Patents by Inventor Melissa A. Cowan

Melissa A. Cowan 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: 10670523
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for particulate matter (PM) measurement in a medium (such as air) using flat-top intensity laser sheet beam generation. The techniques for generating the laser sheet beam may include nonspecialized optical elements (e.g., aspherical, spherical, biconvex, and/or cylindrical lenses) that are cost-effective, reduce the overall footprint of the system, and also provide for relatively increased power efficiencies compared to conventional techniques. The PM measurement system may use the laser sheet beam generated in combination with a medium flow channel to pass the medium through the laser sheet beam, thereby causing particulates within the medium to scatter light, which can be detected using a light sensor (e.g., a photodetector). The scattered light signals can then be analyzed to match them with corresponding particulate sizes and the amount of signals per particulate size can also be determined to measure the size and count of particulates within the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tolga Acikalin, Shengbo Xu, Melissa A. Cowan
  • Publication number: 20200116856
    Abstract: A method of collision warning using broad antenna pattern ultra-wide band (UWB) radar includes emitting a first radar ping from a broad beam UWB antenna and receiving a first return signal identifying an object. A first hemisphere with a first radius is determined for the object. A second ping, second return and second hemisphere is defined for the object. At the intersection of the hemispheres, an object ring is defined. The radius of the object ring is compared with the radius of a collision cylinder (e.g., representing a safe distance around a system or device, such as a drone). The object may be identified as posing a collision threat when the radius of the object ring is smaller than the radius of the collision cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Richard D. Roberts, Melissa Cowan, Saiveena Kesaraju
  • Patent number: 10282965
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for using synthetic jet technology as an air delivery device for sensing applications. In particular, a synthetic jet device is used to deliver a controlled airflow or other fluidic flow to a sensor measurement area. Such a sensing system can be used to detect accurate concentration of target features present in the ambient surroundings, such as gases, particles, solutions, mixtures, and any other environmental features that can be sensed from a controlled airflow. An example application is air quality monitoring by using one or more synthetic jet devices to deliver a known or otherwise controlled airflow to a sensing area, thereby allowing for detection of harmful or otherwise unacceptable concentrations of particulate matter, gases, or air pollutants. In some embodiments, a synthetic jet device is operatively coupled with a sensor via a flow channel in a common housing, so as to provide a controlled flow sensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica Gullbrand, Melissa A. Cowan, Chytra Pawashe, Feras Eid
  • Patent number: 10134656
    Abstract: Embodiments include a synthetic jet device formed within layers of a package substrate, such as to provide a controlled airflow for sensing or cooling applications. The jet device includes an electromagnetically driven vibrating membrane of conductive material between a top and bottom cavity. A top lid with an opening covers the top cavity, and a permanent magnet is below the bottom cavity. An alternating current signal conducted through the membrane causes the membrane to vibrate in the presence of a magnetic field caused by the permanent magnet. By being manufactured with package forming processes, the jet (1) is manufactured more cost-effectively than by using silicon chip or wafer processing; (2) is easily integrated as part of and with the other layers of a package substrate; and (3) can be driven by a chip mounted on the package. Embodiments also include systems having and processes for forming the jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Feras Eid, Jessica Gullbrand, Melissa A. Cowan
  • Patent number: 10121730
    Abstract: Embodiments include a synthetic jet device formed within layers of a package substrate, such as to provide a controlled airflow for sensing or cooling applications. The jet device includes an electromagnetically driven vibrating membrane of conductive material between a top and bottom cavity. A top lid with an opening covers the top cavity, and a permanent magnet is below the bottom cavity. An alternating current signal conducted through the membrane causes the membrane to vibrate in the presence of a magnetic field caused by the permanent magnet. By being manufactured with package forming processes, the jet (1) is manufactured more cost-effectively than by using silicon chip or wafer processing; (2) is easily integrated as part of and with the other layers of a package substrate; and (3) can be driven by a chip mounted on the package. Embodiments also include systems having and processes for forming the jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Feras Eid, Jessica Gullbrand, Melissa A. Cowan
  • Patent number: 9939497
    Abstract: A computing device, system, apparatus, and at least one machine readable medium for dynamically calibrating a magnetic sensor are described herein. The computing device includes a sensor hub and a magnetic sensor communicably coupled to the sensor hub. The magnetic sensor is configured to collect sensor data corresponding to the computing device. The computing device also includes a processor that is configured to execute stored instructions and a storage device that stores instructions. The storage device includes processor executable code that, when executed by the processor, is configured to determine a system state of the computing device and send the determined system state of the computing device to the sensor hub. The sensor hub is configured to dynamically calibrate the magnetic sensor based on the sensor data collected via the magnetic sensor and the determined system state of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Brist, Kevin J. Daniel, Melissa A. Cowan
  • Patent number: 9898880
    Abstract: A wearable device (“WD”) stores a token after its wearer completes a successful strong authentication on a primary protected device (“primary PD”). Other protected devices (“secondary PDs”) recognize the stored token as representing a strong authentication and grant the user access while the user continues to wear the WD within a “digital leash-length” proximity. The WD constantly monitors whether the user continues to wear the device. Upon sensing that the user has removed the WD, the WD deletes, disables, or invalidates the token, The user must then repeat the strong authentication to gain further access to the protected devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ramune Nagisetty, Melissa A Cowan, Jason Martin, Richard A Forand, Wen-Ling M Huang, Conor P Cahill
  • Publication number: 20170299510
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for particulate matter (PM) measurement in a medium (such as air) using flat-top intensity laser sheet beam generation. The techniques for generating the laser sheet beam may include nonspecialized optical elements (e.g., aspherical, spherical, biconvex, and/or cylindrical lenses) that are cost-effective, reduce the overall footprint of the system, and also provide for relatively increased power efficiencies compared to conventional techniques. The PM measurement system may use the laser sheet beam generated in combination with a medium flow channel to pass the medium through the laser sheet beam, thereby causing particulates within the medium to scatter light, which can be detected using a light sensor (e.g., a photodetector). The scattered light signals can then be analyzed to match them with corresponding particulate sizes and the amount of signals per particulate size can also be determined to measure the size and count of particulates within the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: TOLGA ACIKALIN, SHENGBO XU, MELISSA A. COWAN
  • Publication number: 20170098593
    Abstract: Embodiments include a synthetic jet device formed within layers of a package substrate, such as to provide a controlled airflow for sensing or cooling applications. The jet device includes an electromagnetically driven vibrating membrane of conductive material between a top and bottom cavity. A top lid with an opening covers the top cavity, and a permanent magnet is below the bottom cavity. An alternating current signal conducted through the membrane causes the membrane to vibrate in the presence of a magnetic field caused by the permanent magnet. By being manufactured with package forming processes, the jet (1) is manufactured more cost-effectively than by using silicon chip or wafer processing; (2) is easily integrated as part of and with the other layers of a package substrate; and (3) can be driven by a chip mounted on the package. Embodiments also include systems having and processes for forming the jet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Feras EID, Jessica GULLBRAND, Melissa A. COWAN
  • Publication number: 20170098594
    Abstract: Embodiments include a synthetic jet device formed within layers of a package substrate, such as to provide a controlled airflow for sensing or cooling applications. The jet device includes an electromagnetically driven vibrating membrane of conductive material between a top and bottom cavity. A top lid with an opening covers the top cavity, and a permanent magnet is below the bottom cavity. An alternating current signal conducted through the membrane causes the membrane to vibrate in the presence of a magnetic field caused by the permanent magnet. By being manufactured with package forming processes, the jet (1) is manufactured more cost-effectively than by using silicon chip or wafer processing; (2) is easily integrated as part of and with the other layers of a package substrate; and (3) can be driven by a chip mounted on the package. Embodiments also include systems having and processes for forming the jet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: FERAS EID, Jessica GULLBRAND, Melissa A. COWAN
  • Patent number: 9559037
    Abstract: Embodiments include a synthetic jet device formed within layers of a package substrate, such as to provide a controlled airflow for sensing or cooling applications. The jet device includes an electromagnetically driven vibrating membrane of conductive material between a top and bottom cavity. A top lid with an opening covers the top cavity, and a permanent magnet is below the bottom cavity. An alternating current signal conducted through the membrane causes the membrane to vibrate in the presence of a magnetic field caused by the permanent magnet. By being manufactured with package forming processes, the jet (1) is manufactured more cost-effectively than by using silicon chip or wafer processing; (2) is easily integrated as part of and with the other layers of a package substrate; and (3) can be driven by a chip mounted on the package. Embodiments also include systems having and processes for forming the jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Feras Eid, Jessica Gullbrand, Melissa A. Cowan
  • Publication number: 20160358841
    Abstract: Embodiments include a synthetic jet device formed within layers of a package substrate, such as to provide a controlled airflow for sensing or cooling applications. The jet device includes an electromagnetically driven vibrating membrane of conductive material between a top and bottom cavity. A top lid with an opening covers the top cavity, and a permanent magnet is below the bottom cavity. An alternating current signal conducted through the membrane causes the membrane to vibrate in the presence of a magnetic field caused by the permanent magnet. By being manufactured with package forming processes, the jet (1) is manufactured more cost-effectively than by using silicon chip or wafer processing; (2) is easily integrated as part of and with the other layers of a package substrate; and (3) can be driven by a chip mounted on the package. Embodiments also include systems having and processes for forming the jet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Feras EID, Jessica GULLBRAND, Melissa A. COWAN
  • Publication number: 20160171869
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for using synthetic jet technology as an air delivery device for sensing applications. In particular, a synthetic jet device is used to deliver a controlled airflow or other fluidic flow to a sensor measurement area. Such a sensing system can be used to detect accurate concentration of target features present in the ambient surroundings, such as gases, particles, solutions, mixtures, and any other environmental features that can be sensed from a controlled airflow. An example application is air quality monitoring by using one or more synthetic jet devices to deliver a known or otherwise controlled airflow to a sensing area, thereby allowing for detection of harmful or otherwise unacceptable concentrations of particulate matter, gases, or air pollutants. In some embodiments, a synthetic jet device is operatively coupled with a sensor via a flow channel in a common housing, so as to provide a controlled flow sensing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica Gullbrand, Melissa A. Cowan, Chytra Pawashe, Feras Eid
  • Publication number: 20160092665
    Abstract: An initial authentication of a user, if successful, causes a token to be stored on, and presented from, a wearable device (WD). The WD continually monitors one or more of the wearer's vital signs to confirm that (1) the WD is being worn by a living person rather than an inanimate simulacrum, and (2) the WD is still worn by the same person who underwent the authentication. The token can be read by a token-reader on at least one protected device (PD). If the token is valid, its presentation serves as authentication and the token-reader grants the user access to the PD. If the WD vital-sign signal is interrupted when the user removes the WD, the WD stops presenting the token and can no longer be used to access a PD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Melissa A. Cowan, Ramune Nagisetty, Jason Martin, Richard A. Forand, Conor P. Cahill, Bradley A. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20150070134
    Abstract: A wearable device (“WD”) stores a token after its wearer completes a successful strong authentication on a primary protected device (“primary PD”). Other protected devices (“secondary PDs”) recognize the stored token as representing a strong authentication and grant the user access while the user continues to wear the WD within a “digital leash-length” proximity. The WD constantly monitors whether the user continues to wear the device. Upon sensing that the user has removed the WD, the WD deletes, disables, or invalidates the token, The user must then repeat the strong authentication to gain further access to the protected devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ramune Nagisetty, Melissa A. Cowan, Jason Martin, Richard A. Forand, Wen-Ling M. Huang, Conor P. Cahill
  • Publication number: 20140278190
    Abstract: A computing device, system, apparatus, and at least one machine readable medium for dynamically calibrating a magnetic sensor are described herein. The computing device includes a sensor hub and a magnetic sensor communicably coupled to the sensor hub. The magnetic sensor is configured to collect sensor data corresponding to the computing device. The computing device also includes a processor that is configured to execute stored instructions and a storage device that stores instructions. The storage device includes processor executable code that, when executed by the processor, is configured to determine a system state of the computing device and send the determined system state of the computing device to the sensor hub. The sensor hub is configured to dynamically calibrate the magnetic sensor based on the sensor data collected via the magnetic sensor and the determined system state of the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Gary A. Brist, Kevin J. Daniel, Melissa A. Cowan