Patents by Inventor Gunnar Evermann

Gunnar Evermann 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: 20200364411
    Abstract: A text string with a first and a second portion is provided. A domain of the text string is determined by applying a first word-matching process to the first portion of the text string. It is then determined whether the second portion of the text string matches a word of a set of words associated with the domain by applying a second word-matching process to the second portion of the text string. Upon determining that the second portion of the text string matches the word of the set of words, it is determined whether a user intent from the text string based at least in part on the domain and the word of the set of words.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventor: Gunnar EVERMANN
  • Patent number: 10769385
    Abstract: A text string with a first and a second portion is provided. A domain of the text string is determined by applying a first word-matching process to the first portion of the text string. It is then determined whether the second portion of the text string matches a word of a set of words associated with the domain by applying a second word-matching process to the second portion of the text string. Upon determining that the second portion of the text string matches the word of the set of words, it is determined whether a user intent from the text string based at least in part on the domain and the word of the set of words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Gunnar Evermann
  • Patent number: 10446143
    Abstract: Systems and processes for identifying of a voice input providing one or more user credentials are provided. In one example process, a voice input can be received. A first character, a phrase identifying a second character, and a word can be identified based on the voice input. In response to the identification, the first character, the second character, and the word can be converted to text. The text can be caused to display, with a display, in a sequence corresponding to an order of the first character, the second character, and the word in the voice input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Murat Akbacak, Bryan Hansen, Gunnar Evermann
  • Patent number: 10431204
    Abstract: Systems and processes are disclosed for discovering trending terms in automatic speech recognition. Candidate terms (e.g., words, phrases, etc.) not yet found in a speech recognizer vocabulary or having low language model probability can be identified based on trending usage in a variety of electronic data sources (e.g., social network feeds, news sources, search queries, etc.). When candidate terms are identified, archives of live or recent speech traffic can be searched to determine whether users are uttering the candidate terms in dictation or speech requests. Such searching can be done using open vocabulary spoken term detection to find phonetic matches in the audio archives. As the candidate terms are found in the speech traffic, notifications can be generated that identify the candidate terms, provide relevant usage statistics, identify the context in which the terms are used, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Paulik, Gunnar Evermann, Laurence S. Gillick
  • Patent number: 10403278
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant to provide media items based on phonetic matching techniques are provided. An example method includes receiving a speech input from a user and determining whether the speech input includes a user request for a media item. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the speech input includes a user request for obtaining a media item, determining a candidate media item from a plurality of media items. The method further includes determining, based on a difference between a phonetic representation of the candidate media item and a phonetic representation of the speech input, whether the candidate media item is to be provided to the user. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the candidate media item is to be provided to the user, providing the candidate media item to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Skilling, Melvyn J. Hunt, Gunnar Evermann
  • Publication number: 20190179890
    Abstract: A text string with a first and a second portion is provided. A domain of the text string is determined by applying a first word-matching process to the first portion of the text string. It is then determined whether the second portion of the text string matches a word of a set of words associated with the domain by applying a second word-matching process to the second portion of the text string. Upon determining that the second portion of the text string matches the word of the set of words, it is determined whether a user intent from the text string based at least in part on the domain and the word of the set of words.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventor: Gunnar EVERMANN
  • Patent number: 10176167
    Abstract: A text string with a first and a second portion is provided. A domain of the text string is determined by applying a first word-matching process to the first portion of the text string. It is then determined whether the second portion of the text string matches a word of a set of words associated with the domain by applying a second word-matching process to the second portion of the text string. Upon determining that the second portion of the text string matches the word of the set of words, it is determined whether a user intent from the text string based at least in part on the domain and the word of the set of words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Gunnar Evermann
  • Publication number: 20180336197
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant to provide media items based on phonetic matching techniques are provided. An example method includes receiving a speech input from a user and determining whether the speech input includes a user request for a media item. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the speech input includes a user request for obtaining a media item, determining a candidate media item from a plurality of media items. The method further includes determining, based on a difference between a phonetic representation of the candidate media item and a phonetic representation of the speech input, whether the candidate media item is to be provided to the user. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the candidate media item is to be provided to the user, providing the candidate media item to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Adrian Skilling, Melvyn J. Hunt, Gunnar Evermann
  • Patent number: 9966060
    Abstract: The method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. A first speech input including at least one word is received. A first phonetic representation of the at least one word is determined, the first phonetic representation comprising a first set of phonemes selected from a speech recognition phonetic alphabet. The first set of phonemes is mapped to a second set of phonemes to generate a second phonetic representation, where the second set of phonemes is selected from a speech synthesis phonetic alphabet. The second phonetic representation is stored in association with a text string corresponding to the at least one word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devang K. Naik, Thomas R. Gruber, Liam Weiner, Justin G. Binder, Charles Srisuwananukorn, Gunnar Evermann, Shaun Eric Williams, Hong Chen, Lia T. Napolitano
  • Publication number: 20180108346
    Abstract: Systems and processes are disclosed for discovering trending terms in automatic speech recognition. Candidate terms (e.g., words, phrases, etc.) not yet found in a speech recognizer vocabulary or having low language model probability can be identified based on trending usage in a variety of electronic data sources (e.g., social network feeds, news sources, search queries, etc.). When candidate terms are identified, archives of live or recent speech traffic can be searched to determine whether users are uttering the candidate terms in dictation or speech requests. Such searching can be done using open vocabulary spoken term detection to find phonetic matches in the audio archives. As the candidate terms are found in the speech traffic, notifications can be generated that identify the candidate terms, provide relevant usage statistics, identify the context in which the terms are used, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Matthias PAULIK, Gunnar EVERMANN, Laurence S. GILLICK
  • Patent number: 9818400
    Abstract: Systems and processes are disclosed for discovering trending terms in automatic speech recognition. Candidate terms (e.g., words, phrases, etc.) not yet found in a speech recognizer vocabulary or having low language model probability can be identified based on trending usage in a variety of electronic data sources (e.g., social network feeds, news sources, search queries, etc.). When candidate terms are identified, archives of live or recent speech traffic can be searched to determine whether users are uttering the candidate terms in dictation or speech requests. Such searching can be done using open vocabulary spoken term detection to find phonetic matches in the audio archives. As the candidate terms are found in the speech traffic, notifications can be generated that identify the candidate terms, provide relevant usage statistics, identify the context in which the terms are used, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Paulik, Gunnar Evermann, Laurence S. Gillick
  • Publication number: 20170263249
    Abstract: Systems and processes for identifying of a voice input providing one or more user credentials are provided. In one example process, a voice input can be received. A first character, a phrase identifying a second character, and a word can be identified based on the voice input. In response to the identification, the first character, the second character, and the word can be converted to text. The text can be caused to display, with a display, in a sequence corresponding to an order of the first character, the second character, and the word in the voice input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Murat AKBACAK, Bryan HANSEN, Gunnar EVERMANN
  • Publication number: 20170178619
    Abstract: The method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. A first speech input including at least one word is received. A first phonetic representation of the at least one word is determined, the first phonetic representation comprising a first set of phonemes selected from a speech recognition phonetic alphabet. The first set of phonemes is mapped to a second set of phonemes to generate a second phonetic representation, where the second set of phonemes is selected from a speech synthesis phonetic alphabet. The second phonetic representation is stored in association with a text string corresponding to the at least one word.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Devang K. NAIK, Thomas R. GRUBER, Liam WEINER, Justin G. BINDER, Charles SRISUWANANUKORN, Gunnar EVERMANN, Shaun Eric WILLIAMS, Hong CHEN, Lia T. NAPOLITANO
  • Patent number: 9620104
    Abstract: The method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. A first speech input including at least one word is received. A first phonetic representation of the at least one word is determined, the first phonetic representation comprising a first set of phonemes selected from a speech recognition phonetic alphabet. The first set of phonemes is mapped to a second set of phonemes to generate a second phonetic representation, where the second set of phonemes is selected from a speech synthesis phonetic alphabet. The second phonetic representation is stored in association with a text string corresponding to the at least one word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devang K. Naik, Thomas R. Gruber, Liam Weiner, Justin G. Binder, Charles Srisuwananukorn, Gunnar Evermann, Shaun Eric Williams, Hong Chen, Lia T. Napolitano
  • Publication number: 20170092278
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium stores one or more programs including instructions, which when executed by an electronic device, cause the electronic device to receive natural-language speech input from one of a plurality of users, the natural-language speech input having a set of acoustic properties; and determine whether the natural-language speech input corresponds to both a user-customizable lexical trigger and a set of acoustic properties associated with the user; where in accordance with a determination that the natural language speech input corresponds to both a user-customizable lexical trigger and a set of acoustic properties associated with the user, invoke a virtual assistant; and in accordance with a determination that either the natural language speech input fails to correspond to a user-customizable lexical trigger or the natural-language speech input fails to have a set of acoustic properties associated with the user, forego invocation of a virtual assistant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Gunnar EVERMANN, Donald R. MCALLASTER
  • Publication number: 20170011123
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to techniques for receiving a query from a device, the query comprising content; determining based at least in part on the content of the query that an application is to be launched on the device; and causing the device to launch the application using at least some information determined from the content of the query. Some embodiments relate to techniques for receiving a free-form query from a user; transferring a representation of the query to at least one computer; and receiving from the at least one computer at least one instruction to launch an application on the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc W. Regan, Vladimir Sejnoha, Gunnar Evermann, Sean P. Brown, Stephen W. Laverty, Jeremy A. Slater, John R. Watson, Peter K. Lyons, Ryan S. LaSante
  • Patent number: 9489457
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to techniques for receiving a query from a device, the query comprising content; determining based at least in part on the content of the query that an application is to be launched on the device; and causing the device to launch the application using at least some information determined from the content of the query. Some embodiments relate to techniques for receiving a free-form query from a user; transferring a representation of the query to at least one computer; and receiving from the at least one computer at least one instruction to launch an application on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc W. Regan, Vladimir Sejnoha, Gunnar Evermann, Sean P. Brown, Stephen W. Laverty, Jeremy A. Slater, John R. Watson, Peter K. Lyons, Ryan S. LaSante
  • Publication number: 20160078860
    Abstract: Systems and processes are disclosed for discovering trending terms in automatic speech recognition. Candidate terms (e.g., words, phrases, etc.) not yet found in a speech recognizer vocabulary or having low language model probability can be identified based on trending usage in a variety of electronic data sources (e.g., social network feeds, news sources, search queries, etc.). When candidate terms are identified, archives of live or recent speech traffic can be searched to determine whether users are uttering the candidate terms in dictation or speech requests. Such searching can be done using open vocabulary spoken term detection to find phonetic matches in the audio archives. As the candidate terms are found in the speech traffic, notifications can be generated that identify the candidate terms, provide relevant usage statistics, identify the context in which the terms are used, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Matthias PAULIK, Gunnar EVERMANN, Laurence S. GILLICK
  • Patent number: 8990182
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to performing a search for content via the Internet, wherein user input specifying a search query is supplied to a mobile communications device, such as, for example, a smartphone. The mobile communications device separately issues the search query to a plurality of search engines and can receive the results from each search engine and display the results to the user. Thus, the user does not have to separately issue the query to each of the plurality of search engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Sejnoha, Gunnar Evermann, Marc W. Regan, Stephen W. Laverty
  • Publication number: 20140365216
    Abstract: The method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. A first speech input including at least one word is received. A first phonetic representation of the at least one word is determined, the first phonetic representation comprising a first set of phonemes selected from a speech recognition phonetic alphabet. The first set of phonemes is mapped to a second set of phonemes to generate a second phonetic representation, where the second set of phonemes is selected from a speech synthesis phonetic alphabet. The second phonetic representation is stored in association with a text string corresponding to the at least one word.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas R. GRUBER, Devang K. NAIK, Liam WEINER, Justin G. BINDER, Charles SRISUWANANUKORN, Gunnar EVERMANN, Shaun Eric WILLIAMS, Hong CHEN, Lia T. NAPOLITANO