Patents by Inventor Kenneth G. Miller

Kenneth G. Miller 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: 10703371
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to determine an occupancy status of a vehicle based on received sensor data; and adjust a parameter of a powertrain of the vehicle in response to data indicating a critical condition of the powertrain based on the occupancy status. The parameter may be one of engine speed, cylinder deactivation, transmission-shift time, and shift schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone, Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10677953
    Abstract: A system for magnetic detection includes a magneto-optical defect center material including at least one magneto-optical defect center that emits an optical signal when excited by an excitation light; a radio frequency (RF) exciter system configured to provide RF excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material; an optical light source configured to direct the excitation light to the magneto-optical defect center material; and an optical detector configured to receive the optical signal emitted by the magneto-optical defect center material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: John B. Stetson, Arul Manickam, Peter G. Kaup, Gregory Scott Bruce, Wilbur Lew, Joseph W. Hahn, Nicholas Mauriello Luzod, Kenneth Michael Jackson, Jacob Louis Swett, Peter V. Bedworth, Steven W. Sinton, Duc Huynh, Michael John Dimario, Jay T. Hansen, Andrew Raymond Mandeville, Bryan Neal Fisk, Joseph A. Villani, Jon C. Russo, David Nelson Coar, Julie Lynne Miller, Anjaney Pramod Kottapalli, Gary Edward Montgomery, Margaret Miller Shaw, Stephen Sekelsky, James Michael Krause, Thomas J. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20200168436
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a high voltage waveform generator comprising: a generator inductor; a high voltage nanosecond pulser having one or more solid state switches electrically and/or inductively coupled with the generator inductor, the high voltage nanosecond pulser configured to produce a pulse burst having a burst period, the pulse burst comprising a plurality of pulses having different pulse widths; and a load electrically and/or inductively coupled with the high voltage nanosecond pulser, the generator inductor, and the generator capacitor, the voltage across the load having an output pulse with a pulse width substantially equal to the burst period and the voltage across the load varying in a manner that is substantially proportional with the pulse widths of the plurality of pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy M Ziemba, Kenneth E Miller, John G Carscadden, James R Prager, Ilia Slobodov
  • Publication number: 20200162061
    Abstract: A nanosecond pulser is disclosed. In some embodiments, the nanosecond pulser may include one or more switch circuits including one or more solid state switches, a transformer, and an output. In some embodiments, the transformer may include a first transformer core, a first primary winding wound at least partially around a portion of the first transformer core, and a secondary winding wound at least partially around a portion of the first transformer core. In some embodiments, each of the one or more switch circuits are coupled with at least a portion of the first primary winding. In some embodiments, the output may be electrically coupled with the secondary winding and outputs electrical pulses having a peak voltage greater than about 1 kilovolt and a rise time of less than 150 nanoseconds or less than 50 nanoseconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: James R. Prager, Timothy M. Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, John G. Carscadden, Ilia Slobodov
  • Publication number: 20200161091
    Abstract: A high voltage switch comprising: a high voltage power supply providing power greater than about 5 kV; a control voltage power source; a plurality of switch modules arranged in series with respect to each other each of the plurality of switch modules configured to switch power from the high voltage power supply, and an output configured to output a pulsed output signal having a voltage greater than the rating of any switch of the plurality of switch modules, a pulse width less than 2 ?s, and at a pulse frequency greater than 10 kHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy M. Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, James R. Prager, John G. Carscadden, Ilia Slobodov
  • Publication number: 20200155787
    Abstract: A breathing gas humidifier capsule having an evaporator module with a heated, hydrophobic liquid water reservoir defined by water vapor-permeable walls. Liquid water in the hydrophobic reservoir is vaporized by a heater and the generated water vapor is entrained in a passing breathing gas stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Miller
  • Patent number: 10607814
    Abstract: A high voltage switch comprising: a high voltage power supply providing power greater than about 5 kV; a control voltage power source; a plurality of switch modules arranged in series with respect to each other each of the plurality of switch modules configured to switch power from the high voltage power supply, and an output configured to output a pulsed output signal having a voltage greater than the rating of any switch of the plurality of switch modules, a pulse width less than 2 ?s, and at a pulse frequency greater than 10 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, James R. Prager, John G. Carscadden, Ilia Slobodov
  • Publication number: 20200086746
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a generator for supplying power to a load; and one or more controllers, programmed to responsive to detecting a fuel level reaching a predefined critical value, stop the generator and instruct a second vehicle to start to generate power, the vehicle serving as a pass-through conduit between the load and the second vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10589742
    Abstract: A system, including a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to determine a best-fit snow boundary in an image including a reference object, determine a snow level based on comparing the best-fit snow boundary to the image of the reference object, and operate a vehicle by actuating vehicle components based on the determined snow level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth J. Miller
  • Publication number: 20200083812
    Abstract: A pulse generator is disclosed that includes at least the following stages a driver stage, a transformer stage, a rectifier stage, and an output stage. The driver stage may include at least one solid state switch such as, for example, of one or more IGBTs and/or one or more MOSFETs. The driver stage may also have a stray inductance less than 1,000 nH. The transformer stage may be coupled with the driver stage and/or with a balance stage and may include one or more transformers. The rectifier stage may be coupled with the transformer stage and may have a stray inductance less than 1,000 nH. The output stage may be coupled with the rectifier stage. The output stage may output a signal pulse with a voltage greater than 2 kilovolts and a frequency greater than 5 kHz. In some embodiments, the output stage may be galvanically isolated from a reference potential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Miller, Timothy Ziemba, IIia Slobodov, John G. Carscadden, James Prager
  • Publication number: 20200051786
    Abstract: A high voltage switch comprising: a high voltage power supply providing power greater than about 5 kV; a control voltage power source; a plurality of switch modules arranged in series with respect to each other each of the plurality of switch modules configured to switch power from the high voltage power supply, and an output configured to output a pulsed output signal having a voltage greater than the rating of any switch of the plurality of switch modules, a pulse width less than 2 ?s, and at a pulse frequency greater than 10 kHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy M. Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, James R. Prager, John G. Carscadden, Ilia Slobodov
  • Publication number: 20200043702
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a high voltage, high frequency switching circuit. The switching circuit may include a high voltage switching power supply that produces pulses having a voltage greater than 1 kV and with frequencies greater than 10 kHz and an output. The switching circuit may also include a resistive output stage electrically coupled in parallel with the output and between the output stage and the high voltage switching power supply, the resistive output stage comprising at least one resistor that discharges a load coupled with the output. In some embodiments, the resistive output stage may be configured to discharge over about 1 kilowatt of average power during each pulse cycle. In some embodiments, the output can produce a high voltage pulse having a voltage greater than 1 kV and with frequencies greater than 10 kHz with a pulse fall time less than about 400 ns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy M. Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, James R. Prager, John G. Carscadden, Ilia Slobodov
  • Publication number: 20200017109
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to determine an occupancy status of a vehicle based on received sensor data; and adjust a parameter of a powertrain of the vehicle in response to data indicating a critical condition of the powertrain based on the occupancy status. The parameter may be one of engine speed, cylinder deactivation, transmission-shift time, and shift schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone, Aed M. Dudar
  • Publication number: 20200014378
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide IGBT circuit modules with increased efficiencies. These efficiencies can be realized in a number of ways. In some embodiments, the gate resistance and/or voltage can be minimized. In some embodiments, the IGBT circuit module can be switched using an isolated receiver such as a fiber optic receiver. In some embodiments, a single driver can drive a single IGBT. And in some embodiments, a current bypass circuit can be included. Various other embodiments of the invention are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, John G. Carscadden, James Prager
  • Patent number: 10520305
    Abstract: A computer and a method executable by the computer. The computer may include a processor and memory storing instructions executable by the processor. The instructions may include, to: receive sensor data from a sensor in a vehicle operating in a fully autonomous mode; using the data, determine a misalignment value; and based on the value, perform one of a plurality of vehicle driving functions that include stopping the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, PLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10486704
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to cap power provided by a powertrain to a power limit in response to data indicating a critical condition of the powertrain; and provide power from the powertrain above the power limit in response to a demand for acceleration above an acceleration threshold. The computer may be programmed to cap power provided by the powertrain above the power limit to an energy limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone, Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10483089
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a high voltage, high frequency switching circuit. The switching circuit may include a high voltage switching power supply that produces pulses having a voltage greater than 1 kV and with frequencies greater than 10 kHz and an output. The switching circuit may also include a resistive output stage electrically coupled in parallel with the output and between the output stage and the high voltage switching power supply, the resistive output stage comprising at least one resistor that discharges a load coupled with the output. In some embodiments, the resistive output stage may be configured to discharge over about 1 kilowatt of average power during each pulse cycle. In some embodiments, the output can produce a high voltage pulse having a voltage greater than 1 kV and with frequencies greater than 10 kHz with a pulse fall time less than about 400 ns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, James R. Prager, John G. Carscadden, Ilia Slobodov
  • Patent number: 10464564
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to determine an occupancy status of a vehicle based on received sensor data; and adjust a parameter of a powertrain of the vehicle in response to data indicating a critical condition of the powertrain based on the occupancy status. The parameter may be one of engine speed, cylinder deactivation, transmission-shift time, and shift schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone, Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10458382
    Abstract: A vehicle controller may initiate an auto stop of an engine in response to a value of an auto stop parameter falling within a specified range and alter the specified range based on learned information derived from vehicle data to change a frequency or duration of auto stops of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Thomas G. Leone
  • Patent number: 10460910
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a high voltage, high frequency switching circuit. The switching circuit may include a high voltage switching power supply that produces pulses having a voltage greater than 1 kV and with frequencies greater than 10 kHz and an output. The switching circuit may also include a resistive output stage electrically coupled in parallel with the output and between the output stage and the high voltage switching power supply, the resistive output stage comprising at least one resistor that discharges a load coupled with the output. In some embodiments, the resistive output stage may be configured to discharge over about 1 kilowatt of average power during each pulse cycle. In some embodiments, the output can produce a high voltage pulse having a voltage greater than 1 kV and with frequencies greater than 10 kHz with a pulse fall time less than about 400 ns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Ziemba, Kenneth E. Miller, James R. Prager, John G. Carscadden, Ilia Slobodov