Patents by Inventor William S. Mark

William S. Mark 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: 10755713
    Abstract: A method for assisting a user with one or more desired tasks is disclosed. For example, an executable, generic language understanding module and an executable, generic task reasoning module are provided for execution in the computer processing system. A set of run-time specifications is provided to the generic language understanding module and the generic task reasoning module, comprising one or more models specific to a domain. A language input is then received from a user, an intention of the user is determined with respect to one or more desired tasks, and the user is assisted with the one or more desired tasks, in accordance with the intention of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Osher Yadgar, Neil Yorke-Smith, Bart Peintner, Gokhan Tur, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Girish Acharya, Venkatarama Satyanarayana Parimi, William S. Mark, Wen Wang, Andreas Kathol, Regis Vincent, Horacio E. Franco
  • Patent number: 10366336
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for exploiting human feedback in an intelligent automated assistant. One embodiment of a method for conducting an interaction with a human user includes inferring an intent from data entered by the human user, formulating a response in accordance with the intent, receiving feedback from a human advisor in response to at least one of the inferring and the formulating, wherein the human advisor is a person other than the human user, and adapting at least one model used in at least one of the inferring and the formulating, wherein the adapting is based on the feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Horacio E. Franco, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Bart Peintner, Michael J. Wolverton, Neil Yorke-Smith
  • Publication number: 20190130912
    Abstract: A method for assisting a user with one or more desired tasks is disclosed. For example, an executable, generic language understanding module and an executable, generic task reasoning module are provided for execution in the computer processing system. A set of run-time specifications is provided to the generic language understanding module and the generic task reasoning module, comprising one or more models specific to a domain. A language input is then received from a user, an intention of the user is determined with respect to one or more desired tasks, and the user is assisted with the one or more desired tasks, in accordance with the intention of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Osher Yadgar, Neil Yorke-Smith, Bart Peintner, Gokhan Tur, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Girish Acharya, Venkatarama Satyanarayana Parimi, William S. Mark, Wen Wang, Andreas Kathol, Regis Vincent, Horacio E. Franco
  • Patent number: 10163058
    Abstract: A device, method and system for automatically inferring a mobile user's current context includes applying a user activity knowledge base to real-time inputs and stored user-specific information to determine a current situation. Automated reasoning is used to infer a user-specific context of the current situation. Automated candidate actions may be generated and performed in accordance with the current situation and user-specific context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Nitz, Patrick D. Lincoln, Karen L. Myers, Hung H. Bui, Rukman Senanayake, Grit Denker, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Steven S. Weiner
  • Patent number: 10163440
    Abstract: A method for assisting a user with one or more desired tasks is disclosed. For example, an executable, generic language understanding module and an executable, generic task reasoning module are provided for execution in the computer processing system. A set of run-time specifications is provided to the generic language understanding module and the generic task reasoning module, comprising one or more models specific to a domain. A language input is then received from a user, an intention of the user is determined with respect to one or more desired tasks, and the user is assisted with the one or more desired tasks, in accordance with the intention of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Osher Yadgar, Neil Yorke-Smith, Bart Peintner, Gokhan Tur, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Girish Acharya, Venkatarama Satyanarayana Parimi, William S. Mark, Wen Wang, Andreas Kathol, Regis Vincent, Horacio E. Franco
  • Patent number: 9875494
    Abstract: A virtual personal assistant (VPA) application analyzes intents to, among other things, enhance or personalize a user's dialog experience with the VPA application. A set of intents, or multiple sets of intents, are maintained over the course of one or more user-specific dialog sessions with the VPA. Inferences may be derived from the set or sets of intents and incorporated into a current or future dialog session between the VPA and a user of the VPA application. In some embodiments, the inferences are only made available through the systemic understanding of natural language discourse by the VPA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Edgar T. Kalns, William S. Mark, Necip Fazil Ayan
  • Patent number: 9798799
    Abstract: A vehicle personal assistant to engage a user in a conversational dialog about vehicle-related topics, such as those commonly found in a vehicle owner's manual, includes modules to interpret spoken natural language input, search a vehicle knowledge base and/or other data sources for pertinent information, and respond to the user's input in a conversational fashion. The dialog may be initiated by the user or more proactively by the vehicle personal assistant based on events that may be currently happening in relation to the vehicle. The vehicle personal assistant may use real-time inputs obtained from the vehicle and/or non-verbal inputs from the user to enhance its understanding of the dialog and assist the user in a variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Michael J. Wolverton, William S. Mark, Harry Bratt, Douglas A. Bercow
  • Publication number: 20170116989
    Abstract: A method for assisting a user with one or more desired tasks is disclosed. For example, an executable, generic language understanding module and an executable, generic task reasoning module are provided for execution in the computer processing system. A set of run-time specifications is provided to the generic language understanding module and the generic task reasoning module, comprising one or more models specific to a domain. A language input is then received from a user, an intention of the user is determined with respect to one or more desired tasks, and the user is assisted with the one or more desired tasks, in accordance with the intention of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: SRI International
    Inventors: Osher Yadgar, Neil Yorke-Smith, Bart Peintner, Gokhan Tur, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Girish Acharya, Venkatarama Satyanarayana Parimi, William S. Mark, Wen Wang, Andreas Kathol, Regis Vincent, Horacio E. Franco
  • Publication number: 20170061316
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for tailoring the output of an intelligent automated assistant. One embodiment of a method for conducting an interaction with a human user includes collecting data about the user using a multimodal set of sensors positioned in a vicinity of the user, making a set of inferences about the user in accordance with the data, and tailoring an output to be delivered to the user in accordance with the set of inferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Horacio E. Franco, Elizabeth Shriberg, Gregory K. Myers, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Andreas Stolcke, Bart Peintner, Michael J. Wolverton, Luciana Ferrer, Martin Graciarena, Neil Yorke-Smith, Harry Bratt
  • Patent number: 9575964
    Abstract: A method for assisting a user with one or more desired tasks is disclosed. For example, an executable, generic language understanding module and an executable, generic task reasoning module are provided for execution in the computer processing system. A set of run-time specifications is provided to the generic language understanding module and the generic task reasoning module, comprising one or more models specific to a domain. A language input is then received from a user, an intention of the user is determined with respect to one or more desired tasks, and the user is assisted with the one or more desired tasks, in accordance with the intention of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Osher Yadgar, Neil Yorke-Smith, Bart Peintner, Gokhan Tur, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Girish Acharya, Venkatarama Satyanarayana Parimi, William S. Mark, Wen Wang, Andreas Kathol, Regis Vincent, Horacio E. Franco
  • Patent number: 9501743
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for tailoring the output of an intelligent automated assistant. One embodiment of a method for conducting an interaction with a human user includes collecting data about the user using a multimodal set of sensors positioned in a vicinity of the user, making a set of inferences about the user in accordance with the data, and tailoring an output to be delivered to the user in accordance with the set of inferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Horacio E. Franco, Elizabeth Shriberg, Gregory K. Myers, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Andreas Stolcke, Bart Peintner, Michael J. Wolverton, Luciana Ferrer, Martin Graciarena, Neil Yorke-Smith, Harry Bratt
  • Patent number: 9501745
    Abstract: A device, method and system for automatically inferring a mobile user's current context includes applying a user activity knowledge base to real-time inputs and stored user-specific information to determine a current situation. Automated reasoning is used to infer a user-specific context of the current situation. Automated candidate actions may be generated and performed in accordance with the current situation and user-specific context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Nitz, Patrick D. Lincoln, Karen L. Myers, Hung H. Bui, Rukman Senanayake, Grit Denker, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Steven S. Weiner
  • Patent number: 9489625
    Abstract: A platform for developing a virtual personal assistant (“VPA”) application includes an ontology that defines a computerized structure for representing knowledge relating to one or more domains. A domain may refer to a category of information and/or activities in relation to which the VPA application may engage in a conversational natural language dialog with a computing device user. Re-usable VPA components may be linked to or included in the ontology. An ontology populating agent may at least partially automate the process of populating the ontology with domain-specific information. The re-usable VPA components may be linked with the domain-specific information through the ontology. A VPA application created with the platform may include domain-adapted re-usable VPA components that may be called upon by an executable VPA engine to determine a likely intended meaning of conversational natural language input of the user and/or initiate an appropriate system response to the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Edgar T. Kalns, Dayne B. Freitag, William S. Mark, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Thomas J. Lee
  • Publication number: 20160086090
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for tailoring the output of an intelligent automated assistant. One embodiment of a method for conducting an interaction with a human user includes collecting data about the user using a multimodal set of sensors positioned in a vicinity of the user, making a set of inferences about the user in accordance with the data, and tailoring an output to be delivered to the user in accordance with the set of inferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Horacio E. Franco, Elizabeth Shriberg, Gregory K. Myers, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Andreas Stolcke, Bart Peinter, Michael J. Wolverton, Luciana Ferrer, Martin Graciarena, Neil Yorke-Smith, Harry Bratt
  • Patent number: 9213558
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for tailoring the output of an intelligent automated assistant. One embodiment of a method for conducting an interaction with a human user includes collecting data about the user using a multimodal set of sensors positioned in a vicinity of the user, making a set of inferences about the user in accordance with the data, and tailoring an output to be delivered to the user in accordance with the set of inferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Horacio E. Franco, Elizabeth Shriberg, Gregory K. Myers, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Andreas Stolcke, Bart Peintner, Michael J. Wolverton, Luciana Ferrer, Martin Graciarena, Harry Bratt, Neil Yorke-Smith
  • Patent number: 9183308
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for searching the Internet is provided. In one embodiment, a computer implemented method of searching the Internet automatically creates a search query derived from a topic model used by a real time information retrieval service, where the real time information retrieval service produces real time information related to the topic model. The method uses a search engine for searching the Internet for non-real time information related to the search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventor: William S. Mark
  • Publication number: 20150302003
    Abstract: A method for assisting a user with one or more desired tasks is disclosed. For example, an executable, generic language understanding module and an executable, generic task reasoning module are provided for execution in the computer processing system. A set of run-time specifications is provided to the generic language understanding module and the generic task reasoning module, comprising one or more models specific to a domain. A language input is then received from a user, an intention of the user is determined with respect to one or more desired tasks, and the user is assisted with the one or more desired tasks, in accordance with the intention of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Osher Yadgar, Neil Yorke-Smith, Bart Peintner, Gokhan Tur, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Girish Acharya, Venkatarama Satyanarayana Parimi, William S. Mark, Wen Wang, Andreas Kathol, Regis Vincent, Horacio E. Franco
  • Publication number: 20150213371
    Abstract: A device, method and system for automatically inferring a mobile user's current context includes applying a user activity knowledge base to real-time inputs and stored user-specific information to determine a current situation. Automated reasoning is used to infer a user-specific context of the current situation. Automated candidate actions may be generated and performed in accordance with the current situation and user-specific context.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Nitz, Patrick D. Lincoln, Karen L. Myers, Hung H. Bui, Rukman Senanayake, Grit Denker, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Steven S. Weiner
  • Patent number: 9085303
    Abstract: A vehicle personal assistant to engage a user in a conversational dialog about vehicle-related topics, such as those commonly found in a vehicle owner's manual, includes modules to interpret spoken natural language input, search a vehicle knowledge base and/or other data sources for pertinent information, and respond to the user's input in a conversational fashion. The dialog may be initiated by the user or more proactively by the vehicle personal assistant based on events that may be currently happening in relation to the vehicle. The vehicle personal assistant may use real-time inputs obtained from the vehicle and/or non-verbal inputs from the user to enhance its understanding of the dialog and assist the user in a variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Michael J. Wolverton, William S. Mark, Harry Bratt, Douglas A. Bercow
  • Patent number: 9081411
    Abstract: A platform for developing a virtual personal assistant (“VPA”) application includes an ontology that defines a computerized structure for representing knowledge relating to one or more domains. A domain may refer to a category of information and/or activities in relation to which the VPA application may engage in a conversational natural language dialog with a computing device user. Re-usable VPA components may be linked to or included in the ontology. An ontology populating agent may at least partially automate the process of populating the ontology with domain-specific information. The re-usable VPA components may be linked with the domain-specific information through the ontology. A VPA application created with the platform may include domain-adapted re-usable VPA components that may be called upon by an executable VPA engine to determine a likely intended meaning of conversational natural language input of the user and/or initiate an appropriate system response to the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Edgar T. Kalns, Dayne B. Freitag, William S. Mark, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Thomas J. Lee