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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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