Patents by Inventor Scott Andrew Amman

Scott Andrew Amman 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: 10297251
    Abstract: An automatic speech recognition system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to select an acoustic model from a library of acoustic models based on ambient noise in a cabin of the vehicle and operating parameters of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to apply the selected acoustic model to noisy speech to improve recognition of the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Scott Andrew Amman, Francois Charette, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, An Ji, Ranjani Rangarajan, John Edward Huber
  • Publication number: 20190130756
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for accelerometer-based external sound monitoring for backup assistance in a vehicle. An example vehicle includes an accelerometer mounted on an internal surface of a rear window of the vehicle, a rear view camera, and a processor. The processor identifies a source of a sound that causes vibrations on the rear window that are captured by the accelerometer. The processor also categorizes the sound and provides an alert based on a category of the sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Bennie, Scott Andrew Amman, Joshua Wheeler, Doug B. Thornburg
  • Publication number: 20190106069
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for monitoring of vehicle window vibrations for voice-command recognition. An example vehicle includes a window, an outer layer, a vibration sensor coupled to the window to detect audio vibrations, an audio actuator coupled to the outer layer to vibrate the outer layer, and a controller. The controller is to detect a voice command from a user via the vibration sensor, identify an audio response based upon the voice command, and emit the audio response to the user via the audio actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, Leah Busch, Ranjani Rangarajan, John Edward Huber
  • Publication number: 20190103027
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for accelerometer-based external sound monitoring for voice controlled autonomous parking. An example vehicle includes a body control module, an infotainment head unit, and an autonomy unit. The example body control module communicatively couples to a mobile device. The example infotainment head unit communicatively couples to an accelerometer mounted on a window of the vehicle. The example autonomy unit autonomously parks the vehicle in response to a first key word detected by the accelerometer when (i) a button is activated on the infotainment head unit and (ii) a message from the mobile device is being periodically received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, Ranjani Rangarajan, Leah Busch, John Edward Huber
  • Publication number: 20190092229
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for accelerometer-based external sound monitoring during low speed maneuvers. An example vehicle includes accelerometers affixed to windows of the vehicle, speakers located inside the vehicle, and an infotainment head unit. Each of the speakers is uniquely associated with one of the accelerometers. The infotainment head unit, when a speed of the vehicle satisfies a threshold, selects a zone corresponding to a direction of travel of the vehicle. Additionally, the infotainment head unit plays signals captured by the accelerometers associated with the selected zone on the corresponding speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, John Edward Huber, Leah Busch, Ranjani Rangarajan, Erick Michael Lavoie, Marla Johnston
  • Publication number: 20190047500
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for monitoring windshield vibrations for vehicle collision detection. An example vehicle includes a windshield, a vibration sensor coupled to the windshield to detect window vibrations of the windshield, a first accelerometer to detect vehicle body vibrations of a vehicle body, and a restraint control module. The restraint control module is to detect an event based upon the window vibrations and determine whether the event is a collision event or a non-collision event responsive to comparing the window vibrations and the vehicle body vibrations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Joshua Wheeler, Brian Bennie, Scott Andrew Amman, Doug B. Thornburg
  • Patent number: 10186260
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for detecting ASR errors. An example vehicle includes a microphone for automatic speech recognition (ASR), a climate control system, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive data captured by the microphone, determine, based on the received data, that a level of buffeting detected by the microphone exceeds a threshold level corresponding to buffeting caused by the climate control system, and responsively provide an alert indicating that a climate control vent is aimed at the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Amman, Joshua Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20180350355
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for detecting ASR errors. An example vehicle includes a microphone for automatic speech recognition (ASR), a climate control system, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive data captured by the microphone, determine, based on the received data, that a level of buffeting detected by the microphone exceeds a threshold level corresponding to buffeting caused by the climate control system, and responsively provide an alert indicating that a climate control vent is aimed at the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Amman, Joshua Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10134415
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for determining and accounting for distortions to an audio signal due to the geometric properties of the interior cabin of a vehicle. An example vehicle includes a microphone, a seat having a plurality of seat positions, and a processor. The processor is configured to determine a first seat position corresponding to a point in time at which an audio signal is received, determine a cabin impulse response corresponding to the first seat position, and determine a filtered audio signal based on the cabin impulse response and the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ranjani Rangarajan, Leah Busch, Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, John Edward Huber
  • Patent number: 10049654
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for accelerometer-based external sound monitoring. A vehicle includes accelerometers, speakers, and an infotainment head unit. The accelerometers are affixed to windows of the vehicle. The speakers are located inside the vehicle in the vicinity of the accelerometers. Each of the speakers is uniquely associated with one of the accelerometers. The infotainment head unit, when the vehicle is not in motion and when a signal is received from one of the accelerometers, plays the signal only on the associated one of the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Wheeler, Scott Andrew Amman, Doug B. Thornburg, Brian Bennie, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 9978399
    Abstract: A system includes a head and torso simulation (HATS) system configured to play back pre-recorded audio commands while simulating a driver head location as an output location. The system also includes a vehicle speaker system and a processor configured to engage a vehicle heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The processor is also configured to play back audio commands through the HATS system while playing back pre-recorded vehicle environment noises through the speaker system. The processor is further configured to determine if the audio command, recorded by a vehicle microphone, is recognizable in the presence of the environment noises and HVAC noises. Also, the processor is configured to repeat the engagement, playback of commands and noises, and determination, recording the results of the determination for each command in a set of commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Amman, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Allan Miramonti, John Edward Huber, Francois Charette, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius
  • Publication number: 20180103318
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for responding to HVAC-induced vehicle microphone buffeting. An example disclosed vehicle includes a microphone, a speaker, and a buffeting detector. The example microphone is electrically coupled to an input of a voice-activated system. The example speaker is located on a front driver side of the vehicle. The example buffeting detector, when a button is activated, determines a buffeting factor of a signal captured by the microphone. Additionally, the example buffeting detector, in response to the buffeting factor satisfying a threshold, activates a relay to electrically couple the speaker to the input of the voice-activated system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Amman, Alan Norton, Joshua Wheeler, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, Ranjani Rangarajan
  • Patent number: 9761223
    Abstract: At least one spoken utterance and a stored vehicle acoustic impulse response can be provided to a computing device. The computing device is programmed to provide at least one speech file based at least in part on the spoken utterance and the vehicle acoustic impulse response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alan Blommer, Scott Andrew Amman, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Francois Charette, Mark Edward Porter, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider
  • Publication number: 20170213551
    Abstract: A processor of a vehicle speech recognition system recognizes speech via domain-specific language and acoustic models. The processor further, in response to the acoustic model having a confidence score for recognized speech falling within a predetermined range defined relative to a confidence score for the domain-specific language model, recognizes speech via the acoustic model only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: An Ji, Scott Andrew Amman, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, John Edward Huber, Francois Charette, Ranjani Rangarajan, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, Ali Hassani
  • Publication number: 20170213549
    Abstract: An automatic speech recognition system for a vehicle includes a controller configured to select an acoustic model from a library of acoustic models based on ambient noise in a cabin of the vehicle and operating parameters of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to apply the selected acoustic model to noisy speech to improve recognition of the speech.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Scott Andrew Amman, Francois Charette, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, An Ji, Ranjani Rangarajan, John Edward Huber
  • Publication number: 20170140777
    Abstract: A system includes a head and torso simulation (HATS) system configured to play back pre-recorded audio commands while simulating a driver head location as an output location. The system also includes a vehicle speaker system and a processor configured to engage a vehicle heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The processor is also configured to play back audio commands through the HATS system while playing back pre-recorded vehicle environment noises through the speaker system. The processor is further configured to determine if the audio command, recorded by a vehicle microphone, is recognizable in the presence of the environment noises and HVAC noises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Scott Andrew AMMAN, Brigitte Frances Mora RICHARDSON, Allan MIRAMONTI, John Edward HUBER, Francois CHARETTE, Gintaras Vincent PUSKORIUS
  • Publication number: 20170125038
    Abstract: A controller may be programmed to create a speech utterance set for speech recognition training by, in response to receiving data representing a neutral utterance and parameter values defining signal noise, generating data representing a Lombard effect version of the neutral utterance using a transfer function associated with the parameter values and defining distortion between neutral and Lombard effect versions of a same utterance due to the signal noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Ali Hassani, Scott Andrew Amman, Francois Charette, John Edward Huber, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, An Ji, Ranjani Rangarajan
  • Publication number: 20160104479
    Abstract: At least one spoken utterance and a stored vehicle acoustic impulse response can be provided to a computing device. The computing device is programmed to provide at least one speech file based at least in part on the spoken utterance and the vehicle acoustic impulse response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alan Bloomer, Scott Andrew Amman, Brigitte Frances Mora Richardson, Francois Charette, Mark Edward Porter, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider
  • Publication number: 20160019890
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to a system, apparatus, and method for achieving a vehicle state-based hands free noise reduction feature. A noise reduction tool is provided for applying a noise reduction strategy on a sound input that uses machine learning to develop future noise reduction strategies, where the noise reduction strategies include analyzing vehicle operational state information and external information that are predicted to contribute to cabin noise and selecting noise reducing pre-filter options based on the analysis. The machine learning may further be supplemented by off-line training to generate a speech quality performance measure for the sound input that may be referenced by the noise reduction tool for further noise reduction strategies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Amman, Francois Charette, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Yuksel Gur, Paul J. Joseph Nicastri, Gintaras Vincent Puskorious
  • Publication number: 20160019904
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to a system, apparatus, and method for achieving an adaptive vehicle state-based hands free noise reduction feature. A noise reduction tool is provided for adaptively applying a noise reduction strategy on a sound input that uses feedback speech quality measures and machine learning to develop future noise reduction strategies, where the noise reduction strategies include analyzing vehicle operational state information and external information that are predicted to contribute to cabin noise and selecting noise reducing pre-filter options based on the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Francois Charette, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Paul J Joseph Nicastri, Yuksel Gur, Scott Andrew Amman, Gintaras Vincent Puskorius