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Watch YouTube Video Showcasing ICT-Tools to Play World of Warcraft with Microsoft Kinect

December 29, 2010

A video featuring FAAST, a new toolkit that facilitates integration of full-body control with games and VR applications, has been widely viewed on YouTube. The video shows FAAST …

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LA Times, Slashdot, Intl Business Times Cover ICT’s World of Warcraft Video & Tool for Games/VR

December 29, 2010

FAAST, a new toolkit that facilitates integration of full-body control with games and VR applications, was covered in the Los Angeles Times technology blog, on the tech …

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ICT and USC School of Social Work To Demo Virtual Reality Educational Technologies at CES

December 22, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dotty Diemer, DDK Communications 562.212.6014, dotty@ddk-communications.com Cindy Monticue, USC School of Social Work 213.740.2021, monticue@usc.edu Orli Belman, USC Institute for Creative …

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ICT Virtual Museum Guides Featured in the Sacramento Bee

December 13, 2010

The Sacramento Bee featured Ada and Grace, two virtual humans ICT created in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Science. The characters were based on …

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Army Times Covers ICT Games on Army Games Portal

December 13, 2010

An article featured the Army’s release of ICT-developed games UrbanSim and ELECT BiLAT on the Army’s gaming portal, MilGaming. The story states that Soldiers can expect to …

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ICT’s Skip Rizzo Discusses Approaches to Dealing with Trauma Memories on National Public Radio

December 9, 2010

Skip Rizzo, ICT’s associate director for medical virtual reality, appeared on local NPR affiliate KPCC’s Pat Morrison Show to discuss different approaches to address how …

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AOL News Features Virtual Afghanistan Treatment for PTSD

December 6, 2010

Virtual Afghanistan, a virtual reality exposure therapy developed at ICT for the treatment of soldiers suffering from PTSD was featured in a story on AOL …

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ICT’s Skip Rizzo and Virtual Reality Therapy Featured on Defense Talk

December 6, 2010

An article by Army News covered a recent panel discussion about the latest treatments for PTSD at the 27th Army Science Conference which included Skip …

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ICT on Engadget

November 12, 2010

An article about ICT research was featured on Engadget today. The article focused on our history and move to Playa Vista and on the innovative work ICT …

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ICT Virtual Humans Research in New Scientist Magazine

November 10, 2010

An article about ICT research creating believable virtual human characters for the military to use in cultural and negotiation training applications appears in New Scientist magazine and …

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Paul Debevec on the Cover of UC Berkeley’s Forefront Magazine

November 9, 2010

Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research, was featured as the cover story of the Fall 2010 UC Berekely Forefront magazine.  Debevec earned his …

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Los Angeles Times Covers ICT Technologies and New Building

November 1, 2010

An article, blog post and photo gallery in the Los Angeles Times cover much of ICT’s newest video game and virtual human technologies. The article focused on ICT’s recent move …

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ICT Celebrates Move to New Building and 10 Years of Work

October 30, 2010

On Thursday October 28, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, the USC marching band and special guests from the military, state, city and entertainment industry joined …

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ICT’s Virtual Iraq and Virtual Patients Featured on NBC and CBS News in Portland

October 18, 2010

ICT virtual technologies being used to train mental health clinicians and treat patients suffering from mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress were highlighted in segments …

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ICT Contributions to the Future Immersive Training Enviromnent Featured on ABC News San Diego

October 7, 2010

ICT’s Julia Kim was interviewed in a story about the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Future Immersive Training Environment (FITE), a virtual reality-based training system to …

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Press Release for ICT’s Grand Opening and Ten Year Anniversary

October 1, 2010

Contact: Orli Belman USC Institute for Creative Technologies 310 301-5006, 310 709-4156 belman@ict.usc.edu Bringing the Holodeck to Life – USC Institute for Creative Technologies Marks …

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ICT Virtual Patient and Researchers to Speak at USC’s Body Computing Conference

September 23, 2010

ICT’s Virtual Patient, along with Medical Virtual Reality Associate Director Skip Rizzo and Computer Scientist Patrick Kenny, will be giving a glimpse into how virtual …

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ICT Develops Virtual Human Role Players for New Military Training Prototype

September 23, 2010

The U.S. Joint Forces Command posted an article about the Future Immersive Training Environment (FITE), a new virtual reality-based training system to improve team decision-making skills through …

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Barbara Boxer Visits USC in Support of Military Mental Health, Sees Virtual Patient Demo

September 17, 2010

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer visited the USC School of Social Work today to see a demonstration of the virtual patient project, a collaboration between the …

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Training and Simulation Journal Features Q&A with Randy Hill

September 15, 2010

Randy Hill, executive director of ICT, was interviewed by Michael Peck, U.S editor for Training and Simulation Journal. The Q and A with Randy was part of …

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Live Science Features ICT’s Virtual Reality Work in PTSD

August 19, 2010

Skip Rizzo, ICT’s associate director for medical virtual reality, was quoted in a Live Science article exploring whether virtual reality depictions based on real-life combat experiences could …

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American Psychological Association Honors Outstanding Work of ICT’s Skip Rizzo and Collaborators

August 12, 2010

Skip Rizzo, ICT’s associate director for medical virtual reality, received the 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions in Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division …

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Morteza Dehghani Joins the ICT Emotion Group – Read about his Work in Scientific American

August 9, 2010

We welcome Morteza Dehghani, who has has joined ICT as a research staff scientist working with Jon Gratch and Stacy Marsella in the Emotion Group. …

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Paul Debevec in AP Story about New 3-D Technologies

August 2, 2010

ICT’s Paul Debevec was quoted in an Associated Press article about innovations in 3-D technologies. Many of the latest advances in 3-D were on display …

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Skip Rizzo’s TEDxUSC Talk Now Online

July 21, 2010

ICT’s Skip Rizzo spoke at this year’s TEDx USC conference and was introduced by Dean Marilyn Flynn of the USC School of Social Work. Video …

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MCIT Marks One Year and Over 15,000 Trained

July 12, 2010

Portable interactive system helps troops address improvised explosive devices – the most lethal element of combat today. Successful collaboration credited for rapid development and deployment …

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Counter-IED Training in the News

July 2, 2010

Two recent stories featured the Mobile Counter-IED Interactive Trainer, or MCIT. An article in Defense News describes the underlying philosophy of thinking like an insurgent that MCIT was …

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We’ve Moved!

June 24, 2010

We’ve said good-bye to our Marina del Rey offices and getting ready to relocate to our new home in nearby Playa Vista. See pictures of …

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ICT’s Mark Bolas in The Christian Science Monitor

June 21, 2010

After last week’s E3 conference, The Christian Science Monitor wrote an article about gesture control and gesture research. They spoke to ICT’s Mark Bolas to learn about emerging technologies …

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ICT Science and Technology in Miller-McCune

June 16, 2010

Miller-McCune magazine featured a comprehensive story about ICT research and applications. The story describes ICT’s personnel as, “teams of computer scientists, graphics visionaries, artificial-intelligence wizards, …

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Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Visits USC

June 15, 2010

Admiral Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the principal military advisor to the president, the secretary of defense, the National Security …

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Paul Debevec and ICT’s Light Stage Technology in the Economist

June 14, 2010

An article in the Economist Magazine highlighted the facial rendering system developed by Paul Debevec and colleagues. The process, used to create digital faces in such films …

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ICT’s Jacki Morie Named Director-at-Large of ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee

June 9, 2010

The results are in! ICT’s Jacki Morie has once again been elected to the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee as Director-at-Large.  Morie hopes to continue steering …

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ICT Researchers Earn Best Paper Award

May 17, 2010

Lixing Huang, Louis-Phillippe Morency and Jon Gratch received the Best Virtual Agents Paper Award at the AAMAS Conference for their paper, Parasocial Consensus Sampling: Combining …

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Fast Company Features ICT Virtual Patients

May 17, 2010

An article on the Fast Company website showcased Lt. Rocco, an ICT-developed virtual patient, who is among the virtual human characters being developed to help …

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Sydney Morning Herald Covers ICT Virtual Reality Therapy and Games

May 13, 2010

An article in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald featured ICT virtual therapies and games developed by Skip Rizzo that are used to treat PTSD in soldiers …

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Trojan Family Magazine Covers ICT

May 13, 2010

Three stories in the summer 2010 issue of Trojan Family Magazine cover aspects of ICT’s work. One article covers the ICT’s Virtual Patient and Virtual …

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Stacy Marsella and Jon Gratch Receive Research Award, Give Invited Talk at AAMAS

May 12, 2010

Jon Gratch and Stacy Marsella were recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (ACM/SIGART) with the 2010 Autonomous Agents …

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Students Look Back on their Day at ICT

May 6, 2010

On a Saturday in March, a group of Los Angeles area youth visited ICT to learn about the careers that can come from a solid …

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Recent UrbanSim Coverage from Around the Web

May 6, 2010

Several gaming sites have taken notice of ICT’s UrbanSim game for practicing stability and counterinsurgency operations. Here are some links to their stories. Kokatu.com’s story …

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Army Hopeful About Virtual Reality for Treating Post Traumatic Stress

May 6, 2010

An article by the Army News Service covered an Army study of ICT’s virtual reality system for treating post traumatic stress. The story stated that, …

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Paul Debevec Wins Viterbi Award

April 29, 2010

In their annual award ceremony, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering honored Paul Debevec, ICT associate director for graphics research and a research associate professor …

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TEDxUSC Showcases ICT Innovations

April 22, 2010

Skip Rizzo, ICT’s associate director for medical virtual reality was one of the featured presenters at the 2010 TEDxUSC event.  Rizzo demonstrated his virtual reality …

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San Diego Union Tribune Covers ICT Technologies Helping Make Decisions Under Stress

April 20, 2010

A story about the the Marine Corps Infantry Immersive Trainer at Camp Pendleton noted that the mixed-reality training facility was built on years of research by the …

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Army.mil Covers ICT “Technologies of the Future”

April 19, 2010

Two recent stories on the Army.mil website overview ICT tools and technologies used by the Army, from virtual humans to serious games to virtual reality. …

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Army Studies Virtual Iraq – ICT’s Virtual Reality System for Treating PTSD

April 19, 2010

An article on NextGov.com, a website that covers goverment uses of technology, featured the Army’s use and study of Virtual Iraq, ICT’s virtual reality based therapy …

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ICT’s Jonathan Gratch and Stacy Marsella Honored for Virtual Human Breakthroughs

April 16, 2010

Research recognizing and replicating emotion’s role in thought and behavior, earns duo top international award in their field. From computer-generated counselors who help mothers of …

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Mashable.com Features ICT’s 3D Teleconferencing System

April 15, 2010

A video demonstration and an explanation of the technology behind ICT’s 3D teleconferencing display at the TEDxUSC reception is up on mashable.com. Read their full …

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Paul Debevec Honored At Viterbi/ICT Event

March 24, 2010

Colleagues hailed Paul Debevec’s Academy Award Tuesday evening at a reception hosted by ICT and the Viterbi School. Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research …

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Canadian Newspapers Feature Andrew Gordon’s Blog Mining Research

March 22, 2010

A story published in several Canadian daily newspapers explains the blog mining research being done by ICT research associate professor Andrew Gordon. The story reports …

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ICT Researchers Nominated for Best Paper Awards

March 19, 2010

Papers by Jina Lee and Lixing Huang and ICT colleagues have been nominated for best virtual agent paper at the Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems …

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The Eye’s Have It! Wired Interviews Paul Debevec About Realistic Virtual Actors

March 17, 2010

Wired’s Hugh Hart interviewed Paul Debevec about the future of virtual actors and the technology developments that are allowing them to be believable. “Benjamin Button …

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The Economist Features Work of ICT’s Andrew Gordon

March 11, 2010

In a story appearing in print and online, the Economist magazine describes Andrew Gordon’s research identifying and analyzing personal stories told in blog entries. The …

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Viterbi’s Shri Narayanan Wins Best Paper Award for ICT Supported Emotion Work

March 10, 2010

A 2005 paper co-authored by Shri Narayanan and his former student Chul Min Lee has won a 2009 Best Paper prize from the IEEE Signal …

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Science Day at ICT

March 9, 2010

A group of Los Angeles area youth visited ICT on Saturday to see first hand what technologies and career paths can come from a solid …

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UrbanSim featured on DoD’s Armed with Science

March 3, 2010

ICT’s Andrew Gordon was interviewed on the DoD podcast Armed with Science about UrbanSim, ICT’s computer-based game to support the training of military commanders and their staffs …

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ICT Virtual Humans Ada and Grace Talk Science at AAAS in San Diego

February 26, 2010

NSF showcases science education collaboration with Museum of Science, Boston Ada and Grace, two bright and bubbly young women literally stopped visitors in their tracks …

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Forbes Asks if CG Can Bring Actors Back From the Dead – Features ICT’s Paul Debevec and Light Stage

February 25, 2010

The March 15 issue of Forbes Magazine looks at the impact of digital filmmaking on acting, asking whether technology will be able to bring actors …

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Academy Award® Shines Light on Innovations of ICT Researcher

February 22, 2010

Paul Debevec and colleagues recognized with Academy Award® for development of the Light Stage technologies. System has been used in films including Avatar, Benjamin Button …

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PBS Frontline’s Digital Nation Features Interviews and Video from ICT

February 17, 2010

Digital Nation, a new internet and documentary project from PBS FRONTLINE is featuring many ICT researchers and technologies on its website. The project aims to …

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The Economist Features Work of ICT’s Louis-Philippe Morency

February 9, 2010

The Economist featured research by ICT research assistant professor Louis-Philippe Morency that found a way for a computer to understand a human gesture: the nod. …

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From Academe to the Academy Awards – Read All About it in the Chronicle of Higher Education

February 8, 2010

Reporter Marc Parry interviews Paul Debevec about his Academy Award-winning Light Stage technology. Read the interview here.

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ICT’s Light Stage and the Making of Avatar on CNN

February 4, 2010

CNN’s Larry King Live devoted a show to the film Avatar. The program featured footage of some of the film’s actors being scanned in the …

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ICT’s Kim LeMasters Explains UrbanSim on NPR

January 31, 2010

In a story called Sim City Baghdad National Public Radio’s program, On the Media, spoke to Creative Director Kim LeMasters about UrbanSim, a computer game developed at ICT …

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The CBS Evening News Features ICT’s Light Stage Technology Used in Avatar

January 27, 2010

CBS News reporter Ben Tracy visited the ICT Graphics Lab and was scanned in Light Stage 5 as part of a story about the technological …

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New York Times Features MCIT and Virtual Iraq

January 25, 2010

An article about the Pentagon’s high-tech efforts to counter the threat of low-tech IEDs highlighted the Mobile Counter IED Trainer (MCIT), which uses well-crafted stories to …

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Academy Award® Honors Developers of USC ICT’s Light Stage Technologies

January 7, 2010

Used in films including Avatar , Benjamin Button and Spider-Man™ 2, award recognizes Institute for Creative Technologies’ visual effects systems that create believable digital actors …

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The Atlantic Magazine Features UrbanSim, ICT’s Counterinsurgency Computer Training Game

January 6, 2010

UrbanSim, ICT’s turn-taking strategy game created in collaboration with the U.S. Army’s Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC), is the subject of a feature story …

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ICT Virtual Human Toolkit Provides a Free and Common Platform to Create Characters

January 4, 2010

The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies has created the ICT Virtual Human Toolkit with the goal of reducing some the complexity inherent in creating …

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