2013 Events

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December 6, 2013 | Dubai
The Future of Acting in an Increasingly CGI-Oriented Industry: Should Actors Be Concerned or Excited?
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Cinematic Innovation Summit

Paul Debevec moderates an hour-long panel: The Future of Acting in an Increasingly CGI-Oriented Industry: Should Actors Be Concerned or Excited? with actors Andy Serkis …

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November 15, 2013 | USC ICT
Mel Slater: “Immersive Virtual Reality: Changing the Self Not Just the Place”
Speaker: Mel Slater
Host: USC ICT Mixed Reality Lab

12:00 – 1:00PM | USC ICT Theater Abstract: Virtual reality has typically been used to induce an illusory transformation of location. Instead of being in, …

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November 13, 2013 | Washington D.C.
Paul Debevec Gives Keynote at the Smithsonian’s X 3D Conference
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Smithsonian's X 3D

Paul Debevec will deliver the keynote talk at the Smithsonian’s X 3D Conference. He will present from 10:30 – 11:15.

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November 12, 2013 | ARL
Paul Debevec: “Advances in 3D Scanning, Surface Reflectance Measurement, Photoreal Digital Humans, and Glasses-free 3D displays”
Speaker: Paul Debevec

Abstract: USC ICT’s Graphics Laboratory performs basic research in the areas of digitization, animation, and display of people, objects, and environments. In this presentation, I …

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November 8, 2013 | Dublin, Ireland
Ari Shapiro: “A Practical and Configurable Lip Animation Method for Games”
Speaker: Ari Shapiro
Host: Motion in Games

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November 6, 2013 | USC ICT
Cristina Conati: “Learner Modeling Beyond Problem Solving Activities”
Speaker: Cristina Conati

Abstract: The field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) has successfully delivered techniques and systems to provide student-adaptive support for problem solving in variety of domains. …

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November 6, 2013 | USC ICT
Film Screening and Q&A

WHAT: A screening and Q&A with the creators of Friends you Haven’t Met Yet, a documentary short film exploring issues of ethics and online privacy …

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October 24, 2013 | USC ICT
Ravi Ramamoorth: “Sampling and Reconstruction of High-Dimensional Visual Appearance”
Speaker: Ravi Ramamoorth

Abstract: Many problems in computer graphics and computer vision involve high-dimensional 3D-8D visual datasets. Real-time image synthesis with changing lighting and view is often accomplished …

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October 23, 2013
ICT Hosts Visitors from NATO and ONR

Rene LaRose, director of the the NATO Science and Coordination Office, visited ICT along with John Tangney from the Office of Naval Research and Paul …

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October 22, 2013 | Aberdeen, MD
Jonathan Gratch at ARL-HRED Fellows Meeting
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: ARL-HRED

ICT’s Associate Director for Virtual Humans Research, Jonathan Gratch, will give a talk as part of ARL-HRED Fellows meeting.

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October 21, 2013 | Lisbon, Portugal
Paul Debevec: “Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors in Film and in Real-Time”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: INESC-ID Distinguished Lecture Series

Abstract: Somewhere between “Final Fantasy” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, digital actors crossed the “Uncanny Valley” from looking strangely synthetic to believably real. …

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October 17, 2013 | Turin, Italy
Paul Debevec: “Advances in Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: VIEW Conference

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

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October 16, 2013 | Orlando, FL
Bill Swartout at NATO Workshop
Speaker: William Swartout
Host: NATO

ICT’s Director of Technology, William Swartout, will be speaking at a NATO workshop. He was invited by John Tangney.

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October 9, 2013
Paul Debevec on Think & Drink Panel

Join the poolhouse and The Mill on october 9th at The Mill Los Angeles for a great discussion on technology and creativity. Cocktails at 6:30 …

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October 2, 2013 | Santa Clara, CA
Louis-Phillipe Morency Presents “Ellie” at Health2.0 Conference
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: Health2.0

ICT’s Louis-Phillipe Morency demonstrated SimSensei, ICT’s virtual human platform to improve patient diagnosis in the Frontiers of Health panel at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara. …

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October 2, 2013 | San Francisco, CA
Louis-Philippe Morency: “SimSensei: Virtual Human Platform for Healthcare”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: Health 2.0 Fall Conference 2013

SimSensei is a virtual human platform specifically designed for healthcare support and is based on the 10+ years of expertise at ICT with virtual human …

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September 28, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA
Todd Richmond Delivers Keynote at SciTechLA Research 2.0 Forum
Speaker: Todd Richmond
Host: The Science And Tech Forum: Los Angeles

Todd Richmond will give the keynote talk on Saturday morning. Purchase tickets here.

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September 16, 2013 | USC ICT
Professor Prashant Doshi: “Compressing Mental Model Spaces and Modeling Human”
Speaker: Prashant Doshi

Abstract: A wide swath of multidisciplinary areas in autonomous multiagent systems benefit from modeling interacting agents. However, the space of candidate mental models is generally …

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September 15, 2013 | Venice, CA
Todd Richmond: “Digital Technology for the Analog World”
Speaker: Todd Richmond
Host: TEDxVeniceBeach

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September 12, 2013
Talk at ICT: Douglas Van Praet – The Cognitive Science of Effective Brand Narratives

Please join us next Thursday September 12 at 2pm in the large 2nd floor Amphitheater for a special talk by a luminary of the Los …

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September 11, 2013 | Washington DC
Committee Participation: National Academies – The Context of Military Environments: Social and Organizational Factors
Host: National Academies Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

As the U.S. military continues to transform itself to accomplish its full spectrum of missions in the 21st century, an efficient and effective research program …

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September 11, 2013 | USC ICT
Expert Talk: Machine Learning and Character Animation
Speaker: Sergey Levine
Host: ICT Virtual Humans Group

Sergey Levine, a Ph.D. candidate from Stanford, speaks about character animation and machine learning. Applications include motion controllers, quasi-physics, path planning and gesturing.

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August 30, 2013 | Edinburgh, UK
Peter Khooshabeh and Jonathon Gratch: “Looking Real and Making Mistakes”
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh and Jonathon Gratch
Host: International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Humans

Abstract: What happens when a Virtual Human makes mistakes? In this study we investigate the impact of VHs’ conversational mistakes in the context of persuasion. …

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August 29, 2013 | Edinburgh, UK
Stefan Scherer: “Towards a Multimodal Virtual Audience Platform for Public Speaking Training”
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Abstract: Public speaking performances are not only characterized by the presentation of the content, but also by the presenters’ nonverbal behavior, such as gestures, tone …

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August 27, 2013 | Lyon, France
Stefan Scherer: “Investigating Voice Quality as a Speaker-Independent Indicator of Depression and PTSD”
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: Interspeech

Abstract: “We seek to investigate voice quality characteristics, in particular on a breathy to tense dimension, as an indicator for psychological distress, i.e. depression and …

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August 26, 2013 | Philadelphia, PA
Albert “Skip” Rizzo: “Virtual Reality Goes to War and Beyond”
Speaker: Albert "Skip" Rizzo
Host: International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation

Overview: The physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological demands of war place enormous stress on even the best-prepared military personnel. The urgency of war, combined with significant …

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August 4, 2013 | Beijing, China
Paul Rosenbloom: “The Sigma Cognitive Architecture/System”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: Workshop on Intelligence Science

Paul Rosenbloom will deliver the keynote presentation at the IJCAI Workshop on Intelligence Science.

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August 3, 2013
ICT CogSci 2013

ICT virtual human and social simulation research will be presented at CogSci 2013 is the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, to be …

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August 1, 2013 | Berlin, Germany
Peter Khooshabeh, Celso DeMelo and Jonathan Gratch: “Negotiation Strategies with Incongruent Facial Expressions of Emotion Cause Cardiovascular Threat”
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Celso DeMelo and Jonathan Gratch
Host: CogSci 2013

Abstract: Affect is important in motivated performance situations such as negotiation. Longstanding theories of emotion suggest that facial expressions provide enough information to perceive another …

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August 1, 2013 | Beijing, China
David Pynadath, Paul Rosenbloom and Stacy Marsella: “Modeling Two-player Games in the Sigma Graphical Cognitive Architecture”
Speaker: David Pynadath, Paul Rosenbloom and Stacy Marsella
Host: Conference on Artificial General Intelligence

Abstract: Effective social interaction and, in particular, a Theory of Mind are critical components of human intelligence, allowing us to form beliefs about other people, generate …

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July 25, 2013
ICT at SIGGRAPH 2013

ICT graphics innovations in display and rendering technologies will be featured throughout the upcoming ACM SIGGRAPH conference July 21- 25 in Anaheim, Calif. SIGGRAPH is …

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July 24, 2013 | Anaheim, CA
The Graphics Lab: “Acquiring Reflectance and Shape from Continuous Spherical Harmonic Illumination”
Speaker: Borom Tunwattanapong, Graham Fyffe, Paul Graham, Jay Busch, XueMing Yu, Abhijeet Ghosh and Paul Debevec
Host: SIGGRAPH

Abstract: A new reflectance measurement and 3D scanning technique uses a rotating arc of light and long-exposure photography to illuminate an object with spherical harmonic …

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July 24, 2013 | Anaheim, CA
Koko Nagano and Andrew Jones: “An Autosteroscopic Projector Array Optimized for 3D Facial Display”
Speaker: Koko Nagano and Andrew Jones
Host: SIGGRAPH

Abstract: Video projectors are rapidly shrinking in size, power consumption, and cost. Such projectors provide unprecedented flexibility to stack, arrange, and aim pixels without the …

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July 24, 2013 | Anaheim, CA
The Graphics Lab and Activision: “Digital Ira: High-Resolution Facial Performance Playback”
Speaker: Oleg Alexander and Paul Debevec
Host: SIGGRAPH

Abstract: Real-time facial animation from high-resolution scans driven by video performance capture rendered in a reproducible, game-ready pipeline. This collaborative work incorporates expression blending for …

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July 20, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA
Stacy Marsella, Ari Shapiro, Andrew Feng, Yuyu Xu, Margaux Lhommet and Stefan Scherer: “Towards Higher Quality Character Performance in Previz”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella, Ari Shapiro, Andrew Feng, Yuyu Xu, Margaux Lhommet and Stefan Scherer
Host: Digital Production Symposium

Abstract: We seek to raise the standard of quality for automatic and minimal cost 3D content in previz by automated generation of a believable 3D …

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July 19, 2013 | Anaheim, CA
Stacy Marsella, Margaux Lhommet, Yuyu Xu, Andrew Feng, Stefan Scherer and Ari Shapiro: “Virtual Character Performance from Speech”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella, Margaux Lhommet, Yuyu Xu, Andrew Feng, Stefan Scherer and Ari Shapiro
Host: ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation

Abstract: We demonstrate a method for generating a 3D virtual character performance from the audio signal by inferring the acoustic and semantic properties of the …

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July 12, 2013 | Ottawa, Canada
Paul Rosenbloom: “Learning Via Gradient Descent in Sigma”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: International Conference on Cognitive Modelling

Abstract: “Integrating a gradient-descent learning mechanism at the core of the graphical models upon which the Sigma cognitive architecture/system is built yields learning behaviors that …

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June 27, 2013 | Portland, OR
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Action Recognition by Hierarchical Sequence Summarization”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2013)

Abstract: Recent progress has shown that learning from hierarchical feature representations leads to improvements in various computer vision tasks. Motivated by the observations that human …

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June 19, 2013 | London, UK
Sin-hwa Kang: “Exploring Users’ Social Responses to Computer Counseling Interviewers’ Behavior”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang
Host: International Communication Association Conference

Abstract: We explore the effect of behavioral realism and reciprocal self-disclosure from computer interviewers on the social responses of human users in simulated psychotherapeutic counseling interactions. …

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May 8, 2013 | Girona, Spain
Paul Graham: “Measurement-Based Synthesis of Facial Microgeometry”
Speaker: Paul Graham
Host: Eurographics 2013

Introduction: Current scanning techniques record facial mesostructure with submillimeter precision showing pores, wrinkles, and creases. However, surface roughness continues to shape specular reflection at the …

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May 5, 2013 | Venice, Italy
Belinda Lange Delivers Keynote at REHAB 2013
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: REHAB 2013

Belinda Lange is a research scientist at the Institute for Creative Technologies and a research assistant professor in the School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She received …

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May 2, 2013 | Dayton, OH
Randall Hill, Jr. at the 51st National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Speaker: Randall Hill, Jr.
Host: 51st National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

ICT Executive Director Randall Hill, Jr. will give the keynote address at the 51st National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. The National JSHS will bring …

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April 26, 2013 | Munich, Germany
Paul Debevec: “Lighting Hollywood’s Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: RTT Excite

Abstract: Creating photoreal digital humans has been a ‘holy grail’ for computer graphics, and may revolutionize the production and impact of movies and video games. …

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April 25, 2013 | Shanghai, China
Stefan Scherer: “Automatic Behavior Descriptors for Psychological Disorder Analysis”
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: FG 2013

Abstract: We investigate the capabilities of automatic nonverbal behavior descriptors to identify indicators of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). …

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April 25, 2013 | New York, NY
Bruce John: “Training Effective Investigative Child Interviewing Skills through Use of a Virtual Child”
Speaker: Bruce John
Host: 5th International Simulation Symposia and Workshops

Introduction In abuse testimony, children are portrayed by the defense highly suggestible. As a result, child witnesses are often not believed. On the other hand, …

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April 24, 2013 | Shanghai, China
Stacy Marsella: “Felt emotion and social context determine the intensity of smiles in a competitive video game”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella
Host: FG 2013

Abstract: The present study uses automatic facial expression recognition software to examine the relationship between social context and emotional feelings on the expression of emotion, …

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April 22, 2013 | Paris, France
Paul Debevec: “From Spider-Man to Avatar, Emily to Benjamin: Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Paris ACM SIGGRAPH

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

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April 20, 2013 | Santa Monica, CA
Belinda Lange: “Gaming Technology for People with Cerebral Palsy & Severe Movement Disorders”
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: Margaret Jones Conference on Cerebral Palsy Family Forum

Belinda showcased the work she has been doing in collaboration with Dr. Eileen Fowler and Blair Webb, including the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit …

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April 19, 2013 | Orlando, FL
Albert “Skip” Rizzo: “Virtual Reality Goes to War: Clinical Applications for the Prevention and Treatment of the Psychological Wounds of War”
Speaker: Albert "Skip" Rizzo
Host: Defense Game Tech Users' Conference

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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April 12, 2013 | Pittsburgh, PA
David Traum: “Non-cooperative and Deceptive Dialogue”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science LTI Colloquium

Abstract: Cooperation 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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March 21, 2013 | Orlando, FL
Yuyu Xu, Andrew W. Feng and Ari Shapiro: “A Simple Method for High Quality Artist-Driven Lip Syncing”
Speaker: Yuyu Xu, Andrew W. Feng and Ari Shapiro
Host: ACM Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games (I3D)

Abstract: We demonstrate a real-time lip animation algorithmthat can be used to generate synchronized facial movements with audio generated from a text-to-speech engine or from …

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March 20, 2013 | Orlando Florida
MxR Uses 3D Printers to Make DIY Head Mounted Displays at IEEE VR
Speaker: Mark Bolas, Evan Suma, Adam Jones
Host: IEEE VR 2013

OPEN VIRTUAL REALITY, Research Demo Booth March 18 – 20 Description: The ICT Mixed Reality Lab is leveraging an open source philosophy to influence and …

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March 17, 2013 | Orlando, FL
Evan Suma Speaks in Opening Panel: Systems Issues in Successful Research Careers
Speaker: Evan Suma
Host: Workshop on Software Engineering and Architectures for Realtime Interactive Systems

Evan Suma will give a keynote panel talk at the opening of the SEARIS workshop. His section of the panel presentation is titled “The Changing …

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March 8, 2013 | Valencia, Spain
Albert “Skip” Rizzo: “Interfacing with Virtual Rehabilitation”
Speaker: Albert “Skip” Rizzo
Host: International Conference on Recent Advances in Neurorehabilitation

Abstract: Virtual reality (VR) has undergone a transition in the past 20 years that has taken it from the realm of expensive toy and into …

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February 27, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA
Paul Debevec: “Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: USC Alumni Association

Paul Debevec will deliver a talk at the USC Alumni Association’s “Behind the Scenes of Modern Cinema” event.

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February 24, 2013 | Jacksonville, FL
Belinda Lange and Sebastian Koenig: “Using Technology to Enhance Clinical Practice: What Rehabilitation Psychologists Need to Know”
Speaker: Belinda Lange and Sebastian Koenig
Host: Rehabilitation Psychology Conference

The 15th Annual Rehabilitation Psychology Conference is sponsored by the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological …

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February 21, 2013 | Barcelona, Spain
Ari Shapiro and Andrew W. Feng: “The Case for Physics Visualization in an Animator’s Toolset”
Speaker: Ari Shapiro and Andrew W. Feng
Host: The 8th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications

Abstract: By associating physical properties with a digital character’s joint and bones, we are able to visualize explicitly a number of properties that can help …

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February 21, 2013 | Jacksonville, FL
Sebastain Koenig: “Design, Development and Evaluation of Virtual Reality Neuropsychology Tools – Bridging the Gap between Software Engineering and Clinical Application”
Speaker: Sebastian Koenig
Host: Rehabilitation Psychology Conference

Sebastian Koenig presented an invited talk at the Rehabilitation Psychology Pre-Conference. VRCPAT was used as one of the examples of successful ICT projects that combine technology …

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February 11, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA
Paul Debevec: “Creating Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: USC School of Engineering Computer Science Department

Paul Debevec will deliver an invited talk to CS 597, a Ph.D seminar.

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February 5, 2013 | London England
Randall Hill, Jr.: “Warfighter Training in the Human Dimension”
Speaker: Randall Hill, Jr.
Host: Joint Forces Simulation & Training Conference

In the talk: ELITE: Leader development with Virtual Humans UrbanSIM: Mission Command using Social Simulation SimCoach: Web-accessible Coaching for Post Traumatic Stress Injuries Emerging technologies …

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January 31, 2013 | Santa Barbara, CA
Paul Debevec: “Creating Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Activision

Paul Debevec will deliver the keynote at the Activision Executive Retreat.

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