Patents by Inventor Francois Vincent

Francois Vincent 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: 10427645
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed that uses data from different types of on-board sensors to determine whether meteorological precipitation is failing near the vehicle. The vehicle may include an on-board camera capturing image data and an on-board accelerometer capturing accelerometer data. The image data may characterize an area in front of or behind the vehicle. The accelerometer data may characterize vibrations of a windshield of the vehicle. An artificial neural network may run on computer hardware carried on-board the vehicle. The artificial neural network may be trained to classify meteorological precipitation in an environment of the vehicle using the image data and the accelerometer data as inputs. The classifications of the artificial neural network may be used to control one or more functions of the vehicle such as windshield-wiper speed, traction-control settings, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ramchandra Ganesh Karandikar, Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Scott Vincent Myers, Francois Charette
  • Publication number: 20190255144
    Abstract: An oligopeptide isolated from an SCO-spondin glycoprotein, characterized by the sequence: —W—S—X1—W—S— X2—C—S— X3—X4—C-G- (SEQ ID NO: 1), in which X1, X2, X3 and X4 represent amino acid sequences that consist of 1 to 5 amino acids. The oligopeptide may be used as a drug for inhibiting angiogenesis, in the treatment of diseases associated with angiogenesis in humans or animals, in particular against tumor angiogenesis. The oligopeptide is suitable in particular for the treatment of brain tumors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Stephane GOBRON, Fabrice LALLOUE, Romain BIBES, Francois VINCENT
  • Publication number: 20190190247
    Abstract: A method that tests a differential protection device having a first and a second differential protection chain includes: a step of controlling the flow of a test signal for a duration smaller than a no-trip time, and steps of determining the state of the two differential protection chains after the flow of a test signal, of monitoring the conformity of the evolution of the protection chains, and of determining the state of the test. The differential protection device includes two differential protection chains and controls the flow of a test current for a duration smaller than a no-trip time. It includes modules for monitoring the evolution of the protection chains and determining the state of the test in order to control the opening of an electrical unit if the test is good. The device can be included in the electrical unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste BERNARD, Francois VINCENT, Simon TIAN, Jerome MEUNIER-CARUS
  • Patent number: 10297251
    Abstract: An automatic speech recognition system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to select an acoustic model from a library of acoustic models based on ambient noise in a cabin of the vehicle and operating parameters of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to apply the selected acoustic model to noisy speech to improve recognition of the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Scott Andrew Amman, Francois Charette, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, An Ji, Ranjani Rangarajan, John Edward Huber
  • Patent number: 10020153
    Abstract: In this method, the voltage outage load-side is an opening of the circuit breaker, and the circuit breaker is able to interrupt the flow of electric current in an electric connection including an electric conductor. The auxiliary unit comprises a current sensor for measuring the intensity of the current flowing in the electric conductor and a first detection means for detecting the voltage outage load-side from the circuit breaker. The method comprises the following steps: measuring the intensity of the current flowing in the electric conductor, detecting the voltage outage load-side from the electric circuit breaker, determining a cause of the detected voltage outage load-side from the circuit breaker, said cause being selected from the group consisting in: an electric overload, a short-circuit and a voltage drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Francois Vincent, Simon Tian
  • Publication number: 20180120913
    Abstract: Techniques for implementing a fan-less mode in a Power over Ethernet (PoE) network device are provided. According to one set of embodiments, the PoE network device can receive a user command to enable the fan-less mode. In response to the command, the PoE network device can (1) turn off the active cooling fans of the device, and (2) modify a PoE power budget of the device from a first amount to a second, reduced amount that is less than the first amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Vincent, Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 9851403
    Abstract: A safety device capable of being connected between a circuit breaker device and an electric installation powered by an electric grid providing three-phase current having a first associated frequency, using a line for conveying electric current including three phase conductors, a neutral conductor and a protection conductor. The safety device makes it possible to verify at least one electric safety condition following a cut off of electric power of the electric installation by the circuit breaker device. The safety device comprises circuitry or a processor configured to verify presence of a residual voltage above a predetermined safety threshold on at least one of the conductors, and verify isolation between a tested pair of conductors, among the phase conductors. The safety device can be used to perform an associated safety verification method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Alexandre Laporte, Francois Vincent, Christian Pellegrin
  • Publication number: 20170251285
    Abstract: An example system can comprise an optical circuit switch. An input port module can receive an input optical signal comprising a plurality of input components, perform an optical to electrical to optical conversion on the input optical signal, multiplex the plurality of input components to an internal optical signal, and transmit first internal optical signal on a first internal waveguide. A switch module can receive the internal optical signal and transmit the transformed internal optical signal on a second internal waveguide according to a predefined control algorithm, which can permit any input component to be mapped to any frequency group and sent to any output component. An output port module can receive the internal optical signal, perform another optical to electrical to optical conversion on the internal optical signal, and demultiplex the internal optical signal to an output optical signal comprising a plurality of output components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Francois VINCENT, David PENKLER, Benoit MINSTER
  • Patent number: 9696354
    Abstract: A system to measure electrical energy of current in a secondary electrical conductor connected to a primary electrical conductor, the primary and secondary conductors having substantially same voltage. The system includes a primary module including an emitter and a unit for measuring voltage of the primary conductor, at least one secondary module including a receiver, an intensity sensor of current in the secondary conductor, and a unit for calculating energy of the current. The primary module compresses the measured voltage value and emits, to each secondary module, a first message containing the compressed measured voltage value. A time synchronization mechanism performs time synchronization of each intensity sensor with the voltage measuring unit. The calculating unit is connected to the receiver and can calculate energy from the measured voltage and intensity values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Coutelou, Pascal Houbre, Francois Vincent
  • Patent number: 9673726
    Abstract: A capacitive power supply device for a control device of an electrical switching apparatus, including a power supply module that has two input terminals and a power supply voltage between the two terminals, and suitable for supplying a power supply current to a control member suitable for controlling the electrical switching apparatus when the power supply voltage is below a predetermined actuation threshold, the power supply module including a first capacitor connected at the input of voltage rectifying means, the control member being connected at the output of a rectifying block, wherein a second capacitor and a first switch, suitable for connecting the second capacitor based on a comparison of the power supply voltage to a capacitor switching threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Francois Vincent, Bruno Bordet
  • Publication number: 20160190953
    Abstract: A capacitive power supply device for a control device of an electrical switching apparatus, including a power supply module that has two input terminals and a power supply voltage between the two terminals, and suitable for supplying a power supply current to a control member suitable for controlling the electrical switching apparatus when the power supply voltage is below a predetermined actuation threshold, the power supply module including a first capacitor connected at the input of voltage rectifying means, the control member being connected at the output of a rectifying block, wherein a second capacitor and a first switch, suitable for connecting the second capacitor based on a comparison of the power supply voltage to a capacitor switching threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Francois VINCENT, Bruno Bordet
  • Patent number: 9377492
    Abstract: The device according to the invention for estimating the impedance of an ground connection, the ground connection being connected to the ground of an alternating electric network (14) comprising a phase connected to an electric phase conductor and a neutral connected to an electric neutral conductor, comprises: an electrical component having a predetermined value impedance positioned between the phase conductor and the ground connection; a first sensor capable of measuring a first value of a first property between the phase conductor and the ground connection and a second value of the first property; a second sensor capable of measuring a first value of a second property between the neutral conductor and the ground connection and a second value of the second property; and a computation member computing the impedance of the ground connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Francois Vincent, Simon Tian
  • Publication number: 20160038326
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compression band intended for being wound around a lower or upper limb, Specifically, the band includes at least one first (1) and one second (2) area having first and second longitudinal elasticities, respectively, the first and second areas being juxtaposed longitudinally, and a retaining means (3, 4) being provided in order to place the ends of said band vertically on lop of one another in an adjustable manner, such as to adjust the compressive stress applied to said member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Applicant: Cizeta Medicali France
    Inventors: Christian GRADON-MOLLARD, Jean-Francois Vincent CREBASSA, Pierre-Marie NOEL DE LA PAQUERIE
  • Patent number: 9134410
    Abstract: Methods and devices for detecting, in a scene, a first type reflector is provided. The method includes identifying, using a radar in a mobile system, a zone of a distance-radial velocity space that contains a second type reflector. The second type reflector is capable of concealing the first type reflector. The method includes modeling an order two phase shift over time of theoretical first type and second type reflectors. The method includes creating a filter a distance and a radial velocity. The method includes illuminating the scene. The method includes acquiring raw radar data from the echoes reflected by the reflectors of the scene. The method includes obtaining distance profiles. The method includes applying a filter on the distance profiles. The method includes detecting the first type reflector among the second type reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins France
    Inventors: François Vincent, Philippe Goy
  • Patent number: 8990619
    Abstract: Stackable Layer 2 switches may be upgraded through a stateless upgrade procedure that minimizes software upgrade complexity while leveraging the intrinsic redundancy of the network to minimize traffic disruption. Disclosed methods may be targeted to platforms that lack support for other non-disruptive upgrade technologies, but that can leverage the intrinsic network redundancy to minimize traffic impact during a stack upgrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Vincent, Jie Jiang, Marco Foschiano, Ali Ahmad Tareen
  • Publication number: 20150077122
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety device (16) capable of being connected between a circuit breaker device (14) and an electric installation powered by an electric grid providing three-phase current having a first associated frequency, using a line for conveying electric current including three phase conductors (PH1, PH2, PH3), a neutral conductor (N) and a protection conductor (PE). This device makes it possible to verify at least one electric safety condition following a cut off of electric power of the electric installation by the circuit breaker device (14). This device comprises means (32) for verifying the presence of a residual voltage above a predetermined safety threshold on at least one of the conductors and means (34, 36) for verifying isolation, capable of verifying the isolation between two conductors of at least one pair of conductors, called the tested pair of conductors, among said phase conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Alexandre Laporte, Francois Vincent, Christian Pellegrin
  • Publication number: 20150070026
    Abstract: In this method, the voltage outage load-side is an opening of the circuit breaker, and the circuit breaker is able to interrupt the flow of electric current in an electric connection including an electric conductor. The auxiliary unit comprises a current sensor for measuring the intensity of the current flowing in the electric conductor and a first detection means for detecting the voltage outage load-side from the circuit breaker. The method comprises the following steps: measuring the intensity of the current flowing in the electric conductor, detecting the voltage outage load-side from the electric circuit breaker, determining a cause of the detected voltage outage load-side from the circuit breaker, said cause being selected from the group consisting in: an electric overload, a short-circuit and a voltage drop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Francois VINCENT, Simon Tian
  • Publication number: 20150002163
    Abstract: The device according to the invention for estimating the impedance of an ground connection, the ground connection being connected to the ground of an alternating electric network (14) comprising a phase connected to an electric phase conductor and a neutral connected to an electric neutral conductor, comprises: an electrical component having a predetermined value impedance positioned between the phase conductor and the ground connection; a first sensor capable of measuring a first value of a first property between the phase conductor and the ground connection and a second value of the first property; a second sensor capable of measuring a first value of a second property between the neutral conductor and the ground connection and a second value of the second property; and a computation member computing the impedance of the ground connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Francois VINCENT, Simon Tian
  • Patent number: 8873044
    Abstract: The invention provides a spark generator for generating a spark for optical emission spectroscopy (OES), wherein the spark has a current waveform comprising a first modulated portion which comprises a plurality of relatively high current and high gradient peaks of variable amplitude and/or inter-peak duration and a second modulated portion of relatively low current and low gradient which is substantially without modulated peaks. The spark is preferably generated from two or more programmable current sources. The invention also provides an optical emission spectrometer comprising the spark generator and a method of optical emission spectroscopy using the spark generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific (Ecublens) Sarl
    Inventors: Francois Vincent, Jean-Pierre Sola, Gilbert Wuethrich
  • Publication number: 20140239941
    Abstract: A system to measure electrical energy of current in a secondary electrical conductor connected to a primary electrical conductor, the primary and secondary conductors having substantially same voltage. The system includes a primary module including an emitter and a unit for measuring voltage of the primary conductor, at least one secondary module including a receiver, an intensity sensor of current in the secondary conductor, and a unit for calculating energy of the current. The primary module compresses the measured voltage value and emits, to each secondary module, a first message containing the compressed measured voltage value. A time synchronization mechanism performs time synchronization of each intensity sensor with the voltage measuring unit. The calculating unit is connected to the receiver and can calculate energy from the measured voltage and intensity values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Coutelou, Pascal Houbre, Francois Vincent