Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Patent number: 6799975
    Abstract: A mobile confined space rescue training simulation unit having a simple adjustable modular construction that may be set up in any of a number of different confined space rescue scenarios to meet a variety of specialized training needs. The unit is preferably trailer-mounted for portability and has an elongated upper work area and two interior modular sections in communication with each other. The first section allows for establishing different labyrinths through which rescue trainees must travel, and the second section has a retractable sloping floor that may be replaced by simulated machinery such as a rotating shaft with blades. Multiple combinations of training rescue scenarios are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Michael L. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20040191735
    Abstract: A method and system for simulating activity in a contact centre includes an interface for inputting a desired activity profile for the contact centre, a statistical data feed of the actual contact centre activity level, and a comparison unit for comparing actual activity levels with desired levels. Based on this comparison, one or more associated contact generators are instructed to generate additional contacts to the contact centre to bring the actual activity into line with the desired profile. This enables a working contact centre to be brought to a desired level of activity when under the control of a trainee supervisor, providing a more realistic training environment to be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Tony McCormack
  • Patent number: 6783367
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a global product services electronic laboratory (E-Lab). For example, the E-Lab may be an on-line virtual laboratory for company employees and/or field engineers for learning how to implement new technology products via actual “hands-on” configurations and troubleshooting. Specifically, the E-Lab of the present embodiment enables an authorized user to utilize a computing device to remotely access the E-Lab via the Internet, a company network or a dial-up connection. Once communicatively coupled to the E-Lab, the user is provided a variety of different topics and categories associated with the products and/or equipment labs currently available within the E-Lab. After selecting one of the topics or categories, the user may be provided more specific information regarding tutorials and/or troubleshooting corresponding to the selected lab equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Geefu Wang, Douglas Hong, Chun Wu, Thuy Le, Yu-Tien Chi
  • Publication number: 20040152056
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for training and educating clinical data managers that perform various data related functions during clinical trials for pharmaceutical and other bioscience companies. The invention provides a clinical trial simulator using a combination of a simulated work environment, interactive multimedia, cohort teams, and specific clinical areas. A modular training process is optionally employed with each module covering a unique aspect of the drug development process. The simulated drug development process is thus tracked through a number of different modules. The modular approach allows the modular training process to progressively expose clinical data managers to various issues (through a simulated environment) that are encountered in a real clinical data environment. The skills and deliverables associated with each module can be assessed and corrected, if necessary, before proceeding to a subsequent module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Cynthia Lee Lamb, Jerry Coleman Lamb, Armelde Pitre
  • Patent number: 6767212
    Abstract: System and method allowing parents, teachers, and helping professionals to automatically incorporate rewards selected from an electronic catalog into a network-assisted behavior management system to motivate children to perform selected behaviors and third party performance programs. Selected rewards are automatically purchased by and shipped to the parent or teacher. System is delivered to multiple remote devices, including personal computers, personal data assistants, network computers, terminals, screen phones, web pads, smart phones, interactive television, interactive game consoles, two-way pagers, or e-mail-only devices. The system is comprised of a set of modular components that are organized into session sets for a parent/teacher and for a particular child or groups of children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Glenn Roy Thomas
  • Publication number: 20040142312
    Abstract: A computer-aided learning method and apparatus for a learning user to learn materials inexpensively. Not only does the apparatus provide the user the freedom as to where and when to learn, and the guidance as to what to learn, the apparatus also reduces a significant hurdle to learning—Tuition. The apparatus retrieves a user identifier entered by the user, and determines whether the user is a learning user or an institute user. If the user is a learning user, the apparatus allows the user to access information regarding learning materials. If the user is an institute user, the apparatus permits the user to access information regarding at least one learning user. The institute user might be interested to use the apparatus to recruit employees to fill job openings. A learning user pays significantly less than an institute user to access information, so as to encourage the learning user to work on learning materials. The apparatus can also track and update information regarding the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, John P. Del Favero, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 6755659
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for facilitating personnel education and training, and more particularly to a system and method that allows efficient creation, implementation and utilization of interactive training modules and/or scenarios. The disclosed system and method facilitate creation, implementation and utilization of computer-based simulations by personnel involved in a wide range of educational, professional and/or business pursuits, and include administrative functionalities that greatly enhance system/method efficiency, flexibility and the ease and speed with which educational/training modules and scenarios may be customized and/or implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Access Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark LoSasso, Chris Tate, Michael Urbisci, Michael LoSasso, Martin Witiak
  • Publication number: 20040115603
    Abstract: A system and method for attention training includes a trainer unit used by a trainer and one or more trainee units, each vibrationally linked to a trainee. The trainer unit is used to send alert and reward signals, such as coded radio signals, to the trainee units, which consequently transmits alert and reward vibrations, respectively, to be felt by the trainee. In some implementations, the trainer observes the trainee behaving in an undesired manner, sends an alert signal via the trainer unit to the trainee unit to transmit an alert vibration to the trainee. If the trainee ceases behaving in the undesired manner, a reward signal is sent via the trainer unit to the trainee unit to generate a reward vibration to be felt by the trainee. Reward signals can be counted to track progress by the trainee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Robert F. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 6746246
    Abstract: Songs are defined by a song template comprising at least one track comprising a sequence of measures and a plurality of audio samples allocated to the or each track. At least two songs are played to an audience, which responds indicating the popularity of each song. A less popular song is selected and a new song composed by automatically applying one or more rules to the template of the selected song.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Helwett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: David Trevor Cliff
  • Patent number: 6745195
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for generating software cards that summarize and index information. A documentation storage unit stores a variety of documentation. A software card generator generates each of the software cards for a predetermined card category. Each software card points to blocks of information stored in the documentation storage unit that relate to the predetermined card category. A software card database stores the generated plurality of software cards. A user can search the software cards in order to quickly and easily access documentation and materials specific to their specific area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Mitchell Kornfein, Rasiklal Punjalal Shah, Russell Robert Irving, Mark Kathleen Parini
  • Patent number: 6743022
    Abstract: A system and method for automated self measurement of alertness, equilibrium and coordination and for verification of the identity of the person being tested is provided. The system for self-tutoring and testing a person includes an identifying unit for identifying the person to be tested, at least one self-tutoring unit for instructing the person in at least one test to be performed, at least one testing unit for performing each of the at least one tests and an interpretation unit for evaluating the results of each of the at least one tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Oded Sarel
  • Patent number: 6739877
    Abstract: A simulation method and system based on a distributive processing model is used for training and educating healthcare teams. The system allows team members to be at the training facility or located remotely and connected via data communication links. The system allows multiple participants for individual team member roles at various connected simulation workstations. If simulation participants cannot man all the team roles, the system can provide virtual team members in their stead. The simulation server computer delivers to each workstation the particular programs and outputs required for any given simulation exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Medical Simulation Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford E. Bailey, Bill B. Clark, Chen Yuanming, Qiang Gao, Dave Wilson, William E. Younkes
  • Publication number: 20040058302
    Abstract: Programs for computer aided career choice have existed already for at least 20 years, however they were typically either based on Sequential Elimination, which suffers from a number of problems (such as for example distortions of weights, more sensitivity to judgment errors, and having to rank-order the questions in advance), or on compensational methods, which typically suffer from other problems. On the other hand, sequential elimination has the advantage of immediate feedback at each step, so the implications of the user's decisions in filling each aspect (question) are clear to him/her immediately after filling the aspect, whereas it is much more difficult to give such immediate feedback after each step when compensation is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventors: Yaron Mayer, Itamar Gati
  • Patent number: 6705869
    Abstract: A system and method for interactive communications skill training is provided. The system includes a user computer system having a memory, a display device, an input device, a video recording device and an audio device. The system also includes an e-learning web site with skill training software for interactively teaching a skill, that is in communication with the user's computer system via a communications network. The system further includes an expert's computer system. The method for interactive communications skill training includes the steps of accessing the e-learning web site by the user, selecting a learning module for a communication skill by the user, interacting with the learning module and recording the user interaction using the video recording device. The method also includes the steps of analyzing the user interaction by an expert and providing the expert analysis to the user via the communication network for review by the user to interactively learn the communication skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Darren Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20040048232
    Abstract: A method for a server to provide professional training information and compliance knowledge information to networked computers. The method obtains login data from a user at a computer. The user is provided compliance knowledge based on the login data. The user is also provided personalized professional training associated with the compliance knowledge and based on the login data. Compliance use data, training performance data and training progress data associated with login data is generated. The generated data is used for the generation of documents. The system provides compliance management to a user having administrative privileges. The system enables communication between users of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ann Murphy, Patrick Joseph Murphy
  • Publication number: 20040033475
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to educational systems, and may include methods of using a computer system to create student records in a database; methods of using a computer system to present student records stored in a computer database; methods for measuring a student's performance relative to predetermined educational goals; automated processes that utilize a relational database for student education; automated education management systems; and computer programs for automating an education system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Yoshi Mizuma, Cheryl Chin, George Oshita, ViJay Nair, Stephanie Pagan, Hiroaki Nihongi, Lisa Kaul, Hideki Kusuzawa
  • Publication number: 20040029087
    Abstract: In commercial and recreational gaming environments, the inventions provide systems and methods for training and managing gaming industry personnel on basic and advanced gaming strategy and monitoring techniques for a variety of wagering games. Automated training stations incorporate hardware and sequential software elements to facilitate and encourage the initial training and continuing education of gaming industry personnel at a variety of experience levels. Administrative features of the software provide means to customize the training experience and monitor progress for each unique system user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Rodney White
  • Patent number: 6685478
    Abstract: A computer-aided learning method and apparatus for a learning user to learn materials inexpensively. Not only does the apparatus provide the user the freedom as to where and when to learn, and the guidance as to what to learn, the apparatus also reduces a significant hurdle to learning—Tuition. The apparatus retrieves a user identifier entered by the user, and determines whether the user is a learning user or an institute user. If the user is a learning user, the apparatus allows the user to access information regarding learning materials. If the user is an institute user, the apparatus permits the user to access information regarding at least one learning user. The institute user might be interested to use the apparatus to recruit employees to fill job openings. A learning user pays significantly less than an institute user to access information, so as to encourage the learning user to work on learning materials. The apparatus can also track and update information regarding the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, John P. Del Favero, Jr., Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 6679703
    Abstract: A system and method for providing training in a technical field to a student is provided and includes at least one educational institution that provides an educational program. Also included is at least one industry education provider that provides a training program in a technical field. An online education provider is also included wherein the online education provider is in communications with the at least one educational institution and the at least one industry education provider. The online education provider provides to the student a composite educational program including the educational program and the training program in said technical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Shipley Company, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Eric R. Alling
  • Patent number: 6676509
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing a wheel-changing simulation has a mount, a support connected to the mount, and a wheel hub retained on the support. The support moves relative to the mount between a retracted position and an extended position. The hub is located adjacent the mount for securement thereto when the support is in the retracted position, and is located remote from the mount when the support is in the extended position. A method for simulating a wheel-changing operation on a racecar by a member of a pit crew includes the steps of unfastening and removing a wheel hub from a mount, returning and refastening the wheel hub to the mount, and constantly supporting the hub throughout the aforesaid steps. In accordance with one feature, the hub is constantly supported by attaching the hub to a support that is connected to and moves relative to the mount. In another feature, the hub is constantly supported such that an axis of the hub remains in fixed orientation relative to the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Bear
  • Publication number: 20030228561
    Abstract: A system and method for providing task-specific training to a worker engaged in a job includes the steps of observing a worker engaged in at least one job-related task, and identifying skills required by the worker. A series of brief lessons are configured to teach at least one of the identified skills, and to require repetitious practice of the skill. The worker is provided with the lessons, which may be self-administered, on a repetitive basis during standard workdays, and is caused to interact with another worker while receiving the lessons. A time interval is provided between lessons to allow the worker to practice the skills on the job. The invention is particularly adapted for teaching performance-based skills, and can be applied to any knowledge or skills that are best developed with a high degree of repetition in short intervals over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventor: Adrian Roland Escalante
  • Publication number: 20030228560
    Abstract: A process for computer-assisted teaching, which is also known as computer-aided-instruction and computer-based-training is disclosed. Computer simulation may be used to present images which depict an actual physical system that is operated by user actions on a physical control panel. The process is particularly adaptable for teaching persons how to use and maintain various types of industrial machines, teaching students various scientific phenomena and processes, teaching office workers how to use computers and various other office machines, and teaching homeowners how to use various consumer products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Applicant: BWXT Y-12, LLC
    Inventors: Janie Elaine Seat, John R. Owens, Melissa M. Portwood, Karen S. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20030228558
    Abstract: A method of training brokers in a multi-level marketing business to make sales of a product and to recruit new brokers includes the steps of presenting materials to train brokers on order form procedures. The order form procedures include collecting identification information and payment information. The method also includes presenting materials to train brokers on recruiting form procedures. The recruiting form procedures include collecting identification information, payment information, and the selection of sales packages. The method also includes presenting materials to train brokers on sales procedures. The sales procedures include the steps of listing prospects, approach prospects, provide a sales presentation, enroll members and brokers, and continually repeat the sales procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventors: William Dennis Bloom, Daniel Flynn Bloom, John Asa Hammack, Barry Friedman, Debra Wimberley Aaron, Dale Irwin Brooks, Mark Douglas Dixon, Brent Allen Goodwin, Carlos Fernando Gueits, James Edward Hardin, Mark Lewis Jarvis, Eugene Marvin Krank, Michael Arthur Lancto, John Michael McDonald, Bradley Scott Murray, Linda Gaye Rowden, John Alexander Southerland, William Kirby Wright, Todd William Wilson, Terrence Van Wilson
  • Publication number: 20030219709
    Abstract: A networked-based learning system wherein healthcare providers, or other professionals, establish business rule chains encompassing a series of business rule events and apply a chain to a specific client. The chains include a series of lessons and feedback mechanisms, usually tied to a specific chronological event. At the appropriate time the client's dossier is combined with specific business rules to dynamically generate a specific lesson, as well as an optional feedback loop. This lesson is then communicated to the client either electronically by any electronic method including but not limited to email, web page, SMS message, and voice or via tangible media including but not limited to postal mail, fax, or courier. After completing their lesson the patient moves through a feedback mechanism assessing how well they learned the material; this feedback loop is transferred back to the professional either electronically or via tangible media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventors: Mollee Olenick, Michael Olenick
  • Publication number: 20030219703
    Abstract: A manual for teaching and/or demonstrating the assembly and/or operation of a transmittable energy circuit, wherein the manual has a base hinged to a plurality of pages for folding the pages over or away from the base, wherein at least one of the pages has conductor portions of an energy circuit thereon, and wherein the portions are provided with electrical connectors for receiving one or more electrical components adapted for completing the circuit, and wherein at least one of the pages has instructions thereon for so completing said circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventor: Edward A. Basconi
  • Publication number: 20030211448
    Abstract: An integrated procedure training apparatus provides a three-dimensional environment that facilitates the training of systems and integrated procedures required to operate and maintain complex systems. The three-dimensional environment is created by arranging a plurality of touch-sensitive display surfaces in a spatial arrangement that is similar to a spatial arrangement of real control panels of the complex system. The training of the integrated procedures is enabled by the use of a full-scope simulation of the complex system. Courseware or other training aids can be used in conjunction with the system to improve learning absorption and retention and reduce training time and reliance on skilled instructors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Applicant: CAE Inc.
    Inventors: Remi Quimper, Michele Asmar, Luc Ethier
  • Patent number: 6644974
    Abstract: A system and method for providing education that includes a database of educational material and a user interface. When prompted by a user through the user interface, the system provides a specific educational session from the database that is directed to satisfying a present business need/solution (e.g., a need for a specific legally binding written document with a customer or supplier). With the invention, the educational session produces a completed version of the legally binding written document. The user interface preferably includes a decision tree providing options for the user to select from different computerized educational sessions relating only to the present business need/solution. While the database includes educational material relating to many business needs/solutions, the decision tree limits user access to only those educational sessions relating to the present business need/solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Debra M. Adams, Dillon B. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20030203344
    Abstract: The invention is a system and method for training and organizing on-site event professionals in the hospitality and tourism industry. The system has at least one server computer having a processor, an area of main memory for executing program code under the direction of the processor, a storage device for storing data and program code and a bus connecting the processor and the storage device, at least one relational database stored on the storage device, a data communications device connected to the bus for connecting the server computer to the Internet and Web-based training for on-site event professionals computer program code stored in the storage device and executing in the main memory under the direction of the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Ashley L. Barron
  • Patent number: 6629843
    Abstract: Present herein is a technique for providing computer and internet access for a group of participants, which can include economically disadvantaged persons. An orientation is first conducted wherein computer technical skills are taught. After the orientation, a computer is provided and installed in the homes of each participant. During installation, the participant is provided with additional training. Internet access is also provided for the participant through a partnership with the local telecommunications provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Business Access, LLC
    Inventors: Kimberley Bunting, Kenneth J. Davis, James Howell, Roy Bunting
  • Publication number: 20030186209
    Abstract: Learning materials each of which consists of learning material units are stored in a learning material DB. Keywords corresponding to the respective learning materials are stored in the learning material evaluating table. A keyword-unit table defines which learning material units include the respective keywords. A learner clicks an Understood button when the learner understand the current unit. After the learner finishes to attend the current learning material, the keywords corresponding to the units in which the Understood button was clicked are specified based on the keyword-unit table. A learning material whose keywords are in the best agreement with the keywords specified is selected as a learning material to improve ability of the leaner in the strong field based on the learning material evaluating table. In the same manner, a learning material to supplement the weak field is selected based on a history of clicks of a Not Understood button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Applicant: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Shunichi Kamikawa, Hiroshi Kuzumaki, Keiko Chida, Ryusuke Momose
  • Publication number: 20030186199
    Abstract: Online method, system and software for interactively training a user to use a device. One or more computers are operably programmed and configured to display instruction for using a device, display an interactive graphical simulation of the device, receive user input configuring the device, and display a result of the user configuring the device. In another embodiment, the device automatically is synchronized to a particular segment of the instruction. Instructions for configuring or using the device in a particular manner may be provided to a user, together with an indication as to whether the resulting user configuration is correct (e.g., online exercises, quizzes, examinations, etc.) Online communication may be established between user-trainees and device manufacturers for user support, product feedback, etc. A wide variety of devices and device usages or configurations may be simulated, including but not limited to vehicle diagnostic, electrical, and medical devices and related applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Applicant: Melior-Delaware
    Inventors: Bryon E. McCool, David W. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20030186200
    Abstract: A method and system of providing instruction regarding real estate, including providing instruction from an instructor to a student at one via a network such that the instructor and the student can communicate in real-time, instructing the student to access and review pre-stored text and graphics available via a node of the network, instructing the student to complete related exercises, and instructing the student to obtain additional related in-person instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Applicant: TM Acquisition Corp.
    Inventor: George Selix
  • Publication number: 20030180697
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-degree of freedom telerobotic system. More particularly, the invention relates to a telerobotic system for micro assembly operation through remote control that teaches the movement of a robot by extracting the multi-degree movement information of a human operator and transferring the information to the multi-degree of freedom telerobot through a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Kyung Hwan Kim, Deok Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20030170597
    Abstract: A system for teaching interviewing includes queries, a cross-reference, a writing medium, and instructions. The queries are for obtaining decisions by a student whether provided descriptions of experience are true for an experience of the student. The cross-reference is accessed by the descriptions of experience to provide personality traits. The writing medium includes a first region for a list of the personality traits obtained via the cross-reference, a second region for a summary of the experience, and a third region for a summary list of the personality traits obtained via the cross-reference, and possibly from other lists of values and morals. The instructions direct the student to complete the regions of the writing medium; and direct the student to retell at least one of the summary of the experience and the summary list in answer to a question during an interview.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventor: Edward Allen Rezek
  • Patent number: 6616453
    Abstract: A testing system, particularly directed at contract workers, permits computer-aided instruction and testing at each of a plurality of testing sites. Different tests are created and administered for each of a plurality of work sites, which can be selected by the prospective contract worker. Whether the worker passed a particular site-specific test is stored in a database, which in turn is accessible by the work site management. The system has particular application to safety instruction and testing as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Kouba-O'Reilly Consulting Group
    Inventors: Don M. Kouba, Brian O'Reilly
  • Publication number: 20030163219
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for performing standard operating procedures using a computer directed interactive system. The interactive assembly system includes a workstation having a support assembly for a workpiece, and further includes a microprocessor and monitor to convey operator instructions, a plurality of removable attachable tools to assist the user in performing each step of a standard operating procedure. The method comprises: (a) reading instructions provided on the monitor describing each step to be performed for a desired task; (b) observing various indicators located on the workstation to determine the proper tool for a specific step; (c) choosing the desired tool or part for a specific step; (d) performing the required step according to instructions displayed on the monitor; (e) entering data into the microprocessor if necessary; and (f) repeating steps (a)-(e) until the desired task is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventor: Robert W. Flesher
  • Patent number: 6606480
    Abstract: An interactive learning system and method are provided that identify a “gap” between the skill(s) possessed by the individual and those required by an organization and then creates a training regimen to fill that gap. The system and method precisely map the training to the defined required skills by identifying a skill desired to be possessed of a user and accessing a first electronic database that comprises a set of skills currently possessed by the user. Next the desired skill is compared with the possessed set of skills. If the possessed set of skills does not comprise the desired skill, the desired skill is mapped with a training regimen resident in a second electronic database. Then the user is automatically presented with the training regimen. A desired skill level may also be also specified and compared with the skill level currently possessed by the user. If the desired skill level has not yet been achieved, again a mapping is performed and a linked training regimen presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: National Education Training Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. L'Allier, Albert Pezzuti, Stephen P. Henrie
  • Patent number: 6602076
    Abstract: A method of teaching a skill, such as, for example, hunting, tracking, law enforcement, terrorist response, self-defense, or game-playing technique, whereby the student is exposed to the perspective of a relevant person, animal, or object, such as, for example, a game player, victim, criminal, terrorist, animal, or ball, whose identity is determined by the nature of the skill, and wherein a mechanism, such as, for example, video, computer animation, virtual reality, or role-playing, is used to impart the perspective. The method broadly comprises the steps of identifying a behavior of the thing, wherein the behavior is related to the skill; modeling a perspective of the thing related to the behavior in terms understandable by the student; implementing the model using a suitable mechanism; and introducing the student to the mechanism such that, through the mechanism, the student is able to experience the perspective of the thing and to thereby better understand the behavior and the skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Discovertheoutdoors.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Adams
  • Patent number: 6602075
    Abstract: A method of teaching a skill, such as, for example, hunting, tracking, or game-playing technique, whereby the student is exposed to the perspective of a relevant person, animal, or object, such as, for example, a game player, animal, or ball, whose identity is determined by the nature of the skill, and wherein a mechanism, such as, for example, video, computer animation, virtual reality, or role-playing, is used to impart the perspective. The method broadly comprises the steps of identifying a behavior of the thing, wherein the behavior is related to the skill; modeling a perspective of the thing related to the behavior in terms understandable by the student; implementing the model using a suitable mechanism; and introducing the student to the mechanism such that, through the mechanism, the student is able to experience the perspective of the thing and to thereby better understand the behavior and the skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Discovertheoutdoors.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Adams
  • Patent number: 6599130
    Abstract: A tutorial or diagnostic aid based on the representation and iterative interpretation of visual images is taught. A teaching or diagnostic session is created by overlaying an interpretation layer via a software application onto the visual image layer and synchronizing the two with the time code of the visual image. The interpretation layer allows the reviewer to identify image areas of interest by gesture and append comments thereto in real time; i.e. images or portions of images within the visual representation playback may be identified and labeled and have the concurrent commentary associated therewith. The comments are indexed and linked to a database of similar topics. The flow of the session is recorded to show the images, deictic gestures associated therewith, and commentary associated with the gestures, to enable subsequent users to playback a session and follow the flow of thought (i.e. image identification and commentary within the original session).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Illinois Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Armin Moehrle
  • Publication number: 20030138759
    Abstract: An IT skills evaluation system and method for evaluating an individual's IT skills. According to one aspect of the invention, the individual is required to perform one or more practical exercises. A practical exercise is an evaluation device for evaluating not only an individual's knowledge, but also the individual's ability to apply their knowledge. One or more virtual machines are associated with each practical exercise, and the test taker must use these virtual machines to complete the exercise. In one aspect, a skills evaluation system according to one embodiment includes a testing computer on which the following software is installed: a virtual machine platform for allowing multiple virtual machines to run simultaneously on the testing computer and a practical skills evaluator for presenting exams to a test taker and scoring the exam. An exam is made up of one or more practical exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: David D. Rowley, Thomas K. Christensen, Jeffrey A. Fischer, Craig R. Jenkins, Keith L. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 6589055
    Abstract: The disclosed system and method for computer aided training and certification employs a central network for storing certification information and a plurality of training units. In preferred embodiments, the training units are individual systems comprising training software running on a turn-key based personal computer. An advantage of the invention is that the software is completely customized on each training unit to provide instruction using customized multi-media content, such as high quality digital video footage, taken of the trainee's specific job tasks and work site, as well as questions and instructional scripts customized for the job tasks and work site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: American Association of Airport Executives
    Inventors: Patrick J. Osborne, James Martin
  • Patent number: 6584300
    Abstract: A detailed sonar target scattering simulation system using object-oriented techniques to implement a broadband computational simulation of a plurality of detailed target highlight features. The class library includes a target class and a highlight base class from which a plurality of highlight subclasses are drawn to accurately represent a wide range of target highlight features. The resulting standard high-level framework allows many operations to be naturally defined and used with reduced software code errors, thereby improving computational effectiveness. The system includes a data processor, a user interface for accepting user commands and data, a display for displaying the simulated acoustic received signal, and a data memory for storing information representing the properties of the acoustic source signal and the positions of the acoustic source signal, the acoustic received signal and the target, and a class library including a target class, a highlight base class and one or more highlight subclasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Gabriel A. Lengua
  • Patent number: 6572376
    Abstract: An avionics maintenance training device to train cognitive and psychomotor skills is disclosed. The training device is a physical mock-up of an actual aircraft's cabin assembly. The avionics maintenance training device includes actual avionics components and non-functional and functional physically replicated avionics components of the actual aircraft. The avionics maintenance training device further includes an instructor workstation, a simulator/stimulator, and an interactive electronic training manual. The training device runs the actual operational flight program of the aircraft. The replicated components are three-dimensional components with physical characteristics similar to the avionics components they replicate to teach component removal and replacement skills. The actual and replicated avionics components are located in the training device in positions similar to positions of the avionics components in the aircraft to replicate accessibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Craig D. Saunders
  • Patent number: 6572379
    Abstract: A welding kit to provide a welder with information and instructions concerning particular types of welds and the formation of such welds. The welding kit includes a welding instruction manual and several metal sheets that include a plurality of pre-cut metal pieces. The metal pieces are used to form one or more welding projects with instructions provided by the instruction manual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Sears, Lawrence A. Boehnlein, Roland Zeder, Jennifer Zieserl, Gregoire Eva-Aby
  • Publication number: 20030064351
    Abstract: An educational method that integrates technology with the creative process to guide students in creating their own stories and art collected in a thematic anthology, produced as a digital book accessible from a CD-ROM or other memory device. Over a period of several months, the present invention guides participants (students, teachers, etc.) through the creative process, using a selected theme integrated with curriculum, a visiting author, and the creative process including brainstorming, research, drafts and revision, to develop a literary work accompanied by the artwork of those students contributing to the literary work. The compilations are organized into a digital book anthology, and may be saved on a memory device such as a magnetic disk or CD. The invention fits the needs of productive educational environments by creating outcome-based lessons that help students develop skills in critical thinking, writing, visual expression, communication and potentially other subjects such as science and geography.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventor: William E. Hillenbrand
  • Patent number: 6537072
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for educating an individual with the skills necessary to perform a new job, as well as providing the individual with practical work experience by providing the individual with work to perform, where the work is capable of being performed by someone having the individual's skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: IBM
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Peter G. Fairweather, Sara H. Basson
  • Patent number: 6527556
    Abstract: A method of and system of creating, delivering, and administering training materials, The system permits rapid development of large amounts of interactive content without requiring authoring experts. The content is deliverable via a client-server or Application Service Provider environment, such as the Internet. Content teaches skills necessary to perform a job. The system provides administrative management of the lerning process. In one embodiment, the invention teaches a set of skills by exposing candidates to enough realistic examples for them to begin recognizing the patterns involved, and by allowing them to participate in simulations of the environment. Embodiments of the invention employ a conversational technique for teaching particular skills, simulating an apprentice-mentor relationship. Some embodiments allow for evaluating the learner's proficiency or understanding of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Intellishare, LLC
    Inventor: Robin S. Koskinen
  • Patent number: 6524109
    Abstract: An improved skill set assessment system and method is disclosed for allowing a user to assess the user's proficiency at performing a predetermined set of skills related to the user's employment position. A user may complete the skill assessment process by reviewing only a subset of skills relevant to the user's current employment position, rather than the comprehensive list of skills provided by the assessment tool. This ability to review an abbreviated list of skills is obtained by using a minimum skill set definition. Minimum skill set definitions may be defined to reflect the hierarchical structure of the organization employing the assessment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Lacy, Ted G. Lautzenheiser, Mary A. Bucher
  • Publication number: 20030027115
    Abstract: To the best of our knowledge there is no game—board game or CD-ROM—currently on the market that allows individuals to learn about professional behavior in a fun, interactive manner, Anyone who holds a job or is trying to obtain one will be able to benefit from this game. “Help! Was That a Career Limiting Move?” will be unlike any other learning tool previously used in business training settings, and will be the first game of its kind on the market.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Marjorie Brody, Pam Holland