Patents by Inventor Thomas D. Erickson

Thomas D. Erickson 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: 20190233693
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed relate to shaped abrasive particles having sharp tips, methods of making the shaped abrasive particles, methods of abrading a substrate with the shaped abrasive particles, and coated abrasive articles including the shaped abrasive particles. The shaped abrasive particle includes a ceramic, has a polygonal cross-sectional shape along a longitudinal axis of the shaped abrasive particle, and at least one tip of the shaped abrasive particle has a radius of curvature of less than or equal to about 19.2 microns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Dwight D. Erickson, Ian R. Owen, Shawn C. Dodds, Matthew S. Stay, Scott R. Culler, John T. Boden, William C. Quade, Joseph D. Solem, Negus B. Adefris, Chainika Jangu, Thomas J. Anderson, Gregory S. Mueller, William Blake Kolb
  • Publication number: 20190213899
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method executed by an adaptive learning system is disclosed that includes the step of estimating learning factors of a learner with respect to a content item. The method generates at least one user interaction activity associated with the content item using the estimated learning factors of the learner. The method displays the at least one user interaction activity on a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Jonathan Lenchner, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Publication number: 20190213900
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method executed by an adaptive learning system is disclosed that includes the step of receiving a first set of user data associated with a learner. The method stores the first set of user data. The method predicts at least one user interaction activity based on the first set of user data. The method identifies engagement factors for the user in the first set of user data. The method determines a set of engagement models based on the at least one predicted user interaction event, the first set of user data, and the identified engagement factors. The method generates a first set of control items based on the set of engagement models.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Jonathan Lenchner, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10345825
    Abstract: A drone road lighting method, system, and computer program product, includes detecting a need for illumination near a road and deploying a drone to perform an illumination action based on the detected need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10335952
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes monitoring a current location of a mobile robot in a physical space, which includes a first area separated from a second area by a selectively permeable virtual membrane, and a software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot with regard to the second area. The method further includes identifying a software state of the mobile robot that matches the software requirement, determining whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement, and allowing the mobile robot to move from the first area to the second area through the selectively permeable virtual membrane in response to determining whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10331497
    Abstract: A bot conflict-resolution service agent (BCRSA) for addressing conflicts between bots in a target domain is disclosed. The BCRSA is configured to receive data from a target domain that includes changes made to a content of the target domain, analyze the data to identify a first change made to the content by a first bot and a second change made to the content by a second bot, determine based on the analysis that the first and second changes conflict, determine that the first and second bots are in conflict, select an amelioration action to be executed to resolve the conflict between the first and second bots from a plurality of available amelioration actions, and resolve the conflict by executing the selected amelioration action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10324466
    Abstract: A drone identifies situational context (based on signals from at least one sensor) and selects an action in response to the situational context, based on a personality of the drone. The drone then communicates its personality to other drones within a swarm of drones, the drone being a member of the swarm of drones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Kala K. Fleming, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Publication number: 20190155663
    Abstract: A bot conflict-resolution service agent (BCRSA) for addressing conflicts between bots in a target domain is disclosed. The BCRSA is configured to receive data from a target domain that includes changes made to a content of the target domain, analyze the data to identify a first change made to the content by a first bot and a second change made to the content by a second bot, determine based on the analysis that the first and second changes conflict, determine that the first and second bots are in conflict, select an amelioration action to be executed to resolve the conflict between the first and second bots from a plurality of available amelioration actions, and resolve the conflict by executing the selected amelioration action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10287014
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle coupling apparatus for drone coupling. The unmanned aerial vehicle coupling apparatus includes a processor-based monitoring device to monitor values for each of a plurality of functions provided by a unmanned aerial vehicle and to detect when a value exceeds a predetermined threshold value, a vehicle selector to receive travel routes from each of a plurality of secondary vehicles and to select a secondary vehicle based on a travel route of the secondary vehicle when the value exceeds the predetermined threshold value, and a coupling mechanism to fasten and unfasten the unmanned aerial vehicle to the secondary vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Michael S. Gordon, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10289456
    Abstract: A bot conflict-resolution service agent (BCRSA) for addressing conflicts between bots in a target domain is disclosed. The BCRSA is configured to receive data from a target domain that includes changes made to a content of the target domain, analyze the data to identify a first change made to the content by a first bot and a second change made to the content by a second bot, determine based on the analysis that the first and second changes conflict, determine that the first and second bots are in conflict, select an amelioration action to be executed to resolve the conflict between the first and second bots from a plurality of available amelioration actions, and resolve the conflict by executing the selected amelioration action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10249194
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for assessing one or more features of drivers within a threshold distance of a self-driving vehicle which has sensors to monitor driving conditions on a travel route within the threshold distance, predicting the behavior of one or more vehicles within the threshold distance based on the assessment of those features, and utilizing the predicted behavior for the self-driving vehicle to drive on the travel route. Changes in the condition or usage of the travel route, the surroundings, and pedestrians and other types of vehicles in the vicinity of the travel route can go into the assessment. Changes in the assessment can alert the self-driving vehicle to change course and the way it monitors data. Information regarding other drivers can be privatized and utilized using a blockchain system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Aisha Walcott, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Publication number: 20180356839
    Abstract: A system for continued navigation of unmanned aerial vehicles beyond restricted boundaries. The system comprises a monitoring device to track a geolocation corresponding to an unmanned aerial vehicle and to compare the geolocation corresponding to the unmanned aerial vehicle with a geolocation corresponding to a restricted boundary to determine a location of the unmanned aerial vehicle with respect to a restricted environment, and a route generator to generate an alternative navigation method to navigate the restricted environment when the unmanned aerial vehicle is located within a predetermined distance of the restricted environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Publication number: 20180349206
    Abstract: A bot conflict-resolution service agent (BCRSA) for addressing conflicts between bots in a target domain is disclosed. The BCRSA is configured to receive data from a target domain that includes changes made to a content of the target domain, analyze the data to identify a first change made to the content by a first bot and a second change made to the content by a second bot, determine based on the analysis that the first and second changes conflict, determine that the first and second bots are in conflict, select an amelioration action to be executed to resolve the conflict between the first and second bots from a plurality of available amelioration actions, and resolve the conflict by executing the selected amelioration action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Publication number: 20180349207
    Abstract: A bot conflict-resolution service agent (BCRSA) for addressing conflicts between bots in a target domain is disclosed. The BCRSA is configured to receive data from a target domain that includes changes made to a content of the target domain, analyze the data to identify a first change made to the content by a first bot and a second change made to the content by a second bot, determine based on the analysis that the first and second changes conflict, determine that the first and second bots are in conflict, select an amelioration action to be executed to resolve the conflict between the first and second bots from a plurality of available amelioration actions, and resolve the conflict by executing the selected amelioration action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10140987
    Abstract: A method of operating an aerial drone companion device includes detecting a first voice command spoken by a first user. The aerial drone companion device is autonomously oriented such that an image capture device faces the first user in response to detecting the first voice command. A second voice command spoken by the first user is detected while the image capture device faces the first user. The second voice command is transmitted from the aerial drone companion device to a computer located remotely from the aerial drone companion device. A task signal is received indicating a task to be performed. The task signal is generated by the computer based on the second voice command, and the task signal is transmitted by the computer and received by the aerial drone companion device. The method includes autonomously executing the task by the aerial drone companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10082802
    Abstract: A system for continued navigation of unmanned aerial vehicles beyond restricted boundaries. The system comprises a monitoring device to track a geolocation corresponding to an unmanned aerial vehicle and to compare the geolocation corresponding to the unmanned aerial vehicle with a geolocation corresponding to a restricted boundary to determine a location of the unmanned aerial vehicle with respect to a restricted environment, and a route generator to generate an alternative navigation method to navigate the restricted environment when the unmanned aerial vehicle is located within a predetermined distance of the restricted environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10077110
    Abstract: Aspects include methods, systems and computer program products for evaluating a patient for a movement disorder. The method comprises defining a patient to be evaluated and deploying a unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to a location of the patient. The UAV includes a patient evaluation feature and at least one sensor operably coupled to the patient evaluation feature. The UAV is positioned relative to the patient to measure a patient motor characteristic. The patient motor characteristic is measured with the at least one sensor. A movement disorder is determined based at least in part on the measured patient motor characteristic. A signal is transmitted based on the detecting the movement disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Michael S. Gordon, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Publication number: 20180217593
    Abstract: A drone identifies situational context (based on signals from at least one sensor) and selects an action in response to the situational context, based on a personality of the drone. The drone then communicates its personality to other drones within a swarm of drones, the drone being a member of the swarm of drones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Kala K. Fleming, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 10035555
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method and system including a sensor on a vehicle and a processor connected to the sensor. The processor determines a probability of falling based on input from the sensor, whether the probability of falling exceeds a threshold, and a state of an operator of the vehicle. An actuator connected to the processor receives a signal from the processor when the probability of falling exceeds the threshold and when the state of the operator includes an impaired state. Stabilizer wheels are connected to the actuator, where the signal includes a command to deploy the stabilizer wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Minkyong Kim, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Publication number: 20180200891
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes monitoring a current location of a mobile robot in a physical space, which includes a first area separated from a second area by a selectively permeable virtual membrane, and a software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot with regard to the second area. The method further includes identifying a software state of the mobile robot that matches the software requirement, determining whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement, and allowing the mobile robot to move from the first area to the second area through the selectively permeable virtual membrane in response to determining whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: THOMAS D. ERICKSON, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic