Patents by Inventor Brian G. Agee

Brian G. Agee 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: 20210168001
    Abstract: An apparatus and digital signal processing means are disclosed to reliably and rapidly receive and detect navigation signals, e.g., Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals, such as Global Position System (GPS) L1 legacy, L1C, and L5 signals, using combinations of spatially diverse antenna arrays, polarization-diverse antenna arrays, frequency-channelized analysis filters, and perfect-reconstruction synthesis filters, by exploiting features of those signals that are self-coherent over known framing intervals. Among other advantages, the means can reliably and rapidly identify navigation signals based on those features, improve their quality ahead of, or during, signal despreading operations, and detect and excise inadvertent or targeted electronic attack (EA) measures, e.g., navigation signal spoofers, and narrowband or wideband jamming and co-channel interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Publication number: 20210160670
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reception of signals with unpredictable transmission properties enabling physically secure, unscheduled and interference-resistant communication over machine-to-machine (M2M) networks is claimed. A physical structure comprising combinations of unpredictable physical dwells, spreading vectors, and selection of intended receivers is described. Reception methods employing blind detection and signal separation techniques are then described, which can detect and extract transmissions intended for a receiver, and excise transmissions not intended for that receiver, as part of the despreading procedure, even if received at much higher power levels than the intended transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Publication number: 20210141855
    Abstract: An adaptive processor implements partial updates when it adjusts weights to optimize adaptation criteria in signal estimation, parameter estimation, or data dimensionality reduction algorithms. The adaptive processor designates some of the weights to be update weights and the other weights to be held weights. Unconstrained updates are performed on the update weights, whereas updates to the set of held weights are performed within a reduced-dimensionality subspace. Updates to the held weights and the update weights employ adapt-path operations for tuning the adaptive processor to process signal data during or after tuning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2021
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Patent number: 10996339
    Abstract: A receiver processes Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals transmitted from satellites and non-satellite signals transmitted from beacons. The receiver comprises an adaptive despreader configured for adaptively despreading a channelizer output signal-to extract received navigation signals and generate baseband symbol data therefrom. The channelizer output signal comprises channelized received navigation signals, each comprising a spreading code that repeats every baseband symbol. A copy-aided analyzer is communicatively coupled to the adaptive despreader and configured for determining geo-observables from the baseband symbol data of at least one received navigation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Patent number: 10983221
    Abstract: A receiver processes Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals transmitted from satellites and non-satellite signals transmitted from beacons. The receiver comprises a symbol-rate synchronous vector channelizer configured to downconvert and channelize a plurality of received navigation signals to produce a vector signal with a sample rate equal to a baseband symbol rate of at least one navigation signal, less any offset due to Analog-to-Digital Converter clock error. A despreader is communicatively coupled to the channelizer and configured to exploit properties of baseband symbol data in the navigation signal to blindly despread the vector signal and extract the plurality of received navigation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Patent number: 10917268
    Abstract: An apparatus and digital signal processing means are disclosed for excision of co-channel interference from signals received in crowded or hostile environments using spatial/polarization diverse arrays, which reliably and rapidly identifies communication signals with transmitted features that are self-coherent over known framing intervals due to known attributes of the communication network, and exploits those features to develop diversity combining weights that substantively excise that co-channel interference from those communication signals, based on differing diversity signature, timing offset, and carrier offset between the network signals and the co-channel interferes. In one embodiment, the co-channel interference excision is performed in an appliqué that can be implemented without coordination with a network transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Patent number: 10917768
    Abstract: Signals with unpredictable transmission properties enabling physically secure, unscheduled and interference-resistant machine-to-machine (M2M) communication are described. A physical dwell structure containing time slots and frequency channels is established, and a combination of unpredictable physical dwells, spread spectrum modulation with unpredictable spreading vectors, and unpredictable selection of intended receivers is described. These unpredictable transmission properties enable receivers to detect and extract transmissions intended for the receiver, and excise transmissions not intended for the receiver, even if they are received at much higher power levels than the intended transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G Agee
  • Patent number: 10902086
    Abstract: A method is explained for any adaptive processor processing digital signals by adjusting signal weights on digital signal(s) it handles, to optimize adaptation criteria responsive to a functional purpose or externalities (transient, temporary, situational, and even permanent) of that processor. Adaptation criteria for the adaptive algorithm may be any combination of a signal or parameter estimation, and measured quality(ies). This method performs a linear transformation adapting parameters from M to (M1+L) dimensions in each adaptation event, such that M1 weights are updated without constraints and M0=M?M1 weights are forced by soft constraints into an L-dimensional subspace they spanned at the beginning of the adaptation period. The same dimensionality reduction, using the same linear transformation, is applied to the input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Publication number: 20200400837
    Abstract: A receiver processes Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals transmitted from satellites and non-satellite signals transmitted from beacons. The receiver comprises an adaptive despreader configured for adaptively despreading a channelizer output signal-to extract received navigation signals and generate baseband symbol data therefrom. The channelizer output signal comprises channelized received navigation signals, each comprising a spreading code that repeats every baseband symbol. A copy-aided analyzer is communicatively coupled to the adaptive despreader and configured for determining geo-observables from the baseband symbol data of at least one received navigation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Publication number: 20200400838
    Abstract: A receiver processes Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals transmitted from satellites and non-satellite signals transmitted from beacons. The receiver comprises a symbol-rate synchronous vector channelizer configured to downconvert and channelize a plurality of received navigation signals to produce a vector signal with a sample rate equal to a baseband symbol rate of at least one navigation signal, less any offset due to Analog-to-Digital Converter clock error. A despreader is communicatively coupled to the channelizer and configured to exploit properties of baseband symbol data in the navigation signal to blindly despread the vector signal and extract the plurality of received navigation signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Patent number: 10812955
    Abstract: Signals with unpredictable transmission properties enabling physically secure, unscheduled and interference-resistant machine-to-machine (M2M) communication are described. A physical dwell structure containing time slots and frequency channels is established, and a combination of unpredictable physical dwells, spread spectrum modulation with unpredictable spreading vectors, and unpredictable selection of intended receivers is described. These unpredictable transmission properties enable receivers to detect and extract transmissions intended for the receiver, and excise transmissions not intended for the receiver, even if they are received at much higher power levels than the intended transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Brian G Agee
  • Patent number: 10775510
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are claimed for receiving, blindly despreading, and determining geo-observables, of true civil Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) navigation signals generated by any of the set of satellite vehicles and ground beacons, amongst false echoes and malicious GNSS signals from spoofers and repeaters; for identifying malicious GNSS signals, and preventing those signals from corrupting or capturing Positioning, Navigation, and Timing tracking operations; and for geolocating malicious GNSS signals. The invention also provides time-to-first-fix over much smaller time intervals than existing GNSS methods and can operate both in the presence of signals with much wider disparity in received power than existing techniques, and in the presence of arbitrary multipath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Publication number: 20200166652
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is claimed here for reduced-complexity detection and estimation of geo-observables of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) signals employing civil formats with repeating ranging codes, including true GNSS signals generated by satellite vehicles (SV's) or ground beacons (pseudo-lites), and malicious GNSS signals, e.g., spoofers and repeaters, using multi-subband symbol-rate synchronous channelization architectures that can exploit the full substantive bandwidth of the GNSS signals with managed complexity in each subband. Aspects employing spatial/polarization receivers are also claimed that can remove and geolocate non-GNSS jammers received by the system, as well as targeted GNSS spoofers that can otherwise emulate GNSS signals received at victim receivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Publication number: 20190320303
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generation of signals with unpredictable transmission properties allowing physically secure, unscheduled and interference-resistant communication over machine-to-machine (M2M) networks is claimed. A physical dwell structure comprising time slots and frequency channels is established, and a combination of unpredictable physical dwells, spread spectrum modulation formats employing unpredictable spreading vectors, and additional physical properties allowing unpredictable selection of intended receivers is described. These unpredictable transmission properties enable receivers employing blind detection and signal separation techniques to detect and extract transmissions intended for the receive, and excise transmissions not intended for the receiver, as part of the despreading procedure, and even if those transmissions are received at a much higher power level than the intended transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventor: Brian G Agee
  • Patent number: 10349332
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for transmitting data using various selected resources. For example, first one or more resources may be selected based at least in part on feedback from a first network node. A second network node may cause first data to be transmitted using the selected one or more resources. The second network node may also cause second data to be transmitted using second one or more resources. The resources may comprise, for example, tones, time slots, time-frequency channels, time resources, and/or frequency resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. Agee, Matthew C. Bromberg
  • Publication number: 20190158998
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generation of signals with unpredictable transmission properties allowing physically secure, unscheduled and interference-resistant communication over machine-to-machine (M2M) networks is claimed. A physical dwell structure comprising time slots and frequency channels is established, and a combination of unpredictable physical dwells, spread spectrum modulation formats employing unpredictable spreading vectors, and additional physical properties allowing unpredictable selection of intended receivers is described. These unpredictable transmission properties enable receivers employing blind detection and signal separation techniques to detect and extract transmissions intended for the receive, and excise transmissions not intended for the receiver, as part of the despreading procedure, and even if those transmissions are received at a much higher power level than the intended transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Publication number: 20190140872
    Abstract: An apparatus and digital signal processing means are disclosed for excision of co-channel interference from signals received in crowded or hostile environments using spatial/polarization diverse arrays, which reliably and rapidly identifies communication signals with transmitted features that are self-coherent over known framing intervals due to known attributes of the communication network, and exploits those features to develop diversity combining weights that substantively excise that co-channel interference from those communication signals, based on differing diversity signature, timing offset, and carrier offset between the network signals and the co-channel interferes. In one embodiment, the co-channel interference excision is performed in an appliqué that can be implemented without coordination with a network transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Patent number: 10257765
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described in which a node may cause a plurality of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) symbols to be transmitted. The OFDM symbols may comprise at least a portion of a pilot and/or user data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. Agee, Matthew C. Bromberg
  • Publication number: 20190042536
    Abstract: A method is explained for any adaptive processor processing digital signals by adjusting signal weights on digital signal(s) it handles, to optimize adaptation criteria responsive to a functional purpose or externalities (transient, temporary, situational, and even permanent) of that processor. Adaptation criteria for the adaptive algorithm may be any combination of a signal or parameter estimation, and measured quality(ies). This method performs a linear transformation adapting parameters from M to (M1+L) dimensions in each adaptation event, such that M1 weights are updated without constraints and M0=M?M1 weights are forced by soft constraints into an L-dimensional subspace they spanned at the beginning of the adaptation period. The same dimensionality reduction, using the same linear transformation, is applied to the input data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee
  • Patent number: 10177947
    Abstract: An apparatus and digital signal processing means are disclosed for excision of co-channel interference from signals received in crowded or hostile environments using spatial/polarization diverse arrays, which reliably and rapidly identifies signals with transmitted features that are almost-periodic over known framing intervals, and exploits those features to develop diversity combining weights that substantively extract those signals from that environment, based on differing diversity signature, timing offset, and carrier offset of those signals. In one embodiment, the signal identification and extraction is performed in an appliqué that can be implemented without coordination with an actual radio transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Brian G. Agee