Patents by Inventor John Desmond Whelan

John Desmond Whelan 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: 10788952
    Abstract: A tablet computing device displays training content to a user. Upon detecting the user-selection of a term in the content, the tablet computing device identifies one or more categories that are associated with the selected term and obtains additional training resources related to the user-selected term based on those categories. Additionally, the tablet computing device captures the image of a vehicle, such as an aircraft, within its field of view for display to the user. Given the image, the tablet computing device identifies areas on the vehicle that may be related to the user-selected term and generates touch controls for those areas. The user can touch those controls to retrieve the additional training resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Publication number: 20200250995
    Abstract: In general, an improved flight delay prevention system is provided. Flight data, such as ARINC data, is acquired by a data acquisition device. Then a plurality of comparable objects using flight data is created. Each comparable object includes an object type and an object value. Then, one or more flight systems corresponding to possible delays is identified. Next, for each identified flight system, a comparable object is extracted and flight system is compared. Then, an ordered list of object type routes is obtained. A weighted average of all delay fields is then calculated. Finally, a current delay value is transmitted to a mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 10614158
    Abstract: A computer based method for utilizing static content in a dynamic environment to provide at least one defined functionality is described. The method includes identifying at least one function to be associated with the static content and the dynamic environment, identifying at least one state for each identified function, defining, in a computer memory, each identified state within a page object, the page object also defining within the computer memory page states and output attributes associated with output templates within the page object, creating, in the computer memory, output templates for each identified state, creating presentation pages and logic objects in the computer memory for each function, and creating engines to be executed by at least one computer processing device, each engine representing a function, the engines operable to use a corresponding page object to direct data traffic among the defined states within the computer memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 10592781
    Abstract: A method for allowing a computer to classify an input containing data. A list of categories is received. A sub list of categories is selected, wherein the sub-list comprises those categories in the list that have corresponding distinct correlation scores above a predetermined value. Input data that tends to over correlate to the classification system is received. A truncated snapshot is generated, the truncated snapshot comprising only attributes from the plurality of input attributes that have corresponding input categories that match categories in the sub-list of categories. The data is classified using the truncated snapshot and the classification system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Publication number: 20190369818
    Abstract: A tablet computing device displays training content to a user. Upon detecting the user-selection of a term in the content, the tablet computing device identifies one or more categories that are associated with the selected term and obtains additional training resources related to the user-selected term based on those categories. Additionally, the tablet computing device captures the image of a vehicle, such as an aircraft, within its field of view for display to the user. Given the image, the tablet computing device identifies areas on the vehicle that may be related to the user-selected term and generates touch controls for those areas. The user can touch those controls to retrieve the additional training resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 10467235
    Abstract: A system including an associative memory and an input device configured to receive a first query or comparison request. The associative memory is configured to: responsive to receiving the first query or comparison request, locate an entity value having an attribute value matching a term of the first query or comparison request; responsive to locating the entity value, return a first list of results including the entity value; add, as a required search term, at least one of first results from the first list to a second query or comparison request, the second query or comparison request further including all terms of the first query or comparison request; perform the second query or comparison request and, as a result, return a second list of resource references; use the second list to retrieve source data; combine the entity value with the source data to form a combination; and return the combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Desmond Whelan, Harry Eldridge Stovall, III
  • Patent number: 10403152
    Abstract: A computing system, method and computer program product are provided to present additional information regarding a map of a port of interest, such as an airport. In the context of a computing system, the computing system includes processing circuitry configured to receive an indication of a map of a port of interest and to compare attributes representative of the map of the port of interest to attributes representative of one or more maps of other ports. The processing circuitry is also configured to identify at least one of the one or more maps of other ports to satisfy a similarity threshold based upon a comparison of the attributes. The computing system also includes a user interface responsive to the processing circuitry and configured to provide information regarding the at least one of the one or more maps of other ports along with the map of the port of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Keith Lorentz Johnson, John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 10332414
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing a simulation. The method comprises detecting a user input manipulating a virtual control on a control panel displayed in a target output location on a display system in a simulator during the simulation of a platform. Further, the method comprises identifying a sound for the virtual control when the user input is detected. Still further, the method comprises controlling a speaker system to output the sound identified during the simulation in a manner that is perceived by a human operator to be from the target output location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Publication number: 20190080616
    Abstract: A computing system, method and computer program product are provided to present additional information regarding a map of a port of interest, such as an airport. In the context of a computing system, the computing system includes processing circuitry configured to receive an indication of a map of a port of interest and to compare attributes representative of the map of the port of interest to attributes representative of one or more maps of other ports. The processing circuitry is also configured to identify at least one of the one or more maps of other ports to satisfy a similarity threshold based upon a comparison of the attributes. The computing system also includes a user interface responsive to the processing circuitry and configured to provide information regarding the at least one of the one or more maps of other ports along with the map of the port of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Keith Lorentz Johnson, John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 10186130
    Abstract: The advantageous embodiments include a system for operating machinery in a manufacturing environment. The system includes a sensor system and a computer. The sensor system is configured to distinguish human skeletal positions from non-human object positions and to determine whether one or more humans are present in a predetermined area. The computer is configured to: responsive to determining that only the one or more humans are in the predetermined area, determine whether a false positive result has occurred, wherein the false positive comprises a first determination that the one or more humans are present when no human is actually present. The computer is also configured to: responsive to determining that the false positive result has not occurred, the taking an action selected from the group consisting of issuing an alert, stopping the machinery, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Desmond Whelan, Melissa H. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9911031
    Abstract: A method for identifying a motion of interest of an individual. The method includes receiving input data from a non-invasive motion sensor measuring movements of a person. The method also includes collecting motion sensor data for an interval of time. The illustrative embodiments also provide for analyzing the motion sensor input data using an analysis application having a set of classified pre-determined motions. The analysis application classifies a movement captured during the interval of time as a motion corresponding to particular a pre-determined motion among a plurality of pre-determined motions. Classification is performed based on shared relative values among the motion sensor input data and the particular pre-determined motion. The illustrative embodiments also provide for generating an output that provides a translation of the movement for identification of a predetermined motion of interest that represents an undesirable ergonomic aspect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John Desmond Whelan, Glenn Alan Hancock
  • Publication number: 20180033276
    Abstract: The advantageous embodiments include a system for operating machinery in a manufacturing environment. The system includes a sensor system and a computer. The sensor system is configured to distinguish human skeletal positions from non-human object positions and to determine whether one or more humans are present in a predetermined area. The computer is configured to: responsive to determining that only the one or more humans are in the predetermined area, determine whether a false positive result has occurred, wherein the false positive comprises a first determination that the one or more humans are present when no human is actually present. The computer is also configured to: responsive to determining that the false positive result has not occurred, the taking an action selected from the group consisting of issuing an alert, stopping the machinery, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: John Desmond Whelan, Melissa H. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9805085
    Abstract: A system comprising an associative memory, an input module, a query module, and a display module. The input module is configured to receive a value within a first perspective of the associative memory. The query module is configured to perform an open query of the associative memory using the value, perform the open query within at least one of an insert perspective and a second perspective of the associative memory. The at least one of the insert perspective and the second perspective has as many or more category associations for the value relative to the first perspective. The display module is configured to display a result of the query and to display a list of one or more potential ambiguities that result from the open query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Publication number: 20170193840
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing a simulation. The method comprises detecting a user input manipulating a virtual control on a control panel displayed in a target output location on a display system in a simulator during the simulation of a platform. Further, the method comprises identifying a sound for the virtual control when the user input is detected. Still further, the method comprises controlling a speaker system to output the sound identified during the simulation in a manner that is perceived by a human operator to be from the target output location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 9619039
    Abstract: A method for identifying a motion of interest of an individual. The method includes collecting, at a computer, motion sensor input data of motions of the individual from a motion sensor for an interval of time. The method further includes analyzing, using the computer, the motion sensor input data using an analysis application having a set of classified predetermined motions of interest. The analysis application classifies a movement captured during the interval of time as a motion corresponding to one of a plurality of pre-determined motions of interest based on shared relative attributes. The method further includes generating an output providing notice of an identified predetermined motion of interest to a monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Publication number: 20170075876
    Abstract: A computer based method for utilizing static content in a dynamic environment to provide at least one defined functionality is described. The method includes identifying at least one function to be associated with the static content and the dynamic environment, identifying at least one state for each identified function, defining, in a computer memory, each identified state within a page object, the page object also defining within the computer memory page states and output attributes associated with output templates within the page object, creating, in the computer memory, output templates for each identified state, creating presentation pages and logic objects in the computer memory for each function, and creating engines to be executed by at least one computer processing device, each engine representing a function, the engines operable to use a corresponding page object to direct data traffic among the defined states within the computer memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 9507871
    Abstract: A computer based method for utilizing static content in a dynamic environment to provide at least one defined functionality is described. The method includes identifying at least one function to be associated with the static content and the dynamic environment, identifying at least one state for each identified function, defining, in a computer memory, each identified state within a page object, the page object also defining within the computer memory page states and output attributes associated with output templates within the page object, creating, in the computer memory, output templates for each identified state, creating presentation pages and logic objects in the computer memory for each function, and creating engines to be executed by at least one computer processing device, each engine representing a function, the engines operable to use a corresponding page object to direct data traffic among the defined states within the computer memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Patent number: 9298269
    Abstract: A kinematic system. The system includes a kinematic measurement device having one or more sensors configured to detect a plurality of physical positions of a part of an object. The system also includes an associative memory, in communication with the kinematic measurement device, and comprising a plurality of data and a plurality of associations among the plurality of data, wherein the plurality of data is collected into associated groups, wherein the associative memory is configured to be queried based on at least indirect relationships among the plurality of data. The system also includes a processor, in communication with the associative memory and the kinematic measurement device, and configured to translate a range of coordinate positions of the part of the object to a qualitative description that names the range, wherein the processor is further configured to provide the qualitative description to the associative memory for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John Desmond Whelan, Leonard Jon Quadracci
  • Publication number: 20160070355
    Abstract: A method for identifying a motion of interest of an individual. The method includes collecting, at a computer, motion sensor input data of motions of the individual from a motion sensor for an interval of time. The method further includes analyzing, using the computer, the motion sensor input data using an analysis application having a set of classified predetermined motions of interest. The analysis application classifies a movement captured during the interval of time as a motion corresponding to one of a plurality of pre-determined motions of interest based on shared relative attributes. The method further includes generating an output providing notice of an identified predetermined motion of interest to a monitoring system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventor: John Desmond Whelan
  • Publication number: 20160070958
    Abstract: A method for identifying a motion of interest of an individual. The method includes receiving input data from a non-invasive motion sensor measuring movements of a person. The method also includes collecting motion sensor data for an interval of time. The illustrative embodiments also provide for analyzing the motion sensor input data using an analysis application having a set of classified pre-determined motions. The analysis application classifies a movement captured during the interval of time as a motion corresponding to particular a pre-determined motion among a plurality of pre-determined motions. Classification is performed based on shared relative values among the motion sensor input data and the particular pre-determined motion. The illustrative embodiments also provide for generating an output that provides a translation of the movement for identification of a predetermined motion of interest that represents an undesirable ergonomic aspect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: John Desmond Whelan, Glenn Alan Hancock