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The Economist Covers ICT Research on Depression Detection

July 2, 2015

The Economist featured research by Stefan Scherer of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and a colleague that could identify depression through digital analysis of …

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USC Alumni Veterans Visit ICT

July 1, 2015

Veterans from Korean War through Operation Enduring Freedom try out technologies helping train and treat service members and vets today Read the full story at …

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USC Standard Patient Awarded Gold Medal at 2015 Serious Play Conference

June 29, 2015

The USC Standard Patient project won a gold medal in the Healthcare category of the the 2015 Serious Play Awards. This recognition program honors outstanding titles …

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USC News Covers MxR and Viterbi Collaboration Using Drones for VR

June 25, 2015

Current virtual reality goggles prevent soldiers from seeing anything outside of their virtual world, making teamwork impossible. Using quadrotors, Nora Ayanian, the Gabilan Assistant Professor …

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CBS News Covers ICT and Playa Vista Tech Scene

June 25, 2015

In a  story about the expanding tech presence in Playa Vista,  CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV highlighted ICT’s research into virtual reality therapy to …

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Fast Company and Gizmodo Feature Graphics Lab Innovations for Creating Realistic Skin

June 24, 2015

Fast Company featured ICT Graphics Lab research on how to create super-realistic CGI skin. Their innovative technique captures pores and wrinkles of a human face …

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BBC Highlights ICT Virtual Reality Research

June 17, 2015

BBC highlighted virtual reality research by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Mark Bolas, director of ICT’s Mixed Reality Research lab, said much of their …

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Marketplace Quotes Mark Bolas on Virtual Reality at E3

June 15, 2015

Mark Bolas was quoted in a Marketplace story about virtual reality. Virtual reality grew in the gaming world. But where it will meet the masses …

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New York Times Quotes Mark Bolas on Virtual Reality

June 14, 2015

Mark Bolas was quoted in a New York Times story on the rise of virtual reality and how the medium will affect people both online …

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Wired Quotes Mark Bolas on Near Field VR

June 12, 2015

Mark Bolas was quoted in a Wired story about the Oculus Touch, a two-handed interface that brings haptic feedback and a sense of touch to …

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Mashable Features ICT’s VR Treatment for PTSD

June 11, 2015

Mashable featured Bravemind, ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy treatment for PTSD as part of a a series on technology that empowers and inspires. The story …

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CBS News Features Bravemind, ICT’s VR Exposure Therapy for PTSD

June 10, 2015

Austin affiliate KEYE-TV featured Bravemind, a virtual reality program designed by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to treat PTSD. Veterans can experience virtual wartime …

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NPR Covers SimSensei: Using Virtual Humans to Help Detect Depression and PTSD

May 20, 2015

NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money featured ICT’s SimSensei project which uses a virtual human and sensing technologies to help detect signs of depression …

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Virtual Humans and Jon Gratch Highlighted in the Harvard Business Review

May 20, 2015

A Harvard Business Review article on trust and robots featured ICT research on how to make computers more like humans. “The more you add lifelike …

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VICE Creator’s Project on Digital Humans Features Paul Debevec and Ari Shapiro

May 19, 2015

The VICE Creators Project’s new documentary, Hollywood’s Digital Humans, highlights the digital double work of Paul Debevec and the ICT Graphics Lab. The story explains how …

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NBC Today Show Features New Dimensions in Testimony

May 12, 2015

NBC News’ “Today” featured the  New Dimensions in Testimony project, which creates interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors through a collaboration between ICT and the USC …

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Daily Mail, Defense Systems, Soldier Technology Magazine and Army.Mil Cover ICT Virtual Humans

May 7, 2015

Articles about ICT’s work creating virtual humans that are used throughout the Army ran in the Daily Mail, Defense Systems and Soldier Technology Magazine and …

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Marketplace Features VITA, ICT’s Virtual Reality Job Interview Trainer

May 4, 2015

Marketplace featured ICT’s Virtual Interactive Training Agent, or VITA, and an interview with Skip Rizzo. The project was developed in partnership with the Dan Marino Foundation …

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MedCity News Covers ICT Work Creating Virtual Doctors with USC’s Center for Body Computing

May 1, 2015

MedCity News interviewed Dr. Leslie Saxon, director of the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California, about work she is doing with …

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Daily Breeze Covers ICT Work

April 3, 2015

The Daily Breeze featured Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and his work in 3-D scanning and digital animation. The story noted …

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Ellie and ICT Researchers in the LA Times

April 3, 2015

Los Angeles Times featured “ELLIE,” a virtual interviewer that can help diagnose PTSD in veterans through facial and voice analysis. Gale Lucas of the USC …

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Foshay Tech Academy Students Visit ICT

March 31, 2015

Students from the Foshay Learning Center’s Tech Academy recently toured the USC Institute for Creative Technologies on a field trip designed to explore the possible. …

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USA Today Quotes Todd Richmond on Rise of Virtual Reality

March 27, 2015

A story about the rise of virtual reality quotes Todd Richmond, director of prototype development at ICT. The article, which states that VR now is …

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Mental Health Channel Features ICT VR Work for PTSD

March 27, 2015

Two segments on the Mental Health Channel’s Dr. Brain series feature ways that ICT virtual reality technologies are helping address post-traumatic stress and depression. Watch …

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Wired Notes Skip Rizzo’s VR Work for Treating PTSD

March 26, 2015

Wired mentioned that Skip Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies regularly uses virtual reality to treat soldiers suffering from PTSD.

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Skip Rizzo Receives Pioneer in Medicine Award from the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SMBT)

March 22, 2015

The award, presented that the Society’s annual meeting recognized Rizzo for his role in the field of virtual reality medicine and his impact on treatment …

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Mark Bolas Discusses Virtual Reality on KPCC

March 11, 2015

Mark Bolas joined KPCC’s Larry Mantel on Air Talk to discuss the rising popularity of virtual reality technologies, current uses and future trends.

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CNN Features Paul Debevec and ICT’s Light Stage Scanning Systems

February 20, 2015

CNN featured Paul Debevec in a demonstration of the technology used to capture an actor’s facial expressions for CGI. He explained how seven sports photography …

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Andrew Gordon on Bubble Guppies, the Demise of the Desktop and the Future of Human-Computer Interaction

February 18, 2015

A USC News story explored how we will communicate with computers in the future. The article, based on Andrew Gordon’s recent talk, “Mind-Reading for Robots,” …

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ICT 2015 Summer Intern Program: Applications Due Feb 15

February 10, 2015

ICT offers select interdisciplinary paid internships for creative and technical students wishing to pursue careers in simulation, interactive media and virtual reality fields. Visit our …

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Apply now: ICT offers a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates in interactive virtual experiences

February 9, 2015

The  USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) offers a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates in interactive virtual experiences. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of ICT …

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PC World Covers Virtual Reality at Sundance, Recalls 2012 Demo with Nonny de la Pena and Palmer Luckey

January 29, 2015

PC noted that Nonny de la Peña, a senior research fellow at the USC Annenberg School, and Palmer Luckey, formerly of the USC Institute of …

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Wired on How Skating Superstar Rodney Mullen Became a Tech Thought Leader, with a Little Help from our own Randy Hill

January 27, 2015

Wired writer Brendan Koerner profiles skating legend Rodeny Mullen and his unlikely rise as an influential tech thought leader. The story traces how Mullen’s first …

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Mark Bolas Explains Virtual Reality for Time.Com

January 23, 2015

Time, in an article on how virtual reality headsets work, featured Mark Bolas of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. The story noted his lab …

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New York Times Quotes Mark Bolas on Virtual and Augmented Reality

January 21, 2015

A New York Times article about the Microsoft Hololense calls Mark Bolas as an expert on virtual and augmented reality. “The question is when we …

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STRIVE Project Receives 2014 Army Modeling and Simulation Award

January 16, 2015

The ICT Stress Resilience in Virtual Environments (STRIVE) project received an Army Modeling and Simulation Award  in the Army-wide Training Team category. The award recognized …

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USC Standard Patient Named Best New Innovation at 2015 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare

January 13, 2015

USC’s Standard Patient won the Serious Games & Virtual Environments contest at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare.  The USC Standard Patient allows doctors …

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San Francisco Chronicle Quotes Mark Bolas on Growth of Virtual Reality

January 9, 2015

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Mark Bolas about the development of virtual reality technology. “Television came out, and then the big thing was a television …

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Paul Debevec and 3D Obama Make the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

January 7, 2015

In his monologue, Jimmy Fallon showed a video clip of Paul Debevec discussing the scanning process used in the Smithsonian-led 3D Presidential Portrait project . …

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Forbes Covers Pioneering, Open-Source Innovations of Mark Bolas and the Mixed Reality Lab

January 6, 2015

Forbes noted that Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey worked in the lab of Mark Bolas of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. The story quoted …

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West Point’s Pointer View Says ELITE Offers Ideal Way for Leadership Students to Practice Counseling Skills

December 19, 2014

An article in Pointer View, the newspaper serving the West Point community, covered how the ELITE counseling trainer is being used by all students in …

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Jon Gratch’s Emotion Modeling Work Featured in Communications of the ACM

December 3, 2014

The December issue of Communications of the ACM features an article by Jon Gratch and Stacy Marsella  on their joint research efforts to develop computational …

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LA Times Cites ICT in Examples of Playa Vista Tech Innovators

December 3, 2014

In a story about Google buying 12 acres of land in Playa Vista, the The Los Angeles Times mentioned that the USC Institute for Creative …

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3-D Portrait of President Obama Garners Press Coverage for ICT Contributions

December 3, 2014

The Los Angeles Times featured a 3-D printed bust of President Obama created using digital imaging techniques developed by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.  …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Helped Create 3D Portraits of President Obama Now on Display at the Smithsonian

December 2, 2014

White House Releases New Behind-the-Scenes Video Detailing Process Used to Scan a Sitting President for the First Time The Smithsonian has put on view the …

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PC World Features Ari Shapiro and SIGGRAPH’s Motion in Games Conference at ICT

November 12, 2014

An article about the recent ICT-hosted SIGGRAPH Motion in Games Conference (MIG) focused on the work of ICT’s Ari Shapiro as well as larger trends …

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NPR Features Virtual Veteran Created by ICT

November 11, 2014

NPR affiliate KPCC reported on MILES, USC project that uses virtual humans to train social workers in how to counsel veterans. A collaboration between ICT …

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USC mHealth Collaboratory Hosts Self Tracking Technology Event at ICT- PBS Covers

November 10, 2014

The USC mHealth Collaboratory, co-directed by ICT’s Bill Swartout and directed by Donna Spruijt-Metz, hosted the Quantified Self Los Angeles (QSLA) Show & Tell Meetup …

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Skip Rizzo Featured on RTÉ, Ireland

November 7, 2014

RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), Ireland’s national public-service media, featured Skip Rizzo and his work using virtual reality for treating post-traumatic stress. The story, based on …

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Defense News and Leavenworth Times Cover ELITE Leadership Trainer

November 3, 2014

The Army-wide availability of ELITE, the ICT-developed laptop-based couseling skills trainer was covered by Defense News. The article noted that ELITE is available to soldiers …

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NPR’s Press Play Interviews Skip Rizzo on VR for PTSD

October 23, 2014

Madeline Brand of KCRW’s Press Play interviewed Skip Rizzo on virtual reality therapy for treating PTSD, calling him a pioneer in the field. Listen to …

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Wall Street Journal Reports New Benefits for Virtual Reality Therapy

October 20, 2014

Skip Rizzo is quoted in this article that covers the development, research results and new applications for virtual reality exposure therapy, including treating victims of …

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Secretary of the Army Learns about ELITE

October 20, 2014

Secretary of the Army John McHugh receives a briefing from Fort Leavenworth’s MAJ Greg Pavlichko about a new program, called the Emergent Leader Immersive Training …

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SimSensei and Skip Rizzo in the New Yorker

October 16, 2014

An article on therapeutic uses for virtual humans featured ICT’s SimSensei platform, along with recent ICT research findings suggesting that people feel less judged by …

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We’re Hiring: Research Programmer Postion

October 14, 2014

ICT is seeking a Research Programmer focused on the real-time rendering and simulation of large physical spaces using photogrammetry and similar techniques. We are flying …

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Hollywood Reporter Covers Paul Debevec and New Effort to Advance Realistic Digital Characters

October 14, 2014

A story covered the newly launched “digital humans league”, which includes Paul Debevec and other members of the ICT Graphics Lab. Along with industry partners, …

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Cara Santa Maria Interviews Paul Debevec on Talk Nerdy Podcast

October 13, 2014

Paul Debevec joined science journalist Cara Santa Maria on her podcast to share the process of making a digital character, the importance of crossing the …

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Randy Hill and ICT Virtual Humans in the Huffington Post

October 12, 2014

An article exploring artificial intelligence in the workforce quoted Randy Hill, ICT’s executive director on the ways technology advances can improve leadership skills. Hill expects …

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Popular Science, Engadget Cover ICT’s Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

October 7, 2014

Popular Science Magazine notes that virtual reality has been used as a treatment for post-traumatic stress and cites Skip Rizzo, whose team has built a …

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The California Sunday Magazine Quotes Mark Bolas in Virtual Reality Cover Story

October 5, 2014

Writer Carino Chacano spoke to Mark Bolas for her cover story on virtual reality. She wrote that Bolas began creating rudimentary virtual worlds 20 years …

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Army AL&T Magazine Features the ELITE New Leader Training System

September 30, 2014

An article showcased the laptop version of the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Enviroment. This new training system uses low-cost, game-based “interpersonal communications simulation” in which …

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Hollywood Reporter Covers Debevec to Co-Chair Academy Sci-Tech Council

September 30, 2014

The Hollywood Reporter mentioned Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies is a co-chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ …

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LA Times Covers ICT-Developed Technologies

September 24, 2014

A story about digital doubles focused on LightStage LLC in Burbank, a company that licensed the ICT Graphics Lab’s Light Stage technologies to use in …

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New Republic Features Accent Study from ICT Researchers

September 24, 2014

The New Republic covered a recent study led by Morteza Dehghani, from USC’s departments of computer science and psychology, along with ICT researchers Peter Khooshabeh, …

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Paul Debevec in Red Orbit

September 23, 2014

RedOrbit quoted Paul Debevec about new light technology that debunks moon landing conspiracy theories. Debevec explains that light behaves in a complex way. It does …

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Forbes Calls Mark Bolas a Virtual Reality Pioneer

September 22, 2014

An article about Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey in Forbes stated that in the summer of 2011, Luckey landed a part-time job working with virtual …

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MSNBC Features ICT Virtual Human Work Addressing PTSD

September 22, 2014

On their Big Idea segment, MSNBC interviewed Skip Rizzo and Gale Lucas about SimSensei, ICT’s virtual human based sensing system that tracks non-verbal behaviors and …

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Forbes Features ICT Virtual Reality Projects for Mental Health

September 21, 2014

In a Forbes column, Steven Kotler describes ICT’s virtual reality projects being as on the “bleeding edge”. Kotler writes about Ellie, part of ICT’s DARPA-funded …

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Army News Service Spotlights Army-Wide Release of ELITE Counseling Trainer

September 16, 2014

An Army News Service story covered the Army-wide availability of ELITE, a computer-based counseling training system developed by ICT. The article explains that students can …

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KNX News Features ICT

September 15, 2014

KNX News Radio featured the work of ICT as part of the “On Your Corner” series focused on the Playa Vista area. Reporter Ed Mertz …

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The Argonaut Features ICT Futuristic Research and Technologies

September 4, 2014

The cover story in the weekly Argonaut showcases ICT research and technologies that are delivering experiences for training and entertainment. The article includes descriptions of …

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Science Friday Live Features Paul Debevec in the Science of Feature Films

August 28, 2014

Science Friday is headed to the movies! Paul Debevec, ICT’s chief visual officer, joined actor Stephen Lang onstage with host Ira Flatow to discuss the …

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The Verge Features ICT in Virtual Reality Special

August 28, 2014

A multi-part feature in the Verge featured ICT research and researchers and their role in virtual reality past, present and future. A history of VR …

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The Economist Features SimSensei and Benefits of Speaking to a Virtual Human

August 15, 2014

The Economist featured a recent ICT study that suggests people share more with virtual humans than with real ones. The story notes that study co-author …

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Paul Rosenbloom Named Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society

August 15, 2014

The Cognitive Science Society has named Paul Rosenbloom a fellow. Rosenbloom is a professor in the USC Computer Science Department at the University of Southern …

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Mashable, Fox News and Live Science Feature ICT Virtual Reality Work in PTSD Treatment, Training and Prevention

August 13, 2014

A Mashable story, originally posted to Live Science, highlighted Bravemind, ICT’s reality therapy system for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. The story noted that the system …

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Binghampton University Magazine Features Skip Rizzo

August 11, 2014

The summer issue of the Binghampton University magazine features the resiliency work of Skip Rizzo, an alumnus. The story describes how Rizzo has developed a …

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The Guardian Features ICT Virtual Reality Research

August 3, 2014

An article exploring the past and future of virtual reality quotes Skip Rizzo and describes some of the VR work taking place at ICT. The …

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NBC News Highlights How ICT Virtual Humans Research Could Help Treat PTSD

July 31, 2014

A story on NBC News features ICT’s SimSensei project and states that it could be key screening tool for identifying PTSD. The article also covers …

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We’re Hiring: Director for Learning Science Research

July 29, 2014

ICT is seeking a Director for Learning Science Research to define the overall vision for our learning sciences research. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated …

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Harvard Business Review Features ICT Post on How Virtual Humans Build Leadership Skills

July 25, 2014

Harvard Business Review featured an article by Randall Hill, executive director of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, which focused on how virtual humans could …

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Voice of America Covers Rapid Avatar Generation

July 24, 2014

Voice of America featured Ari Shapiro and Rapid Avatar Generation, the three minute process for turning people into avatars. “For me it is exciting to …

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Los Angeles Times Quotes Paul Debevec on Role of Science in Film Animation

July 23, 2014

A story about the increasing number of scientists involved in film animation quotes Paul Debevec. “The physics behind what’s happening in these movies is incredibly …

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Motherboard Quotes Skip Rizzo on Virtual Reality

July 21, 2014

An article in Motherboard exploring the ability for virtual reality to alter people’s perceptions quoted Skip Rizzo, cited his work treating post-traumatic stress disorder and …

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Forbes Covers ICT’s SimSensei Project and Research Suggesting Computers can Help Address PTSD and Mental Health Issues

July 21, 2014

A Forbes column by Steven Kotler discusses Ellie, ICT’s virtual human interview who is part of the DARPA-funded SimSensei project. Ellie evolved from the suspicion …

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Paul Debevec Participates in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything

July 20, 2014

In advance of the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference, Paul Debevec, ICT’s chief visual officer, answered questions on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything. Debevec fielded questions on computer …

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KTLA Covers ICT Research Suggesting People Reveal More to Virtual Humans

July 19, 2014

CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV featured research by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about the use of virtual humans used in diagnosing post-traumatic …

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Los Angeles Times Features ICT Mixed Reality Lab and VRLA Event

July 18, 2014

The Los Angeles Times, in a story about the applications of virtual reality, highlighted VRLA, a meet-up of technologists at the USC Institute for Creative …

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fxguide Features Ari Shapiro and ICT’s Make You and Avatar Demo at SIGGRAPH 2014

July 18, 2014

A podcast spotlighting the SIGGRAPH RealTime Live session features Ari Shapiro and his work on the Make You an Avatar demonstration that will be part …

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Psychology Today Features Study Suggesting People Disclose More to Virtual Humans

July 16, 2014

Psychology Today interviewed Gale Lucas of the ICT virtual humans group about recent findings that suggest patients are more willing to disclose personal information to …

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Fast Company Features STRIVE, ICT’s Virtual Reality Resilience Trainer

July 14, 2014

Fast Company highlighted research by Skip” Rizzo on the use of virtual reality to address post-traumatic stress. The article noted that Rizzo works on several …

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Fast Company Cites Skip Rizzo and the Use of Virtual Reality Therapy

July 10, 2014

An article about the use of computer games to treat medical conditions noted that the virtual reality therapy system developed by ICT’s Skip Rizzo is …

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Voice of America Features Evan Suma’s Redirected Walking Research

July 9, 2014

Reporter Elizabeth Lee attended the VRLA Meetup and featured Evan Suma’s redirected walking research. The story stated that Suma is currently studying how to trick …

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Deseret News Features ICT Technologies for Health Treatment and Assement

July 2, 2014

An article examining the role of technology in revolutionizing treatment featured ICT’s Bravemind, SimSensei and Games for Rehab projects. The article includes Skip Rizzo, ICT’s …

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Voice of America Features Mark Bolas and Project BlueShark

July 1, 2014

Reporter Elizabeth Lee attended the VRLA Meetup at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab and covered Project BlueShark, a virtual reality interface for imagining the future of …

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Trojan Family Magazine Spotlights Mark Bolas

June 30, 2014

USC’s alumni magazine featured Mark Bolas and his open-door, open-source philosophy towards helping people create new virtual reality technologies and immserive experiences “I believe a …

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CBS News Features ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab, Working at the Forefront of Virtual Reality

June 28, 2014

CBS News featured the work of Mark Bolas and the ICT Mixed Reality Lab. The story highlights Mark Bolas’ 30 years working in VR and …

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Bloomberg Business Week, Time and The Verge Feature ICT’s Smartphone Virtual Reality Viewers

June 27, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek, in a story about Google’s new smartphone virtual reality kit, reported that the USC Institute for Creative Technologies has been developing similar kits …

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Interviews with Mark Bolas from VRLA event

June 27, 2014

Hackertrips, a blog that explores emerging hacker trends, covered the VRLA Meetup #2 event at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab and featured a series of interviews …

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The Washington Post Features ICT’s Work Helping Create 3-D Bust of President Obama

June 24, 2014

The Washington Post featured the first 3D printed bust of a sitting president, which was created using facial scans of President Obama with assistance from …

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