Patents by Inventor Theodore G. van Kessel

Theodore G. van Kessel 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: 10973732
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems, methods, and products for prevention and treatment of orthostatic hypotension, edema, and nocturia. Aspects include a tubular compression sleeve having an adjustable effective radius. Aspects also include a position sensor. Aspects also include an actuator in communication with the position sensor, wherein the actuator is capable of modifying the effective radius of the tubular compression sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10935514
    Abstract: Low power combustible gas sensors using a thermocouple design are provided. In one aspect, a combustible gas sensor includes: at least one first electrode; at least one second electrode formed from a dissimilar material from the first electrode; and a catalytic material at an active reaction junction between the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein the active reaction junction between the first electrode and the second electrode forms a thermocouple. A sensing device is including, e.g., multiple sensors, and a method for sensing combustible gas using the present sensors are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Josephine B. Chang, Talia S. Gershon, Supratik Guha, Hendrik F. Hamann, Jiaxing Liu, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10935533
    Abstract: A gas sensor enclosure is provided. The gas sensor enclosure includes at least two coaxial shells, a gas sensor, a gas permeable membrane that exposes a portion of the gas sensor to gas exchange through one of the at least two coaxial shells and a screen. The screen encloses the at least two coaxial shells, the gas sensor and the gas permeable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Josephine B Chang, Yves Martin, Theodore G. Van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10832017
    Abstract: A method for tracking objects in a two-dimensional space includes first tracking devices that are activated to read tagged objects within the reading ranges of the first tracking devices. Second tracking devices are activated to read tagged objects within the reading ranges of the second tracking devices. The tagged objects read by each first tracking device are compared to the tagged objects read by each second tracking device, and based on the locations of the tagged objects read by the first and second tracking devices, the locations of the tagged objects are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez Rodriguez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente Klein, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10829391
    Abstract: Techniques for solar thermal water purification by recycling photovoltaic reflection losses are provided. In one aspect, a solar thermal water purification system includes: a water purification component for desalinating salt water, the water purification component having multiple stages through which the salt water passes, and condensers in each of the stages; and a photovoltaic component configured to heat the salt water prior to the salt water entering a first stage of the water purification component, wherein desalinated water evaporates and condenses in each of the stages to be collected as pure water. A system using reverse osmosis and a heat-driven water pump is also provided. Methods for water purification are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Talia S. Gershon, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10752787
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a method of making an antifouling and bactericidal coating with tailorable surface topology. The method includes depositing a layer of branched polyethyleneimine (BPEI) and diamino-functionalized poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) in a mixture of water and organic solvent on a substrate to form a layer of BPEI/PPO. The method includes depositing a layer of glyoxal in a water-containing solution on the layer of BPEI/PPO. The method further includes curing the layer of BPEI/PPO and layer of glyoxal to form a homogenous, glyoxal crosslinked BPEI/PPO coating, where the curing induces local precipitation and alteration of the glyoxal crosslinked BPEI/PPO coating to provide a textured surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Xin Ding, Mareva B. Fevre, James L. Hedrick, Zhen Chang Liang, Nathaniel H. Park, Theodore G. van Kessel, Rudy J. Wojtecki, Yi Yan Yang
  • Patent number: 10745586
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a method of making an antifouling coating includes forming a polythioaminal polymer by reacting a fluorinated primary amine with an aldehyde to form an intermediate imine, and then reacting the intermediate imine with a dithiol. The method further includes depositing the polythioaminal on a substrate, and increasing a temperature of the polythioaminal deposited on the substrate to crosslink the polythioaminal and increase a contact angle of the substrate with crosslinked polythioaminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, AGENCY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Xin Ding, Mareva B. Fevre, James L. Hedrick, Zhen Chang Liang, Nathaniel H. Park, Theodore G. van Kessel, Rudy J. Wojtecki, Yi Yan Yang
  • Publication number: 20200209148
    Abstract: A sensor housing apparatus includes a housing having an enclosure and outer assembly, at least one flow path extending through the housing, a gas sensor disposed in the enclosure and a thermal mass. The thermal mass is mounted within the enclosure in thermal communication with the gas sensor, and is configured to transfer thermal energy from the gas sensor to an ambient environment surrounding the housing and minimize temperature gradients adjacent the gas sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Yves Martin, William Green, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10696849
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a method of making an antifouling and bactericidal coating with tailorable surface topology. The method includes depositing a layer of branched polyethyleneimine (BPEI) and diamino-functionalized poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) in a mixture of water and organic solvent on a substrate to form a layer of BPEI/PPO. The method includes depositing a layer of glyoxal in a water-containing solution on the layer of BPEI/PPO. The method further includes curing the layer of BPEI/PPO and layer of glyoxal to form a homogenous, glyoxal crosslinked BPEI/PPO coating, where the curing induces local precipitation and alteration of the glyoxal crosslinked BPEI/PPO coating to provide a textured surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, AGENCY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Xin Ding, Mareva B. Fevre, James L. Hedrick, Zhen Chang Liang, Nathaniel H. Park, Theodore G. van Kessel, Rudy J. Wojtecki, Yi Yan Yang
  • Publication number: 20200172851
    Abstract: A device for monitoring a cell culture includes one or more electrochemical sensors configured to be positioned adjacent to or embedded within a medium of a cell culture. The one or more electrochemical sensors are configured to generate signals in accordance with the cell culture. A data storage device is configured to receive and store the signals from the one or more electrochemical sensors. A computation device is configured to analyze the signals from the one or more electrochemical sensors to determine cell activity over time using sensitivity information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Guy M. Cohen, Theodore G. van Kessel, Sufi Zafar
  • Patent number: 10629710
    Abstract: An approach for heat dissipation in integrated circuit devices is provided. A method includes forming an isolation layer on an electrically conductive feature of an integrated circuit device. The method also includes forming an electrically conductive layer on the isolation layer. The method additionally includes forming a plurality of nanowire structures on a surface of the electrically conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan B. Botula, Max L. Lifson, James A. Slinkman, Theodore G. Van Kessel, Randy L. Wolf
  • Patent number: 10613023
    Abstract: A sensor housing apparatus includes a housing having an enclosure and outer assembly, at least one flow path extending through the housing, a gas sensor disposed in the enclosure and a thermal mass. The thermal mass is mounted within the enclosure in thermal communication with the gas sensor, and is configured to transfer thermal energy from the gas sensor to an ambient environment surrounding the housing and minimize temperature gradients adjacent the gas sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yves Martin, William Green, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10611994
    Abstract: A device for monitoring a cell culture includes one or more electrochemical sensors configured to be positioned adjacent to or embedded within a medium of a cell culture. The one or more electrochemical sensors are configured to generate signals in accordance with the cell culture. A data storage device is configured to receive and store the signals from the one or more electrochemical sensors. A computation device is configured to analyze the signals from the one or more electrochemical sensors to determine cell activity over time using sensitivity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Guy M. Cohen, Theodore G. van Kessel, Sufi Zafar
  • Patent number: 10614378
    Abstract: One aspect includes a method for use with a plurality of steam assisted gravity drainage wells. The method includes designing a first modeling framework which provides a model of total output for the plurality of wells from one or more input variables for respective ones of the plurality of wells. The method also includes designing a second modeling framework which provides a model of output for a given one of the plurality of wells based at least in part on one or more input variables for the given one of the plurality of wells and one or more input variables for at least another one of the plurality of wells. The method further includes utilizing the first and second modeling frameworks to determine an optimal configuration for the wells and configuring the well to operate with the determined optimal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew R. Conn, Lior Horesh, Matthias Kormaksson, Moshood Omolade Saliu, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10600893
    Abstract: An approach for heat dissipation in integrated circuit devices is provided. A method includes forming an isolation layer on an electrically conductive feature of an integrated circuit device. The method also includes forming an electrically conductive layer on the isolation layer. The method additionally includes forming a plurality of nanowire structures on a surface of the electrically conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan B. Botula, Max L. Lifson, James A. Slinkman, Theodore G. Van Kessel, Randy L. Wolf
  • Patent number: 10599991
    Abstract: A parameter-based multi-model blending method and system are described. The method includes selecting a parameter of interest among parameters estimated by each of a set of individual models, running the set of individual models with a range of inputs to obtain a range of estimates of the parameters from each of the set of individual models, and identifying, for each of the set of individual models, critical parameters among the parameters estimated, the critical parameters exhibiting a specified correlation with an error in estimation of the parameter of interest. For each subspace of combinations of the critical parameters, obtaining a parameter-based blended model is based on blending the set of individual models in accordance with the subspace of the critical parameters, the subspace defining a sub-range for each of the critical parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hendrik F. Hamann, Youngdeok Hwang, Levente Klein, Jonathan Lenchner, Siyuan Lu, Fernando J. Marianno, Gerald J. Tesauro, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10592818
    Abstract: A parameter-based multi-model blending method and system are described. The method includes selecting a parameter of interest among parameters estimated by each of a set of individual models, running the set of individual models with a range of inputs to obtain a range of estimates of the parameters from each of the set of individual models, and identifying, for each of the set of individual models, critical parameters among the parameters estimated, the critical parameters exhibiting a specified correlation with an error in estimation of the parameter of interest. For each subspace of combinations of the critical parameters, obtaining a parameter-based blended model is based on blending the set of individual models in accordance with the subspace of the critical parameters, the subspace defining a sub-range for each of the critical parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hendrik F. Hamann, Youngdeok Hwang, Levente Klein, Jonathan Lenchner, Siyuan Lu, Fernando J. Marianno, Gerald J. Tesauro, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10592817
    Abstract: A parameter-based multi-model blending method and system are described. The method includes selecting a parameter of interest among parameters estimated by each of a set of individual models, running the set of individual models with a range of inputs to obtain a range of estimates of the parameters from each of the set of individual models, and identifying, for each of the set of individual models, critical parameters among the parameters estimated, the critical parameters exhibiting a specified correlation with an error in estimation of the parameter of interest. For each subspace of combinations of the critical parameters, obtaining a parameter-based blended model is based on blending the set of individual models in accordance with the subspace of the critical parameters, the subspace defining a sub-range for each of the critical parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hendrik F. Hamann, Youngdeok Hwang, Levente Klein, Jonathan Lenchner, Siyuan Lu, Fernando J. Marianno, Gerald J. Tesauro, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Publication number: 20200068819
    Abstract: A water irrigation system is provided for irrigating a plurality of zones. The water irrigation system includes a set of acoustic pressure modulators for generating a set of modulated acoustic pressure signals that include an actuating pressure signal and a de-actuating pressure signal. The set of acoustic pressure modulators include different subsets. The different subsets control different ones of the plurality of zones by selectively providing the same or different ones of the actuating and de-actuating pressure signals to the different ones of the plurality of zones at any given time. The water irrigation system further includes a set of acoustically-reactive irrigating elements disposed in each of the plurality of zones, each including an acoustically-reactive oscillating disk based water emitter. The acoustically-reactive oscillating disk based water emitter is selectively actuated or de-actuated responsive to the actuating pressure signal and the de-actuating pressure signal, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez Rodriguez, Levente Klein, Alejandro G. Schrott, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Publication number: 20200073015
    Abstract: Embodiments for controlling precipitation collection vessels to accurately and efficiently collect, measure, and aggregate precipitation accumulation data are disclosed. In one embodiment according to aspects of the present invention, a computer-implemented method includes collecting snow in a plurality of collection vessels by orienting an open end of each of the plurality of collection vessels perpendicularly to a direction of the wind based at least in part on a wind model. The computer-implemented method further includes measuring a snow level of the snow in each of the plurality of collection vessels to generate snow level data for each of the plurality of collection vessels. The computer-implemented method further includes aggregating the snow level data for each of the plurality of snow collection by assembling the snow accumulation data from each of the plurality of collection vessels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Levente Klein, Siyuan Lu, Fernando J. Marianno, Theodore G. van Kessel