Patents by Inventor Jay C. Beavers

Jay C. Beavers 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: 20230308505
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to multi-user, multi-device gaze tracking. In examples, a system includes at least one processor, and memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the system to perform a set of operations. The set of operations include identifying a plurality of computing devices, and identifying one or more users. The set of operations may further include receiving gaze input data and load data, from two or more of the plurality of computing devices. The set of operations may further include performing load balancing between the plurality of devices, wherein the load balancing comprises assigning one or more tasks from a first of the plurality of computing devices to a second of the plurality of computing devices based upon the gaze input data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jatin SHARMA, Kenneth P. HINCKLEY, Jay C. BEAVERS, Michel PAHUD
  • Publication number: 20230195224
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for predicting an eye gaze location of an operator of a computing device. In particular, the method generates an image grid that includes regions of interest based on a facial image. The facial image is based on a received image frame of a video stream that captures the operator using the computing device. The image grid further includes a region that indicate rotation information of the face. The method further uses a combination of trained neural networks to extract features of the regions of interest in the image grid and predict the eye gaze location on the screen of the computing device. The trained set of neural networks includes a convolutional neural network. The method optionally generate head pose pitch, roll, and yaw information to improve accuracy of predicting the location of an eye gaze.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2023
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jatin SHARMA, Jonathan T. CAMPBELL, Jay C. BEAVERS, Peter John ANSELL
  • Patent number: 11619993
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for predicting an eye gaze location of an operator of a computing device. In particular, the method generates an image grid that includes regions of interest based on a facial image. The facial image is based on a received image frame of a video stream that captures the operator using the computing device. The image grid further includes a region that indicate rotation information of the face. The method further uses a combination of trained neural networks to extract features of the regions of interest in the image grid and predict the eye gaze location on the screen of the computing device. The trained set of neural networks includes a convolutional neural network. The method optionally generate head pose pitch, roll, and yaw information to improve accuracy of predicting the location of an eye gaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jatin Sharma, Jonathan T. Campbell, Jay C. Beavers, Peter John Ansell
  • Publication number: 20220330863
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for collecting eye-gaze data for training an eye-gaze prediction model. The collecting includes selecting a scan path that passes through a series of regions of a grid on a screen of a computing device, moving a symbol as an eye-gaze target along the scan path, and receiving facial images at eye-gaze points. The eye-gaze points are uniformly distributed within the respective regions. Areas of the regions that are adjacent to edges and corners of the screen are smaller than other regions. The difference in areas shifts centers of the regions toward the edges, density of data closer to the edges. The scan path passes through locations in proximity to the edges and corners of the screen for capturing more eye-gaze points in the proximity. The methods interactively enhance variations of facial images by displaying instructions to the user to make specific actions associated with the face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jatin SHARMA, Jonathan T. CAMPBELL, Jay C. BEAVERS, Peter John ANSELL
  • Publication number: 20220334637
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for predicting an eye gaze location of an operator of a computing device. In particular, the method generates an image grid that includes regions of interest based on a facial image. The facial image is based on a received image frame of a video stream that captures the operator using the computing device. The image grid further includes a region that indicate rotation information of the face. The method further uses a combination of trained neural networks to extract features of the regions of interest in the image grid and predict the eye gaze location on the screen of the computing device. The trained set of neural networks includes a convolutional neural network. The method optionally generate head pose pitch, roll, and yaw information to improve accuracy of predicting the location of an eye gaze.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jatin SHARMA, Jonathan T. CAMPBELL, Jay C. BEAVERS, Peter John ANSELL
  • Patent number: 9489855
    Abstract: A computerized educational presentation system is provided. The system may include a presentation application program. The presentation application program may include a presentation module that is operable in an author mode to create an educational presentation having a plurality of educational resources. The educational resources may include at least a poll. Further, the presentation module may be operable in a presentation mode to make the educational presentation accessible for viewing at a plurality of student computing devices. The presentation application program further may include an interaction module. During the author mode, the interaction module may update one or more educational resources of the educational presentation in response to receiving user edits via an author tool. During the presentation mode, the interaction module may receive student feedback at a teacher computing device in response to presentation of the poll at the plurality of student computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jay C. Beavers, Lora J. Heiny, Christopher H. Moffatt, Bomani Siwatu, Ravipal S. Soin, Kathleen P. Mulcahy, Neema Mortazavi Moraveji
  • Publication number: 20140349271
    Abstract: A computerized educational presentation system is provided. The system may include a presentation application program. The presentation application program may include a presentation module that is operable in an author mode to create an educational presentation having a plurality of educational resources. The educational resources may include at least a poll. Further, the presentation module may be operable in a presentation mode to make the educational presentation accessible for viewing at a plurality of student computing devices. The presentation application program further may include an interaction module. During the author mode, the interaction module may update one or more educational resources of the educational presentation in response to receiving user edits via an author tool. During the presentation mode, the interaction module may receive student feedback at a teacher computing device in response to presentation of the poll at the plurality of student computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jay C. Beavers, Lora J. Heiny, Christopher H. Moffatt, Bomani Siwatu, Ravipal S. Soin, Kathleen P. Mulcahy, Neema Mortazavi Moraveji
  • Patent number: 8794979
    Abstract: A computerized educational presentation system is provided. The system may include a presentation application program. The presentation application program may include a presentation module that is operable in an author mode to create an educational presentation having a plurality of educational resources. The educational resources may include at least a poll. Further, the presentation module may be operable in a presentation mode to make the educational presentation accessible for viewing at a plurality of student computing devices. The presentation application program further may include an interaction module. During the author mode, the interaction module may update one or more educational resources of the educational presentation in response to receiving user edits via an author tool. During the presentation mode, the interaction module may receive student feedback at a teacher computing device in response to presentation of the poll at the plurality of student computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jay C. Beavers, Lora J. Heiny, Christopher H. Moffatt, Bomani Siwatu, Ravipal S. Soin, Kathleen P. Mulcahy, Neema Mortazavi Moraveji
  • Patent number: 8365304
    Abstract: Architecture that provides programmatic association of a device (e.g., removable) to a currently logged-in user, and restricts access to the drive only to that particular logged-in user. When active, the architecture detects when devices are added to the system, determines which logged-in user a given device (or devices) should be assigned, modifies the security settings for the device(s), and makes a per-user drive letter mapping to that device such that only the logged-in user can see the mapped device. In the context of serially attachable peripheral devices such as USB (universal serial bus) devices (and IEEE 1394 devices), for example, access can be restricted to a user based on the USB hub into which the device is connected. This prevents the operating system from assigning a global drive letter to a device or device volume (for drives) when the device is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Sebesta, Robert C. Elmer, Jay C. Beavers, Jack Creasey
  • Publication number: 20110289596
    Abstract: Architecture that provides programmatic association of a device (e.g., removable) to a currently logged-in user, and restricts access to the drive only to that particular logged-in user. When active, the architecture detects when devices are added to the system, determines which logged-in user a given device (or devices) should be assigned, modifies the security settings for the device(s), and makes a per-user drive letter mapping to that device such that only the logged-in user can see the mapped device. In the context of serially attachable peripheral devices such as USB (universal serial bus) devices (and IEEE 1394 devices), for example, access can be restricted to a user based on the USB hub into which the device is connected. This prevents the operating system from assigning a global drive letter to a device or device volume (for drives) when the device is added.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Sebesta, Robert C. Elmer, Jay C. Beavers, Jack Creasey
  • Publication number: 20090325142
    Abstract: A computerized educational presentation system is provided. The system may include a presentation application program. The presentation application program may include a presentation module that is operable in an author mode to create an educational presentation having a plurality of educational resources. The educational resources may include at least a poll. Further, the presentation module may be operable in a presentation mode to make the educational presentation accessible for viewing at a plurality of student computing devices. The presentation application program further may include an interaction module. During the author mode, the interaction module may update one or more educational resources of the educational presentation in response to receiving user edits via an author tool. During the presentation mode, the interaction module may receive student feedback at a teacher computing device in response to presentation of the poll at the plurality of student computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jay C. Beavers, Lora J. Heiny, Christopher H. Moffatt, Bomani Siwatu, Ravipal S. Soin, Kathleen P. Mulcahy, Neema Mortazavi Moraveji