Patents by Inventor Silviu-Petru Cucerzan

Silviu-Petru Cucerzan 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: 9772992
    Abstract: A novel system for automatically indicating the specific identity of ambiguous named entities is provided. An automatic disambiguation data collection is created using a reference resource. Explicit named entities are catalogued from the reference resource, together with various abbreviated, alternative, and casual ways of referring to the named entities. Entity indicators, such as labels and context indicators associated with the named entities in the reference resource, are also catalogued. The automatic disambiguation collection can then be used as a basis for evaluating ambiguous references to named entities in text content provided in different applications. The content surrounding the ambiguous reference may be compared with the entity indicators to find a good match, indicating that the named entity associated with the matching entity indicators is the intended identity of the ambiguous reference, which can be automatically provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Mike Schultz
  • Patent number: 9323833
    Abstract: Online information is retrieved for a user. An original query submitted by the user is received which includes a plurality of query terms the user associates with particular online information the user is interested in. The original query is then analyzed using data from an online knowledge repository and a historical query log of a search engine to determine central concepts of the original query. A revised query results from this analysis which includes one or more of the central concepts. The revised query is then submitted to the search engine. Search results for the revised query are then provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Anthony James Fader
  • Publication number: 20150269612
    Abstract: A “Document Enhancer” provides an entity platform that ingests entity collections, information sources, topical databases, etc., and generates corresponding knowledge bases (KB's) and entity extraction services. This platform enables various user authorization scenarios for obtaining access to one or more KB's. Further, this platform processes arbitrary user content, e.g., documents, images, text fragments, speech, etc., to determine which KB's are relevant to that content. If access to relevant KB's is authorized, the Document Enhancer employs those KB's to analyze and augment the arbitrary content. Content augmentation examples include adding hyperlinks, highlighting relevant information, inserting relevant information into popups, windows, or tabs, enabling searches and services based on selected KB's, etc. An entity store maintains a library of available KB's that may be accessed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan
  • Patent number: 9055607
    Abstract: Multi-modal, multi-lingual devices can be employed to consolidate numerous items including, but not limited to, keys, remote controls, image capture devices, audio recorders, cellular telephone functionalities, location/direction detectors, health monitors, calendars, gaming devices, smart home inputs, pens, optical pointing devices or the like. For example, a corner of a cellular telephone can be used as an electronic pen. Moreover, the device can be used to snap multiple pictures stitching them together to create a panoramic image. A device can automate ignition of an automobile, initiate appliances, etc. based upon relative distance. The device can provide for near to eye capabilities for enhanced image viewing. Multiple cameras/sensors can be provided on a single device to provide for stereoscopic capabilities. The device can also provide assistance to blind, privacy, etc. by consolidating services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Sinclair, Yuan Kong, Zhengyou Zhang, Behrooz Chitsaz, David W. Williams, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Zicheng Liu
  • Patent number: 9015148
    Abstract: Described is the presenting of suggested queries for web pages that are not search engine results pages, based upon the URL and/or content of a currently displayed page. The suggested query set may be dynamically extracted (locally or remotely) based upon the content of the web page, and/or obtained from a data store of per-URL suggested query sets, e.g., generated from historical logs. Also described are various techniques for generating suggested queries, and user interface mechanisms that display and allow interaction with suggested queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryen William White, Robert Rounthwaite, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan
  • Patent number: 8819047
    Abstract: The described implementations relate to processing of electronic data. One implementation is manifested as a technique that can include receiving an input statement that includes a plurality of terms. The technique can also include providing, in response to the input statement, ranked supporting documents that support the input statement or ranked contradicting results that contradict the input statement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Chee Wee Leong
  • Publication number: 20130268519
    Abstract: The described implementations relate to processing of electronic data. One implementation is manifested as a technique that can include receiving an input statement that includes a plurality of terms. The technique can also include providing, in response to the input statement, ranked supporting documents that support the input statement or ranked contradicting results that contradict the input statement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Chee Wee Leong
  • Patent number: 8275759
    Abstract: Described is a search technology in which a search engine constructs a results page for a query that integrates suggested queries with the individual query results (e.g., displayed URLs). When rendered, the proximity of the suggested queries to their corresponding individual query result provides context as to the specific URL to which the suggested query is related. Suggested queries may appear alongside their associated search result, e.g., a displayed URL, and/or in an expandable panel proximate that individual search result. Suggested queries may appear within text accompanying a URL, and/or in a drop down menu following interaction with such text or the like. Related queries may be found by using a search result URL to find a query, by analyzing a search result's text snippet, by accessing historical data, and/or by accessing current user session data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Scott K. Imig, Kenneth Ward Church, Jean-Marie Larchevêque, Samuel D. Paye, Jr., Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Emily Blythe Pitler, Robert Rounthwaite, Ryen W. White
  • Publication number: 20120203772
    Abstract: Online information is retrieved for a user. An original query submitted by the user is received which includes a plurality of query terms the user associates with particular online information the user is interested in. The original query is then analyzed using data from an online knowledge repository and a historical query log of a search engine to determine central concepts of the original query. A revised query results from this analysis which includes one or more of the central concepts. The revised query is then submitted to the search engine. Search results for the revised query are then provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Anthony James Fader
  • Publication number: 20120102045
    Abstract: A novel system for automatically indicating the specific identity of ambiguous named entities is provided. An automatic disambiguation data collection is created using a reference resource. Explicit named entities are catalogued from the reference resource, together with various abbreviated, alternative, and casual ways of referring to the named entities. Entity indicators, such as labels and context indicators associated with the named entities in the reference resource, are also catalogued. The automatic disambiguation collection can then be used as a basis for evaluating ambiguous references to named entities in text content provided in different applications. The content surrounding the ambiguous reference may be compared with the entity indicators to find a good match, indicating that the named entity associated with the matching entity indicators is the intended identity of the ambiguous reference, which can be automatically provided to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Mike Schultz
  • Patent number: 8112402
    Abstract: A novel system for automatically indicating the specific identity of ambiguous named entities is provided. An automatic disambiguation data collection is created using a reference resource. Explicit named entities are catalogued from the reference resource, together with various abbreviated, alternative, and casual ways of referring to the named entities. Entity indicators, such as labels and context indicators associated with the named entities in the reference resource, are also catalogued. The automatic disambiguation collection can then be used as a basis for evaluating ambiguous references to named entities in text content provided in different applications. The content surrounding the ambiguous reference may be compared with the entity indicators to find a good match, indicating that the named entity associated with the matching entity indicators is the intended identity of the ambiguous reference, which can be automatically provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Mike Schultz
  • Publication number: 20110295847
    Abstract: Concepts are presented related to a search engine query. Users can subsequently navigate search results and/or reformulate a query at a conceptual level. In one instance, users can specify weight with respect to one or more concepts to capture interest or lack of interest with respect to search intent. Based on one or more weights, a search query can be modified and results presented to a user along with associated concepts to enable continued interaction. Additionally or alternatively, organization and/or presentation of search results as well as advertisements can be influenced by user-specified weights or other interactions with concepts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Christopher J. C. Burges
  • Publication number: 20110258556
    Abstract: Technologies pertaining to the creation of personalized data for an individual, including personalized data based on a social networking participant's social networking data, entity extraction, and automatic collage generation are described herein. In one implementation, the personalized data is used to provide a personalized, social-based replacement for a default UI element. In one implementation, a disambiguated named entity is extracted from user generated content in a social networking application, a socially interesting photomontage is automatically generated based on photographs from a social networking application, and the photomontage is rendered with hotspots containing socially relevant annotations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emre Mehmet Kiciman, Chun-Kai Wang, Sreeharsha Kamireddy, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan
  • Patent number: 7984004
    Abstract: Described herein is a system that facilitates assigning indications of usefulness to query suggestions. The system includes a query suggestion generator component that receives a query and generates a query suggestion based at least in part upon the received query. A model component outputs an indication of usefulness with respect to the query suggestion, wherein the model component is a machine-learned model of user behavior with respect to query suggestions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventors: Galen Andrew, Sooho Park, Robert L. Rounthwaite, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Jamie Paul Buckley, Joanna Chan
  • Publication number: 20110072033
    Abstract: Described is the presenting of suggested queries for web pages that are not search engine results pages, based upon the URL and/or content of a currently displayed page. The suggested query set may be dynamically extracted (locally or remotely) based upon the content of the web page, and/or obtained from a data store of per-URL suggested query sets, e.g., generated from historical logs. Also described are various techniques for generating suggested queries, and user interface mechanisms that display and allow interaction with suggested queries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryen William White, Robert Rounthwaite, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan
  • Patent number: 7895193
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides systems and methods that facilitate providing specialized content associated with web results in response to a user query to provide queried information directly to a user without requiring the user to select a link and/or scroll through information on a web page associated therewith. Reference language models can be generated from multiple queries and can be compared to a query language model generated from web results returned in response to a user query. Based on such comparison, a determination can be made regarding whether a particular portion of specialized content corresponding to some particular query keywords is relevant enough to warrant direct presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Jamie P. Buckley, Laura J. Baldwin, Randall F. Kern, Eric D. Brill
  • Patent number: 7818315
    Abstract: A system(s) and/or method(s) that facilitate improving the relevance of search results through utilization of a query log. The relevance of the search results for a target query can be judged based on one or more queries in the log that are related to the target query temporally and/or lexically. The diversity of the top-ranked search results can be increased and/or decreased based on an iterative re-ranking process of the search result set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Ziming Zhuang
  • Publication number: 20100228710
    Abstract: Described is a search technology in which a search engine constructs a results page for a query that integrates suggested queries with the individual query results (e.g., displayed URLs). When rendered, the proximity of the suggested queries to their corresponding individual query result provides context as to the specific URL to which the suggested query is related. Suggested queries may appear alongside their associated search result, e.g., a displayed URL, and/or in an expandable panel proximate that individual search result. Suggested queries may appear within text accompanying a URL, and/or in a drop down menu following interaction with such text or the like. Related queries may be found by using a search result URL to find a query, by analyzing a search result's text snippet, by accessing historical data, and/or by accessing current user session data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Scott K. Imig, Kenneth Ward Church, Jean-Marie Larcheveque, Samuel D. Paye, JR., Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, Emily Blythe Pitler, Robert Rounthwaite, Ryen W. White
  • Patent number: 7747600
    Abstract: A computer-implementable method and system for performing a multi-level search. The method includes performing a primary search that involves executing a query submitted by a user, and returning primary search results (a list of documents, for example). The method further includes automatically performing a secondary search. The secondary search involves identifying at least one third-party source of information based on the query, and automatically assessing a semantic interpretation of the query. The secondary search utilizes the identified at least one third-party source of information and the semantic interpretation of the query to derive secondary search results, which are displayed along with the primary search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Krysta Svore, Chris Burges, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan
  • Patent number: 7680778
    Abstract: Computerized methods and systems for generating a suggested query list with suggested search terms displayed as highlighted text utilizing a user-defined query are provided. Query search terms are received by a user-interface display. Upon inputting query search terms, the user-interface automatically generates a suggested query list. The suggested query list is associated with the query search term and the suggested query list is comprised of at least one suggested search term. A query suggestion architecture determines if the query search term and the suggested search term are a match, and if so, highlights the suggested search term that is not a match. The user interface displays the highlighted terms to assist in refining a search. The present invention further provides a stemming algorithm that extracts the root form of the query search term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bhuvan Middha, Girish Kumar, Gaurav Sareen, Janine Crumb, Jason Douglas, Silviu Petru Cucerzan