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One World Terrain to Allow U.S. Soldiers to Train Anywhere

October 7, 2019

Carrying only a backpack and a drone, Soldiers could capture and eventually re-create entire sections of forests and steep mountains. Joe Lacdan explains for Army …

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Ethical Concerns of AI Call Growing Adoption into Question

October 3, 2019

Hao Li talks with TechTarget about deepfake technology.

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Perfect Deepfake Tech Could Arrive Sooner Than Expected

October 2, 2019

Professor Hao Li used to think it could take two to three years for the perfection of deepfake videos to make copycats indistinguishable from reality. …

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How VR Is Improving Treatments for Patients and Training for Doctors

October 2, 2019

Virtual reality gives doctors a safe place to learn surgical techniques and helps patients overcome PTSD. Read the full article featuring Dr. Skip Rizzo and …

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How Worried Should We Be About Deepfakes?

September 28, 2019

ICT’s Hao Li talks with BBC about the technology, listen here.

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“Perfectly Real” Fake Videos Will Be Here Faster Than You Think

September 27, 2019

Continued deepfake coverage in USC Annenberg Media.

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Deepfake Pioneer: “Perfectly Real” Fake Vids Are Six Months Away

September 23, 2019

Futurism‘s coverage of deepfake technology, featuring ICT’s Hao Li.

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Half A Year to a Year Away From ‘Perfectly Real’ Deepfakes: Top Artist

September 20, 2019

CNBC’s “Power Lunch” team discusses the onslaught of ‘deepfakes’ and their impact with Professor Hao Li, a top ‘deepfake’ artist. Watch the segment here.

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Syracuse VA to Use Virtual Technology to Help Combat Veterans Tackle Trauma

September 18, 2019

Veterans suffering from trauma from their time in combat might soon be using technology from video games to help the heal.  Donations from a veterans …

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Battling PTSD with Virtual Reality for Veterans in CNY

September 18, 2019

Virtual reality is bringing veterans back to battle, giving the Syracuse VA another way to work with patients living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, working to reduce …

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The World’s Top Deepfake Artist: ‘Wow, this is Developing More Rapidly Than I Thought’

September 18, 2019

ICT’s Hao Li sees deepfake technology as moving quickly toward being indistinguishable from reality. Read the full piece in MIT Technology Review.

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A Deepfake Putin and the Future of AI Take Center Stage at Emtech

September 18, 2019

Artificial intelligence took center stage at this year’s Emtech conference, presented by MIT Technology Review. The conference began with a demo of a deepfake from ICT’ s …

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U.S. Army Training Devices Could Soon Be Embedded in Helicopters, Vehicles

September 16, 2019

Army Recognition features One World Terrain in their article about new Army training devices. Read the full piece here.

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The Biggest iPhone News Is a Tiny Chip Inside It

September 13, 2019

ICT’s David Krum provides some insight and thoughts about the new iPhone for WIRED. Read the full article here.

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U.S. Army’s Next-Gen Helicopters and Combat Vehicles to Receive Virtual Training Devices

September 13, 2019

Defense Blog covers new tool the Army is using, featuring the One World Terrain prototype in its piece. Click here to read the full article.

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U.S. Army’s Next-Gen Helicopters and Combat Vehicles to Receive Virtual Training Devices

September 13, 2019

To help Soldiers achieve the Army’s ambitious readiness goals, the service has made advances in its training. The Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, …

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10 Innovative IT Projects to Inspire You This Fall

September 5, 2019

EdTech features organizations, startups, projects and research that are innovating in the educational tech sector. Read the full article which includes ICT’s work here.

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Emotion-reading algorithms cannot predict intentions via facial expressions

September 4, 2019

Though algorithms are increasingly being deployed in all facets of life, a new USC study has found that they fail basic tests as truth detectors. …

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The Case for a Course of Virtual Reality

September 4, 2019

VR may help ease conditions from pain to phobias to PTSD. This article is based on reporting that features expert sources including ICT’s Dr. Skip …

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A New Army Network Could Also Help Training

August 28, 2019

The U.S. Army is undergoing a major technology shift affecting how soldiers prepare for battle through the implementation of a Synthetic Training Environment.  Continue reading …

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Synthetic Training Environment Piques Partners Interest

August 23, 2019

The Army-funded Institute for Creative Technologies provides some of the virtual training capabilities. The institute has won awards for its hologram technology, and Gen. Gervais says …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Celebrates 20 Years

August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 – LOS ANGELES – USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is celebrating its 20thanniversary this year. What began as a Department of …

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Are VR Gamers Stumbling Onto a Mental Health Power-Up?

August 22, 2019

Skip Rizzo, a neuropsychologist at the Medical Virtual Reality Lab at the University of Southern California, is more interested in the therapeutic value of the …

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Everywhere at Once

August 22, 2019

Ari Shapiro – USC Viterbi research assistant professor of computer science head of the Character Animation and Simulation research group at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) – …

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Businesses Tap Virtual Reality to Train Workers

August 21, 2019

When the first modern virtual reality headsets came to market a few years back, it felt like we were on the cusp of the sci-fi …

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Virtual Reality’s Health Benefits May Soon Be a Doctor’s Appointment Away

August 21, 2019

Virtual reality (VR) is quickly working its way out of the gaming space and into the medical field, with experts trying this technology in areas from …

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How VR Storytelling Could Transform Mental Health

August 21, 2019

Given that most health concerns are inseparable from one’s environment, Rizzo calls VR “the ultimate Skinner box,” meaning it can create safe yet emotionally evocative …

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Futuristic Building Senses Threats and Reacts

August 18, 2019

Engineers and computer scientists are exploring building design and technology seeking ways to protect people. Recent innovations offer many possibilities, from placement of exits to …

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Virtual Reality in Psychological Treatment

August 17, 2019

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is all the rage at the moment, with industries across the UK and the world using virtual and augmented reality to …

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Hao Li Speaks with Technology Review about Deepfakes

August 16, 2019

As a pioneer of digital fakery, Li worries that deepfakes are only the beginning. Despite having helped usher in an era when our eyes cannot …

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Can VR Mimic a Psychedelic Drug Experience?

August 8, 2019

A new psychedelic virtual reality experience has some questioning if VR can provide the same psychedelic experience as the real thing. Continue reading in The Fix.

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Can Virtual Reality Replace Psychedelic Drugs?

August 7, 2019

Virtual reality is an “emotionally evocative technology,” says Skip Rizzo, director for medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, “because …

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Can Virtual Simulations Teach a Human Skill Like Empathy?

August 5, 2019

Can you learn empathy through interacting with a computer—even though, by definition, the skill requires understanding and sympathizing with real people? EdSurge speaks with experts, …

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How Rude Virtual Humans Are Helping Veterans Re-enter the Job Market

August 1, 2019

The technology lets veterans practice answering standard interview questions—as well as some uncomfortable and offensive questions—in hyper realistic virtual reality.  Interviewees put on a headset …

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What Makes a Robot Likable?

August 1, 2019

The August issue of Communications of the ACM features a piece on SimSensei. Read the full article here.

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Survivor’s Digital Double Helps Train SARCS, Victim Advocates at SHARP Academy

July 30, 2019

The U.S. Army website features a story on the ICT prototype, Digital Survivor of Sexual Assault (DS2A). Read the full article here.

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Hao Li Selected for the DARPA ISAT Study Group

July 24, 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has named Hao Li to the Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group .

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XR in Healthcare: Simple Evolution or Amazing Revolution?

July 20, 2019

CIO Applications Europe features a piece investigating XR in healthcare, mentioning some of ICT’s projects and efforts. Read the full article here.

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Digital Tools Will Bring the World to Army Soldiers

July 18, 2019

The STE CFT has developed two important digital tools for soldiers, One World Terrain (OWT) and the Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Trainer (RVCT), explained the STE …

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The World at their Fingertips: One World Terrain to Allow Soldiers to Train Anywhere, Anytime

July 18, 2019

Carrying only a backpack and a drone, Soldiers could capture and eventually re-create entire sections of forests and steep mountains. They can map 3D data …

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One Year In, Army Futures Command is Fully Up and Running. Here’s Some of the Tech It’s Been Working On

July 17, 2019

Am update on the Army Futures Command initiative and the One World Terrain Project. Continue reading in Task & Purpose.

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Hollywood Technology to Help Army Innovate Tank Training

July 17, 2019

The Army has enlisted the help of some of the brightest minds in the tech industry to test and evaluate crucial decision-making skills of tank …

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3D Virtual Reality Research Benefiting U.S. Soldiers

July 15, 2019

Spectrum News 1 reports on One World Terrain. Watch the full segment here.

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See How VR & AR Are Changing Medicine

July 10, 2019

Learn from experts like USC Institute for Creative Technologies R&D director Arno Hartholt and others, about cutting-edge topics like how VR is being used in …

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In the Age of Deepfakes, Could Virtual Actors Put Humans Out of Business?

July 8, 2019

When you’re watching a modern blockbuster such as The Avengers, it’s hard to escape the feeling that what you’re seeing is almost entirely computer-generated imagery, …

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Psychology Technology: 7 Examples of Mental Health Tech

July 4, 2019

Built In follows one Veterans journey through treating PTS symptoms through exposure therapy, featuring Bravemind and its benefits.

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A Dose of Virtual Reality for Medical Professionals

July 3, 2019

As VR literally transports your vision and hearing to another dimension, the tech was found to be useful in treating patients with psychological diseases. In …

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Army Awards Key Contracts to Build Virtual Trainers

June 28, 2019

The awards mark big progress in developing the STE — essentially a virtual world in which to train soldiers for war and aims to move the service …

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Virtual Reality May Make PTSD Treatment More Effective

June 28, 2019

SoldierStrong, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides hyper-advanced medical devices and treatments to America’s wounded veterans, is working with four major universities and multiple federal …

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Former Google Principal Filmmaker for VR and Vrai Pictures Founder to lead University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies MxR Lab

June 25, 2019

A Forbes exclusive about USC ICT’s new director for the Mixed Reality Lab.

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Names New Mixed Reality Lab Director

June 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES (June 25, 2019) — The USC Institute for Creative Technologieshas appointed Jessica Brillhart, as the Mixed Reality Lab’s new director, effective September 16, 2019. Brillhart will …

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Machine Learning Helps Microsoft’s AI Realistically Colorize Video from a Single Image

June 25, 2019

Film colorization might be an art form, but it’s one that AI models are slowly getting the hang of. In a paper published on the preprint server …

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Virtual Reality Might Be the Next Big Thing for Mental Health

June 24, 2019

Experts used to worry that virtual reality (VR) would damage our brains. These days, however, VR seems more likely to help our gray matter. A new …

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The Coming Computational Approach to Psychiatry

June 22, 2019

Any disturbance in human behavior has immediate and future consequences and costs. So, when a growing number of humans from across nations suffer from some form …

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Virtual Training Effort Advances

June 21, 2019

More soldiers soon would be able to train in a broader array of scenarios without leaving their home bases or armories. Under the Army’s “One …

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The Evolution of Cognitive Architecture Will Deliver Human-like AI

June 20, 2019

The current state of AGI research is “a very complex question without a clear answer,” Paul S. Rosenbloom, professor of computer science at USC and …

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AI-Powered Therapy to Set Minds at Rest

June 20, 2019

Online and virtual therapists that use artificial intelligence to inform digital patient engagement could help remediate some everyday mental health challenges. Continue reading in Engineering …

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How AI Understands Emotion

June 19, 2019

In science fiction, robots have had emotions for a long time. The film Her celebrates the romantic relationship between a heartbroken Joaquin Phoenix and Samantha, his virtual …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Hosts First All-Girl High School Hackathon in SoCal

June 18, 2019

A North Hollywood High School student hit a trifecta this weekend. She brought together passions for empowering her female peers, computer science and the need …

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Army Tests New Training Platform

June 17, 2019

A technology called “One World Terrain” will help soldiers train virtually on 3D battlefields that replicate real locations. The Army recently conducted user assessments of …

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Here’s How a Popular Form of Entertainment is Helping Veterans Deal with Pain

June 14, 2019

Skip Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, said virtual reality has been used for various …

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Can the NHS’s New Virtual Reality Game Cure a Fear of Heights?

June 9, 2019

Dr Albert Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California, has made headlines in the US after designing a treatment for …

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Soldier Strong Program Helps Veterans Cope with PTSD

June 5, 2019

Veteran Chris Merkle discusses his return home from war and how VR Exposure Therapy tools like Strong Mind, powered by ICT’s Bravemind, has helped during …

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Army Testing Synthetic Training Environment Platform

June 4, 2019

Soon Soldiers worldwide could have a wealth of training options at their home station or armory — on a virtual platform.  The Army recently conducted …

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US Army Developing ‘Google Earth on Steroids’ That Will Be Able to Simulate the INSIDE of Buildings

May 29, 2019

In a report from National Defense, one researcher working on the project revealed that the system will be granular enough to map the inside of buildings …

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Robotics and American Sign Language

May 29, 2019

USC Viterbi researchers are helping to increase exposure to language in deaf infants to improve their development of language, reading, grammar, and writing skills for …

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Why Many Combat Veterans Are Still Suffering, Years After the Fight Ended

May 27, 2019

On average, 20 U.S. military veterans daily die by suicide, and suicides among active duty personnel are increasing. A number of treatments for veterans with …

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Army Leveraging Virtual-Reality Market for Plug-and-Play Battle Simulation

May 23, 2019

The Synthetic Training Environment will be a realistic and complex replica of weapons systems and operations, complete with civilians, enemies, weather conditions and even animals, …

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Untethered Shooting Trainers, Reconfigurable Air and Ground Simulators, and the Next Level of Virtual Training

May 20, 2019

n less than two years, the Army expects to have advanced simulators at four to five installations that can offer connected, realistic combat training for everyone from …

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Robots Take a Turn Leading Autism Therapy in Schools

May 20, 2019

New tech teaching emotional and communication skills shows early signs of connecting with children with autism spectrum disorder. Continue reading in the Wall Street Journal.

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Using VR in Psychiatric Care: ‘This time, we have the technology’

May 20, 2019

VR has suffered cycles of hype and deflation as people puzzle over which sectors it has the potential to transform: could it replace the whiteboard …

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“My heart broke”: Some People Develop an Emotional Response with Their Robots

May 19, 2019

When a robot “dies,” does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is “yes” — and that tells us something important, and …

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News from ITEC: Army’s ‘Google Earth on Steroids’ to Include Inside of Buildings

May 17, 2019

The Synthetic Training Environment intends to train all warfighting functions as well as the human dimensions of warfare, which include interacting with locals. It will …

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How Virtual Reality Can Help the Global Mental Health Crisis

May 15, 2019

Dr. Albert Rizzo is a research professor at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technology (ICT). The research institute, in partnership with Virtually …

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How Simulation Games Prepare the Military for More Than Just Combat

May 11, 2019

Before signing up for active duty, today’s generation of armed forces recruits have usually played hours of branded RPGs such as Call of Duty. But …

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US Military Developing Google Earth on Steroids That Can Map Inside Building

May 1, 2019

Google Earth allows us to navigate the world through our computer or phone screens, zooming into cities and communities all over the world with a birds-eye view …

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Be Wary of Robot Emotions; ‘Simulated Love is Never Love’

April 26, 2019

“When we interact with another human, dog, or machine, how we treat it is influenced by what kind of mind we think it has,” said …

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How Intelligent Workstations Will Use AI to Improve Health and Happiness

April 25, 2019

Do you want to be warm or cold? Is it time to stand rather than sit? An interdisciplinary team – made up of designers and …

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DCS 2019: Saving Soldiers Using Clinical VR

April 18, 2019

The virtual approach not only was accepted by soldiers with PTSD, it seemed to have won the day over real humans, in dramatic results shown …

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Faculty Aim to Design Tomorrow’s Workstation for Today’s Workforce

April 17, 2019

To examine social aspects of human–machine interaction, Becerik-Gerber and Roll are collaborating with Gale Lucas, PhD, research assistant professor of computer science at USC Viterbi …

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Drone Mapping Improves Warfighter Training, Saves Money

April 17, 2019

Scientists are using virtual and augmented reality to improve training environments for the warfighter. The technology empowers service members on the ground while saving the …

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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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