Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130171594
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for allowing users associated with an organization to participate in training and collaborative activities through a gamified training platform. Preferably, these systems and methods are implemented in an Internet based environment that can be accessed from various types of mobile devices. A training activity is determined based on training data pertaining to the organization and made accessible to the users through the platform. When users perform the training activity, the platform generates collaborative review activities that allow other users to review the users' performance of the training activity. In certain embodiments, when other users perform the collaborative review activities, the platform generates collaborative feedback activities that allow still other users to rate the users' performance of the collaborative review activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Pepper Technology LLC
    Inventor: Pepper Technology LLC
  • Publication number: 20130164720
    Abstract: A networked site or Internet site serving a portal provides a user with a step-wise process for guiding the user through steps and exercises that teach the user how to think about career direction. The user is guided as to how to properly do research to choose the right direction based on a number of factors. Through an interactive user interface, personality and life priority assessment is conducted, with results optionally being stored in a selection database. The user interacts with an industry database and organization structure database, selecting industries and organizations of interest. A reference tools database/research means is optionally provided for learning more about the selected items. Optionally, a career attribute database links information matching careers, courses of study, and colleges, with user preferences selected. An integration engine matches careers in the career attribute database with criteria identified in the selection database reflecting the user's expressed interests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Allison Lynne Siimes, Seppo Tapani Siimes
  • Publication number: 20130149682
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for training and/or assessing competency of an individual who is a medical student or medical professional. The methods comprise the steps of: (a) providing a first module of one or more graded slides; (b) testing an individual's knowledge of the slides; (c) scoring the individual's knowledge; and (d) comparing the score to a baseline score or a standard score. A score above the baseline score or standard score indicates the individual's competency. The steps can further comprise providing feedback regarding the individual's knowledge of the slides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: MEDICOLEGAL CONSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventor: Medicolegal Consultants International, LLC
  • Patent number: 8460000
    Abstract: In a computer implemented method for facilitating proscribed business operations, software operable with a computer having a display associated therewith includes a training module and an instruction module, each accessible by a user. The training module includes at least one training session selectable by the user, and the instruction module includes at least one instruction set selectable by the user. Upon selection of one of the training sessions step-by-step training instructions are displayed for performing one or more tasks. The software is operable to record and store information relevant to the selected training sessions in a database. Upon selection of one of the instruction sets, the software is operable to display step-by-step instructions for performing one or more tasks. The software is remotely changeable and remotely updatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Tariq Farid
  • Publication number: 20130137071
    Abstract: I. The Washburn Ortho-Module (WOM) is a devise that is useful for orthopedic surgeons to learn and refine their tactile sense of placement of orthopedic hardware into bone that has different densities based on calculated patient age, medical history and radiological imaging (I.E., Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry [dexa-scan], etc).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Jordan Washburn
  • Patent number: 8444420
    Abstract: A system for project management comprises a guidebook and a series of templates that accept input data from a user and calculate results based on the data. The resultant data is used to operate the system, which comprises the following components: a guidebook comprises the instructions for operating the method and all templates used during the method; standardized templates that are to be used for any project regardless of subject matter; weekly audits of project managers; a project manager certificate program; an auditor training program; a series of performance evaluations for project managers and auditors, and a series of performance analytics designed to correlate hours worked with performance quality to establish optimum task allocation for participants in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Scott
  • Patent number: 8435038
    Abstract: A method for teaching a practical skill to a plurality of learners at geographically separate locations includes receiving, for each learner, a video feed generated by a camera at the learner's location. The video feed depicts at least an subject on which the learner is demonstrating the practical skill. The teacher simultaneously displays the video feeds for the plurality of learners on a display screen at a location of the teacher. One or more learners are allowed to submit questions to the teacher that are not immediately conveyed to the other learners. The teacher is allowed to select one of the learners having a question for individualized instruction, and to establish a private communication channel between the teacher and the selected learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Apollo Finance, LLC
    Inventors: Ramona Wilson, Amy Kristine Banks, Kenneth A. Murdock
  • Publication number: 20130095455
    Abstract: Systems are provided for training two groups of police officers equipped with state of the art technologies. In one embodiment, a system is provided. The system includes a server comprising a virtual machine, and a mobile device held by an officer, wherein the officer belongs to a first group. The system further includes an enemy mobile device held by an officer belonging to a second group, wherein the second group is an enemy group of the first group. The system further includes a friendly mobile device held by another officer belong to the first group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: YAT WAI EDWIN KWONG
  • Publication number: 20130095456
    Abstract: An olfactory training device and method replicating one or more aromas typical of any man-caused or natural incident or accident, especially such aromas accompanied by or originating in open, smoldering, or smoking fire. Such aromas may originate from burning tissue, bones, cartilage, or other bodily materials. Such burning aromas may also originate from other synthetic or natural materials. One or more such olfactory training devices may be dispersed in a manner to engage the olfactory-sensory system of a trainee. The olfactory training device may be classroom-deployed, field-deployed, laboratory-deployed, or deployed via any type of setting-deployable training device or protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Olfactix, LLC
    Inventor: Olfactix, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130089839
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system and method for improving corporate employee work performance. The disclosed embodiments provide an innovative approach to optimizing the talent and resources within an organization including, but not limited to, an individual employee, teams of employees, and to executives within the organization. Through the application of a multivariate model based on physiological, affective, and behavioral systems, the disclosed embodiments attempt to improve an employee's vitality, vibrancy, wellness, and overall work performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: AXEOS, LLC
    Inventor: AXEOS, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130089840
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system and method for improving corporate employee work performance. The disclosed embodiments provide an innovative approach to optimizing the talent and resources within an organization including, but not limited to, an individual employee, teams of employees, and to executives within the organization. Through the application of a multivariate model based on physiological, affective, and behavioral systems, the disclosed embodiments attempt to improve an employee's vitality, vibrancy, wellness, and overall work performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Axeos, LLC
    Inventor: Axeos, LLC
  • Patent number: 8408918
    Abstract: A haptic simulation method determines a location of a needle assembly within a magneto-rheological fluid. The needle assembly within the magneto-rheological fluid is associated with a desired resistance value. A viscosity control signal representative of the desired resistance value is generated. The viscosity control signal is applied to a viscosity control device to vary a viscosity of the magneto-rheological fluid to achieve the desired resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Energid Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jianjuen Hu, Gill Pratt, Jeff Weber
  • Patent number: 8406682
    Abstract: A method for conducting a virtual training session with first and second training objectives having first and second validation paths, respectively. The method steps include configuring a virtual machine manipulated by a student to complete the first training objective, configuring a smart agent to execute on the virtual machine including a validator specified by the first validation path, generating a result by performing a first validation check of the virtual training session by at least the validator of the smart agent to identify an event of the virtual machine, identifying, using the smart agent, completion of the first training objective based on the result, and advancing the virtual training session from the first training objective to the second training objective in response to identifying completion of the first training objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Cloud Niners Information Systems LLC
    Inventors: Tarek Mahmoud Elesseily, Ahmed Kamal-el-din Abo-el-yazid, Ahmed Soliman Farghal
  • Publication number: 20130065206
    Abstract: Computer program methods for emulating a process of a machine and training a user are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a computer program method for use with a computer device includes a computer usable medium having computer readable program code for training a user by emulating a process of a machine having actuators and mechanical elements. The computer readable program code includes computer readable code instructions configured to display a graphical user interface having input fields corresponding to the actuators and the mechanical elements. Also included are computer readable code instructions for displaying a training scenario to the user on the graphics display device. Computer readable code instructions are provided for emulating a mechanical operation of the machine using the parameters inputted into the input fields, generating output response data based on the emulation, and for displaying a feedback message to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Alan Russell, Thomas Timothy Byrne
  • Publication number: 20130065207
    Abstract: Computer program products and machines for emulating a process of a machine and training a user are disclosed. A computer program product for use with a computer device includes a computer usable medium having computer readable program code for training a user by emulating a process of a machine having actuators and mechanical elements. The computer readable program code includes computer readable code instructions configured to display a graphical user interface having input fields corresponding to the actuators and the mechanical elements. Also included are computer readable code instructions for displaying a training scenario to the user on the graphics display device. Computer readable code instructions are provided for emulating a mechanical operation of the machine using the parameters inputted into the input fields, generating output response data based on the emulation, and for displaying a feedback message to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Alan Russell, Thomas Timothy Byrne
  • Patent number: 8393903
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: David Post
  • Publication number: 20130052618
    Abstract: Interactive, web based method for preparing a candidate, generally a law school graduate, to pass the knowledge-based exams, commonly known as “the bar exam”, required to obtain a license to practice law within a state. Unlike other bar preparation products, this method first assesses what the candidate knows and then directs the candidate's study towards those areas that are likely to provide the “most bang for the buck.” Information is presented in “bite-sized” portions with prompt feedback through testing to ascertain comprehension and retention of this information. Flexible scheduling permits a candidate to select an individualized start date and pace that is adjustable based on the time remaining before the exam and material to be covered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Harvey R. Clapp, III, Donald Allen Gillenwater
  • Patent number: 8382481
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for automatically adapting the problem shooting steps to the user's skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sherilyn M. Becker, Wei Hu, Brad W. Pokorny, Jun C. Yin
  • Publication number: 20130035900
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for promoting hygiene in an away-from-home location. The method collects data from an away-from-home location by testing common areas and personal areas within the away-from-home location and takes this data to develop a plan of action to reduce the contaminants within the away-from-home location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Ricky Wayne Purcell, Jeanne Marie Gatto, Bruce Williamson
  • Publication number: 20130029300
    Abstract: A method to assess the competency of a healthcare practitioner, comprising providing a learning object repository comprising a plurality of virtual objects including a plurality of virtual patients, wherein said learning object repository does not comprise a physical patient manikin; and displaying on a visual display device a virtual clinical world comprising a plurality of virtual objects retrieved from said learning object repository. The method further includes selecting by a practitioner a virtual patient from said virtual clinical world, tracking patient interactions, tracking selected patient data, and generating an AssessMap reciting an assessment grid comprising a plurality of Performance Levels in combination with a plurality of categories for each Performance Level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Jay Shiro Tashiro, Miguel Vargas Martin, Chak Kuen Patrick Hung
  • Patent number: 8360781
    Abstract: This application describes methods for responding to a hazardous material based upon properties of the hazardous material based on its name. This application also describes methods of teaching hazardous material responders how to use the method of responding to a hazardous material based upon properties of the hazardous material based on its name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hazmat IQ, LLC.
    Inventors: Joseph Gorman, Cristobal Aguirre
  • Patent number: 8353704
    Abstract: A training simulator may be used to present a number of different scenarios to a user, and to evaluate the user's response to the scenarios. In some implementations, the training simulator may include a simulation timer that advances at a rate that is different than real-time, such as a real-time minute equaling an hour of simulated time. For each of the scenarios presented during a training episode, the user may respond by selecting one or more possible decision options, each relating to a different way to address the situation presented in the scenario. The user's response may be scored, according to certain implementations, by adjusting the value of multiple scoring metrics, each of which relates to a different user performance indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne Kortas, Jamie Furey, Jennifer Stone, Manoj Pampady
  • Patent number: 8345835
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system for generating an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) database, the system comprising a processor and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory comprising a list of telephone numbers associated with one or more destinations implementing IVR menus, wherein the one or more destinations are grouped based on a plurality of categories of the IVR menus. Further the memory includes instructions executable by said processor for automatically communicating with the one of more destinations, and receiving at least one customization record from said at least one destination to store in the IVR database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Zvi Or-Bach, Tal Lavian
  • Patent number: 8342845
    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: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Vince Scott Margiotta
  • Publication number: 20120329016
    Abstract: A method for delivering online content to a target group is disclosed. The target group in the exemplary embodiment comprises health care professionals. The method comprises providing two or more learning groups, where each learning group is associated with corresponding learning objectives for the target group. The method further includes profiling the health care professionals based on different attributes to provide a professional profile for each health care professional. Further, a mapping is done for the health care professionals with the two or more learning groups based on the professional profile. Adaptive content is then selected from a library based on the professional profile and the adaptive content that is personalized based on professional profile is delivered to the health care professionals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Gaurav Kapoor, Tarun Mathur
  • Publication number: 20120329015
    Abstract: Systems and methods of recording patient's medical documents and training programs for improving medical document recordation. The system includes a computer readable medium capable of storing medical data obtained from patients, including disease codes, a computer with software capable of evaluating the data stored on the computer readable medium for completeness, and a notification system capable of presenting to the user of the system a warning if any of the data is found to be incomplete or incorrect. The training includes evaluating the healthcare provider's current medical documentation process, training the healthcare provider in methods of recording medical documents, providing a system for recording medical documents, and training the healthcare provider in use of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: DEBRA THESMAN
  • Patent number: 8337209
    Abstract: A computerized training system and methods are provided for training an individual in self-evaluation and to interact with a partner. The training system and methods comprise an intelligence assessor to identify an intelligence makeup of the individual by scoring a completed intelligence questionnaire. Intelligences include Logic, Emotion and Intuition. An asset assessor assesses the strength of Three Assets of the individual by scoring a completed asset questionnaire. Assets include a Technical, a Psychological, and a Relational asset. A perception assayer identifies a dominant Perceptual Orientation of the individual by cross referencing the intelligence makeup with the viewpoint of the individual. An aggregator collects the profile information of the individual to generate an innate profile report and a self-insight report of the individual. A facilitator aids in exploring the insight report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ward Ashman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8337208
    Abstract: A system of interrogation to estimate whether a subject of interrogation is likely experiencing high stress, emotional volatility and/or internal conflict in the subject's responses to an interviewer's questions. The system applies one or more of four procedures, a first statistical analysis, a second statistical analysis, a third analysis and a heat map analysis, to identify one or more documents containing the subject's responses for which further examination is recommended. Words in the documents are characterized in terms of dimensions representing different classes of emotions and states of mind, in which the subject's responses that manifest high stress, emotional volatility and/or internal conflict are identified. A heat map visually displays the dimensions manifested by the subject's responses in different colors, textures, geometric shapes or other visually distinguishable indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration
    Inventors: Rajkumar Thirumalainambi, Charles C. Jorgensen
  • Publication number: 20120315611
    Abstract: The present invention is a system to train sports officials that includes a server system with a processor system, a communications interface, a communications system, an input system, an output system and a input and output system having access to a communications network and a memory system with an operating system, a communications module, a web browser module, a web server application and a sports official training application to train sports officials. The system also includes a method for training sports officials that includes a client system establishing communication with a server system provided with a sports official training application, the client system receiving information from the sports official training application, the client system receiving the sports official training application and the client system utilizing the sports official training application to train sports officials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Arnone
  • Publication number: 20120315612
    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: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: CLARA JOHNSON, TRAVIS SPIER, SHAYE KRCIL, GARY MYERS
  • Patent number: 8328559
    Abstract: A method for creating an educational product, or training experience, is herein described. The training experience includes a learning experience to impart knowledge on training experience participants, a networking experience to allow training experience participants to interact with a relevant peer group during training, a guest experience providing a defined level of interest and focus by participants during the training experience, and an enculturation experience to integrate training experience participants into the culture of the sponsoring organization. The training experience may be created through an assessment phase, a planning phase, a design phase, and an implementation stage, with subsequent product evaluation and revisions. Various milestones and checkpoints may be used to ensure that a level of phenomenality is achieved by the final training experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Heber D. Sambucetti, Don B. Vanthournout, Kurt J. Olson, Bradley D. Kolar, John A. Ceisel, Robert S. Gerard
  • Publication number: 20120300902
    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: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Peter Modica, Khai Le, Phong Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20120301854
    Abstract: A computer program, method, and system for compiling medical treatment information and displaying the information based on a user's selection of a program mode. In embodiments of the present invention, the medical treatment information is comprised of medical reference material and supplier solution materials. The medical treatment information is displayed a format that allows for medical practitioner accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and that does not violate regulations imposed by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: MEDPRODIGY, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Vann, JR.
  • Patent number: 8308485
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20120282580
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an ISO9001 implementation workshop which combines ISO9001 implementation instruction with a hands-on workshop. The course provides the history and foundation of ISO9001, a complete overview of the ISO9001 standard and review of the key steps to consider for all hospitals with regard to implementing ISO9001 within their organization. The course includes: on-site instruction at a preferred location or site; a two to four day course with full access to a highly trained, knowledgeable ISO accredited consultant; an additional fully trained facilitator to help support the participants during the workshop portion of the course; and, utilizing the healthcare organizations own documentation, coupled with health care's best practices, the actual development of the key documents required for the ISO implementation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: William J. Metzcar
  • Publication number: 20120282579
    Abstract: A computerized system for certifying workers to work on a structure having RF antennae, having: (a) an access module to access the computerized system; (b) a non-site-specific training module that displays on-line information about RF antennae; (c) a site-specific training module that displays on-line information about the at least one RF antenna on the structure; (d) a certification module that conducts on-line testing of workers on the non-site-specific information and certifies workers for work at a job site by having the workers acknowledge that they have seen the site-specific information; and (d) a database module which stores: (i) non-site-specific information, (ii) site-specific information, and (iii) records of which workers have both have passed the on-line non-site-specific testing and seen the site-specific information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: DTECH Communications
    Inventor: Darang Tech