Patents by Inventor Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault

Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault 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: 10065745
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for operating an automated aerial vehicle wherein the battery life may be extended by performing one or more electricity generation procedures on the way to a destination (e.g., a delivery location for an item). In various implementations, the electricity generation procedure may include utilizing an airflow to rotate one or more of the propellers of the automated aerial vehicle so that the associated propeller motors will generate electricity (e.g., which can be utilized to recharge the battery, power one or more sensors of the automated aerial vehicle, etc.). In various implementations, the airflow may consist of a wind, or may be created by the kinetic energy of the automated aerial vehicle as it moves through the air (e.g., as part of a normal flight path and/or as part of an aerial maneuver).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Amir Navot, Daniel Buchmueller, Gur Kimchi, Fabian Hensel, Scott A. Green, Brandon William Porter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Publication number: 20180190133
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an automated aerial vehicle are provided wherein influences of ground effects (e.g., which may increase the effective thrusts of propellers by interfering with the respective airflows) are utilized for sensing the ground or other surfaces. In various implementations, operating parameters of the automated aerial vehicle are monitored to determine when ground effects are influencing the parameters associated with each of the propellers, which correspondingly indicate proximities to a surface (e.g., the ground). Utilizing such techniques, proximities of different portions of an automated aerial vehicle to the ground or other surfaces may be determined (e.g., for detecting issues with an uneven landing area, a sloped ground, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Amir Navot, Brian C. Beckman, Daniel Buchmueller, Gur Kimchi, Fabian Hensel, Scott A. Green, Brandon William Porter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Patent number: 9934694
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an automated aerial vehicle are provided wherein influences of ground effects (e.g., which may increase the effective thrusts of propellers by interfering with the respective airflows) are utilized for sensing the ground or other surfaces. In various implementations, operating parameters of the automated aerial vehicle are monitored to determine when ground effects are influencing the parameters associated with each of the propellers, which correspondingly indicate proximities to a surface (e.g., the ground). Utilizing such techniques, different propellers of an automated aerial vehicle may provide different sensing data (e.g., for detecting issues with an uneven landing area, a sloped ground, determining an automated aerial vehicle's location based on a unique ground surface profile, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Navot, Brian C. Beckman, Daniel Buchmueller, Gur Kimchi, Fabian Hensel, Scott A. Green, Brandon William Porter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Patent number: 9767701
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for operating an automated aerial vehicle wherein influences of a ground effect may be utilized for sensing the ground or other surfaces. In various implementations, an operating parameter of the automated aerial vehicle may be monitored to determine when a ground effect is influencing the parameter, which correspondingly indicates a proximity to a surface (e.g., the ground). In various implementations, the ground effect based sensing techniques may be utilized for determining a proximity to the ground, as a backup for a primary sensor system, for determining if a landing location is uneven, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Navot, Brian C. Beckman, Daniel Buchmueller, Gur Kimchi, Fabian Hensel, Scott A. Green, Brandon William Porter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Publication number: 20170263136
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an automated aerial vehicle are provided wherein influences of ground effects (e.g., which may increase the effective thrusts of propellers by interfering with the respective airflows) are utilized for sensing the ground or other surfaces. In various implementations, operating parameters of the automated aerial vehicle are monitored to determine when ground effects are influencing the parameters associated with each of the propellers, which correspondingly indicate proximities to a surface (e.g., the ground). Utilizing such techniques, different propellers of an automated aerial vehicle may provide different sensing data (e.g., for detecting issues with an uneven landing area, a sloped ground, determining an automated aerial vehicle's location based on a unique ground surface profile, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Amir Navot, Brian C. Beckman, Daniel Buchmueller, Gur Kimchi, Fabian Hensel, Scott A. Green, Brandon William Porter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Publication number: 20170110017
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) configured to autonomously deliver items of inventory to various destinations. The UAV may receive inventory information and a destination location and autonomously retrieve the inventory from a location within a materials handling facility, compute a route from the materials handling facility to a destination and travel to the destination to deliver the inventory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Gur Kimchi, Daniel Buchmueller, Scott A. Green, Brian C. Beckman, Scott Isaacs, Amir Navot, Fabian Hensel, Avi Bar-Zeev, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Patent number: 9573684
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) configured to autonomously deliver items of inventory to various destinations. The UAV may receive inventory information and a destination location and autonomously retrieve the inventory from a location within a materials handling facility, compute a route from the materials handling facility to a destination and travel to the destination to deliver the inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gur Kimchi, Daniel Buchmueller, Scott A. Green, Brian C. Beckman, Scott Isaacs, Amir Navot, Fabian Hensel, Avi Bar-Zeev, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Patent number: 9550577
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for operating an automated aerial vehicle wherein the battery life may be extended by performing one or more electricity generation procedures on the way to a destination (e.g., a delivery location for an item). In various implementations, the electricity generation procedure may include utilizing an airflow to rotate one or more of the propellers of the automated aerial vehicle so that the associated propeller motors will generate electricity (e.g., which can be utilized to recharge the battery, power one or more sensors of the automated aerial vehicle, etc.). In various implementations, the airflow may consist of a wind, or may be created by the kinetic energy of the automated aerial vehicle as it moves through the air (e.g., as part of a normal flight path and/or as part of an aerial maneuver).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Amir Navot, Daniel Buchmueller, Gur Kimchi, Fabian Hensel, Scott A. Green, Brandon William Porter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Patent number: 9542494
    Abstract: A search engine database is utilized to identify “entities”, or things for which there exists associated discrete, objective information. For hosted information that is independently available, the entity detector independently accesses such information and identifies entities. For information that has defined potential entities, such as entertainment or lifestyle information such defined potential entities are provided to the entity detector to verify, with reference to the search engine database, whether they are entities. Once entities have been identified, a related task generator, with reference to the search engine database, identifies tasks that are related to the identified entities. Such tasks include informational tasks, economic tasks, time-sensitive and location-sensitive tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Brian Ripsher, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault, Gary Voronel
  • Publication number: 20160196755
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for operating an automated aerial vehicle wherein influences of a ground effect may be utilized for sensing the ground or other surfaces. In various implementations, an operating parameter of the automated aerial vehicle may be monitored to determine when a ground effect is influencing the parameter, which correspondingly indicates a proximity to a surface (e.g., the ground). In various implementations, the ground effect based sensing techniques may be utilized for determining a proximity to the ground, as a backup for a primary sensor system, for determining if a landing location is uneven, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Amir Navot, Brian C. Beckman, Daniel Buchmueller, Gur Kimchi, Fabian Hensel, Scott A. Green, Brandon William Porter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Patent number: 9251268
    Abstract: Providing context to a target minimizes the amount of information that a user must input. Context transfer pages receive context and reformat for the target. Selection of links to such pages provide context which is then reformatted and provided to the target to pre-populate information for the user. A return link can be specified to enable the target to return further context upon user interaction completion. The return link can specify further context transfer pages which can use the returned context to direct the performance of convenience actions, including invoking other applications on the user's computing device and entering information into them. The context transfer pages can themselves collect information from the user to provide appropriate interfaces without requiring resource investment from the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Schechter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault, Graham Arthur Wheeler, Loic Deniel, Roman Waupotitsch, Lawrence Brian Ripsher, Sameer Vijay Bhangar, Hui Leng Caren Quah, Jason Peter Johnson, Zhaowei Jiang, Marc Benjamin Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150120094
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) configured to autonomously deliver items of inventory to various destinations. The UAV may receive inventory information and a destination location and autonomously retrieve the inventory from a location within a materials handling facility, compute a route from the materials handling facility to a destination and travel to the destination to deliver the inventory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Gur Kimchi, Daniel Buchmueller, Scott A. Green, Brian C. Beckman, Scott Isaacs, Amir Navot, Fabian Hensel, Avi Bar-Zeev, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault
  • Publication number: 20140101600
    Abstract: Users are provided with information regarding entities and tasks that are associated with the user's current context, which includes the content currently being presented to the user. Services associated with a search engine database identify entities and associated tasks. A user's context is utilized to identify one or more entities and one or more associated tasks that may be relevant to the user's current context. Entities and tasks are presented through a dedicated menu, icon, or other like dedicated user interface element to which the user can direct action. Also, entities and tasks are presented through a separate user interface context, such as a separate screen. A user's context can also include information regarding future content that will be presented to the user. Then, entities and tasks are presented via the same user interface mechanisms used to request such content, such as textual input user interface mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steve Macbeth, Lawrence Brian Ripsher, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault, Gary Voronel
  • Patent number: 8688696
    Abstract: Search results responsive to a query are generated by a search engine. If the query is “location relevant”, the results are provided to a ranker component. If the query is an entity search, then entities matching the query are ranked by distance from the user. If the query is not, and if it is not semantically charged, the entities are ranked either according to distance from the user or by search relevance. If the query is semantically charged, a semantic score is calculated for each entity. One or more threshold semantic scores are determined that divide the search results into multiple parts. The results within each part can then be ranked independently. The results within a first part are ranked according to their distance from the user, while the results in a subsequent part are ranked according to their semantical relationship to the query. The re-ranked parts are concatenated together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault, Samir Lakhani, Lawrence Brian Ripsher, Joseph Ollis
  • Publication number: 20130346386
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and computer-storage media for forming a topic graph with at least one temporal element are provided. URL-query pairs are received and a topic graph is formed comprising the URL-query pairs. At least one topic associated with a URL and an importance of each topic is identified. In embodiments, a list of top topics is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: FERNANDO PAIVA ZANDONA, SEVERAN SYLVAIN JEAN-MICHEL RAULT, LAWRENCE BRIAN RIPSHER
  • Publication number: 20130090956
    Abstract: A search engine database is utilized to identify “entities”, or things for which there exists associated discrete, objective information. For hosted information that is independently available, the entity detector independently accesses such information and identifies entities. For information that has defined potential entities, such as entertainment or lifestyle information such defined potential entities are provided to the entity detector to verify, with reference to the search engine database, whether they are entities. Once entities have been identified, a related task generator, with reference to the search engine database, identifies tasks that are related to the identified entities. Such tasks include informational tasks, economic tasks, time-sensitive and location-sensitive tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lawrence Brian Ripsher, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault, Gary Voronel
  • Publication number: 20120330948
    Abstract: Search results responsive to a query are generated by a search engine. If the query is “location relevant”, the results are provided to a ranker component. If the query is an entity search, then entities matching the query are ranked by distance from the user. If the query is not, and if it is not semantically charged, the entities are ranked either according to distance from the user or by search relevance. If the query is semantically charged, a semantic score is calculated for each entity. One or more threshold semantic scores are determined that divide the search results into multiple parts. The results within each part can then be ranked independently. The results within a first part are ranked according to their distance from the user, while the results in a subsequent part are ranked according to their semantical relationship to the query. The re-ranked parts are concatenated together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault, Samir Lakhani, Lawrence Brian Ripsher, Joseph Ollis
  • Publication number: 20120144281
    Abstract: Providing context to a target minimizes the amount of information that a user must input. Context transfer pages receive context and reformat for the target. Selection of links to such pages provide context which is then reformatted and provided to the target to pre-populate information for the user. A return link can be specified to enable the target to return further context upon user interaction completion. The return link can specify further context transfer pages which can use the returned context to direct the performance of convenience actions, including invoking other applications on the user's computing device and entering information into them. The context transfer pages can themselves collect information from the user to provide appropriate interfaces without requiring resource investment from the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Schechter, Severan Sylvain Jean-Michel Rault, Graham Arthur Wheeler, Loic Deniel, Roman Waupotitsch, Lawrence Brian Ripsher, Sameer Vijay Bhangar, Hui Leng Caren Quah, Jason Peter Johnson, Zhaowei Jiang, Marc Benjamin Phillips