Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Publication number: 20150072319
    Abstract: A simulation system for marine operator training for operation of a floating oil and gas drilling or production facility or platform, or similar marine facilities. The simulation environment combines a process model with equipment coordinates to calculate center-of-gravity, a ballast and bilge model, an emulation or copy of a field control system, actual Distributed Control System (DCS) operator screens, and a load management advisory program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: NEERAJ ZAMBARE, SAM HEMADA
  • Publication number: 20150064668
    Abstract: Dynamic industrial vehicle monitoring for modification of vehicle operator behavior comprises identifying a metric that characterizes an event associated with the operation of an industrial vehicle, the metric having at least one behavior modification action and at least one performance parameter to evaluate the event against. Monitoring operation of the industrial vehicle is carried out for the event. Upon detecting an occurrence of the event, event data is recorded that characterizes a response of a vehicle operator to the event. The recorded event data is evaluated against at least one performance parameter associated with the corresponding metric to determine whether the vehicle operator demonstrated appropriate behavior for the event. A vehicle operator score is updated based upon the evaluation and the updated vehicle operator score is communicated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Lewis H. Manci, Philip W. Swift, Lucas B. Waltz
  • Publication number: 20150056582
    Abstract: A computer-implemented training system includes a) a plant replica server; b) a virtual environment reproducer; and c) a motion sensing system. The plant replica server has a plant replica associated with a simulated plant model. The virtual environment reproducer is configured to reproduce a virtual environment of the simulated plant model, based on the plant replica. The motion sensing system is configured to sense motions of a field operator in the virtual environment. The motion sensing system is configured to send an update associated with the sensed motions to the plant replica server. The plant replica server is configured to receive the update from the motion sensing system, and to update the plant replica based on the first type of update associated with the sensed motions, and to reflect the first type of update to the virtual environment reproduced by the virtual environment reproducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sankar SELVARAJ
  • Publication number: 20150056583
    Abstract: Training an operator of an underground mining machine. The training includes generating a simulated training environment that includes a simulated underground mining machine and generating an interface related to a training lesson for the simulated underground mining machine. The training lesson is related to performing a simulated cutting operation with the underground mining machine. The training also includes receiving an operator input from an operator input device related to the simulated cutting operation with the underground mining machine, executing the simulated cutting operation within the simulated working environment based on the operator input, determining an amount of simulated mining material removed from a cutting face of the simulated working environment during the simulated cutting operation, and generating an indication of the amount of simulated mining material removed from the cutting face of the simulated working environment during the simulated cutting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jeremy Felege, Andrew Lagemen, David A. Sentner, Timothy J. Snyder, James C. Glover, Robert W. Birr, JR.
  • Patent number: 8961189
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for an apparatus and method for practicing injection techniques through an injectable apparatus. The injectable apparatus may contain a camera that is configured to detect the intensity and color of light attenuated from a testing tool after it is injected into a simulated human or animal body parts. A training tool may be connected to a user display device to generate a display of the injection apparatus as well as the performance parameters of a trainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: TruInject Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Gabrielle A. Rios, Jeff Crockett, Clark B. Foster, David J. Mishelevich, Milan Trcka, Aaron J. Gifford, Chris C. Ludolph
  • Patent number: 8958741
    Abstract: Group-based, periodic education intervention that provides a targeted curriculum selected specifically for each period based on current skill assessment data is described. For example, candidates' skill levels in multiple skills are assessed, and groups are formed based on commonality of skill level. A period-specific curriculum is generated for each group to address the specific needs of the individuals of the respective group. After delivery of the period-specific targeted curriculum over the period, re-assessments of the current skill of the group members are made, and a period-specific curriculum for the subsequent period is generated and delivered. Fidelity of an implementation of the curriculum is analyzed, and alerts, reminders, and reports are provided to improve fidelity of an implementation of the curriculum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Amplify Education, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Jason Berger, Laurence Holt, Michael Kasloff
  • Publication number: 20150044646
    Abstract: A tabletop teaching device may include a box having an interior housing, a top and a floor. The box may include within the interior housing, at least one printout of a scene placed on the floor of the box, at least one printout of a grid placed over the at least one printout of a scene, and at least one miniature item placed above the at least one printout of a grid. A transparent top may cover the top of the box. A cover may be placed under the at least one miniature item and overlay the at least one printout of the grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne L. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150044647
    Abstract: There is provided a system that can evaluate an operation learning level of a trainee quantitatively and accurately, with a temporal element taken into account. A learning level evaluation system 10 of the present invention executes a procedure evaluation process to evaluate operation procedures, and a timing evaluation process to evaluate operation timings. The procedure evaluation process evaluates the degree of similarity of encoded trainee data obtained by encoding trainee data that is recorded according to operation performed by a trainee, with respect to encoded expert data obtained by encoding expert data that is recorded according to operation performed by an expert. The timing evaluation process evaluates a deviation between timings at which the same operation is performed, on the basis of the encoded expert data and the encoded trainee data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoko Koyanagi, Kazuhiro Takeda
  • Patent number: 8939768
    Abstract: Human resource system for collecting and analyzing survey data from reference providers identified by a job candidate for use by an employer. The system sends an electronic communication to the reference providers to request completion of survey questions and electronically receives the survey data from the reference providers, preferably through webpages. An analysis module combines the received survey data from the reference providers and generates a confidential candidate report for an employer which excludes identification of any ratings or comments by any reference providers. The system also generates customized interview probe questions for use during job interviews and coaching tactics for use after the hiring, based on the weak areas that have been identified from the completed surveys in order to assist the hiring manager to bring the new hires up to speed quickly and effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Skill Survey, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. LaPasta, Martha Mincer
  • Publication number: 20150024353
    Abstract: A method and system of simulating real world incidents and emergencies and the corresponding traditional media and social media responses in an access-controlled media platform for emergency training and exercises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: SimulationDeck, LLC
    Inventors: James Paul Chesnutt, Mark Ryan Amann, Gary David Gleason
  • Patent number: 8926331
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a tethered LED illuminated ball comprising a tether assembly and a soft compressible ball coupled therewith. A retention member having one or more loops is coupled to one end of the tether assembly. A swivel is coupled to the second end of the tether assembly and operatively coupled to the ball by a ball retention cord. An illumination assembly is coupled to the ball and provides various light emitting patterns. The illumination assembly is coupled adjacent to the ball retention cord. The illumination assembly includes at least one LED and a battery operatively coupled therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Schlapik
  • Publication number: 20150004574
    Abstract: A system and method for coaching an operator of an industrial machine improves operator skill levels by providing prioritized coaching to the operator. The system and method identify operations performed during the work session and compare each operation to a model of the operation to identify operations that differ substantially from the model. Each such operation is logged as a coaching opportunity, and the method and system prioritize the associated coaching sequences for presentation to the operator, e.g., based on (1) classification of the operation associated with each coaching opportunity; (2) significance of the operation associated with each coaching opportunity; (3) operator history; (4) manager preferences; and (5) error severity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bradley K. Bomer, Zhijun Cai, Carl Darukhanavala, Vardhaman Lakhani, Kevin Dluzen, Jeffrey Fletcher, Drew Fehr, Owen Kolstad
  • Publication number: 20150004572
    Abstract: A method for coaching an operator of an earthmoving machine is disclosed. The machine may have a controller in communication with a plurality of sensors configured to generate actual data indicative of real-time parameters associated with an operation of the machine. In this aspect, the method comprises the controller receiving actual data related to the operation of the machine performed by the operator. The controller determines a type of operation being performed based on the actual data. The controller compares the actual data to expected data for the type of operation being performed as preprogrammed in a memory associated with the controller. The controller provides notification of performance to the operator in real-time based on the comparison of the actual data to expected data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bradley K. Bomer, Zhijun Cai, Brad Van De Veer, Jeffrey Stephen Alig, Rohan Raosaheb Chougule
  • Publication number: 20150004573
    Abstract: A method is provided for coaching an operator of an earthmoving machine having a controller. The method may include the controller presenting a list of coaching points to the operator. The controller receives input to execute a coaching point selected by the operator. The controller accesses memory to retrieve a predetermined method for execution of the coaching point. The controller manipulates the machine to execute the coaching point according to the predetermined method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bradley Bomer, Zhijun Cai, Brad Van De Veer, Jeffrey Stephen Alig, Michael Braunstein
  • Publication number: 20140377726
    Abstract: A method has steps for (a) logging in to an on-line vocational education portal by a person seeking to gain vocational training; (b) guiding the person, by the vocational portal, through an aptitude test; (c) directing the person to one or more on-line vocational courses based on the aptitude test results; (d) guiding the user, by the vocational portal, through one or more assessment tests, determining the person's mastery of the one or more vocational courses; completion of the on-line course curriculum, the user is provided an assessment test; and (e) providing and recording a certification to the person based upon successful completion of the one or more assessment tests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Inventors: R. Bhavani Rao, Jamie Sara Otelsberg, Rangasrinivasan Venkataraman
  • Publication number: 20140370468
    Abstract: A method of medical training includes presenting a user with a medical scenario within a medical simulation in which the user plays a physician. The medical scenario includes an interaction between the user and a patient. Performance data corresponding to the user is identified. The identified performance data is based at least in part on an action of the user during the interaction between the user and the patient. The user is evaluated based at least in part on the identified performance data to determine whether the user has achieved a training goal within the medical simulation. The training goal is intended to improve a medical skill of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Medical Cyberworlds, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Kron, Noah Falstein, Stacy Marsella
  • Patent number: 8911237
    Abstract: A simulator facilitates virtual welding activity of orbital weld joints. The simulator may include a logic processor based system operable to execute coded instructions for generating an interactive welding environment that emulates welding activity on a section of virtual pipe having at least one virtual weld joint. It also includes a display connected to the logic processor based system for visually depicting the interactive welding environment, wherein the display depicts the section of virtual pipe. A pendant is provided for performing welding equipment setup and virtual welding activity on the at least one weld joint in real time where one or more sensors are adapted to track movement of the input device in real time for communicating data about the movement of the input device to the logic processor based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Patent number: 8894416
    Abstract: Human resource system for collecting and analyzing survey data from reference providers identified by a job candidate for use by an employer. The system sends an electronic communication to the reference providers to request completion of survey questions and electronically receives the survey data from the reference providers, preferably through webpages. An analysis module combines the received survey data from the reference providers and generates a confidential candidate report for an employer which excludes identification of any ratings or comments by any reference providers. The system also generates customized interview probe questions for use during job interviews and coaching tactics for use after the hiring, based on the weak areas that have been identified from the completed surveys in order to assist the hiring manager to bring the new hires up to speed quickly and effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Skill Survey, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. LaPasta, Martha Mincer
  • Publication number: 20140342325
    Abstract: A position-centric approach is provided for creating a curriculum. Under this approach, a curriculum is created for a particular employment position, and the courses that are included in the curriculum are selected based upon the skills that are desired or required for the particular employment position. With such a curriculum, the student is taught the specific skills that are needed to perform well in the employment position. By educating a student using such a curriculum, the student is better prepared for the particular employment position than if the student were educated using a curriculum that is developed based upon a field of study.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: APOLLO GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Mary Wu
  • Patent number: 8888496
    Abstract: Human resource system for collecting and analyzing survey data from reference providers identified by a job candidate for use by an employer. The system sends an electronic communication to the reference providers to request completion of survey questions and electronically receives the survey data from the reference providers, preferably through webpages. An analysis module combines the received survey data from the reference providers and generates a confidential candidate report for an employer which excludes identification of any ratings or comments by any reference providers. The system also generates customized interview probe questions for use during job interviews and coaching tactics for use after the hiring, based on the weak areas that have been identified from the completed surveys in order to assist the hiring manager to bring the new hires up to speed quickly and effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Skill Survey, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. LaPasta, Martha Mincer
  • Patent number: 8888495
    Abstract: A mobile medical simulation platform for training medical emergency personnel comprises a mobile base movable between remote geographical locations. The mobile base may include a main enclosure having a forward end and a rearward end and defining an interior space. The base may also include medical equipment in the interior space of the main enclosure and usable in medical simulation training for treating a human patient, and simulation apparatus configured to provide simulation of medical events and conditions of a human patient. The interior space is separated into an ambulance simulation area and an emergency room simulation area contained in the main enclosure to permit simultaneous simulation training exercises to occur in each of the simulation areas. A method of utilizing the platform may include conducting training at a first location, moving the platform to a second location, and conducting training at the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
    Inventors: Clara Johnson, Travis Spier, Shaye Krcil, Gary Myers
  • Publication number: 20140335485
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems implementable on a computing device for training a crowdworker on one or more skill sets. The crowdworker attempts a first set of tasks. The method includes determining an expertise gap between a current level of expertise possessed by the crowdworker in the one or more skill sets and a required level of expertise in the one or more skill sets. Further, the method includes determining a number of training tasks that the crowdworker has to complete to achieve the required level of expertise in the one or more skill sets. At least one training task pertaining to the one or more skill sets is assigned along with the first set of tasks such that the crowdworker gets trained on the one or more skill sets in a predetermined period without violating a service level agreement associated with the first set of tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koustuv Dasgupta, Laura E. Celis
  • Publication number: 20140329210
    Abstract: Systems and methods that support the creation and timely electronic scheduling and delivery of course materials for training of individuals in an organization, in which course recommendations, scheduling, and rollout are based upon a number of factors including, for example, specific individual and/or business day-to-day operational performance measures, sales performance, and seasonal weather conditions by geographical region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Rafeh Masood, Naveen Seshadri, Anirudh Bhargava
  • Publication number: 20140322682
    Abstract: Systems and methods for competency training and use authorization for dispensing an agent are described, which include: an agent-dispensing device configured to dispense one or more agents to a user, and including a controllable agent-dispensing mechanism and a receiver configured to receive a signal and to activate or deactivate a locking mechanism coupled to the controllable agent-dispensing mechanism; a computing device having a display and a user interface; and a web-based interactive tool accessible on the computing device, the web-based interactive tool including a training module to provide training to the user in proper use of the agent-dispensing device, a verification module to verify a competency of the user in the proper use of the agent-dispensing device, and an activation module responsive to the verification module and operable to provide an activation signal to deactivate the locking mechanism to allow dispensing of the one or more agents after verifying the competency of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Philip A. Eckhoff, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140322683
    Abstract: Devices and methods for competency training and use authorization for dispensing an agent are described, which include: an agent-dispensing device including a reservoir configured to store agents, a controllable agent-dispensing mechanism in communication with the reservoir, a locking mechanism coupled to the controllable agent-dispensing mechanism, a microprocessor including circuitry, use sensors to monitor at least one operational step for use of the agent-dispensing device, training circuitry configured to train the user and to assign a value for each of the monitored at least one operational step for use of the agent-dispensing device, verification circuitry configured to determine if the assigned value for each of the monitored at least one operational step for use of the agent-dispensing device meets or exceeds a pre-defined performance threshold, and activation circuitry responsive to the verification circuitry and configured to deactivate the locking mechanism to allow dispensing of agents if the ass
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Philip A. Eckhoff, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140315165
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for an apparatus and method for practicing injection techniques through an injectable apparatus. The injectable apparatus may contain a camera that is configured to detect the intensity and color of light attenuated from a testing tool after it is injected into a simulated human or animal body parts. A training tool may be connected to a user display device to generate a display of the injection apparatus as well as the performance parameters of a trainee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Gabrielle A. Rios, Jeff Crockett, Clark B. Foster, David J. Mishelevich, Milan Trcka, Aaron J. Gifford, Chris C. Ludolph
  • Publication number: 20140315164
    Abstract: System and method for improving operator performance are provided. According to one embodiment, the method includes monitoring operation of a machine operated by an operator, analyzing performance of the operator based on the operation of the machine, rating the performance of the operator according to a plurality of skill levels, and adjusting capabilities of the machine according to the rating. Based on at least one of the analysis or the rating, the operator is provided with individualized guidance, which is configured to assist the operator to improve the performance of the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Steven David JONES, Todd Bartholomew SMITH, Brad Robert VAN DE VEER
  • Publication number: 20140308632
    Abstract: Systems designed to train and certify persons to act as at least one responsible person(s) for decision making and management operations as part of an emergency response at incidents that contain at least one hazard zone; such hazard zone defined as any work area which contains a hazard that can injure or kill, for example, burning structures, hazardous material incidents, roadways with active traffic, natural disaster sites, and/or other emergency response scenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Across the Street Productions Inc.
    Inventors: John Nicholas Brunacini, Robert Nicholas Brunacini, Alan Vincent Brunacini
  • Patent number: 8858234
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for training workers to recognize distortions. One example method includes positioning vacuum arms on a tilt-table top of a distortion training table situated in a horizontal position. The method further includes positioning locator arms on the tilt-table top in proximity to the vacuum arms, positioning a body panel on the locator arms to situate an inner surface of the body panel adjacent to each of the vacuum arms, applying suction to the inner surface of the body panel using the vacuum arms wherein the suction creates non-destructive distortions on an outer surface of the body panel, instructing the workers in tactile recognition of the distortions on the outer surface of the body panel, moving the tilt-table top from the horizontal position to a vertical position, and instructing the workers in visual recognition of the distortions on the outer surface of the body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Spencer, Shawn W. Clark, William H. Preece
  • Patent number: 8858233
    Abstract: A simulation system for training in endoscopic procedures includes an endoscope apparatus, which includes an operating part with at least one valve, a control device to generate a virtual image of an endoscopic operating scene depending on an actuation of the valve and a display device to display the virtual image, the endoscope apparatus includes for example a siphoning line, an insufflation line and/or a flushing line upon which the valve acts. The simulation system includes pressure-generating means to impact the siphoning line, the insufflation line and/or the flushing line with reduced or excess pressure, sensor means to measure pressure and/or flow in the siphoning line, the insufflation line and/or the flushing line and transmission means to transmit the measured values provided by the sensor means to the control device to be used in generating the virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bjoern Speiser, Bernhard Gloeggler, Thomas Hinding
  • Publication number: 20140302467
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention describe the implementation and execution of situational response training (SRT). In some embodiments, a sales team can use an SRT to implement real-time, peer-reviewed and/or focused training. For example, a manager can prepare a training situation through a web interface and then verbally record the training through a telephone interface. The training situation can include any number of questions, scenarios, fact patterns, etc. that can require a response by members of the sales team. Once prepared, the manager can send the training situation to his sales team. The sales team can then prepare and respond to the training situation over the phone using an interactive voice response (IVR) system or through another communication channel. For example, the training situation can be sent via email requesting that each member of the sales team respond to the training situation through a telephone interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: IDEAL RESPONSE, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Bijou
  • Publication number: 20140302468
    Abstract: A method for monitoring cleaning of a surface includes applying an amount of transparent indicator material to an area of a surface and measuring the amount of transparent indicator material remaining on the surface. The transparent indicator material may be fixed on the surface by drying and, when a fluorescent material, may be measured through exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Kleancheck Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Philip C. Carling
  • Publication number: 20140272831
    Abstract: Devices for simulating a transportation emergency and kits for the same are disclosed. The devices have a base with a framework of interconnected supports extending therefrom as a skeletal portion of a simulated transportation device and defining a chamber configured to receive a human or a medical-training manikin. Within the chamber a seat for receiving the human or the medical-training manikin is disposed. The framework defines one or more openings representative of access openings into the simulated transportation device such that a first responder in-training can receive instructions on how to assist a victim positioned in the simulated transportation device. The framework also defined one or more open frames representative of structural features of the simulated transportation device that block access to the victim such that realistic training occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: S&S Medical Products, LLC
    Inventor: Russell A. Sweet
  • Publication number: 20140272833
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for planning and delivering curricula and specifically for managing learning and development in organizations. In some embodiments, a method for conducting training in an organization comprises identifying a candidate project in the organization, wherein identifying the candidate project includes determining that the candidate project is at risk and that a level of training for the candidate project is below a training threshold conducting, by one or more processors, a marginal benefit analysis including determining a marginal success rate increase as a function of a training level increase; conducting, by the one or more processors, a learning effectiveness analysis including determining a plurality of effectiveness scores and a plurality of cost values corresponding to a plurality of training courses; and determining a training plan for an employee of the organization based on the marginal benefit analysis and the learning effectiveness analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Vipul A. GUPTA, Omesh SARAF
  • Publication number: 20140272830
    Abstract: A system and method for professional education through a business system of cooperating participants and other educational service providers, organized in order to effect incentive-based individual learning: namely, to engage the user as a learner by way of offering participation incentives. The associated educational service pertains to individualized programs for licensure or certification in the fields of medicine, dentistry, law, or business, depending on the individual learner's needs. The system and method thus provides incentive opportunities as further motivation to learn, without exclusively providing monetary gain to the learner although monetary gain is an option. The learner derives benefit from the knowledge gained in preparation for license or certification examinations, and from the goodwill of his or her efforts resulting in some benefit bestowed upon others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Omar Taher
  • Publication number: 20140272832
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include methods of generating models for scoring patient notes. The methods include receiving a sample of patient notes, extracting a plurality of ngrams from the sample of patient notes, clustering the plurality of extracted ngrams that meet a similarity threshold into a plurality of lists, identifying a feature associated with each of the plurality of lists based on the ngrams in that list and designating at least one ngram in each list as evidence of the feature associated with that list. The identified features and designated ngram are stored in models for scoring patient notes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: NATIONAL BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
    Inventors: Ruslan Mitkov, Le An Ha, Richard James Evans, Georgiana Cristina Marsic, Su Baldwin, Brian Clauser, Ronald J. Nungester
  • Publication number: 20140272834
    Abstract: Technology is described for a system to provide skill training in various fields, including professional fields involving hand-held instruments. The system senses a user's manipulation of an instrument or tool using various sensors, e.g., for a dental tool, an array of pressure sensors in the tool's tip, grip sensors, and sensors to track the position and movement of the tool. The system includes lessons to train users in the proper methods to manipulate the tool and provides guidance and feedback based on the user's performance to build the user's skills, prevent injury, and document competency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: DH CUBED, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Francisco Washburn, Deborah McGlynn Chiu
  • Patent number: 8834168
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem configured to generate simulation data corresponding to elements of a welding environment in virtual reality space; a three-dimensional (3D) conversion unit operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem and configured to convert at least a portion of the simulation data, representative of at least a portion of the virtual welding environment, to 3D data in a stereoscopic 3D transmission format; and a 3D display-facilitating device operatively connected to the 3D conversion unit and configured to receive the 3D data from the 3D conversion unit and facilitate displaying of a stereoscopic representation of the 3D data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Patent number: 8827714
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for simulating portions of an emergency response exercise includes generating situational awareness outputs associated with a simulated emergency and sending the situational awareness outputs to a plurality of output devices. Also, the method includes outputting to a user device a plurality of decisions associated with the situational awareness outputs at a decision point, receiving a selection of one of the decisions from the user device, generating new situational awareness outputs based on the selected decision, and repeating the sending, outputting and receiving steps based on the new situational awareness outputs. Other methods, systems, and computer program products are included according to other embodiments of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Secuity, LLC., Sandia National Laboratories
    Inventors: John W. Goforth, Michael B. Mercer, Zach Heath, Lynn I. Yang
  • Publication number: 20140248593
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to interactive training, and in particular, to methods and systems for computerized interactive skill training. An example embodiment provides a method and system for providing skill training using a computerized system. The computerized system receives a selection of a first training subject. A training challenge related to the first training subject is accessed from computer readable memory. The training challenge is provided to a user via a terminal, optionally in verbal form. A first score related to the correctness and/or completeness of a verbalized challenge response provided by the user is stored in memory. A second score related to how quickly the trainee provided the verbalized challenge response is stored in memory. A third challenge score related to the confidence and/or style with which the trainee verbalized the challenge response is stored in memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Breakthrough PerformanceTech, LLC
    Inventors: Martin L. Cohen, Edward G. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140242558
    Abstract: A bartender training method and apparatus is provided, wherein the same can be deployed as a training course adapted to train users the art of mixology and efficient bartending skills. In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention contemplates one or more bar stations set up for making and serving mixed drinks, wherein each bar station comprises an interactive display screen and a slop bin to receive prepared drinks. The interactive display screen prompts each user with drink orders of varying complexity, whereby drink details may be provided for beginning learners and more difficult commands and routines are requested as experience is gained. Upon course completion, user performance data is used for grading purposes and for providing the user with a profile to show would-be employers. The present invention improves current methods of bartending training and emphasizes speed and efficiency of drinking making.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Daragjati
  • Publication number: 20140212852
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for training workers to recognize distortions. One example method includes positioning vacuum arms on a tilt-table top of a distortion training table situated in a horizontal position. The method further includes positioning locator arms on the tilt-table top in proximity to the vacuum arms, positioning a body panel on the locator arms to situate an inner surface of the body panel adjacent to each of the vacuum arms, applying suction to the inner surface of the body panel using the vacuum arms wherein the suction creates non-destructive distortions on an outer surface of the body panel, instructing the workers in tactile recognition of the distortions on the outer surface of the body panel, moving the tilt-table top from the horizontal position to a vertical position, and instructing the workers in visual recognition of the distortions on the outer surface of the body panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
    Inventor: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
  • Publication number: 20140199669
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to training an individual for custom golf equipment fitting, and more particularly, to an education platform to train individuals to custom fit golf equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Oliver Anderson, Roger J. Cottam
  • Patent number: 8777627
    Abstract: This application describes methods for responding to a hazardous material based upon its properties and/or its chemical name. This application also describes methods of teaching hazardous material responders how to use the method of responding to a hazardous material based upon its properties and/or its chemical name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Resources Supply Company
    Inventors: Joseph Gorman, Cristobal Aguirre
  • Patent number: 8777628
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and program product are provided for optimizing a training regimen to achieve performance goals. Historical training data is provided. At least one training regimen is defined. A training objective is selected for at least one training regimen to optimize. The training regimen is optimized by computing an initial training regimen solution and computing a neighbor solution at a distance from the initial training regimen solution. The neighbor solution is compared to the initial training regimen solution. If the neighbor solution is determined to be a better solution than the initial training regimen solution, the initial training regimen solution is replaced with the neighbor solution. The determination occurs using: Performance = S · St · N c · T - d ? ? and ? ? St = ? ( lag i ) T i ? N i ? . The distance is updated per a schedule to compute a next neighbor solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Tiffany S Jastrzembski, Stuart M Rodgers, Kevin A Gluck, Michael A Krusmark
  • Publication number: 20140170618
    Abstract: Assisting career growth in an organization comprises receiving a current skillset associated with an associate, wherein the current skillset comprises one or more current skills, and receiving an interested skill from a first computer associated with the employee. One or more intermediate skills between the current skillset and the interested skill, wherein an intermediate skill comprises the interested skill, is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Madhu Bhimavarapu, Shallu Anand, Nishant Kumar Saxena
  • Publication number: 20140170617
    Abstract: A system for reporting operator performance of a machine includes a plurality of sensors and a communications interface. A portable computing device is removably mounted on the machine and has a user identification data code unique to a machine operator. A controller determines an identity of the machine operator based upon the user identification data code, determine the operating conditions based upon signals from the sensors. The controller generates a performance report based at least in part upon performance data and provides the performance report to at least one of the portable computing device and a system remote from the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Lonny E. Johnson, James Mason, Timothy Felty, Samir M. Kherat
  • Publication number: 20140170616
    Abstract: Techniques and tools are described for facilitating user reflection on past decisions in order to determine trends and to assist in future decision-making. Technologies for administering a career history exercise and for visualizing results of the career history exercise are described. Visualizations include using a milestone circle, divided into portions representative of stages in a user's career history. User ratings of the stages in his or her career history are displayed on the milestone circle using color-shaded ratings units and/or segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: SAP AG
    Inventors: Zsuzsanna Kovacs, Christoph Dobiasz, Simone Charlotte Holz, Nenad Dordevic
  • Publication number: 20140162224
    Abstract: A skill-based training system includes a processing system having a processor, memory coupled to the processor with executable instructions stored therein, and an input-output controller coupled to the processor and to input and output devices. The memory includes lesson plans that outline skill-based tasks and activities, and predetermined performance criteria. The processor is configured by the instructions to present interfaces on the output devices simulating a virtual training environment. The processor is configured to receive input signals representative of performing the tasks and activities in the virtual environment, and to evaluate the performance by comparing the performed tasks and activities to the criteria, to determine a score and to present the score on the output devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: VRSIM, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Wallace, David Zboray, Alejo Fudge, Brian Burke, Chris Groot, Paul Ong, Shawn Kennedy, Zach Lenker, Frank Bignone, Leslie Brooks Solomon
  • Publication number: 20140154648
    Abstract: Described herein is a method and system that provides symptom based and context sensitive knowledgebase management during a remote management session with a connected device. Knowledgebase profiles are generated that are linked to symptoms and device metrics and knowledgebase search rules are set that are linked to the symptoms, and specific device metrics. The knowledgebase management system provides a remote support technician with the support information instantly during a remote management session based on the symptom described by an end user and an assessment of the connected device state in order to aid in the troubleshooting of the issue and assist in the transfer of the knowledge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: AETHERPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Deepak Gonsalves, Calvin Charles, Pooja Chengappa, Ramesh Parmar, Subramanyam Ayyalasomayajula, Artun Kutchuk, Byung Joon Oh