Patents by Inventor Arun Ramaswamy

Arun Ramaswamy 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).

  • Publication number: 20190028747
    Abstract: An example apparatus disclosed herein includes means for collecting demographic data of a user, including a phone number for a mobile device, via a website associated with an information gathering entity, the demographic data collected via the website from a personal computer, separate from the mobile device, used to access the website. The disclosed example apparatus also includes means for sending a message to the mobile device, the sent message, when responded to, resulting in downloading of a metering software module to the mobile device. The disclosed example apparatus further includes means for receiving, from the mobile device and at a system associated with the information gathering entity, information indicative of events associated with use of the mobile device, and means for associating the received information with the demographic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: David Howell Wright, Arun Ramaswamy, Dan Nelson, Glen Vilches
  • Publication number: 20190028763
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detecting space-shifted media content associated with a digital recording/playback device are disclosed. An example method includes storing viewing data associated with monitoring a first media playback device in memory, detecting, by executing an instruction with a processor, presentation of media by the first media playback device, querying, by executing an instruction with the processor, the first media playback device to determine a retrieval location of the media, and in response to a result of the query indicating the media was retrieved from a second media playback device, updating, by executing an instruction with the processor, the viewing data stored in the memory to indicate the media presented by the first media playback device was space-shifted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: David Howell Wright, David James Croy, Arun Ramaswamy, Jan Besehanic, Brian Mello
  • Publication number: 20190012680
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture to monitor consumer behavior associated with location-based web services are disclosed. Example disclosed apparatus include a receiver to receive a query from a mobile device including a query criterion and a first location identifier. Disclosed example apparatus further include a database to associate a second location identifier with an advertisement identifier indicative of an advertisement at a fixed location. Disclosed example apparatus also include an analyzer to credit the advertisement indicated by the advertisement identifier as having been exposed to a user of the mobile device in response to the first location identifier matching the second location identifier or the first location identifier being indicative of a first location within a distance of a second location indicated by the second location identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Scott Mello, Arun Ramaswamy, David H. Wright
  • Publication number: 20180359605
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to associate geographic locations with user devices. An example apparatus includes a network classifier to classify a network that connects a user device to an audience measurement entity based on source identifying information transmitted from the user device and a location mapper to determine a geographic location associated with an impression indicated by media identifying information based on a location identifier including at least one of a network address included in the source identifying information and a first mapping that maps the network address to the geographic location when the network is a fixed network and location services information included in the source identifying information and a second mapping that maps the location services information to the geographic location when the network is a mobile network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Steven J. Splaine, Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 10129610
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture to monitor media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a network interface to obtain media monitoring information from a content publisher. The apparatus further includes a media identifier to determine a first media identifier based on the obtained media monitoring information corresponding to media presented at a media device, map the first media identifier to a second media identifier in a look-up table, the second media identifier based on an audience measurement entity (AME) media analyzer obtaining the media before the media device accessed the media, and credit the presentation of the media to the media device based on the mapping. The apparatus further includes a report generator to generate a media crediting report based on the crediting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Splaine, Arun Ramaswamy, Kevin K. Gaynor, Chris G. Nicotra, Alan N. Bosworth
  • Patent number: 10129591
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for signature retrieval and matching for media monitoring are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a hash table populator to store hash keys of reference signatures included in a reference signature block associated with reference media in entries of a hash table, and store qualifier data in the entry of the hash table, the qualifier data including a timestamp, an offset, and an identifier associated with the reference signature of the hash key. The apparatus further including a block table populator to store a block table key corresponding to the reference signature block in the entry of a block table, the block table key including the timestamp and the identifier, and store the reference signature block, a preceding reference signature block and a subsequent reference signature block in the first entry of the block table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Nelson, Venugopal Srinivasan, Arun Ramaswamy, Raghuram Ranganathan, Kenneth William McArthur
  • Publication number: 20180295413
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to provide media content are disclosed. Example apparatus disclosed herein include means for identifying primary media content presented on a first media presentation device. Disclosed example apparatus also include means for accessing a secondary content schedule associated with the primary media content. The secondary content schedule includes a plurality of secondary content items and time values associated with the secondary content items. The secondary content items are also associated with a loyalty value for a user of the first media presentation device. Disclosed example apparatus further include means for selecting one of the secondary content items to be accessed in response to a timestamp associated with the primary media content being between time values associated with the selected one of the secondary content items in the secondary content schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: David Henry Harkness, Arun Ramaswamy, Jerome Samson, Jan Besehanic, Venugopal Srinivasan, Alexander Pavlovich Topchy
  • Patent number: 10085052
    Abstract: An example portable device disclosed herein includes means for halting execution of media metering software in response to determining the portable device is being used for a native purpose, the media metering software having been downloaded to the portable device. The example portable device also includes means, responsive to determining that the portable device is not being used for a native purpose, for executing the media metering software to monitor a media signal output by a media presentation device. The example portable device further includes means for determining whether an amount of available power is sufficient to continue execution of the media metering software, and means, responsive to determining that the amount of available power is insufficient, for causing execution of the media metering software to sleep for a first interval of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David Howell Wright, Arun Ramaswamy, Dan Nelson, Glen Vilches
  • Patent number: 10078846
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus for associating media devices with a demographic composition of a geographic area are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes receiving a plurality of Internet Protocol addresses assigned to a media device associated with a panel member, determining a most used Internet Protocol address from the plurality of Internet Protocol addresses, accessing geographic information and determining a geographic location corresponding to the most used Internet Protocol address, accessing demographic information and determining a demographic profile associated with the geographic location, and associating at least one of the geographic location or the demographic profile with the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Jan Besehanic, Paul Mears, Joseph G. Milavsky, Robert A. Luff, Arun Ramaswamy, David Howell Wright
  • Patent number: 10075762
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detecting space-shifted media content associated with a digital recording/playback device are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a meter to detect presentation of media by a media playback device; a network analyzer to detect a data packet transmitted from a network database to the media playback device; and determine that the data packet includes the media; and a memory device to, in response to determining that the data packet includes the media, store an indication that the media was space-shifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: David Howell Wright, David James Croy, Arun Ramaswamy, Jan Besehanic, Brian Mello
  • Publication number: 20180254048
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to perform audio watermarking and watermark detection and extraction are disclosed. Example apparatus disclosed herein to embed a code into an audio signal include means for selecting frequency components to be used to represent the code, different sets of frequency components to represent respectively different information, respective ones of the frequency components in the sets of frequency components located in respective code bands, there being multiple code bands and spacing between adjacent code bands being equal to or less than the spacing between adjacent frequency components in the code bands. Disclosed example apparatus further include means for synthesizing the frequency components to be used to represent the code and means for combining the synthesized frequency components with an audio block of the audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander Pavlovich Topchy, Arun Ramaswamy, Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10057718
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to associate geographic locations with user devices. An example apparatus includes a beacon handler to: extract source identifying information from a beacon transmitted from a user device to an audience measurement entity in response to the user device accessing a webpage, and extract media identifying information from the beacon; a location identifier to, in response to detecting that the source identifying information indicates that the beacon was received from a mobile network query a location service of a provider of the mobile network to retrieve a location associated with the user device; and a location mapper to store the location in association with the media identifying information to credit an impression of the media identifying information to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Splaine, Arun Ramaswamy
  • Publication number: 20180227612
    Abstract: An example apparatus to monitor media that is presented via a mobile device includes: an application monitor to determine when media presentation software is being executed by the mobile device; and a metering information collector to collect at least one of a signature or a code of the media presented by the media presentation software based on the media presentation software being executed by the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: David H. Wright, Kamal Nasser, Jeff L. Herrmann, Arun Ramaswamy, Brian Scott Mello
  • Publication number: 20180227611
    Abstract: An example apparatus to generate media metering information includes a display to present selectable options for a user to select one of a plurality of levels of anonymity to be used in association with generating the media metering information indicative of media content presentations; a processor to access an anonymity selection of one of the levels of anonymity, the levels of anonymity including no anonymity, partial anonymity, and total anonymity; and a metering information generator to generate the media metering information in association with the anonymity selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: David H. Wright, Kamal Nasser, Jeff L. Herrmann, Arun Ramaswamy, Brian Scott Mello
  • Patent number: 10003846
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to provide media content are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes receiving an audio signal output by a first media presentation device, the audio signal being associated with first media content, decoding the audio signal to extract a code from the audio signal, the code identifying at least one of the first media content or a broadcaster of the first media content, setting a clock using a timestamp associated with the code, obtaining second media content based on the code and the timestamp, the second media content comprising a plurality of pieces of secondary content for respective ones of a plurality of timestamps, and presenting, at a second media presentation device, a first of the plurality of pieces of secondary media when its respective timestamp substantially corresponds to a time value obtained from the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David Henry Harkness, Arun Ramaswamy, Jerome Samson, Jan Besehanic, Venugopal Srinivasan, Alexander Pavlovich Topchy
  • Publication number: 20180152742
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for inserting audience measurement data or interactive data into a compressed data bitstream are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a parser to access compressed audio data packets from a compressed data bitstream, a time shifter to time shift the compressed audio data packets in data frames of the compressed data bitstream to occupy locations of the data frames from which skip bytes are eliminated, and an inserter to insert at least one of audience measurement data or interactive data into auxiliary data fields of the data frames that increase in size due to the time shifting the compressed audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9972332
    Abstract: Encoding and decoding methods and apparatus are described. An example method is described for embedding information into audio by determining a first set of frequency components to represent a synchronization block, the synchronization block representing one of a plurality of different message types, one frequency component from each set of frequency components being located in a respective code band, and spacing between adjacent code bands is equal to or less than the spacing between adjacent frequency components of each code band. Determining amplitudes of respective ones of the first set of frequency components representing the synchronization block based on a masking ability of an audio block of the audio. Synthesizing the first set of frequency components representing the synchronization block to determine a first set of synthesized code frequency components, based on the determined amplitudes. Combining the first set of synthesized code frequency components with the audio block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Pavlovich Topchy, Arun Ramaswamy, Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9942584
    Abstract: An example apparatus to generate media monitoring information includes a processor to collect a first data record corresponding to a first media presentation session, and collect a second data record corresponding to a second media presentation. The example apparatus also includes a memory in circuit with the processor, the memory to: store a first end timestamp in the first data record indicative of a first time at which the first media presentation session ended; store a second end timestamp in the second data record indicative of a second time at which the second media presentation session ended; and store the first end timestamp in the second data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David H. Wright, Kamal Nasser, Jeff L. Herrmann, Arun Ramaswamy, Brian Scott Mello
  • Patent number: 9936234
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to adaptively gather audience information data are disclosed. The disclosed methods and apparatus monitor system factor(s) and select one or more sensors from a plurality of sensors positioned to gather audience measurement data based on the monitored factor(s). Thus, the disclosed methods and apparatus adapt to the conditions they face by selecting an amount and/or type of audience measurement data they gather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Paul M. Mears, Arun Ramaswamy
  • Publication number: 20180084313
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture to monitor media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a network interface to obtain media monitoring information from a content publisher. The apparatus further includes a media identifier to determine a first media identifier based on the obtained media monitoring information corresponding to media presented at a media device, map the first media identifier to a second media identifier in a look-up table, the second media identifier based on an audience measurement entity (AME) media analyzer obtaining the media before the media device accessed the media, and credit the presentation of the media to the media device based on the mapping. The apparatus further includes a report generator to generate a media crediting report based on the crediting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Steven J. Splaine, Arun Ramaswamy, Kevin K. Gaynor, Chris G. Nicotra, Alan N. Bosworth