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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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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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Virtual Reality is Used to Enhance the Lives of Aging Soldiers

May 14, 2018

A technology that bloomed in the age of joystick-thumbing millennials is now providing “ooooh’s” and ear-to-ear grins to old soldiers born generations ago. And those …

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Are Video Games Really Better When You Play as Yourself?

May 11, 2018

Ever dreamed of sprinting through a pixelated world, head-butting mysterious blocks, jumping on sentient mushrooms, and battling an evil turtle to rescue the princess? Of …

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Would Super Mario Bros. be better if you could play as yourself? Well, not exactly.

May 10, 2018

New research suggests that avatar appearance may not make a difference to players in certain game contexts. Contact: Sara Preto, (310) 301-5006 or preto@ict.usc.edu The …

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Two Tech Startups Changing the World That Are Backed By Hollywood Actors

May 9, 2018

Business Insider features Bravemind in a post-Dell Technologies World 2018 story. Continue reading to learn more about the project and its connection to Hollywood.

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Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy: The Paradigm Shift That Can Change Our Mental Reality

May 9, 2018

Corporate Wellness Magazine explores VRGET, featuring insight from ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo.

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Army Seeks ‘Synthetic Training Environment’

May 7, 2018

Defense Systems features collaborative efforts to create a unified virtual training architecture that would allow soldiers to practice realistic operations anywhere and anytime and improve …

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Virtual Humans Could Improve Conversations at the Doctor’s Office

May 3, 2018

Game-like simulations are training health care professionals to be more empathetic and to tackle conversations on tough topics like mental health. CNET spoke with ICT’s …

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Dell Technologies Invests in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

May 1, 2018

Dell Technologies Invests in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Announces $100,000 Grant to Advance Bravemind LAS VEGAS – Kicking off Dell Technologies World 2018, Chairman and …

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Michael Dell Says Robopocalypse is Fake News, Future is Software Defined

April 30, 2018

SDxCentral covers Dell Technologies World 2018, where Michael Dell and company announce a $100,000 grant for the advancement of Bravemind. Continue reading here.

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How Virtual Reality Is Saving Lives Both On and Off the Battlefield

April 25, 2018

Dell Technologies explores the use of VR in exposure therapy in this feature, continue reading the full article here.

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Can the Scary World of Facial Recognition Generate a Nearly $9B Benefit

April 25, 2018

Forbes speaks with ICT’s Hao Li for insight.

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The US Army Has Made a Virtual North Korea to Train Soldiers

April 20, 2018

The US army is creating a virtual replica of the planet to drill troops in. The idea is that it will be so realistic that …

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War Games: Army Deletes Bureaucracy to Get Sims Fast

April 20, 2018

There is real uncertainty whether such things as robotic tanks and high-speed scout helicopters are possible on the Army’s timeline. But if there’s one area …

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Inside the VR Therapy Designed to Help Sexual Assault Survivors Heal by Facing Attackers

April 19, 2018

ABC News investigates new VR technology used to help treat sexual assault survivors, speaking with ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo about virtual reality exposure therapy. Continue …

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Using Virtual Reality to Treat Addiction

April 17, 2018

The Fix looks at ways in which VR can help support the treatment of addiction.

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Spotting Fake News in a World with Manipulative Video

April 17, 2018

For CBS News, ICT’s Hao Li talks about manipulating images with Carter Evans.

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Is the VR Universe in Ready Player One Possible?

April 16, 2018

For this Giz Asks, Gizmodo reached out to a number of VR experts, including Arno Hartholt and Skip Rizzo, about the plausibility of an OASIS-like …

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Virtual Reality Now Being Used to Treat PTSD

April 16, 2018

Examining VR treatments for PTS, via News Blaze.

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A Holocaust Victim’s Decree: ‘Always Remember Who You Are’

April 13, 2018

Continued coverage of the New Dimensions in Testimony project from The Jerusalem Post.

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At USC’s Dev Night, Nerds and Cinema Geeks Unite

April 11, 2018

PC Magazine stopped by Dev Night, an after-hours hangout for USC engineering and cinema students, and checked out projects from two filmmakers who fuse programming …

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How Artificial Intelligence Helps Tech Students in the Learning Process

April 11, 2018

Universities will be among the first to adopt various Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, otherwise, they will become irrelevant and ultimately redundant. If done right, the …

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Augmented Reality is Changing How Newspapers (and Readers) are Seeing Things

April 9, 2018

Editor&Publisher explores how AR technology can be used in publishing newspapers, tapping into ICT’s Todd Richmond for insight. Read the full article here.

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A Whole New World – Virtual Reality in Social Work

March 29, 2018

“In using exposure therapy in its traditional form, you would use the imagination alone. You are asking them to narrate the experience in the safety …

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Asos’s New Technology Lets Shoppers See Clothes on Different Body Types

March 28, 2018

ICT’s David Krum is quoted throughout this Today.com piece about retailer ASOS using AR technology to show clothing on various models. Read the full article …

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Artificial Intelligence: Promise and Peril

March 27, 2018

During the HPA Tech Retreat eXtra (TR-X) last month, Phil Lelyveld, program lead for the AR/VR Initiative at the Entertainment Technology Center @ USC, spoke …

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Interactive Holocaust Education

March 27, 2018

Continued coverage of the New Dimensions in Testimony project. Read the full article in Times of Israel.

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Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies Advances Research to Reality

March 23, 2018

Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors have benefited from the research created by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its academic partner, the Institute for Creative …

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Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies Advances Research to Reality

March 23, 2018

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD — Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors have benefited from the research created by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its academic …

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Scientists Launch Global Effort to Find the Next Diabetes Drug

March 23, 2018

USC researchers issue a call to scientists to help them create the first comprehensive model of a cell that is central to diabetes, the pancreatic …

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Israeli Tech Helps Detect Depression in People

March 22, 2018

University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies researchers, as a part of their pioneering efforts within DARPA’s Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals …

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This Emotionally Intelligent Device Is Helping Kids with Autism Form Bonds

March 20, 2018

An in-depth look at technology helping children with autism, citing ICT virtual human research as early sources of AI use for mental health treatments. Read …

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Plenty of New Health Care Technology, but Will Doctors Use It?

March 19, 2018

The Internet, electronic health records and artificial intelligence can help doctors make the correct diagnosis and make better decisions. And that is just one way …

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Fear of Public Speaking Could Be Solved With Virtual Audience

March 15, 2018

Public speaking can heighten anyone’s anxiety. Cicero, a program named after the famed Roman orator, aims to help people overcome that fear — with the …

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How the USC Institute for Creative Technologies is Using VR to Treat PTSD

March 14, 2018

Skip Rizzo, the center’s director for medical virtual reality, spoke with TechRepublic’s Teena Maddox at SXSW about VR’s potential to help those with PTSD process …

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How Dell Aims to Raise Awareness of Environmental Issues Through VR Partnerships

March 14, 2018

At SXSW, TechRepublic’s Teena Maddox spoke with Dell’s director of VR and AR about the company’s partnerships, which include one with ICT in treating veterans …

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How Virtual Reality Can Transform PTSD Treatment

March 11, 2018

University of Southern California’s President C.L. Max Nikias pens a blog post about Bravemind, the VR exposure therapy tool to help treat PTSD, for the …

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New Tech Lets Users Create Their Own Avatars

March 11, 2018

While video games have long been at the forefront of virtual reality, the technology is already being used in the fields of gaming, architecture, education …

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Creepy, Real Technologies That Could Be On the Next ‘Black Mirror’

March 7, 2018

Greg Keraghosian of SF Gate explores AI technology for the future, featuring ICT’s research in virtual humans used as tools for clinicians. Read the full …

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How AI is Disrupting Education

March 5, 2018

We test students today to see how much they have learned. We measure their test answers against the teacher’s questions. And sometimes we measure their …

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Army Launches New SHARP Training Tools

March 5, 2018

ARL and the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California recently launched new training applications to support the response and prevention, or …

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Army Launches New SHARP Training Tools

March 5, 2018

By Joyce Conant and Sara Preto The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California recently launched …

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Here Come the Fake Videos, Too

March 4, 2018

Artificial intelligence video tools make it relatively easy to put one person’s face on another person’s body with few traces of manipulation. I tried it …

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Hao Li Earns Office of Naval Research Young Investigators Award

March 1, 2018

ICT’s Hao Li, a computer graphics and virtual reality expert, has received an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award to create highly realistic …

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USC Hosts London Hackathon Event for Young Entrepreneurs

March 1, 2018

Competition among secondary-school kids helps mark the opening of USC’s London office, the university’s ninth international office and its first in Europe. Continue reading in …

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Virtual Human Role Players for Studying Social Factors in Organizational Decision Making

March 1, 2018

A perspective with a sketch for research paradigm(s) to study how different factors might interact w/ differential social power dynamics of individuals in cyber decision-making …

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1,000 Reactions – Can virtual audiences make you a better public speaker?

February 26, 2018

New research designed to help people overcome the fear and anxiety typically associated with public speaking. Cicero works with virtual reality glasses that have the …

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Anne Frank’s Stepsister Shares Holocaust Insights

February 23, 2018

Continued expansion of the New Dimensions in Testimony project featured in the Star Tribune.

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Can Shoot ‘Em Ups Influence Army Recruitment?

February 22, 2018

The US Army has long used games as a way to teach tactics to troops and recruits, starting with tabletop war games. In the 1980s …

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Oscar-Nominated VFX Supervisor John Nelson on Blade Runner 2049

February 20, 2018

Some insight into all of the visual effects behind Blade Runner 2049, from Studio Daily.

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Fake Videos Are On the Rise. As They Become More Realistic, Seeing Shouldn’t Always Be Believing

February 19, 2018

All it takes is a single selfie. From that static image, an algorithm can quickly create a moving, lifelike avatar: a video not recorded, but …

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Here’s Where the Pentagon Wants to Invest in Artificial Intelligence in 2019

February 17, 2018

From Amazon’s Alexa to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving and promises to soon transform almost every aspect of life. The Defense Department’s …

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How the Army Plans to Use Virtual Humans Powered by Artificial Intelligence

February 16, 2018

The Human-Virtual Human Interaction program is run out of the Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California. The goal of …

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‘I really never thought that we could heal so many hearts’: Heroes Hall veterans museum marks first anniversary

February 15, 2018

Heroes Hall offers year-round educational programs, performances and rotating exhibitions. During its first year of operation, it drew more than 52,000 visitors and several tours …

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‘Nothing can replace the real thing’: Panel discusses growth of artificial intelligence

February 14, 2018

Panelists Caroline Bainbridge, Lisa Joy, Jonathan Gratch, Rose Eveleth, and James Blaylock discussed the relationship between emotion and artificial intelligence, and how humans and robots …

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Will Healthcare Be Where the Killer VR Apps Emerge?

February 13, 2018

By Skip Rizzo for VR360 News Virtual reality (VR) technology offers new opportunities for clinical research, assessment, and intervention. Since the mid-1990s, VR-based testing, training, …

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VR Can Already Help People Heal — and it’s just the beginning

February 10, 2018

Given the amount of new research showing the potential of VR to heal both emotional and physical conditions, it’s no surprise that many innovative VR …

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VR and AR: The Art of Immersive Storytelling and Journalism

February 8, 2018

As we move into a world of immersive technologies, how will virtual and augmented reality transform storytelling? From EDUCAUSE Review: The Impact of Immersive Storytelling …

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Put a Twist on Medical Education

February 7, 2018

Building on nearly 3 decades of experience using virtual reality to build immersive therapies for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ICT’s Skip Rizzo, is …

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Virtual Humans with the USC Director for Virtual Human Research, Jonathan Gratch | MIND & MACHINE

February 6, 2018

When you combine Natural Language Interface, Emotion Modeling, CG Animation, and various forms of Artificial Intelligence, you get lifelike computer characters with autonomous interaction. This …

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Emotional Rescue Could Refresh Uncertain VR Market

February 2, 2018

In a follow up piece about Sundance, SiliconANGLE explores the VR market some more. Continue reading on SiliconANGLE.com.

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Holocaust Hologram History-Making

February 1, 2018

Continued expansions of testimonials for the New Dimensions in Testimony project. Full article in Cleveland Jewish News.

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Virtual Reality Expands its Reach

February 1, 2018

Newly accessible virtual reality systems are delivering results in the therapist’s office, research lab and beyond. Continue reading the full feature on the American Psychological …

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