Patents by Inventor William D. Long

William D. Long 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: 20200201913
    Abstract: Systems and methods for setting service appointments in an automated conversation system, ensuring data fidelity, return on investment (ROI) analysis, accelerating response times, and scraping third party system to populate the conversation system are all provided. These systems and methods automatically schedules appointments for services, and performs all necessary follow-up activity, ensures target duplication isn't present in conversations, ensures that representatives are incorporated into the system, enhances speeds by altering processing, response generation and sending queues if timing won't meet goals, presents suitably noteworthy ROI metrics and scrapes a third party databases using phantom scripts. All this activity improves the automated conversation experience, and its ability to effectuate business objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: George Alexis Terry, Werner Koepf, William Dominic Webb-Purkis, James D. Harriger, Christopher Allan Long, Will Kempff Beeler, Gabriel Vincent Martini, Claudia Elena Robles, Paul Harrison Williams
  • Patent number: 10615506
    Abstract: A control device is provided for photonic switching. The device includes an optically tunable metamaterial unit cell. This structure includes a dielectric substrate; at least two arrays of metamaterial elements located on the top surface thereof, the metamaterial being capable of reflecting electromagnetic radiation, and a layer of photo-capacitive material overlapping the at least two arrays of metamaterial elements, the photo-capacitance of the photo-capacitive material being optically tunable; and a reflectarray or phased array system containing the unit cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Simin Feng, Kevin A. Boulais, Walter D. Sessions, Pearl Rayms-Keller, Robert B. Nichols, William F. Smith, Karen J. Long, Michael S. Lowry
  • Publication number: 20190238800
    Abstract: Security guards at large facilities, such as airports, monitor multiple screens that display images from individual surveillance cameras dispersed throughout the facility. If a guard zooms with a particular camera, he may lose image resolution, along with perspective on the surrounding area. Embodiments of the inventive Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS) solve these problems by combining multiple cameras in one device. When properly mounted, example ISIS systems offer up to 360-degree, 240-megapixel views on a single screen. (Other fields of view and resolutions are also possible.) Image-stitching software merges multiple video feeds into one scene. The system also allows operators to tag and follow targets, and can monitor restricted areas and sound an alert when intruders breach them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel B. Chuang, Lawrence M. Candell, William D. Ross, Mark E. Beattie, Cindy Y. Fang, Bobby Ren, Jonathan P. Blanchard, Gary M. Long, JR., Lauren L. White, Svetlana V. Panasyuk, Mark Bury
  • Publication number: 20190180195
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improvements in AI model learning and updating are provided. The model updating may reuse existing business conversations as the training data set. Features within the dataset may be defined and extracted. Models may be selected and parameters for the models defined. Within a distributed computing setting the parameters may be optimized, and the models deployed. The training data may be augmented over time to improve the models. Deep learning models may be employed to improve system accuracy, as can active learning techniques. The models developed and updated may be employed by a response system generally, or may function to enable specific types of AI systems. One such a system may be an AI assistant that is designed to take use cases and objectives, and execute tasks until the objectives are met. Another system capable of leveraging the models includes an automated question answering system utilizing approved answers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: George Alexis Terry, Werner Koepf, Siddhartha Reddy Jonnalagadda, James D. Harriger, William Dominic Webb-Purkis, Keith Godfrey, Colin C. Ferguson, Christopher Allan Long, Brian Matthew Kaminski, John Sansone, Jennifer Kirkland
  • Patent number: 10306186
    Abstract: Security guards at large facilities, such as airports, monitor multiple screens that display images from individual surveillance cameras dispersed throughout the facility. If a guard zooms with a particular camera, he may lose image resolution, along with perspective on the surrounding area. Embodiments of the inventive Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS) solve these problems by combining multiple cameras in one device. When properly mounted, example ISIS systems offer up to 360-degree, 240-megapixel views on a single screen. (Other fields of view and resolutions are also possible.) Image-stitching software merges multiple video feeds into one scene. The system also allows operators to tag and follow targets, and can monitor restricted areas and sound an alert when intruders breach them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Daniel B. Chuang, Lawrence M. Candell, William D. Ross, Mark E. Beattie, Cindy Y. Fang, Bobby Ren, Jonathan P. Blanchard, Gary M. Long, Jr., Lauren L. White, Svetlana V. Panasyuk, Mark Bury
  • Patent number: 6166811
    Abstract: A robot-based gauging system is provided for determining three-dimensional measurement data of the surface of an object. The robot-based gauging system includes a robot having at least one movable member and a robot controller for controlling the movement of the movable member in relation to the surface of an object. A non-contact sensor is coupled to the movable member of the robot for capturing image data representative of the surface of the object. A position reporting device reports position data representative of the position of the non-contact sensor. A synch signal generator for generating and transmitting a synch signal is electrically connected to each of the non-contact sensor and the position reporting device, such that the non-contact sensor reports image data in response to the synch signal and the position reporting device reports position data in response to the synch signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Perceptron, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Long, Charles C. Kingston
  • Patent number: 5000385
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved breakaway apparatus for a mobile sprayer having at least one spray boom extending outwardly therefrom. The breakaway apparatus has a main plate pivotally mounted to a frame on the vehicle, and coupled by a pivotal link to the spray boom arm with a spring mounted between the main plate and the frame to urge the spray boom arm outwardly from the frame. A shock absorber is pivotally mounted to the frame and to the main plate to absorb loads placed on the spray boom arm when it is pivoted rearwardly relative to the vehicle. A generally lateral stop surface and a cushioned stop are provided on opposed portions of the frame and the main plate, and are aligned to engage when the spray boom arm is pivoted relative to the frame in a forward direction while the spray boom arm is extended for spraying. Preferably, two boom arms are provided which extend in opposite directions, with each spray boom arm having a generally independent breakaway apparatus therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: Dennis L. Trusty, Knute K. Brock, William D. Long
  • Patent number: 4598675
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in internal combustion engines by the utilization of sintered silicon carbide for the fabrication of certain engine components wherein the silicon carbide starting material used to produce the sintered components is in an ultra-fine form. The engine components comprise the valve train and the power assembly. The valve train is comprised of the valve guides, valves, valve caps, rocker arms, valve spring retainer rings, push rods and tappets (lifters). The power assembly is comprised of cylinder lines, valve seats, exhaust port liners, exhaust manifold, flames plates, pistons, piston rings, piston pins and connecting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: Kennecott Corporation
    Inventor: William D. Long
  • Patent number: 4482951
    Abstract: A method for use with a computer which directly transfers incoming data into the computer memory. A functional address contained in a received message is used to index a pointer in a vector table. The indexed pointer addresses an input control block associated with the functional address. The input control block is used to control the flow of data into the computer memory. The input control block also controls access to the computer memory for subsequent messages having the same functional address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventors: Richard E. Swaney, William D. Long
  • Patent number: 4448259
    Abstract: A pre-stressed columnar rubber spring interposed between the pressure beam and pivoted draw bar tube of a no-till seed drill deflects under load in one direction only and the force causing increased spring deflection in the principle operational range increases to a desired maximum and then remains substantially constant or decreases slightly thereby relieving the machine of excess stresses caused by contact of coulters and openers with rocks and other field obstructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: Lilliston Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur J. Ford, Patrick Kuhn, William D. Long
  • Patent number: 4408959
    Abstract: A ceramic turbine wheel (1), especially such a wheel intended for an exhaust gas driven turbine of a turbocharger for motor vehicles, comprises a body portion (3), blades (2) and hub portion (4). The body portion (4), and optionally the hub portion (3) as well, are provided with hollow central cores (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Assignees: Kennecott Corporation, Volkswagenwerk Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: William D. Long, Paul J. Rottenkolber
  • Patent number: 4003014
    Abstract: A sleeve of in-situ-solidified-from-melt material, such as a lead glass or the like, surrounds an end segment of a refractory resistance element extending from a junction between a metal supporting member and the end of the element. The solidified-from-melt material is formed not to adversely react with the refractory element and has a coefficient of linear expansion within the range from about 0.5 to 1.5 times the coefficient of linear expansion of the refractory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1977
    Assignee: Robertshaw Controls Company
    Inventors: Charles D. Branson, William D. Long, Jr.
  • Patent number: D312467
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: William D. Long, Michael A. Vig, Donald K. Schmidt
  • Patent number: D344737
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: William D. Long, Donald K. Schmidt, Lyle W. Mundell