Patents by Inventor Stefan Alexander

Stefan Alexander 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: 20220306286
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods and/or computer program products that facilitate measuring weight and balance and optimizing center of gravity are provided. In one embodiment, a system 100 utilizes a processor 106 that executes computer implemented components stored in a memory 104. A compression component 108 calculates compression of landing gear struts based on height above ground of an aircraft. A gravity component 110 determines center of gravity based on differential compression of the landing gear struts. An optimization component 112 automatically optimizes the center of gravity to a rear limit of a center of gravity margin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Inventors: Edward Parker, Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20220299772
    Abstract: A waveguide including at least a first photopolymer layer and a second photopolymer layer having a barrier layer therebetween and a first transparent layer and second transparent layer overlaying the first and second photopolymer layers, respectively. The waveguide can further include at least one holographic incoupler and at least one holographic outcoupler, each configured to be responsive to light within a first waveband and unresponsive to light outside of the first waveband, and further configured to be transmissive or reflective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventors: Jackie Lynn Mills, Shreyas Potnis, Timothy Paul Bodiya, Stefan Alexander
  • Patent number: 11447713
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the preparation of a hyperbranched polyester mixture obtainable by reacting a hydroxyl group containing carboxylic acid (B) with at least one carboxylic acid group and at least two hydroxyl groups with a diol (C) having a molecular weight of more than 100 g/mol, optionally in the presence of at least one further reactant, wherein the at least one further reactant is a polyol (A) having at least three hydroxyl groups under a reaction condition allowing ester and ether formation; and reacting the mixture resulting from step (a) with a hydrophobic carboxylic acid (D) resulting in the hyperbranched polyester mixture. The invention further relates to said hyperbranched polyester mixture and the use as wax inhibitor, as pour point depressant, as lubricant or in lubricating oils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Anna Maria Mueller-Cristadoro, Edward Bohres, Stefan Frenzel, Xiao Fu, Felix Alexander Westerhaus, Tina Noack, Radoslaw Kierat
  • Publication number: 20220291680
    Abstract: A method of controlling an aircraft includes tracking, using at least one sensor, one of an input by a pilot or a biometric parameter of a first pilot during flight of the aircraft. The method also includes determining a lack of attention by the pilot or a depth of sleep of the pilot based on the biometric parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventor: Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11440657
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle is provided. The aerial vehicle can include a plurality of sensors mounted thereon, an avionics system configured to operate at least a portion of the aerial vehicle, and a machine vision controller in operative communication with the avionics system and the plurality of sensors. The machine vision controller is configured to perform a method. The method includes obtaining sensor data from at least one sensor of the plurality of sensors, determining performance data from the avionic system or an additional sensor of the plurality of sensors, processing the sensor data based on the performance data to compensate for movement of the unmanned aerial vehicle, identifying at least one geographic indicator based on processing the sensor data, and determining a geographic location of the aerial vehicle based on the at least one geographic indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20220284737
    Abstract: A method 140 of assessing an operator emotional state 131 and sending an alert 144 based on the emotional state 131. The method 140 includes tracking 141 during a time period, using at least one sensor 103, 105, 106, 112, 117, one of an image sensor data, voice data or a biometric parameter of an operator. Determining 142, using a controller 120 that is operatively connected to at least one sensor 103, 105, 106, 112, 117, a probability of a likely emotional state 131 from a list of emotional states 131 of an operator based on one of the image sensor data, voice data or the biometric parameter. Comparing 143, using a processor, the probability of one of the likely emotional states 131 of the operator with a baseline emotional state 131 of the operator. Sending 144, using the controller 120, an alert if most likely emotional state deviates from the baseline emotional state by a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander Schwindt, Alexander S. Chen, Peter H. Tu
  • Patent number: 11422074
    Abstract: The invention relates to a preparation system and method for preparing a sample for electron microscopy, the preparation system comprising: a liquid handling system (0) comprising a dispensing head (1), wherein said liquid handling system (0) is configured to aspirate and dispense a volume of a sample via the dispensing head (1), a support structure (2) that is configured to accommodate the sample, a temperature-controlled stage (4) that is configured to keep said support structure (2) at a pre-defined temperature, a first adapter (3) configured to hold said support structure (2), and a transfer mechanism (60) that is configured to be connected to the first adapter (3) holding the support structure (2) and to move said support structure (2) into a container (8) containing a liquid cryogen (80) so that the sample on the support structure (2) contacts the cryogen (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: UNIVERSITAT BASEL
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander Arnold, Thomas Braun, Henning Stahlberg
  • Publication number: 20220251966
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine actuation system includes a gas turbine engine, an actuation device, an actuator, and a power source. The gas turbine engine includes a compressor section, a combustion section, a turbine section, and a rotating shaft. The actuation device is operable with the compressor section, combustion section, turbine section, or a combination thereof. The actuator is operationally coupled to the actuation device and includes an electric actuator configured to convert electrical current into mechanical power. The power source is configured to supply electrical current to the actuator, alone or in tandem with a hydraulic actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: David Alexander Hiett, Stefan Joseph Cafaro, Robert Jon McQuiston, David Marion Ostdiek
  • Publication number: 20220252007
    Abstract: A method for operating a hybrid-electric propulsion system of an aircraft, the hybrid-electric propulsion system, the method comprising: sensing data indicative of at least one of an aerodynamic instability, a pressure, or a temperature within the HP compressor and the LP compressor of the gas turbine engine; identifying a aerodynamically unstable compressor by determining that conditions within one of the HP compressor or the LP compressor are within a threshold of a stall condition based at least in part on the sensed data within the HP compressor and the LP compressor of the gas turbine engine, the one of the HP compressor or the LP compressor that is determined to be within the threshold of a stall condition being the aerodynamically unstable compressor; and transferring power, via the one or more electric machines, to the aerodynamically unstable compressor in order to clear the stall condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: David Alexander Hiett, David Marion Ostdiek, Stefan Joseph Cafaro, Robert Jon McQuiston
  • Patent number: 11411874
    Abstract: A network switch includes a first port configured for communication with a first electric device and a second port configured for communication with a second electric device in a deterministic network. The network switch includes one or more processors configured to receive at the first port a communication packet associated with the first electric device and the second electric device, determine if the communication packet satisfies a plurality of protocol constraints, and in response to the communication packet satisfying the plurality of protocol constraints, input one or more message characteristics from the communication packet into a model associated with a first industrial process. The model is configured to output a process behavioral classification based on the one or more message characteristics. The one or more processors receive a process behavioral classification for the communication packet, and selectively generate a control action for the ICS based on the process behavioral classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20220223094
    Abstract: A method and system for programming, calibrating and driving a light emitting device display, and for operating a display at a constant luminance even as some of the pixels in the display are degraded over time. The system may include extracting a time dependent parameter of a pixel for calibration. Each pixel in the display is configured to emit light when a voltage is supplied to the pixel's driving circuit, which causes a current to flow through a light emitting element. Degraded pixels are compensated by supplying their respective driving circuits with greater voltages. The display data is scaled by a compression factor less than one to reserve some voltage levels for compensating degraded pixels. As pixels become more degraded, and require additional compensation, the compression factor is decreased to reserve additional voltage levels for use in compensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Arokia Nathan, Gholamreza Chaji, Stefan Alexander, Peyman Servati, Richard I-Heng Huang, Corbin Church
  • Patent number: 11379048
    Abstract: An input panel for an electronic device, including an arrangement of buttons, wherein each button is actuated when pressed, providing input to an electronic device, and a sensor, detecting location of a user's finger above the buttons, the sensor including a housing, a printed circuit board, light emitters and photodiode detectors, lenses mounted in the housing in such a manner that, when the housing is mounted along an edge of the arrangement, the lenses direct light from the emitters along a plane above the buttons, and direct light from the plane, reflected toward the lenses by an object inserted into the plane, onto the detectors, a processor configured to identify a location in the plane at which the object is inserted based on the detections of light reflected by the object, and a communications port configured to output the identified location to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Björn Thomas Eriksson, Björn Alexander Jubner, Rozita Teymourzadeh, Håkan Sven Erik Andersson, Per Carl Sture Rosengren, Xiatao Wang, Stefan Johannes Holmgren, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Jan Tomas Hartman, Per Oscar Sverud, Sangtaek Kim, Rasmus Dahl-Örn, Tom Richard Berglind, Karl Erik Patrik Nordström, Lars Bertil Sparf, Erik Anders Claes Rosengren, John Elis Gösta Karlsson, Remo Behdasht, Robin Kjell Åman, Joseph Shain
  • Patent number: 11377203
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods and/or computer program products that facilitate measuring weight and balance and optimizing center of gravity are provided. In one embodiment, a system 100 utilizes a processor 106 that executes computer implemented components stored in a memory 104. A compression component 108 calculates compression of landing gear struts based on height above ground of an aircraft. A gravity component 110 determines center of gravity based on differential compression of the landing gear struts. An optimization component 112 automatically optimizes the center of gravity to a rear limit of a center of gravity margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Edward Parker, Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11360472
    Abstract: A method of controlling an aircraft includes tracking, using at least one sensor, one of an input by a pilot or a biometric parameter of a first pilot during flight of the aircraft. The method also includes determining a lack of attention by the pilot or a depth of sleep of the pilot based on the biometric parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventor: Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11341352
    Abstract: A method 140 of assessing an operator emotional state 131 and sending an alert 144 based on the emotional state 131. The method 140 includes tracking 141 during a time period, using at least one sensor 103, 105, 106, 112, 117, one of an image sensor data, voice data or a biometric parameter of an operator. Determining 142, using a controller 120 that is operatively connected to at least one sensor 103, 105, 106, 112, 117, a probability of a likely emotional state 131 from a list of emotional states 131 of an operator based on one of the image sensor data, voice data or the biometric parameter. Comparing 143, using a processor, the probability of one of the likely emotional states 131 of the operator with a baseline emotional state 131 of the operator. Sending 144, using the controller 120, an alert if most likely emotional state deviates from the baseline emotional state by a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander Schwindt, Alexander S. Chen, Peter H. Tu
  • Patent number: 11328615
    Abstract: Route planning and movement of an aircraft on the ground based on a navigation model trained to improve aircraft operational efficiency is provided herein. A system comprises a memory that stores executable components and a processor, operatively coupled to the memory, that executes the executable components that comprise an assessment component, a sensor component, and a route planning component. The assessment component accesses runway data, taxiway data, and gate configuration data associated with an airport. The sensor component collects, from a plurality of sensors, sensor data related to performance data of an aircraft and respective conditions of the runway, the taxiway, and the gate configuration data. The route planning component employs a navigation model that is trained to analyze the sensor data, the runway data, the taxiway data, and the gate configuration data, and generate a taxiing protocol to navigate the aircraft to improve aircraft operational efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Publication number: 20220139233
    Abstract: A method for updating, for an aircraft, a first flight plan having a first set of flight parameters, includes receiving, via an avionics device, a change to the first flight plan, determining a second set of flight parameters based on the change to the first flight plan, receiving, by the avionics device, at least one of terrain data and special use airspace (SUA) data. The method includes performing, with the avionics device, a safety validation of the second set of flight parameters, wherein the safety validation comprises: comparing the second set of flight parameters with the received at least one of terrain data and SUA data, and determining, based on the comparison, whether the second set of flight parameters presents a risk to safe flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander Schwindt, Joachim Karl Ulf Hochwarth
  • Patent number: 11299294
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods and/or computer program products that facilitate automating fault isolation of flight control surfaces and damage detection of aircraft are provided. In one embodiment, a system 100 utilizes a processor 102 that executes computer implemented components stored in memory 104. One or more sensors 106 monitor wing and flight control surface from one or more vantage points to obtain full coverage of the wing. A machine vision component 108 assesses condition of the wing and the flight control surface based on results of the one or more sensors 106. A spectrographic component 110 detects leaks by monitoring airflow for traces of fuel or hydraulic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Edward Parker, Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11300661
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods and/or computer program products that facilitate landing on emergency or unprepared landing strip in low visibility condition are provided. In one embodiment, a system 100 utilizes a processor 106 that executes computer implemented components stored in a memory 104. A selection component 108 selects candidate spaces from a navigation database or machine vision data for landing an aircraft. A guidance component 110 guides landing the aircraft on a landing strip from among the candidate spaces in low visibility condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Edward Parker, Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11270621
    Abstract: A method and system for programming, calibrating and driving a light emitting device display, and for operating a display at a constant luminance even as some of the pixels in the display are degraded over time. The system may include extracting a time dependent parameter of a pixel for calibration. Each pixel in the display is configured to emit light when a voltage is supplied to the pixel's driving circuit, which causes a current to flow through a light emitting element. Degraded pixels are compensated by supplying their respective driving circuits with greater voltages. The display data is scaled by a compression factor less than one to reserve some voltage levels for compensating degraded pixels. As pixels become more degraded, and require additional compensation, the compression factor is decreased to reserve additional voltage levels for use in compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Ignis Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Arokia Nathan, Gholamreza Chaji, Stefan Alexander, Peyman Servati, Richard I-Heng Huang, Corbin Church