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System and method for leveraging human physiological traits to control microprocessor frequency

United States Patent

8,683,242
March 25, 2014
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A system and method for leveraging physiological traits to control microprocessor frequency are disclosed. In some embodiments, the system and method may optimize, for example, a particular processor-based architecture based on, for example, end user satisfaction. In some embodiments, the system and method may determine, for example, whether their users are satisfied to provide higher efficiency, improved reliability, reduced power consumption, increased security, and a better user experience. The system and method may use, for example, biometric input devices to provide information about a user's physiological traits to a computer system. Biometric input devices may include, for example, one or more of the following: an eye tracker, a galvanic skin response sensor, and/or a force sensor.
Shye; Alex (Evanston, IL), Pan; Yan (Evanston, IL), Scholbrock; Benjamin (Evanston, IL), Miller; J. Scott (Chicago, IL), Memik; Gokhan (Evanston, IL), Dinda; Peter A. (Evanston, IL), Dick; Robert P. (Chelsea, MI)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
12/ 796,887
20100313048
June 9, 2010
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under grant nos. CNS-0720691, CNS-0721978, CNS-0715612, CNS-0551639, CNS-0347941, CCF-0541337, CCF-0444405, CCF-0747201, IIS-0536994, IIS-0613568, ANI-0093221, ANI-0301108, and EIA-0224449 awarded by the National Science Foundation. The government has certain rights in the invention. This invention was made with government support under grant nos. DE-FG02-05ER25691 and DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.