Patents by Inventor Brian P. Gaucher

Brian P. Gaucher 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: 20190147367
    Abstract: In one embodiment, in accordance with the present invention, a method, computer program product, and system for performing actions based on captured interpersonal interactions during a meeting is provided. One or more computer processors capture the interpersonal interactions between people in a physical space during a period of time, using machine learning algorithms to detect the interpersonal interactions and a state of each person based on vision and audio sensors in the physical space. The one or more computer processors analyze and categorize the interactions and state of each person, and tag representations of each person with the respectively analyzed and categorized interactions and states of the respective person over the period of time. The one or more computer processors then take an action based on the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Robert G. Farrell, Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 10289979
    Abstract: In an approach to determining an introduction of a user in a meeting, one or more computer processors retrieve a document containing information associated with a user, wherein the document includes one or more fragments describing the user. The one or more computer processors determine an audience of a meeting associated with the user. The one or more computer processors determine a description of the meeting. The one or more computer processors prioritize one or more of the one or more fragments, based, at least in part, on the audience of the meeting and on the description of the meeting. The one or more computer processors select one or more of the one or more fragments for the introduction of the user in the meeting, based, at least in part, on the prioritization of the one or more fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Dario Gil, Jonathan Lenchner, David O.S. Melville, Valentina Salapura, Alan M. Webb
  • Patent number: 10244013
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method manages remote electronic drop-ins on local conversations. A local audio sensor transmits a captured conversation from a local cluster of persons to a remote communication device where members of the local cluster of persons are within a predefined distance of one another, and where the remote communication device is at a location that is beyond a human hearing range from the local audio sensor. One or more processors determine that the captured conversation is about a particular topic. A request from a remote user is received from the remote communication device to electronically drop in on a particular remote cluster of persons who are having a conversation about the particular topic. In response to receiving the request from the remote user, one or more processors selectively connect a local communication device proximate to the cluster of persons to the remote communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Robert G. Farrell, Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 10169716
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for shared machine learning. The method includes providing a model to a plurality of agents included in a machine learning system. The model specifies attributes and attribute value data types for an event in which the agents act. The method further includes receiving agent-provided inputs during an instance of the event. The agent-provided inputs include estimated attribute values that are consistent with the attribute value data types. The method also includes determining expertise weights for at least some agents in response to at least one ground-truth which is learned from the estimated attribute values. The method additionally includes determining an estimate value for one or more of the attributes using respective adaptive mixtures of the estimated attribute values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 10025799
    Abstract: A method for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The method receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The method determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The method determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The method renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville
  • Publication number: 20180109571
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method manages remote electronic drop-ins on local conversations. A local audio sensor transmits a captured conversation from a local cluster of persons to a remote communication device where members of the local cluster of persons are within a predefined distance of one another, and where the remote communication device is at a location that is beyond a human hearing range from the local audio sensor. One or more processors determine that the captured conversation is about a particular topic. A request from a remote user is received from the remote communication device to electronically drop in on a particular remote cluster of persons who are having a conversation about the particular topic. In response to receiving the request from the remote user, one or more processors selectively connect a local communication device proximate to the cluster of persons to the remote communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Robert G. Farrell, Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 9923938
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method manages drop-ins on conversations near a focal point of proximal activity in a gathering place. One or more processors receive a first set of sensor data from one or more sensors in a gathering place, and then identify a focal point of proximal activity based on the first set of received sensor data received from the one or more sensors. One or more processors characterize a conversation near the focal point based on a second set of received sensor data from the one or more sensors, and then present a characterization of the conversation to an electronic device. One or more processors enable the electronic device to allow a user to drop-in on the conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Robert G. Farrell, Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 9824097
    Abstract: A computer program product for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The computer program product receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The computer program product determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The computer program product determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The computer program product renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville
  • Publication number: 20170301037
    Abstract: For a given time period, for each pair of a plurality of participants in a meeting, it is determined whether a connection exists between members of the pair. For the given time period, for each pair of the participants for which a connection exists, a valence of the connection is determined; a social network is created, depicting the connections and their valences; and, based on the social network, at least one faction is identified within the plurality of participants in the meeting. The steps of determining the connections, determining the valences, creating the network, and identifying the at least one faction, are repeated for a plurality of additional time periods, to assess faction dynamics of the plurality of participants in the meeting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Thomas D. Erickson, Brian P. Gaucher, Wendy A. Kellogg
  • Patent number: 9733630
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for operating an energy-using device are disclosed. Current data related to operation of the energy-using device is received at a remote device. An operating specification for the energy-using device is received at the remote device from a database. A recommended setting of the energy-using device is determined from the current data and the operating specification. The remote device communicates the recommended setting to the energy-using device. A control unit at the energy-using device receives the recommended setting and implements the recommended setting at the energy-using device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary S. Ditlow, Brian P. Gaucher, Clifford A. Pickover, Jinjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 9665831
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for shared machine learning. The method includes providing a model to a plurality of agents included in a machine learning system. The model specifies attributes and attribute value data types for an event in which the agents act. The method further includes receiving agent-provided inputs during an instance of the event. The agent-provided inputs include estimated attribute values that are consistent with the attribute value data types. The method also includes determining expertise weights for at least some agents in response to at least one ground-truth which is learned from the estimated attribute values. The method additionally includes determining an estimate value for one or more of the attributes using respective adaptive mixtures of the estimated attribute values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Publication number: 20170094179
    Abstract: A processor may record a first location at an event with at least one person. The processor may monitor a plurality of actions of that at least one person at the first location. The processor may interpret at least one action of the at least one person that indicates a change of interest to a second location at the event. Based on the at least one action, the processor may determine the second location at the event. The processor may record the second location at the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Robert G. Farrell, Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 9599973
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for operating an energy-using device are disclosed. Current data related to operation of the energy-using device is received at a remote device. An operating specification for the energy-using device is received at the remote device from a database. A recommended setting of the energy-using device is determined from the current data and the operating specification. The remote device communicates the recommended setting to the energy-using device. A control unit at the energy-using device receives the recommended setting and implements the recommended setting at the energy-using device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary S. Ditlow, Brian P. Gaucher, Clifford A. Pickover, Jinjun Xiong
  • Publication number: 20170075925
    Abstract: A computer program product for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The computer program product receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The computer program product determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The computer program product determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The computer program product renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O.S. Melville
  • Patent number: 9576043
    Abstract: A computer program product for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The computer program product receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The computer program product determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The computer program product determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The computer program product renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O.S. Melville
  • Publication number: 20170024458
    Abstract: A computer program product for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The computer program product receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The computer program product determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The computer program product determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The computer program product renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O.S. Melville
  • Publication number: 20170026489
    Abstract: A method for managing and rendering one or more information nodes relative to a current focus. The method receives one or more principal topics from an analysis of the information nodes. The method determines a topic vector from a similarity of a first information node to each of the principal topics and a map from the topic vector to a storage location of the first information node. The method determines one or more current topics from a second information node that has been recently accessed by a user and a current focus vector from a similarity of the one or more current topics to the one or more principal topics. The method renders the current focus vector and the first information node according to a rendering algorithm that is applied to the current focus vector and the first information node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Jonathan Lenchner, David O.S. Melville
  • Publication number: 20170017640
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method manages drop-ins on conversations near a focal point of proximal activity in a gathering place. One or more processors receive a first set of sensor data from one or more sensors in a gathering place, and then identify a focal point of proximal activity based on the first set of received sensor data received from the one or more sensors. One or more processors characterize a conversation near the focal point based on a second set of received sensor data from the one or more sensors, and then present a characterization of the conversation to an electronic device. One or more processors enable the electronic device to allow a user to drop-in on the conversation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Robert G. Farrell, Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, David O. S. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 9496714
    Abstract: A method of balancing a demand for electricity is disclosed. Consumers of the electricity are organized into a hierarchical set of nodes. A demand for a node at a first level of the hierarchy is defined. A rate structure is defined at nodes of a second level of the hierarchy so that a sum of the electricity demands at the second level obtained in response to the defined rate structure is substantially the same as the defined demand at the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian P. Gaucher, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee
  • Publication number: 20160321599
    Abstract: Data is obtained specifying a measure of a data set to be analyzed by human experts and allotted time for analysis completion. Based on same, a schedule is created for a primary meeting of human experts, whose aim is to analyze the data. The meeting is evaluated to create rate estimates for hypothetical meeting partitions; and, if the primary meeting is not adhering to schedule and/or can be speeded up, the meeting partitions are simulated until a partitioning scheme is determined that can restore the meeting to schedule and/or speed it up. In another aspect, a model of focus of attention of each member of a group of individuals engaged in an activity requiring cooperation is dynamically updated, and a cooperation index is determined based on the model of focus of attention, an interaction graph, and at least one physiological parameter of at least one of the members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Brian P. Gaucher, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Valentina Salapura, Alan M. Webb