Patents by Inventor Larry Paul Heck

Larry Paul Heck 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: 10049667
    Abstract: Location-based conversational understanding may be provided. Upon receiving a query from a user, an environmental context associated with the query may be generated. The query may be interpreted according to the environmental context. The interpreted query may be executed and at least one result associated with the query may be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Heck, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, David Mitby, Lisa Stifelman
  • Publication number: 20180129646
    Abstract: An augmented conversational understanding agent may be provided. Upon receiving, by an agent, at least one natural language phrase from a user, a context associated with the at least one natural language phrase may be identified. The natural language phrase may be associated, for example, with a conversation between the user and a second user. An agent action associated with the identified context may be performed according to the at least one natural language phrase and 201 a result associated with performing the action may be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Larry Paul HECK, Madhusudan CHINTHAKUNTA, David MITBY, Lisa STIFELMAN
  • Publication number: 20180075151
    Abstract: Identification of user intents may be provided. A plurality of network applications may be identified, and an ontology associated with each of the plurality of applications may be defined. If a phrase received from a user is associated with at least one of the defined ontologies, an action associated with the network application may be executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Larry Paul HECK, Madhusudan CHINTHAKUNTA, David MITBY, Lisa STIFELMAN
  • Patent number: 9858343
    Abstract: Personalization of user interactions may be provided. Upon receiving a phrase from a user, a plurality of semantic concepts associated with the user may be loaded. If the phrase is determined to comprise at least one of the plurality of semantic concepts associated with the user, a first action may be performed according to the phrase. If the phrase is determined not to comprise at least one of the plurality of semantic concepts associated with the user, a second action may be performed according to the phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Heck, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, David Mitby, Lisa Stifelman
  • Patent number: 9842168
    Abstract: Identification of user intents may be provided. A plurality of network applications may be identified, and an ontology associated with each of the plurality of applications may be defined. If a phrase received from a user is associated with at least one of the defined ontologies, an action associated with the network application may be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Heck, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, David Mitby, Lisa Stifelman
  • Patent number: 9760566
    Abstract: An augmented conversational understanding agent may be provided. Upon receiving, by an agent, at least one natural language phrase from a user, a context associated with the at least one natural language phrase may be identified. The natural language phrase may be associated, for example, with a conversation between the user and a second user. An agent action associated with the identified context may be performed according to the at least one natural language phrase and a result associated with performing the action may be displayed, wherein the agent action comprises providing a list of movies, a list of night clubs, a search for restaurants, or other action suggestions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Heck, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, David Mitby, Lisa Stifelman
  • Publication number: 20170125018
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of suggesting intent frame(s) for user request(s). For instance, the intent frame(s) may be suggested to elicit a request from a user. An intent frame is a natural language phrase (e.g., a sentence) that includes at least one carrier phrase and at least one slot. A slot in an intent frame is a placeholder that is identified as being replaceable by one or more words that identify an entity and/or an action to indicate an intent of the user. A carrier phrase in an intent frame includes one or more words that suggest a type of entity and/or action that is to be identified by the one or more words that may replace the corresponding slot. In accordance with these techniques, the intent frame(s) are suggested in response to determining that natural language functionality of a processing system is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shane J. Landry, Anne K. Sullivan, Lisa J. Stifelman, Adam D. Elman, Larry Paul Heck, Sarangarajan Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 9583104
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of suggesting intent frame(s) for user request(s). For instance, the intent frame(s) may be suggested to elicit a request from a user. An intent frame is a natural language phrase (e.g., a sentence) that includes at least one carrier phrase and at least one slot. A slot in an intent frame is a placeholder that is identified as being replaceable by one or more words that identify an entity and/or an action to indicate an intent of the user. A carrier phrase in an intent frame includes one or more words that suggest a type of entity and/or action that is to be identified by the one or more words that may replace the corresponding slot. In accordance with these techniques, the intent frame(s) are suggested in response to determining that natural language functionality of a processing system is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shane J. Landry, Anne K. Sullivan, Lisa J. Stifelman, Adam D. Elman, Larry Paul Heck, Sarangarajan Parthasarathy
  • Publication number: 20170011025
    Abstract: Sentence simplification may be provided. A spoken phrase may be received and converted to a text phrase. An intent associated with the text phrase may be identified. The text phrase may then be reformatted according to the identified intent and a task may be performed according to the reformatted text phrase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Larry Paul Heck, Sarangarajan Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 9542949
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of satisfying specified intent(s) based on multimodal request(s). A multimodal request is a request that includes at least one request of a first type and at least one request of a second type that is different from the first type. Example types of request include but are not limited to a speech request, a text command, a tactile command, and a visual command. A determination is made that one or more entities in visual content are selected in accordance with an explicit scoping command from a user. In response, speech understanding functionality is automatically activated, and audio signals are automatically monitored for speech requests from the user to be processed using the speech understanding functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa J. Stifelman, Anne K. Sullivan, Adam D. Elman, Larry Paul Heck, Stephanos Tryphonas, Kamran Rajabi Zargahi, Ken H. Thai
  • Patent number: 9454962
    Abstract: Sentence simplification may be provided. A spoken phrase may be received and converted to a text phrase. An intent associated with the text phrase may be identified. The text phrase may then be reformatted according to the identified intent and a task may be performed according to the reformatted text phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Larry Paul Heck, Sarangarajan Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 9412363
    Abstract: A model-based approach for on-screen item selection and disambiguation is provided. An utterance may be received by a computing device in response to a display of a list of items for selection on a display screen. A disambiguation model may then be applied to the utterance. The disambiguation model may be utilized to determine whether the utterance is directed to at least one of the list of displayed items, extract referential features from the utterance and identify an item from the list corresponding to the utterance, based on the extracted referential features. The computing device may then perform an action which includes selecting the identified item associated with utterance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ruhi Sarikaya, Fethiye Asli Celikyilmaz, Zhaleh Feizollahi, Larry Paul Heck, Dilek Z. Hakkani-Tur
  • Publication number: 20160118046
    Abstract: Location-based conversational understanding may be provided. Upon receiving a query from a user, an environmental context associated with the query may be generated. The query may be interpreted according to the environmental context. The interpreted query may be executed and at least one result associated with the query may be provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Heck, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, David Mitby, Lisa Stifelman
  • Patent number: 9298287
    Abstract: A user interaction activation may be provided. A plurality of signals received from a user may be evaluated to determine whether the plurality of signals are associated with a visual display. If so, the plurality of signals may be translated into an agent action and a context associated with the visual display may be retrieved. The agent action may be performed according to the retrieved context and a result associated with the performed agent action may be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Heck, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, David Mitby, Lisa Stifelman
  • Publication number: 20160078868
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of suggesting intent frame(s) for user request(s). For instance, the intent frame(s) may be suggested to elicit a request from a user. An intent frame is a natural language phrase (e.g., a sentence) that includes at least one carrier phrase and at least one slot. A slot in an intent frame is a placeholder that is identified as being replaceable by one or more words that identify an entity and/or an action to indicate an intent of the user. A carrier phrase in an intent frame includes one or more words that suggest a type of entity and/or action that is to be identified by the one or more words that may replace the corresponding slot. In accordance with these techniques, the intent frame(s) are suggested in response to determining that natural language functionality of a processing system is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Shane J. Landry, Anne K. Sullivan, Lisa J. Stifelman, Adam D. Elman, Larry Paul Heck, Sarangarajan Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 9244984
    Abstract: Location-based conversational understanding may be provided. Upon receiving a query from a user, an environmental context associated with the query may be generated. The query may be interpreted according to the environmental context. The interpreted query may be executed and at least one result associated with the query may be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Paul Heck, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, David Mitby, Lisa Stifelman
  • Publication number: 20160004707
    Abstract: Natural language query translation may be provided. A statistical model may be trained to detect domains according to a plurality of query click log data. Upon receiving a natural language query, the statistical model may be used to translate the natural language query into an action. The action may then be performed and at least one result associated with performing the action may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dilek Zeynep Hakkani-Tur, Gokhan Tur, Rukmini Lyer, Larry Paul Heck
  • Publication number: 20150365448
    Abstract: Individuals may utilize devices to engage in conversations about topics respectively associated with a location (e.g., restaurants where the individuals may meet for dinner). Often, the individual momentarily withdraws from the conversation in order to issue commands to the device to retrieve and present such information, and may miss parts of the conversation while interacting with the device. Additionally, the individual often explores such topics individually on a device and conveys such information to the other individuals through messages, which is inefficient and error-prone. Presented herein are techniques enabling devices to facilitate conversations by monitoring the conversation for references, by one individual to another (rather than as a command to the device), to a topic associated with a location. In the absence of a command from an individual, the device may automatically present a map alongside a conversation interface showing the location(s) of the topic(s) referenced in the conversation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Lisa Stifelman, Madhusudan Chinthakunta, Julian James Odell, Larry Paul Heck, Daniel Dole
  • Patent number: 9201859
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of suggesting intent frame(s) for user request(s). For instance, the intent frame(s) may be suggested to elicit a request from a user. An intent frame is a natural language phrase (e.g., a sentence) that includes at least one carrier phrase and at least one slot. A slot in an intent frame is a placeholder that is identified as being replaceable by one or more words that identify an entity and/or an action to indicate an intent of the user. A carrier phrase in an intent frame includes one or more words that suggest a type of entity and/or action that is to be identified by the one or more words that may replace the corresponding slot. In accordance with these techniques, the intent frame(s) are suggested in response to determining that natural language functionality of a processing system is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shane J. Landry, Anne K. Sullivan, Lisa J. Stifelman, Adam D. Elman, Larry Paul Heck, Sarangarajan Parthasarathy
  • Publication number: 20150317302
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention provide a technique to validate the transfer of intents or entities between existing natural language model domains (hereafter “domain” or “NLU”) using click logs, a knowledge graph, or both. At least two different types of transfers are possible. Intents from a first domain may be transferred to a second domain. Alternatively or additionally, entities from the second domain may be transferred to an existing intent in the first domain. Either way, additional intent/entity pairs can be generated and validated. Before the new intent/entity pair is added to a domain, aspects of the present invention validate that the intent or entity is transferable between domains. Validation techniques that are consistent with aspects of the invention can use a knowledge graph, search query click logs, or both to validate a transfer of intents or entities from one domain to another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: XIAOHU LIU, ALI MAMDOUH ELKAHKY, RUHI SARIKAYA, GOKHAN TUR, DILEK HAKKANI-TUR, LARRY PAUL HECK