Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Patent number: 8057237
    Abstract: According to a question displayed on a computer screen, a to-be-examined person selects, out of constituent elements (components) displayed on the screen, constituent elements that he considers optimum for the question and then makes a design by constructing them on the screen, and the content of the design on the screen is evaluated by using predetermined evaluation data. Further, there is provided a system which enables assembling an actual apparatus (an apparatus to be evaluated) according to the content of design, measures the performance of the assembled actual apparatus and evaluates the ability of the to-be-examined person to assemble the actual apparatus from the measured data by using a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Shinko Engineering Research Corp.
    Inventors: Takasi Kumagai, Hideki Kumagai
  • Publication number: 20110275039
    Abstract: A teaching and training head model for haircutting and hairdressing includes a soft and flexible synthetic resin casing, a shape keeping arrangement mounted in the casing to keep the shape of the casing and a support stand for supporting the shape keeping arrangement. The support stand includes: a base board; and a guiding bar, a pushing cylinder for lifting plates and a pressing cylinder which are centered about the center of the base board and sequentially positioned on the base board from inside to outside. A fixing ring for fixing the casing is provided at the periphery of the pressing cylinder. The shape keeping arrangement includes components fitted with the support stand and umbrella-shaped supporting components for supporting the casing. The shape keeping arrangement has a simple structure, and it will expand to keep the shape of the casing when the shape keeping arrangement mounted in the casing is inserted into the supporting stand. The shape keeping arrangement is simple to assemble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Mingxian Li, Guangwei Fan, Jiankai Zhao
  • Publication number: 20110256515
    Abstract: A system, method and facility for providing training, which may include basic, initial, developmental, intermediate, advanced, sustainment, training, mission rehearsals, exercises, annual events, missions, and practice scenarios, etc. Training may include props and reconfigurable scenarios simulating, e.g., a sensitive site exploitation (SSE) or forensic collection (FC) training scenario, etc. The method may include providing a reconfigurable training area which may be enclosed, in a building, or may be outdoors, or partially in and outdoors. The training area may provide a plurality of reconfigurable wall panels; and providing at least one moveable element in the reconfigurable training area. The training area may include providing an observation area for observing the training scenarios being conducted in the reconfigurable training area. The method may include providing an open, transparent, or one directionally transparent ceiling or wall to allow observation of the reconfigurable training area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: The Washington Security Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Miller, Donald L. Wenzlick
  • Publication number: 20110229864
    Abstract: A system and method for training that includes: providing training to a user; testing the user on the training, wherein the testing is performed in short, frequent bursts and continues for a predetermined period of time; and rewarding the user based on results related to the training or testing. In particular, the provision of testing in short, frequent bursts or pulses over a continuous period of time and an iterative manner assists with knowledge retention and reinforcement. The use of a reward system reinforces knowledge and motivates acquisition and retention of knowledge. In a particular case, the rewarding may include providing the user with a chance to win a prize. This approach makes a game out of the reward process to encourage further participation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: CORECULTURE INC.
    Inventors: John Wayne Short, Rebecca Yvonne Short, Brian Robert Scott, Lara Pawlicz
  • Patent number: 8021163
    Abstract: Provided are, inter alia, systems, methods and techniques for facilitating identification of a skilled resource's skill set. Initially, a master set of previously identified skills is filtered in order to identify a subset of skills that appear to be potentially applicable to a skilled resource. Then, based on the identified subset, a query regarding skills actually possessed by the skilled resource is created and presented. A response that designates skills possessed by the skilled resource is received and incorporated into a user skills database. The above-referenced filtering is performed by utilizing an automated tool to analyze content from a set of computer files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: George Henry Forman
  • Publication number: 20110223569
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training prop, adapted to simulate a locked door and allow individuals to conduct training in forcible entry techniques for different door types and mounting configurations (e.g., opening inward or outward, left hand opening or right band opening, steel jam or wood jams).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Publication number: 20110224580
    Abstract: A manipulation device is programmable with different parameters associated with different manipulation exercises for different types of simulated patients. A measuring system determines the success or failure for any of the programmable manipulation exercises and tracks specific results that precisely track how close a student comes to specific target force values. This allows a student to more accurately track performance improvements and more effectively focus practice sessions on problem manipulation techniques. The measurement system not only measures the time and force values associated with the manipulation exercises but also measures angular displacement of the manipulation apparatus during the manipulation exercise. This allows the student to not only determine if a proper amount of force was applied during the manipulation exercise but also to determine if the force was maintained in the same direction and angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Ortho-Neuro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Leathers, Chris Doughty, Phillip Horvath
  • Publication number: 20110213667
    Abstract: A sous chef method and system guides the preparation of a dish according to a recipe and using a communication device. The recipe is presented to direct the preparation of a dish in recipe steps; progress of the recipe steps is monitored; and one or more advertisements are presented in response to the progress. Monitoring may comprises receiving input indicating the progress and presenting one or more advertisements may be responsive to the input. The input may comprise cooking appliance data received from a cooking appliance in communication with the communication device. The communication device may configure the cooking appliance for operation in response to the recipe steps. An advertisement may be contextually selected for presentation in response to recipe data associated with the recipe. It may be presented interactively to invoke a communication function of the device, for example to conduct an e-commerce or other transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Salvatore Ierullo
  • Publication number: 20110207096
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a training apparatus includes first to third control units, an input device, and a determining unit. The first control unit controls a display device to display an input interface image, which imitates an external appearance of a user interface for inputting operation in an input apparatus. The second control unit controls the display device to play a moving image representing opportunity event, which is an opportunity for the operation, or continuously display plural still images including still image concerning the opportunity event. The input device inputs operation by an operator on the input interface image. The determining unit determines consistency between at least one kind of the operation input by the input device and at least one kind of specified operation. The third control unit controls the display device to display a result image representing a determination result in the determining unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Takesi Kawaguti, Masanori Sambe
  • Publication number: 20110207097
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for training one or more workers to work in a wire environment are provided. The apparatus may have a mobile platform. The apparatus may have a first training aid coupleable to the mobile platform, wherein the first training aid is configured to be moved from a transport position to a training position and a second training aid coupleable to the mobile platform, wherein the second training aid is configured to be moved from the transport position to the training position. In the training position, the first training aid and the second training aid provide a training work location that is elevated above the mobile platform for work to be performed by the one or more workers on an aerial vehicle and in the transport position the first training aid and the second training aid may be transported on the mobile platform on a highway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Mark Whitman Lumry, Gordon Brent Winfree
  • Publication number: 20110189640
    Abstract: Disclosed is a body panel inspection device that may be used to determine if a vehicle was in an accident. The inspection device uses a magnet with a particular magnetic strength and other characteristics in order to more accurately determine if a vehicle body panel has been damaged and subsequently repaired through use of non-ferrous filler materials. Also disclosed is a vehicle inspection kit carrying the disclosed magnetic inspection device and further including a method of vehicle inspection by use of the disclosed kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: William David Hurd
  • Publication number: 20110183302
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method of providing interactive situational awareness training. In one embodiment, the present invention displays training data comprising situational, variable, and response data relating to a particular training session upon a graphic user interface for review by a trainee. In one embodiment, the training data may be accessed and amended electronically by trainer personnel. Images, graphics and/or animations may be presented to the user in conjunction with the training data to enhance the effectiveness of the interactive training experience. The trainee may be prompted to enter a response indicating his or her choice of the proper response to the displayed training data. The entered response may be stored for future use and compared to feedback data indicating which of the displayed response choices are correct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Robert W. Harlow
  • Publication number: 20110183303
    Abstract: The present invention includes an operation training system, including: an operation training simulator obtained by modeling a real plant, for simulating a plant state of any one of during a normal operation and in case of an accident; training operation input means for inputting an operation for the operation training simulator; simulated accident information input means for inputting information of a simulated accident for allowing the operation training simulator to simulate the accident; a training operation procedure database in which operation procedures to be input for the normal operation and for the simulated accident during operation training are registered; training mis-operation detecting means for comparing the operation procedures registered in the training operation procedure database and the operation input to the training operation input means with each other to detect whether the input operation is a mis-operation; and a recovery operation scenario database for registering the operation proc
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Takaya Yamamoto, Kazuyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 7976311
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program for managing proficiency information about a degree holder. An active degree in a degree field is issued to a degree holder. The active degree includes a certification that the degree holder has completed at least one degree process, a strength value associated with the certification indicating a proficiency in the degree field, and a strength evaluator configured to adjust the strength value such that the strength value reflects the degree holder's proficiency in the degree field over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Bantz, Jarir K. Chaar, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Publication number: 20110165542
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new and unique technique for providing simulation-based education tools and strategies, including for building a simulation program, such as a simulation program for educating and training nurses and other health care professionals. The simulation technique features a simulation module having one or more database and simulation scenario building modules. The database module is configured to receive inputs or instructions containing information about a selection of one or more simulation parameters stored therein, chosen by a simulation builder, including faculty, instructors or clinical educators, and based on some combination of personal preferences and specific teaching or learning objectives for building a customized simulation for educating and training nurses and other health care professionals. The database module is also configured to provide information about the selection of one or more simulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, Philip A. Greiner
  • Publication number: 20110151424
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating electronic training jackets is disclosed. The method may include receiving a request from a user to generate an electronic training jacket for an individual, retrieving qualification information for the individual from at least one of one or more remote qualification databases and one or more local qualification databases, generating the electronic training jacket from the retrieved qualification information, and automatically outputting the generated electronic training jacket to the user using an output device. The qualification information may be aviation-related and shipboard-related qualification information and the aviation-related and the shipboard-related qualification information may include at least one of medical qualification information, job training qualification information, and education information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Giacomo BISCOTTI, Michael BOBINGER, Mark Andrew COOPER, Howard McGRATH, Kevin KJOSE, Susan HITCHINS
  • Publication number: 20110129806
    Abstract: A system for training includes a data storage module, a training course management module, and an examination management module. The data storage module stores at least one employee's personnel information therein. The training course management module includes a training course match unit capable of matching corresponding training course according to the employee's personnel information. The examination management module is capable of generating training suggestion according to an training result of the training course.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
  • Publication number: 20110125058
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to systems and methods for sampling fluids from subjects. The fluid may be any suitable bodily fluid, e.g., blood or interstitial fluid. In some cases, the subject is a patient. The subject may have a device that can be applied to the skin of the subject (e.g., by the subject, or another person), and the device is able to obtain a sample of fluid. The fluid may be stored within a reservoir in the device, and the fluid may be obtained from the subject at any convenient time, e.g., at home, away from a healthcare setting, etc. In some embodiments, the device, or a portion thereof, may be returned to a clinical and/or laboratory setting to analyze the fluid stored within the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Seven Sense Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Levinson, Howard Bernstein, Donald E. Chickering, III, Shawn Davis, Ramin Haghgooie
  • Publication number: 20110091845
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and associated user interfaces that allow a service provider to manage predetermined aspects of one or more organization and utilize common aspects of plural managed organizations to advantageously utilize economies of scale associated with such common aspects and provide more efficient management of such organizations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Duff R. Dorschner, Daniel J. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 7927105
    Abstract: Method for prescriptive learning. The method includes providing a user independent hierarchy of competencies, competency characteristics and assessments with associated rules that identify learning activities and identifying a user specific path through the hierarchy for a selected competency and competency characteristic based on the hierarchy, scoring of at least one question associated with at least one assessment associated with the selected competency characteristic. The rules and user specific information provide a user specific identification of learning activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles W. Griffin, Marla A. Haddon, Biao Luo, John R. Malpass, Benjamin J. Montello
  • Publication number: 20110086332
    Abstract: A simulation system for training in endoscopic procedures includes an endoscope apparatus, which includes an operating part with at least one valve, a control device to generate a virtual image of an endoscopic operating scene depending on an actuation of the valve and a display device to display the virtual image, the endoscope apparatus includes for example a siphoning line, an insufflation line and/or a flushing line upon which the valve acts. The simulation system includes pressure-generating means to impact the siphoning line, the insufflation line and/or the flushing line with reduced or excess pressure, sensor means to measure pressure and/or flow in the siphoning line, the insufflation line and/or the flushing line and transmission means to transmit the measured values provided by the sensor means to the control device to be used in generating the virtual image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Bjoern Speiser, Bernhard Gloeggler, Thomas Hinding
  • Patent number: 7922493
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are integrated training and sales methods and systems for training sales representatives in making an online sales call to customers and for conducting the online sales call. The system includes a Web co-browsing tool, a voice channel between the customer and the sales representatives and a training and sales Web site that is simultaneously accessible, viewable and controllable by both the customer and the sales representative through the Web co-browsing tool. The training and sales Web site is structured so as to guide the sales representative and the customer through each step of the online sales call. The system may further include scripted talking points visible only to the sales representative, the scripted talking points prompting the sales representative to communicate information to the customer as the sales representative and the customer navigate through the training and sales Web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Norman Gennaro, John Kowtko, Paul Moran
  • Patent number: 7914288
    Abstract: Learning activities in an organization are allocated for work apart, work embedded, and work enabled learning types. In work apart learning, employees leave the work itself and learn through traditional classroom or technology enhanced methods. Work embedded learning occurs on the job without interrupting the flow of work. Work embedded learning uses the power of experience and execution with small responsive training modules embedded in the work process. Work enabled learning provides knowledge transfer and comprehension through experiences and interactions within the context of the work place. A business process permits an organization to rework existing learning programs and allocate resources for new programs to optimally address employee learning needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: International Bussiness Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Ray Cowherd, Lynn Dorsett, Gordon Fuller, Nancy J. Lewis, Tony Michael O'Driscoll, Peter Z. Orton, Dick W. Richardson, Karen A. Ughetta, John Martin Wattendorf
  • Publication number: 20110070567
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing web-enabled professional development training to participants in diverse industries to thereby improve the participant's knowledge, skills, and proficiency. Professional development training is provided over the Internet. Following the training, at least one participant is provided with a first question set regarding the training. The participant is then allowed to implement concepts and principles according to the training previously received. After a predetermined period of time elapses, additional follow-up questions are generated based on the participant's responses to the first question set and the participant's implementation of training principles and concepts. The follow-up questions may then be presented to the participant via the Internet. In a further implementation, the follow-up questions may be presented to a supervisor of the participant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Chet Linton
  • Patent number: 7903783
    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: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Modica, Khai Le, Phong Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20110053127
    Abstract: A method for packing a media bed in a column (3). According to the invention the method comprises the steps of: providing data to a control unit (15) connected to the column (3), said data comprising at least a measured slurry concentration, a target bed height, a target packing factor or compression factor and minimum and maximum acceptable values for at least one of target bed height and target packing or compression factor; forcing a movable adapter (9) along a longitudinal axis of the column (3) in order to pack the media; detecting when the media bed is consolidated; the control unit (15) processing the provided data and the information about the consolidated bed height in order to present to the user acceptable bed heights, if there are any, giving acceptable packing or compression factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Per Karlberg, Erik Rurling, Joakim Lundkvist
  • Publication number: 20110053126
    Abstract: A system is described for providing roadmaps for building proficiencies in skill areas. The system may include a memory, interface, and processor. The memory may store skill area and skill level identifiers, and associated job experience data items describing tasks of a user within the skill area and skill level, formal learning data items describing learning activities of a user within the skill area and skill level, and collaborative data items describing collaborative roles of a user within the skill area and skill level. The processor may receive the skill area and skill level identifiers. The processor may retrieve the job experience, formal learning and collaborative data items associated with the skill area and the skill level identifiers. The processor may transform the data items into a roadmap describing the job experience, formal learning and collaborative data items recommended to reach the skill level, and provide the roadmap to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel R. Bielenberg, Maeve Lucas, Barbara J. Bartilson, Jasmine Cugini, Robert S. Gerard, Bryan McCart, Michael Gombar, William A. Jindrich, Samir A. Desai
  • Patent number: 7891978
    Abstract: A search and rescue training simulator and method. The training simulator comprises a first generating means, a second generating means, a third generating means, and a fourth generating means. The first generating means generates a simulated vehicle in motion performing a search and rescue function. The simulated vehicle includes a vehicular control panel. The second generating means generates a simulated environment. The third generating means generates a simulated receiver apparatus within the vehicular control panel. The fourth generating means generates a simulated transmitter apparatus within the simulated environment. The simulated transmitter apparatus is adapted to generate and transmit a signal. The simulated receiver apparatus is adapted to receive the signal and assist a user in locating the simulated transmitter apparatus in the simulated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Brian P. Singer
  • Publication number: 20110033829
    Abstract: An evaluation system for detecting an anomalous response to a particular question from a plurality of questions is described. For each of the plurality of questions, data relating to a score, a trainee's confidence level in his response, and the elapsed time are stored. An anomaly processor processes the score, confidence level and elapsed time data for a set of questions taken from the plurality of questions. An output is produced indicating whether or not an anomalous response to a particular question is detected, which can be used by a computerised training system to determine whether or not the trainee passes the assessment. Where the candidate has passed the test, the processor determines an interval over which the candidate is deemed to retain a competent level of understanding of the topic. A timing unit may be provided for outputting a trigger signal when the interval has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Howard Popeck, David Popeck, Neil Batchelor
  • Patent number: 7878809
    Abstract: The training headwall is a self-contained unit that delivers air and vacuum to medical gas outlets. Each training headwall contains a minimum of two motors, one a compressor to provide simulated gas flow, and the other a vacuum pump to provide a vacuum run off of electricity supplied from a standard electrical outlet. Because the training headwalls are not used on actual patients there is no need to deliver actual medical gases. Instead, the compressor pumps air to medical gas outlets that are labeled as desired, and may be attached to the appropriate secondary medical equipment, while the vacuum delivers a vacuum to the appropriately labeled gas outlet. Students may use the training headwall to practice patient care procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Rebecca Shana Miller, John M. Sharer
  • Patent number: 7878811
    Abstract: A method and system for providing performance evaluations, on a timely basis, to students or trainees, is provided. In one contemplated embodiment, the inventive method and system are used in health care training programs to form an information feedback loop whereby clinical and simulated clinical performance evaluations are inputted, or gathered and stored, and then made available to the health care practitioner and to his/her educator(s) throughout the health care training program thereby increasing the effectiveness of the training program by allowing the program to be continuously tailored to address the needs of the health care practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: David B. Earle
  • Publication number: 20110020776
    Abstract: Training systems for and methods of simulating locate operations are provided for training and/or skills evaluation. Facility locating equipment, such as on-site computers and/or locate receivers, may include modules for electronically simulating locate operations. Locating equipment including simulation modules may be used, for example, in locate technician training processes and/or for updating and/or evaluating the skills of locate technicians. In particular, a simulation module is provided for electronically generating “virtual” facilities, the presence and/or absence of which may be indicated to a locate technician during, for example, a training exercise. The actions of the locate technicians with respect to dispensing marking material that corresponds to the presence and/or absence of the virtual facilities are electronically captured, stored, and evaluated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr, Thomas William Bachelder
  • Publication number: 20110008759
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an instructor support system has a plant simulation device used for plant operation training, an instructor support device, a dialog display device, a video device, and an operator position detection means that picks up an image of an operator with an operation detection video camera and carries out image processing for the image. The instructor support device has an operator position judgment means that judges an operator position in accordance with the information received from the operator position detection means, an operator information saving means that records a corresponding table between an ID code and an operator name, an operator name display data generation means, and an operation history display screen that shows the generated operator name display data to an instructor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Yukihiro USUI, Hirokazu Otsuka, Takahisa Kato, Hiroki Ueda, Seiko Wajima
  • Publication number: 20110008758
    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: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Adrienne Kortas, Jamie Furey, Jennifer Stone, Manoj Pampady
  • Publication number: 20100330542
    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: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr, Thomas William Bachelder
  • Patent number: 7860736
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are learning solutions that utilize a content development module that is nested inside a total learning solution and identifies, develops, and manages required course content. A content development module is particularly adapted to assemble and compile custom learning content materials for use in the learning solution by appropriately taking business strategy alignment and other information into consideration. The learning content may be developed as a third party service in accordance with a service level agreement. A service level agreement is a contract between the learning solution services provider and the learner (i.e., outsourcing) organization that establishes the requisite quality and effectiveness levels of the learning solution services as measured by one or more performance metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: William Christopher Draper, John R. Hubbell, Christopher P. Foley, Thomas Kenneth Stoval
  • Publication number: 20100323334
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for simulating portions of an emergency response exercise includes generating situational awareness outputs associated with a simulated emergency and sending the situational awareness outputs to a plurality of output devices. Also, the method includes outputting to a user device a plurality of decisions associated with the situational awareness outputs at a decision point, receiving a selection of one of the decisions from the user device, generating new situational awareness outputs based on the selected decision, and repeating the sending, outputting and receiving steps based on the new situational awareness outputs. Other methods, systems, and computer program products are included according to other embodiments of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: John W. Goforth, Michael B. Mercer, Zach Heath, Lynn I. Yang
  • Patent number: 7845948
    Abstract: A method and device for training persons to remain within a safety zone. An emitter establishes a safety zone that is not to be exceeded by the person, and an adjuster may be operatively connected to the emitter to adjust the size and position of the safety zone. A sensor is placed away from the emitter to indicate when the person moves outside of the safety zone. The method comprises activating the emitter and positioning the person within the safety zone. When the person nears the signal or exits the safety zone, an alarm is indicated to the person and/or a facilitator. Upon return to the safety zone, the alarm may be deactivated and the training procedure within the safety zone can continue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: Ricky Dion Barnes, Randall Wade Rogers
  • Publication number: 20100238019
    Abstract: Provided is a human guard enhancing multiple site security system comprising one or more human guards, peripheral equipment positioned at one or more sites, said peripheral equipment comprising one or more of a plurality of sensors, video cameras, positioning systems, and mobile communication and data processing equipment, said peripheral equipment being further capable of collecting and transmitting event-related and environmental data, one or more checkpoint systems capable of receiving, processing into a standardized protocol, and further relaying the data received from said peripheral equipment, and of providing said one or more guards with information based on the data, and one or more stations capable of logging, processing, and reporting the data relayed from said one or more checkpoint systems to provide a security system status and to facilitate human supervision, situation analysis, decision making, and intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Lawrence Richman, Anca Vacaru, Olga A. Zatusevschi
  • Publication number: 20100233663
    Abstract: A skills competency tool provides a quick and efficient way to assess an organization's workforce capability maturity, and generate a workforce transformation roadmap. The skills competency tool provides a way to assess and recommend modifications to job and competency profiles defined by an organization. The skills competency tool assesses the competency level of each employee, and for each job and competency profile, locates and maps relevant educational content, internal and external to the organization, from which personalized employee training curriculum are generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: JUDITH ANNE PENNINGTON, Peter Frederick Talmers, Oneka Esteen Jefferson-Cornelius, Judith Alicia Embree
  • Publication number: 20100227297
    Abstract: A multi-media/simulation training system, in conjunction with a specifically developed and utilized training process, that improves target recognition skills and enhances gunnery training. The system has implications in other cognitive development activities, as well as—but not limited to—medical, technological, biological, anthropological and other areas of study with objects requiring accurate recognition and designation, as well as personnel identification devices, games, and entertainment systems. The system uses a combination of verbal and visual error correction, including magnification and rotation of both the test image and the incorrect image identified by the trainee, to enhance observation and knowledge of visible differences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: Raydon Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Harvey, JR., Keith David Panfilio, Brad Eric Hollister, Teri Sansing, Michael Meddaugh, Greg Scarcelli
  • Patent number: 7769613
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for estimating the value of athletes using a game achievement evaluation model, wherein objectified quality evaluation is performed including a game situation classified into attack addition, attack subtraction, defense addition and defense subtraction, game factors are defined based on the classified factors, the assignment principle is set, the game factors are subclassified into game situation factors, and the game factors and the game situation factors are given with weights, unlike quantity-based record evaluation by an existing athlete contribution evaluation method. The existing record input method is dependent upon quantitative record only, and thus does not include situation information on how player plays a game under what situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Pil-Soo Han
  • Publication number: 20100167245
    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: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20100154816
    Abstract: A method for practicing the application and placement of highlights to hair includes providing a non-permanent highlighting mixture preferably comprising white henna powder mixed with a liquifier such as hair conditioner, for example. The person uses the non-permanent highlighting mixture to practice their techniques and placement of highlights to their hair. The non-permanent highlighting mixture may be washed out or combed through the hair for a conditioning treatment. The practice highlighting mixture may be repeatedly applied to the hair with no permanent or adverse effects on the hair. Once the person is satisfied with their application technique and placement they may proceed to apply a permanent highlighting mixture to the hair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Lorri Goddard-Clark, Shari Glazer
  • Patent number: 7739595
    Abstract: A musical keyboard is connected to a computer. The computer implements a graphical user interface for teaching users to play the musical instrument. A computer readable music file, such as a MIDI file, is used to drive the creation of game objects that travel from a point of origination along a path toward a key of a virtual keyboard. In one form, when a user presses a key of the musical keyboard within a certain time window of arrival of the game object at the corresponding key of the virtual keyboard, the user is awarded with an audio presentation, a visual presentation and/or with game points. In a more structured learning mode, the game can be played with selectable, progressively more difficult challenges that the user masters on the road to proficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Allegro Multimedia, Inc.
    Inventor: Hal Christopher Salter
  • Publication number: 20100136509
    Abstract: A System and Method for Delivering the substantive equivalent of an Investigator Meeting for Clinical T?als to satisfy Investigator Site training requirements sufficient to commence patient enrollment is provided The invention further provides a means to ensure site personnel receive, review and implement Protocol Amendments in a timely and comprehensive manner The preferred embodiment includes a mechanism to track and verify actual viewing of compulsory material The invention further provides for dynamically supplementing the online presentation with content enrichment In the preferred embodiment, user questions are submitted during user viewing of online media An Administrator processes user inputs, including questions, and answers attached to the presentation at the time point at which the question/comment was generated Subsequent users/viewers are alerted to the added commentary by an icon on the display during viewing of presentation media, enabling them to benefit from questions and answers associated w
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Alden Mejer, Dave Young
  • Publication number: 20100105017
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system centrally control web-based training courses for a plurality of staff members in a medical institution. A set of different training courses is accessible via an internet interface and a set of different job descriptions for the staff members. Each job description is assigned to a subset of training courses. The subset of training courses refers to training courses, which have to be completed by the staff member and which are indicative of a qualification of the staff member. For each staff member it is recorded which training courses he already has completed successfully and which training courses he still has to take, taking into account the assigned subset of training courses for his job description, which are provided as a suggestion for training courses to be taken by the staff member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Rainer Herden
  • Publication number: 20100075283
    Abstract: Training system software is operable on a digital computer for providing training to operator trainees of underground storage tank containing facilities. The software is capable of delivering facility specific training materials specifically applicable to an operator-trainee's designated facility. The software includes generic content component training materials for providing training applicable to a plurality of facilities including the operator trainee's designated facility. The software also includes at least two sets of regional content component training materials. Each of the at least two sets provide training applicable to at least two, but less than the plurality of facilities to which the generic content component is applicable; and at least one of the sets includes regional content material applicable to the designated facility of the operator-trainer. Additionally, the software includes at least four sets of facility specific component training materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Raymond Rees, Kevin Cooper, James Allen, Steve Thickstun, Tim Thickstun
  • Publication number: 20100057487
    Abstract: A process provides a screening of a candidate on a prerequisite. Further, the process provides a written examination to a qualified candidate. The qualified candidate passes the screening. In addition, the process provides an oral examination to the qualified candidate if the qualified candidate passes the written examination. The process also provides examination results to the qualified candidate. Finally, the process provides certification to the qualified candidate if the qualified candidate passes both the written examination and the oral examination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Yung-Chung Heh, Danyune Geertsen
  • Publication number: 20100055657
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide methods of simulating an X-ray machine or an ultrasound machine on a computer to train users. The methods comprise providing a server, in communication with the computer, including a database and a processor and also providing at least one simulator viewing window including a virtual body and a virtual X-ray tube or a virtual ultrasound probe and at least one simulated image viewing window including a simulated radiographic image or a simulated ultrasound image. The method further comprises the processor using the position of the virtual body and the virtual X-ray tube or the virtual ultrasound probe, controlled by the user, to generate the simulated radiographic image or the simulated ultrasound image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Warren Goble, Michael Valdiserri