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Six USC Professors Named Fellows of Esteemed Scientific Society

November 20, 2017

FFive USC scientists and one Keck School of Medicine of USC physician have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, …

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Facing Down PTSD

November 20, 2017

“We tell patients it’s going to get harder before it gets easier. We’re not bullshitting anybody,” says Dr Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo on the phone from …

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Building the World of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

November 19, 2017

Digital Media World covers the technology behind the blockbuster, including ICT’s Light Stage. Read the full article on Digitalmediaworld.tv.

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Siri is My Agony Aunt – but is Telling Big Tech My Innermost Feelings a Bad Idea?

November 16, 2017

In the same way we feel free to write what we really think in the pages of a book, when we discuss our innermost feelings …

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Dipping a Toe in the US Synthetic Training Environment

November 16, 2017

In the last few years training grounds have become increasingly virtual but it’s only the beginning. A new Synthetic Training Environment, built to fuse the …

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SIGGRAPH Asia Tech Papers Preview: 3D Avatars From a Single Photo

November 16, 2017

Ian Failes of VFX Blog interviews Hao Li in anticipation of SIGGRAPH Asia. Read the full article featuring what to expect from Hao Li and …

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3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles

November 15, 2017

By Todd Richmond, Director, USC Mixed Reality Lab November 15, 2017 Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VAMR) aren’t just for games and entertainment, despite what …

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USC Collaboration to Test VR for Stroke Treatment

November 14, 2017

The Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at USC is exploring the intersection of virtual reality and neuroscience with a new program that aims to help …

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VR, 360-degree video help journalism students tell stories at USC Annenberg

November 13, 2017

USC News explores how VR is making its way into journalism and USC’s role in the cutting-edge technology. Read the full story in USC News.

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Victor Luo is Making NASA Cool for Coders

November 13, 2017

In a piece for Bloomberg about coding with NASA, ICT’s Skip Rizzo gives his perspective on using AR and VR to design virtual space shuttles …

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This USC Lab is Pioneering the Next Big Thing in Experience Design

November 13, 2017

Todd Richmond and his team at USC Institute for Creative Technologies are exploring techniques and technologies to improve the fluency of human-computer interactions. Watch the …

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Are Humans Actually More ‘Human’ than Robots?

November 13, 2017

In a recent report, the Pew Research Center found that Americans are more worried than they are enthusiastic about automation technologies when it comes to …

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New Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments for Veterans Focus on Technology

November 11, 2017

It turns out that military veterans are willing to talk about stress. They just haven’t been getting access to the right confidantes and a comfortable …

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What Are Holographic Calls? Technology May Replace Voice Calling In The Future

November 11, 2017

Even though the technology seems to be pretty far-fetched right now, it has a possibility of becoming a consumer technology, according to Todd Richmond, IEEE …

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Army Veteran, a USC Adminitrator, Uses Storytelling to Support the Military

November 10, 2017

By Ron Mackovich, USC News Randall Hill ’78 was born on an Army base, and his life story revolves around the military. “My dad was …

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How Technology is Keeping Holocaust Testimony Alive

November 5, 2017

The life-size image of Pinchas Gutter on a video screen, fidgeting, blinking and tapping his foot, seemed present and alive in the way portraits do …

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The Ultimate Escapism

November 2, 2017

Is VR addiction really something we need to worry about now? Currently, eye strain, cybersickness, and a lack of sense of touch in VR make …

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Hologram Technology in Holocaust Museum Exhibit Immortalizes Survivors’ Stories

November 2, 2017

Illinois Holocaust Museum CEO Susan Abrams said the museum helped advance the project — New Dimensions in Testimony — a collaboration between the USC Shoah …

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UX and the Psychology of Storytelling

November 1, 2017

Stories are effective because they appeal to a hardwired way that the human mind works. It’s our natural impulse to impose order and attach meaning …

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Metafocus: Personalized Lifelong Learning

October 31, 2017

The University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies has developed “virtual humans” that look, move, and speak like real humans, albeit on large …

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U.S. Military Seeking Technology to Better Prepare for War

October 30, 2017

Voice of America’s Elizabeth Lee investigates cutting-edge technologies to better prepare military for war. By attending the USC Center for Body Computing’s annual Body Computing …

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Virtual Technology Allows SHARP Academy Students Opportunity to Interview Survivor

October 28, 2017

United States Army Spc. Jarett Wright was hazed and sexually assaulted while deployed to Iraq in 2010. Students from the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention …

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Found in Translation: USC Scientists Map Brain Responses to Stories in Three Different Languages

October 27, 2017

New brain research by USC scientists shows that reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each other, …

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U.S. Military Looks to Solve Old Problems with New Solutions

October 26, 2017

“When you combine performance capture that is autonomously driven with a lot of this biodata, it is going to change the way athletes train. It’s …

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VR Brings Dramatic Change to Mental Health Care

October 25, 2017

Skip Rizzo, associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, has been working with the U.S. Army on ways to …

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All the Face-Tracking Tech Behind Apple’s Animoji

October 24, 2017

WIRED examines Apple’s iPhoneX, animojis and the researchers behind the new technology. Elizabeth Stinson talks with Hao Li for more, read the full article on …

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Interactive Holocaust Project Opens Thursday

October 22, 2017

The USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute for Creative Technologies will open the first permanent installation of their interactive Holocaust project on Thursday after over …

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SHARP Academy Tests Virtual Victim

October 19, 2017

Army Spc. Jarett Wright was hazed and sexually assaulted while deployed to Iraq in 2010. Students from the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy had …

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‘Raw Data’: An Oral History

October 19, 2017

The Rolling Stone covers Survios’ first game as a studio, interviewing its founding members and discussing their experience with ICT’s MxR Lab. Read the full …

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Experimental Virtual and Mixed Reality Technologies Can be Applied to Military of the Future

October 19, 2017

Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality projects are being developed that can have military applications. One mixed reality project at the University of Southern …

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How Technology is Keeping Holocaust Survivor Stories Alive Forever

October 18, 2017

Pinchas Gutter was the first Holocaust survivor to participate in the New Dimensions in Testimony project, a collaboration of the USC Shoah Foundation, the Institute …

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Virtual Therapists Help Veterans Open Up About PTSD

October 17, 2017

WHEN US TROOPS return home from a tour of duty, each person finds their own way to resume their daily lives. But they also, every …

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VR Could Trick Stroke Victims’ Brains Toward Recovery

October 15, 2017

Researchers at the University of Southern California are examining how virtual reality could promote brain plasticity and recovery. Read all about the research on CNET.com.

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Virtual Interviewers Prods Veterans to Reveal Post-Traumatic Stress

October 12, 2017

Talking – to a computer-generated interviewer named Ellie – appears to free soldiers and veterans who served in war zones to disclose symptoms of post-traumatic …

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PTSD Treatment: How AI Is Helping Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

October 12, 2017

The Institute for Creative Technologies at USC got lots of buzz for its original research, and introducing the world to Ellie, a digital diagnostic tool …

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Dr. Skip Rizzo and the Rise of Medical VR Therapy

October 10, 2017

Once thought to be a technology exclusively for entertainment, virtual reality applications pioneered by Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. have provided life-changing therapeutic results for clients …

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Our Search for Meaning Produces Universal Neural Signatures

October 8, 2017

In an era dominated by heartbreaking headlines and divisive political rhetoric, a pioneering state-of-the-art brain imaging study reminds us of our human commonality and the …

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Reading Stories Creates Universal Patters in the Brain

October 7, 2017

New research shows that when we hear stories, brain patterns appear that transcend culture and language. There may be a universal code that underlies making …

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Scientists Find There is Something Universal About What Occurs in the Brain When It Processes Stories

October 7, 2017

New brain research by USC scientists shows that reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each other, …

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Reading Makes You Feel More Empathy for Others, Researchers Discover

October 5, 2017

This University of Southern California study using ICT software to measure brain activity found greater empathy for others through reading. Full article available on DailyMail.com.

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Academy’s Tech Council Adds 7 New Members

October 5, 2017

Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among …

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Virtual Reality Teaches Veterans to Develop Interview

October 5, 2017

IEEE JobSite features ICT’s VITA4VETS collaboration with ARL, Dan Marino Foundation, Google.org and U.S. Vets in a recent piece about the project aimed at helping …

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How to Improve Customer Experience with VR

October 5, 2017

Knowledge Center reports how VR can help the customer experience, speaking with ICT’s Skip Rizzo about using the technology already for mental health rehabilitation. Read …

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The Last Human Job

October 4, 2017

What abilities will set humans apart from machines? It’s been a question at the center of decades of science fiction, and one that’s taken on …

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Reuters Ranks USC #20 in World’s Most Innovative Universities

October 4, 2017

The annual World’s Most Innovative Universities rankings from Reuters has been published, placing USC in the 20th spot. Reuters specifically called out ICT’s work in …

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Will Technology Transform Mental Health Care? A Future Tense Event Recap

October 3, 2017

On Sept. 28, Future Tense convened leading researchers in the field to discuss the ways technology is changing approaches to psychiatric study and care. The …

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Can Gaming & VR Help You With Combatting Traumatic Experiences?

September 29, 2017

Trauma affects a great many people in a variety of ways, some suffer from deep-seated trauma such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by war …

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Metafocus: Why I Don’t Want You to Know About Robo-Teachers

September 28, 2017

Learning Solutions Magazine explores the world of avatars and virtual humans, citing a few of ICT’s projects in the piece. Read the full article here.

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Vets Prep for Careers with Virtual Job Interviews

September 28, 2017

Government Computer News (GCN) covers the ICT prototype designed to help Veterans prepare for rejoining with workforce with VITA4VETS. Read the full article here.

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From Cancer Screening to Better Beer, Bots are Building a Brighter Future

September 26, 2017

VentureBeat explores the latest era of artificial intelligence, a period marked by the proliferation of intelligent virtual assistants and robots with specific skill sets. Read …

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5 Angelenos Who Have Fascinating L.A. Jobs

September 26, 2017

L.A. Weekly’s Jessica Ogilvie talks with ICT’s Arno Hartholt about his work with the institute and what makes it so fascinating. Read the full article …

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Virtual Reality, Real Medicine: Treating Brain Injuries with VR

September 26, 2017

ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo visits the Kessler Foundation to track progress of a trial measuring executive function performance in traumatic brain injury patients. Streaming Media …

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Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Prepare for New Jobs

September 25, 2017

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its partners recently developed a new way for veterans to seek employment. The Virtual …

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How Medical Care Benefits from VR/AR and Virtual Humans

September 21, 2017

Gamasutra sits down with Arno Hartholt to discuss the role of VR, AR and virtual humans in healthcare. Read the full article in Gamasutra.

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Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City Allows Virtual ‘Interviews’ with Holocaust Survivors

September 21, 2017

An exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan called “New Dimensions in Testimony” uses hours of recorded high-definition video and language-recognition technology to …

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Army Research Center Maps LA Coliseum in 3-D for Homeland Security

September 20, 2017

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 20, 2017) — The US Army Research Laboratory’s university partner – the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, …

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The Remembering Machine

September 19, 2017

Davina Pardo writes an opinion piece for the New York Times about preserving Holocaust survivor stories and the New Dimensions in Testimony project. Read the …

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Exhibit Allows Virtual Interviews with Holocaust Survivors

September 17, 2017

What was it like in a Nazi concentration camp? How did you survive? How has it affected your life since? Technology is allowing people to …

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Holocaust Survivor Holograms Give History New Depth

September 13, 2017

KCET in California explores the ICT and USC Shoah Foundation’s collaborative project, New Dimensions in Testimony. Read all about here.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting the New Apple iPhone

September 12, 2017

Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 8, iPhone 8S and iPhone X, the 15th iteration of the little personal computing device that changed the world on …

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So, About Those iPhone Animojis

September 12, 2017

Apple’s animated emojis – Animojis – for the iPhone X just announced today are getting lots of attention, partly because the tech behind them likely …

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Speaker Q&A: Arno Hartholt Discusses the Use of Virtual Humans and VR/AR for Clinicians

September 12, 2017

Arno Hartholt is Director for R&D Integration at USC Institute for Creative Technologies and will be at VRDC 2017 to present his talk Immersive Medical …

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Why Augmented Reality Is About to Take Over Your World

September 11, 2017

In preparation for Apple’s big announcement, BuzzFeed News talks with ICT’s Todd Richmond about Augmented Reality and what to expect in the not-too-distant future. Read …

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Keeping Holocaust Survivor Testimonies Alive – Through Holograms

September 8, 2017

As Holocaust survivors die out, many museums and study centers are scrambling to figure out just how to preserve testimonies in ways that will engage …

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Everything a Computer Wanted to Know About Humans (but was too afraid to ask)

September 7, 2017

Computers can outperform the greatest minds in many challenges, but while new approaches in machine learning are making in huge strides, from classifying images to …

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New Dimensions in Testimony

September 6, 2017

As part of its 20th-anniversary commemoration, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to pilot this interactive testimony installation — the first of its kind …

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VR For Good: How The Virtual Medicine Conference Wants To Better VR Healthcare

September 5, 2017

Simply saying that VR is good for healthcare is too broad a statement. As well all know, there are thousands of different strands of subjects …

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20 Best 3D Animation Software Tools

September 4, 2017

All3DP lists out the 20 Best 3D Animation Software Tools, including ICT’s SmartBody prototype. Read the full article in All3DP here.

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SMPTE 2017 Dives Into the Tech Behind Next-Gen Media

September 4, 2017

For more than a century, the people of SMPTE have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, and the …

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Tech Talk: Long-Term VR Side Effects Are Still a Big Unknown

August 29, 2017

There may be a lot of hype around VR technologies, but many researchers are still really undecided on the question about whether or not that’s …

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How Digital Healthcare is Changing Everything: Thought Leaders Meet to Discuss Innovation in Digital Health at USC’s 11th Annual Body Computing Conference

August 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Friday, September 22, the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC), part of the …

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PTSD Exposure Therapy in VR: Importance of Storytelling & Emotional Presence in Healing from Trauma

August 25, 2017

Voices of VR sits down with ICT’s Dr. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo to discuss VR Exposure Therapy. Read all about in Voices of VR.

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USC Joins Alliance to Shape SoCal Into the Next Global Tech Hub

August 23, 2017

USC has joined the new Alliance for Southern California Innovation, a nonprofit coalition of universities, research institutions and corporations aiming to unify Southern California’s tech …

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Paul Debevec to Be Honored by Motion Picture and TV Engineers

August 22, 2017

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will present Paul E. Debevec with its most prestigious award, the Progress Medal, at its Oct. 26 …

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We Need to Look More Carefully Into the Long-term Effects of VR

August 22, 2017

When you think about it, virtual reality is such a step change in immersion, mediums like TV and video games seem abstract by comparison. What …

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Augmented Reality is the Potential Future of US Military Training

August 21, 2017

The Synthetic Training Environment (STE) is an augmented reality training endeavor designed to improve soldier readiness in a variety of environments. “Due to the rapidly …

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How VR is Changing the Way We Think About Therapy

August 18, 2017

VR Scout explores a few methods in which virtual reality enhances therapy. Read the full article here.

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Don’t Miss Out On All the Great AR Talks at VRDC Fall 2017

August 16, 2017

Gamasura teases what to expect at this year’s VRDC Fall 2017 Conference. Click here for more information about the show and especially Arno Hartholt’s talk …

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BEING THERE: Virtual Reality Lets Therapy Patients Return to the Scene of Their Fear

August 15, 2017

The Herald Tribune covers Cade Metz’s piece for the New York Times about virtual reality exposure therapy. Visit The Herald Tribune to read the full …

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How the Army is Using Augmented Reality to Bolster Troop Readiness

August 10, 2017

Task & Purpose covers the recent ARL and ICT STE news. Read the full article in Task & Purpose.

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Augmented Reality May Revolutionize Army Training

August 9, 2017

Orlando Echo covers news of the joint effort between the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and several entities — University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, …

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How Virtual Reality is Transforming Public Health and Medicine

August 9, 2017

Did you know that virtual, mixed, and augmented reality content can have therapeutic and educational benefits? Pixvana explores noteworthy studies that show how X-Reality improves …

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Augmented Reality May Revolutionize Army Training

August 8, 2017

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs and Sara Preto, ICT   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The development of advanced learning technologies for training …

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Augmented Reality May Revolutionize Army Training

August 8, 2017

he development of advanced learning technologies for training is underway. Linking augmented reality with live training will enable units to achieve the highest levels of …

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Disney’s ‘Magic Bench’ Fixes AR’s Biggest Blind Spot

August 8, 2017

ICT’s David Nelson and Todd Richmond talk with Brian Barrett of WIRED about Disney’s use of augmented reality in ‘Magic Bench’. Read the full story …

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Real-time Digital Human Avatar Rendering Leaves SIGGRAPH 2017 Attendees Stunned

August 3, 2017

Attendees at SIGGRAPH 2017 were treated to a look at the future of real-time digital human rendering. SIGGRAPH’S VR Village hosted an experience that featured …

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Researchers Showcase Impressive New Bar for Real-time Digital Human Rendering in VR

August 2, 2017

A broad team of graphics researchers, universities, and technology companies are showcasing the latest research into digital human representation in VR at SIGGRAPH 2017. Advanced …

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Benefit Those in Empathy-Centric Professions

July 31, 2017

Pacific Standard asks the question, ‘If care jobs become the last human jobs, could that encourage employers and policymakers to recognize and value them as …

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A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality

July 30, 2017

The New York Times explores the use of VR in exposure therapy, speaking with Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo for insight into the process. Read the …

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The Last Human Job?

July 27, 2017

New America explores care professions and the potential threat of Artificial Intelligence. Read the full article featuring commentary from ICT’s Albert “Skip” Rizzo here.

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Virtual Reality: New Frontiers for Psychiatric Disorders

July 26, 2017

Italian blog ‘State of Mind’ explores the role virtual reality plays in the psychiatric field. Digging deep into research and including Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo’s work, …

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This is What the Future of Health Care Looks Like

July 24, 2017

Fast Company talks the future of health care with ICT’s Todd Richmond and the USC Center for Body Computing. See the full video here.

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The Therapeutic Value of Virtual Reality

July 21, 2017

Move over, psychedelics; VR is coming to a clinic near you. AlterNet sat down with Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo for a download on what VR …

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Star Wars Resembles Advancements in USC Research

July 17, 2017

Famous icons of the Star Wars saga, such as lightsabers, holograms, and futuristic robotics, can be seen not only in the films by USC Alum …

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Can a Machine be Alive?

July 14, 2017

Julien Crockett of LA Review of Books discusses a panel discussion and meeting with ICT’s Jonathan Gratch. “On the evening I met Actroid-F, Jonathan Gratch, …

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Enlisting Virtual Reality to Ease Real Pain

July 12, 2017

Virtual reality technology engages a person in a 360-degree visual experience. It has been used in medical research for more than two decades, to treat trauma, anxiety and …

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A Hologram of a Holocaust Survivor Will Answer Any Question You Have About the Genocide

July 11, 2017

Soon you’ll be able to ask a hologram of a Holocaust survivor any question you want, and he will answer it. That’s thanks to the …

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13 Secrets Your Smile Can Reveal About You

July 5, 2017

Smiles are often used to cover up another emotion. “For example, someone might start to frown then cover this with a smile,” says Jonathan Gratch, …

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Using Artificial Intelligence for Mental Health

July 5, 2017

Innovative technology is offering new opportunities to millions of Americans affected by different mental health conditions.  Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) are bringing psychotherapy to …

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Get Expert Advice on Mixed-Reality Game Design at VRDC Fall 2017

July 5, 2017

Organizers of the Virtual Reality Developers Conference would like to quickly let you know about two standout sessions taking place later this year at VRDC Fall 2017, which takes …

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