Patents by Inventor Brian E. Brooks

Brian E. Brooks 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: 20210319471
    Abstract: Systems and methods for organizing and controlling the display of content, then measuring the effectiveness of that content in modifying behavior, within a particular temporal and special dimension, so as to minimize or eliminate confounding effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20210259725
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical instrument and method of assembly with a predetermined alignment includes first and second modular assemblies and an electrical lockout. The first modular assembly includes at least a portion of an end effector configured to manipulate a tissue. The second modular assembly includes a transducer power circuit and an activation switch electrically connected to the transducer power circuit. The electrical lockout is electrically connected to the transducer power circuit and configured to inhibit the activation switch from powering the ultrasonic transducer with the first and second modular assemblies misaligned from the predetermined alignment such that the first and second modular assemblies are in a locked-out state. The electrical lockout is further configured to allow the activation switch to power the ultrasonic transducer with the first and second modular assemblies in the predetermined alignment such that the first and second modular assemblies are in an operational state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Alexander R. Cuti, Demetrius N. Harris, Carl J. Draginoff, JR., Ellen Burkart, Geni M. Giannotti, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Matthew T. Kuhn, Stephen M. Leuck, Cameron D. McLain, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Candice Otrembiak, Amrita S. Sawhney, Aaron C. Voegele, Grace E. Brooks, Fajian Zhang
  • Patent number: 11062328
    Abstract: A transaction-based content management system for a digital signage network displays a piece of content until a predetermined level of transactions occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian L. Linzie, Brian E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 11040721
    Abstract: Methods for management of a powertrain system in a vehicle. The methods receive data or signals from multiple sensors associated with the vehicle. Optimum thresholds for classifications of the sensor data can be changed based injecting signals into the powertrain system and receiving responsive signals. Expected priorities for the sensor signals can be altered based upon attributes of the signals and confirming actual priorities for the signals. Look-up tables for engine management can be modified based upon injecting signals into the powertrain system and measuring a utility of the responsive signals. The methods can thus dynamically alter and modify data for powertrain management, such as look-up tables, during vehicle operation under a wide range of conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Gilles J. Benoit, Brian E. Brooks, Ryan C. Shirk, Michael E. Nelson, Craig R. Schardt
  • Publication number: 20210070313
    Abstract: Methods for management of a powertrain system in a vehicle. The methods receive data or signals from multiple sensors associated with the vehicle. Optimum thresholds for classifications of the sensor data can be changed based injecting signals into the powertrain system and receiving responsive signals. Expected priorities for the sensor signals can be altered based upon attributes of the signals and confirming actual priorities for the signals. Look-up tables for engine management can be modified based upon injecting signals into the powertrain system and measuring a utility of the responsive signals. The methods can thus dynamically alter and modify data for powertrain management, such as look-up tables, during vehicle operation under a wide range of conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Gilles J. Benoit, Brian E. Brooks, Ryan C. Shirk, Michael E. Nelson, Craig R. Schardt
  • Patent number: 10915835
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing experimental trials on utility grids. Variations in grid parameters are selected to introduce into utility grids to improve the value of learning from each experimental trial and promoting improved utility grid performance by computing expected values for both learning and grid performance. Those trials are used to manage the opportunity costs and constraints that affect the introduction of variations into utility grid parameters and the generation of valid data that can be attributed to particular variations in utility grid parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Yang Lu, Andrew T. Tio, Chong Yang Ong, Gilles J. Benoit
  • Patent number: 10698371
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards methods and systems for characterizing sensors and developing classifiers for sensor responses on a utility grid. Experiments are conducted by selectively varying utility grid parameters and observing the responses of utility grid to the variation. Methods and systems of this invention then associate the particular responses of the utility grid sensors with specific variations in the grid parameters, based on knowledge of the areas of space and periods of time where the variation in grid parameters may affect the sensor response. This associated data is then used to updating a model of grid response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Yang Lu, Andrew T. Tio, Gilles J. Benoit
  • Patent number: 10642902
    Abstract: At least one aspect of the present disclosure directs to a content generation system including a content generation module and a rule management module. The rule management module is adapted to receive a plurality of rules on content generation. The content generation module is adapted to generate a content configuration, wherein the content configuration comprises a plurality of content elements and one or more relationships among the plurality of content elements, wherein the one or more relationships are in accordance with the plurality of rules on content generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10637238
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing experimental trials on utility grids. The variation of grid parameters are coordinated to create periods of time and areas of space from within which the variations of grid parameters do not overlap, allowing sensor data within those periods of time and areas of space to be associated with particular variations in grid parameters. This associated data can in turn be used to improve models of sensor response and utility grid behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Yang Lu, Andrew T. Tio, Gilles J. Benoit
  • Publication number: 20200019128
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically optimizing models used for sensor data analytics. An action is taken based on an analytics determination by systematically varying parameters of the analytical model using actions taken based on the analytics to determine the relative frequencies of hits, misses, false alarms, and correct rejections for particular model parameters. The model parameters for local analytics are selected based upon on signal detection theory analysis and the value or cost of each hit, miss, false alarm, or correct rejection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Gilles J. Benoit
  • Patent number: 10515163
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving visual attention models use effectiveness assessment from an environment as feedback to improve visual attention models. The effectiveness assessment uses data indicative of a particular behavior, which is related to visual attention allocation, received from the environment to assess relative effectiveness of the environment on influencing the particular behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Brian J. Stankiewicz, Brian L. Linzie
  • Patent number: 10193384
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically selecting actions to take on a utility grid to simultaneously reduce uncertainty while selecting actions that improve one or more effectiveness metrics. Grid action effects are represented as confidence intervals, the overlap of which is used as a weight when selecting actions within a constrained search space of grid actions. The response of the utility grid to the grid actions may be measured and parsed by the temporal and spatial reach of the grid action, then used to update the confidence intervals for that particular selected grid action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Gilles J. Benoit, Yang Lu
  • Publication number: 20180351356
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing experimental trials on utility grids. The variation of grid parameters are coordinated to create periods of time and areas of space from within which the variations of grid parameters do not overlap, allowing sensor data within those periods of time and areas of space to be associated with particular variations in grid parameters. This associated data can in turn be used to improve models of sensor response and utility grid behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Yang Lu, Andrew T. Tio, Gilles J. Benoit
  • Patent number: 10142685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for organizing and controlling the display of content, then measuring the effectiveness of that content in modifying behavior, within a particular temporal and special dimension, so as to minimize or eliminate confounding effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20180322959
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a plurality of patient protocols associated with a medical context, the method including, with a computer system, accessing a database including medical information for a plurality of patients associated with the medical context items. For each of the patients, the medical information includes an indication that one of the patient protocols is associated with the patient. The method further includes, with the computer system, evaluating each of the patient protocols based on medical information associated with patients within a patient population, the patient population representing a subset of the patients, to estimate an efficacy of each of the patient protocols for the patient population, and identifying the patient population represents a low-efficacy patient population based on the efficacy estimates for the patient population. The method further includes storing, within the database, an indication that the patient population represents the low-efficacy patient population.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Jennifer F. Schumacher, Brian E. Brooks, Nicholas A. Asendorf, Kelly S. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20180322942
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of evaluating a plurality of protocols associated with a medical context includes receiving, with a computer system, an indication of a medical context item corresponding to a medical context, accessing, with the computer system, a digital library including a plurality of protocols associated with the medical context, assigning, with the computer system, predictive outcomes to one or more of plurality of protocols, selecting, with the computer system, one of the plurality of protocols associated with the medical context based upon the assigned predictive outcomes, and storing, with the computer system within a database, an indication the selected protocol is assigned to the medical context item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Brian J. Stankiewicz, Jennifer F. Schumacher, Brian E. Brooks, Nicholas A. Asendorf, Kelly S. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20180310063
    Abstract: Systems and methods for organizing and controlling the display of content, then measuring the effectiveness of that content in modifying behavior, within a particular temporal and special dimension, so as to minimize or eliminate confounding effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10074977
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing experimental trials on utility grids. The variation of grid parameters are coordinated to create periods of time and areas of space from within which the variations of grid parameters do not overlap, allowing sensor data within those periods of time and areas of space to be associated with particular variations in grid parameters. This associated data can in turn be used to improve models of sensor response and utility grid behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian E. Brooks, Yang Lu, Andrew T. Tio, Gilles J. Benoit
  • Patent number: 10043131
    Abstract: A content optimization system includes a content generation module, a content evaluation module, and a rule management module. The content generation module is adapted to generate a content configuration, wherein the content configuration comprises a plurality of content elements and one or more relationships among the plurality of content elements, wherein the one or more relationships are in accordance with a set of rules on content generation. The content evaluation module is adapted to evaluate content performance of a piece of content assembled from the content configuration. The rule management module is adapted to amend the set of rules based on the evaluated content performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10007657
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods and systems facilitate development and distribution of content for presentation on a display or a multiplicity of networked displays, the content including content elements. The content elements may include graphics, text, video clips, still images, audio clips or web pages. The development of the content is facilitated using a database comprising design rules based on principles of cognitive and vision sciences. The database may include design rules based on visual attention, memory, and/or text recognition, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Brian E. Brooks