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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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Higher Education Innovation: 25 Examples of Excellence

August 3, 2018

This article is brought to you in partnership with The Mission Daily and Vemo Education, highlighting 25 research institutes at the forefront of innovation, including …

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Artificial Intelligence Can Help Veterans Deal with the Trauma of War

August 1, 2018

VR is a powerful tool when it comes to recreating environments and being able to control parameters. In the case of veterans, it allows a …

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Why Do Some Companies Have Humans Pretending to be Bots?

July 26, 2018

AI is hot. And it’s everywhere, from customer service apps and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, to all manner of transportation apps and social …

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Bravemind at Heroes Hall

July 24, 2018

KTLA’s Morning News visits Heroes Hall, as Gayle Anderson learns more about the Bravemind exhibit. Watch here.

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In the Foreground: SIGGRAPH 2017 Posters Graduate Winner

July 24, 2018

ACM’s SIGGRAPH Blog aught up with SIGGRAPH 2017 first-place ICT graduate winner Chloe LeGendre (whose recent research has been accepted to the SIGGRAPH 2018 Posters …

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From Sci Fi to Commercialization: The Rise of Digital Avatars

July 20, 2018

A lot of the fear and friction that come with asking for help, or the need to build trust with a stranger, are alleviated via …

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Could VR Therapy Transform Mental Health Treatment?

July 20, 2018

Verdict researches how VR can be used in mental health treatments. Read the full article here.

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When Health Apps Meet VR

July 18, 2018

The use of smartphones and tablet devices in health care has generated much interest recently, with a rise in related apps changing the way that …

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Why It’s So Hard for You to Stop Reading Books You Don’t Even Like

July 14, 2018

MSN writer Katie Heaney tries to understand grit, the type of personality that will persevere through anything, even a bad book, by talking with ICT’s …

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Revealing the Secret of CG Double in Logan

July 13, 2018

AnimationKolkata looks at the technology and process behind creating digital doubles in ‘Logan’.

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The Quantified Heart

July 12, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer just about the ability to calculate the quickest driving route from London to Bucharest, or to outplay Garry Kasparov …

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California Virtual Reality Exhibit Provides Window into PTSD Treatment

July 12, 2018

Designed by USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, Bravemind is an interactive program clinicians use to slowly immerse veterans and military service members into virtual environments …

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OC Fair Virtual Reality Exhibit Provides Window into PTSD Treatment

July 11, 2018

A new virtual reality experience at the OC Fair & Event Center offers insights into how researchers are using advanced technology to treat veterans suffering …

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Virtual Reality Isn’t Just for Gamers Anymore; It Will Change Your Health

July 10, 2018

As virtual reality (VR) software becomes more sophisticated, users are able to interact with the environment through multiple senses. Our brains and bodies begin to …

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Psychological Testing and Assessments Are Going High Tech

July 9, 2018

APA Monitor explores how technology is being used in psychological testing and assessments.

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4 Ways Virtual Reality Will Disrupt Healthcare

July 9, 2018

Cox Communications includes ways in which healthcare will incorporate virtual reality technologies. Continue reading to see how pairing together VR and therapy, specifically using Bravemind …

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It’s Almost Time to ‘Free Your Inner Farmer’ at the Orange County Fair

July 8, 2018

This year’s Orange County Fair features tons of new food, attractions and entertainment. The LA Times Daily Pilot gives readers an overview of what not …

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VR Soon a Clinical Reality in Psychosis Care

July 5, 2018

While VR therapy is still in the early stages of research, the current evidence suggests it can reduce paranoia and improve sociability without significant risk …

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Nvidia GPUs Could Use AI to Power Next-Gen HairWorks Models in Future Games

July 5, 2018

Researchers from the University of South California, Pinscreen, and Microsoft have developed a hair rendering technique powered by deep learning. This neural network can render …

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Bravemind & OC Fair 2018

July 3, 2018

The countdown to the 2018 OC Fair has reached less than two weeks. More than 1 million people are expected to check out this year’s …

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Bravemind Experience Opens at Heroes Hall

June 28, 2018

The LA Times Daily Pilot section features the new Bravemind exhibit opening at the Orange Country Fair’s Heroes Hall.

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Around Town: Heroes Hall Offers Preview of ‘Bravemind’ Exhibit

June 27, 2018

The public can get a peek this week of “Bravemind: Using Virtual Reality to Combat PTSD,” the newest exhibit planned for the Heroes Hall veterans …

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University of Southern California and Other Announced a Method Using Deep Learning to Generate a 3D Model of Hair from One 2D Image

June 26, 2018

Researchers at the University of Southern California, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Pinscreen, Microsoft Research Asia, published a method to more naturally generate hair 3D …

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Virtual Reality: Educating, Delivering Therapy & Facilitating Support

June 23, 2018

This piece for Medium features research and work highlighting the many uses of virtual reality. Read more here.

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Mesoscopic Facial Geometry Inference Using Deep Neural Networks

June 22, 2018

80 Level looks at research from the Vision and Graphics Lab at ICT exploring a novel approach to synthesizing facial geometry. Continue reading here.

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Digital Human Project Started at Toei Token Institute

June 18, 2018

Toei Co., Ltd. Toku Institute announces that it will launch a special research team and introduce the latest version of LightStage, developed by ICT, which is …

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USARIEM Partners to Explore Using Virtual Humans to Measure Cognitive Performance

June 15, 2018

Army researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, have recently begun collaborating with ICT on developing and enhancing technologies that …

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The Future of VR/AR in Medical Fields, according to Experts

June 12, 2018

MoguraVR, based out of Japan, interviews ICT’s Arno Hartholt for his thoughts on how VR and AR will impact the medical field. Continue reading here.

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New Study on Avatars Question the Influence of Virtual Clones

June 5, 2018

The gamer’s experience over the past decade has evolved tremendously and player-customized avatars, or virtual clones, are becoming more and more realistic every day. Previous …

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Realistic 3D Avatars From a Single Image

June 1, 2018

Digital media needs realistic digital faces. The recent surge in augmented and virtual reality platforms has created an even stronger demand for high-quality content, and …

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Holograms: Are They Still The Preserve of Science Fiction?

May 22, 2018

The Guardian explores 3D technologies and holograms, looking to ICT for for source inspiration. Read the full article here.

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In-Depth: Therapeutic VR In 2018 Is No Longer Just a Distraction

May 18, 2018

VR could soon be a resource in treating a different kind of recurring fear as well. Digital health therapeutic company Pear Therapeutics’ pipeline includes reCALL …

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Data Is Improving Government Services, But at What Cost to Citizen’s Privacy?

May 18, 2018

Data now informs almost everything the public sector does, and it also informs on us. ICT’s Todd Richmond provides insight on the issue for Government …

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Why Technology for Physician Education is a Necessity, Not a Luxury

May 17, 2018

Technology continues to change the way healthcare professionals deliver care to patients, enabling faster collaboration and improving workflow processes. Thanks to mobile devices and processes, …

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‘Yanny’ Versus ‘Laurel’ Debate Is the New ‘What Color Is the Dress?’ Meme

May 17, 2018

It’s the biggest debate of our time — or, at least, the biggest since the great “the dress” debate of 2015. Is it “Yanny” or …

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Virtual Therapy, Real Results

May 16, 2018

Diversity in Action interviews Skip Rizzo about using virtual reality to help in the treatment and prevention of PTS symptoms. Read the full article on …

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