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VR/AR Are Not Future Tech – They’re Already Reshaping the World

December 10, 2018

CIO Applications writes about industries where VR/AR technology is being implemented and how it’s helping to push boundaries, featuring some of ICT’s research. Read the …

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3 Ways Tech Helps Heal the Mind and Body

December 10, 2018

Mixed-reality experiences developed at USC use immersive technology to help humans deal with conditions ranging from injuries to PTSD. Continue reading in USC Trojan Family …

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How Will the U.S. Military Use the Hololens on the Front Line?

December 6, 2018

In the near future, U.S. soldiers could be relying on Microsoft’s mixed reality Hololens technology to give them the edge. Last week, Bloomberg News reported …

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Virtual and Mixed Reality at the Nexus of SciFi, Engineering, and Training

December 5, 2018

IEEE sits down with ICT’s MxR Lab to discuss virtual and mixed reality, and how these technologies assist in the fields of STEM, engineering and …

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Pinscreen Releases Deep Learning Model

November 26, 2018

Shiropen features new research from Pinscreen, University of Southern California, and USC Institute for Creative Technologies showcasing a deep learning model “paGAN (photoreal avatar)” which can …

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In Focus: Using Virtual Reality to Face the Realities of PTSD

November 25, 2018

Spectrum Local News talks with ICT’s Skip Rizzo about Bravemind. Check out the full segment here.

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Researchers Determine That Reading Stories Increases Empathy

November 22, 2018

Research carried out by a team of scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) has revealed that reading stories proves to be a universal …

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Army Accelerating Synthetic Training Environment Programs

November 21, 2018

The synthetic training environment, or STE, is a next-generation paradigm for enhancing readiness. The Army plans to use a combination of gaming, cloud computing, artificial …

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What’s Creative?: “Hi, I’m Ellie.”

November 20, 2018

A look at Ellie and the use of virtual humans in helping to treat symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress, via What’s Creative?

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Alexa Could Become Your Therapist As Experts Make Smart Speakers Judge Emotions

November 16, 2018

The Australian Review covers Judith Shulevitz’s piece about AI capabilities in connected devices. Continue reading for more insight from ICT’s Jonathan Gratch.

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Healing the Invisible Wounds of War with Virtual Reality

November 8, 2018

The RAND Corporation’s Invisible Wounds of War study estimates that as many as one in five who’ve seen battle experiences PTSD, which—if left untreated—can rip …

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3.5 – VR: What’s Possible in Reality?

November 7, 2018

Dell Technologies talks with Skip Rizzo and other industry insiders about VR and capabilities for the future. Listen to the full podcast here.

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Seeing is Believing: The State of Virtual Reality

November 4, 2018

The Verge writes an in-depth piece about the history of virtual reality. Continue reading.

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Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness

November 3, 2018

Researchers are developing wristbands and apps to predict moods—but the technology has pitfalls as well as promise. ICT’s Jonathan Gratch talks with Scientific American about …

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The Future of Mental Diagnosis and Treatment – Artificial Intelligence

November 3, 2018

The stuff we see in science fiction movies about artificial intelligence is slowly becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The fiction of yesterday is fast becoming the …

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Virtual Reality Therapy Has Real-Life Beenfits for Some Mental Disorders

November 1, 2018

Skip Rizzo talks with Science News about Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy. Continue reading.

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Tech Papers: The Secret to SIGGRAPH Asia Success

November 1, 2018

Hao Li talks with VFX Blog about what it takes to write a winning paper at SIGGRAPH Asia. Continue reading.

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Magic Leap Conference Videos Dive Deeper into Medical, Audio, & AR Cloud Uses for Magic Leap One

November 1, 2018

Just a day after releasing an initial set of three panels held at the free event for registered attendees, Magic Leap has posted an additional …

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AI Project Aims to Improve Negotiation Skills

October 26, 2018

USC’s Daily Trojan talks with Emmanuel Johnson about new research aimed at improving negotiation skills. Continue reading.

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Building the World of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

October 26, 2018

Digital Media World explores the production of Blade Runner 2049. Continue reading.

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What Are the Advantages and Issues of Artificial Intelligence in Terms of Study

October 25, 2018

AppRobust explores the pros and cons of artificial intelligence, featuring research from ICT. Continue reading.

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Army to Release New Squad Advanced Marksmanship Trainer

October 25, 2018

Over the next year, 26 installations are scheduled to receive the new Squad Advanced Marksmanship Trainer — with the first potential location slated for Fort …

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How Virtual Reality Is Transforming Autism Studies

October 24, 2018

Proponents of VR argue that no other medium comes as close to putting you in someone else’s shoes. “Having a perceptual experience — that’s something …

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AI’s Potential to Diagnose and Treat Mental Illness

October 23, 2018

Harvard Business Review explores AI solutions that help in diagnosing and treating mental illness, mentioning ICT’s Ellie as a potential aid in the process. Continue …

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Amazing AI Advances in Education: Benefits and Controversies

October 22, 2018

AI can help digitize textbooks and create customizable “smart” content for students of all age ranges, helping them with memorizing and learning. Virtual characters and …

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After Decades of Silence, Anne Frank’s Step-Sister Speaks Up

October 21, 2018

The author of three books, Schloss travels often to tell her story. She was interviewed by the Steven Spielberg-founded Shoah Foundation project and participated in …

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Outfitting Avatars To Cross The Uncanny Valley

October 19, 2018

Science Friday interviews Hao Li about the big challenges for creating photorealistic avatars, and how face-swapping technology threatens our perception of what’s real in the news. …

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The New Reality of Mixed Reality

October 17, 2018

Tech Well Insights explores new mixed reality experiences, including VITA for Magic Leap One. Read the full article here.

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Hate Negotiating? There’s a Virtual Human for That.

October 16, 2018

By Sara Preto Fall ’18 Emmanuel Johnson, a Fulbright Scholar and computer science Ph.D. working with USC Viterbi’s Jonathan Gratch, is collaborating with researchers from …

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U.S. Army Invests in Virtual Reality Training

October 16, 2018

The U.S. Army considers virtual reality training as an important path ahead to prepare warfighters. Central to STE is a cloud-enabled One World Terrain (OWT) …

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Can a Computer Headset Cure Your Fear of Heights?

October 14, 2018

Daily Mail explores the many uses of VR and how the technology can be helpful for a variety of reasons. Read the full article here.

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Inside Magic Leap’s Over-the-Top Developer Conference

October 13, 2018

PC Magazine interviews ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo at Magic Leap’s conference for developers. Read the full article here.

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New Virtual Marksmanship and Squad Immersive Trainers are Headed to Dozens of Army Locations Next Year

October 12, 2018

At the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting, Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, who serves both as the director of the Army’s Synthetic Training …

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Virtual Reality Isn’t Just for Video Games Anymore

October 11, 2018

The Skidmore News discusses a recent visit from ICT’s Skip Rizzo, read the full article about his talk and research here.

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USC ICT and The Dan Marino Foundation Partner with Magic Leap to Deliver Spatial Computing Experience for Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

October 10, 2018

Next-generation virtual human job interview practice system soon available on Magic Leap One. For more information, please contact Sara Preto, 310-301-5006, preto@ict.usc.edu. Studies show that …

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Is Alexa Dangerous?

October 10, 2018

Why would we turn to computers for solace? Machines give us a way to reveal shameful feelings without feeling shame. When talking to one, people …

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How to Teach Against Hate? Lean on Genocide Survivors

October 8, 2018

Teaching tolerance through survival, a piece from Trojan Family magazine.

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The Advanced Imaging Society Announces Distinguished Leadership Award Recipients

October 4, 2018

Receiving awards for Technology will be Apple Inc for ProRes Raw codec, IBM Watson computer incorporating AI, DreamWorks Animation openVDB Data Structure System, NVIDIA GeForce …

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‘Body Computing’ Turns Healthcare into Lifecare

September 28, 2018

As founder of USC’s Center for Body Computing (CBC), Dr. Leslie Saxon’s mission is to make sure ‘patients have a dog in the fight’ as …

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Synthetic Training Environment and the Digital Revolution in the Army

September 27, 2018

What makes the Synthetic Training Environment truly revolutionary and disruptive is the “how” as much as the “what” of it. Much like the name environment …

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USC Puts AR in La Brea Tar Pits

September 27, 2018

The La Brea Tar Pits, which is part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, has partnered with USC to incorporate augmented reality …

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ICT’s Adjunct Professor Paul Debevec Named Visual Effects Fellow

September 26, 2018

Visual effects veterans Craig Barron, Joyce Cox, Dan Curry, Paul Debevec and Mike Fink are set to become Visual Effects Society Fellows during an Oct. …

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Visual Effects Society Announces 2018 VES Fellows

September 26, 2018

Paul Debevec is one of this year’s VES fellows, read about the award in Animation World Network and Studio Daily.

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USC Partners with La Brea Tar Pits on Augmented Reality and Education

September 24, 2018

In a new partnership between USC and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, which include the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, researchers …

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The Ultimate Physician’s Assistant

September 21, 2018

Forbes explores emerging artificial intelligence (AI) innovations transforming the healthcare ecosystem today—from automated MRI imaging for early cancer detection to DNA sequencing for targeted drug …

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Museum, USC Create AR Experiences at La Brea Tar Pits

September 20, 2018

Woolly mammoths may be extinct, but visitors at the La Brea Tar Pits will get to see one up close. By partnering with USC, the …

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Advanced Imaging Society Unveils 2018 Technology Lumiere Award Honorees

September 18, 2018

The AIS Technology Award program annually acknowledges and celebrates technologies and processes demonstrating both innovation and impact in advancing the future of the entertainment and …

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Why Robots That Look Too Human Make Some People Uneasy

September 17, 2018

An increasing number of robots are being created and designed to work side by side with humans, in a human environment. That means robots have …

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ICT Wins AIS Tech Award

September 12, 2018

The Advanced Imaging Society will recognize 15 honorees during its 9th annual Technology Lumiere Awards, which will be held during December in Hollywood, including ICT for …

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Natural History Museum Partners with USC for Augmented Reality Experiences at La Brea Tar Pits

September 11, 2018

Discoveries from the iconic excavation site will be the linchpin in an effort to understand how to most effectively use a technology growing in popularity. …

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Army Improving Integrated Training Environments for Aviators

September 7, 2018

To better prepare aviators for the future fight against a near-peer adversary, the Army is working to improve live, virtual and constructive training environments. Continue …

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Can Technology Help You Live Longer?

September 4, 2018

BBC Click investigates, interviewing ICT’s Ari Shapiro about preserving the likeness of human beings. Watch the full segment here.

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Director for Cognitive Architecture Research at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies Honored for Contributions in the Artificial Intelligence Community

August 28, 2018

Paul S. Rosenbloom of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and Viterbi School of Engineering has won the 2018 Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in …

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Virtual Reality in the Medical Field

August 25, 2018

Today, VR is being used in everything from marketing for business growth to education in primary schools. One of the often overlooked yet more incredible …

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Would You Seek Therapy From a Machine?

August 23, 2018

Would you talk to a computer therapist? ICT has built an AI interface for use in mental health settings. KCRW hears how it works and …

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SIGGRAPH 2018: Deep Learning and Deep Fakes

August 15, 2018

A roundup of SIGGRAPH 2018 in FXPHD.com.

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Cubic Motion Makes More Than Faces

August 15, 2018

Using Light Stages, 3D scanning technology developed by Paul Debevec’s team at USC’s Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) created a stunningly realistic model …

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OC Fair Hits 2018 Attendance Record of 1.4M Visitors

August 13, 2018

The 2018 fair, which ended Sunday, Aug. 12, surpassed previous years in total guests – by 10 percent more than the 1.33 million fairgoers in …

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Meet the Chatbots Providing Mental Health Care

August 9, 2018

The Wall Street Journal takes an in-depth look at AI and chatbots, speaking with Gale Lucas for insight. Read the full article here.

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Here Come the Virtual Humans

August 9, 2018

PC Magazine interviews ICT’s Hao Li about his work and the future of virtual humans. Read the full article here.

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We Care Wednesday from KTLA

August 8, 2018

KTLA‘s Gayle Anderson visits the OC Fair and reminds viewers to stop by the Bravemind exhibit while summer’s still here.

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A.I. at SIGGRAPH: Part 2. Pinscreen at Real Time Live

August 6, 2018

FX Guide interviews Hao Li ahead of SIGGRAPH 2018. Read the full article here.

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Higher Education Innovation: 25 Examples of Excellence

August 3, 2018

This article is brought to you in partnership with The Mission Daily and Vemo Education, highlighting 25 research institutes at the forefront of innovation, including …

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Artificial Intelligence Can Help Veterans Deal with the Trauma of War

August 1, 2018

VR is a powerful tool when it comes to recreating environments and being able to control parameters. In the case of veterans, it allows a …

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Why Do Some Companies Have Humans Pretending to be Bots?

July 26, 2018

AI is hot. And it’s everywhere, from customer service apps and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, to all manner of transportation apps and social …

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Bravemind at Heroes Hall

July 24, 2018

KTLA’s Morning News visits Heroes Hall, as Gayle Anderson learns more about the Bravemind exhibit. Watch here.

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In the Foreground: SIGGRAPH 2017 Posters Graduate Winner

July 24, 2018

ACM’s SIGGRAPH Blog aught up with SIGGRAPH 2017 first-place ICT graduate winner Chloe LeGendre (whose recent research has been accepted to the SIGGRAPH 2018 Posters …

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From Sci Fi to Commercialization: The Rise of Digital Avatars

July 20, 2018

A lot of the fear and friction that come with asking for help, or the need to build trust with a stranger, are alleviated via …

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Could VR Therapy Transform Mental Health Treatment?

July 20, 2018

Verdict researches how VR can be used in mental health treatments. Read the full article here.

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When Health Apps Meet VR

July 18, 2018

The use of smartphones and tablet devices in health care has generated much interest recently, with a rise in related apps changing the way that …

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Why It’s So Hard for You to Stop Reading Books You Don’t Even Like

July 14, 2018

MSN writer Katie Heaney tries to understand grit, the type of personality that will persevere through anything, even a bad book, by talking with ICT’s …

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Revealing the Secret of CG Double in Logan

July 13, 2018

AnimationKolkata looks at the technology and process behind creating digital doubles in ‘Logan’.

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The Quantified Heart

July 12, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer just about the ability to calculate the quickest driving route from London to Bucharest, or to outplay Garry Kasparov …

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California Virtual Reality Exhibit Provides Window into PTSD Treatment

July 12, 2018

Designed by USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, Bravemind is an interactive program clinicians use to slowly immerse veterans and military service members into virtual environments …

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OC Fair Virtual Reality Exhibit Provides Window into PTSD Treatment

July 11, 2018

A new virtual reality experience at the OC Fair & Event Center offers insights into how researchers are using advanced technology to treat veterans suffering …

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Virtual Reality Isn’t Just for Gamers Anymore; It Will Change Your Health

July 10, 2018

As virtual reality (VR) software becomes more sophisticated, users are able to interact with the environment through multiple senses. Our brains and bodies begin to …

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Psychological Testing and Assessments Are Going High Tech

July 9, 2018

APA Monitor explores how technology is being used in psychological testing and assessments.

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4 Ways Virtual Reality Will Disrupt Healthcare

July 9, 2018

Cox Communications includes ways in which healthcare will incorporate virtual reality technologies. Continue reading to see how pairing together VR and therapy, specifically using Bravemind …

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It’s Almost Time to ‘Free Your Inner Farmer’ at the Orange County Fair

July 8, 2018

This year’s Orange County Fair features tons of new food, attractions and entertainment. The LA Times Daily Pilot gives readers an overview of what not …

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VR Soon a Clinical Reality in Psychosis Care

July 5, 2018

While VR therapy is still in the early stages of research, the current evidence suggests it can reduce paranoia and improve sociability without significant risk …

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Nvidia GPUs Could Use AI to Power Next-Gen HairWorks Models in Future Games

July 5, 2018

Researchers from the University of South California, Pinscreen, and Microsoft have developed a hair rendering technique powered by deep learning. This neural network can render …

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Bravemind & OC Fair 2018

July 3, 2018

The countdown to the 2018 OC Fair has reached less than two weeks. More than 1 million people are expected to check out this year’s …

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Bravemind Experience Opens at Heroes Hall

June 28, 2018

The LA Times Daily Pilot section features the new Bravemind exhibit opening at the Orange Country Fair’s Heroes Hall.

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Around Town: Heroes Hall Offers Preview of ‘Bravemind’ Exhibit

June 27, 2018

The public can get a peek this week of “Bravemind: Using Virtual Reality to Combat PTSD,” the newest exhibit planned for the Heroes Hall veterans …

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University of Southern California and Other Announced a Method Using Deep Learning to Generate a 3D Model of Hair from One 2D Image

June 26, 2018

Researchers at the University of Southern California, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Pinscreen, Microsoft Research Asia, published a method to more naturally generate hair 3D …

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Virtual Reality: Educating, Delivering Therapy & Facilitating Support

June 23, 2018

This piece for Medium features research and work highlighting the many uses of virtual reality. Read more here.

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Mesoscopic Facial Geometry Inference Using Deep Neural Networks

June 22, 2018

80 Level looks at research from the Vision and Graphics Lab at ICT exploring a novel approach to synthesizing facial geometry. Continue reading here.

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Digital Human Project Started at Toei Token Institute

June 18, 2018

Toei Co., Ltd. Toku Institute announces that it will launch a special research team and introduce the latest version of LightStage, developed by ICT, which is …

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USARIEM Partners to Explore Using Virtual Humans to Measure Cognitive Performance

June 15, 2018

Army researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, have recently begun collaborating with ICT on developing and enhancing technologies that …

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The Future of VR/AR in Medical Fields, according to Experts

June 12, 2018

MoguraVR, based out of Japan, interviews ICT’s Arno Hartholt for his thoughts on how VR and AR will impact the medical field. Continue reading here.

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New Study on Avatars Question the Influence of Virtual Clones

June 5, 2018

The gamer’s experience over the past decade has evolved tremendously and player-customized avatars, or virtual clones, are becoming more and more realistic every day. Previous …

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Realistic 3D Avatars From a Single Image

June 1, 2018

Digital media needs realistic digital faces. The recent surge in augmented and virtual reality platforms has created an even stronger demand for high-quality content, and …

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Holograms: Are They Still The Preserve of Science Fiction?

May 22, 2018

The Guardian explores 3D technologies and holograms, looking to ICT for for source inspiration. Read the full article here.

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In-Depth: Therapeutic VR In 2018 Is No Longer Just a Distraction

May 18, 2018

VR could soon be a resource in treating a different kind of recurring fear as well. Digital health therapeutic company Pear Therapeutics’ pipeline includes reCALL …

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Data Is Improving Government Services, But at What Cost to Citizen’s Privacy?

May 18, 2018

Data now informs almost everything the public sector does, and it also informs on us. ICT’s Todd Richmond provides insight on the issue for Government …

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Why Technology for Physician Education is a Necessity, Not a Luxury

May 17, 2018

Technology continues to change the way healthcare professionals deliver care to patients, enabling faster collaboration and improving workflow processes. Thanks to mobile devices and processes, …

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‘Yanny’ Versus ‘Laurel’ Debate Is the New ‘What Color Is the Dress?’ Meme

May 17, 2018

It’s the biggest debate of our time — or, at least, the biggest since the great “the dress” debate of 2015. Is it “Yanny” or …

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Virtual Therapy, Real Results

May 16, 2018

Diversity in Action interviews Skip Rizzo about using virtual reality to help in the treatment and prevention of PTS symptoms. Read the full article on …

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Virtual Reality is Used to Enhance the Lives of Aging Soldiers

May 14, 2018

A technology that bloomed in the age of joystick-thumbing millennials is now providing “ooooh’s” and ear-to-ear grins to old soldiers born generations ago. And those …

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Are Video Games Really Better When You Play as Yourself?

May 11, 2018

Ever dreamed of sprinting through a pixelated world, head-butting mysterious blocks, jumping on sentient mushrooms, and battling an evil turtle to rescue the princess? Of …

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Would Super Mario Bros. be better if you could play as yourself? Well, not exactly.

May 10, 2018

New research suggests that avatar appearance may not make a difference to players in certain game contexts. Contact: Sara Preto, (310) 301-5006 or preto@ict.usc.edu The …

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Two Tech Startups Changing the World That Are Backed By Hollywood Actors

May 9, 2018

Business Insider features Bravemind in a post-Dell Technologies World 2018 story. Continue reading to learn more about the project and its connection to Hollywood.

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Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy: The Paradigm Shift That Can Change Our Mental Reality

May 9, 2018

Corporate Wellness Magazine explores VRGET, featuring insight from ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo.

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Army Seeks ‘Synthetic Training Environment’

May 7, 2018

Defense Systems features collaborative efforts to create a unified virtual training architecture that would allow soldiers to practice realistic operations anywhere and anytime and improve …

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Virtual Humans Could Improve Conversations at the Doctor’s Office

May 3, 2018

Game-like simulations are training health care professionals to be more empathetic and to tackle conversations on tough topics like mental health. CNET spoke with ICT’s …

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Dell Technologies Invests in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

May 1, 2018

Dell Technologies Invests in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Announces $100,000 Grant to Advance Bravemind LAS VEGAS – Kicking off Dell Technologies World 2018, Chairman and …

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Michael Dell Says Robopocalypse is Fake News, Future is Software Defined

April 30, 2018

SDxCentral covers Dell Technologies World 2018, where Michael Dell and company announce a $100,000 grant for the advancement of Bravemind. Continue reading here.

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How Virtual Reality Is Saving Lives Both On and Off the Battlefield

April 25, 2018

Dell Technologies explores the use of VR in exposure therapy in this feature, continue reading the full article here.

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Can the Scary World of Facial Recognition Generate a Nearly $9B Benefit

April 25, 2018

Forbes speaks with ICT’s Hao Li for insight.

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The US Army Has Made a Virtual North Korea to Train Soldiers

April 20, 2018

The US army is creating a virtual replica of the planet to drill troops in. The idea is that it will be so realistic that …

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War Games: Army Deletes Bureaucracy to Get Sims Fast

April 20, 2018

There is real uncertainty whether such things as robotic tanks and high-speed scout helicopters are possible on the Army’s timeline. But if there’s one area …

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Inside the VR Therapy Designed to Help Sexual Assault Survivors Heal by Facing Attackers

April 19, 2018

ABC News investigates new VR technology used to help treat sexual assault survivors, speaking with ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo about virtual reality exposure therapy. Continue …

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Using Virtual Reality to Treat Addiction

April 17, 2018

The Fix looks at ways in which VR can help support the treatment of addiction.

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Spotting Fake News in a World with Manipulative Video

April 17, 2018

For CBS News, ICT’s Hao Li talks about manipulating images with Carter Evans.

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Is the VR Universe in Ready Player One Possible?

April 16, 2018

For this Giz Asks, Gizmodo reached out to a number of VR experts, including Arno Hartholt and Skip Rizzo, about the plausibility of an OASIS-like …

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Virtual Reality Now Being Used to Treat PTSD

April 16, 2018

Examining VR treatments for PTS, via News Blaze.

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A Holocaust Victim’s Decree: ‘Always Remember Who You Are’

April 13, 2018

Continued coverage of the New Dimensions in Testimony project from The Jerusalem Post.

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At USC’s Dev Night, Nerds and Cinema Geeks Unite

April 11, 2018

PC Magazine stopped by Dev Night, an after-hours hangout for USC engineering and cinema students, and checked out projects from two filmmakers who fuse programming …

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How Artificial Intelligence Helps Tech Students in the Learning Process

April 11, 2018

Universities will be among the first to adopt various Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, otherwise, they will become irrelevant and ultimately redundant. If done right, the …

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Augmented Reality is Changing How Newspapers (and Readers) are Seeing Things

April 9, 2018

Editor&Publisher explores how AR technology can be used in publishing newspapers, tapping into ICT’s Todd Richmond for insight. Read the full article here.

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A Whole New World – Virtual Reality in Social Work

March 29, 2018

“In using exposure therapy in its traditional form, you would use the imagination alone. You are asking them to narrate the experience in the safety …

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Asos’s New Technology Lets Shoppers See Clothes on Different Body Types

March 28, 2018

ICT’s David Krum is quoted throughout this Today.com piece about retailer ASOS using AR technology to show clothing on various models. Read the full article …

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Artificial Intelligence: Promise and Peril

March 27, 2018

During the HPA Tech Retreat eXtra (TR-X) last month, Phil Lelyveld, program lead for the AR/VR Initiative at the Entertainment Technology Center @ USC, spoke …

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Interactive Holocaust Education

March 27, 2018

Continued coverage of the New Dimensions in Testimony project. Read the full article in Times of Israel.

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Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies Advances Research to Reality

March 23, 2018

Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors have benefited from the research created by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its academic partner, the Institute for Creative …

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Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies Advances Research to Reality

March 23, 2018

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD — Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors have benefited from the research created by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its academic …

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Scientists Launch Global Effort to Find the Next Diabetes Drug

March 23, 2018

USC researchers issue a call to scientists to help them create the first comprehensive model of a cell that is central to diabetes, the pancreatic …

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Israeli Tech Helps Detect Depression in People

March 22, 2018

University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies researchers, as a part of their pioneering efforts within DARPA’s Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals …

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This Emotionally Intelligent Device Is Helping Kids with Autism Form Bonds

March 20, 2018

An in-depth look at technology helping children with autism, citing ICT virtual human research as early sources of AI use for mental health treatments. Read …

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Plenty of New Health Care Technology, but Will Doctors Use It?

March 19, 2018

The Internet, electronic health records and artificial intelligence can help doctors make the correct diagnosis and make better decisions. And that is just one way …

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Fear of Public Speaking Could Be Solved With Virtual Audience

March 15, 2018

Public speaking can heighten anyone’s anxiety. Cicero, a program named after the famed Roman orator, aims to help people overcome that fear — with the …

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How the USC Institute for Creative Technologies is Using VR to Treat PTSD

March 14, 2018

Skip Rizzo, the center’s director for medical virtual reality, spoke with TechRepublic’s Teena Maddox at SXSW about VR’s potential to help those with PTSD process …

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How Dell Aims to Raise Awareness of Environmental Issues Through VR Partnerships

March 14, 2018

At SXSW, TechRepublic’s Teena Maddox spoke with Dell’s director of VR and AR about the company’s partnerships, which include one with ICT in treating veterans …

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How Virtual Reality Can Transform PTSD Treatment

March 11, 2018

University of Southern California’s President C.L. Max Nikias pens a blog post about Bravemind, the VR exposure therapy tool to help treat PTSD, for the …

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New Tech Lets Users Create Their Own Avatars

March 11, 2018

While video games have long been at the forefront of virtual reality, the technology is already being used in the fields of gaming, architecture, education …

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Creepy, Real Technologies That Could Be On the Next ‘Black Mirror’

March 7, 2018

Greg Keraghosian of SF Gate explores AI technology for the future, featuring ICT’s research in virtual humans used as tools for clinicians. Read the full …

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How AI is Disrupting Education

March 5, 2018

We test students today to see how much they have learned. We measure their test answers against the teacher’s questions. And sometimes we measure their …

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Army Launches New SHARP Training Tools

March 5, 2018

ARL and the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California recently launched new training applications to support the response and prevention, or …

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Army Launches New SHARP Training Tools

March 5, 2018

By Joyce Conant and Sara Preto The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California recently launched …

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Here Come the Fake Videos, Too

March 4, 2018

Artificial intelligence video tools make it relatively easy to put one person’s face on another person’s body with few traces of manipulation. I tried it …

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Hao Li Earns Office of Naval Research Young Investigators Award

March 1, 2018

ICT’s Hao Li, a computer graphics and virtual reality expert, has received an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award to create highly realistic …

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USC Hosts London Hackathon Event for Young Entrepreneurs

March 1, 2018

Competition among secondary-school kids helps mark the opening of USC’s London office, the university’s ninth international office and its first in Europe. Continue reading in …

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Virtual Human Role Players for Studying Social Factors in Organizational Decision Making

March 1, 2018

A perspective with a sketch for research paradigm(s) to study how different factors might interact w/ differential social power dynamics of individuals in cyber decision-making …

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1,000 Reactions – Can virtual audiences make you a better public speaker?

February 26, 2018

New research designed to help people overcome the fear and anxiety typically associated with public speaking. Cicero works with virtual reality glasses that have the …

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Anne Frank’s Stepsister Shares Holocaust Insights

February 23, 2018

Continued expansion of the New Dimensions in Testimony project featured in the Star Tribune.

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Can Shoot ‘Em Ups Influence Army Recruitment?

February 22, 2018

The US Army has long used games as a way to teach tactics to troops and recruits, starting with tabletop war games. In the 1980s …

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Oscar-Nominated VFX Supervisor John Nelson on Blade Runner 2049

February 20, 2018

Some insight into all of the visual effects behind Blade Runner 2049, from Studio Daily.

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Fake Videos Are On the Rise. As They Become More Realistic, Seeing Shouldn’t Always Be Believing

February 19, 2018

All it takes is a single selfie. From that static image, an algorithm can quickly create a moving, lifelike avatar: a video not recorded, but …

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Here’s Where the Pentagon Wants to Invest in Artificial Intelligence in 2019

February 17, 2018

From Amazon’s Alexa to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving and promises to soon transform almost every aspect of life. The Defense Department’s …

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How the Army Plans to Use Virtual Humans Powered by Artificial Intelligence

February 16, 2018

The Human-Virtual Human Interaction program is run out of the Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California. The goal of …

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‘I really never thought that we could heal so many hearts’: Heroes Hall veterans museum marks first anniversary

February 15, 2018

Heroes Hall offers year-round educational programs, performances and rotating exhibitions. During its first year of operation, it drew more than 52,000 visitors and several tours …

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‘Nothing can replace the real thing’: Panel discusses growth of artificial intelligence

February 14, 2018

Panelists Caroline Bainbridge, Lisa Joy, Jonathan Gratch, Rose Eveleth, and James Blaylock discussed the relationship between emotion and artificial intelligence, and how humans and robots …

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Will Healthcare Be Where the Killer VR Apps Emerge?

February 13, 2018

By Skip Rizzo for VR360 News Virtual reality (VR) technology offers new opportunities for clinical research, assessment, and intervention. Since the mid-1990s, VR-based testing, training, …

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VR Can Already Help People Heal — and it’s just the beginning

February 10, 2018

Given the amount of new research showing the potential of VR to heal both emotional and physical conditions, it’s no surprise that many innovative VR …

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VR and AR: The Art of Immersive Storytelling and Journalism

February 8, 2018

As we move into a world of immersive technologies, how will virtual and augmented reality transform storytelling? From EDUCAUSE Review: The Impact of Immersive Storytelling …

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Put a Twist on Medical Education

February 7, 2018

Building on nearly 3 decades of experience using virtual reality to build immersive therapies for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ICT’s Skip Rizzo, is …

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Virtual Humans with the USC Director for Virtual Human Research, Jonathan Gratch | MIND & MACHINE

February 6, 2018

When you combine Natural Language Interface, Emotion Modeling, CG Animation, and various forms of Artificial Intelligence, you get lifelike computer characters with autonomous interaction. This …

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Emotional Rescue Could Refresh Uncertain VR Market

February 2, 2018

In a follow up piece about Sundance, SiliconANGLE explores the VR market some more. Continue reading on SiliconANGLE.com.

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Holocaust Hologram History-Making

February 1, 2018

Continued expansions of testimonials for the New Dimensions in Testimony project. Full article in Cleveland Jewish News.

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Virtual Reality Expands its Reach

February 1, 2018

Newly accessible virtual reality systems are delivering results in the therapist’s office, research lab and beyond. Continue reading the full feature on the American Psychological …

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How Businesses Are Using Augmented Reality

January 31, 2018

From Pokemon Go to Ikea, National Center for Business Journalism covers a few ways Augmented Reality is being used for business.

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The Artificial Becomes Real

January 30, 2018

A back-and-forth interplay of government and commercial funding and research has brought AI to the edge of a breakthrough. DVIDS takes a look at the …

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Bringing Musical Stars Back Via Hologram

January 28, 2018

Special effects are being employed to help bring beloved performers of the past back, almost as good as new. CBS Sunday Morning’s cover story investigates …

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Getting Real on VR’s Consumer Appeal at Sundance

January 26, 2018

SiliconAngle attended this year’s Sundance Festival and discovered a huge presence of VR. Highlighting uses of the technology, R. Danes looks at how VR can …

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Imaging Applications Use LEDs to Span the Spectrum

January 25, 2018

As more color cameras add infrared bands to their existing red, green, and blue channels, the machine vision market is seeing a resurgence in multispectral …

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Survivors’ Holograms Interact with Museum Visitors

January 24, 2018

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located in this suburb about 15 miles north of Chicago, is the first to permanently showcase the New …

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Have Holograms Made The Concept Of ‘Live Performance’ Different?

January 24, 2018

You may have seen images of the late Tupac Shakur from the 2012 Coachella Music Festival. A hologram of Shakur was projected to be on …

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Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?

January 23, 2018

Researchers have discovered that people are sometimes more willing to share their fears when they are able to open up to a virtual interviewer, rather …

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AR Glasses Have Learned from Glassholes

January 22, 2018

Augmented reality is one of the technologies making significant progress these days, and the public has been privy to a few of the more novel …

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At This Holocaust Museum, You Can Speak with Holograms of Survivors

January 22, 2018

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located in this suburb about 15 miles north of Chicago, is the first to permanently showcase the New …

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Could New Tech Meant for Plastic Surgeons Change CGI in Films Forever?

January 18, 2018

A new innovative technology is here to revolutionize filmmaking and James Cameron isn’t leading the charge? Times sure have changed. Ovio, a Newport Beach, California-based …

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3D Face Scanning Start Up In Talks With Studios for Film Use

January 18, 2018

A digital imaging startup is in talks with several Hollywood studios to offer a visual effects solution: faster 3D facial scans of actors. The Hollywood …

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Counseling with Artificial Intelligence

January 16, 2018

Counseling Today investigates how artificial intelligence will play a role in the future of counseling. Read the full article featuring ICT research here.

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A Blended Environment: The Future of AI and Education

January 15, 2018

Getting Smart explores the role AI will play in education and the five major shifts schools must make (with examples of how AI is already expediting …

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Activision’s Virtual Human ‘Emotion Challenge’

January 9, 2018

Detailed character animation and facial performance is increasingly becoming important for AAA Games. This is directed at both rendering realism and animation performance. Activision was founded …

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Seven Corporate Wellness Trends for 2018

January 9, 2018

The top corporate wellness trends are being driven by technology — some of which now sounds a bit futuristic. But experts say that in 2018 …

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Magic Leap’s Unveiling Spurred 2018 AR Race

January 4, 2018

ICT’s David Nelson pens an op-ed for Rolling Stone about why researching immersive human-computer interaction is critical. Read the full article here.

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A Nanjing Massacre Survivor’s Story Lives On Digitally

January 3, 2018

Engadget writes about how new technology will allow future generations to hear survivor stories in the future, featuring ICT’s collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation, …

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Is It Time for a Magic Leap Forward?

January 2, 2018

A few days before Christmas, closely watched and famously tight-lipped “mixed reality” company Magic Leap finally let us backstage a bit, announcing plans to ship …

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