Patents by Inventor Edward Sullivan

Edward Sullivan 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: 11451844
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to assign respondents to geographic locations for audience measurement are disclosed. Example apparatus disclosed herein are to determine a set of constraints based on aggregate values of demographic features associated with respective ones of the geographic locations. Disclosed example apparatus are also to construct a model to return probabilities that respective ones the respondents are associated with the respective ones of the geographic locations, the model to have a set of parameters, respective ones of the parameters to be associated with respective ones of the constraints. Disclosed example apparatus are further to evaluate the model based on values of the set of parameters and values of the demographic features for a first one of the respondents to determine a set of probabilities that the first respondent is to be assigned to respective ones of the geographic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Michael Sheppard, Edward Murphy, Chris Samuel Redino, Michael D. Morgan, Jonathan Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11438662
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to generate synthetic respondent level data. Example apparatus disclosed herein are to identify locations corresponding to monitored panelists, and when a first one of the identified locations corresponds to two or more affiliates, sum tuning minutes of the two or more affiliates. Disclosed example apparatus are also to generate an affiliate probability based on the sum, and convert first data of households in the first one of the locations to a candidate receivability session based on the affiliate probability. Disclosed apparatus are further to generate a seed panel, the seed panel to include at least one of the monitored panelists selected based on a population associated with return path data, and donate second data associated with a donor pool of first panelists to second panelists included in the seed panel, the second panelists associated with faulty media monitoring equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Sullivan, Michael D. Morgan, Balachander Shankar, Edward Murphy, Michael Sheppard, Frank Downing
  • Patent number: 11425458
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to to estimate population reach from marginal ratings. An example apparatus includes an interface to access marginal ratings of the media for a recorded audience, marginal ratings of the media for a population audience, and reach of the media for the recorded audience; a reach determiner to iteratively estimate a reach of the media for the population audience based on the marginal ratings for the recorded audience, the marginal ratings for the population audience, and the reach for the recorded audience; and the interface to output the estimated reach for the population audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Michael Sheppard, Jonathan Sullivan, Edward Murphy, Michael D. Morgan, Ludo Daemen
  • Publication number: 20220264179
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to estimate population reach for different unions based on marginal ratings. An example apparatus includes memory and processor circuitry to determine a population reach estimate of a union of time intervals for which media ratings data is available, the population reach estimate based on a pseudo universe estimate of a population audience corresponding to the union of the time intervals; determine a pseudo universe estimate of a recorded audience corresponding to the union of the time intervals; determine the pseudo universe estimate of the population audience based on the pseudo universe estimate of the recorded audience; and in response to a decision to update the pseudo universe estimate of the population audience to reduce an error of the population reach estimate output the population reach estimate of the union when the error of the population reach estimate satisfies a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Sheppard, Jonathan Sullivan, Edward Murphy, Michael Morgan, Ludo Daemen
  • Patent number: 11407579
    Abstract: An insulating device can include an aperture having a waterproof closure which allows access to the chamber within the insulating device. The closure can help prevent any fluid leakage into and out of the insulating device if the insulating device is overturned or in any configuration other than upright. The closure may also prevent any fluid from permeating into the chamber if the insulating device is exposed to precipitation, other fluid, or submersed under water. The insulating device may include a back panel support structure and shoulder straps allowing the device to be worn as a backpack. This construction results in an insulating chamber that is substantially impervious to water and other liquids when the closure is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Charles Munie, Kyle Edward Rogers, Donald Edward Desroches, John Loudenslager, Derek G. Sullivan, Alex Baires
  • Patent number: 11078970
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission includes a plurality of friction clutches and a selectable one-way clutch. The transmission also includes a controller programmed to, in response to detecting a component fault, switch the selectable one-way clutch from a passive state to an active state by commanding engagement of a first subset of the friction clutches to establish a slip elimination state. The controller is also programmed to, following establishment of the slip elimination state, command the selectable one-way clutch to the active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dongdong Dee Li, Stephen Michael Cicala, Conor Edward Sullivan, Richard Reynolds Hathaway
  • Publication number: 20210231913
    Abstract: A ruggedized adjustable mounting system is described for adjustably coupling and selectively locking a component supported in a fixture of the mount in a desired orientation. In some embodiments, the mounting system includes one or more kinematic couplings that support a fixture on a base and one or more adjustable couplings that are configured to adjust a separation distance between two opposing portions of the fixture and the base to selectively pivot the fixture about one or more axes of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Andrew Guzman, Joseph Flaherty, Steven R. Gillmer, Kevin Edward Sullivan, Steven Augst
  • Patent number: 11041534
    Abstract: Ideally, when a transmission is in Neutral, no torque should be exerted on the vehicle wheels by the powertrain. However, even with all clutches in a gearbox disengaged, some torque may be transmitted from a turbine shaft to the transmission output due to clutch drag and transmission component inertia. To avoid transmitting torque, a subset of clutches may be engaged to produce an input tie-up state, this holding the turbine shaft against rotation while permitting rotation of the output element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Cicala, Markian Oleh Diakiw, Conor Edward Sullivan, Dongdong Dee Li, Timothy Fedullo, Bradley Dean Riedle, Scott Joseph Gittins, Peter Wincek
  • Patent number: 10821957
    Abstract: A transmission includes a selectable one-way clutch with active and passive states. Successful transition from the active state to the passive state is only possible when there is no torque tending to cause overrunning. After commanding a transition from the active state to the passive state, a controller partially engages a first friction clutch to induce a torque tending away from overrunning until a lash crossing is detected. Then, the controller releases the first clutch and partially applies a second clutch to induce a torque toward overrunning. When slip is detected, indicating successful achievement of the passive state, the second clutch is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Fedullo, Conor Edward Sullivan, Stephen Michael Cicala, John Randall Armstead, Bradley Dean Riedle
  • Patent number: 10794435
    Abstract: A transmission includes a selectable one-way clutch with an active state and a passive state. To avoid occupant discomfort and hardware damage, transitions from the passive state to the active state must only be commanded when no or very little slip is present across the selectable one-way clutch. Several methods are presented to eliminate slip, depending on vehicle speed. When the vehicle is stationary, full engagement of a clutch that causes slip to be proportional to vehicle speed eliminates slip. When the vehicle is moving backwards, partial engagement of the above clutch eliminates slip. When the vehicle is moving forwards, full engagement of all but one clutch of a tie-up condition and partial engagement of the remaining clutch of the tie-up condition brings the vehicle to a stop and eliminates slip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Fedullo, Abhay Mane, Bradley Dean Riedle, Conor Edward Sullivan, Stephen Michael Cicala, John Randall Armstead
  • Patent number: 10729333
    Abstract: A system and associated method is disclosed to monitor physiological activity of a subject. One or more sensors are positioned in or on a support, the support being adapted to receive the subject, at least a first one of the sensors being adapted to produce a first signal indicative of movement of the subject over time. Processing apparatus is adapted to identify first, second and third portions of the first signal. The first and third portions correspond to first and third time periods, respectively, during which the subject changes body position on the support. The second portion corresponds to a second time period, between the first and third time periods, during which substantially no change in body position of the subject on the support takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONOMEDICAL PTY LTD
    Inventors: Colin Edward Sullivan, Peter Charles Spencer, Mark Bradley Norman
  • Patent number: 10634449
    Abstract: A magazine for a high capacity loader for sequentially loading a plurality of projectiles into a launcher. The magazine has a magazine housing for holding a plurality of projectiles. The magazine housing has an opening providing access to a projectile chimney. The projectiles exit the magazine through the opening in the magazine housing via the projectile chimney. An aperture is provided in a sidewall of the projectile chimney and the aperture leads to a piston chamber. A pneumatically actuated actuator is provided in the piston chamber. The pneumatically actuated actuator drives an indexing assembly for the launcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: United Tactical Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Edward Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20200031331
    Abstract: A transmission includes a selectable one-way clutch with active and passive states. Successful transition from the active state to the passive state is only possible when there is no torque tending to cause overrunning. After commanding a transition from the active state to the passive state, a controller partially engages a first friction clutch to induce a torque tending away from overrunning until a lash crossing is detected. Then, the controller releases the first clutch and partially applies a second clutch to induce a torque toward overrunning. When slip is detected, indicating successful achievement of the passive state, the second clutch is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy Fedullo, Conor Edward Sullivan, Stephen Michael Cicala, John Randall Armstead, Bradley Dean Riedle
  • Publication number: 20200032864
    Abstract: Ideally, when a transmission is in Neutral, no torque should be exerted on the vehicle wheels by the powertrain. However, even with all clutches in a gearbox disengaged, some torque may be transmitted from a turbine shaft to the transmission output due to clutch drag and transmission component inertia. To avoid transmitting torque, a subset of clutches may be engaged to produce an input tie-up state, this holding the turbine shaft against rotation while permitting rotation of the output element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Michael CICALA, Markian Oleh DIAKIW, Conor Edward SULLIVAN, Dongdong Dee LI, Timothy FEDULLO, Bradley Dean RIEDLE, Scott Joseph GITTINS, Peter WINCEK
  • Publication number: 20200032862
    Abstract: A transmission includes a selectable one-way clutch with an active state and a passive state. To avoid occupant discomfort and hardware damage, transitions from the passive state to the active state must only be commanded when no or very little slip is present across the selectable one-way clutch. Several methods are presented to eliminate slip, depending on vehicle speed. When the vehicle is stationary, full engagement of a clutch that causes slip to be proportional to vehicle speed eliminates slip. When the vehicle is moving backwards, partial engagement of the above clutch eliminates slip. When the vehicle is moving forwards, full engagement of all but one clutch of a tie-up condition and partial engagement of the remaining clutch of the tie-up condition brings the vehicle to a stop and eliminates slip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Fedullo, Abhay Mane, Bradley Dean Riedle, Conor Edward Sullivan, Stephen Michael Cicala, John Randall Armstead
  • Publication number: 20200032863
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission includes a plurality of friction clutches and a selectable one-way clutch. The transmission also includes a controller programmed to, in response to detecting a component fault, switch the selectable one-way clutch from a passive state to an active state by commanding engagement of a first subset of the friction clutches to establish a slip elimination state. The controller is also programmed to, following establishment of the slip elimination state, command the selectable one-way clutch to the active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Dongdong Dee Li, Stephen Michael Cicala, Conor Edward Sullivan, Richard Reynolds Hathaway
  • Patent number: 10393474
    Abstract: A high capacity loader for sequentially loading a plurality of projectiles into a launcher. The loader has a first drive core, a second drive core and a load path to maintain the projectiles in a defined path around the first and second drive cores. The second drive core is rotationally connected to the first drive core. An indexing assembly is provided to index the drive cores. A drive assembly provides a rotational force for the drive cores. A magazine extends from the housing to connect the loader to the launcher and to load the projectiles into the launcher. The projectiles are individually indexed on the first and second drive cores and are free from force by adjacent projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: United Tactical Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Edward Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20190226795
    Abstract: A magazine for a high capacity loader for sequentially loading a plurality of projectiles into a launcher. The magazine has a magazine housing for holding a plurality of projectiles. The magazine housing has an opening providing access to a projectile chimney. The projectiles exit the magazine through the opening in the magazine housing via the projectile chimney. An aperture is provided in a sidewall of the projectile chimney and the aperture leads to a piston chamber. A pneumatically actuated actuator is provided in the piston chamber. The pneumatically actuated actuator drives an indexing assembly for the launcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Edward Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10358134
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission having a torque converter, an oncoming clutch, and a controller. The controller is programmed to, in response to a torque of the oncoming clutch exceeding an estimated average by a threshold during an engagement, increase the torque of the oncoming clutch via a feedforward command and adjust the torque of the oncoming clutch via a feedback command to compensate for deviations in the torque generated by the feedforward command during the engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Phillip McDonnell, Bradley Dean Riedle, Charles William Suter, Conor Edward Sullivan, Stephen Michael Cicala
  • Patent number: D961261
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Charles Nichols, Kyle Edward Rogers, Derek G. Sullivan