2012 Events

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December 9, 2012 | Oxford, UK
Abram Demski: “Logical Prior Probability”
Speaker: Abram Demski
Host: The Fifth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence

Abstract: A Bayesian prior over first-order theories is defined. It is shown that the prior can be approximated, and the relationship to previously studied priors …

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December 8, 2012 | Oxford, UK
Paul: Rosenbloom: “Extending Mental Imagery in Sigma”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: The Fifth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence

Abstract: This article presents new results on implementing mental imagery within the Sigma cognitive architecture. Rather than amounting to a distinct module, mental imagery is …

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December 8, 2012 | Oxford, UK
Paul Rosenbloom: “Deconstructing Reinforcement Learning in Sigma “
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: The Fifth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence

Abstract: This article describes the development of reinforcement learning within the Sigma graphical cognitive architecture. Reinforcement learning has been deconstructed in terms of the interactions …

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December 7, 2012 | Santa Monica, CA
Randall Hill, Jr. at the USC Symposium on Digital Media Research, Education and Innovation
Speaker: Randall Hill, Jr.
Host: USC Symposium on Digital Media Research, Education and Innovation

ICT Executive Director Randall Hill, Jr. is participating in the USC Symposium on Digital Media Research, Education and Innovation being held at Shutters on the …

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December 6, 2012 | Hemet, CA
H. Chad Lane: “Using Virtual Humans to Educate and Inspire”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane
Host: Western Center Academy Charter School

Overview: I will begin by presenting several surprising findings from studies on the psychology of learning. Sometimes our self-perceptions and beliefs can interfere with our …

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December 5, 2012 | Orlando, FL
Matthew Jensen Hays, Julia Campbell and Matthew Trimmer: “Can role-play with virtual humans teach interpersonal skills?”
Speaker: Matthew Jensen Hays, Julia Campbell and Matthew Trimmer
Host: IITSEC

Abstract: Interpersonal and counseling skills are essential to Officers’ ability to lead (Headquarters, Department of the Army, 2006, 2008, 2011). We developed a cognitive framework …

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December 5, 2012 | Orlando, FL
Matthew Jensen Hays, Julia Campbell and Todd Richmond: “Beyond Doctrine: Mobile Training for Dismounted Threat Assessment”
Speaker: Matthew Jensen Hays, Julia Campbell and Todd Richmond
Host: IITSEC

Abstract: During patrols, Soldiers are often dismounted (on foot, outside the protection of a vehicle). Dismounting provides several tactical and strategic benefits. However, the training …

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December 3, 2012 | Orlando, FL
Paper and Tutorial Presentation on Medical Virtual Reality Topics
Speaker: Brett Talbot
Host: I/ITSEC 2012

Brett Talbot presents paper on Designing useful Virtual Standardized Patient Encounters and Tutorial on  Biological fidelity In Medical Simulations.

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December 2, 2012 | Miami, FL
Poster Presentation: A Reranking Approach for Recognition and Classification of Speech Input in Conversational Dialogue Systems
Speaker: David Traum
Host: The Fourth IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology

Abstract: We address the challenge of interpreting spoken input in a conversational dialogue system with an approach that aims to exploit the close relationship between …

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November 30, 2012 | Singapore
Paul Debevec: “The Light Stages and Their Application to Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: SIGGRAPH Asia 2012

Abstract: The Light Stage systems built at UC Berkeley and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies have enabled a variety of facial scanning, reflectance measurement, …

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November 30, 2012 | Singapore
Abhijeet Ghosh: “Polarised Light in Computer Graphics”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh
Host: SIGGRAPH Asia 2012

Abstract: In Computer Graphics, the polarisation properties of light currently play a role in several contexts: in certain forms of highly realistic ray-based image synthesis …

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November 30, 2012 | Singapore
Abhijeet Ghosh: “Measurement and Modeling of Detailed Facial Reflectance”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh
Host: SIGGRAPH Asia 2012

Abstract: We present a set of new techniques for practical acquisition and modeling of detailed facial reflectance including separation of individual reflectance components and fitting …

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November 28, 2012 | Washington DC
Conference Participation: National Academies Board on Army Science and Technology
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr.
Host: National Academies Board on Army Science and Technology

ICT Executive Director Randall W. Hill, Jr. is a current member of the  Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST). BAST serves as a convening …

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November 28, 2012 | Ermenonville, France
Paper Presentation: FLoReS: A Forward Looking, Reward Seeking, Dialogue Manager
Speaker: David Traum
Host: International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems

This talk presents FLoRes, a new information-state based dialogue manager.

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November 18, 2012 | Minneapolis, MN
Morteza Dehghani: “Interpersonal Effects of Emotions in Morally-charged Negotiations”
Speaker: Morteza Dehghani
Host: Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference

Abstract: Witnessing and displaying emotional expressions play a significant role in the facilitation and coordination of our social interactions. We investigate the impact of facial …

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November 16, 2012 | Miami, FL
Invited Talk: Raising Awareness of PTSD at NASCAR Event
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr. and Skip Rizzo
Host: Homestead Miami Speedway

Randall W. Hill, Jr. and Skip Rizzo  give brief talk at Homestead Miami Speedway event.

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November 14, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA
Keynote Talk: “Creating Photoreal Digital Actors: Capturing Light and Reflectance”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Color and Imaging Conference

Paul Debevec will be presenting a Keynote at the conference. Abstract: Photoreal digital actors have become a practical reality in the last decade and are …

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November 14, 2012 | Minneapolis, MN
Poster Presentation: Computerized Hints can Optimize Recall
Speaker: Matthew Hayes
Host: 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society

Poster examines whether a computer can ensure that successful retrieval is always the most difficult retrieval, and therefore maximize the benefit of tests.

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November 14, 2012 | San Francisco, CA
Invited Participation: NAKFI Conference – The Informed Brain in a Digital World
Speaker: Jacquelyn Ford Morie
Host: National Academies Keck Futures Initiative

Jacki Ford Morie has been invited to attend the 10th Annual   National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Conference, The Informed Brain in a Digital …

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November 13, 2012 | Rennes, France
Andrew W. Feng, Yuyu Xu and Ari Shapiro: “Automating the Transfer of a Generic Set of Behaviors Onto a Virtual Character”
Speaker: Andrew W. Feng, Yuyu Xu and Ari Shapiro
Host: 5th International Conference on Motion in Games

Abstract: Humanoid 3D models can be easily acquired through various sources, including online. intervention in order to associate such models that is compatible with the …

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November 12, 2012 | Rennes, France
Andrew W. Feng and Ari Shapiro: “An Analysis of Motion Blending Techniques”
Speaker: Andrew W. Feng and Ari Shapiro
Host: 5th International Conference on Motion in Games

Abstract: Motion blending is a widely used technique for character animation. The main idea is to blend similar motion examples according to blending weights, in …

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November 11, 2012 | Tsukuba, Japan
Stefan Scherer Organizes Workshop and Presents at ICPR12
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: ICPR 2012

Stefan Scherer serves as a co-organizer of the first international Workshop on Multimodal Pattern Recognition of Social Signals in Human Computer Interaction, co-located at the …

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November 9, 2012 | Santa Cruz, CA
Invited Talk: Collective Narrative and the Commonsense Knowledge Perplex
Speaker: Andrew Gordon
Host: UC Santa Cruz

Andrew Gordon gives an invited talk as part of UC Santa Cruz’s “Inventing the Future of Games” series, part of the Games and Playable Media …

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November 9, 2012 | ICT
Game Theory and Human Behavior Fall Symposium
Speaker: Several
Host: USC Game Theory and Human Behavior Group

Game Theory and Human Behavior addresses problems of global interest such as energy, healthcare, financial markets and security necessarily involve understanding and influencing the behavior …

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November 1, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA
Skip Rizzo Presents at International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 2012
Speaker: Skip Rizzo
Host: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Skip Rizzo presented Virtual Reality Goes to War:Recent Advances in Military Behavioral Healthcare, including information about ICT’s STRIVE, virtual patient, SimCoach and Bravemind projects at …

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October 31, 2012 | USC ICT
Technology & Innovation for the Prevention & Treatment of PTSD Conference
Host: USC ICT

War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological demands of a combat …

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October 30, 2012 | USC ICT
Lunchtime Book Talk by Science Journalist and Author Matt Kaplan
Speaker: Matt Kaplan
Host: Randall W. Hill, Jr.

Tuesday, October 30 from 12:30-1:30 PM Introduction by Randy Hill Get into the Halloween spirit with a lunchtime book talk with science journalist and author …

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October 29, 2012 | Nara, Japan
Sunghyun Park: “Crowdsourcing Micro-Level Multimedia Annotations: The Challenges of Evaluation and Interface”
Speaker: Sunghyun Park
Host: International ACM Workshop on Crowdsourcing for Multimedia

Abstract: This paper presents a new evaluation procedure and tool for crowdsourcing micro-level multimedia annotations and shows that such annotations can achieve a quality comparable …

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October 29, 2012 | Maui, Hawaii
Andrew Gordon and Christopher Weinberg: “PhotoFall: Discovering Weblog Stories Through Photographs”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon and Christopher Weinberg
Host: The 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2012)

Abstract: An effective means of retrieving relevant photographs from the web is to search for terms that would likely appear in the surrounding text in …

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October 29, 2012 | San Diego, CA
Bill Swartout Gives Keynote Talk at Autumn Simulation Conference 2012
Speaker: Bill Swartout
Host: AutumnSim 12

Bill Swartout gives a keynote talk entitled “Building and Using Virtual Humans” at this Society for Modeling and Simulation International conference.

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October 26, 2012 | Bogota, Columbia
Paul Debevec: “A Single-Shot Light Probe”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Bogota ACM SIGGRAPH

Abstract: We demonstrate a novel light probe which can estimate the full dynamic range of a scene with multiple bright light sources. It places diffuse …

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October 26, 2012 | Bogota, Columbia
Paul Debevec: “Measurement-Based Synthesis of Facial Microgeometry”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Bogota ACM SIGGRAPH

Abstract: Current face scanning techniques provide submillimeter precision, recording facial mesostructure at the level of pores, wrinkles, and creases. Nonetheless, the effect of surface roughness …

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October 23, 2012 | Washington DC
Randall W. Hill Jr. Speaks at AUSA Conference
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr.
Host: AUSA

ICT Executive Director Randall W. Hill Jr. gives a talk “On the Frontiers of Training with Virtual Technologies” in the Army Presentation Booth at the …

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October 22, 2012 | Santa Monica
ICT MultiComp Lab Organizes Workshop and Gives Six Presentations at ICMI 2012
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, Sunghyun Park, Stefan Scherer
Host: 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction

MultiComp Lab researches present six papers during the conference: 2 oral presentations, 2 poster presentations and 2 workshop papers. For the Audio-visual Emotion Challenge, the …

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October 19, 2012 | Arlington, VA
Stefan Scherer, Louis-Philippe Morency and Albert “Skip” Rizzo: “Multisense and SimSensei — A Multimodal Research Platform for Real-time Assessment of Distress Indicators”
Speaker: Stefan Scherer, Louis-Philippe Morency and Albert "Skip" Rizzo
Host: DARPA

Overview: USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is a leader in basic research and advanced technology development of virtual humans who think and behave like …

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October 13, 2012 | Florence, Italy
Louis-Philippe Morency Gives Invited Talk at WebVision 2012
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: ECCV 2012 Workshop on Computer Vision for the Web

Louis-Philippe Morency gives a talk on “Harvesting the Web for Multimodal Sentiment Analysis” at The Workshop on Computer Vision for the Web, part of the …

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September 28, 2012 | Brussels, Belgium
Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Eric Chance and Dinesh Rajpurohit: “Virtual Worlds and Avatars as the New Frontier of Telehealth Care”
Speaker: Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Eric Chance and Dinesh Rajpurohit
Host: The 17th Annual CyberPsychology & CyberTherapy Conference

Abstract: We are entering a new age where people routinely visit, inhabit, play in and learn within virtual worlds (VWs). One in eight people worldwide …

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September 27, 2012 | Darmstadt, Germany
Jacquelyn Ford Morie and Edward Haynes: “Storytelling with Storyteller Agents in Second Life”
Speaker: Jacquelyn Ford Morie and Edward Haynes
Host: Cyberworlds 2012

Abstract: The “Coming Home” project at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies was started in 2009 to research how virtual worlds could …

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September 25, 2012 | Brussels, Belgium
Sin-hwa Kang and Jonathan Gratch: “Socially Anxious People Reveal More Personal Information with Virtual Counselors That Talk about Themselves using Intimate Human Back Stories”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang and Jonathan Gratch
Host: The 17th Annual CyberPsychology & CyberTherapy Conference

Abstract: In this paper, we describe our findings from research designed to explore the effect of virtual human counselors’ self-disclosure using intimate human back stories …

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September 21, 2012 | Zaragoza, Spain
Belinda Lange: “Virtual Rehabilitation: From Video Games to Virtual Humans”
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: HYPER Summer School on Neurorehabilitation

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September 13, 2012 | Laval, France
Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Bruce John, Josh Williams, Bradley Newman, Thomas Parsons, Sebastian Koenig, Belinda Lange and John Galen Buckwalter: “Stress Resilience in Virtual Environments: Training Combat Relevant Emotion Coping Skills Using Virtual Reality”
Speaker: Albert "Skip" Rizzo, Bruce John, Josh Williams, Bradley Newman, Thomas Parsons, Sebastian Koenig, Belinda Lange and John Galen Buckwalter
Host: International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies

Abstract: The incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning OEF/OIF military personnel has created a significant behavioral healthcare challenge. This has served to motivate …

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September 12, 2012 | Santa Cruz, CA
Stefan Scherer, Stacy Marsella, Giota Stratou, Yuyu Xu, Fabrizio Morbini, Albert “Skip” Rizzo and Louis-Philippe Morency: “Perception Markup Language: Towards a Standardized Representation of Perceived Nonverbal Behaviors”
Speaker: Stefan Scherer, Stacy Marsella, Giota Stratou, Yuyu Xu, Fabrizio Morbini, Albert "Skip" Rizzo and Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 12th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Abstract: Modern virtual agents require knowledge about their envi- ronment, the interaction itself, and their interlocutors’ behavior in order to be able to show appropriate …

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September 12, 2012 | Santa Cruz, CA
Chung-Cheng Chiu and Stacy Marsella: “Subjective Optimization”
Speaker: Chung-Cheng Chiu and Stacy Marsella
Host: 12th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Abstract: An effective way to build a gesture generator is to apply machine learning algorithms to derive a model. In building such a gesture generator, …

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September 12, 2012 | Santa Cruz, CA
Sin-hwa Kang, Albert “Skip” Rizzo and Jonathan Gratch: “Understanding the Nonverbal Behavior of Socially Anxious People during Intimate Self-disclosure”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Albert "Skip" Rizzo and Jonathan Gratch
Host: 12th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Abstract: This study explores the types of nonverbal behavior exhibited by socially anxious users over the course of an interview with virtual agent counselors that …

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September 12, 2012 | Santa Cruz, CA
Celso De Melo: “The Effect of Virtual Agents’ Emotion Displays and Appraisals on People’s Decision Making in Negotiation”
Speaker: Celso De Melo
Host: 12th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Abstract: There is growing evidence that emotion displays can impact people’s decision making in negotiation. However, despite increasing interest in AI and HCI on negotiation …

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September 7, 2012 | Portland, OR
Louis-Philippe Morency and Stefan Scherer: “Investigating the influence of pause fillers for automatic backchannel prediction”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency and Stefan Scherer
Host: Interspeech

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September 3, 2012 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Andrew Gordon and Christopher Weinberg: “Different Strokes of Different Folks: Searching for Health Narratives in Weblogs”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon and Christopher Weinberg
Host: ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing

Abstract: The utility of storytelling in the interaction between healthcare providers and patients is now firmly established, but the potential use of large-scale story collections …

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August 23, 2012 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arno Hartholt: “PTSD Treatment Using Intelligent Human Agents”
Speaker: Arno Hartholt
Host: Unite

Abstract: This talk will cover the development of virtual reality medical simulations for the treatment and assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well …

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August 16, 2012 | The Crawford Family Forum
Paul Rosenbloom at NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: The Crawford Family Forum

NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow — the Crawford Family Forum’s new series on the convergence of science, technology and society – an exploration of …

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August 8, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA
Graham Fyffe: “High Fidelity Facial Hair Capture”
Speaker: Graham Fyffe
Host: SIGGRAPH 2012

Abstract: Modeling human hair from photographs is a topic of ongoing interest to the graphics community. Yet, the literature is predominantly concerned with the hair …

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August 6, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA
Abhijeet Ghosh: “Estimating Diffusion Parameters from Polarized Spherical Gradient Illumination”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh
Host: SIGGRAPH 2012

Abstract: Accurately modeling and reproducing the appearance of real-world materials is crucial for the production of photoreal imagery of digital scenes and subjects. The appearance …

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August 6, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA
Abhijeet Ghosh and Paul Debevec: “Estimating Specular Normals from Spherical Stokes Reflectance Fields”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh and Paul Debevec
Host: SIGGRAPH 2012

Abstract: Despite being at the focal point of intense research in both computer graphics as well as in computer vision, accurately reproducing the shape and …

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August 6, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA
Abhijeet Ghosh and Paul Graham: “Measurement-Based Synthesis of Facial Microgeometry”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh and Paul Graham
Host: SIGGRAPH 2012

Abstract: Current face scanning techniques provide submillimeter precision, recording facial mesostructure at the level of pores, wrinkles, and creases. Nonetheless, the effect of surface roughness …

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August 6, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Jones: “A Cell-Phone Platform for Facial Performance Capture “
Speaker: Andrew Jones
Host: SIGGRAPH 2012

Poster presentation.

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August 3, 2012 | Orlando, FL
Albert “Skip” Rizzo: “Virtual Reality Goes to War: Innovations in Military Behavioral Healthcare”
Speaker: Albert "Skip" Rizzo
Host: American Psychological Association Convention

Abstract: War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological demands of a …

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August 3, 2012 | Orlando, FL
Albert “Skip” Rizzo: “Virtual reality exposure therapy for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder”
Speaker: Albert “Skip” Rizzo
Host: American Psychological Association Convention

Abstract: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic, debilitating, psychological condition that occurs in a subset of individuals who experience or witness life-threatening traumatic events. …

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August 2, 2012 | Orlando, FL
Rich DiNinni: “Future Learning Technologies”
Speaker: Rich DiNinni
Host: Advanced Distributed Learning iFest 2012

Established in 1999 as a University Affiliated Research Center with a multi-year contract from the U.S. Army, the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative …

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August 2, 2012 | Sapporo, Japan
Celso De Melo and Jonathan Gratch: “Reverse appraisal: The importance of appraisals for the effect of emotion displays on people’s decision making in a social dilemma”
Speaker: Celso De Melo and Jonathan Gratch
Host: Cognitive Science Center

Abstract: Two studies are presented that explore the interpersonal effect of emotion displays in decision making in a social dilemma. Experiment 1 (N=405) showed that …

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August 1, 2012 | Sapporo, Japan
Elnaz Nouri, Kallirroi Georgila and David Traum: “A Cultural Decision-Making Model for Negotiation Based on Inverse Reinforcement Learning”
Speaker: Elnaz Nouri, Kallirroi Georgila and David Traum
Host: CogSci 2012

Abstract: We learn culture-specific weights for a multi-attribute model of decision-making in negotiation, using Inverse Reinforcement Learning (IRL). The model takes into account multiple indi- …

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July 17, 2012 | Chania, Crete
Ning Wang, David Pynadath and Stacy Marsella: “Toward Automatic Verification of Multiagent Systems for Training Simulations”
Speaker: Ning Wang, David Pynadath and Stacy Marsella
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Abstract: Advances in multiagent systems have led to their successful application in experiential training simulations, where students learn by interacting with agents who represent people, …

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July 11, 2012 | Antalya, Turkey
Belinda Lange: “Virtual Rehabilitation: Opportunities and Challenges”
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: The US-Turkey Advanced Study Institute

This is a Plenary talk for the US-Turkey Advanced Study Institute on Global Healthcare Challenges. The presentation will present and discuss the opportunities and challenges …

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July 5, 2012 | Seoul, Korea
Kallirroi Georgila, Anton Leuski and David Traum: “Reinforcement Learning of Question-Answering Dialogue Policies for Virtual Museum Guides”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila, Anton Leuski and David Traum
Host: SIGdial 2012

Abstract: We use Reinforcement Learning (RL) to learn question-answering dialogue policies for a real-world application. We analyze a corpus of interactions of museum visitors with …

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July 5, 2012 | Seoul, Korea
Fabrizio Morbini, Eric Forbell, David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, David Traum and Albert “Skip” Rizzo: “A Mixed-Initiative Conversational Dialogue System for Healthcare”
Speaker: Fabrizio Morbini, Eric Forbell, David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, David Traum and Albert "Skip" Rizzo
Host: SIGdial 2012

Abstract: We present a mixed initiative conversational dialogue system designed to address primarily mental health care concerns related to military deployment. It is supported by …

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July 5, 2012 | Seoul, Korea
David DeVault and David Traum: “A Demonstration of Incremental Speech Understanding and Confidence Estimation in a Virtual Human Dialogue System”
Speaker: David DeVault, David Traum
Host: SIGdial 2012

This demonstration highlights some emerging capabilities for incremental speech understanding and processing in virtual human dialogue systems.

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July 5, 2012 | Seoul, Korea
Anton Leuski and David DeVault: “A Study in How NLU Performance Can Affect the Choice of Dialogue System Architecture”
Speaker: Anton Leuski and David DeVault
Host: SIGdial 2012

Abstract: This paper presents an analysis of how the level of performance achievable by an NLU module can affect the optimal modular design of a …

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June 21, 2012 | Providence, RI
Joel Jurik and Paul Debevec: “Geometry-Corrected Light Field Rendering for Creating a Holographic Stereogram”
Speaker: Joel Jurik and Paul Debevec
Host: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)

We present a technique to record and process a light field of an object in order to produce a printed holographic stereogram. We use a …

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June 20, 2012 | Mountainview, CA
David Traum: “Advanced Dialogue Models for 4Multi Negotiation”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: Honda Research Institute

Abstract: In this talk, I will present the dialogue model for virtual human negotiation, developed through a series of projects at the Institute for Creative …

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June 18, 2012 | Providence, RI
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Multi-View Latent Variable Discriminative Models For Action Recognition” and “3D Constrained Local Model for Rigid and Non-Rigid Facial Tracking”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)

“Multi-View Latent Variable Discriminative Models For Action Recognition” Abstract: Many human action recognition tasks involve data that can be factorized into multiple views such as …

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June 14, 2012 | Boston, MA
Belinda Lange: “Getting it into the hands of the consumer: Designing, Developing and Commercializing Games for Rehabilitation”
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: Games For Health Conference

This one hour discussion will present and discuss important issues around the design and development of games for rehabilitation within the academic setting and present …

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June 13, 2012 | Mountainview, CA
David Traum: “Recent Research in the ICT Natural Language Dialogue Group”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: Microsoft

The Institute for Creative Technogies has developed natural language dialogue capability for a variety of virtual human characters that can be used for role-play training, …

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June 8, 2012 | Valencia, Spain
Celso de Melo: “Model of the Social Effects of Emotion in Decision-Making in Multiagent Systems”
Speaker: Celso de Melo
Host: 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Research in the behavioral sciences suggests that emotion can serve important social functions and that, more than a simple manifestation of internal experience, emotion displays …

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June 6, 2012 | Valencia, Spain
Celso De Melo and Jonathan Gratch: “Bayesian Model of the Social Effects of Emotion in Decision-Making in Multiagent Systems”
Speaker: Celso De Melo and Jonathan Gratch
Host: 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Abstract: Research in the behavioral sciences suggests that emotion can serve important social functions and that, more than a simple manifestation of internal experience, emotion …

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June 5, 2012 | Maneuver Center of Excellence, Ft. Benning, GA
Rich DiNinni and Julia Kim: “Cognitive Cartography: Small Unit Readiness through Pre-deployment Priming of Mental Maps”
Speaker: Rich DiNinni and Julia Kim
Host: Human Dimension Workshop

Abstract: Visual representations and story telling are the oldest traditions of remembering, recounting events, imparting lessons and projecting affect. These formats structure information in part-whole …

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June 4, 2012 | Austin, TX
Thomas Talbot: “Designing Medical Education for Today’s Brain”
Speaker: Thomas Talbot
Host: Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources

Disruptive advances in technology, returns on cognitive science research and societal changes are leading us to question basic assumptions about medical education. This June 4th, …

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June 4, 2012 | Montreal, Canada
David DeVault and David Traum: “Incremental Speech Understanding in a Multi-Party Virtual Human Dialogue System”
Speaker: David DeVault, David Traum
Host: NAACL-HLT 2012

David DeVault and David Traum will present a demonstration of ICT’s incremental speech processing capabilities at the 2012 Conference of the North American Chapter of …

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June 1, 2012 | Chania, Greece
Matthew Jensen Hays, H. Chad Lane, Daniel Auerbach: “Clear and presence danger: Feedback in serious games.”
Speaker: Matthew Jensen Hays, H. Chad Lane, Daniel Auerbach
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Serious games are generally designed with two goals in mind. First, they are designed to promote learning. Second, like most games, they seek to create …

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May 28, 2012 | Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Edward Haynes: “A Sequencer Tool for Non-Verbal Behavior in the ELITE Leadership Training System”
Speaker: Edward Haynes
Host: SVR 2012

Abstract: The Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment (ELITE) is a training tool developed for the US ARMY that uses an interactive virtual human to teach …

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May 25, 2012 | Istanbul, Turkey
Anton Leuski: “The BladeMistress Corpus: From Talk to Action in Virtual Worlds”
Speaker: Anton Leuski
Host: 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012)

Abstract: Virtual Worlds (VW) are online environments where people come together to interact and perform various tasks. The chat transcripts of interactions in VWs pose …

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May 25, 2012 | Istanbul, Turkey
Kallirroi Georgila, Alan W. Black, Kenji Sagae, David Traum: “Practical Evaluation of Human and Synthesized Speech for Virtual Human Dialogue Systems”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila, Alan W. Black, Kenji Sagae, David Traum
Host: 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012)

The current practice in virtual human dialogue systems is to use professional human recordings or limited-domain speech synthesis. Both approaches lead to good performance but …

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May 24, 2012 | Chicago, IL
Angela Nazarian: “The Interplay between Accent and Warmth on Person Perception”
Speaker: Angela Nazarian
Host: Association for Psychological Science

This randomized study manipulated temperature prime (hot or cold) and accent of a female speaker (American English or Indian English). Results found that Indians rated …

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May 24, 2012 | Istanbul, Turkey
Priti Aggarwal, Ron Artstein, Jillian Gerten, Athanasios Katsamanis, Shrikanth Narayanan, Angela Nazarian, David Traum: “The Twins Corpus of Museum Visitor Questions”
Speaker: Priti Aggarwal, Ron Artstein, Jillian Gerten, Athanasios Katsamanis, Shrikanth Narayanan, Angela Nazarian, David Traum
Host: 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012)

The Twins corpus is a collection of utterances spoken in interactions with two virtual characters who serve as guides at the Museum of Science in …

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May 23, 2012 | Istanbul, Turkey
David Traum: “ISO 24617-2: A semantically-based standard for dialogue annotation”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012)

Abstract:This paper summarizes the latest, final version of ISO standard 24617-2 “Semantic annotation framework, Part 2: Dialogue acts”. Compared to the preliminary version ISO DIS …

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May 15, 2012 | Cagliari, Italy
Paul Debevec: “From Spider-Man to Avatar, Emily and Benjamin: Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: 33rd Annual Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics (Eurographics 2012)

Somewhere between “Final Fantasy” in 2001 and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008, digital actors crossed the “Uncanny Valley” from looking strangely synthetic …

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May 8, 2012 | Las Vegas, NV
Paul Debevec: “Avatar and Beyond: Lighting Hollywood’s Real and Virtual Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: LIGHTFAIR International (LFI 2012)

Photoreal digital actors have become a practical reality in the last decade and are poised to revolutionize the entertainment industry. Paul Debevec from USC’s Institute …

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May 4, 2012 | Baltimore, MD
Thomas Talbot: “What is a Virtual Patient Anyway?”
Speaker: Thomas Talbot
Host: MedBiquitous

Overview: Speaking of simulation research in medicine and the role of technology standards, what is a virtual patient in the first place? A variety of …

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April 27, 2012 | Washington, DC
Priti Aggarwal: “Ada and Grace: Engaging virtual human museum guides”
Speaker: Priti Aggarwal
Host: 2nd USA Science and Engineering Festival

Presenting the Twins and Coach Mike @ USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo with NSF

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April 18, 2012 | Waikoloa, Hawaii
Dava Casoni, Andres Chan, Cheryl Birch: “A-21: Preparing for Change; How the proposed revisions to A-21 impact you”
Speaker: Dava Casoni, Andres Chan, Cheryl Birch
Host: 2012 Regional Meeting of Region VI of the National Council of University Research Administrators

The OMB is rewriting Circular A-21 in an attempt to decrease administrative burdens on Universities. The presentation covers the areas OMB is addressing, comments by …

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April 17, 2012 | Tallinn, Estonia
Jacki Morie: “Social Networks and Virtual Worlds for Building Team Resilience”
Speaker: Jacquelyn Morie
Host: Specialists Meeting on "Social Media: Risks and Opportunities in Military Applications" (HFM-201)

The phenomenal success of Internet-enabled social networks can be leveraged for many types of training and behavioral improvement. Social networks, especially support maintaining group connectedness, …

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April 14, 2012 | Berlin, Germany
Paul Rosenbloom: “Towards a 50 msec Cognitive Cycle in a Graphical Architecture”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: 11th International Conferenct on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM 2012)

Achieving a 50 msec cognitive cycle in any sufficiently sophisticated cognitive architecture can be a significant challenge. Here an investigation is begun into how to …

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April 14, 2012 | Berlin, Germany
Jonathan Gratch: “Why people still matter: Modeling human behavioral processes in agents”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: 11th International Conferenct on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM 2012)

At its heart, research in autonomous agents and multiagent systems is multi-disciplinary. Rooted in artificial intelligence, the AAMAS community draws heavily from research in economics …

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April 10, 2012 | Berlin, Germany
Paul Rosenbloom: “Towards a 50 msec Cognitive Cycle in a Graphical Architecture”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom, ICT
Host: 11th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling

Paul Rosenbloom’s talk at ICCM 2012 in Berlin is called “Towards a 50 msec Cognitive Cycle in a Graphical Architecture.”

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March 26, 2012 | Palo Alto, CA
Paul Rosenbloom: “Graphical Models for Integrated Intelligent Robot Architectures”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Stanford University Department of Computer Science 2012 Spring Symposium Series

The theoretically elegant yet broadly functional capability of graphical models shows intriguing potential to span in a uniform manner perception, cognition and action; and thus …

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March 14, 2012 | Amelia Island, Florida
Paul Rosenbloom: “Towards Functionally Elegant, Grand Unified Architectures”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: 21st Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling Simulation (BRIMS 2012)

When developing cognitive architectures, the ultimate goal is typically a unified theory of intelligent behavior, with the working focus then being on integrating across the …

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March 13, 2012 | USC ICT
Jacki Morie: “Using Virtual Worlds are an Adavnced Form of Telehealth Care”
Speaker: Jacki Morie

Jacki Morie will be reporting on how we are making advances in using Virtual Worlds as advanced telehealth care through the TOPSS-VW Project at ICT.

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March 11, 2012 | Minneapolis, MN
Thomas Talbot: “How Interactive Agents Can Benefit Medical Devices”
Speaker: Thomas Talbot
Host: Design of Medical Devices Conference

Abstract: The Department of Defense has made a considerable investment in virtual human technology. Recent advancements with interactive artificial intelligence (AI) agents have created virtual …

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March 10, 2012 | Costa Mesa, CA
Andrew W. Feng, Yuyu Xu, Ari Shapiro: “An Example-Based Motion Synthesis Technique for Locomotion and Object Manipulation”
Speaker: Andrew W. Feng, Yuyu Xu, Ari Shapiro
Host: ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games (i3D 2012)

We synthesize natural-looking locomotion, reaching and grasping for a virtual character in order to accomplish a wide range of movement and manipulation tasks in real …

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February 14-15 2011 | USC ICT
NCOA Leadership Workshop
Conference Website: NCOA Leadership Workshop

View the Workshop Agenda here.

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February 13, 2012 | College Station, TX
Paul Debevec: “From Spider-Man to Avatar: Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: ACM SIGGRAPH at Texas A&M University

Somewhere between “Final Fantasy” in 2001 and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008, digital actors crossed the “Uncanny Valley” from looking strangely synthetic …

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February 10, 2012 | Newport Beach, CA
Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo and Chris Courtney: “Virtual Reality Paced Serial Assessment Test for Neuropsychological Assessment of a Military Cohort”
Speaker: Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo and Chris Courtney, ICT
Host: 19th Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference

The assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become a difficult challenge for the DoD medical health system. Clinical neuropsychologists are being asked …

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February 8, 2012 | Washington, DC
Bill Swartout: “Learning with Virtual Humans”
Speaker: Bill Swartout, ICT
Host: National Science Foundation Cyberlearning Research Summit

For over a decade, we have built virtual humans at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Our goal is to create computer-generated characters that look, communicate …

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February 1, 2012 | The White House, Washington, DC
Skip Rizzo Participates in White House Discussion on Games for Health
Speaker: Skip Rizzo, ICT
Host: The White House and the DHHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, took part in a White House roundtable discussion on …

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January 30, 2012 | Toulouse, France
David Traum: “Computational Models of Non-cooperative dialogue”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: University of Toulouse

Cooperativity is usually seen as a central concept in the pragmatics of dialogue. There are a number of accounts of dialogue performance and interpretation that …

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January 24, 2012 | London, UK
Randall Hill: “Utilizing Serious Games for Synthetic Training”
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr.
Host: Joint Forces Simulation and Training Conference

ICT Executive Director Randall W. Hill, Jr. was an invited speaker at the Joint Forces Simulation and Training Conference held in London, England, January 24 …

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January 24, 2012 | San Francisco, CA
Jacki More: “Female Artists and the VR Crucible: Expanding the Aesthetic Vocabulary”
Speaker: Jacki Morie
Host: The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

Virtual Reality was a technological wonder in its early days, and it was widely held to be a domain where men were the main practitioners. …

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January 23, 2012 | Tarragona, Spain
David Traum: “Approaches to Dialogue Systems and Dialogue Management”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: 2012 International Winter School in Language and Speech Technologies (WSLST 2012)

This introductory course will present an overview of some of the most popular current approaches to dialogue system organization. In the first lecture, we will …

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