Patents by Inventor Brian M. O'Connell

Brian M. O'Connell 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: 10332112
    Abstract: In a method for authenticating a current user of a near field communication (NFC) device, a profile for an authorized user of the NFC device is established based on data received from one or more sensors of the NFC device over a first period of time. Responsive to a request for a payment transaction, a profile for the current user of the NFC device is established based on data received from the one or more sensors over a second period of time after the first period of time. The profile for the current user is compared with the profile for the authorized user. A determination is made as to whether one or more values in the profile for the current user are within a range of one or more values in the profile for the authorized user at a confidence level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew R. Jones, Mauro Marzorati, Brian M. O'Connell, Herbert D. Pearthree
  • Patent number: 10324939
    Abstract: In an approach for managing computing interruptions, a processor receives a computing interruption on a computing device. A processor monitors computing activity of a user on the computing device. A processor accesses user preferences, wherein the user preferences are based on an analysis of previous responses by the user to previous computing interruptions. A processor determines a minimum threshold, based on the computing activity of the user and the user preferences, wherein the minimum threshold identifies when a computing interruption is allowed to be presented to the user. A processor determines from the computing interruption, a sender and a context of the computing interruption. A processor assigns a ranking to the computing interruption based on the sender and the context of the computing interruption. A processor compares the ranking to the minimum threshold. A processor determines whether to present the computing interruption, based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10318978
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an approach for enhancing computer interaction challenge-response tests (e.g., Completely Automatic Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart, or CAPTCHA). Furthermore, embodiments of the present invention provide an approach for introducing advertising in such challenge-response tests, such that users are presented with opportunities to learn about or reinforce brands. In a typical embodiment, when a user attempts to access content (e.g., web content), the user will be presented with a CAPTCHA test. The CAPTCHA test typically includes an advertisement (e.g., logo, label, etc.) and an associated question for the user to answer. Along these lines, the advertisement is generally selected based on the user's demographics (e.g., interests, gender, age, etc.). If the user successfully responds to the question and/or responds within a certain amount of time, a reward can be determined (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Mauro Marzorati, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10318552
    Abstract: A computer processor generates a topic-based dataset based on parsing content received from a plurality of information sources, which includes historical data and scientific data, associated with a location of a natural resource. The processor generates a plurality of clusters, respectively corresponding to like-topic data of the topic-based dataset. The processor determines a plurality of hypotheses, respectively corresponding to the plurality of clusters of the like-topic data, wherein the plurality of hypotheses are based on features associated with each of the plurality of clusters of the like-topic data. The processor combines pairs of clusters, based on a similarity heuristic applied to the one or more pairs of clusters, and the processor determines a plurality of probabilities respectively corresponding to a validity of each hypothesis of the plurality of hypotheses, associated with the location of a natural resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Thomas B. Harrison, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Publication number: 20190173773
    Abstract: Approaches for monitoring performance in a networked environment are provided. An approach includes monitoring, using a first metric, performance of a first host running a virtual machine. The approach also includes determining, using a computer device, a second metric based on the virtual machine being migrated from the first host to a second host, wherein the second metric is a function of: (i) the first metric and (ii) a comparison of the first host and the second host. The approach further includes monitoring, using the second metric, performance of the second host running the virtual machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron K. BAUGHMAN, Richard A. LOCKE, Brian M. O'CONNELL, Brian J. SNITZER
  • Publication number: 20190166033
    Abstract: Approaches for monitoring performance in a networked environment are provided. An approach includes monitoring, using a first metric, performance of a first host running a virtual machine. The approach also includes determining, using a computer device, a second metric based on the virtual machine being migrated from the first host to a second host, wherein the second metric is a function of: (i) the first metric and (ii) a comparison of the first host and the second host. The approach further includes monitoring, using the second metric, performance of the second host running the virtual machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron K. BAUGHMAN, Richard A. LOCKE, Brian M. O'CONNELL, Brian J. SNITZER
  • Patent number: 10275119
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing the rendering of one or more objects based on payment and account options. The system includes a computer infrastructure configured to control enhancement rendering of an object in a virtual universe by providing at least one augmentation attribute to a tag of the object. The method includes providing enhancement rendering of an object in a virtual universe by augmenting the object based on a status of a user viewing the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Steven M. Harrison, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10265624
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling the use of electronic systems based upon monitored physical activity. The method can be implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code tangibly embodied on a computer readable storage medium having programming instructions. The program instructions are operable to: provision rules associated with a user and at least one of health metrics and physical activity of the user; monitor the at least one health metrics and physical activity of the user over a predetermined time; and manage access to any of a plurality of electronic systems based on the monitored at least one health metrics and physical activity being in compliance or non-compliance with the provisioned rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Andrew R. Jones, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10262044
    Abstract: In an approach for managing computing interruptions, a processor receives a computing interruption on a computing device. A processor monitors computing activity of a user on the computing device. A processor accesses user preferences, wherein the user preferences are based on an analysis of previous responses by the user to previous computing interruptions. A processor determines a minimum threshold, based on the computing activity of the user and the user preferences, wherein the minimum threshold identifies when a computing interruption is allowed to be presented to the user. A processor determines from the computing interruption, a sender and a context of the computing interruption. A processor assigns a ranking to the computing interruption based on the sender and the context of the computing interruption. A processor compares the ranking to the minimum threshold. A processor determines whether to present the computing interruption, based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10261781
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable correction of source code that fails to comply with an established coding standard in a code base within an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Specifically, a non-compliant segment of code, which requires correction, and that was coded by a first developer, is assembled into a stand-alone artifact that is dispatched to a second developer. The code segment is then corrected by the second developer, and the artifact containing the corrected segment is merged back into the code base from when the segment originated. In one approach, the artifact comprises the code segment, dependent code classes of the segment, unit tests results, and test data. In another approach, the second developer is identified utilizing a skill-matching algorithm. In yet another approach, the corrected segment is unit-tested prior to being merged back into the code base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Swaminathan Balasubramanian, Radha M. De, Brian M. O'Connell, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10257071
    Abstract: Approaches for monitoring performance in a networked environment are provided. An approach includes monitoring, using a first metric, performance of a first host running a virtual machine. The approach also includes determining, using a computer device, a second metric based on the virtual machine being migrated from the first host to a second host, wherein the second metric is a function of: (i) the first metric and (ii) a comparison of the first host and the second host. The approach further includes monitoring, using the second metric, performance of the second host running the virtual machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Richard A. Locke, Brian M. O'Connell, Brian J. Snitzer
  • Patent number: 10250481
    Abstract: Approaches for monitoring performance in a networked environment are provided. An approach includes monitoring, using a first metric, performance of a first host running a virtual machine. The approach also includes determining, using a computer device, a second metric based on the virtual machine being migrated from the first host to a second host, wherein the second metric is a function of: (i) the first metric and (ii) a comparison of the first host and the second host. The approach further includes monitoring, using the second metric, performance of the second host running the virtual machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Richard A. Locke, Brian M. O'Connell, Brian J. Snitzer
  • Patent number: 10244054
    Abstract: For distributed processing using forecasted location-based IoT device clusters, at a central IoT device, a data source that is to be used and a duration for processing a workload is determined. A set of IoT devices operating within a threshold distance from the data source at a first time is selected. A subset of the set is selected to form a sub-cluster of IoT devices where a forecasted travel path of a member IoT device in the subset keeps the member within the threshold distance from the data source for the duration. A lightweight application is configured at a first IoT device in the subset which enables the first IoT device to participate in the sub-cluster and process the workload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Thomas Benjamin Harrison, Brian M. O'Connell, Herbert D. Pearthree
  • Publication number: 20190084170
    Abstract: A facer facing the ends of polyolefin pipes for butt fusion is modular in the sense that it employs three types of modules, a drive unit, two blade holders and a motor assembly, that are separable from one another and each independently light enough to be hand-lifted along walls and up to ceilings. The drive unit module is adjustable to accommodate different guide rail spacings. The blade holder modules are interchangeable to accommodate different diameters of pipe. The motor assembly module has multispeed capability to accommodate the total area of material to be faced. Each module can be exchanged or modified without use of tools to change the geometry of the assembled facer to accommodate different fusion machines and/or diameters of pipe within working spaces dictated by the diameter of the pipe and not by a fixed geometry of a facer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: McElroy Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Thoman, Arthur H. McElroy, II, Jason A. Lawrence, Paul John Donaldson, Brian M. O'Connell, Seth P. Ahrens
  • Publication number: 20190086007
    Abstract: Assembly for securing two components by tool free engagement. The assembly including a clamped component and a shouldered component. The shouldered component including a channel for receiving the clamped component. The channel having a first wall and a second wall. The clamped component being in contact with the second wall. The first wall of the channel having a tapered interface. A clamp including a clamp segment having a tapered interface, is adapted to wedge against the tapered interface of the first wall. The clamp segment being positioned between the first wall and the clamped component. Application of clamping force by the clamp on the clamp segment forces its tapered interface against the mating tapered interface of the first wall resulting in a force which translates from the clamp segment through the clamped component and against the second wall of the channel thereby securing the clamped component to the shouldered component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: McElroy Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth P. Ahrens, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10234298
    Abstract: Emergency response re-routing is provided. Event information is received, wherein the event information identifies a first location. Emergency resources available at the first location are determined. At least one entity in an area surrounding the first location is identified. A notification is issued to at least one entity in an area surrounding the first location, wherein the notification identifies one or more resources required at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Publication number: 20190079798
    Abstract: A content of a social media data is analyzed. The social media data relates to a workload that is to be located on a node. A location corresponding to the social media data is computed. The social media data is regarded as originating from the location. A set of nodes is selected by computing a social distance objective function, the set of nodes includes the node. Each node in the set of nodes is located within a range of distances specified by the social distance objective function. A first subset of nodes is removed from the set of nodes, where the first subset of nodes fails to satisfy another objective function. In response to a second subset of nodes satisfying the social distance objective function and the other objective function, the node is selected from the second subset and the workload is deployed on the node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, John S. Cope, Michelle Welcks, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10229368
    Abstract: An input is selected from a set of inputs used by a prediction model to produce an initial predicted value of an outcome. A changed predicted value of the outcome is produced by removing the selected input from the inputs to the model. An actual value of the outcome is obtained. A label residual is computed using the actual value and the changed predicted value. A second prediction model is formed to predict a value of the selected input. A variable residual is computed using an actual value and the predicted value of the selected input. An expression is generated of a plot of the label residual and the variable residual. The selected input is transformed, to form a transformed selected input, where the model produces a second predicted value of the outcome by using the transformed selected input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Peter K. Malkin, Brian M. O'Connell, Hubert E. Pan
  • Patent number: 10229420
    Abstract: The present invention relates to virtual universe product customer support. A method for providing customer service in a virtual universe in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: determining that a real-world product may have a problem; collecting information associated with the product; analyzing the collected information at a support location service in the virtual universe to determine a land location within the virtual universe of a product support center for the product; and providing an avatar with a teleportation invitation to the product support center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10216909
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for monitoring health of a user by a healthcare system. An example computer-implemented method includes accessing a current image of the user. The computer-implemented method also includes determining a healthcare routine for the user. The computer-implemented method also includes generating a modified image of the user, where the modified image includes a predicted effect of the healthcare routine. The computer-implemented method also includes displaying, for viewing by the user, the modified image, and information about the healthcare routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, James R. Kozloski, Brian M. O'Connell, Ninad D. Sathaye