Patents by Inventor Andrew L. Schirmer

Andrew L. Schirmer 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: 10394543
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to state awareness of a non-live object, and provide a method, system and computer program product for lifecycle model instance objectification of a non-activity object in an activity thread. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for lifecycle model instance objectification of non-activity objects in an activity thread can be provided. The method can include rendering an activity thread within an activity map for an activity-centric collaborative tool, creating an instance of a lifecycle model, and objectifying a non-activity object in the activity thread with the lifecycle model instance. Additionally, a status decorator can be displayed for the lifecycle model instance in association with the non-activity object in the activity map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Muller, Andrew L. Schirmer, Paul B. Moody
  • Publication number: 20190138188
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to user interface control groups and provide a method, system and computer program product for rendering a set of user interface controls with dynamic content in a GUI. In one embodiment, the invention can include a data processing system including a set of user interface controls and control data including a set of cumulative selection metrics for each user interface control in the set. Each user interface control in the set, in turn, can include a label and an indicator of cumulative metrics for the user interface control. For instance, the set of user interface controls can include a set of radio buttons in a radio button control group. As another example, the set of user interface controls can include a set of check boxes in a check box control group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Muller, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Publication number: 20190116211
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to collaborative information object management and provide a method, system and computer program product for annotating collaborative information structures. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for annotating collaborative information structures can be provided. The method can include creating a collaborative information structure document (ISD) with each of an object section and an annotation section, adding a collaborative object in a collaborative computing environment to the object section of the collaborative ISD, adding an annotation for the collaborative ISD to the annotation section of the collaborative ISD, and storing the collaborative ISD for use as a collaborative object in the collaborative computing environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Jodi L. Coppinger, Michael Muller, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 10168875
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to user interface control groups and provide a method, system and computer program product for rendering a set of user interface controls with dynamic content in a GUI. In one embodiment, the invention can include a data processing system including a set of user interface controls and control data including a set of cumulative selection metrics for each user interface control in the set. Each user interface control in the set, in turn, can include a label and an indicator of cumulative metrics for the user interface control. For instance, the set of user interface controls can include a set of radio buttons in a radio button control group. As another example, the set of user interface controls can include a set of check boxes in a check box control group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Muller, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 10154069
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to collaborative information object management and provide a method, system and computer program product for annotating collaborative information structures. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for annotating collaborative information structures can be provided. The method can include creating a collaborative information structure document (ISD) with each of an object section and an annotation section, adding a collaborative object in a collaborative computing environment to the object section of the collaborative ISD, adding an annotation for the collaborative ISD to the annotation section of the collaborative ISD, and storing the collaborative ISD for use as a collaborative object in the collaborative computing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jodi L. Coppinger, Michael Muller, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 10067630
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to hierarchical tree file browsers and provide a method, system and computer program product for selectably flattening a hierarchical tree object structure in a hierarchical tree object browser. In one embodiment of the invention, a method of flattening an object hierarchy in an object browser can be provided. The method can include selecting a node in an object hierarchy in an object browser and, responsive to selecting the node, displaying content for the selected node and content for at least one node below the selected node in the object browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Josef Scherpa, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9996223
    Abstract: A contextual organization chart based on two selected individuals is constructed from a database of individual names, manager names, and profiles. Awareness data is provided for people in the organization, a people awareness indicator and a nesting control indicator are appended to names in the constructed view. A user may access profile data by selecting a name in the view, expand the view to show additional individuals by selecting a nesting control indicator, or initiate a communication with an individual by selecting an awareness indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marijane M. Zeller, Michael D. Elder, Oliver Heinz, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9894114
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for adjusting a display of social media updates to varying degrees of richness. A level of importance for each social media update is identified and assigned to the update. The importance of the social media update can be defined by various aspects, such as topics or people of interest to the user. Furthermore, a current condition of a user's environment (e.g., current workload of the user) is determined. The social media updates are then displayed in a social networking feed with a particular degree of richness at a particular location based on the level of importance of the social media updates, the current condition of the user's environment, and/or the user's interactions with existing updates currently displayed. In this manner, the amount of time required by the user to determine which updates are important to the user is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ethan L. Perry, Josef Scherpa, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9871833
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for adjusting a display of social media updates to varying degrees of richness. A level of importance for each social media update is identified and assigned to the update. The importance of the social media update can be defined by various aspects, such as topics or people of interest to the user. Furthermore, a current condition of a user's environment (e.g., current workload of the user) is determined. The social media updates are then displayed in a social networking feed with a particular degree of richness at a particular location based on the level of importance of the social media updates, the current condition of the user's environment, and/or the user's interactions with existing updates currently displayed. In this manner, the amount of time required by the user to determine which updates are important to the user is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ethan L. Perry, Josef Scherpa, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9823807
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to queued requests to establish human-to-human collaborative sessions and provide a novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for managing queued requests to establish human-to-human collaborative sessions. In one embodiment, a human-to-human collaborative data processing system can be provided which can include a messenger configured for coupling to other messengers. The system further can include a queue of incoming session requests to establish respective human-to-human collaborative sessions with requestors associated with the other messengers. Finally, the system can include queue management logic enabled to order the session requests in the queue according to queue rules coupled to the queue management logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fonda J. Daniels, Ruthie D. Lyle, Michael Muller, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9798989
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system for selecting collaborators is described. A set of candidates for collaboration with an initiator is received. Initial contact scores for one or more member of the set of candidates are determined based upon, at least in part, one or more of initial availability and initial willingness. An initial ranking order for the set of candidates is determined. A member is selected from the set based upon, at least in part, the initial ranking order. An invitation to collaborate is provided to the selected member. If the invitation is accepted, a communication channel connection is established between the initiator and the selected member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Galvin, Jr., Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9798988
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system for selecting collaborators is described. A set of candidates for collaboration with an initiator is received. Initial contact scores for one or more member of the set of candidates are determined based upon, at least in part, one or more of initial availability and initial willingness. An initial ranking order for the set of candidates is determined. A member is selected from the set based upon, at least in part, the initial ranking order. An invitation to collaborate is provided to the selected member. If the invitation is accepted, a communication channel connection is established between the initiator and the selected member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Galvin, Jr., Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9773213
    Abstract: A solution for providing an instant messaging (IM) space, such as for a chat session, is provided, which includes provisions for spinning off of chat threads. An embodiment of the invention provides a method of providing an IM space, the method comprising: providing a first graphical user interface (GUI) space for an IM conversation; obtaining a selected portion of the IM conversation represented on the first GUI; and creating a second GUI space for a second IM conversation based on the portion selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anuphinh P. Wanderski, John M. Lance, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Publication number: 20170221012
    Abstract: A calendared event may be visually indicated. A proposed time for the calendared event can be identified and each of a plurality of event participants can be associated with the calendared event. For each of the participants, a local time of the participant that corresponds to the proposed time for the calendared event can be identified and displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Tolga Oral, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9720985
    Abstract: A calendared event may be visually indicated. A proposed time for the calendared event can be identified and each of a plurality of event participants can be associated with the calendared event. For each of the participants, a local time of the participant that corresponds to the proposed time for the calendared event can be identified and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tolga Oral, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9626657
    Abstract: A system for clustering electronic calendar schedules in an event scheduling user interface displays the availability of invitee clusters that each include invitees with sufficiently similar availability during a target period. An invitee cluster list includes an invitee cluster entry for each invitee cluster, such that each invitee cluster entry displays the availability for all invitees contained in the corresponding cluster, as well as the number of invitees contained in the cluster. Invitees that do not belong to any cluster are listed as individual outlier entries, such that each outlier entry displays the availability for the corresponding outlier invitee and the invitee's name. The names of invitees contained in an invitee cluster are displayed in response to user selection of the cluster entry. A degree of similarity required for invitees to be clustered together, and/or a permitted total number of clusters, may be input from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew L. Schirmer, Tolga Oral
  • Patent number: 9607287
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to user interface rendering for information objects and provide method, system and computer program product for an integrated view of multi-sourced information objects. In an embodiment of the invention, an attention manager data processing system can be provided. The system can include integrated view logic executing in a computing device and an attention manager user interface generated by program code of the integrated view logic. The user interface can include a grid of quadrants. Each quadrant can correspond to a unique combination of importance and urgency. The quadrant further can include representations of underlying information objects from multiple different sources of information objects. Correspondingly, each information object can include a respective importance and urgency consistent with a corresponding one of the quadrants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew L. Schirmer, Elizabeth A. Brownholtz, Sandra L. Kogan, Michael Muller
  • Patent number: 9535900
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for identifying, by a computing device, content in a document, wherein the content includes a language expression. A context of the language expression is determined from a defined range of the content in the document. An action item associated with the language expression is generated based upon, at least in part, the context of the language expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Galvin, Jr., Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Publication number: 20160378841
    Abstract: A calendared event may be visually indicated. A proposed time for the calendared event can be identified and each of a plurality of event participants can be associated with the calendared event. For each of the participants, a local time of the participant that corresponds to the proposed time for the calendared event can be identified and displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Tolga Oral, Andrew L. Schirmer
  • Patent number: 9479465
    Abstract: A computer receives a first information related to a communication sent to a user device of a second person. The computer determines a user device of a first person using the first information. The computer sends a context information request to the user device of the first person. The computer receives a context information reply responsive to the context information request. The computer sends context information of the context information reply to the user device of the second person. The computer releases the communication to the user device of the second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William C. Barlow, Muhammed Fatih Bulut, James E. Christensen, David S. Marshak, Andrew L. Schirmer, Amy D. Travis