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3D Virtual Reality Research Benefiting US Soldiers

July 15, 2019

The One World Terrain Project is part of the Institute for Creative Technologies. It’s a USC-affiliated research center holding several military contracts. The project started …

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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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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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