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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Hosts First All-Girl High School Hackathon in SoCal

June 18, 2019

A North Hollywood High School student hit a trifecta this weekend. She brought together passions for empowering her female peers, computer science and the need …

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Army Tests New Training Platform

June 17, 2019

A technology called “One World Terrain” will help soldiers train virtually on 3D battlefields that replicate real locations. The Army recently conducted user assessments of …

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Here’s How a Popular Form of Entertainment is Helping Veterans Deal with Pain

June 14, 2019

Skip Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, said virtual reality has been used for various …

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Can the NHS’s New Virtual Reality Game Cure a Fear of Heights?

June 9, 2019

Dr Albert Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California, has made headlines in the US after designing a treatment for …

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Soldier Strong Program Helps Veterans Cope with PTSD

June 5, 2019

Veteran Chris Merkle discusses his return home from war and how VR Exposure Therapy tools like Strong Mind, powered by ICT’s Bravemind, has helped during …

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Army Testing Synthetic Training Environment Platform

June 4, 2019

Soon Soldiers worldwide could have a wealth of training options at their home station or armory — on a virtual platform.  The Army recently conducted …

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US Army Developing ‘Google Earth on Steroids’ That Will Be Able to Simulate the INSIDE of Buildings

May 29, 2019

In a report from National Defense, one researcher working on the project revealed that the system will be granular enough to map the inside of buildings …

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Robotics and American Sign Language

May 29, 2019

USC Viterbi researchers are helping to increase exposure to language in deaf infants to improve their development of language, reading, grammar, and writing skills for …

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Why Many Combat Veterans Are Still Suffering, Years After the Fight Ended

May 27, 2019

On average, 20 U.S. military veterans daily die by suicide, and suicides among active duty personnel are increasing. A number of treatments for veterans with …

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Army Leveraging Virtual-Reality Market for Plug-and-Play Battle Simulation

May 23, 2019

The Synthetic Training Environment will be a realistic and complex replica of weapons systems and operations, complete with civilians, enemies, weather conditions and even animals, …

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Untethered Shooting Trainers, Reconfigurable Air and Ground Simulators, and the Next Level of Virtual Training

May 20, 2019

n less than two years, the Army expects to have advanced simulators at four to five installations that can offer connected, realistic combat training for everyone from …

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Robots Take a Turn Leading Autism Therapy in Schools

May 20, 2019

New tech teaching emotional and communication skills shows early signs of connecting with children with autism spectrum disorder. Continue reading in the Wall Street Journal.

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Using VR in Psychiatric Care: ‘This time, we have the technology’

May 20, 2019

VR has suffered cycles of hype and deflation as people puzzle over which sectors it has the potential to transform: could it replace the whiteboard …

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“My heart broke”: Some People Develop an Emotional Response with Their Robots

May 19, 2019

When a robot “dies,” does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is “yes” — and that tells us something important, and …

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News from ITEC: Army’s ‘Google Earth on Steroids’ to Include Inside of Buildings

May 17, 2019

The Synthetic Training Environment intends to train all warfighting functions as well as the human dimensions of warfare, which include interacting with locals. It will …

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How Virtual Reality Can Help the Global Mental Health Crisis

May 15, 2019

Dr. Albert Rizzo is a research professor at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technology (ICT). The research institute, in partnership with Virtually …

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How Simulation Games Prepare the Military for More Than Just Combat

May 11, 2019

Before signing up for active duty, today’s generation of armed forces recruits have usually played hours of branded RPGs such as Call of Duty. But …

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US Military Developing Google Earth on Steroids That Can Map Inside Building

May 1, 2019

Google Earth allows us to navigate the world through our computer or phone screens, zooming into cities and communities all over the world with a birds-eye view …

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Be Wary of Robot Emotions; ‘Simulated Love is Never Love’

April 26, 2019

“When we interact with another human, dog, or machine, how we treat it is influenced by what kind of mind we think it has,” said …

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How Intelligent Workstations Will Use AI to Improve Health and Happiness

April 25, 2019

Do you want to be warm or cold? Is it time to stand rather than sit? An interdisciplinary team – made up of designers and …

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DCS 2019: Saving Soldiers Using Clinical VR

April 18, 2019

The virtual approach not only was accepted by soldiers with PTSD, it seemed to have won the day over real humans, in dramatic results shown …

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Faculty Aim to Design Tomorrow’s Workstation for Today’s Workforce

April 17, 2019

To examine social aspects of human–machine interaction, Becerik-Gerber and Roll are collaborating with Gale Lucas, PhD, research assistant professor of computer science at USC Viterbi …

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Drone Mapping Improves Warfighter Training, Saves Money

April 17, 2019

Scientists are using virtual and augmented reality to improve training environments for the warfighter. The technology empowers service members on the ground while saving the …

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New Dimensions in Testimony Discussed at March of Living

March 24, 2019

The Jerusalem Post interviews attendees of this year’s March of Living and discusses the New Dimensions in Testimony project preserving Holocaust survivor stories. Continue reading.

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New Artificial Intelligence Frontier of VFX

March 20, 2019

If there’s a buzz phrase right now in visual effects, it’s “machine learning.” In fact, there are three: machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence …

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Will People Trust a ‘Digital Human’ the Same Way They Trust People?

March 13, 2019

Research is showing these kind of embodied interactions drive engagement, which opens all kinds of possibilities as to how systems can help people. Continue reading …

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Can Artificial Intelligence Be An Effective Therapist?

March 1, 2019

Over 450 million people are currently affected by mental or neurological disorders and it is estimated that one in four people will be affected by …

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Virtual Reality Opens New Paths to Mental Health

February 27, 2019

A recent report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness revealed the surprising statistic that 43.8 million Americans will experience a mental health issue …

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The Promise of VR for PTSD

February 26, 2019

Medical professionals treating PTSD have traditionally relied on patients to tap into their memories in order to work through trauma. Skip Rizzo, research professor with …

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Pre-Programming Autonomous Machines Promotes Selfless Decision-Making

February 26, 2019

Researchers from the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, the Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies and Northeastern University collaborated on a paper published …

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Will Autonomous Vehicles Make Us Better People?

February 12, 2019

Pacific Standard covers new research from ARL and ICT.

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Saving Lives with Virtual Reality

February 12, 2019

Spectrum News 1 interviews Skip Rizzo about how virtual reality isn’t just for gamers, medical professionals use it to train for life-saving surgeries. Watch the …

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Could Talking to a Bot Help You Feel Better?

February 11, 2019

Research from the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, for example, found that U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan were more willing to disclose …

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Programming Autonomous Machines Ahead of Time Promotes Selfless Decision Making

February 11, 2019

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Feb. 11, 2019) — A new study suggests the use of autonomous machines increases cooperation among individuals. Researchers from the U.S. …

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Facing the Harsh Realities of PTSD

February 11, 2019

A look at how stepping into a virtual war zone helps war veterans face PTSD. Watch full segment on Spectrum News 1.

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VR Breakthroughs in Autism

February 11, 2019

Watch Skip Rizzo use virtual reality to help a teenager on the spectrum read social cues and practice interview skills, via Spectrum News 1.

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SciTech Awards: Scanning Hollywood with Paul Debevec

February 11, 2019

Creating photo-real digital actors is one of the biggest remaining challenges in feature film visual effects. Digitally rendered faces must achieve a high level of …

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The Next Frontier of Wearable Tech: Your Shoes

February 5, 2019

Would you be tempted to spend the money for some smart shoes? Is the extra technology worth the higher price tag? Or, is this taking …

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The 5 Biggest Tech Challenges to Building a Commercial Avatar

February 5, 2019

Here’s a look at some of the biggest tech barriers facing avatar systems – and how researchers think we can overcome them, from ANA Travel …

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Smart Buildings May Soon Deploy AI Avatars to Improve Energy Efficiency

February 5, 2019

New research shows that the human-machine dynamic will be important to achieving the potential for smart buildings in the near future. Continue reading the full …

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Digital Influences and the Dollars that Follow Them

February 1, 2019

Today, there are generally three types of virtual avatar: realistic high-resolution CGI avatars, stylized CGI avatars and manipulated video avatars. Each has its strengths and …

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A Virtual Human Teaches Negotiating Skills

January 31, 2019

Whether it’s haggling for a better price or negotiating for a higher salary, there is a skill to getting the most of what you want. …

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Rapid Terrain Generation

January 30, 2019

Geospecific 3D terrain representation (aka reality modeling) is revolutionizing geovisualization, simulation, and engineering practices around the world. In tandem with the rapid growth in unmanned …

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AI Programs Can Help in Early Detection of Mental Health Issues

January 28, 2019

GovernmentCIO explores research focused on using artificial intelligence to help detect signs of mental health issues, referencing ICT studies in the article. Read the full …

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Zippy: The Virtual Research Navigator

January 24, 2019

A new collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles using animated video and bots to improve research literacy. Learn more.

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AR Trial Wants to Give Juvenile Offenders a ‘Second Chance’

January 19, 2019

Dr. Skip Rizzo has used virtual and augmented reality to help veterans, those with autism, and adults emerging from the criminal justice system better cope …

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The Invisible Warning Signs That Predict Your Future Health

January 17, 2019

Artificial intelligence is proving it can spot the warning signs of disease before we even know we are ill ourselves. Leah Kaminsky, a GP and …

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Army Researchers Explore Benefits of Immersive Technology for Soldiers

January 16, 2019

The emergence of next generation virtual and augmented reality devices like the Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens has increased interest in using mixed reality to …

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How Virtual Reality Will Transform Medicine

January 16, 2019

Anxiety disorders, addiction, acute pain and stroke rehabilitation are just a few of the areas where VR therapy is already in use. Scientific American explores …

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Virtual Battlefield Represents Future of Training

January 14, 2019

Better, Faster, Stronger. The U.S. Army features a piece about the Synthetic Training Environment and One World Terrain.

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Research Fosters Communication Between Smart Buildings and People

January 11, 2019

Science Daily features new research focused on the human-machine dynamic and is a product of convergent disciplines at USC, including engineering, communications and behavioral sciences. …

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How to Improve Communication Between People and Smart Buildings

January 10, 2019

When it comes to buildings and their occupants, USC researchers see a failure to communicate, yet improved dialogue between the two can help smart buildings …

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USC Research Fosters Communication Between Smart Buildings and People

January 8, 2019

USC researchers found people connect better with a computer-generated avatar that represents building management — and small talk helped, too When it comes to buildings …

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US Government Developing Virtual Reality Simulation to Help Disclose HIV Status to Future Partners

January 3, 2019

The National Institutes of Health is developing a virtual reality experience to help young gay men who’ve contracted HIV disclose their status to future sex …

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US Military Turns to Latest Tech Tools for Training for Combat

January 2, 2019

As technology advances, there are new tools for the military to train and be better prepared for combat. To assist the U.S. Department of Defense, …

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Sturggling Couples Could Soon Be Seeking Relationship Help from AI ‘Woebots’ Instead of Human Counsellors as Demand for Online Support Soars

January 1, 2019

The US Army is investigating the prospect of robot therapists for soldiers to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder. The idea was suggested by researchers at the …

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