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New Dimensions in Testimony Discussed at March of Living

March 24, 2019

The Jerusalem Post interviews attendees of this year’s March of Living and discusses the New Dimensions in Testimony project preserving Holocaust survivor stories. Continue reading.

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New Artificial Intelligence Frontier of VFX

March 20, 2019

If there’s a buzz phrase right now in visual effects, it’s “machine learning.” In fact, there are three: machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence …

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Will People Trust a ‘Digital Human’ the Same Way They Trust People?

March 13, 2019

Research is showing these kind of embodied interactions drive engagement, which opens all kinds of possibilities as to how systems can help people. Continue reading …

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Can Artificial Intelligence Be An Effective Therapist?

March 1, 2019

Over 450 million people are currently affected by mental or neurological disorders and it is estimated that one in four people will be affected by …

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Virtual Reality Opens New Paths to Mental Health

February 27, 2019

A recent report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness revealed the surprising statistic that 43.8 million Americans will experience a mental health issue …

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The Promise of VR for PTSD

February 26, 2019

Medical professionals treating PTSD have traditionally relied on patients to tap into their memories in order to work through trauma. Skip Rizzo, research professor with …

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Pre-Programming Autonomous Machines Promotes Selfless Decision-Making

February 26, 2019

Researchers from the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, the Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies and Northeastern University collaborated on a paper published …

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Will Autonomous Vehicles Make Us Better People?

February 12, 2019

Pacific Standard covers new research from ARL and ICT.

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Saving Lives with Virtual Reality

February 12, 2019

Spectrum News 1 interviews Skip Rizzo about how virtual reality isn’t just for gamers, medical professionals use it to train for life-saving surgeries. Watch the …

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Could Talking to a Bot Help You Feel Better?

February 11, 2019

Research from the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, for example, found that U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan were more willing to disclose …

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Programming Autonomous Machines Ahead of Time Promotes Selfless Decision Making

February 11, 2019

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Feb. 11, 2019) — A new study suggests the use of autonomous machines increases cooperation among individuals. Researchers from the U.S. …

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Facing the Harsh Realities of PTSD

February 11, 2019

A look at how stepping into a virtual war zone helps war veterans face PTSD. Watch full segment on Spectrum News 1.

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VR Breakthroughs in Autism

February 11, 2019

Watch Skip Rizzo use virtual reality to help a teenager on the spectrum read social cues and practice interview skills, via Spectrum News 1.

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SciTech Awards: Scanning Hollywood with Paul Debevec

February 11, 2019

Creating photo-real digital actors is one of the biggest remaining challenges in feature film visual effects. Digitally rendered faces must achieve a high level of …

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The Next Frontier of Wearable Tech: Your Shoes

February 5, 2019

Would you be tempted to spend the money for some smart shoes? Is the extra technology worth the higher price tag? Or, is this taking …

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The 5 Biggest Tech Challenges to Building a Commercial Avatar

February 5, 2019

Here’s a look at some of the biggest tech barriers facing avatar systems – and how researchers think we can overcome them, from ANA Travel …

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Smart Buildings May Soon Deploy AI Avatars to Improve Energy Efficiency

February 5, 2019

New research shows that the human-machine dynamic will be important to achieving the potential for smart buildings in the near future. Continue reading the full …

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Digital Influences and the Dollars that Follow Them

February 1, 2019

Today, there are generally three types of virtual avatar: realistic high-resolution CGI avatars, stylized CGI avatars and manipulated video avatars. Each has its strengths and …

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A Virtual Human Teaches Negotiating Skills

January 31, 2019

Whether it’s haggling for a better price or negotiating for a higher salary, there is a skill to getting the most of what you want. …

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Rapid Terrain Generation

January 30, 2019

Geospecific 3D terrain representation (aka reality modeling) is revolutionizing geovisualization, simulation, and engineering practices around the world. In tandem with the rapid growth in unmanned …

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AI Programs Can Help in Early Detection of Mental Health Issues

January 28, 2019

GovernmentCIO explores research focused on using artificial intelligence to help detect signs of mental health issues, referencing ICT studies in the article. Read the full …

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Zippy: The Virtual Research Navigator

January 24, 2019

A new collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles using animated video and bots to improve research literacy. Learn more.

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AR Trial Wants to Give Juvenile Offenders a ‘Second Chance’

January 19, 2019

Dr. Skip Rizzo has used virtual and augmented reality to help veterans, those with autism, and adults emerging from the criminal justice system better cope …

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The Invisible Warning Signs That Predict Your Future Health

January 17, 2019

Artificial intelligence is proving it can spot the warning signs of disease before we even know we are ill ourselves. Leah Kaminsky, a GP and …

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Army Researchers Explore Benefits of Immersive Technology for Soldiers

January 16, 2019

The emergence of next generation virtual and augmented reality devices like the Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens has increased interest in using mixed reality to …

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How Virtual Reality Will Transform Medicine

January 16, 2019

Anxiety disorders, addiction, acute pain and stroke rehabilitation are just a few of the areas where VR therapy is already in use. Scientific American explores …

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Virtual Battlefield Represents Future of Training

January 14, 2019

Better, Faster, Stronger. The U.S. Army features a piece about the Synthetic Training Environment and One World Terrain.

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Research Fosters Communication Between Smart Buildings and People

January 11, 2019

Science Daily features new research focused on the human-machine dynamic and is a product of convergent disciplines at USC, including engineering, communications and behavioral sciences. …

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How to Improve Communication Between People and Smart Buildings

January 10, 2019

When it comes to buildings and their occupants, USC researchers see a failure to communicate, yet improved dialogue between the two can help smart buildings …

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USC Research Fosters Communication Between Smart Buildings and People

January 8, 2019

USC researchers found people connect better with a computer-generated avatar that represents building management — and small talk helped, too When it comes to buildings …

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US Government Developing Virtual Reality Simulation to Help Disclose HIV Status to Future Partners

January 3, 2019

The National Institutes of Health is developing a virtual reality experience to help young gay men who’ve contracted HIV disclose their status to future sex …

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US Military Turns to Latest Tech Tools for Training for Combat

January 2, 2019

As technology advances, there are new tools for the military to train and be better prepared for combat. To assist the U.S. Department of Defense, …

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Sturggling Couples Could Soon Be Seeking Relationship Help from AI ‘Woebots’ Instead of Human Counsellors as Demand for Online Support Soars

January 1, 2019

The US Army is investigating the prospect of robot therapists for soldiers to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder. The idea was suggested by researchers at the …

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CES Watch: Magic Leap is Finally Leaping into Reality

December 22, 2018

Augmented Reality is a hot topic as we head into CES and 2018, and there’s one startup that’s shaking up the emerging AR/VR landscape, and …

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VR Can Enhance Military Training and Treat Trauma

December 20, 2018

FedTech Magazine explores VR potential for the military. Read the full story here.

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US Army-Funded Technology Wins Oscar

December 18, 2018

ADELPHI, MD. (December 17, 2018) – Creative geniuses behind digital humans and human-like characters in Hollywood blockbusters Avatar, Blade Runner 2049, Maleficent, Furious 7, The …

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VR Can Benefit Mental Health in Real Life

December 14, 2018

Helping patients with post-traumatic stress disorder confront their fears is often more complex than simulating a generic high-rise or spider. One system that provides a …

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VR/AR Are Not Future Tech – They’re Already Reshaping the World

December 10, 2018

CIO Applications writes about industries where VR/AR technology is being implemented and how it’s helping to push boundaries, featuring some of ICT’s research. Read the …

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3 Ways Tech Helps Heal the Mind and Body

December 10, 2018

Mixed-reality experiences developed at USC use immersive technology to help humans deal with conditions ranging from injuries to PTSD. Continue reading in USC Trojan Family …

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How Will the U.S. Military Use the Hololens on the Front Line?

December 6, 2018

In the near future, U.S. soldiers could be relying on Microsoft’s mixed reality Hololens technology to give them the edge. Last week, Bloomberg News reported …

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Virtual and Mixed Reality at the Nexus of SciFi, Engineering, and Training

December 5, 2018

IEEE sits down with ICT’s MxR Lab to discuss virtual and mixed reality, and how these technologies assist in the fields of STEM, engineering and …

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Faces of Basic Research: Professor Jonathan Gratch

December 5, 2018

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research interviews Jonathan Gratch for their spotlight on basic research. Watch here.

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Pinscreen Releases Deep Learning Model

November 26, 2018

Shiropen features new research from Pinscreen, University of Southern California, and USC Institute for Creative Technologies showcasing a deep learning model “paGAN (photoreal avatar)” which can …

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In Focus: Using Virtual Reality to Face the Realities of PTSD

November 25, 2018

Spectrum Local News talks with ICT’s Skip Rizzo about Bravemind. Check out the full segment here.

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Researchers Determine That Reading Stories Increases Empathy

November 22, 2018

Research carried out by a team of scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) has revealed that reading stories proves to be a universal …

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Army Accelerating Synthetic Training Environment Programs

November 21, 2018

The synthetic training environment, or STE, is a next-generation paradigm for enhancing readiness. The Army plans to use a combination of gaming, cloud computing, artificial …

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What’s Creative?: “Hi, I’m Ellie.”

November 20, 2018

A look at Ellie and the use of virtual humans in helping to treat symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress, via What’s Creative?

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Alexa Could Become Your Therapist As Experts Make Smart Speakers Judge Emotions

November 16, 2018

The Australian Review covers Judith Shulevitz’s piece about AI capabilities in connected devices. Continue reading for more insight from ICT’s Jonathan Gratch.

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Healing the Invisible Wounds of War with Virtual Reality

November 8, 2018

The RAND Corporation’s Invisible Wounds of War study estimates that as many as one in five who’ve seen battle experiences PTSD, which—if left untreated—can rip …

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3.5 – VR: What’s Possible in Reality?

November 7, 2018

Dell Technologies talks with Skip Rizzo and other industry insiders about VR and capabilities for the future. Listen to the full podcast here.

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Seeing is Believing: The State of Virtual Reality

November 4, 2018

The Verge writes an in-depth piece about the history of virtual reality. Continue reading.

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Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness

November 3, 2018

Researchers are developing wristbands and apps to predict moods—but the technology has pitfalls as well as promise. ICT’s Jonathan Gratch talks with Scientific American about …

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The Future of Mental Diagnosis and Treatment – Artificial Intelligence

November 3, 2018

The stuff we see in science fiction movies about artificial intelligence is slowly becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The fiction of yesterday is fast becoming the …

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Virtual Reality Therapy Has Real-Life Beenfits for Some Mental Disorders

November 1, 2018

Skip Rizzo talks with Science News about Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy. Continue reading.

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Tech Papers: The Secret to SIGGRAPH Asia Success

November 1, 2018

Hao Li talks with VFX Blog about what it takes to write a winning paper at SIGGRAPH Asia. Continue reading.

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Magic Leap Conference Videos Dive Deeper into Medical, Audio, & AR Cloud Uses for Magic Leap One

November 1, 2018

Just a day after releasing an initial set of three panels held at the free event for registered attendees, Magic Leap has posted an additional …

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AI Project Aims to Improve Negotiation Skills

October 26, 2018

USC’s Daily Trojan talks with Emmanuel Johnson about new research aimed at improving negotiation skills. Continue reading.

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Building the World of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

October 26, 2018

Digital Media World explores the production of Blade Runner 2049. Continue reading.

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What Are the Advantages and Issues of Artificial Intelligence in Terms of Study

October 25, 2018

AppRobust explores the pros and cons of artificial intelligence, featuring research from ICT. Continue reading.

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Army to Release New Squad Advanced Marksmanship Trainer

October 25, 2018

Over the next year, 26 installations are scheduled to receive the new Squad Advanced Marksmanship Trainer — with the first potential location slated for Fort …

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How Virtual Reality Is Transforming Autism Studies

October 24, 2018

Proponents of VR argue that no other medium comes as close to putting you in someone else’s shoes. “Having a perceptual experience — that’s something …

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AI’s Potential to Diagnose and Treat Mental Illness

October 23, 2018

Harvard Business Review explores AI solutions that help in diagnosing and treating mental illness, mentioning ICT’s Ellie as a potential aid in the process. Continue …

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Amazing AI Advances in Education: Benefits and Controversies

October 22, 2018

AI can help digitize textbooks and create customizable “smart” content for students of all age ranges, helping them with memorizing and learning. Virtual characters and …

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After Decades of Silence, Anne Frank’s Step-Sister Speaks Up

October 21, 2018

The author of three books, Schloss travels often to tell her story. She was interviewed by the Steven Spielberg-founded Shoah Foundation project and participated in …

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Outfitting Avatars To Cross The Uncanny Valley

October 19, 2018

Science Friday interviews Hao Li about the big challenges for creating photorealistic avatars, and how face-swapping technology threatens our perception of what’s real in the news. …

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The New Reality of Mixed Reality

October 17, 2018

Tech Well Insights explores new mixed reality experiences, including VITA for Magic Leap One. Read the full article here.

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Hate Negotiating? There’s a Virtual Human for That.

October 16, 2018

By Sara Preto Fall ’18 Emmanuel Johnson, a Fulbright Scholar and computer science Ph.D. working with USC Viterbi’s Jonathan Gratch, is collaborating with researchers from …

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U.S. Army Invests in Virtual Reality Training

October 16, 2018

The U.S. Army considers virtual reality training as an important path ahead to prepare warfighters. Central to STE is a cloud-enabled One World Terrain (OWT) …

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Can a Computer Headset Cure Your Fear of Heights?

October 14, 2018

Daily Mail explores the many uses of VR and how the technology can be helpful for a variety of reasons. Read the full article here.

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Inside Magic Leap’s Over-the-Top Developer Conference

October 13, 2018

PC Magazine interviews ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo at Magic Leap’s conference for developers. Read the full article here.

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New Virtual Marksmanship and Squad Immersive Trainers are Headed to Dozens of Army Locations Next Year

October 12, 2018

At the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting, Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, who serves both as the director of the Army’s Synthetic Training …

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Virtual Reality Isn’t Just for Video Games Anymore

October 11, 2018

The Skidmore News discusses a recent visit from ICT’s Skip Rizzo, read the full article about his talk and research here.

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USC ICT and The Dan Marino Foundation Partner with Magic Leap to Deliver Spatial Computing Experience for Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

October 10, 2018

Next-generation virtual human job interview practice system soon available on Magic Leap One. For more information, please contact Sara Preto, 310-301-5006, preto@ict.usc.edu. Studies show that …

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Is Alexa Dangerous?

October 10, 2018

Why would we turn to computers for solace? Machines give us a way to reveal shameful feelings without feeling shame. When talking to one, people …

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How to Teach Against Hate? Lean on Genocide Survivors

October 8, 2018

Teaching tolerance through survival, a piece from Trojan Family magazine.

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The Advanced Imaging Society Announces Distinguished Leadership Award Recipients

October 4, 2018

Receiving awards for Technology will be Apple Inc for ProRes Raw codec, IBM Watson computer incorporating AI, DreamWorks Animation openVDB Data Structure System, NVIDIA GeForce …

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‘Body Computing’ Turns Healthcare into Lifecare

September 28, 2018

As founder of USC’s Center for Body Computing (CBC), Dr. Leslie Saxon’s mission is to make sure ‘patients have a dog in the fight’ as …

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Synthetic Training Environment and the Digital Revolution in the Army

September 27, 2018

What makes the Synthetic Training Environment truly revolutionary and disruptive is the “how” as much as the “what” of it. Much like the name environment …

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USC Puts AR in La Brea Tar Pits

September 27, 2018

The La Brea Tar Pits, which is part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, has partnered with USC to incorporate augmented reality …

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ICT’s Adjunct Professor Paul Debevec Named Visual Effects Fellow

September 26, 2018

Visual effects veterans Craig Barron, Joyce Cox, Dan Curry, Paul Debevec and Mike Fink are set to become Visual Effects Society Fellows during an Oct. …

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Visual Effects Society Announces 2018 VES Fellows

September 26, 2018

Paul Debevec is one of this year’s VES fellows, read about the award in Animation World Network and Studio Daily.

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USC Partners with La Brea Tar Pits on Augmented Reality and Education

September 24, 2018

In a new partnership between USC and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, which include the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, researchers …

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The Ultimate Physician’s Assistant

September 21, 2018

Forbes explores emerging artificial intelligence (AI) innovations transforming the healthcare ecosystem today—from automated MRI imaging for early cancer detection to DNA sequencing for targeted drug …

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Museum, USC Create AR Experiences at La Brea Tar Pits

September 20, 2018

Woolly mammoths may be extinct, but visitors at the La Brea Tar Pits will get to see one up close. By partnering with USC, the …

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Advanced Imaging Society Unveils 2018 Technology Lumiere Award Honorees

September 18, 2018

The AIS Technology Award program annually acknowledges and celebrates technologies and processes demonstrating both innovation and impact in advancing the future of the entertainment and …

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Why Robots That Look Too Human Make Some People Uneasy

September 17, 2018

An increasing number of robots are being created and designed to work side by side with humans, in a human environment. That means robots have …

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ICT Wins AIS Tech Award

September 12, 2018

The Advanced Imaging Society will recognize 15 honorees during its 9th annual Technology Lumiere Awards, which will be held during December in Hollywood, including ICT for …

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Natural History Museum Partners with USC for Augmented Reality Experiences at La Brea Tar Pits

September 11, 2018

Discoveries from the iconic excavation site will be the linchpin in an effort to understand how to most effectively use a technology growing in popularity. …

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Army Improving Integrated Training Environments for Aviators

September 7, 2018

To better prepare aviators for the future fight against a near-peer adversary, the Army is working to improve live, virtual and constructive training environments. Continue …

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Can Technology Help You Live Longer?

September 4, 2018

BBC Click investigates, interviewing ICT’s Ari Shapiro about preserving the likeness of human beings. Watch the full segment here.

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Director for Cognitive Architecture Research at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies Honored for Contributions in the Artificial Intelligence Community

August 28, 2018

Paul S. Rosenbloom of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and Viterbi School of Engineering has won the 2018 Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in …

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Virtual Reality in the Medical Field

August 25, 2018

Today, VR is being used in everything from marketing for business growth to education in primary schools. One of the often overlooked yet more incredible …

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Would You Seek Therapy From a Machine?

August 23, 2018

Would you talk to a computer therapist? ICT has built an AI interface for use in mental health settings. KCRW hears how it works and …

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SIGGRAPH 2018: Deep Learning and Deep Fakes

August 15, 2018

A roundup of SIGGRAPH 2018 in FXPHD.com.

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Cubic Motion Makes More Than Faces

August 15, 2018

Using Light Stages, 3D scanning technology developed by Paul Debevec’s team at USC’s Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) created a stunningly realistic model …

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OC Fair Hits 2018 Attendance Record of 1.4M Visitors

August 13, 2018

The 2018 fair, which ended Sunday, Aug. 12, surpassed previous years in total guests – by 10 percent more than the 1.33 million fairgoers in …

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Meet the Chatbots Providing Mental Health Care

August 9, 2018

The Wall Street Journal takes an in-depth look at AI and chatbots, speaking with Gale Lucas for insight. Read the full article here.

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Here Come the Virtual Humans

August 9, 2018

PC Magazine interviews ICT’s Hao Li about his work and the future of virtual humans. Read the full article here.

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We Care Wednesday from KTLA

August 8, 2018

KTLA‘s Gayle Anderson visits the OC Fair and reminds viewers to stop by the Bravemind exhibit while summer’s still here.

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A.I. at SIGGRAPH: Part 2. Pinscreen at Real Time Live

August 6, 2018

FX Guide interviews Hao Li ahead of SIGGRAPH 2018. Read the full article here.

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