Patents by Inventor Eric A. Bier

Eric A. Bier 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: 20180060798
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating parking enforcement officer dispatching in real time with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and on-going activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Mudita Singhal, Kevin Albanese, Farrukh Ali, Eric A. Bier, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eduardo Cardenas Sanchez, Matthew T. Darst, Hoda Eldardiry, Gaurang Gavai, Robert T. Krivacic, Pai Liu, Sureyya Tarkan
  • Publication number: 20180060795
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating parking enforcement officer performance in real time with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and on-going activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Mudita Singhal, Kevin Albanese, Farrukh Ali, Eric A. Bier, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eduardo Cardenas Sanchez, Matthew T. Darst, Hoda Eldardiry, Gaurang Gavai, Lu (Kate) Jia, Robert T. Krivacic, Sureyya Tarkan
  • Publication number: 20180060797
    Abstract: A system and method for managing coverage of parking enforcement for a neighborhood with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and on-going activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Mudita Singhal, Kevin Albanese, Farrukh Ali, Eric A. Bier, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eduardo Cardenas Sanchez, Matthew T. Darst, Hoda Eldardiry, Gaurang Gavai, Robert T. Krivacic
  • Publication number: 20180060775
    Abstract: A system and method for visualizing parking enforcement officer movement in real time with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and on-going activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mudita Singhal, Mark J. Stefik, Sureyya Tarkan, Eric A. Bier, Robert T. Krivacic
  • Publication number: 20180060790
    Abstract: A system and method for coordinating parking enforcement officer patrol in real time with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and ongoing activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Mudita Singhal, Kevin Albanese, Farrukh Ali, Eric A. Bier, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eduardo Cardenas Sanchez, Matthew T. Darst, Hoda Eldardiry, Gaurang Gavai, Robert T. Krivacic, Sureyya Tarkan
  • Publication number: 20180060783
    Abstract: A system and method for motivating parking enforcement officer performance with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and on-going activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Mudita Singhal, Kevin Albanese, Farrukh Ali, Eric A. Bier, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eduardo Cardenas Sanchez, Matthew T. Darst, Gaurang Gavai, Robert T. Krivacic, Sureyya Tarkan
  • Publication number: 20180060796
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring parking enforcement officer performance with the aid of a digital computer is provided. A time-based active representational model of the city is created by fusing sensory data collected from various sources around a city with numerical data gleaned from historical and on-going activities, including parking regulation citation and warning numbers, resource allocations, and so on. The model can be used to form quantitative predictions of expected violations, revenue stream, and so forth, that can then be used as recommendations as to where to enforce and when, so as to maximize the utilization of the limited resources represented by the officers on the street. Moreover, the performance of the officers can be weighed against expectations of performance postulated from the quantitative predictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Mudita Singhal, Kevin Albanese, Farrukh Ali, Eric A. Bier, Daniel G. Bobrow, Eduardo Cardenas Sanchez, Matthew T. Darst, Hoda Eldardiry, Gaurang Gavai, Lu (Kate) Jia, Robert T. Krivacic, Pai Liu, Sureyya Tarkan
  • Patent number: 9747278
    Abstract: A system and method for mapping text phrases to geographical locations is provided. Entities, each comprising one of a location, person, and place, are identified in one or more documents. Possible candidate locations associated with each entity are determined. An initial score is assigned to each location. The initial scores are adjusted and the candidate location with the highest adjusted score is selected for each entity. The selected candidate location is applied to all occurrences of the entity in the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric A. Bier, Anna Wu
  • Patent number: 9721039
    Abstract: A relationship visualization system displays contextual information for a relationship between two entities of a document management system, such as for a user and a document. The system can receive a request for a relationship visualization from a user, such that the request indicates the user and a document. Then, the system determines, from a multipartite graph, a set of relationship paths coupling entity nodes that correspond to the user and the document. A relationship path can include one or more entity nodes indicating contextual information for the relationship between the user and the document. Then, the system selects a first group of entity nodes from the set of relationship paths to represent the relationship between the user and the document. The system then provides a relationship visualization that displays contextual information from the first group of entity nodes to illustrate the relationship between the user and the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eric A. Bier, Oliver Brdiczka
  • Patent number: 9058588
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for managing a context-sensitive sidebar window is provided. Contextual information relevant to an electronic document is determined. A portion of the determined contextual information is presented in a sidebar window. A display of the context-sensitive sidebar window is managed by automatically opening the context-sensitive sidebar window when the electronic document is opened and automatically closing the context-sensitive sidebar window when the document is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Eric A. Bier
  • Publication number: 20140136508
    Abstract: A system and method for providing Web site navigation recommendations is provided. A Web page of interest is identified as a destination Web page. A domain of Web pages related to the destination Web page is determined. Information is extracted from each Web page in the domain and a recommendation comprising instructions for navigating to the destination Web page is generated based on the extracted information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Kristian Lyngbaek, Lester D. Nelson, Eric A. Bier, Margaret H. Szymanski
  • Publication number: 20130262505
    Abstract: A method and system are provided that analyze a first digital asset to identify a set of attributes of the first digital asset. Search criteria are then formulated, and a search is conducted. Once search results are obtained, at least one second digital asset that is substantially identical to the first digital asset is identified. Then, metadata between the first digital asset and the second digital asset is shared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicants: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED, XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Roy Buckley, Eric A. Bier
  • Publication number: 20130226928
    Abstract: A system and method for mapping text phrases to geographical locations is provided. Entities, each comprising one of a location, person, and place, are identified in one or more documents. Possible candidate locations associated with each entity are determined. An initial score is assigned to each location. The initial scores are adjusted and the candidate location with the highest adjusted score is selected for each entity. The selected candidate location is applied to all occurrences of the entity in the documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eric A. Bier, Anna Wu
  • Publication number: 20130155068
    Abstract: A relationship visualization system displays contextual information for a relationship between two entities of a document management system, such as for a user and a document. The system can receive a request for a relationship visualization from a user, such that the request indicates the user and a document. Then, the system determines, from a multipartite graph, a set of relationship paths coupling entity nodes corresponding to the user and the document. A relationship path can include one or more entity nodes indicating contextual information for the relationship between the user and the document. Then, the system selects a first group of entity nodes from the set of relationship paths to represent the relationship between the user and the document. The system then provides a relationship visualization that displays contextual information from the first group of entity nodes to illustrate the relationship between the user and the document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eric A. Bier, Oliver Brdiczka
  • Patent number: 8347237
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed technology present a workspace window responsive to a belief graph and a relationship data structure that represents a comprehension state by presenting an instance-representation of a first separately-movable instance object that represents a first entity/relationship object in the relationship data structure wherein the instance-representation of the first separately-movable instance object can be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric A Bier, Edward W Ishak
  • Patent number: 8312385
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for providing context-sensitive sidebar window display on an electronic desktop is provided. A document that includes digital data is maintained in electronic storage. The document is operated upon through an application window generated by an application program on an electronic desktop. A sidebar window is initially generated. Contextual information relevant to the document is determined. Part of the contextual information to present is selected based on a current state of the document in the application window. The selected part of the contextual information is presented in the sidebar window positioned visually adjacent to the application window. The contextual information presented in and the positioning of the sidebar window is continually updated in step with the current state of the document and the application window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Eric A. Bier
  • Patent number: 8010646
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed technology present a workspace window responsive to a relationship data structure that represents a comprehension state including a presentation of a first instance-representation that represents a first separately-movable instance object and a second instance-representation that represents a second separately-movable instance object. This aspect enables the first instance-representation and detects when the first instance-representation is dropped within a threshold distance of the second instance-representation. When the first instance-representation is dropped, the technology identifies, responsive to the step of detecting, one of a plurality of spatial relationships between the first instance-representation and the second instance-representation. Responsive to the identified spatial relationship, the technology selects an operation, and responsive to the operation modifies a composite object in the relationship data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric A Bier, Edward W Ishak
  • Patent number: 8001157
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed technology enable a knowledge worker to easily and efficiently develop and maintain a comprehension state of a document collection. One aspect of the technology includes a methods, apparatus, and program products that alter a relationship data structure representing a comprehension state responsive to manipulation, in a workspace window, of a first instance-representation of a first separately-movable instance object representing a first entity/relationship object in the relationship data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Eric A Bier
  • Publication number: 20110078615
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for providing context-sensitive sidebar window display on an electronic desktop is provided. A document that includes digital data is maintained in electronic storage. The document is operated upon through an application window generated by an application program on an electronic desktop. A sidebar window is initially generated. Contextual information relevant to the document is determined. Part of the contextual information to present is selected based on a current state of the document in the application window. The selected part of the contextual information is presented in the sidebar window positioned visually adjacent to the application window. The contextual information presented in and the positioning of the sidebar window is continually updated in step with the current state of the document and the application window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Eric A. Bier
  • Patent number: 7904807
    Abstract: A system and method for copying formatting information between group editable Web pages is provided. The system includes a web server and devices, such as computers, which can communicate via a network. Users at the computers can access one or more of the Web pages and request that the accessed page's formatting information be copied over to one or more specified target Web pages. The Web server is configured to extract a first set of formatting information, such as HTML formatting templates, from a source web page displayed on one or more computers in the network. Further, the Web server replaces a corresponding second set of formatting information in the target Web page(s) with the first set of extracted formatting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Bell, Eric A. Bier, Bay-Wei Chang