Patents by Inventor Robert J. Hall

Robert J. Hall 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: 20200291906
    Abstract: An engine includes an air intake system, an exhaust system, a single-cylinder-sourced EGR system, an exhaust sensor that is disposed to monitor exhaust gas from the single one of the cylinders, and a diverter valve. A controller includes an instruction set that executable to determine operation of the engine in a fuel cut-off mode, discontinue fuel flow to the single one of the cylinders, divert exhaust gas from the single one of the cylinders to the air intake system, determine an airflow, temperature, and an equivalence ratio of the diverted exhaust gas from the single one of the cylinders, determine a mass flowrate of oxygen in the diverted exhaust gas, integrate the mass flowrate of oxygen in the diverted exhaust gas, and discontinue the diverting of the exhaust gas from the single one of the cylinders when the integrated mass flowrate of oxygen is greater than a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Smith, Robert J. Gallon, Michael P. Kaczmar, Martino A. Casetti, Eric M. Hall
  • Patent number: 10750755
    Abstract: A continuous method for improving the firmness of vegetable products uses a continuous vegetable product treatment device comprising a vegetable product treatment chamber having a vegetable product inlet, a vegetable product outlet, a vegetable product transport mechanism for urging the vegetable product toward the vegetable product outlet, and at least one liquid introduction orifice for introducing a liquid. Vegetable product is continuously treated in the chamber at a temperature of from about 125° F. to about 160° F., and the liquid in the treatment chamber is maintained at a pH of from about 5 to about 7. Individual vegetable products reside in the treatment chamber for a time of from about 20 minutes to about 60 minutes. The heat-treated vegetable products are blanched in a subsequent blanching step at a temperature ranging from about 190° F. to 210° F. for a time of from about two to about 10 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: General Mills, Inc., Oregon Potato Company
    Inventors: Lily Leung Fee, Donald F. Steenson, Robert Erickson, Mark Stueber, Anita J Hall, Frank Tiegs, Steve Harris, Craig Bolt
  • Patent number: 10726254
    Abstract: Systems for dynamically detecting duplicate items are provided. In some examples, a system, may receive a document, document image, document details or the like. The system may identify at least one other document for comparison to the received document. The system may perform optical character recognition on the document or document image to identify data within one or more standard fields of the document. The detected data may be compared to the at least one other document and, if no matches exist, the document may be identified as not a duplicate. If one or more matches exist, the system may identify x and y coordinates of a location of data within one or more standard fields on the received document. A corresponding location on the at least one other document may be identified based on the x and y coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Pepe, Jr., Kerry Kurt Simpkins, John Barrett Hall, Robert E. Mills, Jr., Murali Santhanam
  • Publication number: 20200228367
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a building network system for a building. The system includes network devices forming a network for the building. Each of the network devices include a communications processing circuit including an access point configured to communicate with any of the network devices to form the network, and a second processing circuit removably communicably connected to the communications processing circuit. The communications processing circuit and the second processing circuit are configured to operate independently of each other. The access point is a wireless radio configured to wirelessly communicate with the access points of any of the network devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Timothy C. Gamroth, Nicholas J. Schaf, Robert C. Hall, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200228621
    Abstract: A building network system for a building includes network devices forming a network for the building. Each network device includes a communications interface and a processing circuit. The communications interface is configured to communicate with other network devices of the multiple network devices. The processing circuit stores a first profile and a second profile. The first profile includes a first set of configuration settings that cause the network device to operate according to a first network topology when the first profile is active. The second profile includes a second set of configuration settings that cause the network device to operate according to a second network topology when the second profile is active. The processing circuit is configured to transition the network device from operating according to the first network topology to operating according to the second network topology by deactivating the first profile and activating the second profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy C. Gamroth, Nicholas J. Schaf, Robert C. Hall, Jr., Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10712743
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring location information associated with a drone. The method may also include comparing the location information with an authorized zone. The method may also include, based on the comparison, determining a violation by the drone of a rule associated with the authorized zone. The method may include, in response to the violation, augmenting control of the drone to alter operation of the drone. The location information may include at least one of a current or predicted future location of the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Publication number: 20200211180
    Abstract: An example method for diagnosing tumors in a subject by performing a quantitative analysis of a radiological image can include identifying a region of interest (ROI) in the radiological image, segmenting the ROI from the radiological image, identifying a tumor object in the segmented ROI and segmenting the tumor object from the segmented ROI. The method can also include extracting a plurality of quantitative features describing the segmented tumor object, and classifying the tumor object based on the extracted quantitative features. The quantitative features can include one or more texture-based features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Robert J. Gillies, Lawrence O. Hall, Dmitry B. Goldgof
  • Patent number: 10675850
    Abstract: A medical appliance or prosthesis may comprise one or more layers of rotational spun nanofibers, including rotational spun polymers. The rotational spun material may comprise layers including layers of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Rotational spun nanofiber mats of certain porosities may permit tissue ingrowth into or attachment to the prosthesis. Additionally, one or more cuffs may be configured to allow tissue ingrowth to anchor the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John William Hall, Zeke Eller, Robert S. Kellar, Rachel Lynn Oberg, Bart Dolmatch, Wayne Mower, Robert J. Radford
  • Publication number: 20200159312
    Abstract: A system for reducing power consumption in a wireless network includes a station (e.g., Wi-Fi sensor) and an access point in wireless communication with the station. The station has at least a low-power sleep mode and an active mode. The system can be configured to assign a static Internet Protocol (IP) address to the station and disable re-negotiation of an encryption key while the station is in sleep mode. The system can further be configured to force the station to communicate via 802.11g and to transmit data to a proxy service while in active mode before returning to sleep mode upon receiving a response from the proxy service. Further, an association timeout period associated with the station can be configured to be at least twice as long as a wake-up period associated with the station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Ezra M. Imes, Nicholas J. Schaf, Robert C. Hall, JR.
  • Patent number: 10653511
    Abstract: A stent or other prosthesis may be formed by coating a single continuous wire scaffold with a polymer coating. The polymer coating may consist of layers of electrospun polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Electrospun PTFE of certain porosities may permit endothelial cell growth within the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeke Eller, John William Hall, Robert S. Kellar, Rachel Lynn Simmons, Robert J. Radford, Bart Dolmatch
  • Patent number: 10653512
    Abstract: A stent or other prosthesis may be formed by coating a single continuous wire scaffold with a polymer coating. The polymer coating may consist of layers of electrospun polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Electrospun PTFE of certain porosities may permit endothelial cell growth within the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeke Eller, John William Hall, Robert S. Kellar, Rachel Lynn Simmons, Robert J. Radford, Bart Dolmatch
  • Publication number: 20200151035
    Abstract: Devices, computer-readable media, and methods for reducing the number of “hops” that internal messages must traverse in data center switching architectures are disclosed. In one example, a data center includes a first rack housing a first server, a first computational process associated to a first storage drive hosted on the first server and residing within a first level of the distributed storage system, a second rack housing a second server, a second computational process associated to a second storage drive hosted on the second server and residing within the first level of the distributed storage system, and a first switch communicatively coupled to the first level to receive messages directly from the first computational process and the second computational process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Publication number: 20200149771
    Abstract: A thermostat gateway device includes one or more circuits configured to receive a control input from a user device or from a sensor device via a first frequency band of a local wireless network, generate a control signal for the HVAC equipment using the control input, and provide the control signal to the HVAC equipment via a second frequency band of the local wireless network to affect operation of the HVAC equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Vineet Sinha, Yingchun Xu, Patrick W. Mulcahy, August Lu, Bing Mao, Karl F. Reichenberger, Nathan Zimmerman, Nicholas J. Schaf, Robert C. Hall, JR.
  • Patent number: 10649820
    Abstract: An improved system for handling events in an industrial control system is disclosed. A module in an industrial controller is configured to generate an event responsive to a predefined signal or combination of signals occurring. The event is transferred to an event queue for subsequent execution. The event queue may also be configured to store a copy of the state of the module at the time the event is generated. The event queue may hold multiple events and each event is configured to trigger at least one event task. Subsequent events that occur during execution of the event task are stored in the event queue for later execution. An event, or combination of events, may trigger execution of an event task within the module, within the controller to which the module is connected, or within multiple controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Decker, Kenwood H. Hall, Robert J. Kretschmann, Terence S. Tenorio, Scott A. Pierce, Bret S. Hildebran, Raymond R. Husted, Gregg Sichner, David M. Fort
  • Publication number: 20200117934
    Abstract: Systems for image evaluation and dynamic cropping are provided. In some examples, a system, may receive an instrument or image of an instrument. Identifying information may be extracted from the instrument or image of the instrument. Based on the extracted identifying information, a check/check image profile may be retrieved. In some examples, expected size and/or shape data may be extracted from the check/check image profile. The extracted expected size and/or shape data may be compared to size and/or shape data from the received instrument or image of the instrument to identify any anomalies (e.g., to determine whether the expected size and/or shape data matches the size and/or shape data of the received instrument or image of the instrument. If the expected size and/or shape data does not match size and/or shape data from the received instrument or image of the instrument, the instrument or image of the instrument may be programmatically modified and a modified image of the instrument may be generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Mills, JR., Murali Santhanam, Kerry Kurt Simpkins, John B. Hall, Michael J. Pepe, JR., Jasher David Fowles, Jeanne Moulton
  • Publication number: 20200120099
    Abstract: Systems for dynamic profile control are provided. A system may receive first check data that may include a number of checks written over a predetermined time period for an account, or the like. The first check data may be analyzed to determine a number of checks written in a predetermined time period and the volume or number may be compared to one or more thresholds or ranges. Based on the comparison, a first tier level may be identified for the account or the like. A profile record may be generated including a check profile that may include one or more parameters determined based on the identified first tier level. The system may then build the profile by adding checks or other documents to the profile upon determining that the checks or other documents meet predefined criteria. After a predetermined time period has expired, the system may process additional data to determine whether the identified tier level and associated parameters should be modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Mills, JR., Murali Santhanam, Kerry Kurt Simpkins, John B. Hall, Michael J. Pepe, JR., Jasher David Fowles, Jeanne Moulton, Susan Deans, Athena Barlow
  • Publication number: 20200117891
    Abstract: Systems for item validation and image evaluation are provided. In some examples, a system may receive an instrument and associated data. The instrument may be received and a user profile may be retrieved. The user profile may include a plurality of previously processed instruments that have been determined to be valid and/or authentic. The instrument may be compared to the plurality of previously processed instruments to determine whether one or more elements of the instrument being evaluated match one or more corresponding elements of the plurality of previously processed instruments. Matching or non-matching elements may be identified. In some examples, one or more user interfaces may be generated displaying the instruments and including any highlighting or enhancements identifying matching or non-matching elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Mills, JR., Murali Santhanam, Kerry Kurt Simpkins, John B. Hall, Michael J. Pepe, JR., Jasher David Fowles, Jeanne Moulton
  • Publication number: 20200117892
    Abstract: Systems for profile management and control are provided. A system may receive an instrument or image of an instrument. In some examples, data may be extracted from the instrument or image of the instrument and a document profile may be retrieved based on the extracted data. Images within the document profile may be evaluated to identify a type of document for each document. In some examples, a total number of documents of each type may be determined or identified. The total number of documents may be compared to a threshold. If the total number of documents is below the threshold, the documents or images in the profile may be maintained. If the total number of documents is at or above the threshold, in some examples, each document may be further evaluated to determine or identify documents or document images for deletion. In some arrangements, the profile may be refreshed and documents or images identified for deletion may be deleted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Mills, JR., Murali Santhanam, Kerry Kurt Simpkins, John B. Hall, Michael J. Pepe, JR., Jasher David Fowles, Jeanne Moulton
  • Publication number: 20200042350
    Abstract: Tenant support is provided in a multi-tenant configuration in a data center by a Physical Function driver communicating a virtual User Priority to a virtual traffic class mapper to a Virtual Function driver. The Physical Function driver configures the Network Interface Controller to map virtual User Priorities to Physical User Priorities and to enforce the Virtual Function's limited access to Traffic Classes. Data Center Bridging features assigned to the physical network interface controller are hidden by virtualizing user priorities and traffic classes. A virtual Data Center Bridging configuration is enabled for a Virtual Function, to provide access to the user priorities and traffic classes that are not visible to the Virtual Function that the Virtual Function may need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Manasi DEVAL, Neerav PARIKH, Robert O. SHARP, Gregory J. BOWERS, Ryan E. HALL, Chinh T. CAO
  • Patent number: 10554761
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to transfer a data set via parallel communications are disclosed herein. Example methods include controlling the distribution of portions of a field data set to a network access point via a plurality of parallel communication sessions established by respective ones of a plurality of communication devices with the network access point. Example methods also include comparing a first value based on a respective data transfer rate of a first one of the communication sessions to a second value based on a respective data transfer rate of a second one of the communication sessions to determine whether to establish a new communication session with a third one of the plurality of communication devices. In response to determining to establish a new communication session, a processor instructs a third one of the communication devices to establish the new communication session to transmit a respective portion of the field data set to the network access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall