Patents by Inventor Gursharan S. Sidhu

Gursharan S. Sidhu 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: 10184798
    Abstract: A device identifies signals it receives at a particular point in time, such as Wi-Fi signals and cell tower signals. The device records data indicating these identified signals, as well as data used to determine the position of the device at that particular point in time. The position of the device is determined using dead reckoning, which is separated into two stages. In the first stage, a distance and direction of movement is determined at the device based on data from various inertial sensors of the device. In the second stage, various filters, maps, and/or other techniques are used at another device (e.g., a crowd sourcing data service) thus alleviating the device of the burden of performing the second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10082397
    Abstract: An identification is made as to when a device is at an anchor location, which can be a proximity zone along an edge of a dead zone or a location where a signal from a beacon is detected. In response to the device being at the anchor location, one or more inertial sensors can be activated and data from the one or more inertial sensors collected to determine a position of the device using dead reckoning. Alternatively, in response to the device being at the anchor location, a determination is made as to when to deactivate one or more inertial sensors from which data is collected to determine the position of the device using dead reckoning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9877250
    Abstract: A continual learning process is applied to a class of risk estimate-based algorithms and associated risk thresholds used for deciding when to initiate a handoff between different types of network connections that are available to a mobile device having telephony functionality. The process is implemented as a virtuous loop providing ongoing tuning and adjustment to improve call handoff algorithms and risk thresholds so that handoffs can be performed with the goals of minimizing dropped calls and unacceptable degradation in call quality as well as avoiding premature handoffs. Device characteristics, environmental context, connection measurements, and outcomes of call handoff decisions are crowd-sourced from a population of mobile devices into a cloud-based handoff decision enabling service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Thomas Kuehnel, Rao Salapaka, Vishal Soni, Ranveer Chandra, Mansoor Jafry, Anish Desai, Ruchir Astavans, Humayun Khan, John Mark Miller
  • Publication number: 20170211938
    Abstract: An identification is made as to when a device is at an anchor location, which can be a proximity zone along an edge of a dead zone or a location where a signal from a beacon is detected. In response to the device being at the anchor location, one or more inertial sensors can be activated and data from the one or more inertial sensors collected to determine a position of the device using dead reckoning. Alternatively, in response to the device being at the anchor location, a determination is made as to when to deactivate one or more inertial sensors from which data is collected to determine the position of the device using dead reckoning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20170034754
    Abstract: A continual learning process is applied to a class of risk estimate-based algorithms and associated risk thresholds used for deciding when to initiate a handoff between different types of network connections that are available to a mobile device having telephony functionality. The process is implemented as a virtuous loop providing ongoing tuning and adjustment to improve call handoff algorithms and risk thresholds so that handoffs can be performed with the goals of minimizing dropped calls and unacceptable degradation in call quality as well as avoiding premature handoffs. Device characteristics, environmental context, connection measurements, and outcomes of call handoff decisions are crowd-sourced from a population of mobile devices into a cloud-based handoff decision enabling service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Thomas Kuehnel, Rao Salapaka, Vishal Soni, Ranveer Chandra, Mansoor Jafry, Anish Desai, Ruchir Astavans, Humayun Khan, John Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 9510251
    Abstract: A continual learning process is applied to a class of risk estimate-based algorithms and associated risk thresholds used for deciding when to initiate a handoff between different types of network connections that are available to a mobile device having telephony functionality. The process is implemented as a virtuous loop providing ongoing tuning and adjustment to improve call handoff algorithms and risk thresholds so that handoffs can be performed with the goals of minimizing dropped calls and unacceptable degradation in call quality as well as avoiding premature handoffs. Device characteristics, environmental context, connection measurements, and outcomes of call handoff decisions are crowd-sourced from a population of mobile devices into a cloud-based handoff decision enabling service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S Sidhu, Thomas Kuehnel, Rao Salapaka, Vishal Soni, Ranveer Chandra, Mansoor Jafry, Anish Desai, Ruchir Astavans, Humayun Khan, John Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 9470529
    Abstract: An identification is made as to when a device is at an anchor location, which can be a proximity zone along an edge of a dead zone or a location where a signal from a beacon is detected. In response to the device being at the anchor location, one or more inertial sensors can be activated and data from the one or more inertial sensors collected to determine a position of the device using dead reckoning. Alternatively, in response to the device being at the anchor location, a determination is made as to when to deactivate one or more inertial sensors from which data is collected to determine the position of the device using dead reckoning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9464903
    Abstract: An identification is made as to when a device is at an anchor location, which can be a proximity zone along an edge of a dead zone or a location where a signal from a beacon is detected. In response to the device being at an anchor location, recording of crowd sourcing data based on dead reckoning starts. Recording crowd sourcing data based on dead reckoning includes identifying one or more signals received by a device while the device is at each of multiple positions. For each of the multiple positions, both an indication of the position determined based at least in part on dead reckoning and an indication of the one or more signals received while the device is at that position are recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9429657
    Abstract: The functionality described herein allows a user device to determine an appropriate juncture at which to initiate processing within a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) dead zone in an energy-efficient manner. In one implementation, the functionality employs a sensor management module for determining when to activate a device movement sensor module provided by a user device. When activated, the user device uses the device movement sensor module to perform any environment-specific processing, such as a dead-reckoning process for determining incremental positions within the venue. Further, in a crowd-sourcing application, the user device may report the incremental positions together with beacon information to remote processing functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20160112941
    Abstract: A methodology for automatic selection of a connection, on behalf of a device user, to a hybrid network for calls is provided in which a combination of a variety of inputs is utilized to populate a filtered list of available connections that is sorted by connection cost in which the least costly connection is at the top of the list. The methodology is executed periodically, or in response to event occurrence such as a call event, and the connection at the top of the filtered sorted list is utilized as the preferred connection for calls. Preferred status may be persisted until the next execution of the methodology when a potentially different connection is selected as preferred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventors: Anish Desai, Gursharan S. Sidhu, Mansoor Jafry, John Mark Miller, Humayun Khan, Ranveer Chandra, Spencer Fowers
  • Publication number: 20150189556
    Abstract: A continual learning process is applied to a class of risk estimate-based algorithms and associated risk thresholds used for deciding when to initiate a handoff between different types of network connections that are available to a mobile device having telephony functionality. The process is implemented as a virtuous loop providing ongoing tuning and adjustment to improve call handoff algorithms and risk thresholds so that handoffs can be performed with the goals of minimizing dropped calls and unacceptable degradation in call quality as well as avoiding premature handoffs. Device characteristics, environmental context, connection measurements, and outcomes of call handoff decisions are crowd-sourced from a population of mobile devices into a cloud-based handoff decision enabling service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Thomas Kuehnel, Rao Salapaka, Vishal Soni, Ranveer Chandra, Mansoor Jafry, Anish Desai, Ruchir Astavans, Humayun Khan, John Mark Miller
  • Publication number: 20130158867
    Abstract: The functionality described herein allows a user device to determine an appropriate juncture at which to initiate processing within a GNSS dead zone in an energy-efficient manner. In one implementation, the functionality employs a sensor management module for determining when to activate a device movement sensor module provided by a user device. When activated, the user device uses the device movement sensor module to perform any environment-specific processing, such as a dead-reckoning process for determining incremental positions within the venue. Further, in a crowd-sourcing application, the user device may report the incremental positions together with beacon information to remote processing functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8451829
    Abstract: A method and system for routing a call connection signal and corresponding contextual information to an appropriate destination is provided. A call center and at least one user may exchange signals, and/or contextual information during a call set-up phase. Relevant contextual information and other detailed information may be identified and collected from their corresponding sources. Based on the relevant contextual information and other detailed information, one or more appropriate routed destinations may be determined. In addition, contextual information may be tailored for each of the determined routed destinations. The call connection signal and the tailored contextual information are routed to each routed destination. In this manner, necessary contextual information may be readily available for the routed destination at the time of the call connection and thus the routed destination can provide a faster service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Kuansan Wang, Michael D. Malueg
  • Publication number: 20130110454
    Abstract: A device identifies signals it receives at a particular point in time, such as Wi-Fi signals and cell tower signals. The device records data indicating these identified signals, as well as data used to determine the position of the device at that particular point in time. The position of the device is determined using dead reckoning, which is separated into two stages. In the first stage, a distance and direction of movement is determined at the device based on data from various inertial sensors of the device. In the second stage, various filters, maps, and/or other techniques are used at another device (e.g., a crowd sourcing data service) thus alleviating the device of the burden of performing the second stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20130018629
    Abstract: An identification is made as to when a device is at an anchor location, which can be a proximity zone along an edge of a dead zone or a location where a signal from a beacon is detected. In response to the device being at an anchor location, recording of crowd sourcing data based on dead reckoning starts. Recording crowd sourcing data based on dead reckoning includes identifying one or more signals received by a device while the device is at each of multiple positions. For each of the multiple positions, both an indication of the position determined based at least in part on dead reckoning and an indication of the one or more signals received while the device is at that position are recorded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20130018581
    Abstract: An identification is made as to when a device is at an anchor location, which can be a proximity zone along an edge of a dead zone or a location where a signal from a beacon is detected. In response to the device being at the anchor location, one or more inertial sensors can be activated and data from the one or more inertial sensors collected to determine a position of the device using dead reckoning. Alternatively, in response to the device being at the anchor location, a determination is made as to when to deactivate one or more inertial sensors from which data is collected to determine the position of the device using dead reckoning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Sharad Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8135125
    Abstract: A system and method for collecting contextual information from several parties and generating an analyzed response to the contextual information is provided. Multiple sets of contextual information may be received from one or more clients. Relevant contextual information may be identified and pushed into a module which is configured to aggregate the relevant contextual information until it meets its threshold within a predetermined period. A set of events relating to the relevant contextual information may be generated to execute appropriate actions. The appropriate actions may include notifying a potential problem or an issue, providing a known solution, and so on. In this manner, contextual data from multiple parties can be analyzed to identify potential issues/problems that are frequently reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gursharan S Sidhu, Kuansan Wang, Michael D Malueg, Scott C Forbes
  • Publication number: 20120044932
    Abstract: A method and system for routing a call connection signal and corresponding contextual information to an appropriate destination is provided. A call center and at least one user may exchange signals, and/or contextual information during a call set-up phase. Relevant contextual information and other detailed information may be identified and collected from their corresponding sources. Based on the relevant contextual information and other detailed information, one or more appropriate routed destinations may be determined. In addition, contextual information may be tailored for each of the determined routed destinations. The call connection signal and the tailored contextual information are routed to each routed destination. In this manner, necessary contextual information may be readily available for the routed destination at the time of the call connection and thus the routed destination can provide a faster service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gursharan S. Sidhu, Kuansan Wang, Michael D. Malueg
  • Patent number: 8050255
    Abstract: A method and system for routing a call connection signal and corresponding contextual information to an appropriate destination is provided. A call center and at least one user may exchange signals, and/or contextual information during a call set-up phase. Relevant contextual information and other detailed information may be identified and collected from their corresponding sources. Based on the relevant contextual information and other detailed information, one or more appropriate routed destinations may be determined. In addition, contextual information may be tailored for each of the determined routed destinations. The call connection signal and the tailored contextual information are routed to each routed destination. In this manner, necessary contextual information may be readily available for the routed destination at the time of the call connection and thus the routed destination can provide a faster service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gursharan S Sidhu, Kuansan Wang, Michael D Malueg
  • Patent number: 8019067
    Abstract: A user interface for a telephone system may include a telephone portion operable to provide telephone administration functionality for each of a plurality of telephones of a telephone system. The telephone portion may include a telephone icon corresponding to at least one telephone of the plurality of telephones, the telephone icon operable to provide the telephone administration functionality for the at least one telephone. Other portions of the user interface may include an external line portion, an extension portion, or a user portion, which may include, respectively, an external line icon, an extension icon, and a user icon, where each icon may provide associated administration functionality. Accordingly, the user interface allows an administrator of the telephone system to easily view and administer the devices and elements of the telephone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Cadiz, Gursharan S. Sidhu, Jai Srinivasan, Xuedong Huang