Patents by Inventor Thomas G. Zimmerman

Thomas G. Zimmerman 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: 11150187
    Abstract: A system is provided for performing metal trace analysis on a liquid sample. A sample holder holds an analysis substrate that includes a reference region and at least one test region. An ultraviolet (UV) light source emits ultraviolet light illuminating the liquid sample. An optical sensor detects radiation emanating from the liquid sample and converting the detected radiation into an electrical signal. A microcontroller processes the electrical signal. An external interface transmits the processed electrical signal to an external device. The analysis substrate is configured for manual movement by a user. A tracking system detects a sample scanning location for the metal trace analysis, and includes a light source, other than the UV light source, and another optical sensor. The other optical sensor detects light emitted by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Engel, Jeannette M. Garcia, Ricardo L. Ohta, Ademir F. Silva, Mathias B. Steiner, Jaione Tirapu Azpiroz, Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20210309880
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process that utilizes a modified Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) process to form a water-resistant coating in situ on a substrate. The process uses solvent soluble monomers, initiator and ligand to form a solvent insoluble water-resistant polymer coating that is deposited directly onto a metal trace on the substrate. The process is especially useful for providing a water-resistant coating to the circuits on a printed circuit board, wearable electronics, and biological sensors. The process can be run in an aqueous solvent in the open atmosphere and does not require a vacuum, heating steps or masking. The coating is deposited only on the metal trace and closely adjacent areas of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas S. Smith, II, John L. Zimmerman, John D. McGee, Gregory T. Donaldson, Lisa K. Miller, William G. Kozak, Eric C. Kuhns
  • Patent number: 10986228
    Abstract: A method, system, and a computer program product are provided for monitoring an emotional state of a conversation by monitoring a communication between first and second persons to determine an emotional state of the communication, providing a visual representation of the emotional state of the communication for display to a person having access to the communication, and performing an intervention action to improve the emotional state of the communication in response to detecting the emotional state of the communication meets one or more specified intervention criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10827923
    Abstract: An ophthalmic device having a single or dual compartment configuration selectively emits infrared and visible light beams onto one or a pair of target eyes. The device performs eye fundus imaging and aids in the detection of ailments as indicated by anomalies in the pupillary reflex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros Karargyris, Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10810759
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method according to one embodiment includes identifying a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) images illustrating a subject performing a rotation, selecting a representative image of the subject, cropping the plurality of 2D images, utilizing the representative image of the subject, to create a cropped plurality of 2D images, aligning each of the cropped plurality of 2D images, thereby creating an aligned plurality of 2D images, selecting a subset of the aligned plurality of 2D images that illustrate a predetermined amount of rotation of the subject, and creating a three-dimensional (3D) point cloud of the subject, utilizing the subset of the aligned plurality of 2D images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Thomas G. Zimmerman, Simone Bianco, Rebecca M. McGillivary, Wallace F. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10805464
    Abstract: A method, system, and a computer program product are provided for monitoring an emotional state of a conversation by monitoring a communication between first and second persons to determine an emotional state of the communication, providing a visual representation of the emotional state of the communication for display to a person having access to the communication, and performing an intervention action to improve the emotional state of the communication in response to detecting the emotional state of the communication meets one or more specified intervention criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20200297207
    Abstract: An ophthalmic device having a single or dual compartment configuration selectively emits infrared and visible light beams onto one or a pair of target eyes. The device performs eye fundus imaging and aids in the detection of ailments as indicated by anomalies in the pupillary reflex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: ALEXANDROS KARARGYRIS, THOMAS G. ZIMMERMAN
  • Publication number: 20200160554
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method according to one embodiment includes identifying a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) images illustrating a subject performing a rotation, selecting a representative image of the subject, cropping the plurality of 2D images, utilizing the representative image of the subject, to create a cropped plurality of 2D images, aligning each of the cropped plurality of 2D images, thereby creating an aligned plurality of 2D images, selecting a subset of the aligned plurality of 2D images that illustrate a predetermined amount of rotation of the subject, and creating a three-dimensional (3D) point cloud of the subject, utilizing the subset of the aligned plurality of 2D images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas G. Zimmerman, Simone Bianco, Rebecca M. McGillivary, Wallace F. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10638926
    Abstract: An ophthalmic device having a single or dual compartment configuration selectively emits infrared and visible light beams onto one or a pair of target eyes. The device performs eye fundus imaging and aids in the detection of ailments as indicated by anomalies in the pupillary reflex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros Karargyris, Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20200013092
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which a system determines a set of message properties corresponding to a set of products based on product data analysis. The system then identifies a set of user properties of users based on analyzing social media data corresponding to the product data. Next, the system identifies a set of candidate customers from the set of users based on analyzing the set of user properties against the set of product data. In turn, the system generates a set of target messages that are tailored to a combination of candidate customer properties corresponding to the set of candidate customers and the product data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Zhe Liu, Mengdi Zhang, Anbang Xu, April L. Webster, Jalal U. Mahmud, Thomas G. Zimmerman, Rama Kalyani T. Akkiraju, Vibha S. Sinha
  • Publication number: 20200011797
    Abstract: A system is provided for performing metal trace analysis on a liquid sample. A sample holder holds an analysis substrate that includes a reference region and at least one test region. An ultraviolet (UV) light source emits ultraviolet light illuminating the liquid sample. An optical sensor detects radiation emanating from the liquid sample and converting the detected radiation into an electrical signal. A microcontroller processes the electrical signal. An external interface transmits the processed electrical signal to an external device. The analysis substrate is configured for manual movement by a user. A tracking system detects a sample scanning location for the metal trace analysis, and includes a light source, other than the UV light source, and another optical sensor. The other optical sensor detects light emitted by the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Engel, Jeannette M. Garcia, Ricardo L. Ohta, Ademir F. Silva, Mathias B. Steiner, Jaione Tirapu Azpiroz, Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10524655
    Abstract: An ophthalmic device having a single or dual compartment configuration selectively emits infrared and visible light beams onto one or a pair of target eyes. The device performs eye fundus imaging and aids in the detection of ailments as indicated by anomalies in the pupillary reflex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros Karargyris, Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20190356779
    Abstract: A method, system, and a computer program product are provided for monitoring an emotional state of a conversation by monitoring a communication between first and second persons to determine an emotional state of the communication, providing a visual representation of the emotional state of the communication for display to a person having access to the communication, and performing an intervention action to improve the emotional state of the communication in response to detecting the emotional state of the communication meets one or more specified intervention criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10477020
    Abstract: A method, system, and a computer program product are provided for monitoring an emotional state of a conversation by monitoring a communication between first and second persons to determine an emotional state of the communication, providing a visual representation of the emotional state of the communication for display to a person having access to the communication, and performing an intervention action to improve the emotional state of the communication in response to detecting the emotional state of the communication meets one or more specified intervention criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20190313900
    Abstract: An ophthalmic device having a single or dual compartment configuration selectively emits infrared and visible light beams onto one or a pair of target eyes. The device performs eye fundus imaging and aids in the detection of ailments as indicated by anomalies in the pupillary reflex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: ALEXANDROS KARARGYRIS, THOMAS G. ZIMMERMAN
  • Publication number: 20190313899
    Abstract: An ophthalmic device having a single or dual compartment configuration selectively emits infrared and visible light beams onto one or a pair of target eyes. The device performs eye fundus imaging and aids in the detection of ailments as indicated by anomalies in the pupillary reflex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: ALEXANDROS KARARGYRIS, THOMAS G. ZIMMERMAN
  • Publication number: 20190313898
    Abstract: An ophthalmic device having a single or dual compartment configuration selectively emits infrared and visible light beams onto one or a pair of target eyes. The device performs eye fundus imaging and aids in the detection of ailments as indicated by anomalies in the pupillary reflex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: ALEXANDROS KARARGYRIS, THOMAS G. ZIMMERMAN
  • Patent number: 10429303
    Abstract: A portable optical measurement system is provided for performing metal trace analysis on a liquid sample. The system includes a sample holder for holding an analysis substrate that includes the liquid sample during the metal trace analysis. The system further includes an ultraviolet (UV) light source for emitting ultraviolet light illuminating the liquid sample. The system also includes an optical sensor for detecting radiation emanating from the liquid sample and converting the detected radiation into an electrical signal. The system additionally includes a microcontroller for processing the electrical signal. The system further includes an external interface for transmitting the processed electrical signal to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Engel, Jeannette M. Garcia, Ricardo L. Ohta, Ademir F. Silva, Mathias B. Steiner, Jaione Tirapu Azpiroz, Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10419612
    Abstract: A method, system, and a computer program product are provided for monitoring an emotional state of a conversation by monitoring a communication between first and second persons to determine an emotional state of the communication, providing a visual representation of the emotional state of the communication for display to a person having access to the communication, and performing an intervention action to improve the emotional state of the communication in response to detecting the emotional state of the communication meets one or more specified intervention criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas G. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20190260875
    Abstract: A method, system, and a computer program product are provided for monitoring an emotional state of a conversation by monitoring a communication between first and second persons to determine an emotional state of the communication, providing a visual representation of the emotional state of the communication for display to a person having access to the communication, and performing an intervention action to improve the emotional state of the communication in response to detecting the emotional state of the communication meets one or more specified intervention criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas G. Zimmerman