Patents by Inventor Robert H. Grant

Robert H. Grant 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: 10885440
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes a processor extracting data and metadata from a process model, where the process is comprised of activities and the metadata is associated with each activity. The processor generates at least one user story for at least one activity, where the at least one user story includes an estimate attribute reflecting a predicted timeframe for completion of at least a portion of the at least one activity. The processor updates the model to reflect the at least one user story and displays the updated model as a project plan in a project management interface on a computing resource. The processor assigns a resource to the at least one user story and dynamically updates the estimate attribute of the at least one user story to reflect a new predicted timeframe, calculates impacts to the process and displays the impacts and the new predicted timeframe in the project management interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Boyer, Robert H. Grant, Vyacheslav A. Zheltonogov
  • Publication number: 20200356630
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide techniques for expanding user-chatbot conversations to include other relevant users. In some embodiments, the users are deemed to potentially be interested in learning information regarding the conversation topic. In other embodiments, the users are deemed to be potentially able to provide additional information regarding the conversation topic. In embodiments, a submitted question to a chatbot in a conversation on a messaging platform is received. The topic of the submitted question is identified. A probability that one or more additional users would benefit from an answer to the submitted question is determined. One or more additional users are invited to the conversation based on the determined probability that one or more additional users would benefit from an answer to, and/or provide information regarding, the submitted question.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Zachary A. Silverstein, Robert H. Grant, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10834453
    Abstract: An approach is provided that provides a dynamic live feed recommendation to a user on the basis of the user's real-time reaction to a live feed content. A video is transmitted to a user's display device with the video including a number of tagged segments. Multimedia response data is received from the user's display device of the user watching the content. A degree of user engagement is determined based on the received multimedia response data corresponding to the content segments. When user engagement falls below a threshold, then alternative content options are identified based on the determined degree of user engagement and these alternative content options are transmitted to the user display device for display in an area proximate to the display of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Laurent Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant
  • Patent number: 10834452
    Abstract: An approach is provided that provides a dynamic live feed recommendation to a user on the basis of the user's real-time reaction to a live feed content. A video is transmitted to a user's display device with the video including a number of tagged segments. Multimedia response data is received from the user's display device of the user watching the content. A degree of user engagement is determined based on the received multimedia response data corresponding to the content segments. When user engagement falls below a threshold, then alternative content options are identified based on the determined degree of user engagement and these alternative content options are transmitted to the user display device for display in an area proximate to the display of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Laurent Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant
  • Patent number: 10803095
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which a system analyzes a first set of data to derive a first distribution output that is based on a first conjugated distribution corresponding to the first set of data and a domain class model. The system utilizes the first distribution output as a baseline input to generate a second conjugated distribution corresponding to a second set of data and the domain class model. Next, the system derives a second distribution output of the second set of data based on the second conjugated distribution. The second distribution output identifies at least one personally identifiable information (PII) data field corresponding to the second set of data that was not identified as a PII data field in the domain class model. In turn, the system tags at least a portion of the second set of data as PII based on the derived second distribution output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Grant, Trudy L. Hewitt, Brian A. O'Crowley, Jonathan Dunne
  • Patent number: 10776889
    Abstract: An omnichannel platform for determining equity shares of users in a collaboration. The omnichannel platform executable by a processor coupled to a memory and being in communication with computing environments. The omnichannel platform acquires, from the computing environments, metadata with respect to user activity in the collaboration. The omnichannel platform evaluates the metadata for each of the users according to user position, user contribution, and end goal relatedness factors to produce valued user activity. The omnichannel platform determines equity shares of the users in the collaboration based on the valued user activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brett Ward, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant, Al Chakra
  • Publication number: 20200273373
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide a computer-implemented technique for selection and/or modification of surgical simulation scenarios based on patient similarity cohort identification. Prior to undergoing surgery, medical information of a patient, including genomic, physiological, and/or environmental data, is used to identify a patient cohort. The patient cohort represents a statistically significant sample size of similar patients, and complications that may have arose during similar surgical procedures to the procedure planned for the patient. Relevant scenarios are identified based on the patient cohort. These scenarios are then input to a surgical simulation system. The surgical simulation system may be implemented by virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or physical workpieces used for surgical practice and training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Robert H. Grant, Maruthi P. Koiloth, Daniel Ruiz, Zachary Silverstein
  • Publication number: 20200273372
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide a computer-implemented technique for selection and/or modification of surgical simulation scenarios based on patient similarity cohort identification. Prior to undergoing surgery, medical information of a patient, including genomic, physiological, and/or environmental data, is used to identify a patient cohort. The patient cohort represents a statistically significant sample size of similar patients, and complications that may have arose during similar surgical procedures to the procedure planned for the patient. Relevant scenarios are identified based on the patient cohort. These scenarios are then input to a surgical simulation system. The surgical simulation system may be implemented by virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or physical workpieces used for surgical practice and training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Robert H. Grant, Maruthi P. Koiloth, Daniel Ruiz, Zachary Silverstein
  • Patent number: 10740569
    Abstract: Processors are configured to analyze message text content to determine whether the text content proposes a meeting event at a specified location and a specified time. In response to determining that the text content proposes said meeting event, processors determine whether a meeting is possible at the specified location and the specified time as a function of forum availability. In response to determining that the meeting is possible, some processors generate a confirming appointment message comprising text content that identifies creation of a meeting event at the meeting place at the specified location and at the specified time. In response to determining that the meeting is not possible, processors create an alternative meeting proposal message that includes alternative text content, including an alternative, different location or an alternative, different time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Robert H. Grant, Jeremy A. Greenberger, Trudy L. Hewitt, Joseph Lam
  • Publication number: 20200250324
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable evaluating a multimedia item to be posted to a website (e.g., social networking site, forum, blog, etc.) to determine whether a censoring action needs to be performed on the multimedia item prior to posting the multimedia item. Specifically, in response to a request to post a multimedia item to a website, the multimedia item is analyzed to determine a context of the multimedia item. The context may be derived from specific elements depicted in the multimedia item. Also, an entity (e.g., a person, logo, trademark, brand) may be identified. The preferences related to the entity are retrieved. The context is compared against the preferences of the entity to determine whether a variance exists. When a variance is determined, a censoring action related to the multimedia item may be performed prior to posting the multimedia item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Wayfair LLC
    Inventors: Robert H. Grant, Trudy L. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10713849
    Abstract: Modifying augmented reality viewing is provided. It is determined that a user is viewing a scene space via augmented reality at a current geographic location of the user. It is detected that the viewing of the scene space is suboptimal for the user based on at least one of overcrowding of the viewed scene space at the current geographic location and significant battery usage to support augmented reality processing. Priority of one or more masks associated with the viewing of the scene space by the user is determined based on a user profile. The one or more masks associated with the viewing of the scene space are implemented based on the current geographic location of the user and the user profile. The one or more masks indicate that a portion of the viewed scene space is not to be processed for the viewing of the scene space via augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley Anders, Al Chakra, Liam S. Harpur, Robert H. Grant
  • Patent number: 10714144
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tagging video content are disclosed. A method includes: receiving a video stream from a user computer device, the video stream including audio data and video data; determining a candidate audio tag based on analyzing the audio data; establishing an audio confidence score of the candidate audio tag based on the analyzing of the audio data; determining a candidate video tag based on analyzing the video data; establishing a video confidence score of the candidate video tag based on the analyzing of the video data; determining a correlation factor of the candidate audio tag relative to the candidate video tag; and assigning a tag to a portion in the video stream based on the correlation factor exceeding a correlation threshold value and at least one of the audio confidence score exceeding an audio threshold value and the video confidence score exceeding a video threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark P. Delaney, Robert H. Grant, Trudy L. Hewitt, Martin A. Oberhofer
  • Publication number: 20200213650
    Abstract: An approach is provided that provides a dynamic live feed recommendation to a user on the basis of the user's real-time reaction to a live feed content. A video is transmitted to a user's display device with the video including a number of tagged segments. Multimedia response data is received from the user's display device of the user watching the content. A degree of user engagement is determined based on the received multimedia response data corresponding to the content segments. When user engagement falls below a threshold, then alternative content options are identified based on the determined degree of user engagement and these alternative content options are transmitted to the user display device for display in an area proximate to the display of the video content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Laurent Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant
  • Publication number: 20200213649
    Abstract: An approach is provided that provides a dynamic live feed recommendation to a user on the basis of the user's real-time reaction to a live feed content. A video is transmitted to a user's display device with the video including a number of tagged segments. Multimedia response data is received from the user's display device of the user watching the content. A degree of user engagement is determined based on the received multimedia response data corresponding to the content segments. When user engagement falls below a threshold, then alternative content options are identified based on the determined degree of user engagement and these alternative content options are transmitted to the user display device for display in an area proximate to the display of the video content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Laurent Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant
  • Patent number: 10685180
    Abstract: Provided are a computer program product, system, and method for using remote words in data streams from remote devices to autocorrect input text. Remote words included in a at least one data stream are accessed from at least one remote device over a network to store in a remote word corpus. User input text is received in a text entry field in a user interface rendered by the computer device. Local words are maintained in a local word corpus stored in the computer device. The local words and the remote words are used to autocorrect and validate the user input text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary Silverstein, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant, Trudy L. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10671808
    Abstract: An approach is provided to detect pronouns that are included in textual posts that are found in an online discussion. The textual posts are analyzed using a natural language processing speech classification technique, that results in an identification of a noun to which the detected pronoun refers. The system then displays, on a display device, the noun to which the pronoun refers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Grant, Trudy L. Hewitt, Fang Lu
  • Publication number: 20200162278
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling one or more devices within a network. The method detects that the one or more devices, within the network associated with a user, are in-use. The method further detects that the user is in an inactive state, and obtains a plurality of information associated with a plurality of factors for the detected one or more devices. The method further controls the one or more devices within the network associated with the user based on the detected inactive state of the user and the obtained plurality of information. The method further assigns a score for each of the plurality of factors for the one or more devices, aggregates the assigned scores for each of the plurality of factors for the one or more devices, and deactivates the one or more devices within the network of the user based on the aggregated score exceeding a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Mark P. Delaney, Robert H. Grant, Charlotte J. Hutchinson
  • Publication number: 20200142131
    Abstract: An optical waveguide comprises at least two TIR surface and contains a grating. Input TIR light with a first angular range along a first propagation direction undergoes at least two diffractions at the grating. Each diffraction directs light into a unique TIR angular range along a second propagation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicants: DigiLens Inc., Rockwell Collins Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Waldern, Alastair John Grant, Milan Momcilo Popovich, James H. Stanley, Robert D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20200117150
    Abstract: A mobile device, computer program product for a mobile device and a computer-implemented method of operating a mobile device is disclosed. The mobile device includes a sensor, an animal database and a processor. The sensor receives data regarding an animal proximate the mobile device. The processor compares the data to the animal database to determine a type of animal at the mobile device, and performs an action on the mobile device based on the type of animal in order to manipulate a behavior of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Kelley Anders, Liam S. Harpur, Robert H. Grant
  • Patent number: 10616532
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for influencing audience behavior in a presentation are provided. Aspects include receiving presentation data for a presentation on a video conference, analyzing the presentation data to identifying one or more behavior cues for a desired social contagion associated with the presentation, receiving video data for a plurality of audience members for the presentation, analyzing the video data to identifying a first audience member displaying at least one of the one or more behavior cues, and displaying the first audience member in the video conference for a first length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Liam S. Harpur, Brett Ward, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant