Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Dawson

Christopher J. Dawson 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: 20190317748
    Abstract: A method and system for improving a machine learning multimedia conversion process is provided. The method includes automatically connecting hardware devices to a server hardware device. Audio and/or video data from a meeting between individuals is recorded form a location and each individual is identified via sensor data. Attributes for each user are identified and the audio and/or video data is converted to text data. Portions of the text data are analyzed and associated with each individual. Action items in the text data are identified and assigned to the individuals based on the attributes. Self-learning software code for executing future multimedia conversion processes is generated based on the assigning and the self-learning software code is modified based on results of executing the future multimedia conversion processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Christopher L. Molloy, Craig M. Trim, John M. Ganci, JR.
  • Patent number: 10419360
    Abstract: Systems and methods to establish and execute market-driven variable price offerings among the lenders and borrowers in a bandwidth-sharing ad hoc network for shared bandwidth usage. The method comprises establishing and executing market-driven variable price offerings among lenders and borrowers. A bandwidth-sharing ad hoc network for shared bandwidth usage is formed based on the established and executed market-driven variable price offering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Publication number: 20190257547
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to ventilation systems and methods, and more particularly to selectively configurable climate control systems and methods for use in data centers and the like. A device includes a support element and a plurality of ducts connected to the support element. The device also includes a manifold in fluid communication with each one of the plurality of ducts and a plurality of valves. Each respective one of the plurality of valves is associated with a respective one of the plurality of ducts. Moreover, there is at least one actuator operatively connected to the plurality of valves, which is structured and arranged to individually actuate each one of the plurality of valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. DAWSON, Vincenzo V. DILUOFFO, Rick A. HAMILTON, II, Michael D. KENDZIERSKI
  • Patent number: 10387241
    Abstract: A computer-implemented embodiment heals an information technology (IT) system. A cognitive computing hardware system receives an error history log that describes a history of past errors that have occurred in the IT system. The cognitive computing hardware system receives a listing of alternative IT systems that have been predetermined to have a same functionality as the IT system and that have a history of experiencing one or more errors currently being detected in the IT system. The cognitive computing hardware system receives a record of real-time events, which are external to the IT system and which impact a performance of the alternative IT systems. The cognitive computing hardware system generates a prioritized set of solutions to overcome the one or more errors currently being detected in the IT system, based on the error history log, the listing of alternative IT systems, and the record of real-time events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric M. Anderson, Robert A. Davis, Christopher J. Dawson, Patricia Foley
  • Patent number: 10382959
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide approaches for associating a user identity to a wireless signal based on information received at an access point. Specifically, when a first user presents a set of user credentials to a physical access point, his/her profile is accessed to authenticate the first user. A set of wireless signals emanating from one or more wireless devices operated by the first user is also received at the physical access point and associated with the first user. Information about the first user may then be broadcast and accessed by a second user (e.g., via his/her mobile device) in proximity to the first user and in receipt of the set of wireless signals associated with the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric M. Anderson, Robert A. Davis, Christopher J. Dawson, Salvatore T. Lococo
  • Patent number: 10362533
    Abstract: A system and method of locating a wireless connection among a plurality of possible wireless connections. More particularly, a system and method of locating a user preferred wireless connection among a plurality of possible wireless connections. The method includes scanning for available networks and determining whether the available networks satisfy one or more user preferences. The method further includes establishing a secondary network connection with one of the available networks based on one or more user preferences being satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Patent number: 10359210
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to ventilation systems and methods, and more particularly to selectively configurable climate control systems and methods for use in data centers and the like. A device includes a support element in the form of a tile, and a plurality of ducts connected to the support element. The device also includes a manifold in fluid communication with each one of the plurality of ducts and a plurality of valves. Each respective one of the plurality of valves is associated with a respective one of the plurality of ducts. Moreover, there is at least one actuator operatively connected to the plurality of valves, which is structured and arranged to individually actuate each one of the plurality of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Vincenzo V. Diluoffo, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Michael D. Kendzierski
  • Publication number: 20190160334
    Abstract: Streaming real-time fitness activity for analysis to determine if the user should change the exercise type, the wait duration between exercises, or the intensity level to increase the effectiveness level of the current activity for defined fitness goals and objectives of the user and notifying the user of the changes to the fitness activity in real-time while performing the activity. Evaluating the fitness goals of the user to define a fitness plan with specific exercises based on the fitness programs ranking learned from social media sentiment and proven results based on real-time feedback results of the user correlated to the activity. The fitness plan is evaluated based on current measurements of progress with goals to recommend and forecast changes to the fitness plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, John M. Ganci, JR., Christopher L. Molloy, Craig M. Trim
  • Publication number: 20190160333
    Abstract: Streaming real-time fitness activity for analysis to determine if the user should change the exercise type, the wait duration between exercises, or the intensity level to increase the effectiveness level of the current activity for defined fitness goals and objectives of the user and notifying the user of the changes to the fitness activity in real-time while performing the activity. Evaluating the fitness goals of the user to define a fitness plan with specific exercises based on the fitness programs ranking learned from social media sentiment and proven results based on real-time feedback results of the user correlated to the activity. The fitness plan is evaluated based on current measurements of progress with goals to recommend and forecast changes to the fitness plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, John M. Ganci, JR., Christopher L. Molloy, Craig M. Trim
  • Publication number: 20190141625
    Abstract: A system and method of locating a wireless connection among a plurality of possible wireless connections. More particularly, a system and method of locating a user preferred wireless connection among a plurality of possible wireless connections. The method includes scanning for available networks and determining whether the available networks satisfy one or more user preferences. The method further includes establishing a secondary network connection with one of the available networks based on one or more user preferences being satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Patent number: 10282732
    Abstract: Embodiments include method, systems and computer program products for analysis of customer feedback on an application executing on a distributed computational system. Aspects include receiving feedback from a user of the application, wherein the application includes a plurality of components and wherein at least two of the plurality of components are provided by separate service providers in the distributed computational system. Aspects also include identifying one or more of the plurality of components that the feedback corresponds to and forwarding the feedback to one or more of the plurality of service providers associated with the one or more of the plurality of components identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Publication number: 20190102273
    Abstract: Systems and methods for resolving application multitasking degradation are disclosed. In aspects, a computer implemented method is used with a user device including a multitasking operating system, shared user device resources, a first application and a second application. The method includes: running, simultaneously, the first application and the second application; measuring performance parameters for one or more application tasks of the first and second applications; and determining that one or more of the performance parameters of the one or more application tasks falls below a performance threshold value of an associated key performance indicator (KPI). The determination indicates degradation in performance of at least one of the first application and second application. The method further includes instructing the operating system to modify an allocation of the shared user device resources to address the degradation in performance of the at least one of the first application and second application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Ninad D. Sathaye
  • Publication number: 20190095931
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing information during content breakpoints in a virtual universe. The system comprises a placement engine configured to detect a content breakpoint within a virtual universe, which is defined as at least one of a login process, a logoff process, a teleportation, a wait state, and during any point where a user changes information streams in the virtual universe. The system also comprises an insertion resolution engine configured to create a list of prioritized information to present to a user within the virtual universe and an information definition engine configured to present the prioritized information to the user of the virtual universe during the content breakpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Sheila E. Allen, Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10244012
    Abstract: A system and method to visualize activities through the use of avatars. The system includes a display engine configured to display at least one automated activity as an avatar. The system also includes a management system configured to monitor the progress of the at least one automated activity and alter at least one of an appearance and a movement of the avatar in relation to the progress of the at least one automated activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Michael J. Osias, Brian W. Sledge
  • Patent number: 10235006
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the invention provide an approach to organize a user interface, such as a computer desktop, based on the role or activity of the current user. Specifically, a display area configuration of a user device is defined by selecting resources from a plurality of available resources to include in a display area configuration, building a profile from the selected resources to preserve the display area configuration, and saving the profile. The display area is then built on a user device when the profile is selected from the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Vincenzo V. Diluoffo
  • Patent number: 10237817
    Abstract: A system and method of locating a wireless connection among a plurality of possible wireless connections. More particularly, a system and method of locating a user preferred wireless connection among a plurality of possible wireless connections. The method includes scanning for available networks and determining whether the available networks satisfy one or more user preferences. The method further includes establishing a secondary network connection with one of the available networks based on one or more user preferences being satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Patent number: 10223228
    Abstract: Systems and methods for resolving application multitasking degradation are disclosed. In aspects, a computer implemented method is used with a user device including a multitasking operating system, shared user device resources, a first application and a second application. The method includes: running, simultaneously, the first application and the second application; measuring performance parameters for one or more application tasks of the first and second applications; and determining that one or more of the performance parameters of the one or more application tasks falls below a performance threshold value of an associated key performance indicator (KPI). The determination indicates degradation in performance of at least one of the first application and second application. The method further includes instructing the operating system to modify an allocation of the shared user device resources to address the degradation in performance of the at least one of the first application and second application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Ninad D. Sathaye
  • Patent number: 10216361
    Abstract: Methods and systems for associating a standardized electronic icon with a user and displaying the icon with electronic communications of the user are disclosed. A computer implemented method includes: determining one or more icons to associate with an individual when the individual creates an electronic message; and at least one of selectively and automatically appending at least one of the one or more icons that are associated with the individual to the electronic message. The at least one of the one or more icons is subsequently displayed with the electronic message to a recipient to provide information about the individual to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Ruthie D. Lyle, James W. Seaman
  • Patent number: 10210315
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for managing and tracking commands associated with a change on a managed computer system. The managed computer system receives a log-on of an administrator onto the managed computer system, determines the lockdown level of the managed computer system by querying a managing computer system, and retrieves a list of authorized commands under the lockdown level from the managing computer system. The managed computer system determines, by querying the managing computer system, whether an authorized change on the managed computer system exists. The managed computer system removes the lockdown level to receive from the managing computer system authorization of commands that have been locked down, in response to determining that the authorized change exists. The managed computer system sets the lockdown level with the authorized commands on the managed computer system, in response to determining that the authorized change does not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Anderson, Christopher J. Dawson, Leslie A. Nelson, Brett W. Singletary
  • Patent number: 10169767
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing information during content breakpoints in a virtual universe. The system comprises a placement engine configured to detect a content breakpoint within a virtual universe, which is defined as at least one of a login process, a logoff process, a teleportation, a wait state, and during any point where a user changes information streams in the virtual universe. The system also comprises an insertion resolution engine configured to create a list of prioritized information to present to a user within the virtual universe and an information definition engine configured to present the prioritized information to the user of the virtual universe during the content breakpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sheila E. Allen, Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Clifford A. Pickover