a second screen displayed according to user's operation for the first screen, and executes processing corresponding to the one voice operation command that has been searched for by the hardware processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hozuma Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10902860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for encoding and decoding spectrum coefficients in the frequency domain. The spectrum encoding method may comprise the steps of: selecting an encoding type on the basis of bit allocation information of respective bands; performing zero encoding with respect to a zero band; and encoding information of selected significant frequency components with respect to respective non-zero bands. The spectrum encoding method enables encoding and decoding of spectrum coefficients which is adaptive to various bit-rates and various sub-band sizes. In addition, a spectrum can be encoded using a TCQ method at a fixed bit rate using a bit-rate control module in a codec that supports multiple rates. Encoding performance of the codec can be maximised by encoding high performance TCQ at a precise target bit rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-sang Sung, Konstantin Osipov, Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 10878188
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating dependency parses for input text segments, which may be provided as inputs to a natural language processing system. One of the systems includes a first neural network comprising: one or more initial neural network layers configured to, for each token in an input text sequence: receive features for the token; and collectively process the features to generate an alternative representation of the features for use in determining a part of speech of the token in the input text sequence; and a dependency parsing neural network configured to: process the alternative representations of the features for the tokens in the input text sequence generated by the one or more initial neural network layers to generate a dependency parse of the input text sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yuan Zhang, David Joseph Weiss
  • Patent number: 10878818
    Abstract: A system may detect silent, internal articulation of words by a human user, by measuring low-voltage electrical signals at electrodes positioned on a user's skin. The measured signals may have been generated by neural activation of speech articulator muscles during the internal articulation. The system may detect the content of internally articulated words even though the internal articulation may be silent, may occur even when the user is not exhaling, and may occur without muscle movement that is detectable by another person. The system may react in real-time to this detected content. In some cases, the system reacts by providing audio feedback to the user via an earphone or a bone conduction transducer. In other cases, the system reacts by controlling another device, such as a luminaire or television. In other cases, the system reacts by sending a message to a device associated with another person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Arnav Kapur, Shreyas Kapur, Patricia Maes
  • Patent number: 10861470
    Abstract: Apparatuses, arrangements, and methods therein for generation of comfort noise are disclosed. In short, the solution relates to exploiting the spatial coherence of multiple input audio channels in order to generate high quality multi channel comfort noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventor: Anders K. Eriksson