Patents by Inventor Melanie E. Roberts

Melanie E. Roberts 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: 20180150456
    Abstract: Software that contextualizes communications during an emergency event by performing the following steps: (i) receiving an input communication written, spoken, or communicated via gestures by a first user, wherein the input communication includes natural language-based input information relating to an emergency event; (ii) determining an output communication to be sent to a second user, wherein the output communication is based, at least in part, on the input communication, and wherein the output communication includes natural language-based output information relating to the emergency event; (iii) determining a cognitive state of the first user and a cognitive state of the second user; and/or (iv) modifying the output communication based, at least in part, on the cognitive state of the first user, wherein modifying the output communication includes modifying natural language content of the output information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Melanie E. Roberts, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 9953028
    Abstract: Software that contextualizes communications during an event by performing the following steps: (i) receiving an input communication from a first user, where the input communication includes input information relating to the event; (ii) receiving first user contextual information, where the first user contextual information pertains to an emotional state of the first user at the time the input communication was received; (iii) determining an output communication based, at least in part, on the received first user contextual information, where the output communication includes output information relating to the event; and (iv) sending the output communication to a first recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Melanie E. Roberts, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 9948099
    Abstract: A system to mitigate weather exposure risk includes a processor operatively coupled to memory. The processor is configured to generate predicted energy consumption based on a model for expected energy usage in response to detection of a weather event, and compare the predicted energy consumption data with energy consumption data. An alert is generated based at least in part on the comparison, and the alert is sent to one or more entities over one or more networks via one or more delivery methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Melanie E. Roberts, Arun Vishwanath
  • Publication number: 20180090929
    Abstract: A system to mitigate weather exposure risk includes a processor operatively coupled to memory. The processor is configured to generate predicted energy consumption based on a model for expected energy usage in response to detection of a weather event, and compare the predicted energy consumption data with energy consumption data. An alert is generated based at least in part on the comparison, and the alert is sent to one or more entities over one or more networks via one or more delivery methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Melanie E. Roberts, Arun Vishwanath
  • Publication number: 20180004866
    Abstract: A method and system are provided. The method includes performing, by at least a computer processing system having a hardware processor, a particulate mapping process to predict particulate exposure at a target location based on an estimated particulate source, an estimated particulate source output, and a fine-grained weather forecast for the target location. The performing step includes estimating the target location using a fine-grained weather hindcast and inverse modelling. The performing step further includes generating observations of particulate exposure for one or more specific particulates, using a set of particulate sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy M. Lynar, Stephen M. Moore, Melanie E. Roberts, John M. Wagner, Sergiy Zhuk
  • Publication number: 20170083840
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining a set of data indicating a local condition in a geographic location of a crop to be harvested. A moisture content of the crop to be harvested is estimated, based on the set of data. The moisture content is balanced against at least one economic constraint in order to maximize a monetary value of the crop to be harvested, using an optimization problem. A plan for harvesting the crop to be harvested is generated by solving the optimization problem. The plan includes a recommended window of time within which to harvest the crop to be harvested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: TIMOTHY M. LYNAR, MELANIE E. ROBERTS, OLIVIA J. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20160203123
    Abstract: Software that contextualizes communications during an event by performing the following steps: (i) receiving an input communication from a first user, where the input communication includes input information relating to the event; (ii) receiving first user contextual information, where the first user contextual information pertains to an emotional state of the first user at the time the input communication was received; (iii) determining an output communication based, at least in part, on the received first user contextual information, where the output communication includes output information relating to the event; and (iv) sending the output communication to a first recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Melanie E. Roberts, Maja Vukovic