Events at ICT

November 15-18, 2016 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
2016 International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS)
Conference Website: 9th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

This year, the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling will take place at ICT. It aslo features a collaboration with the ninth edition of Intelligent …

November 15, 2016 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Art Exhibition at International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) 2016

The Art Exhibition of International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) 2016 is an annual juried showcase of new creative works that integrate digital technologies, interaction, …

September 20-23, 2016 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) 2016
Conference Website: 16th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

IVA 2016 is the 16th congregation of an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent …

September 16-18, 2016 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems
Conference Website: YRRSDS 2016

YRRSDS 2016 is an open forum for spoken dialog researchers to discuss their work and research interests. This is the 12th edition of the annual …

September 13-15, 2016 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Conference on Special Interest Group On Discourse and Dialogue (SigDial) 2016
Conference Website: 17th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

The SIGdial venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge research in discourse and dialogue to both academic and industry researchers. Continuing …

February 25, 2016 | ICT Theater
ICT Distinguished Lecture Series: The synchronous massive online course (SMOC) and new model of online education
Speaker: James W. Pennebaker, Social Psychologist and the Centennial Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin
Host: Stefan Scherer, ICT
November 6, 2014 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
7th International ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion in Games 2014 (MIG 2014)
Speaker: Hao Li, Evan Hirsch, Javier van der Pahlen, Erwin Coumans, James O'Brien, Paul Debevec
Host: ICT

Games have become a very important medium for education, therapy and entertainment. Motion plays a crucial role in computer games. Characters move around, objects are …

May 20, 2014 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Human Matters: Developing Technologies and Strategies with Meaningful Impact
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr., Christian Madsbjerg, Gardiner Morse
Host: USC ICT, ReD Associates, Harvard Business Review

The USC Institute for Creative Technologies, ReD Associates, and Harvard Business Review invite you to a panel discussion about the power of a human-centered approach …

May 8, 2014 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Uncertainty During Interpersonal Negotiations: Perceptual and Physiological RamificationsDuring Interpersonal Negotiations: Perceptual and Physiological Ramifications
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh
Host: USC Center for Economic and Social Research

Emotion is important in motivated performance scenarios such as negotiations. But studying complex interpersonal tasks is difficult with existing behavioral science research methods because of …

April 16, 2014 | ICT Theater, 2:00 pm
Michael Naimark Talk: Cycloramas Re-Imagined
Speaker: Michael Naimark
Host: ICT Graphics Lab

“VR is back!”, and while for most this means head-mounted displays and fantasy imagery, collective displays and realworld imagery are untapped both as a new …

February 21, 2014 | USC ICT
Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference Tours ICT
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr. and Skip Rizzo and more
Host: Skip Rizzo and NextMed VR

On Friday evening, conference participants from the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference can enjoy a tour and reception at the University of Southern California’s Institute …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 23, 2013
ICT Hosts Visitors from NATO and ONR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 9, 2012 | ICT
Game Theory and Human Behavior Fall Symposium
Speaker: Several
Host: USC Game Theory and Human Behavior Group

Game Theory and Human Behavior addresses problems of global interest such as energy, healthcare, financial markets and security necessarily involve understanding and influencing the behavior …

October 31, 2012 | USC ICT
Technology & Innovation for the Prevention & Treatment of PTSD Conference
Host: USC ICT

War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The physical, emotional, cognitive and psychological demands of a combat …

October 30, 2012 | USC ICT
Lunchtime Book Talk by Science Journalist and Author Matt Kaplan
Speaker: Matt Kaplan
Host: Randall W. Hill, Jr.

Tuesday, October 30 from 12:30-1:30 PM Introduction by Randy Hill Get into the Halloween spirit with a lunchtime book talk with science journalist and author …

March 13, 2012 | USC ICT
Jacki Morie: “Using Virtual Worlds are an Adavnced Form of Telehealth Care”
Speaker: Jacki Morie

Jacki Morie will be reporting on how we are making advances in using Virtual Worlds as advanced telehealth care through the TOPSS-VW Project at ICT.

February 14-15 2011 | USC ICT
NCOA Leadership Workshop
Conference Website: NCOA Leadership Workshop

View the Workshop Agenda here.

September 23, 2011 | USC ICT
Congkai Sun, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Towards Speaker Adaptation for Dialogue Act Recognition”
Speaker: Congkai Sun, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: SEMDIAL 2011 workshop on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue

Dialogue act labels are being used to represent a higher level intention of utterances during human conversation (Stolcke et al., 2000). Automatic dialogue act recognition …

September 21, 2011 | USC ICT
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Towards Speaker Adaptation for Dialogue Act Recognition”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: SEMDIAL 2011 workshop on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue

In this work we study the effectiveness of speaker adaptation for Dialogue Act recognition in multiparty meetings. First, we analyze idiosyncracy in dialogue verbal acts …

September 19-20, 2011 | USC ICT
ICT Workshop on Overlap in Human-Computer Dialogue
Conference Website: ICT Workshop on Overlap in Human-Computer Dialogue

Organizing Committee: David Traum, Jens Edlund, Nigel Ward Background Natural Human dialogue (especially multiparty dialogue) contains many instances of more than one person talking at …

August 4-6 2010 | USC ICT
Predictive Models of Human Communication Dynamics
Conference Website: Predictive Models of Human Commucation Dynamics

In the study of human face-to-face communication, the patterning of interlocutor actions and interactions, moment-by-moment, is a matter of great scientific interest; and predictive models …

June 7-8 2011 | USC ICT
INCOPD ALC2015 Immersive Training Workshop
Conference Website: INCOPD ALC2015 Immersive Training Workshop

The purpose of the immersive training program is to introduce Army trainers to engaging and relevant instructional technologies such as highly realistic, interactive games and …

February 23-25, 2011 | USC ICT
Workshop on Human-Agent Social Interaction in Open Online Virtual Worlds
Conference Website: Workshop on Human-Agent Social Interaction in Open Online Virtual Worlds

A virtual world (VW) is a social virtual environment depicted by a rich graphical landscape, where visitors come together to interact. The inhabitants of a …

February 18-19, 2011 | USC ICT
Reasoning With Text
Conference Website: Reasoning with Text

Intelligent robots of the future are going to need to know a lot of stuff. They are going to need to know how a power …

January 18, 2011 | USC ICT
Mark Core: “Natural Language Understanding Considerations for Lifelong Learning Companions”
Speaker: Mark Core
Host: Tenth International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing

In this paper, we present considerations for natural language processing for a lifelong learning companion. In the context of these considerations, we review related work …

August 4, 2010 | USC ICT
ICT Workshop: Predictive Models of Human Communication Dynamics Conference

In the study of human face-to-face communication, the patterning of interlocutor actions and interactions, moment-by-moment, is a matter of great scientific interest; and predictive models …

May 7-9 2010 | Institute for Creative Technologies
ICT FML Workshop
Conference Website: ICT FML Workshop

Examples of FML in use ICT Stefan Kopp Hannes Vilhjálmsson In this paper I reviewed the functions I have used in the past and am …

November 11, 2009 | USC ICT
Astrid von der Putten, Nicole Kramer, Jonathan Gratch: “Who’s there? Can a Virtual Agent Really Elicit Social Presence”
Speaker: Astrid von der Putten, Nicole Kramer, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 12th Annual International Workshop on Presence

This study investigates whether humans perceive a higher degree of social presence when interacting with an animated character that displays natural as opposed to no …

May 10, 2009 | USC ICT
Richard Clark, Daniel Schwartz: “Adaptability Research Workshop”
Speaker: Richard Clark, Daniel Schwartz
Host: USC ICT and USC CCT

The workshop agenda was designed to begin the process of overcoming the bias implicit in past learning and adaptability research and practice. Of the ten …

February 12, 2009 | USC ICT
Jacki Morie, Jeff Worth: “StoryBox Workshop””
Speaker: Jackie Morie, Jeff Wirth
Host: USC ICT

The StoryBox Workshop was held at ICT’s McConnell Facility, with Jeff Wirth, designer of the StoryBox format, several interactors from Orlando and Los Angeles, and …

September 24, 2008 | USC ICT
Jonathan Gratch: “Research Workshop: Virtual Human Toolkit”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: USC ICT

The Institute for Creative Technologies is organizing a small, invitation-only “Virtual Human School”, intended for graduate students, junior researchers and Army personnel. It is designed …

September 12, 2008 | USC ICT
David Traum: “Research Workshop: Multi-modal Grounding for Virtual Humans and Robots”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: USC ICT

Grounding is the process of adding to the “Common Ground” between interacting participants. There have been several approaches to these issues, including computational models of …

August 10, 2008 | USC ICT Graphics Lab
Open House Tour of ICT Graphics Lab for PROCAMS Attendees
Speaker: Paul Debevec

PROCAMS attendees are invited to tour the USC ICT graphics lab. The PROCAMS workshop series serves as an annual gathering place for researchers and practitioners …

May 15, 2008 | USC ICT
ICT Workshop on Dialogue Research
Speaker: David Traum, Kevin Feeley, Antonio Roque, Patrick Kenny, Arno Hartholt, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Dusan Jan, Sudeep Gandhe
Host: David Traum

Other presenters include David Devault – Rutgers, David Herrera – UTEP, Raquel Fernandez – Stanford, Robin Cooper, Staffan Larsson – Goteborg Univeristy

May 1, 2008 | USC ICT
Patricia Lange, PhD: “Morality, Anonymity, Learning, and Friendship in a Fractalized World”
Speaker: Patricia Lange
Host: David Traum

From online text games to YouTube, ethnographic insights have empirically challenged common sense assumptions about mediated interaction. These common sense notions include: 1) anonymity is …

November 28, 2007 | USC ICT
Cyrus Wilson: “From a New Perspective”
Speaker: Cyrus Wilson

A microscope allows us to capture scenes that are quite different from those we experience in our daily lives. At the limit of the smallest …

November 28, 2007 | USC ICT
Reid Swanson: “First person narrative story extraction and retrieval”
Speaker: Reid Swanson
Host: Andrew Gordon

Reid is a 3rd year computer science PhD student here at ICT, and will be giving a talk on the work he did as part …

October 26, 2007 | USC ICT
Jonathan Gratch: “Research Workshop: Transactional Emotions”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch

The Transactional Emotions Workshop brought together psychologists and technologists interested in “transactional emotions,” meaning those emotions that arise from an interaction between individuals. Discussion topics …

October 12, 2007 | USC ICT
Andrew Gordon and Stacy Marsella: “Research Workshop: Theory of Mind”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon and Stacy Marsella

The Theory of Mind Workshop brought together researchers from several relevant disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, neural science, linguistics and computer science to discuss a range …

September 11, 2007 | USC ICT
Pedro A. Gonzalez Calero: “Engineering Case-Based Reasoning Systems in jCOLIBRI”
Speaker: Pedro A. Gonzalez Calero

CBR has been proposed as a knowledge light methodology for building knowledge-based systems where problem solving is accomplished by reusing past experiences instead of reasoning …

August 23, 2007 | USC ICT
Mehdi Manshadi: “Learning a probabilistic model of event sequences from Internet weblog stories”
Speaker: Mehdi Manshadi

Internet weblogs provide a huge source of stories that can be used as a large corpus to learn statistical regularities of narrative text. In this …

August 21, 2007 | USC ICT
Darold Higa: “Multi-Agent Virtual Histories: Disaggregating International Relations”
Speaker: Darold Higa

Concerns over the environment, terrorism, ethnic violence and state disintegration have placed greater emphasis on exploring the possible connections between resource scarcity and inter-group violence. …

August 1, 2007 | USC ICT
Ron Artstein: “Evaluation of semantic corpus annotation”
Speaker: Ron Artstein

Semantically annotated corpora are intended to capture semantic relations among elements in a text, but it is not known how uniform human intuitions are about …

July 18, 2007 | USC ICT
Kallirroi Georgila: “User Simulation for Dialogue Systems: Learning and Evaluation”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila

This talk focuses on statistical methods for learning models of users interacting with a dialogue system. I will show how dialogue management strategies can be …

July 16, 2007 | USC ICT
Bob Hausmann: “Injecting self-explanation in the classroom: An in vivo experiment”
Speaker: Bob Hausmann

It is widely accepted that active, cognitive processing during learning results in a robust representation of the target material. For example, self-explanation is an active, …

July 5, 2007 | USC ICT
Celestine Ntuen: “Towards Analytical and Computational Sensemaking”
Speaker: Celestine Ntuen

In asymmetric information environments, the deliberate military decision making processes (MDMP) with all their linearity assumptions are generally regarded as inadequate. Generating courses of action …

May 21, 2007 | USC ICT
Sabarish V. Babu: “Inter-Personal Social Conversation in Multimodal Human-Virtual Human Interaction”
Speaker: Sabarish V. Babu

My primary area of research lies in understanding the impact of social conversational behaviors in human-virtual human interaction. Specifically, the goal of my work is …

April 25, 2007 | USC ICT
Abhijeet Ghosh: “Realistic Material and Illumination Environments”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh

Throughout its history, the field of computer graphics has been striving towards increased realism. This goal has traditionally been described by the notion of photorealism, …

March 30, 2007 | USC ICT
Ryan Baker: “Detecting and Adapting to When Students Game the System”
Speaker: Ryan Baker

Students use interactive learning environments in a considerable variety of ways. In this talk, I will present research on developing learning environments that can automatically …

March 27, 2007 | USC ICT
Lisa Holt and Brian Stensrud: “Interactive Story Architecture for Training (ISAT)”
Speaker: Lisa Holt and Brian Stensrud

The Interactive Story Architecture for Training (ISAT) is designed to create an engaging and individualized training environment. ISAT combines interactive drama and intelligent tutoring techniques …

February 9, 2007 | USC ICT
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Visual Feedback for Multimodal Interfaces”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency

When people interact with each other, it is common to see indications of acknowledgment given with a simple head gesture or explicit turn-taking with eye …

December 20, 2006 | USC ICT
Antonio Damasio: “Neurobiology of the Mind”
Speaker: Antonio Damasio
Host: USC ICT

On Wednesday December 20th, Antonio and Hanna Damasio will be visiting the ICT. Antonio Damasio will be giving a talk in the 6th floor amphitheater …

August 21, 2006 | USC ICT
Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Stacy Marsella, Mattheiu Morales, Jan van der Werf, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Virtual Rapport”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Stacy Marsella, Mattheiu Morales, Jan van der Werf, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 6th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 06)

Effective face-to-face conversations are highly interactive. Participants respond to each other, engaging in nonconscious behavioral mimicry and backchanneling feedback. Such behaviors produce a subjective sense …

August 21, 2006 | USC ICT
Stacy Marsella, Sharon Carnicke, Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Skip Rizzo: “An exploration of Delsarte’s structural acting system”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella, Sharon Carnicke, Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Skip Rizzo
Host: 6th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 06)

The designers of virtual agents often draw on a large research literature in psychology, linguistics and human ethology to design embodied agents that can interact …

June 20, 2006 | USC ICT
Vadim Bulitko: “Real-time Learning and Search in Game-like Environments”
Speaker: Vadim Bulutko
Host: Michael van Lent

The pursuit of moving targets in real-time environments such as computer games and robotics presents several challenges to situated agents. A priori unknown state spaces …

April 27, 2006 | USC ICT
James Fan: “Interpreting Loosely Encoded Knowledge”
Speaker: James Fan
Host: Jonathan Gratch

Knowledge based systems are capable of answering questions that have elaborate contexts and require deep reasonings. Unlike information retrieval based question answering, knowledge based systems …

April 25, 2006 | USC ICT
Fusun Yaman: “Reasoning about Temporal Plans and Plans for Moving Objects”
Speaker: Fusun Yaman
Host: Jonathan Gratch

Temporal plans play an important role in many real world applications. In this talk I will present my work on generating temporal plans and reasoning …

March 30, 2006 | USC ICT
Jeremy Bailenson: “Transformed Social Interaction in Virtual Reality”
Speaker: Jeremy Bailenson
Host: Jonathan Gratch

Over time, our mode of remote communication has evolved from written letters to telephones, email, internet chat rooms, and videoconferences. Similarly, collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) …

March 17, 2006 | USC ICT
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Contextual Recognition of Head Gestures”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency

Head pose and gesture offer several key conversational grounding cues and are used extensively inface-to-face interaction among people. In this talk, we investigate how dialog …

March 1, 2006 | USC ICT
Erik T. Mueller: “Commonsense Reasoning and the Event Calculus”
Speaker: Erik T. Mueller
Host: Andrew Gordon

Commonsense reasoning is fundamental to high-level cognition. The event calculus, which is based on first-order logic, is an effective method for commonsense reasoning. It supports …

February 15, 2006 | USC ICT
Doug Lenat: “Creativity vs. Common Sense”
Speaker: Doug Lenat
Host: Lori Weiss

The pursuit of Artificial Intelligence—from robotics to natural language processing to automated learning—has been held back by the “brittleness bottleneck” caused by the need for …