Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100047749
    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: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph Gorman, Cristobal Aguirre
  • Publication number: 20100035219
    Abstract: A simulated environment includes at least one circumstance requiring attention. One correct and multiple incorrect solutions for connecting the circumstance are provided. If one of the incorrect solutions is selected appropriate resource materials are recommended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: James E. Gerik, Todd W. Dalton
  • Publication number: 20100021872
    Abstract: A method of simulating a process. Students are assigned a role related to the process and conduct interviews and investigations via electronic mail to document the process. During the simulation, the students learn the steps involved in the process, and the students learn what steps delay the process and identify the “choke” points in the process. With this information, the students can take action to alter and/or avoid those steps to improve the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: MoreSteam.com LLC
    Inventor: William M. Hathaway
  • Patent number: 7648365
    Abstract: A computer based training tool and method that emulates human behavior using a computer-simulated person in a realistic scenario. It provides an interactive experience in detecting deception during interviews and acceptance of statements during interpersonal conversations. The simulated person provides verbal responses in combination with an animated video display reflecting the body language of the simulated person in response to questions asked and during and after responses to the questions. The questions and responses are pre-programmed and interrelated groups of questions and responses are maintained in dynamic tables which are constantly adjusted as a function of questions asked and responses generated. The system provides a critique and numerical score for each training session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Dale E. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20100009323
    Abstract: A simulation software system includes a training module, a display device and a storage device. Events of a training material, operation blocks, response blocks and response images are provided in the storage device. A method of implementing the simulation software includes the steps of: defining a first of the events via the operation block and defining a second of the events via the response block; defining a response image or a series of response images depending upon the defined events, displaying the response image in the response block; judging whether the first and the second of the events have been completely defined; generating a training module from the first and the second of the events; connecting the training module with a human-machine interface and an abnormity/error-processing module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Chuan-Lang Lin, Hsiu-Feng Huang
  • Publication number: 20100003652
    Abstract: Operation manager apparatus for a Mission Training Center system, the apparatus comprising a communication system operative to coordinate two or more participants corresponding to two or more engines; and a real time participant modification functionality operative to carry out at least one modification of at least one characteristic of at least one participant during an exercise, including informing at least one of the two or more participants via the communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Eytan Lavie, Eytan Ofry, Assaf Tamir
  • Publication number: 20090305204
    Abstract: A method for a virtual reality simulation for training using a computer system includes the steps of executing the virtual reality simulation on the computer system, manipulating an input device in a 3-dimensional space and recording acceleration and orientation of the input device along three axes during the manipulation. Position of the input device relative to a display of the virtual reality simulation along an axis extending from the input device to the display is recorded. The recording is transmitted to the computer system. The recording is used to interact with a virtual object on a background scene in the virtual reality simulation and includes comparing the recording to a signature associated with the virtual object and acting on results of the comparing. The method further includes using the recording to navigate on the background scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: INFORMA SYSTEMS INC
    Inventors: Mark P. Connolly, Erin Waldman
  • Patent number: 7621748
    Abstract: A system, method and article of manufacture are disclosed which implement a training session for training a user to validate assumptions. First, a plurality of stimuli are presented to a user in the context of a simulation. The user is then prompted to enter responses to the stimuli which are subsequently recorded. The user is then allowed to enter assumptions that form a basis of the responses. Next, the user is prompted to enter information on how to validate the assumptions which is subsequently received. Feedback is then outputted based on the stimuli and responses. Such feedback relates to appropriate assumptions and information on how to validate the appropriate assumptions. As an option, the feedback may be further based on a number of assumptions entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Javier Bajer, Timothy Gbedemah
  • Publication number: 20090286214
    Abstract: A reality-based hypothetical is developed and provided to a set of training participants. The reality-based hypothetical is a fact pattern describing an original lawsuit involving a set of real life scientific studies, data, witnesses, and issues that have never been litigated where only the claims, plaintiff, and defendant are fictitious. is a training device for teaching a set of target legal and science objectives, such as determining the scientific integrity of proposed scientific evidence and understanding the scientific evidence as a whole. The “reality-based hypothetical” is developed to provide practice in performing problem solving techniques to determine the “scientific integrity” of proposed scientific evidence and scientific testimony. One or more dialogue sessions are provided to gather information necessary for making a determination on the admissibility of the scientific study.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Barbara P. Billauer
  • Patent number: 7613627
    Abstract: An automated and computer-implemented method for collecting and communicating inspection information for a mechanism. The method includes receiving repair order information from a repair order, generating an electronic inspection form, including a questionnaire for inputting inspection information, receiving inspection information which is input into the questionnaire of the electronic inspection form, and transmitting at least a portion of each of the inspection information and the repair information to cause the repair order to be appended with the transmitted information to obtain an appended repair order. The information contained on the appended repair order is suitable for communication to an individual requesting repair of the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Dennis Doyle, Michael Benakovich, Kevin Santer, John Graham, Joe Retzbach
  • Patent number: 7593860
    Abstract: A career analysis method and system. The system comprises a computing apparatus comprising data. The data comprises a specified job title and a first list comprising a first plurality of required skills for the specified job title. Candidate data is received by the computing apparatus. Candidate data comprises a job candidate and a second list comprising plurality of skills related to a job held by the candidate. The first plurality of required skills is compared with the plurality of skills related to the job held by the candidate to determine a set of common skills. A common skills score is calculated. A first set of market valued skills from the first plurality of required skills is determined. A score is calculated based on a function of the first set of market valued skills and the first plurality of required skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Peter James Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20090233260
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a game and method for teaching persons about business. A game, method, and method of play for teaching employees how to operate a business, including various issues, decisions, and/or risks one faces when operating a business.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Greg McAfee
  • Publication number: 20090208914
    Abstract: A door breach training system comprising a first restraint assembly connecting a door to a frame. The door is attached to a lock jamb of the frame with a first restraint assembly that exposes a shear joint to impact from a projectile, such as shotgun round. Another embodiment further comprises attachment of the door to the hinge jamb with at least one second restraint assembly that functionally simulates a typical door hinge and exposes a shear joint to impact from a ballistic round. The preferred embodiment includes replaceable lock panels and hinge panels that are designed to break in a known manner in order to replicate those same failure modes for both door locks and door hinges in typical residential and commercial construction environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: BREACHING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Darron Phillips, Jeff Wright, Jeff Lambert
  • Publication number: 20090197228
    Abstract: A system for on-site collection of evaluation data at a vehicle repair installation site is disclosed. Generally the system includes a computing tool connected to a database, a workflow operations guiding module that runs on the computing tool, an evaluation module, a comparison module, a data-mining module, a certification module, a legal compliance module, and a repair procedure compliance module. As a vehicle is repaired, the workflow operations guiding module prompts a coach with questions. The evaluation module performs a quantitative analysis of the answers provided by the coach and the comparison module compares the result of the quantitative analysis against aggregated or averaged information. The certification module compares information from the comparison module against predetermined certification criteria and the data mining module identifies correlations, trends or patterns in collected data by the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Farzam Afshar, Cynthia L. Granse, Mark E. Olson
  • Publication number: 20090197227
    Abstract: An apparatus for negotiating a work role relationship between two participants, comprising a Dialog and Agreement Board with multiple in-dialog areas where participants place one or more cards representing elements or parts of the work role relationship or personal characteristics related to the work role, and with a commitment area upon which cards can be taken from the in-dialog areas and placed to represent agreed-upon commitments by the participants. An agreement between the participants may be documented manually or automatically, in whole or in part. Components marked with bar codes can be read for entry into a computer program for documenting agreements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Danny McCall
  • Publication number: 20090186325
    Abstract: A method for training an operator to control a powered system is disclosed including operating the powered system with an autonomous controller, and informing an operator of a change in operation of the powered system as the change in operation occurs. A system and a computer software code are also disclosed for training the operator to control the powered system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Publication number: 20090123895
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and software are described of game-based simulations for students (such as soldiers) to practice conducting bilateral engagements in a cultural context. An embodiment provides students with the experience of preparing for and including familiarization with cultural context, gathering intelligence, conducting a meeting and negotiating when possible, and following up on agreements as appropriate. Embodiments enable the use of characters, scenario customization, as well as coaching, feedback and tutoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Randall W. Hill, David Hendrie, Eric Forbell, Julia M. Kim
  • Publication number: 20090104589
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing remote training for a quality analysis program are disclosed. In certain embodiments, a computer-implemented method for providing remote training for a quality analysis program may comprise transmitting a first portion of a training program for a quality analysis program to a remote communication device, receiving a first transmission from the remote communication device, and transmitting a second portion of a training program to the remote communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: PROMONTORY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Denton Bramwell
  • Publication number: 20090092953
    Abstract: Electronic data for presenting images to teach radiology diagnosis are stored on a computer readable storage medium. The stored data includes an image table that includes indexed radiology images to be displayed; a frame table that includes frame entries, each for displaying a frame in a sequence of frames to be displayed and comprising a time indicator indicating a time to display the frame in the sequence, and display state data indicating a display state of one of the radiology images to be displayed in the frame; at least one annotation table including data defining teaching annotations to be superimposed on at least one radiology image. Each frame entry is associated with a radiology image and each annotation table is associated with a frame entry. An encoder/decoder is provided for encoding and storing the data in a file and for decoding and presenting images formed from the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Guo Liang Yang, Aamer Aziz, Narayanaswami Banukumar, Ananthasubramaniam Anand
  • Patent number: 7505557
    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: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Modica, Khai Le, Phong Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20090061403
    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: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: QUALISTAR EARLY LEARNING
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20090061402
    Abstract: The present invention provides computer implemented and interactive educational platforms for training professionals, such as healthcare workers. In particular, the present invention provides learning modules for professionals for implementing an interactive curriculum that is designed to ensure thorough coverage of core and advanced competencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Kiran Musunuru
  • Patent number: 7497688
    Abstract: A compressed experiential learning system is created by determining high-level goals and objectives, determining roles and objectives for each role, developing a learning environment including physical and technical components, developing an instructional environment, and creating evaluation plans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: J. McKay Judd, Jamie A. Biggers, Glen S. Finkel, Amanda Stephens Eyde, Edward Samuel Deutscher, Robert M. Calloway
  • Publication number: 20090042173
    Abstract: A transportable projection-based simulator is expanded on one or both sides. Bowl-like screen assemblies partially surround a mock cabin within the simulator. A combination of projectors and mirrors reflect images of a virtual landscape onto the screen assemblies. A trainee within the mock cabin can lean out of the mock cabin and look down at the image of the virtual landscape projected onto the portion of the screen assembly below without interfering with the projection of that image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ivan John Jaszlics, Sheila Lynn Jaszlics, Scot David Sanders
  • Publication number: 20090035736
    Abstract: A training simulation method and system for training operational service units such as call centre or customer service centres personnel are provided, including providing a simulated scenario to personnel, the scenario progressing in scenario time and the scenario including a plurality of simulated events provided in a predetermined sequence in real time at predetermined scenario times within the scenario, and receiving responses to the events from personnel. The system can simulate scenarios, which unfold to personnel in real time, and the responses of the personnel can be received in real time, so adding to the realism of the simulation being provided. The personnel responses can be marked and assessed to give a competency rating for their responses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2005
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Harold Wolpert, David Wolpert, Stephen Lee Wolpert
  • Publication number: 20090035737
    Abstract: Disclosed is an injection training pad that allows a user to practice intradermal, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections all on the same device. The injection training pad includes a container having an open top and a closed bottom. A lid having a hole removably engages the open top of the container. The pad also includes a retaining member having a base with at least one leg. At least a portion of the retaining member is disposed within the container. A cap having a flange is positioned between the retaining member and the lid, and a cushion is positioned between the retaining member and the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony J. Battaglia, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090017428
    Abstract: An education business teaching model is provided that enhances learning with sound content, uniformity of presentation and testing, reliability, and thorough evaluation. The teaching model provides customized content that delivers results in skills, knowledge, and attitude in diverse settings, across diverse industries, audiences and learning environments. The education business teaching model provides a step by step procedure for constructing, reviewing, and teaching the teaching model to individuals and/or business groups. The education training model is developed in several stages, including content design, non-video asset development, video shooting and editing, and media development stages having quality assurance reviews that provide a final content available to the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Ned R. Piccinini
  • Patent number: 7463263
    Abstract: Techniques for generating a visual representation for a model representation in a manner whereby the model representation is not coupled to the visual representation. An abstract representation is generated based upon the model representation. Mapping rules are configured and used for generating the abstract representation from the model representation. A visual representation is then generated based upon the abstract representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Sap Portals Israel Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuval Gilboa
  • Publication number: 20080299525
    Abstract: A safety station simulator is implemented using an application program and a communication program installed in a personal computer. The application program is a program actually used with a safety station of a real machine. Since the program used with the real machine can be used intact, it is not necessary to again describe the application for an operation training system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Murakami
  • Publication number: 20080299524
    Abstract: A method for receiving training where the method comprises participating in one or more training exercises conducted on a computing station; receiving reward points for the completion of one or more training exercises; and redeeming the reward points for one or more rewards offered by a rewards provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Mark Murrell
  • Publication number: 20080280274
    Abstract: Poultry liver hydrolysate is added to animal food compositions in amounts sufficient to enhance palatability, preferably in amounts of from about 0.01% to about 6% by weight of the composition. The compositions containing poultry liver hydrolysate are ingested more frequently and at a higher rate by animals, particularly finicky animals or older animals that tend not to eat enough food to maintain their health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Kim Gene Friesen, Ryan Michael Yamka
  • Publication number: 20080261185
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure may provide a method, system, and computer program configured to simulate a teaching environment for educational training. The method may include displaying an empty simulated classroom environment for an orientation period, displaying an occupied classroom environment for at least one classroom period, generating and displaying a plurality of events, both disruptive and non-disruptive during the at least one classroom period, identifying at least one of the plurality disruptive or non-disruptive events on a display, addressing the at least one identified event, scoring training performance for the simulated teaching environment based on the identifying and addressing actions, and using a score representative of the training performance to add enhancements to a subsequent teaching simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: aha! Process, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ruby Payne, Nancy Sturm, Damian Piccolo
  • Publication number: 20080254415
    Abstract: A training system and method of use thereof permit training of an operator to use ground excavating implements. A building structure is provided locating a plurality of operator seats therein at respective operator stations. A boom structure is mounted to the foundation externally of the building in association with each of the operator stations to permit an operator in training in one of the operator seats to control actual movement of a boom structure in visual proximity therewith using joystick controlled excavator hydraulics at the operator seat. A backhoe arm is used as a scaled down approximation of a track hoe with decreased operating pressure to represent a realistic responsiveness of the hydraulic controls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: J. Keith Barry
  • Publication number: 20080254419
    Abstract: Interactive electronic training systems and methods are described herein. Certain embodiments provide preprogrammed video, audio, and/or textual presentations of training materials which provide information related to skills/information to be trained. A scenario including real or animated actors is presented, simulating an interaction. The training system presents related queries for the trainee who audibly responds. The training system stores a score based in part on a comparison of the trainee's response with an answer stored in training system memory. Optionally, the scores are substantially immediately presented by the system to the trainee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Martin L. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7430990
    Abstract: A mechanical roping steer apparatus for practicing roping of a steer is disclosed that comprises a support assembly for engaging the ground surface and a steer assembly mounted on the support assembly. The support assembly may comprise a main frame and a pair of lateral skids mounted on the main frame, and the pair of lateral skids may each be pivotable with respect to the main frame. In some embodiments, the steer assembly includes a frame and a body covering assembly mounted on the frame and configured to move with respect to the frame in response to movement of the steer assembly across the ground surface. In some embodiments, the steer assembly comprises includes a frame and a head assembly mounted on the frame and configured to move with respect to the frame in response to movement of the steer assembly across the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Alan R. Copenhaver
  • Publication number: 20080227063
    Abstract: A method, software, database and system for determining optimal career choices, psychological profiles (i.e., mental health profiles) and genetic based predispositions of an individual are presented in which an attribute profile of the individual containing genetic and non-genetic attributes is compared against a database containing combinations of genetic and non-genetic attributes that are statistically associated with career, psychological and other genetically influenced attributes derived from other individuals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Expanse Networks, Inc
    Inventors: Andrew Alexander Kenedy, Charles Anthony Eldering
  • Publication number: 20080206725
    Abstract: Disclosed are a computer-implemented method and an associated system for use in evaluating candidates interviewed at events, such as job fairs, recruiting events, on-site invitational interviews, etc. Pre-event preparation includes inputting into a first computer system event specific information. During interviews, interviewers are provided with access to this information via remote computers. During post-interview processing, interviewers use this information and the remote computers to determine quantitative interview scores and upload the scores along with qualitative interview feedback to the first computer system. Post-interview processing can also include using the first computer system to systematically rank multiple candidates based on the quantitative interview scores and allowing interested users to view the ranking in real-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shari L. Diaz, Lawrence B. Kroeger, Bradena W. Payne, Cynthia J. Sullivan, Glenn G. Webb
  • Publication number: 20080176196
    Abstract: A process for sterilization of clinical environments and which provides a completely sterile and healthy environment for staff and patients alike. The process introduces light to clinical facilities; using the Sun's natural spectrum of U.V. light, (germicidal). More particularly the process includes unique natural sterilization techniques and mixtures including in combination Borax, grapefruit seed extract and colloidal copper/silver, hydrogen peroxide, coconut oil, or the like. More importantly, the process further includes specialized personnel, who are specifically trained in janitorial sterilization, clinical procedures, natural processes, and bio-electromagnetic specialties and/or combinations thereof. Also, the process provides an international health, satellite communication, geo-seismic hazards warning system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: G.A. Lee
  • Publication number: 20080170660
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for testing luggage screening equipment operators is provides. A sequence of images of contents of luggage items derived from a device that scans the luggage items with penetrating radiation are received. The image generation device is characterized by introducing a certain distortion into these images of contents of luggage items. A display device is caused to display images derived from this sequence of images. Occasionally, the display device is caused to show a simulated threat in a luggage item by displaying a combined image derived based at least in part on an image in the sequence of images and a distorted threat image. The distorted threat image was derived by applying a distortion insertion process to a reference threat image wherein the distortion insertion process tends to approximate the certain distortion introduced in the images of contents of luggage items by the device that scans the luggage items with penetrating radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Dan Gudmundson, Luc Perron, Alexandre Filiatrault, Aidan Doyle, Michel Bouchard
  • Publication number: 20080160488
    Abstract: An education and training system and method where a trainee plays the role of a mentor to a simulated colleague who is performing a simulated procedure. Various views of the simulated colleague are presented on one or more monitors so that the trainee-as-mentor can observe the actions taken by the simulated colleague. The views will often be focused upon the hands of the simulated colleague. The trainee-as-mentor must observe the simulated colleague and provide instructions or commands to the simulated colleague in order to correct inappropriate actions. The trainee-as-mentor is evaluated on his or her ability to discern mistakes, miscues, poor technique, out of order steps, etc., and provide instructions to correct the mistake and prevent undesired outcomes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: MEDICAL SIMULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Younkes, Dave E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7384267
    Abstract: Data representative of operation of biomedical equipment in a medical facility is collected and stored in a centralized database. The information may be collected manually during the life of the equipment, or automatically by connection to the equipment. The data references equipment types, manufacturer, departments, locations, and other relevant information for the equipment. Based upon the collected and stored information, parameters representative of possible training needs is analyzed and reported. The parameters may include error, breakdowns, and the like. Detailed reports delivered to the medical institution may thus provide a basis for planning training to enhance performance and utilization of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: GE Medical Technology Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dorothy B. Franks, Michael C. Jones, John G. Jaeger
  • Publication number: 20080124686
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: George Henry Forman
  • Publication number: 20080124687
    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 can be 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: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: David Post
  • Patent number: 7367808
    Abstract: A modularized system and method for interactively diagnosing and addressing workplace issues that can lead to employee turnover includes computer-delivered assessment and training modules, each directed to a particular aspect of improving employee retention by focusing on retention competencies. Some modules are intended for employee use; others, for supervisors. The employee sector modules are primarily administered for the purpose of data collection, the resulting data utilized to prescribe assessment and training modules to the supervisor. The supervisor sector modules include an assessment adapted to create an individualized learning plan, wherein questions assess understanding of the topic, and then a job simulation is presented, guiding the user through a simulation applying the concepts from the lesson, followed by a mastery assessment. After passing the mastery assessment, the user can view and print learning activities and key learning points for each program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: TalentKeepers, Inc.
    Inventors: Fredric D. Frank, Richard P. Finnegan, Christopher P. Mulligan
  • Publication number: 20080020360
    Abstract: A portable model and methods for simulating water treatment processes are presented. Included are a body of untreated drinking water, simulated sources of wastewater, and simulated drinking and wastewater treatment plants. In the simulated drinking water treatment plant, water is treated and stored for distribution though a simulated pipeline system. In the simulated wastewater treatment plant, simulated wastewater is filtered, settled, clarified, disinfected and discharged. The simulated wastewater may be transferred to the simulated wastewater treatment plant through a simulated sewage pipeline network. Simulated biosolids as a result of the wastewater treatment process may be stored or applied to land. The model may also simulate a storm drain system that diverts storm water to a water source or to the wastewater treatment plant. The materials used to simulate the various aspects and components are preferably non-toxic, non-poisonous and biodegradable in order to facilitate use with children and clean up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: Carlene T. Bahler
  • Publication number: 20070298392
    Abstract: A candidate transition analysis method and system. The system comprises a computing apparatus comprising first data. The first data comprises a specified job title and a first list comprising a first plurality of required skills for the specified job title. Candidate data and business data is received by the computing apparatus. Candidate data comprises a job candidate and a second list comprising plurality of skills related to a job held by the candidate. A plurality of scores for the candidate are calculated based on the first data, the candidate data, and the business data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Peter James Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7300287
    Abstract: The invention disclosed relates to a learning system and related methods for providing training and continuing education to members of an organization's supply-chain workforce. A learning system utilizes a blended learning approach that matches various educational delivery techniques to the appropriate learning materials, time constraints, and skill level of the end user. The system is simultaneously accessible to multiple organizations in order to provide uniformity of learning among a wide variety of participants within the supply-chain workforce, while remaining adaptable to the unique learning needs of each organization. Thus, the invention captures the benefits of distance learning techniques while minimizing the isolationist learning environment typically associated with those leaning delivery methods. Furthermore, the invention seeks to capture the benefits associated with traditional learning delivery methods such as team-oriented learning and personal instructor feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Dwight Dowdell, Michael G. Mikurak, Christopher Jepson
  • Publication number: 20070269781
    Abstract: EDWOOD allows the average college student the opportunity to experience Show-Business on “their terms,”-which will be as prestigious as it will be educational. EDWOOD umbrellas two national organizations which students and community artists can join. EDWOOD allows students to be movie stars and make the dean's list at the same time while still building for themselves an additional option at the time of graduation. EDWOOD encourages students to become entrepreneurs in areas ranging from pop corn to security for talent. EDWOOD will be synonymous with Hollywood as NCAA football is synonymous with the NFL.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventor: Brian Lamont aka Bras Taylor aka Dobane
  • Publication number: 20070231777
    Abstract: A comprehensive and visual personal career management system, designed first and foremost for the individual, and comprised of three distinct sets of functionality that answer three ongoing and critical career management questions: Where am I now? (Career Assessment), Where do I really want to be? (Career Exploration), and How do I get there? (Personal Marketing & Development). A differentiating approach of applying data visualization techniques to career data by enabling a person to capture, assess, and communicate their comprehensive career experiences in a compelling visual way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventor: Anthony M. Dimarco