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August 15, 2017 | Saarbruken, Germany
SIGdial 17

SIGdial 17 August 15-17, 2017 Saarbruken, Germany Presentations

August 14, 2017 | San Diego, CA
43rd National Organization for Victim Assistance

43rd National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) August 14-17, 2017 San Diego, CA Presentations

August 13, 2017 | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
SIGKDD 2017

SIGKDD 2017 August 13-17, 2017 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Presentations

July 30, 2017 | Vancouver, Canada
Annual Meeting of Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)

Annual Meeting of Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) July 30, 2017 – August 4, 2017 Vancouver, Canada Presentations

July 30, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
SIGGRAPH 2017

SIGGRAPH 2017 Los Angeles July 30, 2017 – August 3, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Presentations

July 25, 2017 | St. Louis, MO
International Society for Research in Emotion (ISRE)

ISRE July 25-30, 2017 St. Louis, MO Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Gratch

July 22, 2017 | Honolulu, HI
CVPR 2017

CVPR 2017July 22-25, 2017 Honolulu, HI Presentations

July 22, 2017 | University of Warwick, UK
ICCM 2017

15th Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling July 22-25, 2017 University of Warwick, UK Presentations

July 20, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo

2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo July 20-21, 2017 Washington, D.C. Presentations

July 11, 2017 | Vancouver, Canada
HCI International 2017

HCI International 2017 (Human-Computer Interaction International Conference) July 11-13, 2017 Vancouver, Canada Presentations

July 10, 2017 | San Diego, CA
ESRI User Conference

ESRI User Conference July 10-14, 2017 San Diego, CA Presentations

June 28, 2017 | Wuhan, China
IAIED (Artificial Intelligence in Education) 2017

IAIED 2017 Wuhan, China June 28, 2017 – July 2, 2017 Presentations

June 28, 2017 | Wuhan, China
International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2017)

AIED 2017 June 28, 2017 – July 2, 2017 Wuhan, China Rapid Avatar Presentation

June 6, 2017 | Farmington, PA
IWSDS 2017

IWSDS 2017 (International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems) June 6-9, 2017 Farmington, PA Presentations

May 23, 2017 | Honolulu, HI
LANPAC 2017

LANPAC 2017 May 23-25, 2017 Honolulu, HI Presentations

May 22, 2017 | Marco Island, FL
FLAIRS-30

The 30th International FLAIRS Conference May 22-24, 2017 Marco Island, FL Session Track Chair

May 22, 2017
CASA 2017

CASA 2017 (International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents) May 22-24, 2017 Seoul, South Korea Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Gratch

May 12, 2017 | Troy, NY
Advances in Cognitive Systems Conference

Advances in Cognitive Systems Conference May 12-14, 2017 Troy, NY Presentations

May 6, 2017 | Denver, CO
CHI 2017

CHI 2017 (ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) May 6-11, 2017 Denver, CO Presentations

May 6, 2017 | Sao Paolo, Brazil
AAMAS 2017

AAMAS 2017 (International Conference on Antonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems) May 6-13, 2017 Sao Paolo, Brazil Presentations

April 27, 2017 | Linköping University, Sweden
KVIT Conference

KVIT Conference April 27-28, 2017 Linköping University, Sweden Presentation

April 27, 2017 | Boston, MA
2017 SAS Annual Conference

2017 SAS Annual Conference (The Society for Affective Science) April 27-29 2017 Boston, MA Presentations

April 24, 2017 | Lyon, France
Eurographics 2017

Eurographics 2017 April 24-28, 2017 Lyon, France Presentations

April 20, 2017 | London, UK
Virtual Reality Show

Virtual Reality Show April 20-22, 2017 London, UK Presentation

April 9, 2017 | Anaheim, CA
SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing 2017

SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing 2017 April 9-13, 2017 Anaheim, CA Panel Discussion  

April 1, 2017 | Valencia, Spain
EACL 2017

EACL 2017 (The European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics) April 1-8, 2017 Valencia, Spain Presentations

March 28, 2017 | Savannah, GA
2017 IEEE CogSIMA

2017 IEEE CogSIMA (Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management) March 28-31, 2017 Savannah, GA Panelist: Volkan Ustun

March 20, 2017 | Playa Vista, CA
2017 IEEE VR Los Angeles University Reception

2017 IEEE VR Los Angeles University Reception March 20, 2017 Playa Vista, CA Reception and Demos at USC Institute for Creative Technologies

March 18, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
2017 IEEE VR Los Angeles

2017 IEEE VR Los Angeles March 18-22, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Presentations

March 15, 2017 | Austin, TX
SXSW 2017

SXSW 2017 March 15-18, 2017 Austin, TX Panelists: Todd Richmond, Dr. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo

February 15, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
Engage: LA Digital Storytelling Conference

Engage: LA Digital Storytelling Conference February 15, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Speaker: Todd Richmond

January 29, 2017 | Burlingame, CA
2017 IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging (EI 2017)

2017 IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging (EI 2017)January 29 – 31, 2017Burlingame, CAPaper presentation

January 26, 2017 | Orlando, FL
International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care

International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care January 26 – 31, 2017 Orlando, FL Presentations by Thomas B. Talbot  

January 19, 2017 | San Antonio, TX
Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention

Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual ConventionJanuary 19 – 21, 2017San Antonio, TexasPoster presentation

January 4, 2017 | Waikoloa Village, HI
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Speaker: Todd Richmond

Watch Todd Richmond’s keynote here.

November 28, 2016 - December 2, 2016 | Orlando, FL
I/ITSEC 2016
Conference Website: I/ITSEC 2016

I/ITSEC 2016 will be held 28 November – 2 December 2016 in the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Stop by the Army and …

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 23, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA
10th Annual USC Global Body Computing Conference
Conference Website: 10th Annual USC Global Body Computing Conference
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 22, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA
2nd ICT Workshop on the Use of Virtual Reality to address the Hidden Wounds of War
Conference Website: Virtual Reality and the Wounds of War

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of some exciting VR and related technology directions that have been pursued to address the healthcare needs …

September 20-22, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA
11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT)
Conference Website: ICDVRAT

Conference co-chaired by Skip Rizzo

September 19, 2016 | Stanford, CA
Reducing the Psychological Pain of PTSD with Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Speaker: Skip Rizzo
Host: VRPain 2016: Reducing Pain and Suffering with Virtual Reality
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 …

September 12, 2016 | Camp Atterbury, IN
Talk on ICT Game/Simulation-based Technologies
Speaker: Ryan McAlinden
Host: Disaster Preparedness Exchange (DPX)
August 17, 2016 | Atlanta, GA
Presentation: ELITE SHARP POST
Speaker: Matthew Trimmer
Host: 42nd National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA 2016)
July 28, 2016 | Two Harbors, CA
Capture of Aerial Imagery and the 3D Reconstruction Process
Speaker: Ryan McAlinden
Host: USC Dornslife Spatial Sciences Institute

Capture the Two Harbors area to improve the photogrammetric pipeline.

July 22, 2016 | Anaheim, CA
Revisiting Detection Thresholds for Redirected Walking: Combining Translation and Curvature Gains
Speaker: Timofey Grechkin
Host: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception
July 16, 2016 | New York, NY
Sigma Spoken Language Understanding System
Speaker: Himanshu Joshi
Host: HLAI: The Joint Multi-Conference on Human-Level Artificial Intelligence 2016

This thesis proposes the integration of incremental speech processing with language understanding and cognition. Speech signal obtained from a typical speech front end shall be …

July 15, 2016 | New York, NY
The Sigma Architecture 6.1
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: The Ninth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence
July 9, 2016 | New York City, NY
Predictive models of malicious behavior in human negotiations
Speaker: Zahra Nazari and Jonathan Gratch
Host: 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence IJCAI-16
June 30, 2016 | Las Vegas, NV
Time-Offset Conversations on a Life-Sized Automultiscopic Projector Array
Speaker: Andrew Jones
Host: 2016 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
June 30, 2016 | Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Keynote Talk- Rapidly built Character Animation and Simulation
Speaker: Ari Shapiro
Host: Computer Graphics International 2016, the 33rd Annual Conference (CGI'16)

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

May 25, 2016 | Dayton, OH
Invited Talk: Cognition for Human Performance and Autonomous Systems Workshop
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
May 25, 2016 | Portoroz , Slovenia
Towards a multi-dimensional taxonomy of stories in dialogue
Speaker: Kathryn Collins
Host: 10th Edition of its Language Resources and Evaluation Conference(LREC)

The literature contains a wealth of theoretical and empirical analyses of discourse marker functions in human communication. Some of these studies address the phenomenon that …

May 24, 2016 | Portorož, Slovenia
Towards Automatic Identification of Effective Clues for Team Word-Guessing Games
Speaker: David Traum and Eli Pincus
Host: 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2016)

Team word-guessing games where one player, the clue-giver, gives clues attempting to elicit a target-word from another player, the receiver, are a popular form of …

May 15, 2016 | Key Largo, FL
Towards a Computational Model of Human Opinion Dynamics in >Response to Real-World Events
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila
Host: FLAIRS 2016 : The 29th International FLAIRS Conference

Accurate multiagent social simulation requires a computational model of how people incorporate their observations of real-world events into their beliefs about the state of their …

May 12, 2016 | Lisbon, Portugal
Near-Instant Capture of High-Resolution Facial Geometry and Reflectance
Speaker: Graham Fyffe
Host: Eurographics 2016, the 37th Annual Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics

Modeling realistic human characters is frequently done using 3D recordings of the shape and appearance of real people across a set of different facial expressions …

May 10, 2016 | Singapore, Singapore
What Kind of Stories Should a Virtual Human Swap?
Speaker: Setareh Nasihati Gilani
Host: 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS2016)

Stories are pervasive in conversation between people [5]. They are used to establish identity pass on cultural heritage, and build rapport. Often stories are swapped …

May 9, 2016 | Singapore
The Sigma Cognitive Architecture and System
Speaker: Paul S. Rosenbloom
Host: 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS2016)

Sigma (Σ) is a nascent cognitive system—i.e., the beginnings of an integrated computational model of intelligent behavior—built around an eponymous cognitive architecture (a hypothesis about …

May 9, 2016 | Singapore
“Do As I Say, Not As I Do:” Challenges in Delegating Decisions to Automated Agents
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: The International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2016)

There has been growing interest, across various domains, in computer agents that can decide on behalf of humans. These agents have the potential to save …

May 9, 2016 | Singapore, Singapore
The Impact of POMDP-Generated Explanations on Trust and Performance in Human-Robot Teams
Speaker: Ning Wang
Host: 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS2016)

Researchers have observed that people will more accurately trust an autonomous system, such as a robot, if they have a more accurate understanding of its …

May 6, 2016 | London, England
Advances in photoreal digital humans in film and in real-time
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Royal Society International Scientific Seminar on Imaging in Graphics, Vision and Beyond
May 6, 2016 | San Francisco, CA
Invited Speaker- The USC Virtual Care Clinic: Solutions for Delivering Borderless Health Care
Speaker: Todd Richmond
May 4, 2016 | Beverly Hills, CA
The Next Big Things in Technology: A Preview
Speaker: Albert “Skip” Rizzo
Host: Milken Institute Global Conference 2016

Uber is 7 years old. Twitter is 10. Facebook and Google are just a few years older. These companies, now embedded in our economy and …

May 3, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA
Unlocking Intelligence: Education within Technology and Virtual Worlds – VR-AR-Immersive
Speaker: Albert “Skip” Rizzo
Host: Digital Hollywood Spring 2016
May 1, 2016 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Learning Representations of Affect from Speech
Speaker: Stefan Scherer
Host: International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) 2016

There has been a lot of prior work on representation learning for speech recognition applications, but not much emphasis has been given to an investigation …

May 1, 2016 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Learning Representations of Affect from Speech
Speaker: Sayan Ghosh
Host: 4th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2016)

There has been a lot of prior work on representation learning for speech recognition applications, but not much emphasis has been given to an investigation …

April 29, 2016 | Stuttgart, Germany
Practical Multispectral Lighting Reproduction
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: FMX 2016 Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia

This talk discussed how actors can be surrounded by multispectral LED lights in a studio to light them precisely how they would appear in a …

April 22, 2016 | San Diego, CA
Virtual Reality — Real Or Still Virtual
Speaker: Arno Hartholt
Host: Asian Heritage Society and San Diego Press Club

Virtual reality is the newest – and hottest –– medium to take the world by storm. Find out what it’s all about by those who …

April 21, 2016 | Washington, DC
Presenting Tech Demos
Speaker: Albert (Skip) Rizzo
Host: Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion
April 13, 2016 | USC Institute for Creative Technologies
ARL West Open House and Ribbon Cutting
Speaker: C.L. Max Nikias, USC President; Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, RDECOM Commanding General; Dr. Thomas P. Russell, Director U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Host: U.S. Army Research Lab and USC

ARL West, part of the open campus initiative, is an effort to co-locate Army research and development personnel on the West Coast in order to …

April 8, 2016 | Palo Alto, CA
Invited Speaker- The Innovation Partnership Program (IPP)
Speaker: Todd Richmond
Host: The Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) at Singularity University
April 1, 2016 | Tallahasse, FL, and Orlando, FL
Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Electronic theatre Screening at Florida State University's ACMSIGGRAPH Chapter
March 23, 2016 | Laval, France
Keynote Talk- Beyond Video Games: A Virtual Reality Revolution in Behavioral Health
Speaker: Skip Rizzo
Host: Laval Virtual 2016 International Conferences and Exhibition on Virtual Technologies and Uses

Over the last 20 years, Virtual Reality has moved from being perceived as a “failed technology” to becoming touted as “the next big thing” in …

March 21, 2016 | Greenville, SC
Automated Path Prediction for Redirected Walking Using Navigation Meshes
Speaker: Mahdi Azmandian
Host: IEEE VR 2016
March 21, 2016 | Greenville, SC
Head Mounted Projection for Enhanced Gaze in Social Interactions
Speaker: David Krum
Host: IEEE VR 2016
March 21, 2016 | Greenville, SC
Lessons to Game Developers from IEEE VR
Speaker: Evan Suma
Host: IEEE VR 2016
March 20, 2016 | Palo Alto, CA
Ethics for a Combined Human-Machine Dialogue Agent
Speaker: Ron Artstein
Host: AAAI 2016 Spring Symposia
March 19, 2016 | Greenville, SC
A Realistic Walking Model for Enhancing Redirection in Virtual Reality
Speaker: Courtney Hutton
Host: IEEE Virtual Reality 2016 Conference

Redirected walking algorithms require the prediction of human motion in order to effectively steer users away from the boundaries of the physical space. While a …

March 18, 2016 | Washington, DC
A Visit to the Future of Therapy Practice
Speaker: Skip Rizzo
Host: Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2016

Since the 1990s, virtual reality (VR) has rapidly evolved from an expensive computer toy into an affordable, increasingly popular clinical tool for assessing, managing, and treating such conditions as anxiety disorders, PTSD, acute pain, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD.

March 17, 2016 | Huntsville, AL
People are our Advantage: The Impacts of Leader Development on Readiness
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr.
Host: AUSA 2016 Global Force

Panel Moderator: BG Peter Palmer United States Army Retired Director, EDGE Innovation Network General Dynamics Panel Chair: LTG Robert B. Brown Commanding General United States …

March 12, 2016 | Austin, TX
Virtual Physicians: The Future of Healthcare
Speaker: Todd Richmond
Host: South by Southwest

In the not-too-distant healthcare future, “virtually cloned” physicians will operate in AI-enabled, mixed reality clinics that offer 24/7 access and consultation. Aided by IoT-enabled wearable …

March 11, 2016 | Austin, TX
Lighting Hollywood’s Real and Virtual Actors
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: South by Southwest

How does photoreal digital actor technology work and what does it mean for the future of acting and filmmaking? This talk will describe several projects …

March 9, 2016 | Christchurch, New Zealand
Trust Calibration within a Human-Robot Team: Comparing Automatically Generated Explanations
Speaker: David Pynadath
Host: 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2016)
March 7, 2016 | Sonoma, CA
Recognizing Human Actions in the Motion Trajectories of Shapes
Speaker: Andrew Gordon and Melissa Roemmele
Host: 2016 ACM Intelligent User Interface Conference

People naturally anthropomorphize the movement of nonliving objects, as social psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel demonstrated in their influential 1944 research study. When they …

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
February 23, 2016 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Keynote Talk- Virtual Reality: The History, Hype and the Holodeck
Speaker: Thomas B. Talbot
Host: 3rd UAE Clinical Simulation Conference 2016
February 15, 2016 | Phoenix, AZ
Conference: Commonsense Interpretation of Triangle Behavior
Speaker: Andrew S. Gordon
Host: The Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

The ability to infer intentions, emotions, and other unobservable psychological states from people’s behavior is a hallmark of human social cognition, and an essential capability for future …

February 4, 2016 | London, United Kingdom
Invited Talk- Fully Engaging your Service Professionals in Virtual and Constructive Simulations using Immersive Learning for Future Force Effectiveness
Speaker: Randall W. Hill, Jr.
Host: Joint Forces Simulation & Training Conference

• Understanding how in the near future a greater proportion of military training will be provided by immersive solutions • Training systems that use advanced software and …

January 30, 2016 | San Diego, CA
Using Affective Computing to Study Emotional Signaling in Economic Games
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP 2016)

Emotion expressions are windows into other people’s minds, and play an important role in shaping outcomes in negotiations and other social-decision-making tasks. Affective computing is an emerging field of research that uses computational techniques to sense, model and shape human emotion. I will present several studies illustrating the potential of automatic methods to give insight into the social function of emotional expressions in face-to-face economic games. I will discuss two classes of affective computing methods: affective sensing techniques allow real-time detection and analysis of facial expressions of individuals or interdependent groups;
and affective synthesis techniques allow real-time generation and/or transformation of facial expressions (for example, allowing a participant to interact with a partner exhibiting specific expressions). These techniques can be combined to examine contingent phenomena (e.g., mimicry and counter-mimicry). These studies lend support for social appraisal theory (Manstead and Fischer), as mechanism to explain the influence of expressions in interdependent decision-making.

January 13, 2016 | Helsinki, Finland
Keynote Talk – The Role of a Lifetime: Dialogue Models for Virtual Human Role-players
Speaker: David Traum
Host: International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems, IWSDS 2016

Some dialogue systems are designed to be instruments to allow a user to efficiently solve a task, using natural language. For these systems, human dialogue related to this task acts as a ‘proof of concept’, but might not be the desirable end-state, e.g. if the different knowledge and abilities of a computer might lead to differences in interaction style being more efficient or effective. On the other hand, just as humans sometimes act as role-players in learning exercises, games, or other activities, some dialogue systems also act as role-players in these activities. For these cases, I argue, human-like dialogue is more important, especially if the purpose of the dialogue activity is to learn or practice interactive skills that should transfer to other humans. However, for role-play dialogue, the most appropriate metric is not the familiar “Turing test” of indistinguishability with humans, but rather activation of the same socio-cognitive skills that are appropriate for human interaction.

In this talk, I will present examples of role-play dialogue systems from a wide variety of activities, genres, and roles, focusing on virtual humans created at the Institute for Creative Technologies. I will examine different dialogue models that are appropriate for different kinds of roles, depending on the appropriate interactions for the role and activity. I will also go over human-oriented evaluation metrics for these systems, and show that dialogue with artificial systems can lead to very human results.

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

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

December 11, 2015 | Montreal, Canada
Invited Speaker – Machine Learning for Spoken Language Understanding and Interaction
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila
Host: NIPS 2015 Workshop on Machine Learning for Spoken Language Understanding and Interaction
December 6, 2015 | Arlington, VA
Agent-Based Modeling of Life or Death Decisions Following an Urban Biological Catastrophe
Speaker: David Pynadath
Host: Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2015 Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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