Patents by Inventor Eric N. Anderson

Eric N. Anderson 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: 10466702
    Abstract: An aircraft computer system includes segregated processing elements, each executing an autonomous agent. Each autonomous agent receives a set of data pertaining to aircraft events and processes the data to identify a set of instructions for resolving the event. Each autonomous agent then compares all competing solutions to determine if each autonomous agent agrees; if so, the solution is implemented, if not, the disparity is resolved either automatically via a voting algorithm or with the intervention of a human decision maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas H. Bloom, Matthew P. Corbett, Timothy R. Fannin, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10452446
    Abstract: Transparently executing applications among cores in a multi-processor system includes monitoring elements associated with each processor which align execution of threads within corresponding cores of the processors. Alignment is accomplished by monitoring system resource utilization by each core, comparing process counters associated with corresponding cores, and comparing data sets in and out during application frame switching. In a further aspect, inputs are coordinated by a synchronization element. Likewise, outputs for corresponding cores are compared to ensure no corrupted data is propagated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas H. Bloom, Eric N. Anderson, Matthew P. Corbett, Timothy R. Fannin, Jason R. Owen
  • Patent number: 10447588
    Abstract: A decentralized Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) architecture configured for onboard avionics processing eliminates centralized computing cabinets and distributes avionics processing capabilities to a network of smart switching devices positioned throughout the aircraft, each smart switch including a multicore processing environment (MCPE) for generalized application hosting in addition to the switching elements. The smart switching network can be scaled up or down for smaller or larger aircraft, or organically grown by adding more processing components. Additional real-time multicore processors may be located in smart remote data concentrators (RDC) for handling I/O and routing of network data between external remote units and aircraft systems and the hosted applications on the smart switches. The real-time environments executing on the smart RDCs may be reserved for low-latency closed-loop functions, or may host additional general-purpose avionics processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Fannin, Nicholas H. Bloom, Matthew P. Corbett, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10247821
    Abstract: A weather radar system for an aircraft includes a weather radar system and a processing circuit. The weather radar system is configured to determine weather data, the weather data including an indication of precipitation at a plurality of altitudes, a plurality of azimuth angles, and at a plurality of ranges from the aircraft. The processing circuit is configured to receive the weather data from the weather radar system and generate an overhead display from an overhead perspective based on the weather data. The overhead display visually illustrates the precipitation at a particular distance from the aircraft and at a particular azimuth angle. The processing circuit is configured to generate a face-on on display based on the weather data and cause a display screen to display the overhead display and the face-on display. The face-on display visually illustrates a particular altitude of the precipitation and the azimuth angle of the precipitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith A. Stover, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10144529
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) processing and input/output (I/O) capabilities to existing electronic systems onboard aircraft are disclosed. More specifically, a display processing computer may include a first set of I/O interfaces and a second set of I/O interfaces. The display processing computer may further include at least one first processor in communication with the first set of I/O interfaces and at least one second processor in communication with the second set of I/O interfaces. The at least one first processor may be configured to process data received at the first set of I/O interfaces and provide commands to control a display. The at least one second processor may be configured to provide a set of non-display functions, and further configured to selectively activate a subset of the set of non-display functions based on at least one operating condition of the display processing computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery E. Fetta, Richard T. Hackett, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9973515
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for identification and response to an unauthorized transmission to a networked critical system. The invention employs a pre-defined parameter which matches trusted sources with defined destinations to enable secure access to the networked critical system. Once the method receives a transmission to the destination, it filters the transmissions based on specific architecture constraints. Should the transmission survive, the method continues with a plurality of layers of system level checks to verify the source matches the pre-defined parameter of a trusted source. Should the transmission fail any of the layers of system level checks, the method provides an appropriate response. Once the transmission survives, the method continuously monitors the data stream for possible threats and allows access the transmission to reach the destination and the networked critical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Corbett, Brent J. Nelson, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9891978
    Abstract: A system and method may ensure certified operation of a safety-critical avionics system incorporating a multi-core processor (MCP) aboard an aircraft via external architectural mitigation. A redundant processing element (RPE) may be associated with a processing core of the MCP and with safety-critical applications configured to execute on the core. The critical applications generate critical results based on sensed critical data parameters and pass the parameters and results to an external system monitor. The system monitor performs fault detection external to the original core by comparing the critical results and the critical data parameters and notifies the associated critical application if a fault is detected. The associated critical application may then log the fault to a fault history, reset an associated sensor, or notify the crew of the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Mark Fejfar, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9714081
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes determining via a processor in an avionics system that a personal electronic device is in communication with the avionics system, and establishing a limitation on the functionality of the personal electronic device with respect to the avionics system via the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan N. Hall, III, Kaushik Raghu, Eric N. Anderson, Sara A. Jump, Rachel D. Sparks, Jesse B. Pate, Keith A. Stover, Daniel E. Mazuk
  • Patent number: 9552737
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for generating a landing distance indicator (LDI) are disclosed. The LDI generating system may include one or more sources of navigation data, one or more sources of landing distance (LD) factor data, published LD data source, an image generator (IG), and a presentation system. The IG may be configured to navigation data; acquire LD factor data; define LD data; and generate image data as a function of the navigation data and the LD data. The navigation data could include a runway reference point, and the LD data could an LD. The image data could be representative of at least an image of an LDI comprised of a first boundary is based upon a location of the runway reference point, and a second boundary is based upon the runway reference point and the landing distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Ricky J. Theriault, Keith A. Stover, Eric N. Anderson, Travis S. VanDerKamp
  • Patent number: 9552271
    Abstract: A system and method for enhanced dispatch of an operationally critical system is disclosed. The method receives a minimum equipment list associated with the system including a plurality of dispatch critical applications with at least one dispatch critical application instance. A rules set determines a plurality of schedules of the dispatch critical application instances in compliance with the minimum equipment list, each schedule associates a specific processing resource with a specific dispatch critical application instance. A monitor tracks the availability of each dispatch critical application instance and, should one or more instanced become unavailable, the method implements an alternate schedule of dispatch critical application instances in accordance with the rules set and the minimum equipment list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery E. Fetta, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9137038
    Abstract: The node communication controller (NCC) suitable for use in a line-replaceable unit (LRU) of a modular avionics system may include one or more embedded processors configured to host one or more functions associated with at least one avionics module of an avionics system, an input/output (I/O) controller, and one or more I/O ports, wherein the I/O controller is configured to route data between the one or more embedded processors and the at least one avionics module via the one or more I/O ports and a network communication bus, wherein the I/O controller is further configured to route data between a host processor of the LRU and an additional avionics module via the one or more I/O ports and the network communication bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Mazuk, David A. Miller, Clifford R. Klein, Savio N. Chau, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8743020
    Abstract: A high integrity, high availability avionics display architecture for an avionics display system. The architecture includes a plurality of display processing computers (DPC) and a plurality of display integrity feedback interfaces. Each DPC includes at least two independent processing channels. Each independent processing channel includes at least two independent lanes. Each independent lane includes an I/O section and a processor section. Furthermore, each independent processing channel comprises an operative graphics section. At least one of the independent lanes provides a critical display function that provides commands to the graphics section to drive a display signal to displays of the avionics system. A number of display integrity feedback interfaces from the displays of the avionics display system provide integrity by allowing the integrity monitor functions to detect faults within the display signals and/or originating from the displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Mazuk, Eric N. Anderson, Rachel D. Sparks, Sara A. Murphy, Clifford R. Klein, Keith A. Stover, Matthew P. Corbett
  • Patent number: 7854272
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a hitch boom to which a pair of wing booms is pivotably connected. The wing booms are designed to fold forward from an extended position to a transport position. The wing booms are supported above a surface by wheels that provide the aforementioned support when the wing booms are in an extended position as well as the transport position. Maintaining surface contact of the wheels in both positions reduces the load placed on the hitch to which the hitch boom is coupled as well as the hitch boom itself. Multi-link draft links are connected between the hitch boom and the wing booms to provide support for the wing booms when the wing booms are in the extended position. The relative length of the draft links dictates how far the hitch telescopes when the wing booms are folded to the stowed or transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Terrance A. Friggstad, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7724155
    Abstract: An avionics display is disclosed. A synthetic rendering of terrain is created using stored terrain data. A horizon line is overlaid upon the synthetic rendering of terrain. The horizon line represents zero degrees pitch attitude in a direction of travel of an aircraft in which the avionics display is installed. The horizon line is configured to move in response to attitude-changing movement of the aircraft. An attitude cue is overlaid upon the synthetic rendering of terrain and depicted on first and second sides of the horizon line such that the synthetic rendering of terrain remains substantially visible. The attitude cue has a first appearance on the first side of the horizon line and a second appearance on the second side of the horizon line. The first appearance is visually contrasted from the second appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric N. Anderson, John C. Frank, Craig D. Pettit, Sarah Barber, Matthew Carrico
  • Publication number: 20100101813
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a hitch boom to which a pair of wing booms is pivotably connected. The wing booms are designed to fold forward from an extended position to a transport position. The wing booms are supported above a surface by wheels that provide the aforementioned support when the wing booms are in an extended position as well as the transport position. Maintaining surface contact of the wheels in both positions reduces the load placed on the hitch to which the hitch boom is coupled as well as the hitch boom itself. Multi-link draft links are connected between the hitch boom and the wing booms to provide support for the wing booms when the wing booms are in the extended position. The relative length of the draft links dictates how far the hitch telescopes when the wing booms are folded to the stowed or transport position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Terrance A. Friggstad, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7633428
    Abstract: A weather data aggregation and display system for displaying weather radar information to a pilot of a member aircraft of an airborne network of member aircraft. The weather data aggregation and display system includes an airborne network system (ANS) positioned on the member aircraft adapted to receive incoming geo-referenced weather data regarding Significant Meteorological Systems (SMS) from associated airborne network systems positioned on other member aircraft. A data processing system (DPS) is coupled to the airborne network system for generating the member aircraft's perspective of the SMS, based on the incoming weather data and the member aircraft's navigation and attitude information. The DPS provides DPS output weather data. An airborne display system (ADS) is positioned on the member aircraft and coupled to the data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7606530
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) system for allowing access to at least one remotely positioned target RFID tag. The RFID system includes an RFID repeater receiver located outside of the operable range of a target RFID tag; and, at least one RFID repeater positionable within an operable range of the target RFID tag. The RFID repeater retransmits an original inquiry from the RFID repeater receiver to the target RFID tag and retransmits a response from the target RFID tag to the RFID repeater receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric N. Anderson, Alan E. Siniff
  • Patent number: 7580776
    Abstract: A method and system for assuring separation between an aircraft and potential flight hazards is provided. According to the method, an intended path of the aircraft is predicted. A potential hazard to the aircraft along the intended path is identified. A distance from the potential hazard that the aircraft is required to maintain is determined. An ability of the aircraft to maneuver to avoid the identified hazard and to remain further from the identified hazard than the distance is determined. A probability that the aircraft will not maintain the distance from the identified hazards is determined. A pilot of the aircraft is alerted if the probability is greater than a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7262713
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for a safe flight display through increasing situation awareness by an optimal presentation, given limited capacity of the system. The system may determine which terrain area needs a detail representation and which area needs a coarse representation. A view-dependent visual error metric may be utilized to define and maintain an error bound and accurately minimize the amount of terrain data being depicted. By performing a breadth-first search on the terrain database, a user can determine amount of geometry to be displayed with limited bandwidth of data presentation. The user may be allowed to scale the application to his/her desired level of detail, given a capacity of the system. Therefore, the system may provide a safe flight display with an anticipated and graceful (all portions of the screen would be given an equal quality representation) degradation in performance upon the choice of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Vogl, Eric N. Anderson, Alexel Postnikov, Koji Katakura
  • Patent number: 7026956
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle is provided. The display system includes a display configured to render a representation of an intended vehicle path. At least one relative speed indicator is rendered upon the display. The at least one relative speed indicator is configured to move along the representation of the intended vehicle path, in an area of the display that is peripheral to a focus area of the display, in response to a difference between an actual value of a speed-based parameter and a preferred value of a speed-based parameter of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Wenger, Alexei Postnikov, Eric N. Anderson, Timothy J. Etherington