Patents by Inventor Erich Soren Finkelstein

Erich Soren Finkelstein 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: 10559088
    Abstract: Sensor data is provided to a deep neural network previously trained to detect a feature within the physical environment. Result signals are received from the neural network, and the computing system determines if the feature is present within the physical environment based on the result signals. Responsive to determining that the feature is present, the computing system implements a function of a rule assigned to the feature. Responsive to determining that the feature is not present, the computing system determines whether one or more activation parameters of the neural network have been met indicative of an alternative feature being present within the physical environment. An indication that the activation parameters have been met is output by the computing system, enabling the rule to be extended to the alternative feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Erich-Soren Finkelstein
  • Publication number: 20190340779
    Abstract: Sensor data is provided to a deep neural network previously trained to detect a feature within the physical environment. Result signals are received from the neural network, and the computing system determines if the feature is present within the physical environment based on the result signals. Responsive to determining that the feature is present, the computing system implements a function of a rule assigned to the feature. Responsive to determining that the feature is not present, the computing system determines whether one or more activation parameters of the neural network have been met indicative of an alternative feature being present within the physical environment. An indication that the activation parameters have been met is output by the computing system, enabling the rule to be extended to the alternative feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Erich-Soren FINKELSTEIN
  • Publication number: 20180293221
    Abstract: A method to execute computer-actionable directives conveyed in human speech comprises: receiving audio data recording speech from one or more speakers; converting the audio data into a linguistic representation of the recorded speech; detecting a target corresponding to the linguistic representation; committing to the data structure language data associated with the detected target and based on the linguistic representation; parsing the data structure to identify one or more of the computer-actionable directives; and submitting the one or more of the computer-actionable directives to the computer for processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erich-Soren FINKELSTEIN, Han Yee Mimi FUNG, Aleksandar UZELAC, Oz SOLOMON, Keith Coleman HEROLD, Vivek PRADEEP, Zongyi LIU, Kazuhito KOISHIDA, Haithem ALBADAWI, Steven Nabil BATHICHE, Christopher Lance NUESMEYER, Michelle Lynn HOLTMANN, Christopher Brian QUIRK, Pablo Luis SALA
  • Publication number: 20180260680
    Abstract: Intelligent assistant devices and methods for interacting with a user are disclosed. In some examples, a method for interacting with a user comprises predicting suggested action(s) for the user and displaying the action(s) via a display of the device. While the suggested action(s) are displayed, audio input comprising a command followed by a keyword is received from the user. The audio input is processed locally on the intelligent assistance device to (1) determine that the keyword follows the command and (2) recognize that the command applies to the suggested action(s). Based on determining that the keyword follows the command and recognizing that the command applies to the suggested action(s), a user selection of the suggested action(s) is established. Based on establishing the user selection, the one or more suggested actions are executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erich-Soren FINKELSTEIN, Gary L. CALDWELL
  • Publication number: 20180232662
    Abstract: Intelligent assistant systems, methods and computing devices are disclosed for training a machine learning-based parser to derive user intents. A method comprises analyzing with a feeder parser a surface form of a user input. A user intent underlying the surface form is derived by the feeder parser. The surface form and the user intent are provided to a machine learning-based parser and used to enhance a training set of the machine learning-based parser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Oz SOLOMON, Erich-Soren FINKELSTEIN, Keith Coleman HEROLD, Christopher Brian QUIRK
  • Publication number: 20180232645
    Abstract: Intelligent assistant systems, methods and computing devices are disclosed for resolving alias identifiers. A method comprises receiving and parsing data comprising a current user input that includes an alias identifier. The data and/or other sensor data are analyzed to identify the user. Based at least on identifying the user and recognizing the alias identifier, usage pattern data comprising at least one previous user input that includes the alias identifier and corresponding context information is accessed. The usage pattern data is used to resolve the alias identifier to mean the alias identifier in an alias record of a known entity. Based at least on resolving the alias identifier, an output device is controlled to one or more of generate a message and perform an action with respect to the known entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erich-Soren FINKELSTEIN, Han Yee Mimi FUNG, Oz SOLOMON
  • Publication number: 20180233139
    Abstract: To address the issues of handling conversations with multiple users, an intelligent digital assistant system is provided. The system may include at least one microphone configured to receive an audio input, a speaker configured to emit an audio output, and a processor. The processor may be configured engage in a conversation with a first user, and, concurrent with the first user being engaged in the conversation with the system, recognize speech of one or more additional users in the audio input. The processor may process the recognized speech of the one or more additional users to determine a context for each additional user, and execute a conversation disentanglement module to select and perform one or more predetermined conversation disentanglement actions according to the context of the recognized speech of each additional user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erich-Soren FINKELSTEIN, Han Yee Mimi FUNG, Oz SOLOMON, Keith Coleman HEROLD
  • Patent number: 6025841
    Abstract: A method for managing simultaneous display of multiple windows in a graphical user interface (GUI). A computer system with a display and user interface input device displays a primary or container window on the display, comprising a predetermined region for displaying information and/or receiving user commands associated with a first computer process. The system displays a target window comprising a predetermined region for displaying information and/or receiving user commands associated with a different computer process. The target window is typically displayed in a higher z-order relative to the primary window to maintain it on top. In response to a predetermined triggering condition, the target window is manipulated by movement, temporary disappearance, and/or size reduction, while maintaining the relative z-order of the target window relative to the primary window and away from a predetermined avoidance region associated with the first computer process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Erich Soren Finkelstein, Samuel David Hobson, Adrian Klein, Benjamin Waldman