2015 Events

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December 14, 2015 | Las Vegas, Nevada
Keynote Talk – Making Small Spaces Feel Large: Practical Illusions in Virtual Reality
Speaker: Evan Suma
Host: 11th International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC 2015).

Over the past few years, virtual reality has experienced a remarkable resurgence. Fueled by a proliferation of consumer level head-mounted display and motion tracking devices, an unprecedented quantity of immersive experiences and content has becomeavailable for both desktop and mobile VR platforms. However, the problem of locomotion -human movement through a virtual world -remains a significant practical challenge. Many of the VR applications available to date require seated use or limit body movement within a small area, instead relying a gamepad or mouse/keyboard for movement within the virtual environment. Lacking support for natural walking, these virtual locomotion mechanisms do not fully replicate the physical and perceptual cues from the real world and subsequently often fall short in maintaining the illusion that the user has been transported to another location. In this talk, I will introduce a number of perceptual illusions that can overcome the spatial limitations imposed by the real world. This approach, known as redirected walking, has stunning potential to fool the senses. I will present a series of perceptual experiments that have convinced users that they were walking along a straight path whilactually traveling in a circle, or that the virtual environment was much larger than it actually was. Additionally, I will discuss algorithmic approaches that leverage these illusory techniques for the dynamic exploration of arbitrary virtual environments, thus enabling the creation of systems that can automatically steer users away from the boundaries of the physical space while walking through a potentially infinite virtual world.

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December 11, 2015 | Montreal, Canada
Invited Speaker – Machine Learning for Spoken Language Understanding and Interaction
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila
Host: NIPS 2015 Workshop on Machine Learning for Spoken Language Understanding and Interaction

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December 6, 2015 | Arlington, VA
Agent-Based Modeling of Life or Death Decisions Following an Urban Biological Catastrophe
Speaker: David Pynadath
Host: Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2015 Annual Meeting

To make informed policy decisions on how to both prepare and respond to disasters in urban environments, we need to understand the decision making of …

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December 4, 2015 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Creative Help: A Story Writing Assistant
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Melissa Roemmele
Host: 8th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

We present Creative Help, an application that helps writers by generating suggestions for the next sentence in a story as it being written. Users can …

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December 4, 2015 | Copenhagen, Denmark
New Dimensions in Testimony: Digitally Preserving a Holocaust Survivor’s Interactive Storytelling
Speaker: David Traum
Host: 8th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

We describe a digital system that allows people to have an interactive conversation with a human storyteller (a Holocaust survivor) who has recorded a number …

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December 3, 2015 | Orlando, FL
Procedural Reconstruction of Simulation Terrain Using Drones
Speaker: Ryan McAlinden, Evan Suma
Host: I/ITSEC

Photogrammetric techniques for constructing 3D virtual environments have previously been plagued by expensive equipment, imprecise and visually unappealing results. However, with the introduction of lowcost, …

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December 1, 2015 | Orlando, FL
Toward Acquiring a Human Behavior Model of Competition vs Cooperation
Speaker: David Pynadath
Host: I/ITSEC

One of the challenges in modeling human behavior is accurately capturing the conditions under which people will behave selfishly or selflessly. Researchers have been unable …

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December 1, 2015 | Orlando, FL
Building Trust in a Human-Robot Team with Automatically Generated Explanations
Speaker: Ning Wang
Host: I/ITSEC

Technological advances offer the promise of robotic systems that work with people to form human-robot teams that are more capable than their individual members. Unfortunately, …

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November 13, 2015 | Seattle, WA
Keynote Talk – Do’s and Don’ts for Software Companions
Speaker: David Traum
Host: International Workshop on Emotion Representations and Modelling for Companion Systems

Companioning is a tough job, and few if any current dialogue systems are up to the task. How can systems develop a relationship with their users that will transcend a simple task interaction or momentary amusing diversion? The goal should be systems that people look forward to interacting with as much as playing their favorite games or meeting their real friends. Many current dialogue system strategies conflict with this goal, even though they provide good value at their intended functions. In this talk I will propose a set of principles for companionable dialogue systems and illustrate with successful and unsuccessful techniques from existing dialogue systems and embodied conversational agents.

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November 9, 2015 | Seattle, WA
Public Speaking Training with a Multimodal Interactive Virtual Audience Framework
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: 17th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction

We have developed an interactive virtual audience platform for public speaking training. Users’ public speaking behavior is automatically analyzed using multimodal sensors, and ultimodal feedback …

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November 6, 2015 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals of Distress Using a Virtual Human Interviewing Agent
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 31st Annual Meeting

Facial expressions, body gestures, and vocal parameters play an important role in human communication and the signaling of emotion. Advances in low cost computer vision …

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October 26, 2015 | Brisbane, Australia
A Multimodal Predictive Model of Successful Debaters or How I Learned to Sway Votes
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: ACM Multimedia Conference 2015

Interpersonal skills such as public speaking are essential as sets for a large variety of professions and in everyday life. The ability to communicate in …

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October 23, 2015 | Tokyo, Japan
Innovative Technology, Opening the Way to the Future
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Digital Content Expo

Paul Debevec, U.S. researcher on CG technology, famous for his R&D achievements on “Spider-Man” and “Avatar,” will talk about the current trend of CG technology …

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October 12, 2015 | Wuhan, China
Keynote Talk: AI in Education as Distributed Services: A New Ecosystem for Education and Research
Speaker: Ben Nye
Host: Third Meeting of Computational Behavioral Sciences held at China Central Normal University (CCNU)

Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) is scaling to large numbers of persistent users, which offers new opportunities and new difficulties. As AIED scales, it will …

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October 3, 2015
Hacking Virtual Medicine

Join the USC Center for Body Computing, USC Institute for Creative Technologies & IEEE Standards Association for an inspiring weekend of brainstorming and building innovative solutions with like-minded engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business visionaries as we hack medicine and see what extraordinary new possibilities come to life! A $10,000 prize will be awarded.

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September 7, 2015 | Osaka, Japan
Exploring Feedback Learning Strategies to Improve Public Speaking: An Interactive Virtual Audience Framework
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015)

Good public speaking skills convey strong and effective communication, which is critical in many professions and used in everyday life. The ability to speak publicly …

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August 29, 2015
Virtual Reality LA Summer Expo

2:35pm – The Art of Live Action VR, presented by IM360 How can VR be used to tell stories? What different types of narrative can …

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August 27, 2015 | Delft, Netherlands
Towards Adaptive, Interactive Virtual Humans in Sigma
Speaker: Volkan Ustun
Host: Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015)

Sigma is a nascent cognitive architecture/system that combines concepts from graphical models with traditional symbolic architectures. Here an initial Sigma -based virtual human (VH) is …

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August 26, 2015 | Delft, Netherlands
Opponent Modeling for Virtual Human Negotiators
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015)

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August 26, 2015 | Delft, Netherlands
Comparing behavior towards humans and virtual humans in a social dilemma
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015)

Although virtual agents have become more realistic over time, however does this mean that the behavior of humans against virtual agents is similar to that …

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August 26, 2015 | Delft, Netherlands
A Platform for Building Mobile Virtual Humans
Speaker: Anton Leuski, Ari Shapiro
Host: Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015)

We describe an authoring framework for developing virtual humans on mobile applications. The framework abstracts many elements needed for virtual human generation and interaction, such …

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August 26, 2015 | Delft, Netherlands
Poster Presentation: Smart Mobile Virtual Humans: Chat with Me!
Speaker: Anton Leuski, Ari Shapiro
Host: Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015)

In this study, we are interested in exploring whether people would talk with 3D animated virtual humans using a smartphone for a longer amount of …

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August 24, 2015 | Delft, Netherlands
Virtual Human Toolkit Tutorial
Speaker: Arno Hartholt
Host: Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015)

In order to reach the full potential that intelligent virtual agents offer, they not only require a range of individual capabilities, but also for these …

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August 16, 2015 | Dallas, TX
ELITE Lite Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP)
Speaker: Matt Trimmer
Host: 41st National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference

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August 13, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Scanning and Printing a 3D Presidential Portrait
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

State-of-the-art technologies including a custom-built mobile light stage to 3D scan and print President Barack Obama for the nation’s first 3D presidential portrait.

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August 12, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Skin Microstructure Deformation With Displacement Map Convolution
Speaker: Koki Nagano, Graham Fyffe, Oleg Alexander, Paul Debevec
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Synthesizing the effects of skin microstructure deformation by anisotropically filtering a high-resolution displacement map to match normal distribution changes in measured skin samples. Facial animation …

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August 12, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Poster: Creating Near-Field VR Using Stop-Motion Characters and a Touch of Light-Field Rendering
Speaker: Mark Bolas and Colleagues
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

This new type of VR experience and pipeline was created using light-field techniques to provide a rich immersive visual quality for near-field VR. The pipeline …

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August 11, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Real Time Live: My Digital Face
Speaker: Dan Casas USC Institute for Creative Technologies Oleg Alexander USC Institute for Creative Technologies Andrew Feng USC Institute for Creative Technologies, USC Institute for Creative Technologies Graham Fyffe USC Institute for Creative Technologies Ryosuke Ichikari USC Institute for CreativePaul Debevec, Ruizhe Wang, Evan Suma, Ari Shapiro
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

This project puts the capability of producing a photorealistic face into the hands of nearly anyone, without an expensive rig, special hardware, or 3D expertise. …

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August 10, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Driving High-Resolution Facial Scans With Video Performance Capture
Speaker: Graham Fyffe, Andrew Jones, Oleg Alexander, Paul Debevec
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Animating facial geometry and reflectance using video performances, borrowing geometry and reflectance detail from high-quality static expression scans. Combining multiple optical-flow constraints weighted by confidence …

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August 10, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Blendshapes From Commodity RGB-D Sensor
Speaker: Dan Casas, Graham Fyffe, Ruizhe Wang, Evan Suma, Ari Shapiro
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

This talk demonstrates a near-automatic technique for generating a set of photorealistic blendshapes from facial scans using commodity RGB-D sensors, such as the Microsoft Kinect …

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August 10, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
FlashMob: Near-Instant Capture of High-Resolution Facial Geometry and Reflectance
Speaker: Paul Graham, Borom Tunwattanapong, Paul Debevec
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

A near-instant method for acquiring facial geometry, diffuse color, specular intensity, specular exponent, and surface orientation. Six flashes are fired in rapid succession with subsets …

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August 9, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Emerging Technologies: An Auto-Multiscopic Projector Array for Interactive Digital Humans
Speaker: Andrew Jones, Koki Nagano, Jay Busch, Xueming Yu, Hsuan-Yueh Peng, Oleg Alexander, Paul Debevec
Host: The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Automultiscopic 3D displays allow a large number of viewers to experience 3D content simultaneously without the hassle of special glasses or head gear. This display …

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August 6, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA
Intelligent Agents for Virtual Simulation of Human-Robot Interaction
Speaker: Ning Wang
Host: 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

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July 8, 2015 | Geneva, Switzerland
To tweet or not to tweet: The question of emotion and excitement about sporting events
Speaker: Gale Lucas
Host: International Society for Research on Emotions

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May 31, 2015 | Denver, CO
Combining Distributed Vector Representations for Words
Speaker: Justin Garten
Host: NAACL Workshop on Vector Space Modeling for NLP

Recent interest in distributed vector representations for words has resulted in an increased diversity of approaches, each with strengths and weaknesses. We demonstrate how diverse …

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May 8, 2015 | Istanbul, Turkey
An Effective Conversation Tactic for Creating Value over Repeated Negotiations
Speaker: Jonathan Mell
Host: The International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2015)

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May 7, 2015 | Stuttgart, Germany
Towards Rapid Creation of Pervasive, Controllable 3D Characters
Speaker: Ari Shapiro
Host: FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia

The 3D character will continue to be an integral part of 3D games, movies, and other simulated environments. Recently, the tools and technologies to produce …

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May 7, 2015 | Stuttgart, Germany
The Science Behind VR: Light Fields for Virtual Reality
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia

Today’s VR headsets track the user’s head to produce low-latency viewpoint shifts in the virtual environment to allow you to believe that you are really …

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May 6, 2015 | Stuttgart, Germany
VR Inventors: A Conversation with Virtual Reality Pioneer Mark Bolas
Speaker: Mark Bolas, Ken Perlin
Host: FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia

Mark Bolas has for decades been a pioneering and groundbreaking innovator in virtual reality. Many of what we think of as recent advances in the …

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May 5, 2015 | Stuttgart, Germany
Evolving Narratives: Losing Control
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia

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April 24, 2015 | San Diego, CA
The use of Virtual Standardized Patients in Medical Education
Speaker: Brett Talbot (USC ICT), Win May (Keck School of USC)
Host: Association of American Medical Colleges - West Region

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April 24, 2015 | Houston, TX
Single-Shot Reflectance Measurement from Polarized Color Gradient Illumination
Speaker: Graham Fyffe
Host: IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography

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April 22, 2015 | Palo Alto, CA
Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: The Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN)

We have entered an age where even the human actors in a movie can now be created as computer generated imagery. Somewhere between “Final Fantasy: …

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April 11, 2015 | Groningen, The Netherlands
Symposium: Unified Theories of Cognition: Newell’s Vision after 25 Years
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM 2015)

It has been 25 years since Unified Theories of Cognition was published (Newell, 1990). In it, Newell outlines a vision to inspire generations of cognitive …

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April 9, 2015 | Groningen, The Netherlands
Poster: Supraarchitectural Capability Integration: From Soar to Sigma
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM 2015)

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March 27, 2015 | Provence, France
The MxR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Speaker: Evan Suma
Host: 2015 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

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March 26, 2015 | Provence, France
Panel Discussion: Next Gen Evaluation of VR Interfaces
Speaker: Evan Suma
Host: 2015 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

Much of the work on evaluating the usability of VR systems over the past 15 years has focused on fairly low-level tasks, mainly based on …

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March 25, 2015 | Provence, France
Poster: Towards Context-Sensitive Reorientation for Real Walking in Virtual Reality
Speaker: Evan Suma
Host: 2015 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

Redirected walking techniques help overcome physical limitations for natural locomotion in virtual reality. Though subtle perceptual manipulations are helpful, it is inevitable that users will …

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March 24, 2015 | Palo Alto, CA
One Hundred Challenge Problems for Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Psychology
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Melissa Roemmele
Host: AAAI 12 th International Symposium on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning

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March 24, 2015 | Palo Alto, CA
Toward Natural Turn-Taking in a Virtual Human Negotiation Agent
Speaker: David Devault, Johnathan Mell and Jonathan Gratch
Host: AAAI 2015 Spring Symposium: Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine Interaction

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March 19, 2015 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Keynote Talk: Acheiving Photoreal Digital Actors
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: ANIREY Seminar

We have entered an age where even the human actors in a movie can now be created as computer generated imagery. Somewhere between “Final Fantasy: …

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March 19, 2015 | San Jose, CA
Building a Life-Size Automultiscopic Display Using Consumer Hardware
Speaker: Andrew Jones
Host: GPU Technology Conference

Automultiscopic displays allow multiple users to experience 3D content without the hassle of special glasses or head gear. Such displays generate many simultaneous images with …

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March 13, 2015 | Austin, TX
Mixed Reality Habits: The New Wired Frontier
Speaker: Todd Richmond
Host: SXSW Interactive 2015

What happens when the world as we know it combines with virtual reality, streams of content, personal data, sensors, cameras and implantable or wearable devices? …

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February 27, 2015 | San Francisco, CA
Poster: Rapid Photorealistic Blendshapes from Commodity RGB-D Sensors
Speaker: Dan Casas Guix
Host: ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games

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February 26, 2015 | Long Beach, CA
The downside of grit: Increased effort and failure to disengage when losing
Speaker: Gale Lucas
Host: the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Poster Presentation: Research Question Are there some costs to being high in grit? Despite benefits, researchers suggest there may be costs of grit, including performance …

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February 2, 2015 | London, United Kingdom
Panel: Introducing modelling and simulation for autonomous systems
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr.
Host: Joint Forces Simulation & Training Conference

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January 27, 2015 | Austin, TX
SimSensei Demonstration: A Perceptive Virtual Human Interviewer for Healthcare Applications
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, Giota Stratou, David DeVault, Arno Hartholt, Margaux Lhommet, Gale Lucas, Fabrizio Morbini, Kallirroi Georgila, Stefan Scherer, Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella, David Traum, Albert Rizzo
Host: Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference (AAAI15)

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January 25, 2015 | Austin, TX
An Integrated Evaluation of Perception, Interpretation, and Narration
Speaker: Melissa Roemmele
Host: Workshops at the Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-15)

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January 14, 2015 | New Orleans, Louisiana
USC Standard Patient Plenary Talk
Speaker: Brett Talbot
Host: The International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare

Scientists at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies have taken the concept of standardized patient actors used for training doctors to a new level.   ICT …

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