Recent News

Sort news by year:
It’s Time for VR to Cut the Cord

January 12, 2017

For VR to stick, the next generation of headsets have to become wireless. ICT’s Todd Richmond talks with GearBrain more about the reality of where …

Read more.

The Ultimate Skinner Box: Clinical Virtual Reality 1990-2016

January 10, 2017

ICT’s Skip Rizzo pens a piece for Engadget that explores the evolution of clinical virtual reality. Read the full article on Engadget.

Read more.

David Krum: The Revolution in Virtual Reality

January 9, 2017

A look at virtual reality – past, present, and future – featuring David Krum. Read the full article on Hackaday.

Read more.

ELITE-SHARP Prevention and Outreach Simulation Trainer

January 4, 2017

The Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program’s Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment (ELITE)-SHARP Prevention and Outreach Simulation Trainer (POST) is a new computer-based …

Read more.

SIGGRAPH Asia Macau Musings

January 4, 2017

An overview of SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, featuring Paul Debevec’s keynote address. Read the full article on Animation World Network.

Read more.

ICT’s Natalie Gravier in Forbes’ 30 Under 30

January 3, 2017

Read the full article on Forbes.

Read more.

What 4 Experts Expect from This Year’s CES

January 3, 2017

Predictions for CES 2017 featuring ICT’s Todd Richmond. Read the full article on Entrepreneur.

Read more.

CES 2017: VR and AR Play Big

December 30, 2016

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) had a banner year in 2016. Capturing the public’s interest and attention, these mixed reality technologies spread into …

Read more.

None Of Us Are Any Good at Deciding Who Is and Isn’t Trustworthy

December 26, 2016

Fascinating new research from the University of Southern California and Temple University harnesses the power of computer science to determine what behaviors make someone seem trustworthy and what behaviors …

Read more.

City Hall’s Call for Tech Integration

December 22, 2016

Garbage cans that play soothing music, smartphones that detect potholes by reacting to bumps, and augmented reality at City Hall meetings could soon be coming …

Read more.

The New Frontiers of Virtual Reality

December 22, 2016

This article explores virtual reality and immersion, mentioning Bravemind in its download. Read the full article on Live Mint.

Read more.

Virtual Reality is Actually Here

December 20, 2016

If you think virtual reality exists today primarily in the gaming industry, you are seriously behind the times! VR is springing up all over, and …

Read more.

Efforts Underway to Erase Male Sexual Assault Stigma, Focus on Prevention

December 19, 2016

The U.S. Army takes a look at its SHARP Academy and its Hologram Project. Read more here.

Read more.

IBM Wants to Build AI That Isn’t Socially Awkward

December 16, 2016

Big Blue says its latest Watson tech enables chatbots, robots, and even smart cars and houses that can understand and relate to humans. Though artificial …

Read more.

ICT Wins Big at I/ITSEC 2016

December 15, 2016

Virtual Reality integrates real-time computer processing, interface technology, body tracking & sensory displays to support a user becoming immersed in a computer generated simulated environment. …

Read more.

Choose Your Own Digital Adventure

December 14, 2016

On Nov. 15, the ninth annual International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) brought more than 75 researchers from around the world to ICT’s Waterfront …

Read more.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

December 14, 2016

Are you a student wishing to pursue a career in simulation, interactive media and/or virtual reality? Join the ICT team this summer to create compelling …

Read more.

Google Brain & Artificial Intelligence

December 12, 2016

Comic-Con’s “Impossible Science” visits ICT to meet with Jonathan Gratch and ‘Ellie’ for an episode centered around artificial intelligence. Visit Comic-Con HQ‘s site to view the full …

Read more.

This Neural Network Creates 3D Faces from Blurred Photos

December 9, 2016

When actors like Kevin Spacey or Mads Mikkelsen want to star in a video game, the process is incredibly complex. For this, the celebrities are scanned …

Read more.

The Emerging Tech of Virtual Reality Applications

December 8, 2016

As VR spreads far beyond the world of gaming, SYS-CON explores the state of VR in 2016 and where developers are taking it in the …

Read more.

The Virtual Laboratory Patient

December 5, 2016

For the Mitele TV show, MTMAD, ICT’s Skip Rizzo sat down with host Marcos Anton to discuss how technology can improve our health. Watch the …

Read more.

When Robots Feel Your Pain

November 27, 2016

Artificial intelligence is now in a position to transform psychiatric hospitals for the better in the year ahead. Read the full article featuring ICT research …

Read more.

Does an App That Measures Suicide Risk Violate Your Rights?

November 23, 2016

ICT’s Stefan Scherer talks with Vice’s Health Channel, Tonic, about these risks more. Read the full article here.

Read more.

Terrorism is No Game, but Playing This One Could Help in the Fight

November 17, 2016

Fast Company’s Sean Captain sat down with ICT’s Ryan McAlinden to discuss CounterNet and how it’s used to help detect the possible ways in which groups …

Read more.

USC Institute for Creative Technologies Hosts Digital Storytelling Showcase

November 16, 2016

By USC News Staff The latest in creative digital works that integrate digital technologies, interaction and narrative were on display in a special exhibition were …

Read more.

How Video Games Are Helping Young Veterans Cope

November 11, 2016

In honor of Veterans Day, Complex talks about alternative PTSD treatments featuring ICT’s Skip Rizzo and Bravemind.

Read more.

Is the Retail World Ready for Virtual Reality?

November 11, 2016

Todd Richmond discusses the latest IEEE survey and whether the retail world is ready new strides being made in virtual reality with Wall Street Journal’s …

Read more.

How Virtual Reality is Helping Veterans Overcome PTSD

November 11, 2016

According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs about 11 out of every 100 veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have …

Read more.

Pinscreen Launches with High-Tech Distractions for a Nerve-Wracking Election

November 9, 2016

ICT’s Vision and Graphics Lab Director Hao Li along with his team at Pinscreen launch a system for generating what can be photorealistic three-dimensional images from …

Read more.

Global Behavior Change Through Virtual Reality

November 9, 2016

With Virtual Reality (VR) entering its golden age, new uses abound. VR now has the potential to help us internalise experiences that are not filtered …

Read more.

USC Institute for Creative Technologies to Host Free Interactive Art Exhibit

November 7, 2016

USC Institute for Creative Technologies to Host Free Interactive Art Exhibit Media and general public are invited to attend; See below for more information. WHAT: …

Read more.

How Deepak Chopra is Using Virtual Reality to Improve Your Health

November 7, 2016

Tech.co explores Deepak Chopra’s new initiative using color therapy and Hindu Chakras for a guided mediation VR application. In this feature, various works of VR …

Read more.

5 Ways Humanitarian Bots Can Save the World

November 6, 2016

While bots have a long way to go to reach their potential, even the emotionless bots of today have changed the world for the better, …

Read more.

This Woman’s Experience Shows a Major Problem Facing Virtual Reality

November 5, 2016

Why experiencing abuse in VR can be damaging in real life. Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo, the director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of …

Read more.

North America 17 Consumer Trends

November 4, 2016

USC Institute for Creative Technologies and Bravemind is featured in Mintel’s 2017 Consumer Trends report.

Read more.

Imagine a Time…

November 1, 2016

SIGNAL Magazine talks about ARL’s work and collaboration with USC ICT.

Read more.

Virtual Trauma: Could Home VR Affect PTSD Sufferers?

October 30, 2016

For years now, VR has been used to help people overcome fears and in the treatment of conditions such as PTSD, and it’s proven to …

Read more.

VR for Good – It Can Do Much Better Than Game

October 28, 2016

To inspire others about the power of VR to do good, AMD took some gear on the road to the VERGE conferencein Silicon Valley. The conference led …

Read more.

25 of VR’s Greatest Innovators

October 26, 2016

Polygon compiled a list of VR’s Top 25 Innovators and to no surprise, a few current and former ICT’ers made the list. Check it out!

Read more.

We Can Measure Feelings

October 21, 2016

France 2 Replay in Paris featured ICT and our researchers in a video about measuring feelings through technology.

Read more.

How VR and Surgery are a Match Made in Heaven

October 19, 2016

A piece by Alphr featuring ICT’s Skip Rizzo, click here for the full article. Image Credit: Alphr

Read more.

‘Thank You For Your Service’ Documentary Highlights Alarming Mental Health Crisis

October 14, 2016

One of the most alarming statistics in the new documentary “Thank You For Your Service” is that 150,000 veterans died by suicide after Vietnam, and …

Read more.

These Doctors are Incorporating VR into Pain Management

October 6, 2016

PC Magazine talks with Skip Rizzo about his Clinical VR work with soldiers suffering from PTSD.

Read more.

VR and Post-Traumatic Stress with Bravemind and STRIVE

October 5, 2016

What if VR can revolutionize our approach to treating those who suffered post-traumatic stress after service in wars? Albert “Skip” Rizzo and Arno Hartholt spearheaded a …

Read more.

Can Virtual Therapists Treat Veterans?

October 4, 2016

BBC Radio’s ‘Up All Night’ host Dotun Adebayo talks with Skip Rizzo about virtual enhancement therapy. Click here to listen.

Read more.

What if Virtual Reality Can Make Us Better Citizens?

October 4, 2016

The Atlantic’s CityLab investigates and ICT’s Skip Rizzo gives insight into Bravemind. Visit City Lab for the full article. Image Credit: REUTERS/Stefanie Loos

Read more.

Robots are Developing Feelings. Will They Ever Become “People”?

October 4, 2016

AI systems are beginning to acquire emotions. But whether that means they deserve human-type rights is the subject of a thorny debate. Paul Rosenbloom is …

Read more.

Why Are Millennials Already Nostalgic for Music from 10 Years Ago?

October 3, 2016

ICT’s Todd Richmond tells LA Weekly that, “We have faster access to news, information … everything’s been accelerated. So I think there’s been a compression in …

Read more.

What VR Will do for Psychologists: The Current State

October 3, 2016

Part II of Medium’s Beyond the Headset sit-down with Skip Rizzo. In this piece, Skip discusses where his research is currently holding, why he’s putting so much effort …

Read more.

Virtual Reality Relieves Physical Pain

October 3, 2016

According to a report by Goldman Sachs , applications of virtual reality in the health field will represent a market of $ 5.1 billion in …

Read more.

Meet Ellie: The Robot Therapist Treating Soldiers with PTSD

October 1, 2016

“The behavioural indicators that Ellie identifies will be summarised to the doctor, who will integrate it as part of the treatment or therapy. Our vision …

Read more.

Culture Saturday

October 1, 2016

Culture Saturday out of Denmark talks with Skip Rizzo about clinical virtual reality and how ‘illustrated universes’ can be used to help both veterans and …

Read more.

How VR Could Change the Way We Treat Depression

September 29, 2016

IGN discusses how virtual reality helps in mental health treatment and cites Bravemind in the full article. Visit IGN to read the entire story.

Read more.

Can Virtual Reality Unlock the Cure to PTSD?

September 28, 2016

“If there’s one thing we can agree on in this country, it’s that we want to take care of veterans when they return from combat. …

Read more.

What VR Will do for Psychologists: Part I

September 26, 2016

The history of medicinal VR with Skip Rizzo, from Medium’s Beyond the Headset.

Read more.

How Virtual Reality Is Revolutionizing Clinical Therapy and Treatment Rehabilitation

September 22, 2016

“For many, virtual reality as a medium and a concept had failed. For clinical application, though, it was enough to get the idea of VR-inspired …

Read more.

What Will Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology Do for Healthcare

September 21, 2016

From treating service members to training clinicians, augmented and virtual reality could soon reshape patient therapy, disease research, medical education and more. ICT’s Skip Rizzo …

Read more.

Stroll in Mercury’s Sub-Conscious

September 19, 2016

Zeit Online talks with Todd Richmond about VR and the upcoming changes in music. Full article can be found here.

Read more.

How Technology Can Turn VR into Virtual Therapy

September 16, 2016

Most people associate virtual reality with gaming, but what if its immersive worlds could be used as therapy? What if virtual reality could help veterans …

Read more.

Program Helps Veterans Interview for Civilian Jobs

September 15, 2016

CBS News St. Louis speaks with Skip Rizzo about using VR to help veterans interview for jobs. “Interviews are challenging for anybody. With veterans, there are …

Read more.

Your Brain on VR

September 14, 2016

In this “Future First” clip presented by Xprize and Popular Science, ICT’s Skip Rizzo discusses how virtual reality is paving the way for new technological …

Read more.

Virtual Reality Treats US Soldiers

September 1, 2016

La Telier talks with Skip Rizzo and takes a look at ICT’s technologies behind Bravemind. The full story can be found here.

Read more.

4 Ways Olympic Viewing Will be Vastly Improved

August 29, 2016

ICT’s Todd Richmond talks the future of viewing experiences with Inverse just in time for the 2016 Olympics. For the full article, click here.   …

Read more.

Visual Expert to Lead USC Institute’s Graphics Lab

August 26, 2016

Computer scientist Hao Li aims to modernize the way researchers capture, process and analyze data By Amy Blumenthal  Hao Li, an assistant professor of computer …

Read more.

Virtual Reality is Making Marketing and Training More Effective for Businesses

August 22, 2016

The term “virtual reality” (VR) might invoke memories of the 1982 cult classic “Tron,” but VR has evolved to the point where yesterday’s fiction is …

Read more.

Tested Tours VR Projects at USC’s Mixed Reality Lab

August 18, 2016

At USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, computer scientists and engineers have been tinkering with virtual reality, augmented reality, and everything in between. Tested was given a …

Read more.

USC-West Point partnership provides invaluable research, training experiences

August 8, 2016

A group of 13 cadets is spending time at the Institute for Creative Technologies, shaping technology they may someday use in the classroom or the …

Read more.

4 Ways to Invest in Games

August 1, 2016

Pokemon Go, launched July 6, is worth about $3.65 billion. It was created by the Alphabet spinoff Niantic and is on track to make $740 million in …

Read more.

Could VR Unlock the Cure for Vietnam Veterans’ Decades-old PTSD?

July 22, 2016

A deep dive into Bravemind with ICT’s Skip Rizzo and Digital Trends.

Read more.

Army Releases Disaster Response Video Game

July 19, 2016

National Defense Magazine featured the release of DisasterSim, a new Army video game is taking soldiers into the heart of foreign disaster zones and delivering …

Read more.

Treating PTSD With Virtual Reality Therapy: A Way to Heal Trauma

July 19, 2016

ABC News highlighted work by Skip Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies to treat PTSD in veterans. “My mission is to drag psychology …

Read more.

How Pokémon Go could change the course of technology

July 13, 2016

Marketwatch quotes Todd Richmond in an article about Pokemon Go and how its popularity may lead to a rise in augment reality applications. According to the …

Read more.

What the Pokemon GO Mania Says About Modern Society

July 13, 2016

Forbes caught up with Todd Richmond to discuss the new phenomenon: Todd Richmond, the director of advanced prototype development at University of Southern California’s Institute …

Read more.

‘Pokemon Go’ digital popularity is also warping real life

July 12, 2016

The New York Times ran a widely carried Associated Press story on the popularity of ‘Pokemon Go’ quotes ICT’s Todd Richmond, who says a big debate …

Read more.

SoundStage’s virtual music studio may be the trippiest VR app yet

July 8, 2016

Yahoo News featured a story about ICT’s MxR Lab alum Logan Olson and his new SoundStage app, a new VR music tool for the HTC Vive headset. …

Read more.

5 ways virtual reality is disrupting healthcare

July 7, 2016

A HealthCare Dive story  cites ICT’s work using virtual reality for treating anxieties and for helping patients better understand medical conditions as two examples of how …

Read more.

How VR Will Change Sports. And How It Won’t

July 7, 2016

Skip Rizzo was quoted in a Backchannel article about how VR may change the experience of viewing sports. “I don’t go to a Dodger game to …

Read more.

This LA Nonprofit Uses Virtual Humans to Prep Vets for Job Interviews

July 6, 2016

PC Magazine featured  ICT’s ViTA for Veterans project, led by Skip Rizzo and Matthew Trimmer, to develop a job interview training program using virtual humans. …

Read more.

When Hollywood does AI, it’s fun but farfetched

June 30, 2016

A CNET article about AI’s portrayal in Hollywood quotes ICT’s David Pynadath on 2001: A Space Odyssey. “HAL 9000 was not the first example of …

Read more.

Historic Holograms Amplify Holocaust Survivors’ Testimonies

June 29, 2016

VICE Creator’s Project features New Dimensions in Testimony and notes that the project, produced by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Shoah Foundation, combines language processing …

Read more.

The advent of virtual humans

June 29, 2016

A CNET article about the growing application of virtual humans quotes Jon Gratch, ICT’s director of virtual humans research. “In general, AI is moving into more …

Read more.

Virtual Reality, Real Change

June 21, 2016

An article in Medical Daily quotes Jon Gratch and cites his research on virtual reality’s role in emotion and disclosure. The story states that a future …

Read more.

The virtual Holocaust survivor: how history gained new dimensions

June 16, 2016

The Guardian featured New Dimensions in Testimony and quotes ICT’s David Traum about the project’s use of natural language processing software to help create an …

Read more.

How VR Is Helping Soldiers With PTSD

June 16, 2016

A PC Magazine article features ICT’s Bravemind virtual reality exposure therapy system for treating post-traumatic stress and SimCoach, a virtual human that can interact with …

Read more.

How Virtual Reality is Gaining Traction in Healthcare

June 15, 2016

An article in Healthline cites ICT’s work as examples of virtual reality’s growing role in healthcare. The story notes ICT’s Bravemind system for treating post-traumatic stress …

Read more.

Sheffield ’16: New dimensions in storytelling

June 10, 2016

ReelScreen featured New Dimensions in Testimony, ICT’s collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation to preserve the ability to ask questions of Holocaust survivors. The story …

Read more.

Interactive 3D videos help Holocaust survivors tell stories

June 6, 2016

A BBC Click segment featured ICT’s 3D projection technology and how it is being used to help create a sense of presence in the New …

Read more.

Will mobile VR experiences fizzle or take off in China?

May 31, 2016

A  China Daily story quoted Todd Richmond about mobile VR. Richmond, director of advanced prototypes at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, expressed …

Read more.

How VR is Helping the Victims of Terrorism

May 27, 2016

An article on Alpr.com features Skip Rizzo’s work using VR to treat post-traumatic stress, including recent efforts to address the needs of terror attack victims. …

Read more.

We’re on the Cusp of Changing How we Treat one of America’s Most Ignored Health Problems

May 26, 2016

A Business Insider story on new ways to treat mental illness featured ICT’s SimSensei prototype and an interview with Jon Gratch, ICT’s director of virtual …

Read more.

Can Virtual Reality Make us Kinder?

May 24, 2016

A story on WHYY’s The Pulse focused on the use of virtual reality to change human attitudes, and increase the user’s compassion and empathy. The …

Read more.

How Tai Chi Can Help Conquer Fear of Falling as We Age

May 23, 2016

The Wall Street Journal quotes Skip Rizzo in a story about research into fall prevention, including a study of virtual reality exposure therapy to address …

Read more.

Rendering the Digital Self

May 19, 2016

CCTV-America featured research by Ari Shapiro and Andrew Feng to create user-like avatars. Shapiro and his colleagues’ Rapid Avatar Generator work reproduces a digital version …

Read more.

How will virtual reality change our lives?

May 18, 2016

The BBC turned to ICT experts Mark Bolas and Skip Rizzo for a feature on the future of virtual reality. Listen to the interviews here. …

Read more.

The Godfather of Virtual Reality Wants to Heal Your Wounds

May 18, 2016

A “Rising Star” story in online magazine Ozy profiles Skip Rizzo as a virtual reality pioneer who has been at the forefront of medical applications …

Read more.

New video game trains response to foreign disasters

May 16, 2016

An article on the Army homepage features DisasterSim, the ICT developed video game that trains soldiers in how to respond to foreign natural disasters. The …

Read more.

How Lifelike Can Your Avatar Get? – Rapid Avatar Capture in PrimeMind

May 12, 2016

An article in PrimeMind features the rapid avatar generation research from Ari Shapiro and colleagues. The article states that Shapiro and the other researchers at …

Read more.

Virtual reality’s new frontier: peacekeeping, Iraq War therapy, and digital paradises – ICT Research in VOX

May 10, 2016

An article on Vox.com explores uses for VR beyond gaming. The story describes ICT’s Virtual Iraq and Virtual Afghanistan exposure therapy research and also includes …

Read more.

These Bots Are Ready To Give You The Business – Jon Gratch’s Negotiation Research in Buzzfeed

May 10, 2016

Buzzfeed covered ICT and USC Marshall School research teaching a computer to negotiate with humans in the hopes of someday using it as a training …

Read more.

New technique fools your brain to make VR more immersive – Tech Coverage of Mahdi Azmadi’s Recent Research

May 5, 2016

Yahoo highlighted a research collaboration with Mahdi Azmandian of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and colleagues at Microsoft and the University of Waterloo on virtual …

Read more.