Patents by Inventor Andrew J. Meyer

Andrew J. Meyer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11113267
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing queries of a graph database. During operation, the system stores intermediate results of the query in a structure comprising rows in a set of tables and links between pairs of rows in different tables in the set of tables. Next, the system tracks, in the structure, representations of data, relationships, and path consistency in the query. The system then applies one or more operations to existing rows in the structure to generate a final result of the query. Finally, the system provides the final result in a response to the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Carter, Ying Lu, Siddharth Shah, Andrew Rodriguez, Scott M. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20210268420
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods for estimating a replacement status of an HVAC air filter. Outdoor weather data (e.g., outdoor temperature information), is obtained. A Total Runtime Value of the HVAC system is determined based upon the obtained outdoor weather data. Finally, a replacement status of the air filter is estimated as a function of a comparison of the Total Runtime Value with a Baseline Value. By correlating air filter replacement status with an estimated runtime of the HVAC system, a credible predictor of air filter usage is provided. By estimating fan runtime based on easily-obtained outdoor weather data, the methods are readily implemented with any existing HVAC system and do not require installation of sensors or other mechanical or electrical components to the HVAC system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew R. Fox, Eric C. Lobner, Theresa M. Meyer, Brian J. Stankiewicz
  • Patent number: 9503148
    Abstract: An integrated mobile phone protective case and carrier drawer system for securely containing small personal items, comprising: a regular mobile phone protective case portion; a drawer space integrally contained inside a rear part of the integrated mobile phone protective case; a drawer cover separate from the integrated mobile phone protective case, configured to mate onto the rear part of the integrated mobile phone protective case; a latching extension integrally affixed with the drawer cover; a latch integrally affixed with the integrated mobile phone protective case and configured to latch together with the latching extension; and a release actuator for releasing the latching extension from the latch; wherein: after the drawer cover has been slid onto the integrated mobile phone protective case, the latching extension simultaneously becomes latched together with the latch thereby preventing any personal items contained within the personal item carriage drawer from being removed from the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Phone Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Meyer, Ryan Scotto
  • Publication number: 20160218765
    Abstract: An integrated mobile phone protective case and carrier drawer system for securely containing small personal items, comprising: a regular mobile phone protective case portion; a drawer space integrally contained inside a rear part of the integrated mobile phone protective case; a drawer cover separate from the integrated mobile phone protective case, configured to mate onto the rear part of the integrated mobile phone protective case; a latching extension integrally affixed with the drawer cover; a latch integrally affixed with the integrated mobile phone protective case and configured to latch together with the latching extension; and a release actuator for releasing the latching extension from the latch; wherein: after the drawer cover has been slid onto the integrated mobile phone protective case, the latching extension simultaneously becomes latched together with the latch thereby preventing any personal items contained within the personal item carriage drawer from being removed from the drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: Phone Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Meyer, Ryan Scotto
  • Patent number: 8422797
    Abstract: An “active learning” method trains a compact classifier for view-based object recognition. The method actively generates its own training data. Specifically, the generation of synthetic training images is controlled within an iterative training process. Valuable and/or informative object views are found in a low-dimensional rendering space and then added iteratively to the training set. In each iteration, new views are generated. A sparse training set is iteratively generated by searching for local minima of a classifier's output in a low-dimensional space of rendering parameters. An initial training set is generated. The classifier is trained using the training set. Local minima are found of the classifier's output in the low-dimensional rendering space. Images are rendered at the local minima. The newly-rendered images are added to the training set. The procedure is repeated so that the classifier is retrained using the modified training set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bernd Heisele, Gunhee Kim, Andrew J. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20110212430
    Abstract: A teaching and learning system includes a data store and a server computing device. The server computing device is programmed to retrieve digital data from the data store and to generate and transfer digital data across a network to user computing devices associated with users. The digital data is configured to be interpreted by the user computing devices to display to the users an interactive web site, the web site including a plurality of learning packets. Each learning packet includes a title and multiple content sections. The title includes a text description of a topic associated with an academic topic. The multiple content sections include at least one content window, where each content window includes content having a content type selected by the author of the learning packet from a plurality of different available content types. The content of each content section includes information to teach the user about the topic identified in the title.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Donald E. Smithmier, Andrew J. Meyer, Erik C. Jordan, Steve M. Anastasi, Michael D. Selinker, Anne Teeuwynn Woodruff, Mark C. Flannery
  • Publication number: 20110002531
    Abstract: An “active learning” method trains a compact classifier for view-based object recognition. The method actively generates its own training data. Specifically, the generation of synthetic training images is controlled within an iterative training process. Valuable and/or informative object views are found in a low-dimensional rendering space and then added iteratively to the training set. In each iteration, new views are generated. A sparse training set is iteratively generated by searching for local minima of a classifier's output in a low-dimensional space of rendering parameters. An initial training set is generated. The classifier is trained using the training set. Local minima are found of the classifier's output in the low-dimensional rendering space. Images are rendered at the local minima. The newly-rendered images are added to the training set. The procedure is repeated so that the classifier is retrained using the modified training set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bernd Heisele, Gunhee Kim, Andrew J. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20080253927
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for high throughput processing using sample holders. The system has a plurality of work perimeters, with a rotational robot preferably associated with each work perimeter. At least one transfer station area is provided between adjacent work perimeters to facilitate robotic transfer of sample holders from one work perimeter to another area. Each work perimeter typically includes a plurality of defined station locations, with each station location positioned to be accessible by the robot associated with that area. In addition, each station location is typically configured to receive a device, such as an automated instrument or a holding nest. Device components are arranged at selected station locations according to specific application requirements to provide a flexible, robust, reliable, and accurate high throughput processing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: IRM LLC
    Inventors: Kristina Marie Burow, Jeremy S. Caldwell, Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Andrew J. Meyer, Daniel G. Sipes, Mark Richard Weselak
  • Patent number: 7390458
    Abstract: Briefly, the present invention provides a system and method for high throughput processing using sample holders. The system has a plurality of work perimeters, with a rotational robot preferably associated with each work perimeter. At least one transfer station area is provided between adjacent work perimeters to facilitate robotic transfer of sample holders from one work perimeter to another area. Each work perimeter typically includes a plurality of defined station locations, with each station location positioned to be accessible by the robot associated with that area. In addition, each station location is typically configured to receive a device, such as an automated instrument or a holding nest. Device components are arranged at selected station locations according to specific application requirements to provide a flexible, robust, reliable, and accurate high throughput processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: IRM LLC
    Inventors: Kristina Marie Burow, Jeremy S. Caldwell, Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Andrew J. Meyer, Daniel G. Sipes, Mark Richard Weselak
  • Publication number: 20080077602
    Abstract: An operating system independent computer language to enable non-technical users to manipulate data from within large pre-existing files or databases with limited involvement of programmers. This language can also be used to distribute the processing for such file manipulations across any group of networked computers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: WEATHERWISE USA, INC.
    Inventors: Rand Warsaw, Andrew J. Meyer, Vijay Parmar
  • Publication number: 20040157322
    Abstract: A fermentation apparatus is constructed to produce a known and repeatable amount of untainted fermentation product using multiple fermentation vessels. To facilitate further processing compatible with other product processing steps, the fermentation apparatus has an array of sample vessels arranged in a container frame. The container frame is configured to hold the sample vessels during fermentation and to transport the vessel array to or from another processing station. Corresponding to the number of sample vessels in the sample vessel array, a cannula array is configured such that each cannula may be placed inside a sample vessel. The cannula array is attached to a gas distributor that delivers oxygen and/or one or more other gases from a gas source through the cannula into the sample vessel. Because the fermentation volume for each individual sample vessel is smaller than a bulk fermentation apparatus, the fermentation product yields are predictable and cell growth rates can be effectively optimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Applicant: IRM, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Daniel Terence McMullan, Andrew J. Meyer, Marc Nasoff
  • Patent number: 6723555
    Abstract: A fermentation apparatus is constructed to produce a known and repeatable amount of untainted fermentation product using multiple fermentation vessels. To facilitate further processing compatible with other product processing steps, the fermentation apparatus has an array of sample vessels arranged in a container frame. The container frame is configured to hold the sample vessels during fermentation and to transport the vessel array to or from another processing station. Corresponding to the number of sample vessels in the sample vessel array, a cannula array is configured such that each cannula may be placed inside a sample vessel. The cannula array is attached to a gas distributor that delivers oxygen and/or one or more other gases from a gas source through the cannula into the sample vessel. Because the fermentation volume for each individual sample vessel is smaller than a bulk fermentation apparatus, the fermentation product yields are predictable and cell growth rates can be effectively optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: IRM, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Daniel Terence McMullan, Andrew J. Meyer, Marc Nasoff
  • Patent number: 6670538
    Abstract: A radiation sensor which includes a thermopile for detecting radiant energy. The thermopile and a support rim for the thermopile are fabricated as an integrated unit to form a support chip. The support chip is mated to a mating chip so that the thermopile is positioned in an inner cavity region of the radiation sensor. The sensor has a window which permits the transmission of radiant energy into the enclosure such that the radiant energy impinges upon a central absorber region of the thermopile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Endevco Corporation
    Inventors: Leslie Bruce Wilner, Andrew J. Meyer, James Tjan-Meng Suminto, Joseph Salvatore Fragala
  • Patent number: 6635441
    Abstract: A fermentation apparatus is constructed to produce a known and repeatable amount of unpoisoned fermentation product using multiple fermentation vessels. To facilitate further processing compatible with other product processing steps, the fermentation apparatus has an array of sample vessels arranged in a container frame. The container frame is configured to hold the sample vessels during fermentation and to transport the vessel array to or from another processing station. Corresponding to the number of sample vessels in the sample vessel array, a cannula array is configured such that each cannula may be placed inside a sample vessel. The cannula array is attached to a gas distributor that delivers oxygen and/or one or more other gases from a gas source through the cannula into the sample vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: IRM, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Daniel T. McMullan, Andrew J. Meyer, Marc Nasoff
  • Publication number: 20030157591
    Abstract: A fermentation apparatus is constructed to produce a known and repeatable amount of unpoisoned fermentation product using multiple fermentation vessels. To facilitate further processing compatible with other product processing steps, the fermentation apparatus has an array of sample vessels arranged in a container frame. The container frame is configured to hold the sample vessels during fermentation and to transport the vessel array to or from another processing station. Corresponding to the number of sample vessels in the sample vessel array, a cannula array is configured such that each cannula may be placed inside a sample vessel. The cannula array is attached to a gas distributor that delivers oxygen and/or one or more other gases from a gas source through the cannula into the sample vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Daniel T. McMullan, Andrew J. Meyer, Marc Nasoff
  • Publication number: 20030108450
    Abstract: The specimen plate lid is generally a block, with a cover portion and a side portion. An alignment protrusion extends from the side portion and cooperates with an alignment member of the specimen plate to assist in manually or roboticly guiding the lid onto the specimen plate. An underside surface of the cover has a sealing perimeter for receiving a seal constructed from a compliant material, and shaped to cooperate with a complimentary sealing surface on the specimen plate. The lid is weighted so that when the lid is aligned and positioned on the specimen plate, the weight of the lid provides a gravitational force to sufficiently compress the seal against the sealing surface on the specimen plate. Accordingly, the lid is sufficiently sealed to the specimen plate to avoid contamination and impermissible drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Applicant: IRM LLC
    Inventors: James Kevin Mainquist, Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak, Andrew J. Meyer, Kristina Marie Burow, Daniel G. Sipes, Jeremy Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20030091473
    Abstract: An automated centrifuge comprising a rotor having a plurality of cavities located in the rotor. A tube is structured to be insertable into any one of the cavities and a controller is configured to insert the tube into the cavity. The cavities located in the rotor are grouped in clusters, and the cavities of each cluster are substantially parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Andrew J. Meyer, Christopher M. Shaw, Mark Richard Weselak, Marc Nasoff
  • Patent number: 6534014
    Abstract: The specimen plate lid is generally a block, with a cover portion and a side portion. An alignment protrusion extends from the side portion and cooperates with an alignment member of the specimen plate to assist in manually or roboticly guiding the lid onto the specimen plate. An underside surface of the cover has a sealing perimeter for receiving a seal constructed from a compliant material, and shaped to cooperate with a complimentary sealing surface on the specimen plate. The lid is weighted so that when the lid is aligned and positioned on the specimen plate, the weight of the lid provides a gravitational force to sufficiently compress the seal against the sealing surface on the specimen plate. Accordingly, the lid is sufficiently sealed to the specimen plate to avoid contamination and impermissible drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: IRM LLC
    Inventors: James Kevin Mainquist, Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak, Andrew J. Meyer, Kristina Marie Burow, Daniel G. Sipes, Jeremy Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20020146818
    Abstract: A fermentation apparatus is constructed to produce a known and repeatable amount of untainted fermentation product using multiple fermentation vessels. To facilitate further processing compatible with other product processing steps, the fermentation apparatus has an array of sample vessels arranged in a container frame. The container frame is configured to hold the sample vessels during fermentation and to transport the vessel array to or from another processing station. Corresponding to the number of sample vessels in the sample vessel array, a cannula array is configured such that each cannula may be placed inside a sample vessel. The cannula array is attached to a gas distributor that delivers oxygen and/or one or more other gases from a gas source through the cannula into the sample vessel. Because the fermentation volume for each individual sample vessel is smaller than a bulk fermentation apparatus, the fermentation product yields are predictable and cell growth rates can be effectively optimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Applicant: IRM, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Daniel Terence McMullan, Andrew J. Meyer, Marc Nasoff
  • Publication number: 20020139410
    Abstract: A radiation sensor which includes a thermopile for detecting radiant energy. The thermopile and a support rim for the thermopile are fabricated as an integrated unit to form a support chip. The support chip is mated to a mating chip so that the thermopile is positioned in an inner cavity region of the radiation sensor. The sensor has a window which permits the transmission of radiant energy into the enclosure such that the radiant energy impinges upon a central absorber region of the thermopile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Applicant: Endevco Corporation
    Inventors: Leslie Bruce Wilner, Andrew J. Meyer, James Tjan-Meng Suminto, Joseph Salvatore Fragala