Patents by Inventor Vladimir A. Kuznetsov

Vladimir A. Kuznetsov 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: 20210345224
    Abstract: Example systems, methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for wirelessly modifying detection characteristics of portable devices are disclosed herein. Example portable devices include example radio circuitry and example processor circuitry. In disclosed examples, the example processor circuitry is to cause the radio circuitry to scan for radio frequency beacons. The example processor circuitry is also to trigger activation of audio monitoring via a microphone of the portable device in response to establishment of a first connection with a first radio frequency beacon, the audio monitoring to at least one of detect an audio code or generate an audio signature. The example processor circuitry is further to cause the audio monitoring to stop in response to establishment of a second connection with a second radio frequency beacon different from the first radio frequency beacon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Publication number: 20210325427
    Abstract: Apparatuses are disclosed for identifying portable devices carried by the same person. An example apparatus includes at least one memory, instructions on the apparatus, and a processor to execute the instructions to access media exposure data from at least one of a plurality of portable computing devices, access motion strings from each of the plurality of portable computing devices, each of said strings comprising a successive binary representation of motion over a first period of time, compare the motion strings in a processor to determine if at least two motion strings match within a predetermined threshold, and identify the devices that produced matching motion strings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Publication number: 20210327443
    Abstract: Example apparatus to improve timestamp transition resolution of watermarks are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus is to decode timestamps in respective ones of detected watermarks, estimate a first transition window indicative of a transition between a first time period to a second time period based on a first one of the timestamps and a second one of the timestamps, and when the first transition window does not satisfy a threshold, estimate a second transition window indicative of a transition between the second time period and a third time period based on the second one of the timestamps and a third one of the timestamps. The disclosed example apparatus is also to determine a first mapped transition window based on an intersection of the first transition window and the second transition window, and set the first mapped transition window as a reference time transition window for subsequent time periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Ken Joseph Frett, Vladimir Kuznetsov, David Gish, Sadhana Gupta
  • Publication number: 20210289269
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to extend a time range supported by a watermark are disclosed. Example watermark encoding apparatus disclosed herein determine which one of a plurality of timestamp cycles is to be represented by a timestamp of a watermark, the timestamp including a set of timestamp symbols, a first subset of data symbols and a second subset of data symbols. Disclosed example apparatus also modify the first subset of data symbols of the watermark based on a further timestamp symbol not included in the set of timestamp symbols of the timestamp, but not modify the second subset of data symbols based on the further timestamp symbol, the further timestamp symbol to identify the one of the plurality of timestamp cycles to be represented by the timestamp of the watermark. Disclosed example apparatus further embed the watermark in a piece of media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Alexander Topchy, Vladimir Kuznetsov
  • Publication number: 20210289270
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to extend a time range supported by a watermark are disclosed. Example watermark encoding apparatus disclosed herein determine which one of a plurality of timestamp cycles is to be represented by a timestamp of a watermark. Disclosed example apparatus also swap at least two symbols of the watermark when the timestamp is to represent a second one of the timestamp cycles, but do not swap the at least two symbols of the watermark when the timestamp is to represent a first one of the timestamp cycles. Disclosed example apparatus further embed the watermark in a first piece of media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Vladimir Kuznetsov, Alexander Topchy
  • Patent number: 11087772
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to improve timestamp transition resolution of watermarks are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Ken Joseph Frett, Vladimir Kuznetsov, David Gish, Sadhana Gupta
  • Patent number: 11064423
    Abstract: Example systems, methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for wirelessly modifying detection characteristics of portable devices are disclosed herein. Example portable devices disclosed here include a microphone and radio frequency circuitry to scan for a radio frequency beacon at a first scanning rate. Disclosed example apparatus also include a processor to trigger activation of audio monitoring, in the portable device, of an audio signal obtained via the microphone. In some disclosed examples, the audio monitoring is to be triggered in response to a first connection being made via the radio frequency circuitry with a first transmitter of the radio frequency beacon. In some disclosed examples, the audio monitoring is to collect research data from the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 11056123
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to improve timestamp transition resolution of watermarks are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Ken Joseph Frett, Vladimir Kuznetsov, David Gish, Sadhana Gupta
  • Patent number: 11047876
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying portable devices carried by the same person. An example system includes receiving media exposure data over a data network from at least one of a plurality of portable computing devices, motion strings to be received over the data network respectively from each of the plurality of portable computing devices, each of the strings including a successive binary representation of motion over a first period of time, the first period of time divided into a plurality of sub-periods of time, and comparing the motion strings to determine if at least two motion strings match within a predetermined threshold, and identify the devices that produced matching motion strings as being physically carried by a same person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Publication number: 20210183001
    Abstract: Example apparatus disclosed herein include a watermark detector to detect watermarks in a media signal. Disclosed example apparatus also include a controller to operate the watermark detector to (1) detect a first watermark in the media signal, and (2) cycle between sleep intervals and active intervals based on a repetition rate of the watermarks in the media signal to perform a detection operation for a second watermark at a second location in the media signal relative to a first location of the first watermark in the media signal. In some examples, the controller is to search a buffer of prior detected watermark symbols to detect a third watermark at a third location prior to the second location in the media signal in response to the second watermark not being detected at the second location in the media signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: David Gish, Sadhana Gupta, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Wendell D. Lynch, Alan R. Neuhauser
  • Patent number: 11025996
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to extend a time range supported by a watermark are disclosed. Example watermark encoding apparatus disclosed herein include a timestamp cycle evaluator to determine which one of a plurality of timestamp cycles is to be represented by a timestamp of a watermark. Disclosed example watermark encoding apparatus also include a symbol swapper to swap at least two symbols of the watermark when the timestamp is to represent a second one of the timestamp cycles but not to swap the at least two symbols of the watermark when the timestamp is to represent a first one of the timestamp cycles. Disclosed example watermark encoding apparatus further include a watermark embedder to embed the watermark in a first piece of media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Kuznetsov, Alexander Topchy
  • Patent number: 11025995
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to extend a time range supported by a watermark are disclosed. Example watermark encoding apparatus disclosed herein include a timestamp cycle evaluator to determine which one of a plurality of timestamp cycles is to be represented by a timestamp of a watermark, the timestamp including a set of timestamp symbols. Disclosed example watermark encoding apparatus also include a symbol modifier to modify a subset of data symbols of the watermark based on a further timestamp symbol not included in the set of timestamp symbols of the timestamp, the further timestamp symbol identifying the one of the timestamp cycles to be represented by the timestamp of the watermark. Disclosed example watermark encoding apparatus further include a watermark embedder to embed the watermark in a first piece of media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Topchy, Vladimir Kuznetsov
  • Patent number: 10937116
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to implement power efficient detection of watermarks in media signals are disclosed. Example metering apparatus disclosed herein include detector means for detecting watermarks in a media signal. Disclosed example metering apparatus also include controller means for operating the detector means to (1) detect a first watermark in the media signal, and (2) cycle between sleep intervals and active intervals to detect a second watermark at a second location in the media signal relative to a first location of the first watermark in the media signal after the first watermark has been verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David Gish, Sadhana Gupta, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Wendell D. Lynch, Alan R. Neuhauser
  • Publication number: 20210043217
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods are disclosed for multiple scrambled layers for audio watermarking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Vladimir Kuznetsov, Sadhana Gupta, Wendell Lynch
  • Patent number: 10889507
    Abstract: A process for producing a metal oxide powder comprising: providing a precursor solution or dispersion containing a metal complex; spraying the precursor solution on to a heated substrate in the presence of water, thereby depositing material on the substrate; drying the deposited material; and removing the deposited material from the substrate to produce the metal oxide powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Edwards, Jonathan Dilworth, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Catherine Hayes
  • Patent number: 10837107
    Abstract: A method of contactlessly advancing a substrate (140), comprising: —providing a process tunnel (102), extending in a longitudinal direction and bounded by at least a first (120) and a second (134) wall; —providing first and second gas bearings (124, 134) by providing substantially laterally flowing gas alongside the first and second walls respectively; —bringing about a first longitudinal division of the process tunnel into a plurality of pressure segments (116), wherein the gas bearings (124, 34) in a pressure segment have an average gas pressure that is different from an average gas pressure of the gas bearings in an adjacent pressure segment; —providing a substrate (140) in between the first wall (120) and the second wall (130); and 1—allowing differences in average gas pressure between adjacent pressure segments (116) to drive the substrate along the longitudinal direction of the process tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ASM INTERNATIONAL N.V.
    Inventors: Ernst Hendrik August Granneman, Vladimir Kuznetsov
  • Publication number: 20200357419
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to improve timestamp transition resolution of watermarks are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Ken Joseph FRETT, Vladimir KUZNETSOV, David GISH, Sadhana GUPTA
  • Publication number: 20200341026
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying portable devices carried by the same person. An example system includes means for receiving input to receive media exposure data over a data network from at least one of a plurality of portable computing devices, the means for receiving input to receive motion strings over the data network respectively from each of the plurality of portable computing devices, each of the strings including a successive binary representation of motion over a first period of time, the first period of time divided into a plurality of sub-periods of time, and means for processing, operatively coupled to the means for receiving input, being configured to compare the motion strings to determine if at least two motion strings match within a predetermined threshold, and identify the devices that produced matching motion strings as being physically carried by a same person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Patent number: 10818303
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods are disclosed for multiple scrambled layers for audio watermarking. An example system includes a scrambler executing instructions to: divide a watermark into a plurality of watermark symbols; map the watermark symbols to a plurality of frequency bins in a plurality of frequency clumps according to a first distribution scheme to create a first watermark layer having a first combination of the frequency bins and a second watermark layer having a second combination of the frequency bins, the first combination of the frequency bins and the second combination of the frequency bins partially overlap. The scrambler also is to determine a sequence for shifting watermark symbols among the frequency bins, and generate a second distribution scheme to map the watermark symbols in accordance with the sequence. The example system also includes a transceiver to communicate the second distribution scheme to a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Kuznetsov, Sadhana Gupta, Wendell Lynch
  • Publication number: 20200336756
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for watermarking using starting phase modulation. An example apparatus includes memory, and processor circuitry to execute instructions to at least determine a first analyzed phase value for a watermark component of a watermarked media signal at a first time, determine a sum of differences for analyzed phase values with respect to a first one of a plurality of possible starting phase values, the analyzed phase values associated with the watermarked media signal, the analyzed phase values including the first analyzed phase value, in response to the sum of differences satisfying a threshold, decode a first data value corresponding to the first one of the possible starting phase values, and determine a watermark payload based on the first data value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Topchy, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jeremey M. Davis