Patents by Inventor Robert E. Smith

Robert E. Smith 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: 20210097405
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided to implement a bias identification engine that identifies bias in the operation of a trained cognitive computing system. A bias risk annotator is configured to identify a plurality of bias triggers in inputs and outputs of the trained cognitive computing system based on a bias risk trigger data structure that specifies terms or phrases that are associated with a bias. An annotated input and an annotated output of the trained cognitive computing system is received and processed by the bias risk annotator to determine if they comprise a portion of content that contains a bias trigger. In response to at least one of the annotated input or annotated output comprising a portion of content containing a bias trigger a notification is transmitted, to an administrator computing device, that specifies the presence of bias in the operation of the trained cognitive computing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Kristin E. McNeil, Robert C. Sizemore, David B. Werts, Sterling R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210090691
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system, wherein the at least one memory comprises instructions that are executed to implement a medical condition-based question answering (QA) system. The medical condition-based QA system processes a natural language input question about a patient to generate a set of candidate answers with an initial ranking of the candidate answers. A content indicator association component analyzes portions of content associated with each of the candidate answers in the set of candidate answers based on medical condition content indicator data structures corresponding to the one or more medical conditions associated with the patient to determine which portions of content match content indicators of the medical condition content indicator data structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Kristin E. McNeil, Robert C. Sizemore, David B. Werts, Sterling R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210088200
    Abstract: A light-emitting device includes a lens of refractive index n having a spherical exit surface of radius R and a luminous element positioned such that at least a portion of an edge of an emitting surface of the luminous element lies on a sphere of radius R/n opposite the exit surface, whereby that portion of the edge of the emitting surface is aplanatically imaged by the spherical exit surface. The light-emitting device may further include one or more reflective sidewalls arranged to reflect a fraction of light emitted from the luminous element before it is refracted by the exit surface. A luminaire incorporating a housing and a light-emitting device of this type is also provided, which may include one or more additional optical elements such as reflectors or lenses to further direct and shape light from the light-emitting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: George E. Smith, Robert C. Gardner
  • Patent number: 10948734
    Abstract: A light control film includes a plurality of spaced apart substantially parallel first light absorbing regions arranged along a first direction, each first light absorbing region having a width and a height, the plurality of first light absorbing regions including nonoverlapping first and second sub-pluralities of the plurality of first light absorbing regions, the first sub-plurality of the plurality of first light absorbing regions having a first viewing angle, the second sub-plurality of the plurality of first light absorbing regions having a different second viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Ouderkirk, Michael J. Sykora, Robert R. Kieschke, Kenneth L. Smith, Olester Benson, Jr., Gary E. Gaides, Tao Liu, Thomas J. Blong, Gary T. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20210071772
    Abstract: A gate valve controls fluid communication from an inlet to an outlet relative to a reference pressure. A body defines a passage disposed in communication with the inlet, and an outlet port disposed in the passage communicates the passage with the outlet. A piston disposed in the passage is movable therein between first and second positions relative to the outlet port. The piston is movable in a first direction from the first position to the second position in response to an inlet pressure at the inlet. A gate disposed on the piston is biased transversely toward the outlet port. The gate moved by the piston adjusts flow from the passage to the outlet port. A pressure compensator disposed opposite the piston biases the piston in a second opposite direction from the second position to the first position. The pressure compensator has a chamber in communication with the reference pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Max Stetzer, Josh Williams, Robert E. Smith, III, Chris Roy
  • Publication number: 20210074392
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a computer-implemented method that includes obtaining the medical condition of the individual based at least in part on a personal identifier associated with the individual, the medical condition being determined by performing natural language processing of medical information associated with the individual. The method further includes obtaining characteristics of the plurality of items. The method further includes comparing the characteristics of the plurality of items to a restriction associated with the medical condition of the individual. The method further includes, responsive to determining that at least one of the characteristics of the plurality of items violates the restriction associated with the medical condition of the individual, preventing the individual from obtaining the item of the plurality of items associated with the violation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Kristin E. McNeil, Robert Christian Sizemore, Sterling Richardson Smith, David Blake Werts
  • Publication number: 20210072786
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing independent time in a hosted operating environment are disclosed. The hosted, or guest, operating environment, can be seeded with a guest time value by a guest operating environment manager that maintains a time delta between a host clock time and an enterprise time. The guest operating environment can subsequently manage its guest clock from the guest time value. If the guest operating environment is halted, the guest operating environment manager can manage correspondence between the host clock time and the enterprise time by periodically assessing divergence between actual and expected values of the host clock time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: ROBERT F. INFORZATO, DWAYNE E. EBERSOLE, DARYL R. SMITH, GRACE W. LIN, ANDREW WARD BEALE, LOREN C. WILTON
  • Publication number: 20210064628
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for re-ranking search results based on a personal medical condition. One or more medical conditions associated with a patient are identified based on an analysis of patient information associated with the patient. The one or more medical conditions are correlated with a set of medical condition content indicator data structures. A search query corresponding to the patient is processed to generate initial search results that are ranked with an initial ranking. The initial search results are analyzed based on a patient specific dictionary data structure corresponding to the one or more medical conditions associated with the patient. The content of the initial search results are re-ranked to generate re-ranked search results having a modified ranking that is based on the one or more medical conditions of the patient. The re-ranked search results are output to the patient in accordance with the modified ranking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Kristin E. McNeil, Robert C. Sizemore, David B. Werts, Sterling R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210058513
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for implementing an emergency response cognitive computing system. The emergency response cognitive computing system identifies a first party about which a communication is being performed between a caller and the emergency response system. The emergency response cognitive computing system generates, in real-time, a transcript of the communication as the communication is being conducted. The emergency response cognitive computing system performs natural language processing on the transcript of the communication to identify portions of content corresponding to medical concepts. The emergency response cognitive computing system processes patient information to identify elements of the patient information referencing concepts corresponding to medical concepts. The emergency response cognitive computing system outputs the elements of the patient information to a second party involved in the communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Kristin E. McNeil, Robert C. Sizemore, David B. Werts, Sterling R. Smith, David G. Herbeck
  • Patent number: 10928371
    Abstract: A hand-held sensor and monitor system for sensing and monitoring atmospheric air quality. The system includes a plurality of sensors and a microcontroller in communication with the plurality of sensors to receive data therefrom. A mobile electronic device is in communication with the microcontroller and is capable of receiving data from the microcontroller. The plurality of sensors and the microcontroller are either integrated within the mobile electronic device or are attachable to and detachable from the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AIR STATIONS LLC/ELEVATED ANALYTICS LLC JOINT VENTURE
    Inventors: Joseph D. Smith, Robert E. Jackson, Zachary P. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210047209
    Abstract: Described is a method for treating water with sodium hydroxide. The method can increase the accuracy of the volume of a stock sodium hydroxide solution that is delivered to the water being treated. The method can include pumping a concentrated aqueous sodium hydroxide stock solution with a diaphragm pumping system that has a two-part diaphragm assembly with a polymeric diaphragm overmolded onto a rigid insert. The polymeric diaphragm can be made of a fully-vulcanized ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber that is injection molded over the rigid insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Robert E. Gledhill, III, John T. Nguyen, Steven Lee Smith
  • Publication number: 20210045408
    Abstract: A self-contained food processor is provided for treating a food flow path in the food processor with a solution. The food flow path can be treated without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor and without requiring direct operator input. The food processor includes a controller for directing passage of a solution through at least portions of the food flow path without requiring constant operator oversight. The food processor can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through the food flow path in the food processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Nathan E. Smith, Richard T. Aab
  • Publication number: 20210043289
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, system and computer program products for identifying adverse effects of medications. Aspects include obtaining a plurality of medical records for an individual, at least one of the plurality of medical records including a medication prescribed to the individual. Aspects also include creating annotations for each medical record by performing natural language processing on the medical record, wherein the annotations include a date associated with the medical record. Aspects further include grouping medications prescribed to the individual into two groups based on the annotations, the groups including a first group of medications that the individual is currently prescribed and the second group of medications that the individual does not have a current prescription for. Aspects also include identifying a known adverse interaction between one of the first group of medications and one of the second group of medications and notifying the individual of the known adverse interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: ROBERT CHRISTIAN SIZEMORE, STERLING RICHARDSON SMITH, KRISTIN E. MCNEIL, DAVID BLAKE WERTS
  • Publication number: 20210027868
    Abstract: A medical condition based content filter mechanism is provided that analyzes patient information associated with a patient to identify medical condition(s) associated with the patient and correlating the medical condition(s) with one or more medical condition content indicator data structures specifying negative content indicators and/or positive content indicators. A user specific content indicator dictionary data structure (USCID) is generated based on the correlation and used to process received content to filter out portions of the content matching the negative content indicators or present portions of the content matching the positive content indicators, thereby generating modified content that is output to the patient via a content access application executing on a computing device associated with the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Kristin E. McNeil, Robert C. Sizemore, David B. Werts, Sterling R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210009910
    Abstract: A method for marking a petroleum hydrocarbon or a liquid biologically derived fuel; said method comprising adding to said petroleum hydrocarbon or liquid biologically derived fuel at least one compound that is a R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10-substituted diaryl ether, wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 independently are hydrogen, hydrocarbyl or hydrocarbyloxy; wherein each compound having formula (I) is present at a level from 0.01 ppm to 20 ppm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Robert J. Wright, Brian A. Jazdzewski, Warren E. Smith, Jeremy Chris Reyes, Zahid Asif, Clark H. Cummins, William L. Winniford
  • Publication number: 20210009909
    Abstract: A method for marking a petroleum hydrocarbon or a liquid biologically derived fuel; said method comprising adding to said petroleum hydrocarbon or liquid biologically derived fuel at least one compound that is a R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7 , R8, R9 and R10-substituted xanthene, wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 independently are hydrogen, hydrocarbyl, hydrocarbyloxy, aryl or aryloxy; wherein each compound of formula (I) is present at a level from 0.01 ppm to 20 ppm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Robert J. Wright, Brian A. Jazdzewski, Warren E. Smith, Jeremy Chris Reyes, Zahid Asif, Clark H. Cummins, William L. Winniford
  • Patent number: 10888102
    Abstract: A self-contained food processor is provided for treating a food flow path in the food processor with a solution. The food flow path can be treated without requiring disassembly and reassembly of the food processor and without requiring direct operator input. The food processor includes a controller for directing passage of a solution through at least portions of the food flow path without requiring constant operator oversight. The food processor can employ available positive pressure water supply, such as public utility water pressure to selectively and automatically push solutions, including rinses, backwards or forwards through the food flow path in the food processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: RTA Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Nathan E. Smith, Richard T. Aab
  • Publication number: 20200407902
    Abstract: A shiftable backing feed or shiftable needle assembly is utilized with a tufting machine having reciprocating needles and gauge parts for seizing or cutting yarns wherein yarn placement patterns can be utilized to tuft at different gauge densities while maintaining the same pattern sizes and appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Tuftco Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Padgett, Jason Daniel Detty, Paul E. Beatty, Jeffrey D. Smith, Steven L. Frost
  • Publication number: 20200393551
    Abstract: A transceiver assembly is configured to detect an object. The transceiver assembly includes a first transmit antenna array configured to transmit a first signal at a first frequency, a second transmit antenna array configured to transmit a second signal at a second frequency that differs from the first frequency, and a receive antenna array configured to receive a third signal at a third frequency that is a difference between the first frequency and the second frequency. The transceiver assembly detects the object in response to reception of the third signal by the receive antenna array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John E. Rogers, Robert Alan Smith
  • Patent number: 10866226
    Abstract: An air quality measurement system for a plurality of adjacent ground flares. The system includes a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles operating aerially above and around emissions from a plurality of adjacent ground flares. Sensors mounted on each of the plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles monitor atmospheric air properties. A data central processing unit receives, collects, and analyzes data from each of the sensors on each of the unmanned aerial vehicles regarding the atmospheric air properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AIR STATIONS LLC/ELEVATED ANALYTICS LLC JOINT VENTURE
    Inventors: Joseph D. Smith, Robert E. Jackson, Zachary P. Smith