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: 20190012055
    Abstract: A computer determines a cognitive overload of a user interacting with a visual display based on eye tracking data. The visual display includes content of the dashboard and graphical elements of the content of the dashboard. The computer adjusts the visual display by modifying the content based on determining the cognitive overload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Jonathan Dunne, Liam Harpur, Robert E. Loredo
  • Patent number: 10171527
    Abstract: A monitoring computer system receives a message, from a first party, which identifies a goal of the first party. The monitoring computer system receives an identity of a second party that has been selected by the first party to assist the first party in achieving the identified goal of the first party. An electronic communication connection is created for electronic communications between the first party and the second party, wherein the electronic communications are related to accomplishing the identified goal of the first party. The electronic communications between the first party and the second party are monitored by executing message analytics to determine a status of the identified goal of the first party. In response to receiving a goal abandonment message, identifying an abandonment of the identified goal by the first party, the monitoring computer system disconnects the electronic communication connection between the first party and the second party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Dale M. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10168771
    Abstract: A content subject matter area of interest to a user is determined, using eye-gaze analysis of a user viewing existing activity stream content, according to content at a content location viewed by the user within the existing activity stream content. User-specific activity stream content augmentations are configured that are applicable to new activity stream content viewed by the user that includes the content subject matter area of interest to the user determined from the eye-gaze analysis. Using the configured user-specific activity stream content augmentations, portions of the new activity stream content viewed by the user determined to include the content subject matter area of interest to the user are augmented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10170113
    Abstract: A method for controlling a plurality of environmental factors that trigger a negative emotional state is provided. The method may include analyzing a plurality of user data when a user experiences a plurality of various environmental factors. The method may also include determining an emotional state experienced by the user when each of the plurality of various environmental factors is present based on the plurality of user data. The method may include receiving a plurality of calendar information associated with a user account. The method may also include identifying an upcoming event based on the plurality of calendar information. The method may include identifying an environmental factor within the plurality of various environmental factors is present at the upcoming event. The method may also include, in response to determining the environmental factor causes the user to experience a negative emotional state, executing an accommodation method based on the environmental factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10171399
    Abstract: A method, system, and or computer program product manages message threads. A message server detects a message thread addressed to a client device. The message thread is an exchange of multiple message replies related to a first topic discussed in an initial message. The message server determines whether a quantity of messages in the message thread exceeds a predetermined limit during a specified amount of time. If so, then the message server generates a consolidated single message that describes content of the multiple message replies in the message thread, and transmits the consolidated single message to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo
  • Patent number: 10171411
    Abstract: A set of similar messages addressed to a user is detected. Redundantly similar portions of the set of similar messages and a progressive set of differences between the set of similar messages are identified. The set of similar messages are consolidated into a single consolidated message. The single consolidated message includes one version of the redundantly similar portions in association with the progressive set of differences in a sequence and the progressive set of differences formatted differently from the redundant similar portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10169733
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for improving management and performance of an employee. An indication of a goal sponsored by an owner, such as a manager, is received. After receiving an indication of a user subscribing to the goal sponsored by the owner, communications (e.g., posts) on the social network involving the subscribed user that include a tag designating the goal may be monitored. Upon detecting a completion of the goal by the subscribed user in the monitored communications, a pattern of steps (e.g., “prepare,” “review” and “finish”) to accomplish the goal is determined based on the monitored communications. The pattern may then be used to recommend actions to other users subscribed to the goal concerning accomplishing the goal based on the pattern. Furthermore, the owner may receive indications as to the progress of the user in accomplishing the goal based on the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Sean Callanan, Sandra L. Kogan
  • Patent number: 10171320
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for ensuring that important messages are viewed by the intended recipient. A time-to-live pattern for a message identified as being important is determined for the target group, where the time-to-live pattern indicates a set of presentation criteria (e.g., impression analysis, such as the number of views of the message). The target group refers to the intended recipient(s) of the message identified as being important. The message is then monitored in the network environment with respect to the time-to-live pattern using the set of presentation criteria of the time-to-live pattern. An action (e.g., pinning the message for a period of time) may then be performed to increase the priority of the message for the target group if the time-to-live pattern has underachieved within a threshold period of time (i.e., has not met the requirements of the presentation criteria within the threshold period of time).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Thomas J. Evans, IV, Robert E. Loredo
  • Patent number: 10171601
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to availability-based video presentation management using a social networking environment. A user request for a provision of a set of contents is received from a user of the social networking environment. A video request to present at least one video of a set of videos to the user in advance of the provision of the set of contents is detected. A set of user profile data in the social networking environment is analyzed with respect to a busyness factor for the user. Based on the set of user profile data with respect to the busyness factor, a selected video of the set of videos is determined. In response to determining the selected video of the set of videos, the selected video of the set of videos is presented to the user in advance of the provision of the set of contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10169548
    Abstract: A method to obfuscate images is provided. The method may include a monitoring engine determining which images and regions of images need to be obfuscated. The method may also include an obfuscation engine determining the proper obfuscation processes in order to optimally obfuscate an image. The method may further include obfuscating the regions of the image based on the determined proper obfuscation processes. The method may also include marking the regions with an identifier representing the obfuscation process used. The method may also include using the identifiers in order to then de-obfuscate the image without a loss of image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Paul R. Bastide, Stacy M. Cannon, Trudy L. Hewitt
  • Publication number: 20180375803
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a system dynamically processes an incoming message. Initially, a system receives a message including a plurality of different contexts. In response to receiving the message, a processor in the system partitions the message into a plurality of sections each associated with a corresponding context, wherein each context includes an inquiry to receive a reply. The processor further generates one or more replies for a corresponding context and generates a response to the message including the sections and the one or more replies, wherein each reply is inserted into a section in the response associated with the corresponding context. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and computer program product for dynamically processing messages in substantially the same manner described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Sathyanarayanan Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10164923
    Abstract: A method, system and computer-usable medium are disclosed for using culture-related information for detecting spam. Cultural aspect data corresponding to a recipient or a sender of an electronic communication is processed to generate spam detection rules, which are in turn used to detect electronic communications that may be spam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Ralph E. LeBlanc, Jr., Fang Lu, Alaa Abou Mahmoud
  • Patent number: 10163059
    Abstract: A method for conversation branching may include storing a plurality of messages communicated in an online conversation and generating a fingerprint for each message. The fingerprint for each message may be stored in a lookup table. The method may also include detecting a new message from one of the users and processing the new message to generate an artifact that correlates to the new message. The lookup table may be queried using the artifact to determine a similarity between the new message and each of the stored messages. One or more proposed reply messages to the new message may be generated for branching the online conversation to a new conversation point that corresponds to a selected one of the one or more proposed reply messages. The one or more proposed reply messages are based on one of the stored messages that has a closest similarity to the new message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Kulvir S. Bhogal, Jeffrey R. Hoy, Asima Silva
  • Publication number: 20180365252
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for presenting content on a webpage in a desired format. The webpage(s) previously visited by a user are identified. The format of the content (e.g., tables, graphs) on these webpage(s) is then determined. Furthermore, a future webpage the user will likely visit is determined. Additionally, the format of the content on the future webpage the user will likely visit is determined. The format of the content on the webpage the user is currently visiting is then modified to ensure consistency of the format of the content among the webpage(s) the user previously visited, the future webpage the user will likely visit and the webpage the user is currently visiting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Jonathan Dunne, Liam S. Harpur, Robert Loredo
  • Publication number: 20180364998
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, method for managing an application installation queue on a mobile device is described. The method may include evaluating environmental context information, determining whether the environmental context information corresponds to an application, and queuing the application in the application installation recommendation queue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 10158732
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and system for delegating authority on an online account includes monitoring a user of a plurality of users using an online social network on a communications system. A designated user for an originating user from the plurality of users is assigned, responsive to the originating user of the plurality of user's selection of the designated user. The designated user is activated, responsive to determining an absence of access of the originating user on the online social network. A delegation action is presented to the designated user, and the delegation action is performed on behalf of the originating user, responsive to the designated user's selection of the delegation action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10158592
    Abstract: A first user muting a conversation, taking place among a plurality of users using an exchange of electronic messages, can be detected. Responsive to the first user muting the conversation, an electronic message inbox of the first user can be configured to prevent further electronic messages pertaining to the conversation from being visible in the electronic message inbox. At least one additional electronic message pertaining to the conversation can be received. Responsive to receiving the additional electronic message pertaining to the conversation, the additional electronic message can be analyzed and, based on the analysis, whether the conversation should be unmuted for the first user can be automatically determined. Responsive to determining that the conversation should be unmuted for the first user, the electronic message inbox of the first user can be configured to make visible at least the additional electronic message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Andrew E. Davis, Dan Dumont, Lorelei M. McCollum, Eric S. Portner, Amanda N. Savitzky, Asima Silva
  • Patent number: 10152534
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for identifying changes, within a corpus of information, to answers to questions provided within the corpus of information. A mapping of a question and a previously provided answer to the question in a question/answer data structure is generated. A transaction referencing the previously provided answer, and having an update to the previously provided answer, is received and correlated with the question/answer data structure, which is updated based on the transaction. A determination is made as to whether the strength of the mapping of the first question to the previously provided answer based on the update to the question/answer data structure has fallen equal to or below a predetermined threshold. In response to this being the case, a change to the previously provided answer is propagated throughout the corpus of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Aaron M. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20180349563
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining routes includes receiving a user's location and health measures, for a plurality of users, analyzing the plurality of users and their corresponding locations to determine health behaviors at a given location and time, receiving a request from a user for a route, developing a route to the user's destination from a current location to obtain a target health behavior within a given threshold or constraint based on the plurality of user's healthy behaviors, and presenting the a route on a computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Isabell Filiz Kiral-Kornek, Dwarikanath Mahapatra, Susmita Saha, Arun Vishwanath, Stefan Von Cavallar
  • Publication number: 20180349312
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for improving the usability of a calendar application. A calendar client agent receives calendar information, such as meetings, appointments, vacations, tasks, etc. from various systems, such as an electronic mail system, a social networking system, an instant messaging system and a wiki. The calendar client agent evaluates the retrieved calendar information with respect to a set of presentation rules. The calendar client agent then presents the retrieved calendar information in a horizontal bar (also referred to as a “calendar bar”) in the calendar application over a duration of time (e.g., twelve hours of the current day) in relation to the set of presentation rules. In this manner, the user will be able to more easily ascertain which events or activities are scheduled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Andrew E. Davis, Margo L. Ezekiel, Leah A. Lawrence, Katherine M. Parsons, Jodi Rajaniemi