Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Publication number: 20140113259
    Abstract: Described herein is method and system for electronic skill-based testing. A computing device, which may be a cloud server, provides a live environment to the test-taker with some issues that must be resolved. The attempts of the test-taker to resolve the issue are scored according to the efficiency and speed of the test-taker's approach, success or failure of the test-taker to resolve the issue, and by reference to the difficulty level of the task and the relative degree of achievement of other test takers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Dusty Jones, Luke Owen, Frederick Mendler, Marcus Robertson
  • Publication number: 20140106318
    Abstract: A system and method, a machine, and an article of manufacture of an occupational performance system and method for achieving occupational performance of competency based education and work force standards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Beth Ann Wright
  • Publication number: 20140106319
    Abstract: The invention is a method and system that provides for efficiently incentivizing and rewarding employees for their successful use of a training system or other employer defined metrics by utilizing Smartcard cards and You Did It Right cards. Successful demonstration of training and performance metrics is rewarded through such rewards to supervisors and to employees as gift cards or discount coupons redeemable for goods and/or services at retail/service centers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: The Bill Sims Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William Sims, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140083058
    Abstract: Storage and order-picking system for storing and picking piece goods, comprising: a manual work station comprising a defined working area, in which an operator is supposed to manipulate a piece good with his/her hands in a default manner, which is communicated to the operator visually and/or audibly, in that the operator moves the piece good within the working area; a motion-sensor system, which detects motions, preferably of the hands and/or forearms, of the operator within the working area of the work station and which converts same into corresponding motion signals; and a computing unit, which is data connected to the motion-sensor system and which is configured to convert the motion signals into corresponding, preferably time-dependent, trajectories in a virtual space, which is an image of the working area and where the trajectories are compared to reference trajectories, or reference volumina, in the virtual space, in order to generate and output control signals which indicate a correct or wrong performa
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Elmar Issing, Rudolf Keller
  • Patent number: 8676112
    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: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Amplify Education, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Jason Berger, Laurence Holt, Michael Kasloff
  • Publication number: 20140072938
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for training sports referees, and particularly to help referees understand the application of rules to game plays or situations between competitors. The method and system includes live action plays recorded from one or more referee perspectives on the field or court. The plays are downloaded into a database so that a trainee can select specific plays and apply specific rules to the selected plays so as to understand application of the rule to a game situation. Multiple perspectives of the same play can be recorded and viewed simultaneously in real time or frame by frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Curtis J. Krull
  • Publication number: 20140072937
    Abstract: A system for remote communication of information relating to cutting operations includes a template that is configured for cutting by a person. The template includes an indication that indicates a predetermined path for cutting of the template. The system also includes a first computerized device having an input device configured to input cutting information. The cutting information relates to cutting of the template along the predetermined path. The system also includes a second computerized device that is remote from the first computerized device. The second computerized device is configured to receive the cutting information. Moreover, the system includes a communications device configured to provide communication between the first computerized device and the second computerized device to allow the cutting information to be sent from the first computerized device to the second computerized device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: William E. Simpson, II
  • Publication number: 20140065583
    Abstract: A simple, low-cost but extremely effective means to represent an intraoperative (for example) fire that highlights recognition using multi-sensual stimulation. The device can be used as part of a high fidelity simulation program that includes an explosion (sound), profuse smoke (visual), and odor (smells) to simulate an intraoperative fire. The design is re-usable, simple to set up, and does not use toxic agents (either to participants or mannequin).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Robert S. Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20140065582
    Abstract: A system and method are presented for learning call analysis. Audio fingerprinting may be employed to identify audio recordings that answer communications. In one embodiment, the system may generate a fingerprint of a candidate audio stream and compare it against known fingerprints within a database. The system may also search for a speech-like signal to determine if the end point contains a known audio recording. If a known audio recording is not encountered, a fingerprint may be computed for the contact and the communication routed to a human for handling. An indication may be made as to if the call is indeed an audio recording. The associated information may be saved and used for future identification purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix Immanuel Wyss, Matthew Alan Taylor, Kevin Charles Vlack
  • Patent number: 8662897
    Abstract: The invention is a method and system that provides for efficiently incentivising and rewarding employees for their successful use of a training system or other employer defined metrics by utilizing Smartcard® cards and You Did It Right® cards. Successful demonstration of training and performance metrics is rewarded through such rewards as gift cards or discount coupons redeemable for goods and/or services at retail/service centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Bill Sims Company
    Inventor: William Sims, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140057231
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, method, and computer program product for implementing at least one break-fix simulation are disclosed. A processor implements the at least one break-fix simulation by invoking a virtualization of a product that is configured to provide a service, executing one or more scripts that are configured to break the virtualization of the product so that at least a portion of the service fails, receiving first input via a user interface that is configured to access one or more tools for restoring the at least a portion of the service to working order, and restoring the at least a portion of the service to working order with the one or more tools utilizing the first input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: CA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Gerard LUTZ, Douglas MILLIGAN
  • Patent number: 8657605
    Abstract: Arc welding simulations that provide simulation of virtual destructive and non-destructive testing and inspection of virtual weldments for training purposes. The virtual testing simulations may be performed on virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system). The virtual inspection simulations may be performed on “pre-canned” (i.e. pre-defined) virtual weldments or using virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system. In general, virtual testing may be performed using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system), and virtual inspection may be performed using a standalone virtual weldment inspection (VWI) system or using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, Carl Peters
  • Patent number: 8651871
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for identifying ranges of scores in thinking areas that are indicative of individuals that perform at top levels. A position within an organization is identified. One or more individuals are identified as people that perform at a top level in that position. Each of the identified individuals is evaluated against a full time equivalent at the position. Each of the identified individuals is also scored in particular thinking areas. In some embodiments, the scores are based on the answers given by the identified individuals to a questionnaire. Characteristics of various workers are prioritized as to their desirability in a person performing the functions of the identified position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gary A. Morais
  • Publication number: 20140045154
    Abstract: A system for training a participant in professional practice. The system including a video playback device; one or more video recording devices for recording first video footage of a master practitioner interacting with one or more clients, and second video footage of an interviewer interacting with the master practitioner while watching the first video footage on the video playback device; a video editing device for preparing a video segment, the video segment including at least a portion of the first video footage and at least a portion of the second video footage; and a computer network for transmitting data to a training participant, the data including the video segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Laureate Education, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacqueline A. Hook, Barbara L. Schadlow, Kathleen A. Winberry
  • Publication number: 20140030682
    Abstract: A body defining a cavity, a model of a female reproductive organ held in the cavity, and a model of a sheet of skin that covers the body cavity. The reproductive-organ model includes a Y-shaped element with all three legs detachably coupled to the body. And the skin model is at least partially detachable from the body. In one aspect, the skin model includes a liner mounted adjacent the inner surface of the skin and adapted for realistic grasping, tenting, incising, and suturing of the liner. In other aspects, the skin model includes two layers of contrasting colors for ease of distinguishing them and/or is made of a material mimicking the feel and response of the abdominal skin of an actual animal when suturing the skin. In other aspects, the reproductive-organ model is excluded for use in only practicing suturing and/or tying ligature bands but not spaying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: William Jackson THILENIUS
  • Publication number: 20140017641
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the method and system for monitoring, verifying, measuring and reporting an individual's past, current and/or required or elected training, formal or informal education, licensing, certification or other designations including regulatory requirements along with aggregating such reporting for any entity comprised of more than one individual such as a partnership, a company, a governmental body or agency, educational institution or a corporation. The present invention will collect and report professional continuing education credits or courses, OSHA or any/every other governmental agency's required continuing education, safety training, environmental training, and industry or trade group required continuing education.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: David J. Nowacki
  • Patent number: 8628331
    Abstract: A system and method, a machine, and an article of manufacture of an occupational performance system and method for achieving occupational performance of competency based education and work force standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Beth Ann Wright
  • Patent number: 8628330
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for promoting safe handling of equipment (12) comprises a display (14) for displaying a safety check relating to a prospective user's competency to use the equipment (12). A user manipulatable arrangement (20) enables the prospective user to enter data in response to the check. A controller (16) connected to the arrangement (20) is configured to operate a switch (24) to inhibit switching on or starting of the equipment, should the response data entered not meet with a predetermined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventors: Christiaan Hieronymans Bornman Van Eeden, George Oliver Fourie
  • Publication number: 20140004487
    Abstract: A real-time immersive training system is provided. The system includes an immersive visualization room that includes a rendering device configured to provide a three dimensional image of a workspace on a display surface, an operations console configured to provide plant information to the rendering device and obtain operator input from an input device, and a communications system configured to interact with a plant simulator. An operator console includes a control display and input system designed to simulate a plant control board for the workspace. A dynamic process simulator is configured to run a process simulation of the workspace, provide simulated real time data of the workspace to the immersive visualization room and the operator console, accept control inputs from the operator console, and interaction data from the immersive visualization room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph M. Cheben, Dennis Cafiero
  • Publication number: 20140004488
    Abstract: A system for training practitioners in use of an ultrasound system including a unit for managing workflow of an ultrasound training session, a user interface for providing ultrasound training session instructions to a practitioner operating an ultrasound machine and for receiving input from a trainee, a unit for communication with the ultrasound machine, for collecting one or more ultrasound images produced during the training session from the ultrasound machine, a unit for image processing the ultrasound images, and a unit for assessing quality of the ultrasound images. A method for monitoring practitioner proficiency in use of an ultrasound system including providing the practitioner with an ultrasound task definition, collecting one or more ultrasound images produced by the practitioner during performance of the ultrasound task from an ultrasound machine, image processing the ultrasound images, and assessing quality of the ultrasound images. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Mor Research Applications Ltd.
    Inventors: Ron Tepper, Roman Shklyar
  • Patent number: 8602794
    Abstract: Interactive electronic training systems and methods are described herein. Certain embodiments provide preprogrammed video, audio, and/or textual presentations of training materials which provide information related to skills/information to be trained. A scenario including real or animated actors is presented, simulating an interaction. The training system presents related queries for the trainee who audibly responds. The training system stores a score based in part on a comparison of the trainee's response with an answer stored in training system memory. Optionally, the scores are substantially immediately presented by the system to the trainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Breakthrough Performance Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Martin L. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20130323696
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for efficiently apportioning, delivering and monitoring training to clinical trial participants. The invention ensures that each person participating in a given clinical trial receives only the training that they actually need in order to perform their assigned tasks on the trial. The invention reduces the amount of unnecessary training typically taken by staff working on a clinical trial, accelerates the startup of the trial and ensures that staff receives the necessary training for the specific tasks they are performing on the trial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Alden MEIER
  • Publication number: 20130323695
    Abstract: A simulator for skill-oriented training is presented. The simulator includes a platform having a platform sensor and provides a training environment depicting a work piece rendered on the platform. The simulator includes a display unit worn by a person operating the simulator. The unit includes a camera, a speaker and a unit sensor. The camera and the speaker provide visual and audio output to the person depicting the training environment. The simulator includes a controller and a data processing system. The controller is operated by the person and includes a controller sensor. The sensors cooperate to provide to the processing system signals representing spatial positioning, angular orientation and movement data of the controller relative to the platform. In response, the processing system renders the work piece, a virtual coating spray pattern, a virtual coating as applied to the work piece and performance guidance in the training environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: David Zboray, Matthew Bennett, Andy Lundell, Jeremiah Hennessey, Zach Lenker, Matthew Wallace, Jon Kallen, Rebecca McKnight
  • Patent number: 8585410
    Abstract: Systems for and methods of simulating facilities for use in locate operations training exercises are disclosed. Embodiments of the simulated facilities systems include a floor system in which one or more concealed wires may be energized to simulate underground facilities for the purpose of performing, for example, locate operations training, updating, and/or certification exercises for locate technicians. Embodiments of the simulated facilities systems include configurable pedestals by which either non-electric power line type of facilities and/or electric power line types of facility may be simulated. In some embodiments, simulated facilities systems may be configured manually and/or by use of a system controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr, Thomas William Bachelder
  • Patent number: 8585408
    Abstract: A method, comprising the steps of (a) representing users within a virtual environment, the virtual environment residing on one or more computers, comprising the steps of (b) collecting data pertaining to one or more of the users' activities not associated with the virtual environment relating to each of the users' performance on business-related tasks, (c) awarding incentives including points, badges, levels, prizes, etc. to a plurality of users in the virtual environment based on the collected data pertaining to the users, (d) providing information regarding a first user's incentives to at least a second user involved in activities related to the business-related tasks performed by the first user, and (e) updating the collected data in the virtual environment as the data pertaining to the performance of users changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Vince Scott Margiotta
  • Publication number: 20130288210
    Abstract: A semi-automated maintenance management system instructs a technician to disassemble a component into parts, compare each part to a reference entry and identify any discrepancies between the part and the reference entry, repair or replace the component according to instructions automatically provided for the discrepancy when a known discrepancy is found, create a disposition when an unknown discrepancy is found, and reassemble the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Andrew James Stewart, Stephen Foster, Ghazi A. Saleem, James H. Stewart, Robert Stanley Koresky, William E. Puetz, Donald L. Reeves, II, Lawrence P. Crochet, Don Reynolds, Eric G. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8568145
    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 distance is updated per a schedule to compute a next neighbor solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Tiffany S Jastrzembski, Stuart M Rogers, Kevin A Gluck, Michael A Krusmark
  • Patent number: 8571463
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Breakthrough Performancetech, LLC
    Inventors: Martin L. Cohen, Edward G. Brown
  • Patent number: 8565668
    Abstract: The present invention is related to interactive training. In one embodiment, a training system presents a stored scenario to a user via a terminal. The user is provided with the ability to intervene and stop the pre-recorded scenario to identify an error in handling the situation presented in the scenario and/or an opportunity presented in the scenario. Once the user has intervened, the user can be presented with a question regarding the opportunity and/or error. The user is scored based in part on the number of errors and/or opportunities that the user identified and optionally on the user's response to the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: BreakThrough PerformanceTech, LLC
    Inventor: Martin L. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20130273514
    Abstract: Different solution methodologies for addressing problems or issues when directing security domain patrolling strategies according to attacker-defender Stackelberg security games. One type of solution provides for computing optimal strategy against quantal response in security games, and includes two algorithms, the GOSAQ and PASAQ algorithms. Another type of solution provides for a unified method for handling discrete and continuous uncertainty in Bayesian Stackelberg games, and introduces the HUNTER algorithm. Another solution type addresses multi-objective security games (MOSG), combining security games and multi-objective optimization. MOSGs have a set of Pareto optimal (non-dominated) solutions referred to herein as the Pareto frontier. The Pareto frontier can be generated by solving a sequence of constrained single-objective optimization problems (CSOP), where one objective is selected to be maximized while lower bounds are specified for the other objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: University of Southern California
    Inventors: Milind Tambe, Fernando Ordóñez, Rong Yang, Zhengyu Yin, Matthew Brown, Bo An, Christopher Kiekintveld
  • Publication number: 20130266917
    Abstract: Method and kit for providing a training course for operating a towing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: CAA South Central Ontario
    Inventors: Henry Freriks, Karen Moore
  • Patent number: 8535059
    Abstract: A learning management system provides e-learning to call center agents. Agents can receive training provided in various training formats, which are characterized as fixed-time, flex-time, human-initiated, or system-initiated. A training process flow illustrates how the various training formats can be provided using processes involving agent selection, registration, scheduling, content delivery, and post-training reporting. A modular system provides the training flow and coordinates the function of various call center components to provide training in a seamless and integrated manner using existing call center scheduling systems, such as workflow management components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Noble Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James K. Noble, Jr., Karl H. Koster
  • Patent number: 8532561
    Abstract: A method and kit for training a participant in professional practice. The method may include video recording a first session of a master practitioner interacting with clients in a professional environment, video recording a second session of an interviewer viewing the first session and interacting with the master practitioner about what transpired in the first session, preparing a video segment comprising video footage from the video recording of the first session and the video recording of the second session, and providing the video segment to the participant. The kit may include a video segment, the video segment comprising video footage from the first video recording of the first session and the second video recording of the second session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Laureate Education, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacqueline A. Hook, Barbara L. Schadlow, Kathleen A. Winberry
  • Publication number: 20130230831
    Abstract: A method of training educators to develop environmentally aware lesson plans using a computer-implemented professional development system is provided. The method integrates awareness of environmental issues into general-studies teaching and includes a computer having a data base housing a plurality of environmental-specific instructional materials and materials relating to human behavior and development. The method comprises the steps of: assembling one or more educators; providing access to a computer device to each educator; providing a server connected to the computer device wherein the server includes a data base housing foundational tools and information concerning culture's influence on environmental awareness; in one or more training sessions and by accessing the data base, training the educators about environmental awareness; and instructing the educators to develop at least one environmentally aware lesson plan utilizing the training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Sapna Sopori
  • Publication number: 20130224699
    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: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Government of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Government of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
  • Publication number: 20130224698
    Abstract: A mechanism to evaluate the value of employee competencies across a business entity is provided. Managers provide raw interpretations of employee competencies in a variety of selected competency areas. The raw evaluations of employee competencies are weighted and stored according to an organizational utility of each competency to the business entity, arriving at an adjusted competency value for each competency. Depth of an employee's competency in a particular area is evaluated by selecting the highest adjusted competency value for an employee and then compressing that highest adjusted competency value in order to level initial assessments of an employee's strongest skill This compressed value is augmented by one or more accelerators based upon the assessments of the employee's other competencies. The result is an overall domain competency rating for the employee that can then be used for comparison against other employees in the business entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Oracle International Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130216984
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining a cost of designing and developing a teaching method to train a group of employees. The apparatus may include a receiver that receives information relating to a first response selected from a first group of predetermined responses. The first group of predetermined responses may relate to responses to a first question. The apparatus may also include a processor configured to determine, based on the received first response, the amount of time necessary to design and develop the teaching method and to convert the amount of time into a dollar value. The receiver may also receive information relating to a second response selected from a second group of predetermined responses. The second group of predetermined responses may relate to responses to a second question. The processor may also be configured to adjust, based on the received second response, the dollar value associated with the amount of time necessary to design and develop the teaching method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Bank of America
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Cantrell, Nancy J. Burns, Jennifer R. Gates
  • Patent number: 8512043
    Abstract: The system allows training and qualification of a user performing a skill-related training exercise involving body motion in a workspace. A training environment is selected through a computer apparatus, and variables, parameters and controls of the training environment and the training exercise are adjusted. Use of an input device by the user is monitored. The 3D angles and spatial coordinates of reference points related to the input device are monitored through a detection device. A simulated 3D dynamic environment reflecting effects caused by actions performed by the user on objects is computed in real time as a function of the training environment selected. Images of the simulated 3D dynamic environment in real time are generated on a display device viewable by the user as a function of a computed organ of vision-object relation. Data indicative of the actions performed by the user and the effects of the actions are recorded and user qualification is set as a function of the recorded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: 123 Certification, Inc.
    Inventor: Claude Choquet
  • Publication number: 20130209975
    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: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Federal Resources Supply Company
    Inventors: Joseph Gorman, Cristobal Aguirre
  • Patent number: 8506302
    Abstract: A system automatically generates a remedial training lesson from a plurality of frames located within the storage. Each frame has a component of training. After an incident occurs (e.g. accident, violation, citation, etc.), details of the incident are saved. The incident is associated with a person (e.g. the driver, pilot, etc. that had the incident). Software runs on a computer system and selects at least one remedial frame from the plurality of frames based upon data within the details of the incident and creates a remedial lesson. The remedial lesson, which includes the selected frame(s) from the plurality of frames, is provided to the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Instructional Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Voorhees, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron M. Purvis
  • Publication number: 20130203026
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a computer-implemented interactive virtual training system and method for facilitating the virtual interactive training of an employee over a network. The system may include computer storage components for storing training application program modules, a delivery engine for delivering a virtual interactive training environment, the environment including visual and audio components, computer processing components for accessing and executing the training application program modules, and a user input sensing mechanism for accepting and interpreting user input received in the virtual interactive training environment enabling the user to perform training tasks in the interactive virtual training environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Ajith Sundaresh, Sudipto Mukherjee, Meghdoot Karnik, Debasree Majumdar, Anindo Mitra
  • Publication number: 20130203025
    Abstract: Apparatus for calculating a value relating to the desirability of using a teaching method to train a group of employees. The apparatus may include a receiver configured to receive information relating to a first response selected from a first group of predetermined responses. The first group of predetermined responses may relate to responses to a first question. The apparatus may also include a processor configured to determine, based on the received first response, if the teaching method is a desirable teaching method. In the event that the teaching method is determined to be a desirable teaching method, the processor may assign a first value to the teaching method. In the event that the teaching method is determined to be an undesirable teaching method, the processor may assign a null value to the teaching method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Bank of America
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Cantrell, Nancy J. Burns, Jennifer R. Gates
  • Publication number: 20130196295
    Abstract: An aptitude and interest assessment tool identifies one or more sectors for which a user may have a special interest, talent or aptitude. An interactive session is presented to a user. The interactive session provides a virtual world. A user interacts with the virtual world. Some or all of the user's interactions in the virtual world is stored in a storage device. The user's aptitude or interest in a profession or activity is assessed by an assessment module that receives data from the storage device and processes the received data to make a user assessment. A report providing the user assessment is created by a report creator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: David Post
  • Publication number: 20130196294
    Abstract: A system that provides the automobile user with repair instructions. This is done to help anybody to get step by step repair instructions to do simple fixes themselves. The system can be an electronic device in the vehicle. The system has a library of repair instruction modules which the user can choose from. The system can give text, audio, pictures and video instructions. This system basically helps the end user, by providing instructions to repair the automobile themselves and avoids the need to locate the car manual or to locate a car repair shop for simple do it yourself fixes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: GANAPATHY LAKSHMANAPERUMAL
  • Patent number: 8498376
    Abstract: A method and system for using Threat Imaging Projection (TIP) technology, and the operator testing data that it generates, in order to certify x-ray inspection system operators and thereby assure an acceptable and uniform level of operator performance. In a preferred configuration, the operator views x-ray images of objects on a screening system equipped with TIP technology. When the operator believes that a threat item image appears on the screening system, the operator indicates such via an indicating means. The system is capable of recording, storing and transmitting individual operator performance data relating to proper detections, missed detections, and false alarms, i.e., when an operator indicates that a threat item image appears when no such image actually appears on the screening system. The system preferably contains a library of various threat item images, e.g., guns, bombs, knives, etc., which are classified according to type of threat and difficulty of detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Modica, Khai Le, Phong Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20130189655
    Abstract: Pocket Tech is an Android app that will show MRI technologists how to scan every body part In MRI the tech must know how to image in all imaging planes, and this app will show them how to do it. Very useful for novice or even the experienced tech.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Stacy Lynne Boese
  • Publication number: 20130189656
    Abstract: A simulator for skill-oriented training is presented. The simulator includes a platform having a sensor and provides an immersive virtual training environment. The simulator includes a display unit worn by the operator. The unit includes a camera, a speaker and a unit sensor. The camera and the speaker provide visual and audio output to the operator. The simulator includes a controller and a data processing system. The controller includes a sensor. The sensors cooperate to provide to the processing system signals representing spatial positioning, angular orientation and movement data of the controller relative to the platform and a work piece. In response, the processing system renders the work piece, a virtual coating spray pattern, a virtual coating as applied to the work piece and performance guidance in the training environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: VRSIM, INC.
    Inventors: David Zboray, Matt Bennett, Andy Lundell, Jeremiah Hennessey, Zach Lenker, Matthew Wallace, Jon Kallen, Rebecca McKnight
  • Patent number: 8485829
    Abstract: The present invention deals with a system (1) for simulating a manual interventional operation by a user (2) on a simulated body with at least two real instruments (3, 4, 5), comprising a longitudinal track (8), a plurality of carriages (9, 10, 11) moveable along said track, each carriage having clamping means (25), and means for rotating and moving longitudinally said real instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: DIES S.r.l.
    Inventor: Corrado Cusano
  • Publication number: 20130177882
    Abstract: A system identifies cognitive skills applicable to a particular job domain. The system stores cognitive skills from a plurality of job domains in a computer storage device. The cognitive skills are mapped to the plurality of job domains. The system creates a model of the stored cognitive skills. The model includes the plurality of job domains, and each job domain is associated with one or more scenarios, and each scenario is associated with a subset of the stored cognitive skills. This results in a matrix of job domains, scenarios, and cognitive skills. The system also generates a training sequence using the matrix. The training sequence includes multiple scenarios and relevant cognitive skills associated with each of the multiple scenarios across multiple job domains, thereby creating a system to generate an adaptable level of cognitive expertise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Anand Tharanathan, Hari Thiruvengada, Paul Derby
  • Publication number: 20130171593
    Abstract: Systems and methods for encouraging regular participation in training and collaborative activities by employees of an organization are provided through a gamified training platform. Preferably, these systems and methods are implemented in an Internet based environment accessed by the employees from various types of mobile devices. A training activity is determined based on training modules pertaining to the organization and made accessible to the employees for a specified period. When a first employee performs the training activity, the platform generates a collaborative review activity that allows other employees to review the first employee's training performance. When a second employee performs the collaborative review activity, the platform generates a collaborative feedback activity that allows yet other employees to rate the second employee's review.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Pepper Technology LLC
    Inventor: Pepper Technology LLC