Patents by Inventor Robert Baird

Robert Baird 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: 11140870
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John C. Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard
  • Publication number: 20210293826
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to charged mass label compositions and methods of use thereof for detecting a target analyte in a sample. In certain aspects, the invention provides a charged mass label composition including an affinity reagent, and a mass label precursor bound to the affinity reagent. The mass label precursor includes a label binding unit and a mass label. The label binding unit reversibly binds the mass label to the affinity reagent. The mass label includes a charge unit and a mass label unit having a pre-defined mass-to-charge-value in a mass spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Graham Cooks, Zane Baird, Michael Pugia, Adam Hollerbach, Stephen Ayrton
  • Patent number: 9790798
    Abstract: A method is provided of processing one or more blades of a row of blades which forms part of a rotor for a gas turbine engine. The method includes: providing a rotor disc having a slot for mounting one or more blades; applying tape at one or both sides of the slot such that when the blades are loaded in the slot the tape reduces a range of tilt angles which can be adopted by the blades; loading the blades in the slot; and performing a processing operation on the loaded blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Gemma Alexandra Raven, Christopher Jonathan Taylor, Alexander David May, Andrew Alan Robert Baird
  • Patent number: 9624778
    Abstract: A method is provided of processing one or more blades of a row of blades which forms part of a rotor for a gas turbine engine. The method includes: providing a rotor disc having a slot for mounting one or more blades; loading the blades in the slot and loading the wax blocks in or adjacent the slot, the wax blocks being configured and positioned such that, on loading, the blades shear material from the wax blocks, the sheared wax blocks reducing a range of tilt angles which can be adopted by the blades; and performing a processing operation on the loaded blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Gemma Alexandra Raven, Christopher Jonathan Taylor, Alexander David May, Andrew Alan Robert Baird
  • Patent number: 9294551
    Abstract: A data-processing system and method for performing collective operations. Some embodiments provide a plurality of leaf software processes, a plurality of collective engines (CEs), and a network operatively coupled to the plurality of CEs, wherein collective operations messages are sent between CEs. Each of the plurality of hierarchies includes a root, leaf CEs, and one or more intermediate levels of CEs between the root and the leaf CEs. Each CE except the root is configured to have a parent CE, and each non-leaf CE in the hierarchy that is not the root CE and not one of the leaf CEs has one or more child CEs. Data is sent from software processes to one or more of the plurality of CEs, and data is received to one or more software processes from one or more of the plurality of collective engines. The root CE outputs a final result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Cray Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin L. Froese, Robert Baird, Steven L. Scott
  • Publication number: 20150369051
    Abstract: A method is provided of processing one or more blades of a row of blades which forms part of a rotor for a gas turbine engine. The method includes: providing a rotor disc having a slot for mounting one or more blades; loading the blades in the slot and loading the wax blocks in or adjacent the slot, the wax blocks being configured and positioned such that, on loading, the blades shear material from the wax blocks, the sheared wax blocks reducing a range of tilt angles which can be adopted by the blades; and performing a processing operation on the loaded blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Gemma Alexandra RAVEN, Christopher Jonathan TAYLOR, Alexander David MAY, Andrew Alan Robert BAIRD
  • Publication number: 20150369050
    Abstract: A method is provided of processing one or more blades of a row of blades which forms part of a rotor for a gas turbine engine. The method includes: providing a rotor disc having a slot for mounting one or more blades; applying tape at one or both sides of the slot such that when the blades are loaded in the slot the tape reduces a range of tilt angles which can be adopted by the blades; loading the blades in the slot; and performing a processing operation on the loaded blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Gemma Alexandra RAVEN, Christopher Jonathan TAYLOR, Alexander David MAY, Andrew Alan Robert BAIRD
  • Publication number: 20150261236
    Abstract: Provided is a system and a method for identifying inefficiency of energy utilization in a facility by using actual past consumption data. The method uses the past energy usage data, weather information, production information, and variables estimated using Stochastic Frontier equation to calculate energy inefficiency for a production facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Guoxian Xiao, Jorge F. Arinez, Seog-Chan Oh, Robert Baird, JR., Alfred Hildreth, Timothy Stork
  • Patent number: 9038155
    Abstract: The current invention provides a paradigm for securely transmitting messages using an auditable message token and associated protocol for recording information pertaining to events occurring with respect to transmission(s) of a message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: University of Tulsa
    Inventors: Rosanne Gamble, Robert Baird
  • Publication number: 20130268105
    Abstract: A method for managing heat energy in a metal casting plant includes executing a local control optimization model to control mass of solid metal charges to each modular melting furnace. The local control optimization model is configured to achieve a commanded total mass of molten material and coincidentally minimize waste heat for each of the modular melting furnaces. The method for managing heat energy in the metal casting plant further includes executing a system control optimization model to manage operation of a heat energy recovery system. The system control optimization model is configured to manage the operation of the heat energy recovery system including transferring the waste heat from the modular melting furnaces to a plurality of heat demand centers while minimizing total loss of the waste heat in the metal casting plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jorge F. Arinez, Alaa Elwany, Stephan R. Biller, Robert Baird, JR., James Benjamin D'arcy
  • Patent number: 8474104
    Abstract: A binding head and binding arrangement that cooperates with an elongate member that has a fastening end and a locking end. The fastening end is spaced apart from the locking end along the length of the elongate member and each elongate member has at least one lengthwise side that includes at least two teeth. The binding head includes a fastening opening for receiving a fastening end of an elongate member. The fastening opening includes a first fastening arrangement configured to cooperate with at least one of the teeth of the elongate member to lock a portion of the elongate member within the fastening opening; and a locking opening for receiving a locking end of an elongate member. The locking opening includes a second fastening arrangement configured to cooperate with at least one of the teeth of the elongate member to lock a portion of the elongate member within the locking opening. A cable tie is also claimed which includes the binding head and binding arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Baird Watson
  • Publication number: 20130145450
    Abstract: The current invention provides a paradigm for securely transmitting messages using an auditable message token and associated protocol for recording information pertaining to events occurring with respect to transmission(s) of a message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Rosanne Gamble, Robert Baird
  • Patent number: 8401997
    Abstract: Applications executing on various nodes in a distributed storage environment may write data to primary storage and may also replicate the data to secondary storage via a replication target. An interval coordinator may coordinate the periodic saving of checkpoints or snapshots of the replicated data. The interval coordinator may determine the length of consistency intervals between the saving of each of the checkpoints. Writes to the replication target from each of the nodes may be associated with the current consistency interval and, in some embodiments, with a unique per-node sequence number. When transitioning between consistency intervals, each node may be configured to temporarily suspend completion of the writes and to send the replication target a consistency interval marker indicating that the node has completed all writes for the current consistency interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Deepak Tawri, Ronald S. Karr, John A. Colgrove, Raghu Krishnamurthy, Anand A. Kekre, Robert Baird, Oleg Kiselev
  • Patent number: 8046446
    Abstract: A system for ensuring availability using volume server sets in a storage environment employing distributed block virtualization includes a plurality of volume servers, one or more volume clients, one or more physical block devices and a volume server manager. The volume server manager may be configured to designate the plurality of volume servers as a volume server set with an associated volume server set management policy, and to verify each volume server in the volume server set has access to storage within each block device. In addition, the volume server manager may be configured to designate a first volume server of the volume server set to aggregate storage within the block devices into a logical volume, to make the logical volume accessible to the volume clients, and to share configuration information about the volume with the other volume servers of the volume server set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald S. Karr, Chio Fai Aglaia Kong, Gopal Sharma, Robert Baird, Santosh Rao
  • Publication number: 20110131768
    Abstract: A binding head and binding arrangement that cooperates with an elongate member that has a fastening end and a locking end. The fastening end is spaced apart from the locking end along the length of the elongate member and each elongate member has at least one lengthwise side that includes at least two teeth. The binding head includes a fastening opening for receiving a fastening end of an elongate member. The fastening opening includes a first fastening arrangement configured to cooperate with at least one of the teeth of the elongate member to lock a portion of the elongate member within the fastening opening; and a locking opening for receiving a locking end of an elongate member. The locking opening includes a second fastening arrangement configured to cooperate with at least one of the teeth of the elongate member to lock a portion of the elongate member within the locking opening. A cable tie is also claimed which includes the binding head and binding arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Baird Watson
  • Patent number: 7739677
    Abstract: A system and to prevent data corruption due to split brain in shared data clusters includes two or more nodes of a cluster, a shared storage device, and an update manager. The update manager may be configured to maintain a local persistent store corresponding to each node of the cluster. On receiving an update request directed to the shared storage device from a first node, the update manager may be configured to redirect the update to the local persistent store corresponding to the first node. The update manager may be further configured to verify a cluster membership status of the first node, and to transfer the contents of the update from the local persistent store to the shared storage device if the cluster membership verification succeeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Anand A. Kekre, Oleg Kiselev, Robert Baird
  • Patent number: 7565498
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for maintaining write order fidelity in a distributed environment are disclosed. One method, which can be performed by each node in a cluster, involves associating a current sequence number with each of several write operations included in a set of independent write operations. In response to detecting that one of the write operations in the set is ready to complete, a new sequence number is selected, and that new sequence number is thereafter used as the current sequence number. None of write operations in the set is allowed to return to the application that initiated the write operations until the new sequence number has been advertised to each other node in the cluster. The method also involves receiving a message advertising a first sequence number from another node in the cluster, and subsequently using the first sequence number as the current sequence number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Baird, Anand A. Kekre
  • Patent number: 7467265
    Abstract: One goal of consistency interval replication is to achieve a consistent copy of data generated by independent streams of writes from nodes in a clustered/distributed environment. Two writes to the same block from different nodes may arrive at a replication target in a different order from the order in which they were written to primary storage. A consistency interval coordinator may analyze a list of blocks modified during a consistency interval to determine conflict blocks written to by two different nodes during the same consistency interval. Conflict resolution may involve a node reading data for a conflict block from primary storage and forwarding it to the replication target or a node completing a suspended in-progress write for the conflict block. Once the conflicts have been resolved, the replication target may checkpoint the data modified during the interval and nodes may resume writes to the conflict blocks for the new interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Deepak Tawri, Ronald S. Karr, John A. Colgrove, Raghu Krishnamurthy, Anand A. Kekre, Robert Baird, Oleg Kiselev
  • Patent number: 7293145
    Abstract: A system for data transfer using a recoverable data pipe includes a data producer, one or more data consumers, a storage device and a data pipe manager. The data producer may be configured to append updated data blocks to the storage device via a producer storage input/output (I/O) channel. The data consumers may be configured to read data blocks from the storage device via consumer storage I/O channels. The data pipe manager may be configured to maintain metadata identifying data blocks of the storage device that have been read by each data consumer, and to release backing storage corresponding to the data blocks that have been read by all data consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Baird, Anand A. Kekre
  • Patent number: 7257689
    Abstract: A system for loosely coupled temporal storage management includes a logical storage aggregation including a plurality of data blocks, a data producer, one or more data consumers, and a temporal storage manager. The temporal storage manager may be configured to maintain a producer shadow store including entries stored in a log-structured logical volume, where each entry is indicative of one or more data blocks of the logical storage aggregation that have been modified by the data producer. The temporal storage manager may also be configured to maintain a repository containing a baseline version of the logical storage aggregation, and to provide the data consumers with read-only access to the producer shadow store and the repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: VERITAS Operating Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Baird