Patents by Inventor Mary P. Czerwinski

Mary P. Czerwinski 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: 20200279553
    Abstract: A conversational agent that is implemented as a voice-only agent or embodied with a face may match the speech and facial expressions of a user. Linguistic style-matching by the conversational agent may be implemented by identifying prosodic characteristics of the user's speech and synthesizing speech for the virtual agent with the same or similar characteristics. The facial expressions of the user can be identified and mimicked by the face of an embodied conversational agent. Utterances by the virtual agent may be based on a combination of predetermined scripted responses and open-ended responses generated by machine learning techniques. A conversational agent that aligns with the conversational style and facial expressions of the user may be perceived as more trustworthy, easier to understand, and create a more natural human-machine interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel J. McDUFF, Kael R. ROWAN, Mary P. CZERWINSKI, Deepali ANEJA, Rens HOEGEN
  • Patent number: 10719535
    Abstract: A single device that receives communications, resources, data, and/or other information intended for a user having multiple contact addresses is provided. The single device can receive various information intended for multiple telephone numbers, email aliases, screen names, aliases, other means of contact, or combinations thereof. The device can selectively forward the information to the user based on a current user role, user preferences, contact information, or based on other criteria. If information is to be forwarded to the user at substantially the same time as receipt, automatic means of notifying the user of the role for which the communication is intended are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Anoop Gupta, Roger S. Barga, Pavel Curtis, Raymond E. Ozzie, Mary P. Czerwinski, Rebecca Norlander, Richard J McAniff
  • Patent number: 10353697
    Abstract: A hierarchical shared resources spatial visualization system and method including a visualization runtime user interface that quickly and efficiently displays a spatial layout of a shared resource having a hierarchical nature. The user interface provides a spatial layout of the hierarchical shared resource and overlays salient activity information of a group's interaction with the shared resource. In software development, the user interface provides software teams with awareness of activity by other developers in the group regarding files in the shared source code base. The salient activity includes active file information (such as which files are open and by whom) and source repository actions (such as a developer's activity within a project's source repository system). Visual geometry and colors are employed to create a visually distinctive environment that is used to convey the salient activity information quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob T. Biehl, George G. Robertson, Gregory R. Smith, Mary P. Czerwinski
  • Patent number: 10042512
    Abstract: The present invention provides a three-dimensional user interface for a computer system that allows a user to combine and store a group of windows as a task. The image of each task can be positioned within a three-dimensional environment such that the user may utilize spatial memory in order remember where a particular task is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Mary P. Czerwinski, Kenneth P. Hinckley, Kirsten C. Risden, Daniel C. Robbins, Maarten R. van Dantzich
  • Patent number: 9807559
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are described for implementing a digital personal assistant. The digital personal assistant is capable of determining that a user has asked a question or made a statement that is intended to engage with a persona of the digital personal assistant. In response to determining that the user has asked such a question or made such a statement, the digital personal assistant provides a response thereto by displaying or playing back a multimedia object associated with a popular culture reference within or by a user interface of the digital personal assistant. Additionally or alternatively, in response to determining that the user has asked such a question or made such a statement, the digital personal assistant provides the response thereto by generating or playing back speech that comprises an impersonation of a voice of a person associated with the popular culture reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Dicks Clark, Deborah B. Harrison, Susan Hendrich, David Gardner, Sogol Malekzadeh, Catherine L. Maritan, Melissa Lim, Mary P. Czerwinski, Ran Gilad-Bachrach
  • Patent number: 9350690
    Abstract: Determining user use context for electronic messaging and disseminating a subset of the user use context to recipients and/or senders of such electronic message is disclosed herein. By way of example, the user use context can be based on a general context of recipients, such as speed with which a message is disseminated or consumed, number of child messages spawned, rate at which such messages are spawned, and so on. Additionally, user use context can also be based on individual context, by comparing individual interaction to a message (e.g., time to read, time to delete, number of child messages, etc.), with a baseline usage context determined for the individual. The context can be disseminated to recipients of the message or to the sender, to provide an overview of perception of the electronic message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Dragos A. Manolescu, Matthew Jason Pope, Matthew B. MacLaurin, F. David Jones, Mary P. Czerwinski, Raymond E. Ozzie
  • Publication number: 20160063874
    Abstract: A digital personal assistant is described that determines a mental or emotional state of a user based on one or more signals and, based on the determined mental or emotional state, provides the user with feedback concerning an item of content generated thereby or an activity to be conducted thereby. An API is described that can be used by diverse applications and/or services to communicate with the digital personal assistant for the purpose of obtaining information about the current mental or emotional state of the user. Content tagging logic is described that identifies one or more items of content generated or interacted with by the user and stores metadata in association with the identified item(s) of content. The metadata includes information indicative of the current mental or emotional state of the user during the time period when the user generated or interacted with the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Mary P. Czerwinski, Melissa N. Lim, Ran Gilad-Bachrach, Ivan Tashev, Margaret Mitchell, MariaElaina Martinelli, William B. Dolan
  • Publication number: 20150382147
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are described for implementing a digital personal assistant. The digital personal assistant is capable of determining that a user has asked a question or made a statement that is intended to engage with a persona of the digital personal assistant. In response to determining that the user has asked such a question or made such a statement, the digital personal assistant provides a response thereto by displaying or playing back a multimedia object associated with a popular culture reference within or by a user interface of the digital personal assistant. Additionally or alternatively, in response to determining that the user has asked such a question or made such a statement, the digital personal assistant provides the response thereto by generating or playing back speech that comprises an impersonation of a voice of a person associated with the popular culture reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Lee Dicks Clark, Deborah B. Harrison, Susan Hendrich, David Gardner, Sogol Malekzadeh, Catherine L. Maritan, Melissa Lim, Mary P. Czerwinski, Ran Gilad-Bachrach
  • Patent number: 9076125
    Abstract: Providing for graphical visualization of contextual information pertinent to electronic messaging is described herein. By way of example, contextual network usage information or messaging disposition can be determined for a set of participants to electronic communication. The contextual information is compiled into categories and organized at least as a function of category. The compiled data can be transformed into a visualization of user disposition or context and output to a user device as a multi-dimensional graphical rendering. By rendering contextual data graphically, the rich and diverse information available from usage histories, current user context and user dispositions can be output and consumed rapidly and efficiently, resulting in productive electronic interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dragos A. Manolescu, Matthew Jason Pope, Raymond E. Ozzie, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, F. David Jones, Mary P. Czerwinski
  • Publication number: 20150172236
    Abstract: Determining user use context for electronic messaging and disseminating a subset of the user use context to recipients and/or senders of such electronic message is disclosed herein. By way of example, the user use context can be based on a general context of recipients, such as speed with which a message is disseminated or consumed, number of child messages spawned, rate at which such messages are spawned, and so on. Additionally, user use context can also be based on individual context, by comparing individual interaction to a message (e.g., time to read, time to delete, number of child messages, etc.), with a baseline usage context determined for the individual. The context can be disseminated to recipients of the message or to the sender, to provide an overview of perception of the electronic message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Dragos A. Manolescu, Matthew Jason Pope, Matthew B. MacLaurin, F. David Jones, Mary P. Czerwinski, Raymond E. Ozzie
  • Publication number: 20150140527
    Abstract: A computer system is described for providing intervention suggestion information to a user, for the purpose of changing a psychological state of the user. The information suggestion information identifies at least one recommended intervention, selected from a pool of candidate interventions. Each candidate intervention, in turn, involves a type of computer-related activity with which the user is likely already familiar. The computer system formulates the intervention suggestion information in the form of one or more messages, delivered to one or more user devices, such as a mobile user device, or a mobile user device in conjunction with an ambient presentation device. According to one optional aspect, the computer system chooses the recommended interventions based on context information. According to another aspect, the computer system selects interventions by adopting a particular balance between an exploitation mode and an exploration mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ran Gilad-Barach, Pablo Enrique Paredes Castro, Mary P. Czerwinski, Paul R. Johns, Ashish Kapoor, Laura R. Pina, Asta J. Roseway, Kael R. Rowan
  • Publication number: 20150143338
    Abstract: A hierarchical shared resources spatial visualization system and method including a visualization runtime user interface that quickly and efficiently displays a spatial layout of a shared resource having a hierarchical nature. The user interface provides a spatial layout of the hierarchical shared resource and overlays salient activity information of a group's interaction with the shared resource. In software development, the user interface provides software teams with awareness of activity by other developers in the group regarding files in the shared source code base. The salient activity includes active file information (such as which files are open and by whom) and source repository actions (such as a developer's activity within a project's source repository system). Visual geometry and colors are employed to create a visually distinctive environment that is used to convey the salient activity information quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob T. BIEHL, George G. ROBERTSON, Gregory R. SMITH, Mary P. CZERWINSKI
  • Publication number: 20150058791
    Abstract: The present invention provides a three-dimensional user interface for a computer system that allows a user to combine and store a group of windows as a task. The image of each task can be positioned within a three-dimensional environment such that the user may utilize spatial memory in order remember where a particular task is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Mary P. Czerwinski, Kenneth P. Hinckley, Kirsten C. Risden, Daniel C. Robbins, Maarten R. van Dantzich
  • Patent number: 8963987
    Abstract: Non-linguistic signal information relating to one or more participants to an interaction may be determined using communication data received from the one or more participants. Feedback can be provided based on the determined non-linguistic signals. The participants may be given an opportunity to opt in to having their non-linguistic signal information collected, and may be provided complete control over how their information is shared or used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Byungki Byun, Philip A. Chou, Mary P. Czerwinski, Ashish Kapoor, Bongshin Lee
  • Patent number: 8949769
    Abstract: A hierarchical shared resources spatial visualization system and method including a visualization runtime user interface that quickly and efficiently displays a spatial layout of a shared resource having a hierarchical nature. The user interface provides a spatial layout of the hierarchical shared resource and overlays salient activity information of a group's interaction with the shared resource. In software development, the user interface provides software teams with awareness of activity by other developers in the group regarding files in the shared source code base. The salient activity includes active file information (such as which files are open and by whom) and source repository actions (such as a developer's activity within a project's source repository system). Visual geometry and colors are employed to create a visually distinctive environment that is used to convey the salient activity information quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob T. Biehl, George G. Robertson, Gregory R. Smith, Mary P. Czerwinski
  • Patent number: 8909546
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to an architecture that can mitigate privacy concerns in connection with ad targeting or data collection. In particular, architecture can be included in a personal mobile communication device such as a cell phone. During communication transactions between the host device and a peer device, shared information can be extracted either from content included in the communication or from metadata. Based upon the shared information, a social graph maintained on the host device can be updated. In addition, the host device can receive a large set of ads and select or tailor a custom ad from the set based upon the social graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Horvitz, Brett D. Brewer, Mary P. Czerwinski, Melissa W. Dunn, Karim T. Farouki, Jason Garms, Alexander G. Gounares, Milind V. Mahajan, Jayaram NM Nanduri, Timothy D. Sharpe, Darrell Leroy Blegen
  • Patent number: 8892658
    Abstract: A single device that receives communications intended for a user having multiple contact addresses associated with different user roles is provided. The single device can receive communications intended for multiple telephone numbers, email aliases, screen names, aliases, other means of contact, or combinations thereof. Since a user engaged in a particular role might not desire to be interrupted with communications intended for a different role, the communications for the other roles can be maintained until the user is actively engaged in the role for which the communication was intended. In situations where there is an important communication sent to a non-active role, selective convergence between roles is initiated and the important communication is presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Anoop Gupta, Mary P. Czerwinski, Roger S. Barga, Pavel Curtis, Paul J. Hough, Richard J. McAniff, Raymond E. Ozzie
  • Patent number: 8892553
    Abstract: Recording of various events in a video format that facilitates viewing and selective editing are provided. The video can be presented in a wiki-format that allows a multitude of subsequent users to add, modify and/or delete content to the original recorded event or a revision of that event. As edits and annotations are applied, either automatically or manually, such edits can be indexed based on criteria such as identification of an annotator, a time stamp associated with the edit, a revision number, or combinations thereof. The edits or annotations can be provided in various formats including video, audio, text, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Rebecca Norlander, Anoop Gupta, Bruce A. Johnson, Paul J. Hough, Mary P. Czerwinski, Pavel Curtis, Raymond E. Ozzie
  • Publication number: 20140337352
    Abstract: A single device that receives communications, resources, data, and/or other information intended for a user having multiple contact addresses is provided. The single device can receive various information intended for multiple telephone numbers, email aliases, screen names, aliases, other means of contact, or combinations thereof. The device can selectively forward the information to the user based on a current user role, user preferences, contact information, or based on other criteria. If information is to be forwarded to the user at substantially the same time as receipt, automatic means of notifying the user of the role for which the communication is intended are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Anoop Gupta, Mary P. Czerwinski, Pavel Curtis, Richard J. McAniff, Roger S. Barga, Rebecca A. Norlander, Raymond E. Ozzie
  • Patent number: 8856687
    Abstract: The present invention provides a three-dimensional user interface for a computer system that allows a user to combine and store a group of windows as a task. The image of each task can be positioned within a three-dimensional environment such that the user may utilize spatial memory in order remember where a particular task is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Mary P. Czerwinski, Kenneth P. Hinckley, Kirsten C. Risden, Daniel C. Robbins, Maarten R. van Dantzich