US Army technological advances

Forbes wrote about ICT in an article titled, “A Few Good Toys, The U.S. Army has some imaginative ways to annihilate the Saddams of the future.”

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Randall Hill, Young-jun Kim, Jonathan Gratch: “Anticipating where to look: predicting the movements of mobile agents in complex terrain”

This paper describes a method for making short-term predictions about the movement of mobile agents in complex terrain. Virtual humans need this ability in order to shift their visual attention between dynamic objects-predicting where an object will be located a few seconds in the future facilitates the visual reacquisition of the target object. Our method takes into account environmental cues in making predictions and it also indicates how long the prediction is valid, which varies depending on the context. We implemented this prediction technique in a virtual pilot that flies a helicopter in a synthetic environment.

Stacy Marsella, Jonathan Gratch: “A step toward irrationality: using emotion to change belief”

Emotions have a powerful impact on behavior and beliefs. The goal of our research is to create general computational models of this interplay of emotion, cognition and behavior to inform the design of virtual humans. Here, we address an aspect of emotional behavior that has been studied extensively in the psychological literature but largely ignored by computational approaches, emotion-focused coping. Rather than motivating external action, emotion-focused coping strategies alter beliefs in response to strong emotions. For example an individual may alter beliefs about the importance of a goal that is being threatened, thereby reducing their distress. We present a preliminary model of emotion-focused coping and discuss how coping processes, in general, can be coupled to emotions and behavior. The approach is illustrated within a virtual reality training environment where the models are used to create virtual human characters in high-stress social situations.

ICT part of an invited panel “Gaming and role play in VR and Augmented Reality” at SCI2002

Jay Douglas, Diane Piepol, Jarrell Pair and Jacki Morie are part of an invited panel “Gaming and role play in VR and Augmented Reality” at SCI2002 (Sixth World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics). July 14-18, 2002 in Orlando, Florida.

Andrew S. Gordon is giving a talk at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

Andrew S. Gordon is giving a talk at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Aug 7-10, 2002 at George Mason University, entitled: “The Theory of Mind in Strategy Representations”.

Siggraph 2002 Presentations

SIGGRAPH 2002 Presentations July 21-26, 2002, San Antonio, Texas

Paul Debevec is giving a course, “Image-Based Lighting.”

Paul Debevec speaking in a course, “Recreating the Past.”

Paul Debevec is delivering a paper, “A Lighting Reproduction Approach to Live-Action Compositing.”

Lucas Kovar, Michael Gleicher, and FredericPighin published a paper, “Motion Graphs.”

Jacquelyn Ford Morie has been elected to the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Council

Jacquelyn Ford Morie has been elected to the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Council. She will serve a two year term as a Director-at-Large.

Buzz Aldrin and the Aerospace Commission visits the ICT

The buzz is Buzz: Buzz Aldrin and the Aerospace Commission visits the ICT.

Stacy Marsella, Jonathan Gratch: “Modeling the influence of emotion on belief for virtual training simulations”

Recognizing and managing emotion in oneself and in those under ones command is an important component of leadership training. Most computational models of emotion have focused on the problem of identifying emotional features of the physical environment and mapping that into motivations to act in the world. But emotions also influence how we perceive the world and how we communicate that perception to others. This paper outlines an initial computational foray into this more vexing problem.

Jacki Morie and William Swartout in the “1000 most creative individuals in the USA” list

Richard Saul Wurman’s 1000 : Who’s Really Who, Richard Saul Wurman’s 1000 Most Creative Individuals in the USA lists Jacki Morie and William Swartout from ICT.

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Paul Debevec receives an Innovator award from MIT’s Technology Review

Paul Debevec receives an Innovator award from MIT’s Technology Review (2002).