Patents by Inventor Glenn N Dickins

Glenn N Dickins 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: 10051400
    Abstract: A method of outputting audio in a teleconferencing environment includes receiving audio streams, processing the audio streams according to information regarding effective spatial positions, and outputting, by at least three speakers arranged in more than one dimension, the audio streams having been processed. The information regarding the plurality of effective spatial positions corresponds to a perceived spatial scene that extends beyond the speakers in at least two dimensions. In this manner, participants in the teleconference perceive the audio from the remote participants as originating at different positions in the teleconference room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: David S. McGrath, Glenn N. Dickins, Paul Holmberg, Gary Spittle, Michael Eckert
  • Publication number: 20180172502
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to a estimation of reverberant energy components from audio sources. A method of estimating a reverberant energy component from an active audio source (100) is disclosed. The method comprises determining a correspondence between the active audio source and a plurality of sample sources by comparing one or more spatial features of the active audio source with one or more spatial features of the plurality of sample sources, each of the sample sources being associated with an adaptive filtering model (101); obtaining an adaptive filtering model for the active audio source based on the determined correspondence (102); and estimating the reverberant energy component from the active audio source over time based on the adaptive filtering model (103). Corresponding system (800) and computer program product (900) are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dong SHI, David GUNAWAN, Glenn N. DICKINS, Kai LI
  • Patent number: 10003900
    Abstract: A computer implemented system for rendering captured audio soundfields to a listener comprises apparatus to deliver the audio soundfields to the listener. The delivery apparatus delivers the audio soundfields to the listener with first and second audio elements perceived by the listener as emanating from first and second virtual source locations, respectively, and with the first audio element and/or the second audio element delivered to the listener from a third virtual source location. The first virtual source location and the second virtual source location are perceived by the listener as being located to the front of the listener, and the third virtual source location is located to the rear or the side of the listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Cartwright, David S. McGrath, Glenn N. Dickins
  • Publication number: 20180167581
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for determining orientation of an external audio device in a video conference, which may be used to provide congruent multimodal representation for a video conference. A camera of a video conferencing system may be used to detect a potential location of an external audio device within a room in which the video conferencing system is providing a video conference. Within the detected potential location, a visual pattern associated with the external audio device may be identified. Using the identified visual pattern, the video conferencing system may estimate an orientation of the external audio device, the orientation being used by the video conferencing system to provide spatial audio video congruence to a far end audience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Erwin GOESNAR, Hannes MUESCH, David GUNAWAN, Michael ECKERT, Glenn N. DICKINS
  • Patent number: 9985855
    Abstract: Described are: a method, an apparatus, and a tangible computer-readable storage medium comprising instructions to instruct one or more processors to carry out a method. One set of methods is for the transmit side of a communication link and another set of methods is for the receive side. A transmit side method includes assigning one of a set of classifications to media, e.g., voice/audio packets transmitted in a sequence, different classifications impacting differently a measure of perceptual quality calculated at the receive side if packets of the respective classifications are lost. A present packet is sent to the receive side containing the classification of a previous packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Hannes Muesch
  • Publication number: 20180132038
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for analyzing and resolving feedback caused by having multiple audio links in a conference room. An audio system may detect the presence of duplicated audio caused by multiple audio links in the conference room. Marker signals may be injected into the conference room or over the network in response to detecting the duplicated audio. Echoes of the marker signals may be received, and the system may determine which case corresponds to the detected duplicated audio based on the received echo of the marker signals. Based on the determined case, operation of at least one of the speaker and the microphone may be modified. After the modification, audio playback in the conference room may be monitored to verify that far end audio playback is taking place and that the duplicated audio has been resolved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. DICKINS, Dong SHI, Andrew BORDER, David GUNAWAN
  • Publication number: 20180130479
    Abstract: An audio communication endpoint receives a bitstream containing spectral components representing spectral content of an audio signal, wherein the spectral components relate to a first range extending up to a first break frequency, above which any spectral components are unassigned. The endpoint adapts the received bitstream in accordance with a second range extending up to a second break frequency by removing moving spectral components or adding neutral-valued spectral components relating to a range between the first and second break frequencies. The endpoint then attenuates spectral content in a neighbourhood of the least of the first and second break frequencies for thereby achieving a gradual spectral decay. After this, reconstructing the audio signal is reconstructed by an inverse transform operating on spectral components relating to said second range in the adapted and attenuated received bitstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Heiko PURNHAGEN, Leif SEHLSTROM, Lars VILLEMOES, Glenn N. DICKINS, Mark S. VINTON
  • Patent number: 9947336
    Abstract: The present application provides an acoustic echo mitigation apparatus and method, an audio processing apparatus and a voice communication terminal. According to an embodiment, an acoustic echo mitigation apparatus is provided, including: an acoustic echo canceller for cancelling estimated acoustic echo from a microphone signal and outputting an error signal; a residual echo estimator for estimating residual echo power; and an acoustic echo suppressor for further suppressing residual echo and noise in the error signal based on the residual echo power and noise power. Here, the residual echo estimator is configured to be continuously adaptive to power change in the error signal. According to the embodiments of the present application, the acoustic echo mitigation apparatus and method can, at least, be well adaptive to the change of power of the error signal after the AEC processing, such as that caused by change of double-talk status, echo path properties, noise level and etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Shi, Xuejing Sun, Glenn N. Dickins
  • Publication number: 20180075862
    Abstract: In an audio processing system (300), a filtering section (350, 400): receives subband signals (410, 420, 430) corresponding to audio content of a reference signal (301) in respective frequency subbands; receives subband signals (411, 421, 431) corresponding to audio content of a response signal (304) in the respective subbands; and forms filtered inband references (412, 422, 432) by applying respective filters (413, 423, 433) to the subband signals of the reference signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Dong SHI, Glenn N. DICKINS, David GUNAWAN, Xuejing SUN
  • Patent number: 9912617
    Abstract: Voice communication method and apparatus and method and apparatus for operating jitter buffer are described. Audio blocks are acquired in sequence. Each of the audio blocks includes one or more audio frames. Voice activity detection is performed on the audio blocks. In response to deciding voice onset for a present one of the audio blocks, a subsequence of the sequence of the acquired audio blocks is retrieved. The subsequence precedes the present audio block immediately. The subsequence has a predetermined length and non-voice is decided for each audio block in the subsequence. The present audio block and the audio blocks in the subsequence are transmitted to a receiving party. The audio blocks in the subsequence are identified as reprocessed audio blocks. In response to deciding non-voice for the present audio block, the present audio block is cached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Xuejing Sun, Brendon Costa
  • Patent number: 9905236
    Abstract: An audio communication endpoint receives a bitstream containing spectral components representing spectral content of an audio signal, wherein the spectral components relate to a first range extending up to a first break frequency, above which any spectral components are unassigned. The endpoint adapts the received bitstream in accordance with a second range extending up to a second break frequency by removing spectral components or adding neutral-valued spectral components relating to a range between the first and second break frequencies. The endpoint then attenuates spectral content in a neighborhood of the least of the first and second break frequencies for thereby achieving a gradual spectral decay. After this, reconstructing the audio signal is reconstructed by an inverse transform operating on spectral components relating to said second range in the adapted and attenuated received bitstream. At small computational expense, the endpoint may to adapt to different sample rates in received bitstreams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Leif Sehlstrom, Lars Villemoes, Glenn N. Dickins, Mark S. Vinton
  • Publication number: 20180054688
    Abstract: Some disclosed implementations include an interface system and a control system. The control system may be capable of receiving, via the interface system, microphone data. The control system may be capable of determining, based at least in part on the microphone data, instances of one or more acoustic events. The instances of one or more acoustic events may, in some examples, include conversational dynamics data. The control system may be capable of providing behavior modification feedback, via the interface system, corresponding with the instances of the one or more acoustic events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. CARTWRIGHT, Peter MARTIN, Christopher Stanley MCGRATH, Glenn N. DICKINS
  • Publication number: 20180048683
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising an interface for receiving a respective uplink data stream from each of three or more further apparatuses, and for transmitting a respective downlink data stream to each of the further apparatuses; and a logic system in communication with the interface. The logic system is configured: to receive first data in the uplink data stream received from a first one of the further apparatuses; and in a first mode, to include at least some of the first data in the respective downlink data streams transmitted to every other one of the further apparatuses, or, in a second mode, to include at least some of the first data in the downlink data stream transmitted to a second one of the further apparatuses and to omit or attenuate substantially all of the first data in the downlink data stream transmitted to at least a third one of the further apparatuses. Corresponding methods and computer readable media are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rowan James KATEKAR, Glenn N. DICKINS
  • Publication number: 20180041639
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for modifying one of far-end signal playback and capture of local audio on an audio device. Frames of both a far-end audio stream and a near-end audio stream may be analyzed using a measure of voice activity, the analyzing producing voice data associated with each frame. Based on the voice data, a conference state may be determined, and one of playback of the far-end audio stream and capture of local audio on an audio device may be modified based on the determined conference state. By associating the likely intent with a predefined state, the device may further cull or remove unwanted or unlikely content from the device input and output. This may have a substantial advantage in allowing for full duplex operation in the case of more meaningful and continuing voice activity, particularly in the case where there are many connected endpoints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: David GUNAWAN, Glenn N. DICKINS
  • Patent number: 9883314
    Abstract: A method for altering an audio signal of interest in a multi-channel soundfield representation of an audio environment, the method including the steps of: (a) extracting the signal of interest from the soundfield representation; (b) determining a residual soundfield signal; (c) inputting a further associated audio signal, which is associated with the signal of interest; (d) transforming the associated audio signal into a corresponding associated soundfield signal compatable with the residual soundfield; and (e) combining the residual soundfield signal with the associated soundfield signal to produce an output soundfield signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: David Gunawan, Glenn N. Dickins, Richard J. Cartwright
  • Patent number: 9876913
    Abstract: In an audio conferencing mixing system of the type taking a plurality of audio input streams of input audio information of conference participants, including mixing transition events and outputting a plurality of audio output streams including output audio information, a method of mixing the audio output streams so as to reduce the detectability of the mixing transition events, the method including the steps of (a) determining that a transition event is to occur; (b) determining that a masking trigger is to occur; (c) scheduling the transition event to substantially occur when the masking event occurs. Change blindness mechanism to mask changes in audio conference mix and maintain perceptual continuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Cartwright, Glenn N. Dickins
  • Publication number: 20180018984
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to assessment and adjustment for an audio environment. A computer-implemented method is provided. The method includes obtaining a first audio signal captured by a device located in an environment. The method also includes analyzing a characteristic of the first audio signal to determine an acoustic performance metric for the environment. The method further includes, in response to the acoustic performance metric being below a threshold, providing a first task for a user to perform based on the characteristic of the first audio signal. The first task is related to an adjustment to a setting of the environment. Embodiments in this regard further provide a corresponding computer program product. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. DICKINS, Paul HOLMBERG, Dong SHI
  • Patent number: 9871912
    Abstract: In a conference call having a plurality of participants interacting in a conference exchange of information in a digital transmission environment, the interaction being across a variable network transmission resource, a method of allocating the level of transmission resource, the methods including the steps of: (a) monitoring predetermined aspects of the participant's behavior during the conference call; (b) determining a divergence of participants behavior from normative values; (c) utilizing any divergence as an indicator of aberrant operation of the participants; and (d) allocating the resource determinative on the divergence of participants behavior from normative values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Li, Glenn N. Dickins, Xuejing Sun
  • Publication number: 20180014139
    Abstract: Described herein is a method for creating an object-based audio signal from an audio input, the audio input including one or more audio channels that are recorded to collectively define an audio scene. The one or more audio channels are captured from a respective one or more spatially separated microphones disposed in a stable spatial configuration. The method includes the steps of: a) receiving the audio input; b) performing spatial analysis on the one or more audio channels to identify one or more audio objects within the audio scene; c) determining contextual information relating to the one or more audio objects; d) defining respective audio streams including audio data relating to at least one of the identified one or more audio objects; and e) outputting an object-based audio signal including the audio streams and the contextual information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Glenn N. DICKINS, Richard J. CARTWRIGHT
  • Patent number: 9866681
    Abstract: In an conferencing system in which a plurality of communication devices electronically connect respective participants to one another, a method for mitigating the effects of substantially concurrent audio bursts from two or more of the participants includes identifying a priority attribute associated with each of multiple substantially concurrent audio bursts, comparing the identified priority attributes, and electronically suppressing at least one audio burst as a function of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Brendon Costa, James Zealey, Jeremy Pascal Brun