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Training and Simulation Journal Covers ICT Innovations for Clinical Care

December 23, 2011

ICT’s MedVR Lab was featured in an article in the latest issue of Training and Simulation Journal that discussed recent innovations in simulation and virtual reality that …

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Wired’s Danger Room Covers Multi-Center PTSD Study including ICT’s VR Exposure Therapy

December 19, 2011

A story on Wired’s Danger Room blog covers the multi-center DoD-funded trial that ICT is involved in. The story notes that part of the study will evaluate …

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New York Daily News Covers DoD-Funded Study of ICT’s Virtual Reality Therapy

December 13, 2011

A story in the New York Daily News featured the $11 million multi-center trial and collaboration between the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell …

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Local Vets Needed for $11 Million DoD-Funded Study of ICT-Developed Virtual Reality Therapy for PTSD

December 12, 2011

$11 Million DOD Grant Funds Study of Virtual Reality and Other Therapies for PTSD Multi-Center Clinical Trial to Recruit Military and Civilian Personnel With PTSD …

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3D Display from the ICT Graphics Lab Featured in Science News

December 5, 2011

An article in Science News highlighted the 3D display and 3D teleconferencing systems developed by ICT’s Paul Debevec and colleagues.  “At the University of Southern California in …

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Immersive Journalism Collaboration with ICT’s MxR Lab Heading to Sundance Film Festival

November 23, 2011

Hunger in Los Angeles, a virtual reality project with real-world impact is scheduled to appear at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, January 19-29, in Park …

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CNN Features ICT’s SimCoach Project

November 21, 2011

CNN highlighted SimCoach, a web-based interactive simulation technology project co-led by Skip Rizzo and others at ICT.  SimCoach is designed to help veterans and their families find …

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Former U.N.Commander Romeo Dallaire Visits USC and ICT

November 7, 2011

On Friday, November 4, Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian Senator and retired Lieutenant-General, toured the USC Institute for Creative Technologies as part of a visit to …

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ICT Virtual Humans Change the Face of Training

November 4, 2011

At a Naval training facility in Newport, R.I., gunner’s mate Jacob Cabrillo, a new junior sailor, sits hunched in his chair, fully outfitted in his …

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ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Installs ICT Technology in a New Home for Veteran with PTSD

November 3, 2011

On Friday, November 4, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature the family of a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury. Jewel Mine, a …

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USC Daily Trojan Features ICT’s Virtual Patient Collaboration with the USC School of Social Work

November 3, 2011

The USC Daily Trojan covered ICT’s virtual patient and how it will be used to train future clinicians through a collaboration with the USC School of Social Work Center for …

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Mark Bolas and ICT’s MxR Lab In Fast Company

November 3, 2011

A Fast Company article about the power of narrative to influence behavior change, covered the recent USC Body Computing Conference and quoted Mark Bolas, associate director of mixed reality at ICT, …

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Skip Rizzo Honored with The Help Group’s Annual Professional Achievement Award

October 24, 2011

Skip Rizzo, ICT’s associate director for medical virtual reality, received The Help Group’s Professional Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of virtual reality …

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ICT in Army Magazine

October 20, 2011

The November issue of Army Magazine features two stories about ICT research and prototypes. The first story showcases ICT’s immersive technologies, with a focus on ICT’s …

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ICT MedVR Collaboration Wins Best Poster Award

October 13, 2011

A collaborative virtual reality motor rehabilitation project between ICT and the UCLA Wireless Health Institute that integrates Belinda Lange’s Jewel Mine game with a SMARTglove for upper …

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A Foreign Policy Magazine Writer Tries out ICT’s UrbanSim Application

September 29, 2011

Foreign Policy‘s Michael Peck frequently writes about the U.S. military and video games and jumped at the chance to try out the ICT-developed UrbanSim game. After testing …

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ICT and Viterbi Researchers Win Best Paper Award at IVA 2011

September 20, 2011

A paper written by Jason Tsai, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering received the Best …

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USC Trojan Family Magazine Features ICT

September 20, 2011

An article in the Autumn 2011 issue of USC Trojan Family Magazine features ICT research and prototypes. Under the headline, Brave New World, the story highlights the futuristic …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Receives $135 Million Contract Extension From U.S. Army

September 1, 2011

Award allows for continued university-based research and development of interactive media for military training, health therapies and more. Sept.1, 2011 – The Department of Defense …

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Paul Rosenbloom Wins Best Idea Award at 2011 Conference on Artificial General Intelligence

August 11, 2011

Paul Rosenbloom, professor of computer science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and project leader at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), received …

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Soldiers Magazine Features ICT

August 9, 2011

Soldiers Magazine featured ICT’s efforts combining storytelling and technology to improve Army training. The result has been multiple breakthroughs in virtual reality and emotionally engaging training …

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ICT Research Earns Best Paper Award at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference

July 13, 2011

A paper, Emotions and Telerehabilitation: Pilot Clinical Trials for Virtual Telerehabilitation Application Using Haptic Device and its Impact on Post Stroke Patients’ Mood and Motivation, by former …

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NPR Kinect Story Features Mark Bolas and Belinda Lange’s Jewel Mine Game

July 12, 2011

A story on NPR’s All Things Considered covered the many ways researchers and others are modifying the Microsoft Kinect. For the story reporter Alex Schmidt spoke to Mark Bolas, …

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Kotaku calls Mother Nature, A Kinect Game Co-Developed at ICT, Possibly the Best of Them All

July 6, 2011

The video game blog Kotaku recently featured Diane Tucker’s Kincect-based game, Mother Nature, under the headline, The Best Kinect Game You Never Heard of (And Maybe the Best of …

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ICT Researchers Win Best Paper Award at IEEE Procams 2011

June 27, 2011

Congratulations to Joel Jurik and co-authors Andrew Jones, Mark Bolas and Paul Debevec on receiving the best paper award for their paper, “Prototyping a Light …

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ICT’s Sin-hwa Kang Receives New Investigator Award at CyberTherapy & CyberPsychology Conference

June 27, 2011

ICT research associate Sin-hwa Kang was given the New Investigator Award at the 16th Annual CyberTherapy & CyberPsychology Conference in Gatineau, Canada. The prize honors a researcher …

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CBS Evening News Features Interview with Soldier Treated with ICT’s VR Therapy

June 21, 2011

A segment on the national CBS Evening News told the personal story of 27-year-old former Army Staff Sergeant Jeff Matthews, who is one of 90 soldiers taking …

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Canada’s CBC News Features ICT’s Virtual Reality Treatment for PTSD

June 16, 2011

An in-depth story on returning troops suffering from post-traumatic stress featured Skip Rizzo and the virtual reality exposure therapy he developed at ICT. The segment …

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Italian Newspaper Features ICT’s Paul Debevec

June 14, 2011

The Italian publication L’Espresso quoted Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director for graphics research, and discussed advances in creating digital characters for movies in a story …

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Signal Magazine Covers ICT

June 7, 2011

A training and education story in Signal Magazine, featured ICT’s advances in virtual humans research and the ways these characters are being used for military training, movie …

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Huffington Post Names ICT’s Gmail Motion Response Among Best Kinect Hacks

May 31, 2011

An online slideshow in the Huffington Post features what they consider the top nine Kinect Hacks to date. Coming in at number two is ICT’s April Fools …

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Boston Globe Covers ICT’s Virtual Human Museum Guides

May 25, 2011

An article in the Boston Globe features ICT’s Ada and Grace, virtual human museum guides in the Boston Museum of Science that were based upon real-life model …

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USC Viterbi Magazine Features Story on ICT

May 24, 2011

The Spring 2011 issue of Viterbi Magazine covers ICT’s move to Playa Vista and the ribbon cutting ceremony held here in October. Read the magazine here.

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ICT Researchers Win Best Poster Award at Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference

May 23, 2011

Work by ICT researchers Grace Chen, Emma Tosch, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, and David Traum received the Best Paper Award at the 24th Florida Artificial …

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Wall Street Journal Features ICT’s Virtual Reality Therapy for PTSD

April 6, 2011

The Wall Street Journal highlighted technology developed by Skip Rizzo, ICT director of medical virtual reality, which uses virtual reality simulations to help treat Iraq veterans suffering …

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New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN and More Feature ICT MxR Lab’s Gmail Motion Video

April 4, 2011

Continuing coverage of the April 1 video out of Mark Bolas’ MxR Lab here at ICT that turns Google’s Gmail Motion spoof into a working prototype… The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, Mashable.com and LA Weekly covered …

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Watch ICT MxR Researchers Make Gmail Motion Work, Read Press Coverage

April 3, 2011

Evan Suma and the folks in Mark Bolas’ MxR Lab put together this demo illustrating how to make Gmail Motion, Google’s April Fools Day prank, really work. Their video on …

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Paul Debevec and Andrew Gordon Recieve Promotions at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

March 31, 2011

Paul Debevec, associate director for graphics research at ICT, has been named a full research professor in the Computer Science department at the USC Viterbi …

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Los Angeles Times Features ICT Virtual Patients Deployed to USC School of Social Work for Training

March 28, 2011

A story in the Los Angeles Times explains how ICT-developed virtual patients are being used to train clinicians at the USC School of Social Work, which began the nation’s first …

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ICT Second Life Project Wins Award at 2011 Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge

March 24, 2011

Congrats to ICT’s VIGOR team on their 2nd place win in the Patterns of Life category of the Federal Virtual World Challenge. ICT’s Jacki Morie, …

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ICT Researchers Win Best Tech-Note Award at IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interface

March 24, 2011

A paper from Evan Suma, David Krum and Mark Bolas of ICT’s MxR lab received the Best Tech-Note Award at the IEEE Symposium on 3D User …

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ICT’s Morteza Dehghani and David DeVault Named USC Viterbi Research Assistant Professors

March 16, 2011

The Computer Science Department of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering appointed Morteza Dehghani and David DeVault to research assistant professor positions. Dehghani works as …

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Variety Features Use of High Dynamic Range Imagery in Films Up for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars

February 9, 2011

An article on the films nominated for best visual effects at this year’s Academy Awards focused on the visual effects supervisors’ use of high dynamic …

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ICT is Accepting Applications for our 2011 Summer Intern Program

February 3, 2011

ICT offers select interdisciplinary paid internships for creative and technical students wishing to pursue careers in simulation, interactive media and virtual reality fields. ICT’s mission …

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ICT Researchers Earn Best Paper Award

February 3, 2011

ICT’s Patrick Kenny and Thomas Parsons received a best paper award at the I/ITSEC 2010 Conference in Orlando, Florida. Their paper, Emerging Concepts and Innovative Technologies: …

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Skip Rizzo Talks about VR Treatment for PTSD on Federal News Radio

February 3, 2011

Federal News Radio featured ICT’s virtual reality simulations to help treat Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “By confronting the traumatic memories …

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ICT’s Skip Rizzo Discusses VR Therapies on the DoD’s Blogger’s Roundtable

January 26, 2011

The January 25, 2011 DoD Blogger’s Roundtable featured Skip Rizzo, ICT’s director of medical virtual reality, talking about how virtual reality applications are being designed and implemented …

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Using Kinect and OpenNI to Embody Avatars in Second Life

January 20, 2011

Continuing on their previous work using gestures to play World of Warcraft, ICT researchers have developed a new software, using the OpenNI toolkit as a foundation, which utilizes …

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Voice of America Covers ICT

January 17, 2011

Voice of America reporter Mike O’Sullivan spent some time with our mixed reality and medical VR folks and put together a widely-distributed story and video on …

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World of Warcraft Kinect YouTube Video Gets Over One Million Views and Much Press Coverage

January 3, 2011

So much for talking the holiday week off. ICT’s Evan Suma has been busy fielding calls and emails about his new FAAST toolkit which facilitates integration of …

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