Patents by Inventor Steven M. Hoffberg

Steven M. Hoffberg 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: 10447855
    Abstract: A call-management method and system for distributing calls to agents, wherein each agent has a profile, e.g., defining agent skills, efficiency, etc. The call center management system implements an algorithm for selecting an agent to receive a call to optimize caller utility, call center efficiency, and agent training. Therefore, the algorithm does not seek to necessarily route a call to the agent having the skill set most suited to the call; rather, the call may be routed to an agent who needs experience in the area of the call, and thus serves as a training exercise. Skilled agents may be made available to shadow the training agent when available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10361802
    Abstract: An adaptive interface for a programmable system, for predicting a desired user function, based on user history, as well as machine internal status and context. The apparatus receives an input from the user and other data. A predicted input is presented for confirmation by the user, and the predictive mechanism is updated based on this feedback. Also provided is a pattern recognition system for a multimedia device, wherein a user input is matched to a video stream on a conceptual basis, allowing inexact programming of a multimedia device. The system analyzes a data stream for correspondence with a data pattern for processing and storage. The data stream is subjected to adaptive pattern recognition to extract features of interest to provide a highly compressed representation that may be efficiently processed to determine correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Blanding Hovenweep, LLC
    Inventors: Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10237420
    Abstract: A method for matching a first entity with at least one second entity selected from a plurality of second entities, comprising defining a plurality of multivalued scalar data representing inferential targeting parameters for the first entity and a plurality of multivalued scalar data of each of the plurality of second entities, representing respective characteristic parameters for each respective second entity; and performing an automated optimization with respect to an economic surplus of a respective match of the first entity with the at least one of the plurality of second entities, and an opportunity cost of the unavailability of the at least one of the plurality of second entities for matching with an alternate first entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Wai Wu, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10163137
    Abstract: A system and method providing for communication and resolution of utility functions between participants, wherein the utility function is evaluated based on local information at the recipient to determine a cost value thereof. A user interface having express representation of both information elements, and associated reliability of the information. An automated system for optimally conveying information based on relevance and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10127816
    Abstract: A method and system alert a driver of a driven vehicle about an unsafe traffic condition. The method detects, by one or more of a radar detector, a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) detector, or a camera, a braking event of a nearby vehicle. The method stores, in a storage device, the braking event of the nearby vehicle. The method communicates a signal indicative of the braking event of the nearby vehicle to a brake system of the driven vehicle. The method also alerts the driver, by one or more of a user display alert or an audible alert, of the braking event of the nearby vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Blanding Hovenweep, LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10118696
    Abstract: A method for controlling a flying projectile which rotates during flight, comprising: determining an angle of rotation of an inertial mass spinning about an axis during flight; and controlling at least one actuator for altering at least a portion of an aerodynamic structure, selectively in dependence on the determined angle of rotation and a control input, to control aerodynamic forces during flight. An aerodynamic surface may rotate and interact with surrounding air during flight, to produce aerodynamic forces. A sensor determines an angular rotation of the spin during flight. A control system, responsive to the sensor, produces a control signal in dependence on the determined angular rotation. An actuator selectively alters an aerodynamic characteristic of the aerodynamic surface in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10092843
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving an ordered set of images and analyzing the images to determine at least one position in space and at least one motion vector in space and time for at least one object represented in the images is disclosed. Using these vectors, a four dimensional model of at least a portion of the information represented in the images is formulated. This model generally obeys the laws of physics, though aberrations may be imposed. The model is then exercised with an input parameter, which, for example, may represent a different perspective than the original set of images. The four dimensional model is then used to produce a modified set of ordered images in dependence on the input parameter and optionally the set of images, e.g., if only a portion of the data represented in the images is modeled. The set of images may then be rendered on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory S. Rabin, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10015478
    Abstract: The inventive method involves receiving as input a representation of an ordered set of two dimensional images. The ordered set of two dimensional images is analyzed to determine at least one first view of an object in at least two dimensions and at least one motion vector. The next step is analyzing the combination of the first view of the object in at least two dimensions, the motion vector, and the ordered set of two dimensional images to determine at least a second view of the object; generating a three dimensional representation of the ordered set of two dimensional images on the basis of at least the first view of the object and the second view of the object. Finally, the method involves providing as output an indicia of the three dimensional representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Publication number: 20180166062
    Abstract: A metamaterial comprising, a plurality of acoustic vector field sensors, each configured to sense an acoustic vector field of a fluid within a fluid-filled space in response to fluid waves, and producing an electrical signal corresponding to the sensed acoustic vector field; a processor configured to perform a time and space transform on the electrical signal; and at least one phased array transducer, configured to emit fluid waves according to a produced acoustic vector field pattern dependent on a result of the time and space transform, a within a portion of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9995076
    Abstract: A method for controlling a door, comprising the steps of storing energy during a manual opening of a door, sensing an object within a doorway, selectively applying a force derived from the stored energy, to close the door, based on the sensing of an object in the doorway. The closure is preferably controlled by an electronic control. A door closing device comprising an energy storage device for storing energy during door opening and releasing the stored energy to subsequently close the door, a damping system for damping a closure of the door, a sensor for detecting an object within a doorway, having an output, a controllable device for selectively restraining the energy storage device from closing the door, and a control system for controlling the controllable device based on the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Publication number: 20180068358
    Abstract: A system and method providing for communication and resolution of utility functions between participants, wherein the utility function is evaluated based on local information at the recipient to determine a cost value thereof. A user interface having express representation of both information elements, and associated reliability of the information. An automated system for optimally conveying information based on relevance and reliability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Publication number: 20180049043
    Abstract: A method for controlling a system involving a physical event or process, comprising: providing a computer-implemented physical model of the physical event or process; performing at least a first transform of a time series of data in a time domain representing the physical event or process event into a non-time domain, according to a first transform algorithm to produce a transformed data set; processing the transformed data set to reduce noise and, dependent on the computer-implemented physical model, to extract at least one feature of the transformed data set, to produce a filtered data set and a classification of the at least one feature; and producing a control signal in dependence on at least the classification of the at least one feature, for at least one of: (a) altering the physical event or process, and (b) altering a relationship of a user of the system to the physical event or process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9860391
    Abstract: A method for matching a first entity with at least one second entity selected from a plurality of second entities, comprising defining a plurality of multivalued scalar data representing inferential targeting parameters for the first entity and a plurality of multivalued scalar data of each of the plurality of second entities, representing respective characteristic parameters for each respective second entity; and performing an automated optimization with respect to an economic surplus of a respective match of the first entity with the at least one of the plurality of second entities, and an opportunity cost of the unavailability of the at least one of the plurality of second entities for matching with an alternate first entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Wai Wu, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9818136
    Abstract: A system and method providing for communication and resolution of utility functions between participants, wherein the utility function is evaluated based on local information at the recipient to determine a cost value thereof. A user interface having express representation of both information elements, and associated reliability of the information. An automated system for optimally conveying information based on relevance and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9807239
    Abstract: A communications routing system, and method, for representing a plurality of predicted characteristics of a plurality of communications sources, each having an economic utility; representing a plurality of predicted characteristics of a plurality of communications targets each having an economic utility; and determining an optimal routing between the plurality of communications sources and the plurality of communications targets, by maximizing an aggregate utility with respect to the respective predicted characteristics of communications source and communications destination represented by linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Wai Wu, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9795882
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving an ordered set of images and analyzing the images to determine at least one position in space and at least one motion vector in space and time for at least one object represented in the images is disclosed. Using these vectors, a four dimensional model of at least a portion of the information represented in the images is formulated. This model generally obeys the laws of physics, though aberrations may be imposed. The model is then exercised with an input parameter, which, for example, may represent a different perspective than the original set of images. The four dimensional model is then used to produce a modified set of ordered images in dependence on the input parameter and optionally the set of images, e.g., if only a portion of the data represented in the images is modeled. The set of images may then be rendered on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory S. Rabin, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9794797
    Abstract: A method for providing unequal allocation of rights among agents while operating according to fair principles, comprising assigning a hierarchal rank to each agent; providing a synthetic economic value to a first set of agents at the a high level of the hierarchy; allocating portions of the synthetic economic value by the first set of agents to a second set of agents at respectively different hierarchal rank than the first set of agents; and conducting an auction amongst agents using the synthetic economic value as the currency. A method for allocation among agents, comprising assigning a wealth generation function for generating future wealth to each of a plurality of agents, communicating subjective market information between agents, and transferring wealth generated by the secure wealth generation function between agents in consideration of a market transaction. The method may further comprise the step of transferring at least a portion of the wealth generation function between agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9736308
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating in a communication network, comprising presenting a communication comprising data over a communications network to a router, said router being adapted to route the communication to one of a plurality of available network destinations; automatically executing a communication targeting algorithm in the router, based at least in part on the data, wherein the communication targeting algorithm operates to contextually jointly analyze a plurality of parameters extracted from the data and a plurality of contextual parameters, to determine an optimum target for the communication, wherein the optimum target varies in dependence on both the data and the context of the communication; and routing the communication in dependence on the algorithm execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Wai Wu, Toby Heller, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9727042
    Abstract: The need for a more readily usable interface for programmable devices is widely recognized. The present invention relates to programmable sequencing devices, or, more particularly, the remote controls for consumer electronic devices. The present invention provides an enhanced interface for facilitating human input of a desired control sequence in a programmable device by employing specialized visual feedback. The present invention also relates to a new interface and method of interfacing with a programmable device, which is usable as an interface for a programmable video cassette recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Blanding Hovenweep, LLC
    Inventors: Linda Irene Hoffberg-Borghesani, Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Publication number: 20170206512
    Abstract: A method for providing unequal allocation of rights among agents while operating according to fair principles, comprising assigning a hierarchal rank to each agent; providing a synthetic economic value to a first set of agents at the a high level of the hierarchy; allocating portions of the synthetic economic value by the first set of agents to a second set of agents at respectively different hierarchal rank than the first set of agents; and conducting an auction amongst agents using the synthetic economic value as the currency. A method for allocation among agents, comprising assigning a wealth generation function for generating future wealth to each of a plurality of agents, communicating subjective market information between agents, and transferring wealth generated by the secure wealth generation function between agents in consideration of a market transaction. The method may further comprise the step of transferring at least a portion of the wealth generation function between agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg