Patents by Inventor Paul R. Bastide

Paul R. Bastide 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: 20180165652
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing a calendar application. A need to optimize a calendar is identified. Furthermore, a period of time to optimize the calendar is received or identified. All the scheduled events (e.g., scheduled meetings) in the calendar are then selected during that period of time. The attendees, topics and flags, if any, for each of the selected scheduled events during the period of time are extracted. Prior collaborations with the user involving the extracted attendees and/or topics of the selected scheduled events are identified. Collaboration data (e.g., participants/senders/attendees, topics) is then extracted from the identified prior collaborations. A list of actions (e.g., delegate scheduled event to another user) is generated to be performed on a selected scheduled event based on the extracted collaboration data. The generated list of actions to be performed on the selected scheduled event is then presented to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Margo L. Ezekiel, Karen M. O'Dea
  • Patent number: 9998342
    Abstract: A method for generating a graph segment providing a gist or summary of an online social network conversation may include generating a graph of the online social network conversation. The graph of the online social network conversation may include a plurality of nodes and each node may be connected to at least one other node by an edge. Each node may represent a message of the online social network conversation and each edge may correspond to an action by a participant in the online social network conversation. The method may also include determining an edge weight for each edge and analyzing the graph of the online social network conversation using at least the edge weight of at least some edges. The method may additionally include generating a graph segment that provides a gist or summary of the online social network conversation based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Vijay Francis, Fang Lu
  • Publication number: 20180150915
    Abstract: Correspondences in a social networking system are analyzed to determine at least one topic. An activity stream with the at least one topic is analyzed. A target audience for the activity steam is identified. The activity stream is analyzed according to a uniqueness and a relationship criteria to form an assessment. The assessment is analyzed to a predetermined action criteria. Performing an action responsive to determining the assessment satisfies the predetermined action criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo
  • Publication number: 20180150747
    Abstract: An approach is provided that identifies stale questions in an online discussion site, such as a forum. A stale question is a question where an answer to the stale question is not detected as being posted to the online discussion site. The identified stale question is analyzed to determine a trigger post, with the trigger post being designed to instigate an answer to the question that is to be posted to the online discussion site by a community member. The trigger post is automatically generating and posted to the online discussion site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Aaron M. Cohen, Peter C. Yim
  • Publication number: 20180150748
    Abstract: An approach is provided that ingests question-answer pairs from an online discussion site into a question answering (QA) system by preprocessing the online discussion site prior to ingesting the data. The preprocessing of the online discussion site is performed by identifying stale questions posted to the online discussion site, analyzing the stale question to determine an appropriate trigger post, with the trigger post is designed to instigate an answer to the stale question, with the system automatically generating and posting the trigger post to the online discussion site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Aaron M. Cohen, Peter C. Yim
  • Publication number: 20180152539
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method controls communication channels in a communication network used for an electronic meeting. One or more processors collect a set of participant data related to a set of participants of an electronic meeting. One or more processors ascertain one or more sets of predicted sub-topics of the electronic meeting and then determine, based on the set of participant data and the one or more sets of predicted sub-topics, a set of leader readiness factors that identifies participants that are best qualified to lead the electronic meeting when particular sub-topics arise during the electronic meeting. In response to detecting that the particular sub-topic has arisen during the electronic meeting, a hardware communication controller opens a communication channel on the communication network that is dedicated for use by a best qualified participant to transmit information to other participants of the electronic meeting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: PAUL R. BASTIDE, LISA M. W. BRADLEY, JONATHAN DUNNE, LIAM HARPUR
  • Publication number: 20180150916
    Abstract: Correspondences in a social networking system are analyzed to determine at least one topic. An activity stream with the at least one topic is analyzed. A target audience for the activity steam is identified. The activity stream is analyzed according to a uniqueness and a relationship criteria to form an assessment. The assessment is analyzed to a predetermined action criteria. Performing an action responsive to determining the assessment satisfies the predetermined action criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo
  • Patent number: 9983768
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and program product for selecting tabulated data are provided, which include: displaying a tabulated data structure on a computer display, the tabulated data structure including a plurality of data fields; receiving a user input indicative of a selection of one of the data fields; searching the tabulated data structure to generate at least one set of data fields, the data fields in each set sharing a relationship with the user-selected data field; and highlighting the at least one set of data fields in the displayed tabulated data structure, in which each of the highlighted sets of data fields is user-selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Sean Callanan, Mark Gargan, Fred Raguillat
  • Patent number: 9984127
    Abstract: Computer-based search results are improved by taking in consideration emphasized content by extracting content of a data corpus items indicated by typestyle emphasis; indexing the extracted emphasized content in the searched corpus; in response to a natural language query from a requester, performing a search such as a deep question and answer search of the corpus including the indexed emphasized content; and producing search results to the requester from the corpus with preference in the order or presentation of the results according to the emphasized content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Fang Lu
  • Publication number: 20180143969
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for suggesting a preferred manner in communicating with a user. Communications (e.g., electronic mail messages, instant messages, social media posts) with a user from a plurality of other users and responses thereto are monitored. A communication history is then created storing the monitored communications and responses thereto. The communication history is then analyzed to determine a preferred manner in communicating with the user based on various factors (e.g., the types of communications and responses thereto, the times of communications and responses thereto, the topics of communications and responses thereto). In one embodiment, such an analysis utilizes natural language processing and sentiment analysis. In this manner, the user will be contacted in the appropriate way thereby allowing the user to avoid potential interruptions and increase the user's productivity as well as to address matters (e.g., urgent matters) appropriately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 9972043
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for determining credibility of a user in recommending an object. The method comprises monitoring activity relating to an object in an online network, and determining a baseline of activity for the object based on the activity monitored. In response to detecting a user interaction by a first user with the object, information relating to the user interaction is recorded. An analysis of the information recorded is performed in view of information relating to one or more other user interactions by one or more other users with the object. Based on the analysis, a credibility score for the first user is determined. The credibility score represents a degree of confidence in reliability of the first user to recommend the object. Presentation of user recommendations for objects is controlled based on credibility scores to decrease impact of astroturfing, crowdturfing and spamming on the presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Internatinal Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 9973460
    Abstract: A method for providing suggested modifications to user messages is provided. The method may include receiving user messages associated with a communication application. The method may further include collecting communication application data comprising user information associated with users and group information associated with a group. Additionally, the method may include analyzing the collected communication application data. The method may also include determining user expertise levels associated with users. The method may further include determining message precision levels associated with the received user messages. The method may also include providing suggested modifications to the received user messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Publication number: 20180124209
    Abstract: At least one interest of a user by can be determined by analyzing information about the user. Initiation of communication of at least one image to a client device of the user can be detected. At least a first portion of a plurality of portions of the image that depicts a subject corresponding to the at least one interest of the user can be identified. Responsive to identifying the first portion of the image that depicts the subject corresponding to the at least one interest of the user, communication of the first portion of the image to the client device can be initiated before communication of other of the plurality of portions of the image to the client device is initiated, or without initiating communication of the other of the plurality of portions of the image to the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Jonathan Dunne, Liam Harpur, Robert E. Loredo
  • Publication number: 20180116599
    Abstract: Providing heath activity for a participant in a conference call may include receiving data associated with the conference call and location data specifying a location of the participant conducting the conference call. An engagement level of the participant that is to participate in the conference call may be predicted based on the received data and the location data. Sensor data associated with the participant may be received, the sensor data comprising at least current physiological data associated with the participant. The participant's fitness goal may be identified. Based on the predicted engagement level, the sensor data and the participant's fitness goal, an exercise for the participant to perform during the conference call may be determined. A notification signal may be transmitted to the participant to perform the exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Filiz Isabell Kiral-Kornek, Dwarikanath Mahapatra, Susmita Saha, Arun Vishwanath, Stefan von Cavallar
  • Publication number: 20180121620
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting medical fraud using blockchains including receiving a prescription comprising first prescription data from a prescription entry device associated with an prescribing entity, generating a validation code for the prescription based on the first prescription data, adding the validation code to the first prescription data, appending the first prescription data including the validation code to a blockchain, and receiving a query associated with the prescription from a prescription verification device associated with a prescription dispensing entity. The query includes second prescription data. The method further includes comparing the first prescription data to the second prescription data, for example, using pixel comparison, determining based on the comparison that the prescription has been modified, and transmitting to the prescription verification device an indication that the prescription has been modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Jonathan Dunne, Liam Harpur, Robert E. Loredo
  • Publication number: 20180121607
    Abstract: A method of managing electronic health records comprises identifying an update by a healthcare provider to an electronic health record of a patient and evaluating a quality of the identified update. In response to the identified update failing the quality evaluation, a survey including at least one inquiry is generated and transmitted to one or more selected from a group of the healthcare provider and the patient. Information within the electronic health record may be modified based on one more responses to the at least one inquiry of the survey.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo
  • Publication number: 20180121812
    Abstract: A method for ingesting a plurality of content according to a statistical similarity of at least one portion of the ingested plurality of content into an information handling system capable of answering questions, whereby the ingested plurality of content is based on a received topic and ingesting the plurality of content comprises ingesting a plurality of documents associated with the received topic is provided. The method may include determining at least one similarity between each document based on a similarity criteria. The method may also include applying a statistical model to characterize the determined at least one similarity between each document. The method may further include creating at least one pair-wise link for each document. The method may additionally include mapping the created at least one pair-wise link. The method may include generating a plurality of rules for ingesting a plurality of additional content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Dale M. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20180124208
    Abstract: At least one interest of a user by can be determined by analyzing information about the user. Initiation of communication of at least one image to a client device of the user can be detected. At least a first portion of a plurality of portions of the image that depicts a subject corresponding to the at least one interest of the user can be identified. Responsive to identifying the first portion of the image that depicts the subject corresponding to the at least one interest of the user, communication of the first portion of the image to the client device can be initiated before communication of other of the plurality of portions of the image to the client device is initiated, or without initiating communication of the other of the plurality of portions of the image to the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Jonathan Dunne, Liam Harpur, Robert E. Loredo
  • Patent number: 9961040
    Abstract: A method for routing communications on an online social network includes monitoring communications between users on an online social network on a communications system. A processing issue with a message of the communications is identified based on a rule, wherein the message is from a sender to a receiver. The method and system includes analyzing a recipient social network for an alternative recipient user to receive the message based on a similarity criteria. A processing model is applied to the message to determine an action to improve processing efficiency of the message. The action includes routing the message to the alternative recipient user. The method and system includes performing the action to facilitate the processing efficiency, responsive to determining an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Dale M. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20180113571
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and program product for selecting tabulated data are provided, which include: displaying a tabulated data structure on a computer display, the tabulated data structure including a plurality of data fields; receiving a user input indicative of a selection of one of the data fields; searching the tabulated data structure to generate at least one set of data fields, the data fields in each set sharing a relationship with the user-selected data field; and highlighting the at least one set of data fields in the displayed tabulated data structure, in which each of the highlighted sets of data fields is user-selectable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. BASTIDE, Sean CALLANAN, Mark GARGAN, Fred RAGUILLAT