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Wall Street Journal Reports New Benefits for Virtual Reality Therapy

October 20, 2014

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

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Secretary of the Army Learns about ELITE

October 20, 2014

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

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SimSensei and Skip Rizzo in the New Yorker

October 16, 2014

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

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We’re Hiring: Research Programmer Postion

October 14, 2014

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

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

October 14, 2014

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

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Cara Santa Maria Interviews Paul Debevec on Talk Nerdy Podcast

October 13, 2014

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

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Randy Hill and ICT Virtual Humans in the Huffington Post

October 12, 2014

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

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

October 7, 2014

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

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

October 5, 2014

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

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

September 30, 2014

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

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

September 30, 2014

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

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LA Times Covers ICT-Developed Technologies

September 24, 2014

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

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Paul Debevec in Red Orbit

September 23, 2014

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

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Forbes Calls Mark Bolas a Virtual Reality Pioneer

September 22, 2014

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

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MSNBC Features ICT Virtual Human Work Addressing PTSD

September 22, 2014

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

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Forbes Features ICT Virtual Reality Projects for Mental Health

September 21, 2014

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

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

September 16, 2014

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

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KNX News Features ICT

September 15, 2014

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

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The Argonaut Features ICT Futuristic Research and Technologies

September 4, 2014

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

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

August 28, 2014

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

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The Verge Features ICT in Virtual Reality Special

August 28, 2014

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

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

August 15, 2014

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

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Paul Rosenbloom Named Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society

August 15, 2014

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

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

August 13, 2014

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

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Binghampton University Magazine Features Skip Rizzo

August 11, 2014

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

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The Guardian Features ICT Virtual Reality Research

August 3, 2014

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

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

July 31, 2014

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

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We’re Hiring: Director for Learning Science Research

July 29, 2014

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

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

July 25, 2014

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

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Voice of America Covers Rapid Avatar Generation

July 24, 2014

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

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

July 23, 2014

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

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Motherboard Quotes Skip Rizzo on Virtual Reality

July 21, 2014

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

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

July 21, 2014

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

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Paul Debevec Participates in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything

July 20, 2014

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

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KTLA Covers ICT Research Suggesting People Reveal More to Virtual Humans

July 19, 2014

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

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Los Angeles Times Features ICT Mixed Reality Lab and VRLA Event

July 18, 2014

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

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

July 18, 2014

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

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Psychology Today Features Study Suggesting People Disclose More to Virtual Humans

July 16, 2014

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

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

July 14, 2014

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

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

July 10, 2014

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

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Voice of America Features Evan Suma’s Redirected Walking Research

July 9, 2014

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

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Deseret News Features ICT Technologies for Health Treatment and Assement

July 2, 2014

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

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Voice of America Features Mark Bolas and Project BlueShark

July 1, 2014

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

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Trojan Family Magazine Spotlights Mark Bolas

June 30, 2014

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

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

June 28, 2014

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

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

June 27, 2014

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

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Interviews with Mark Bolas from VRLA event

June 27, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2014

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

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Re/Code Features Mixed Reality Lab’s Research and Role in Advancing Virtual Reality

June 24, 2014

Games writer Eric Johnson wrote a story about the VRLA Virtual Reality Meetup at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab, a place he calls a de facto …

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West Point Cadets Use ICT’s Virtual Human Toolkit

June 24, 2014

An article in the summer issue West Point Magazine features cadets working with ICT’s Virtual Human Toolkit as part of the Engineering Psychology major, a …

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Pacific Standard Features ICT Findings Showing People Disclose More When Talking to Virtual Humans

June 20, 2014

Pacific Standard covered research by Gale Lucas and colleagues from the = ICT Virtual Humans group finding that people are more likely to disclose personal …

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Associated Press Features Smithsonian’s 3D Portrait of Obama, Notes Use of USC Light Stage Scanner

June 18, 2014

A widely carried Associated Press story stated that a team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama to create the first 3D portrait …

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Todd Richmond Discusses Futuristic Training in Daily Press

June 18, 2014

Todd Richmond was quoted in a story about future of Army training, including challenges in developing a massive “global terrain database” that includes not only …

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Visit The Epicenter of Virtual Reality in LA: USC Institute for Creative Technologies Mixed Reality Lab to Host VRLA Meet Up #2

June 12, 2014

Experience the latest in immersive media and virtual reality Meet the leaders of the SoCal-centered VR revolution ICT Media Contact: Orli Belman, belman@ict.usc.edu, 310 301-5006 …

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Jonathan Gratch Named AAAI Fellow

June 11, 2014

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AIII) has elected Jonathan Gratch to its Fellows Program, in recognition of his sustained contributions to the …

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Fast Company Covers ICT’s Virtual Reality Tools for Treatment and Training

June 10, 2014

An article in Fast Company featured Bravemind, ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy system for treating post-traumatic stress. The article noted that ICT is working on …

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Public Radio International Features Andrew Gordon’s Heider Simmel Storytelling Research

June 5, 2014

The Public Radio International series, “The Really Big Questions” featured Andrew Gordon’s artificial intelligence research, which is training computers to recognize and tell stories, in …

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NPR Features Pioneering VR Work of the MxR Lab

June 4, 2014

NPR featured Mark Bolas and his virtual reality research at the Mixed Reality Lab. The Facebook acquisition of Oculus Rift, a VR company started by …

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National Post Covers ICT’s Virtual Reality Therapy for PTSD

June 3, 2014

An opinion piece in Canada’s National Post advocates for treatments for post-traumatic stress and mentions ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy. “Academic studies show the software’s …

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CBS News Showcases ICT’s Role in Making Movie Magic

June 2, 2014

A feature story on CBS News This Morning highlights the future-forward work of Paul Debevec and the ICT Graphics Lab. The story notes the lab’s …

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ICT Documentary To Premiere at Dances with Films Festival

June 2, 2014

“Friends You Haven’t Met Yet” premieres Tuesday, June 3 at the Dances with Films film festival at the famous Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. The documentary …

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Popular Mechanics Cover Story Features MxR Lab

May 28, 2014

The June issue of Popular Mechanics charts the rise of virtual reality and the development of the Oculus Rift. In telling the story of Palmer …

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New Dimesions in Testimony in South Florida Sun Sentinal

May 27, 2014

South Florida Sun-Sentinel covered the interactive 3D projections of Holocaust survivors that are being developed by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and …

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Orange County Register Covers ICT Work Pushing Boundaries of Virtual Reality

May 27, 2014

In a story headlined, “These Scientists Intend to Mess with your Mind“, the Orange County Register describes boundary-pushing virtual reality work coming out of the …

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The Atlantic Covers SimSensei – ICT’s Virtual Reality Tool for Detecting Depression and PTSD

May 23, 2014

A story in The Atlantic featured Ellie, ICT’s virtual human interviewer who is capable of reading and responding to human emotion in real time. And …

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Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch and Venture Beat Cover ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab

May 22, 2014

Several news stories noted the leading virtual reality work taking place at the Mixed Reality Lab. Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch and Venture Beat stories …

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LA Business Journal Covers MxR Lab’s Connection to VR Start Up Survios

May 20, 2014

Los Angeles Business Journal featured Survios, a virtual-reality company that developed with support from the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. It was founded by former …

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Fast Company Says ICT is Changing the Nature of Video Games

May 20, 2014

Fast Company featured the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and the companies that have been launched through research at the MxR Lab – Oculus Rift …

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Upcoming Event – Human Matters: Developing Technologies and Strategies with Meaningful Impact

May 12, 2014

On Tuesday, May 20, the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, ReD Associates, and Harvard Business Review invite you to a panel discussion about the power …

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MxR in the Los Angeles Times

May 6, 2014

A story about Oculus founder Palmer Lucky notes that he got his start working in his parent’s garage and at the Mixed Reality Lab at …

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International Coverage of Virtual Human Studies on Facial Expressions and Cooperation

May 2, 2014

Asian News International featured a study by Peter Carnevale of the USC Marshall School and colleagues, including ICT’s Jonathan Gratch, on how facial expressions affect …

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Game Informer Covers MxR

April 25, 2014

Game Informer magazine featured the transformative virtual reality work of Mark Bolas, director of ICT’s MxR Lab and an associate professor in the Interactive Media …

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Evolving Innovation: Fostering Cutting-Edge Thinking in Army Science and Technology

April 24, 2014

A story in the April-June issue of Army AL&T Magazine featured an article on the Army Sci Tech Reconnaissance program co-authored by ICT’s Julia Kim. …

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The New Yorker Profiles Paul Debevec

April 21, 2014

In “Pixel Perfect: The Scientist Behind the Digital Cloning of Actors”, the April 28 issue of The New Yorker features Paul Debevec, ICT’s chief visual …

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ICT Technology Helps Morgan Spurlock in His Quest to Live Forever: CNN’s Inside Man Sunday, April 20 at 10/7pm

April 18, 2014

The Morgan Spurlock program Inside Man will feature ICT’s Chief Visual Officer Paul Debevec and the Light Stage technology that was used to turn Spurlock …

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ICT REU Intern Shares Her Experiences Getting Published and Presenting Her Paper Overseas

April 16, 2014

Washington and Lee computer science major Haley Archer-McClellan was part of ICT’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program last summer. REU is a National Science …

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Learning from Experience: Viterbi News Features Andrew Gordon’s Narrative Work

April 16, 2014

A story on the Viterbi website highlights Andrew Gordon’s narrative research. It also includes a video on his Heider-Simmel Interactive Theater project. Gordon’s goal is …

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Michael Naimark Talk: Cycloramas Re-Imagined

April 16, 2014

“VR is back!”, and while for most this means head-mounted displays and fantasy imagery, collective displays and realworld imagery are untapped both as a new …

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New Scientist Covers Mark Bolas and VR for Teaching

April 10, 2014

New Scientist quoted Mark Bolas of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and USC School of Cinematic Arts about the use of augmented reality in …

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Voice of America: Visual Effects Could Change How Movies are Made

April 9, 2014

A Voice of America story on digital technologies in film featured the work of Paul Debevec and the ICT Graphics Lab. Debevec spoke about the …

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Paul Debevec Appears on the Katie Couric Show

April 8, 2014

Paul Debevec appeared on the Katie Couric show, along with Morgan Spurlock, to discuss the process of turning Spurlock into an interactive hologram for his …

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Mark Bolas on Virtual Reality in the Wall Street Journal

April 7, 2014

A video story in the Wall Street Journal features Mark Bolas discussing the present and future of virtual reality, with a focus on uses beyond …

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VentureBeat Covers MxR Lab

April 4, 2014

VentureBeat mentioned that research for the virtual reality gaming companies Survios and Oculus VR got their start in the USC Institute for Creative Technologies’ Mixed …

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ICT Research Recognized at IEEE VR Conference

April 2, 2014

ICT virtual reality research was recognized at the IEEE VR conference this week. Fast Capture Avatar received honorable mention for Best Research Demo. The team …

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ICT Virtual Human Health Prototype Named Top Ten Digital Innovation by NetExplo Forum

April 2, 2014

Awards presentation held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 26. The USC Institute for Creative Technologies’ SimSensei prototype was named one of the year’s …

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Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and New York Times Cover ICT Mixed Reality Lab’s Work Making Virtual Reality More Accessible

March 31, 2014

Several articles about the development of the Oculus Rift virtual reality head mounted display noted the role of Mark Bolas, head of the Mixed Reality …

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ICT’s Andrew Gordon Brings Seminal 1940’s Social Science Experiment Online

March 26, 2014

Andrew Gordon studies stories. He leads the Narrative Group at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies where his research is devoted to …

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Facebook Buys Oculus VR: USA Today Notes that Founder Palmer Luckey Worked at ICT

March 26, 2014

In coverage of Facebook’s purchase of virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR, an article in USA today notes that Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey worked at …

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ICT Executive Director Explains How To Create Simulators for Leadership Skills

March 24, 2014

Lessons form chapter of new book on using experience to develop talent At the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Executive Director Randall W. Hill, Jr. …

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Al Jazeera America’s TechKnow Features the ICT Graphics Lab and Med VR Group

March 22, 2014

Science reporter Cara Santa Maria returned to the ICT Graphics Lab for a TechKnow story on movie magic. Cara was scanned in ICT’s Light Stage …

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Popular Mechanics Features Project BlueShark and the MxR Lab at ICT

March 20, 2014

A feature story on virtual reality included an interview with ICT’s MxR Lab Director Mark Bolas and a demonstration of Project BlueShark, ICT’s collaboration with …

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Study Uses Internet Blog Posts to Understand Women’s Stroke Symptoms

March 19, 2014

A collaborative study between USC and Pomona College researchers analyzed internet weblog posts and found that women report more changes in mental health status than …

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Motherboard and VICE Canada Feature ICT Virtual Reality Mental Health Work

March 19, 2014

Canadian military veteran Jody Mitic visited ICT as part of a crew from Motherboard and VICE Canada to explore ICT’s work using virtual reality to …

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Gizmodo Visits ICT to Test Drive Blue Shark, our VR Vision of the Future

March 17, 2014

Gizmodo reporter Brent Rose featured Blue Shark, an Office of Naval Research-funded project that uses virtual reality to imagine how Sailors will collaborate, communicate and …

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ICT Tour and Reception for Next Med’s Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference

February 21, 2014

On Friday evening, participants from the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference enjoyed a reception at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Attendees …

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ICT’s SimSensei Named a Top Ten Most Innovative Technology

February 14, 2014

ICT’s SimSensei has been named one of the year’s the top ten most promising and innovative digital initiatives by NetExplo, a forum working in partnership …

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Gizmodo Features ICT’s Fast Capture Avatar System for Turning People into Video Game Characters

February 11, 2014

A story and video on tech site Gizmodo gives a first look at ICT’s Fast Capture Avatar system that uses commodity hardware to turn people …

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Apply Now for ICT 2014 Summer Internships

January 28, 2014

The application period for summer 2014 has now passed. The official application process for ICT’s summer 2014 internship program is now open. The deadline to …

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ICT Takes Part in the USC Libraries’ Collecting the Cosmos Exhibition

January 28, 2014

A capacity crowd at the USC Libraries recent Visions and Voices event Collecting the Cosmos got to experience some out-of-this world technologies developed at ICT’s …

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Gizmodo Gushes About Project BlueShark, ICT’s Futuristic Vision Developed with ONR – Verge Covers Too

January 24, 2014

Brian Barrett, managing editor of tech site Gizmodo, wrote about Project BlueShark, ICT’s Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored research and development project that combines the …

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