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: 10713574
    Abstract: Approaches are provided for answering an inquiry of a cognitive distributed network. An approach includes receiving the inquiry at the cognitive distributed network. The approach further includes determining a classification for the inquiry based on natural language of the inquiry. The approach further includes classifying the inquiry as a single question class. The approach further includes determining, by at least one computing device, a type of introspection to be used by the cognitive distributed network on the inquiry. The approach further includes generating an answer to the inquiry based on the determined type of introspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Thomas B. Harrison, Brian M. O'Connell, Herbert D. Pearthree
  • Patent number: 10699282
    Abstract: A method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code includes receiving advertising criteria, collecting advertisement cost data, and detecting virtual universe (VU) data. Additionally, the method includes determining optimal advertisement parameters based on the advertising criteria, the advertisement cost data and the VU data, and at least one of displaying the optimal advertisement parameters and invoking an advertisement in the VU in accordance with the optimal advertisement parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Anne R. Sand, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10693759
    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: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Richard A. Locke, Brian M. O'Connell, Brian J. Snitzer
  • Patent number: 10682780
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: 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: 20200169519
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment is for transmitting a message. In one embodiment, one or more processor of a messaging system identifies a certain message of the messaging system, the certain message being a blocked message intended for transmission to a certain user of the messaging system. In one embodiment, the one or more processor further determines one or more of a popularity of content of the certain message and a relevance of content of the certain message to the certain user, the certain user being a prospective recipient of a message. In one embodiment, the one or more processor transmits a message to the certain user responsively to a result of the determining of the one or more of a popularity of content of the certain message and a relevance of content of the certain message to the certain user of the messaging system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Swaminathan Balasubramanian, Ravi P. Bansal, Andrew R. Jones, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10650396
    Abstract: Approaches for predicting demand spikes and cyclic demand for web-related content is provided. An approach includes generating multiple models for predicting demand. The approach further includes selecting a model from the multiple models. The approach further includes inputting information into the model. The approach further includes generating, by at least one computing device, a predicted demand spike using the model and the information. The approach further includes generating a total predicted demand curve by combining the predicted demand spike with predicted cyclical demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, James R. Kozloski, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10635577
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include: receiving a request to integrate a commit; obtaining analytics data of an author that developed the commit; executing a simulation using the analytics data of the author as inputs to the simulation; obtaining results from the simulation, wherein the results indicate error rates when one or more testing stages are omitted from a testing procedure of the commit; comparing the results of the simulation with a threshold; determining, by the computing the device, the testing procedure based on the comparing, wherein the testing procedure identifies the one or more testing stages that are omitted and one or more testing stages that are included in the testing procedure; and outputting information regarding the determined testing procedure, wherein the outputting causes an integration server to test the commit in accordance with the testing procedure as part of an integration process for integrating the commit to a project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Cameron McAvoy, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10620997
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, John S. Cope, Michelle Welcks, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10620684
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the invention provide an approach to proactively adjust timeout settings on a display device based on user activity. Specifically, a system and method are presented to adaptively adjust the inactivity timeout settings on a display device based on the application being used, the content being displayed on the device, and an analysis of the user's history with the application. The present invention calculates an inactivity timeout modifier which is utilized to modify the default operating system timeout value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Mauro Marzorati, Brian M. O'Connell, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10616939
    Abstract: A method for accessing a network. In one embodiment, the method includes at least one computer processor identifying a request from a first device to utilize wireless communication capabilities of a second device to communicate with a wireless network. The method further includes generating a secure peer-to-peer communication link between the first device and the second device. The method further includes establishing a wireless communication link between the second device and the wireless network. The method further includes transmitting one or more communications from the first device to the wireless network, via the wireless communication capabilities of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10610787
    Abstract: A system and method in a virtual universe system for triggering scans of virtual items and inventories of virtual items and for scanning the virtual items and inventories wherein the scans may be triggered by an avatar moving or teleporting from one region to another, or by an avatar picking up, dropping off, or accepting or purchasing an item. The degree of scanning may depend upon factors such as location where these scan triggers occur. The signature of the item may be identified by the scan process. The item signature may be compared against signatures of known malicious items stored in an inventory item signatures database and a summary of the signature comparison may be sent to a resident and stored in the resident's inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10606099
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, computer program product and system for dynamic video capture through a contact lens based on dynamic contextual identification. Initially, a set of identifying information and a video stream from a contact lens is received. A determination is made as to whether to capture the video stream, based on the received information. The determining to capture the video stream is based on, at least one of, the user interest level exceeding a threshold and detecting a contextual identifier within the received the video stream from a contact lens. Responsive to determining to capture the video stream, the video stream is classified into a category and saving based on the classification category of the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Publication number: 20200089602
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include: receiving a request to integrate a commit; obtaining analytics data of an author that developed the commit; executing a simulation using the analytics data of the author as inputs to the simulation; obtaining results from the simulation, wherein the results indicate error rates when one or more testing stages are omitted from a testing procedure of the commit; comparing the results of the simulation with a threshold; determining, by the computing the device, the testing procedure based on the comparing, wherein the testing procedure identifies the one or more testing stages that are omitted and one or more testing stages that are included in the testing procedure; and outputting information regarding the determined testing procedure, wherein the outputting causes an integration server to test the commit in accordance with the testing procedure as part of an integration process for integrating the commit to a project.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron K. BAUGHMAN, Cameron MCAVOY, Brian M. O'CONNELL
  • Patent number: 10592933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for advertising, and, more particularly, systems and methods for managing ephemeral locations in a virtual universe. A method for managing ephemeral locations in a virtual universe (VU) includes causing a computer infrastructure to: render an ephemeral location upon a triggering in the VU; teleport a VU user avatar to the ephemeral location; permit the user avatar to interact in the ephemeral location; teleport the user avatar out of the ephemeral location; and un-render the ephemeral location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Anne R. Sand, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10594639
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment is for transmitting a message. In one embodiment, one or more processor of a messaging system identifies a certain message of the messaging system, the certain message being a blocked message intended for transmission to a certain user of the messaging system. In one embodiment, the one or more processor further determines one or more of a popularity of content of the certain message and a relevance of content of the certain message to the certain user, the certain user being a prospective recipient of a message. In one embodiment, the one or more processor transmits a message to the certain user responsively to a result of the determining of the one or more of a popularity of content of the certain message and a relevance of content of the certain message to the certain user of the messaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Swaminathan Balasubramanian, Ravi P. Bansal, Andrew R. Jones, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10585490
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide approaches for controlling inadvertent inputs to a mobile device. Specifically, at least one approach includes: detecting an operating mode of a mobile device by determining if a user is currently interacting with the mobile device; detecting an operating environment of the mobile device; receiving an input resulting from a physical gesture to an input area of a mobile device; comparing the input to a past history of inputs received by the mobile device; and determining whether the physical gesture is intended by the user based on the operating mode of the mobile device, the operating environment of the mobile device, and the past history of inputs (e.g., per device application). In one approach, an input controller selects logic to be applied in processing gestures based on a combination of user customization, interaction history, and environment characteristics. The selected logic is applied to subsequent gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Swaminathan Balasubramanian, Andrew R. Jones, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10586183
    Abstract: A method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code, includes detecting one of an absence of a virtual universe (VU) occurrence in a VU within a predetermined time period, a special event in the VU and a change of real world status from a previous real world status. Additionally, the method includes determining a VU asset of a VU resident relevant to the VU occurrence, the special event or the previous real world status. Further, the method includes performing an automated asset reduction of the VU asset based on the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Neal M. Keller, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10586182
    Abstract: A method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code, includes detecting one of an absence of a virtual universe (VU) occurrence in a VU within a predetermined time period, a special event in the VU and a change of real world status from a previous real world status. Additionally, the method includes determining a VU asset of a VU resident relevant to the VU occurrence, the special event or the previous real world status. Further, the method includes performing an automated asset reduction of the VU asset based on the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Neal M. Keller, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10572904
    Abstract: A first Micro Circadian Rhythm (MCR) pattern is identified in a Circadian Rhythm (CR) data of a user. Using the first MCR pattern, a second MCR pattern is predicted during a forecast period. The second MCR pattern is correlated with a set of possible future CR states. A first model of a distribution of a confidence value corresponding to the present CR state of the user is constructed. A second model of a distribution of a confidence value corresponding to a selected future CR state from the set of possible future CR states of the user is constructed. The first model and the second model are correlated to determine a likelihood of the selected future CR state being reachable from the present CR state for the user. When the likelihood exceeding a threshold, an application is caused to adjust a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Ann M. Corrao, Brian F. Ober, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10564810
    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: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Steven M. Harrison, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker