US 7,751,431
September 2, 2010 Patents

Coversheet of US 7,751,431.

There is one type of junk mail I don’t mind seeing in my postal inbox.  Whenever the US Patent Office grants a patent, all kinds of opportunists from the awards, personalization, and engraving industry spam the inventors with offers of beautiful plaques engraved with the patent’s front page.

I was happy to experience this junk mail avalanche once again this past summer when US 7,751,431 was granted.  This patent covered work I did with my Motorola colleagues Jim Ferrans and Mike Pearce back in 2004.   Back then we were studying distributed multimodal architectures.  More specifically, we were looking for ways to integrate a speech recognition modality into applications running on mobile handsets, where the speech recognition was resident in the network.  This is one of several approaches we came up with.

On a related topic, not so long ago Jim Ferrans and I published a book chapter in which we survey a wide variety of issues and findings  that resulted from our foray into mobile application architectures with network-based speech recognition modalities.  The book itself is rather pricey, but happily you can download a copy of our chapter for free from Motorola’s technical publications site.

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