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Randall W. Hill, Jr. Joins National Academies’ Board on Army Science and Technology

December 18, 2009

ICT Executive Director Randall W. Hill Jr., has been selected as a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST) of the National …

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ICT Researchers Earn Special Effects Credits in Groundbreaking Avatar Film

December 18, 2009

Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research, Abhijeet Ghosh, research assistant professor, and Wan-Chun (“Alex”) Ma, postdoctoral researcher, have been recognized with film credits …

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ICT Virtual Humans Debut at Museum of Science, Boston

December 10, 2009

On Tuesday, December 8, 2009, just in time for National Computer Science Education Week, the the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and the Museum of …

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Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute Features ICT

December 4, 2009

ICT Executive Director Randall W. Hill, Jr and Director of Technology Bill Swartout discuss the current state and future of simulation in this journal article, …

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ICT’s Jonathan Gratch Named Editor of New Journal on Computing and Emotion

November 6, 2009

Jon Gratch, ICT’s associate director for virtual humans research, has been named the inaugural editor of the new journal, The IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. The IEEE Transactions …

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Paul Debevec Covered by the New Zealand Press

November 4, 2009

On his recent trip to New Zealand’s AnimfxNZ conference, Paul was featured on the TV New Zealand as well as in an article in the …

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The New York Times Features ICT’s Coming Home Project

October 23, 2009

The New York Times featured Coming Home, an ICT project led by Jacquelyn Morie. Coming Home is a destination within the virtual world Second Life that …

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Jacquelyn Ford Morie Presents on New Uses for Emerging Technologies at Web 2.0 Summit

October 22, 2009

ICT’s Jacki Morie was selected to present her work on ICT’s Coming Home project, an effort that is building an online community for returning veterans to find …

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Paul Debevec’s TED Talk Posted at TED.com

October 22, 2009

Paul Debevec’s presentation from TEDx USC has been posted on the main TED conference site. Debevec’s presentation covered the Digital Emily project, a collaboration between the ICT Graphics Lab and facial …

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3-D Teleconferencing Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education

October 22, 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted work by Paul Debevec and colleagues at ICT in a story on increase uses of and advances in videoconferencing technology. Debevec …

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Skip Rizzo Named Associate Director for Medical Virtual Reality at ICT

October 20, 2009

In a newly created position, Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo will be responsible for advancing and overseeing the use of virtual reality and game technology in …

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Variety Covers ICT

October 9, 2009

ICT was featured in a Variety article about ways the military transitions Hollywood technologies for training. The story highlights ICT’s Mobile Counter-IED Interactive Trainer (MCIT) …

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LabTV Posts New Segments about ICT Work

September 21, 2009

Stories about the work of the ICT Graphics Lab are now up on the LabTV website. Click on the link below to be directed to new segments …

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ICT Researchers Win Best Paper Award

September 14, 2009

Research by Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella, Ning Wang and Brooke Stankovic received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE 2009 International Conference on Affective Computing …

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USC Coach Pete Carroll, Provost C. L. Max Nikias and Athletic Director Mike Garrett Visit ICT

August 31, 2009

Pete Carroll, coach of the USC football team, took a break from football practice to experience a different kind of training here at ICT. Coach …

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ICT Training Games in Training and Simulation Journal

August 25, 2009

The August issue of Training and Simulation Journal features two stories about ICT work. One covers the BiLAT negotiation trainer that recently won an Army Modeling and …

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3D Teleconferencing Makes Heads Spin at SIGGRAPH – Forbes and Technology Review Cover

August 6, 2009

ICT’s 3D Teleconferencing Display is being showcased at the SIGGRAPH-09 Emerging Technologies Exhibit. The system, also known as HeadSPIN, is profiled in the August issue of Forbes …

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Recent Coverage for ICT’s “Coming Home” Project

August 4, 2009

ICT’s project to create a space within Second Life to provide camaraderie, support and resources for returning troops to help them re-assimilate into civilian life was …

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ICT Games Featured in PC World Magazine Story

August 3, 2009

A PC World story about the Army’s increasing use of video games discussed ICT’s Virtual Iraq, UrbanSim and BiLAT applications. Noting that the characters in ICT games feel more human …

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ICT’s Virtual Worlds and Characters Featured in Armed with Science Interview with Jacquelyn Morie

August 3, 2009

ICT’s Jacquelyn Morie discussed how research on immersive games, virtual worlds and human intelligence is being used to provide support to military veterans on Armed …

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USC Researcher Honored for Virtual Reality Innovations

July 21, 2009

ICT research scientist Albert “Skip” Rizzo was selected as the first ever winner of the Intellectual Leadership Award established by the Los Angeles Chapter of …

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ICT’s Bill Swartout Wins Major AI Award

July 13, 2009

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence recognizes achievements and service of William Swartout, a USC expert who has redefined personal computing William Swartout, director …

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PTSD Virtual Exposure Therapy Featured in Military Training and Simulation Magazine

July 7, 2009

The latest issue of Military Training and Simulation magazine covers ICT’s Virtual Iraq application for treating PTSD in a story about therapeutic uses of simulation and virtual …

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ICT’s Paul Debevec Named Director-at-Large of ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee

July 1, 2009

Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research, has been elected a director-at-large of of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group in Computer …

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Paul Debevec Named One of CGI’s Most Important Pioneers by 3D World Magazine

June 22, 2009

3D World Magazine has named Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research, as one of the seven most important pioneers in the history of computer …

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Bill Swartout to Give Honorary Award Lecture at IAAI-09

June 22, 2009

Bill Swartout, director of technology at ICT, will give the Robert Engelmore Memorial Award Lecture at the 2009 Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence conference 10:30 …

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Game Innovation Conference to Feature ICT Training Aid

June 18, 2009

ICT’s Distribution Management Cognitive Trainer (DMCT)prototype will be presented in a special session at the First International IEEE Consumer Electronics Society’s Games Innovation Conference, Aug 25 …

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ICT Research Featured in Films Promoting Science and Math to Middle Schoolers

May 28, 2009

Many ICT projects are highlighted on the web in segments on LabTV, a project of the National Defense Education Fund. LabTV’s aim is to bring science, …

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Randall Hill Discusses ICT Innovations

May 26, 2009

The USC Chronicle’s “Capital Connections” section featured a recent trip to Washington, D.C. by ICT Executive Director Randall W. Hill, Jr.  Hill met with congressional …

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PBS Frontline Hosts Online Discussion of Military and Technology with ICT’s Skip Rizzo

May 26, 2009

As part of it’s continuing coverage of the ways technology shapes how we live today, the team from PBS Frontline’s Digital Nation today hosted a …

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Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Christens New Military Social Work Program

April 23, 2009

The USC School of Social Work and the USC Institute of Creative Technologies held a reception to celebrate the school’s new military social work and …

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ICT Featured in Wall Street Journal Story about Creating Realistic Digital Characters

April 23, 2009

An article describing advances in and efforts to create convincing computer-animated characters featured the face scanning work of Paul Debevec and the ICT Graphics Lab. The article noted …

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ICT’s Abhijeet Ghosh Named Research Assistant Professor

April 15, 2009

The department of computer science of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering appointed Abhijeet Ghosh a research assistant professor. Ghosh is a member of the …

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Executive Director Randall W. Hill, Jr. Interviewed on DoD’s BlogTalk Radio

April 14, 2009

Dr. Randall Hill, participated in a blogger’s roundtable where he spoke about the mission and accomplishments of ICT, with a particular focus on how ICT …

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USC to Award Honorary Degree to Early ICT Champion

April 9, 2009

Anita K. Jones a professor, computer scientist, and former federal director of defense research and engineering is being recognized for her insightful leadership that paved …

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ICT Research Highlighted at Inaugural TEDxUSC Conference

April 6, 2009

Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research, was one of the featured presenters at the first-ever TEDx event. The TED conference began 25 years …

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ICT’s Paul Debevec Honored with Elan Visionary Award

April 6, 2009

The ELAN awards honor achievement in the visual effects, animation and video game industry. Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research, is this year’s …

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ICT Scent Collar Wins Patent

March 31, 2009

Full sensory immersive worlds are the holy grail of games and simulations. The newly-patented Scent Collar is a personal scent release device for use by …

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Virtual Reality Therapy Featured on the Huffington Post

March 31, 2009

A post by blogger Sam Spear features ICT’s Skip Rizzo and the virtual reality treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The story notes, that in this project the …

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ICT’s Stacy Marsella Predicts a Future with Virtual Humans Indistinguishable from Real People

March 30, 2009

LiveScience highlighted research by Stacy Marsella, a research associate professor at ICT.  “I think eventually we’ll be able to convince people that they’re interacting with …

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ICT Director of Technology Honored by AI Community

March 23, 2009

Bill Swartout, ICT’s director of technology, has been selected as the seventh recipient of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Robert S. Engelmore …

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PBS Frontline Films at ICT

March 23, 2009

A crew from Ark Media recently visited ICT and filmed many of our researchers for an upcoming PBS Frontline documentary currently titled, “Digital Nation”. The …

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ICT Scientist Earns Appointment in USC’s Computer Science Department

March 12, 2009

ICT’s Louis-Philippe Morency has been appointed as a research assistant professor in the computer science department of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The goal …

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Army News Service Covers ICT

March 12, 2009

A story about ICT in the Army News Service discussed how ICT programs are being used to develop better, more immersive training experiences. ICT Executive …

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Science Springs to Life for Students

March 12, 2009

Researchers at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies show how they use science to create special effects, virtual humans and much more. Don’t ignore your …

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PBS’s SoCal Connected Covers Virtual Therapy and Patients at ICT

March 2, 2009

A crew from PBS-affiliate KCET came to ICT and interviewed Skip Rizzo about his virtual reality exposure therapy for treating PTSD. In the segment, he discusses the …

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Investor’s Business Daily Features ICT’s 3-D Videoconferencing Technology

February 19, 2009

A story about the promise and progress of 3-D videoconferencing featured the recently unveiled 3-D videoconferencing system developed by Paul Debevec and the ICT Graphics Lab.  “We’re trying …

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NPR Features ICT’s Paul Debevec and Light Stage Technology

February 17, 2009

NPR’s Laura Sydell interviewed Paul Debevec of the ICT Graphics Lab in a story about the technologies behind creating a convincing digital Brad Pitt for the movie …

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ICT’s PTSD Virtual Therapy Featured on NBC News Chicago

February 3, 2009

Chicago NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV featured the virtual reality technology used to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, developed by ICT. The technology is now being used in …

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