Patents by Inventor William B. Dolan

William B. Dolan 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: 20200222848
    Abstract: Disclosed in certain embodiments are sorbents for capturing heavy hydrocarbons via thermal swing adsorption processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Roger Wyatt, Angela Siegel, Klaus Neumann, Tobias Eckardt
  • Patent number: 10639583
    Abstract: Disclosed in certain embodiments are sorbents for capturing heavy hydrocarbons via thermal swing adsorption processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Roger Wyatt, Angela Siegel, Klaus Neumann, Tobias Eckardt
  • Publication number: 20200114308
    Abstract: Mixed adsorbent/desiccant beds comprising in some embodiments from about 20 vol % (volume percent) to about 90 vol % of one or more adsorbents and from about 10 vol % to about 80 vol % of one or more desiccants, based on the total volume of the adsorbent/desiccant mixture, prevent water reflux during thermal regeneration of adsorption beds in gas processing plants and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Michael LoCascio
  • Patent number: 10502064
    Abstract: An airfoil including an airfoil body, a recessed portion of a first depth in a first side of the airfoil body, the recessed portion including a plurality of pockets of a second depth located within the recessed portion and ribs of the first depth located between the pockets, a cover configured to fit into the recessed portion such that an interior surface of the cover engages the ribs and an exterior surface of the cover is about flush with an exterior surface of the first side of the airfoil body, and a high energy beam weld configuration extending through the cover and into the ribs and positioned to attach the cover to the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Bales, Dmitri Novikov, Robert C. Dolan, Kenneth A. Frisk, Steven T. Gordon, William R. Graves, Eric W. Malmborg, Francis B. Parisi, Randy P. Salva, Michael A. Weisse, Russell A. Beers, Xuedong Zhou, Christopher Treese, Tri Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20180221809
    Abstract: Disclosed in certain embodiments are sorbents for capturing heavy hydrocarbons via thermal swing adsorption processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Roger Wyatt, Angela Siegel, Klaus Neumann, Tobias Eckardt
  • Patent number: 9501759
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards developing a translation model for mapping search query terms to document-related data. By processing user logs comprising search histories into word-aligned query-document pairs, the translation model may be trained using data, such as probabilities, corresponding to the word-aligned query-document pairs. After incorporating the translation model into model data for a search engine, the translation model is used may used as features for producing relevance scores for current search queries and ranking documents/advertisements according to relevance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jianfeng Gao, Xuedong Huang, Mei Li, Zhenghao Wang, Christopher John Brockett, William B. Dolan
  • Publication number: 20160063874
    Abstract: A digital personal assistant is described that determines a mental or emotional state of a user based on one or more signals and, based on the determined mental or emotional state, provides the user with feedback concerning an item of content generated thereby or an activity to be conducted thereby. An API is described that can be used by diverse applications and/or services to communicate with the digital personal assistant for the purpose of obtaining information about the current mental or emotional state of the user. Content tagging logic is described that identifies one or more items of content generated or interacted with by the user and stores metadata in association with the identified item(s) of content. The metadata includes information indicative of the current mental or emotional state of the user during the time period when the user generated or interacted with the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Mary P. Czerwinski, Melissa N. Lim, Ran Gilad-Bachrach, Ivan Tashev, Margaret Mitchell, MariaElaina Martinelli, William B. Dolan
  • Patent number: 9116880
    Abstract: A processing system is described which generates stimulus information (SI) having one or more stimulus components (SCs) selected from an inventory of such components. The processing system then presents the SI to a group of human recipients, inviting those recipients to provide linguistic descriptions of the SI. The linguistic information that is received thereby has an implicit link to the SCs. Further, each linguistic component is associated with at least one feature of a target environment, such as a target computer system. Hence, the linguistic information also maps to the features of the target environment. These relationships allow applications to use the linguistic information to interact with the target environment in different ways. In one case, the processing system uses a challenge-response authentication task presentation to convey the stimulus information to the recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Christopher I. Charla, Christopher B. Quirk, Christopher J. Brockett, Noelle M. Sophy, Nicole Beaudry, Vikram Reddy Dendi, Pallavi Choudhury, Scott T. Laufer, Robert A. Sim, Thomas E. Woolsey, David Molnar
  • Publication number: 20150169285
    Abstract: Techniques that facilitate the accomplishment of tasks within applications are presented. An intent-based user experience is available through receiving a natural language statement of intent from a user regarding use of an application, such as a productivity application. The graphical user interface for the user can be configured and reconfigured based on the user's intent; thus creating a task-oriented user interface. The user's intent can be determined through classifying and/or mapping the natural language statement of intent to particular tasks, which can then be associated with one or more tools and information that can be used to accomplish the tasks. The one or more tools and information can be surfaced to the user in the graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: LORRISSA REYES, TYLER M. PEELEN, LEI DU, WILLIAM B. DOLAN, BERNHARD S.J. KOHLMEIER, PRADEEP CHILAKAMARRI, ANNIE Y. BAI
  • Publication number: 20140156259
    Abstract: A processing system is described which generates stimulus information (SI) having one or more stimulus components (SCs) selected from an inventory of such components. The processing system then presents the SI to a group of human recipients, inviting those recipients to provide linguistic descriptions of the SI. The linguistic information that is received thereby has an implicit link to the SCs. Further, each linguistic component is associated with at least one feature of a target environment, such as a target computer system. Hence, the linguistic information also maps to the features of the target environment. These relationships allow applications to use the linguistic information to interact with the target environment in different ways. In one case, the processing system uses a challenge-response authentication task presentation to convey the stimulus information to the recipients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Christopher I. Charla, Christopher B. Quirk, Christopher J. Brockett, Noelle M. Sophy, Nicole Beaudry, Vikram Reddy Dendi, Pallavi Choudhury, Scott T. Laufer, Robert A. Sim, Thomas E. Woolsey, David Molnar
  • Publication number: 20130103493
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards developing a translation model for mapping search query terms to document-related data. By processing user logs comprising search histories into word-aligned query-document pairs, the translation model may be trained using data, such as probabilities, corresponding to the word-aligned query-document pairs. After incorporating the translation model into model data for a search engine, the translation model is used may used as features for producing relevance scores for current search queries and ranking documents/advertisements according to relevance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jianfeng Gao, Xuedong Huang, Mei Li, Zhenghao Wang, Christopher John Brockett, William B. Dolan
  • Publication number: 20120109623
    Abstract: The subject disclosure generally describes a technology by which text and/or speech descriptions are collected by showing a stimulus such as video clips to contributors (e.g., of a crowd-sourcing service). The descriptions, which are in the language of each contributor's choice, are of the same stimulus and thus associated with one another. While each contributor may be monolingual, the technique allows for the collection of approximately bilingual data, since more than one language may be represented among the different contributors. The descriptions may be used as translation data for training a machine translation engine, and as paraphrase data (grouped by the same language) for training a machine paraphrasing system. Also described is evaluating the quality of a machine paraphrasing system via a distinctiveness metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, David L. Chen
  • Patent number: 8170868
    Abstract: A corpus is provided of language usage by non-native users of the language. Characteristics of the corpus are measured and used to create a language usage classifier for indicating non-native usage of the language. Once the language usage classifier is created, a natural language input may be entered, and the characteristics thereof measured. These characteristics are then compared with the indicators of non-native usage, thereby detecting non-native usage. The evaluation of non-native usage may be used as a versatile foundation to enhance a wide variety of tools and applications dealing with user interaction in languages other than their native language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Gamon, William B. Dolan, Christopher Brockett
  • Patent number: 8078451
    Abstract: A method for providing aligned editorial corrections to a database is discussed. The method includes receiving a first text in a language and organizing the first text into one or more sentences. The method further includes editing a copy of the first text to create a second text. The second text is in the language of the first text. The method further includes aligning the sentences of the first text with corresponding sentences of the second text storing the aligned sentences on a computer readable medium. A system for providing a data structure having aligned editorial corrections is also discussed. The system includes an alignment component for receiving a first text and organizing the first text into sentences. The system also includes a user interface configured to provide a second text, wherein the second text is an edited version of the first text in the language of the first text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Christopher John Brockett, Michael Gamon
  • Publication number: 20100299132
    Abstract: A mining system applies queries to retrieve result items from an unstructured resource. The unstructured resource may correspond to a repository of network-accessible resource items. The result items that are retrieved may correspond to text segments (e.g., sentence fragments) associated with resource items. The mining system produces a structured training set by filtering the result items and establishing respective pairs of result items. A training system can use the training set to produce a statistical translation model. The translation model can be used in a monolingual context to translate between semantically-related phrases in a single language. The translation model can also be used in a bilingual context to translate between phrases expressed in two respective languages. Various applications of the translation model are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Christopher J. Brockett, Julio J. Castillo, Lucretia H. Vanderwende
  • Patent number: 7774193
    Abstract: Collocation errors can be automatically proofed using local and network-based corpora, including the Web. For example, according to one illustrative method, one or more collocations from a text sample are compared with a corpus such as the content of the Web. The collocations are identified for whether they are disfavored in the corpus. Indications are provided via an output device of whether the collocations are disfavored in the corpus. Additional steps may then be taken such as searching for and providing potentially proper word collocations via a user output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jianfeng Gao, William B. Dolan, Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Ming Zhou
  • Patent number: 7536397
    Abstract: A system is utilized for determining a relationship between first and second textual inputs. The system identifies constituents in the first textual input, having predetermined characteristics indicative of usefulness in determining the relationship. The relationship is then determined based on the constituents identified. The constituents can be eliminated from the first textual input, weighted in the first textual input, or simply annotated in one of a variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Simon H. Corston-Oliver, William B. Dolan, Hisami Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7412385
    Abstract: The present invention obtains a set of text segments from a cluster of different articles written about a common event. The set of text segments is then subjected to textual alignment techniques to identify paraphrases from the text segments in the text. The invention can also be used to generate paraphrases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Brockett, William B. Dolan, Christopher B. Quirk
  • Publication number: 20080172378
    Abstract: String-oriented web queries are utilized as a tool to examine the fabric of how words, phrases and/or n-grams alternate in a language. This fabric is exploited in order to build up a matrix of semantically equivalent pieces of language. In one embodiment, the Distributional Hypothesis is utilized, along with strategies for confirming synonymy, to systematically build up a picture of what words/phrases can be legitimately substituted for one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: William B. Dolan
  • Publication number: 20080133444
    Abstract: Collocation errors can be automatically proofed using local and network-based corpora, including the Web. For example, according to one illustrative method, one or more collocations from a text sample are compared with a corpus such as the content of the Web. The collocations are identified for whether they are disfavored in the corpus. Indications are provided via an output device of whether the collocations are disfavored in the corpus. Additional steps may then be taken such as searching for and providing potentially proper word collocations via a user output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jianfeng Gao, William B. Dolan, Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Ming Zhou