Patents by Inventor Brent A. Miller

Brent A. Miller 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: 10529995
    Abstract: A receptacle in the body of a missile includes a plurality of electrical contacts connected to one or more electrically powered devices within the missile and configured to connect to an electrical power source. The receptacle receives a removable and reusable battery pack including connectors contacting the plurality of electrical contacts when the battery pack is mounted within the receptacle and one or more non-chemical, squibless batteries, preferably comprised of high power density primary cell lithium metal oxide cells. An interface circuit coupled to the squibless batteries initiates, terminates, and re-initiates delivery of electrical power from the squibless batteries to the plurality of electrical contacts based on a control input. Transportation, storage, and use risks associated with squibs in chemical batteries are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Joseph Brent Miller, Jr., Timothy A. Murphy, Donald J. Golding
  • Patent number: 10461347
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for real-time monitoring and automated intervention of a power generation. Embodiments may include receiving operating data from components of the power generation system. A potential failure condition for the components may be determined from real-time operating data of the received operating data before an occurrence of the potential failure condition. An alert may be issued in response to determining the real-time operating data indicates a potential failure condition, and instructions for remedying the potential failure condition may be transmitted to the power generation system. An algorithm for determining whether the real-time operating data indicates the potential failure condition may be updated by using preceding operating data in response to detecting the potential failure condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aswin Venkat, Brent Miller, Prasad Raut, Natarajan Ramanan, Deepak Shukla, Andrew Hall, Pramod Vachhani
  • Patent number: 10451548
    Abstract: A system for generating reflectance values for a target that includes a plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources for irradiating the target, an imager for generating a plurality of digital representations of the target that includes an array of filter elements for filtering electromagnetic radiation reflected by the target through an array of filter elements, and a detector for detecting the filtered electromagnetic radiation at an array of detection elements. The system includes processors for determining a set of reflectance values for a portion of the target based on a first digital representation of the target generated in response to irradiation of the target with radiation of a first wavelength band and a second digital representation of the target generated in response to irradiation of the target with radiation of a second wavelength band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Gemp, Ariel Schlamm, Christopher Miller, Shannon Jordan, Marin Halper, Brent Bartlett
  • Patent number: 10166421
    Abstract: A computer identifies, based on sensor data from one or more sensors located in proximity to a fire site and on a corpus of firefighting knowledge, one or more firefighting goals. The computer generates, based on the one or more firefighting goals and the corpus of firefighting knowledge, one or more firefighting recommendations. The computer scores, using the corpus of firefighting knowledge, the one or more firefighting recommendations based on historical effectiveness of prior firefighting actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Cesar Augusto Rodriguez Bravo
  • Publication number: 20180340815
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure includes a transfer standard apparatus for in situ calibration of measuring devices including a manifold having a first header in fluid communication with a second header via two or more flow lines, the first header and the second header each having ports at each end structured to accept external flow lines, two or more flow meters, each disposed in one of the flow lines such that the flow meters are connected in parallel relative to the first header and second header, and valves disposed in the flow lines adjacent the first header and the second header and operable to selectively isolate each flow meter from the first header and the second header. The transfer standard apparatus may include a mobile platform on which the manifold is mounted, including access to the ports of the first header and second header.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: BRIAN HOOVER, CHRISTOPHER BRENT MILLER, RON ONWEZEN
  • Publication number: 20180318621
    Abstract: A computer identifies, based on sensor data from one or more sensors located in proximity to a fire site and on a corpus of firefighting knowledge, one or more firefighting goals. The computer generates, based on the one or more firefighting goals and the corpus of firefighting knowledge, one or more firefighting recommendations. The computer scores, using the corpus of firefighting knowledge, the one or more firefighting recommendations based on historical effectiveness of prior firefighting actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Cesar Augusto Rodriguez Bravo
  • Publication number: 20180318622
    Abstract: A computer identifies, based on sensor data from one or more sensors located in proximity to a fire site and on a corpus of firefighting knowledge, one or more firefighting goals. The computer generates, based on the one or more firefighting goals and the corpus of firefighting knowledge, one or more firefighting recommendations. The computer scores, using the corpus of firefighting knowledge, the one or more firefighting recommendations based on historical effectiveness of prior firefighting actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Cesar Augusto Rodriguez Bravo
  • Publication number: 20170084889
    Abstract: A receptacle in the body of a missile includes a plurality of electrical contacts connected to one or more electrically powered devices within the missile and configured to connect to an electrical power source. The receptacle receives a removable and reusable battery pack including connectors contacting the plurality of electrical contacts when the battery pack is mounted within the receptacle and one or more non-chemical, squibless batteries, preferably comprised of high power density primary cell lithium metal oxide cells. An interface circuit coupled to the squibless batteries initiates, terminates, and re-initiates delivery of electrical power from the squibless batteries to the plurality of electrical contacts based on a control input. Transportation, storage, and use risks associated with squibs in chemical batteries are avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Brent Miller, JR., Timothy A. Murphy, Donald J. Golding
  • Publication number: 20170012309
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for real-time monitoring and automated intervention of a power generation. Embodiments may include receiving operating data from components of the power generation system. A potential failure condition for the components may be determined from real-time operating data of the received operating data before an occurrence of the potential failure condition. An alert may be issued in response to determining the real-time operating data indicates a potential failure condition, and instructions for remedying the potential failure condition may be transmitted to the power generation system. An algorithm for determining whether the real-time operating data indicates the potential failure condition may be updated by using preceding operating data in response to detecting the potential failure condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Aswin VENKAT, Brent MILLER, Prasad RAUT, Natarajan RAMANAN, Deepak SHUKLA, Andrew HALL, Pramod VACHHANI
  • Patent number: 9442697
    Abstract: A system and method of linking task automation guidelines to the tasks and activities of a process provide for receiving a definition of a process from a user. A task automation input may also be received from the user, where the task automation input corresponds to a task included in the process. Task automation guidelines can be added to the definition of the process based on the task automation input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Brent A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9367358
    Abstract: A composite manager may include a set of managers virtualized as a single entity. The composite manager may also include at least one of a module to provide a single manager interface for the set of managers to manage at least one entity, and a module to provide a single manageability interface for the set of managers relative to any managing entity of the composite manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn H. Britton, Nicholas D. Butler, Peter J. Brittenham, Brent A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9230209
    Abstract: An autonomic computing system may include an autonomic manager and a knowledge source accessible by the autonomic manager and any other entities associated with the autonomic computing system. The knowledge source may include a service interface adapted for the autonomic manager to access the knowledge source. The knowledge source may also include a multiplicity of knowledge elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Labadie, Brent A. Miller, David M. Ogle, John W. Sweitzer
  • Patent number: 9141923
    Abstract: A fuel cell fleet has a plurality of fuel cell systems each connected to a data server. The data server may be configured to obtain operational data from of the plurality of fuel cell systems. An efficiency controller operably connected to the data server and is configured to predict an efficiency and a power output of the fleet from the operational data and optimize the efficiency of the fleet to minimize the fleet fuel consumption while maintaining a desired fleet output power. The efficiency may be determined by a ratio of the fleet output current or output power to the fleet fuel consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Smith, David Weingaertner, Pramod Vachhani, Brent Miller, Ram Ramanan, Arne Ballantine, Swaminathan Venkataraman, Deepak Shukla
  • Patent number: 9002659
    Abstract: A digital precious metal testing apparatus utilizes a probe that generates a galvanic voltage when an electrical circuit is completed with the object being tested being placed between the probe and the meter test pad formed of a copper pour with a gold coating. A microprocessor signals the percentage of precious metal through an indicator bar of LEDs. A calibration system is provided to enhance the accuracy of the testing apparatus by comparing a test reading from a known test specimen with a corresponding theoretical reading for that specimen. The calibration procedure establishes a recalibration curve from the test reading against which all subsequent readings will be compared to determine the content of precious metal. Calibration of the testing apparatus is initiated with the depression of a calibration switch and is undertaken with each power-up of the meter, with each probe replacement and with any substantial change in environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Jarrett Schaffer, Aaron Muller, Brent Miller
  • Patent number: 8753004
    Abstract: A container (15) for a blender (10) includes a bottom surface (16) having a non-symmetrically shaped perimeter. A side wall (17) extends upwardly from the perimeter of the bottom surface (16). A mixing blade assembly (20) having a plurality of blades (21) is located above the bottom surface (16) and is rotatable on an axis which is displaced from the center of the bottom surface (10). Nonuniform spaces (25, 26) are thus created between the ends of the blades (21) and the side wall (17). The bottom surface (16) is inclined at an angle relative to the plane normal to the axis of rotation of the blade assembly (20), and it, as well as the side wall (17), may be provided with a plurality of spaced vanes (31, 32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Brent A. Miller, Richard D. Boozer, Michael D. Anton
  • Publication number: 20140089055
    Abstract: A fuel cell fleet has a plurality of fuel cell systems each connected to a data server. The data server may be configured to obtain operational data from of the plurality of fuel cell systems. An efficiency controller operably connected to the data server and is configured to predict an efficiency and a power output of the fleet from the operational data and optimize the efficiency of the fleet to minimize the fleet fuel consumption while maintaining a desired fleet output power. The efficiency may be determined by a ratio of the fleet output current or output power to the fleet fuel consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: James SMITH, David WEINGAERTNER, Pramod VACHHANI, Brent MILLER, Ram RAMANAN, Arne BALLANTINE, Swaminathan VENKATARAMAN, Deepak SHUKLA
  • Publication number: 20130030716
    Abstract: A digital precious metal testing apparatus utilizes a probe that generates a galvanic voltage when an electrical circuit is completed with the object being tested being placed between the probe and the meter test pad formed of a copper pour with a gold coating. A microprocessor signals the percentage of precious metal through an indicator bar of LEDs. A calibration system is provided to enhance the accuracy of the testing apparatus by comparing a test reading from a known test specimen with a corresponding theoretical reading for that specimen. The calibration procedure establishes a recalibration curve from the test reading against which all subsequent readings will be compared to determine the content of precious metal. Calibration of the testing apparatus is initiated with the depression of a calibration switch and is undertaken with each power-up of the meter, with each probe replacement and with any substantial change in environmental conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Jarrett Schaffer, Aaron Muller, Brent Miller
  • Patent number: 8115335
    Abstract: An automatic sensing power system automatically determines a power requirement for an electrical device, converts power to the required level, and outputs the power to the electrical device when the electrical device is connected to the automatic sensing power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Green Plug, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Menas, Brent A. Miller, Steve Spano
  • Patent number: 8023940
    Abstract: A hyper-scatternet includes a first ad hoc piconet, a second ad hoc piconet and a wide area network, wherein the first and second ad hoc piconets are configured to communicate with one another via the wide area network. Each ad hoc piconet can include an application server that includes an ad hoc piconet interface that is configured to communicate with an ad hoc piconet using an ad hoc piconet protocol, and a wide area network interface that is configured to communicate with a wide area network using a wide area network protocol. The application server also includes a service manifest that is configured to determine ad hoc piconet services that are available from the ad hoc piconet via the ad hoc piconet interface, and to advertise the ad hoc piconet services to the wide area network as wide area network services via the wide area network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jamel P. Lynch, Jr., Brent A. Miller, Ajamu A. Wesley
  • Patent number: 7960859
    Abstract: An automatic sensing power system automatically determines a power requirement for an electrical device, converts power to the required level, and outputs the power to the electrical device when the electrical device is connected to the automatic sensing power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Green Plug, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Menas, Brent A. Miller, Steve Spano