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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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How Businesses Are Using Augmented Reality

January 31, 2018

From Pokemon Go to Ikea, National Center for Business Journalism covers a few ways Augmented Reality is being used for business.

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The Artificial Becomes Real

January 30, 2018

A back-and-forth interplay of government and commercial funding and research has brought AI to the edge of a breakthrough. DVIDS takes a look at the …

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Bringing Musical Stars Back Via Hologram

January 28, 2018

Special effects are being employed to help bring beloved performers of the past back, almost as good as new. CBS Sunday Morning’s cover story investigates …

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Getting Real on VR’s Consumer Appeal at Sundance

January 26, 2018

SiliconAngle attended this year’s Sundance Festival and discovered a huge presence of VR. Highlighting uses of the technology, R. Danes looks at how VR can …

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Imaging Applications Use LEDs to Span the Spectrum

January 25, 2018

As more color cameras add infrared bands to their existing red, green, and blue channels, the machine vision market is seeing a resurgence in multispectral …

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Survivors’ Holograms Interact with Museum Visitors

January 24, 2018

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located in this suburb about 15 miles north of Chicago, is the first to permanently showcase the New …

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Have Holograms Made The Concept Of ‘Live Performance’ Different?

January 24, 2018

You may have seen images of the late Tupac Shakur from the 2012 Coachella Music Festival. A hologram of Shakur was projected to be on …

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Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?

January 23, 2018

Researchers have discovered that people are sometimes more willing to share their fears when they are able to open up to a virtual interviewer, rather …

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AR Glasses Have Learned from Glassholes

January 22, 2018

Augmented reality is one of the technologies making significant progress these days, and the public has been privy to a few of the more novel …

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At This Holocaust Museum, You Can Speak with Holograms of Survivors

January 22, 2018

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located in this suburb about 15 miles north of Chicago, is the first to permanently showcase the New …

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Could New Tech Meant for Plastic Surgeons Change CGI in Films Forever?

January 18, 2018

A new innovative technology is here to revolutionize filmmaking and James Cameron isn’t leading the charge? Times sure have changed. Ovio, a Newport Beach, California-based …

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3D Face Scanning Start Up In Talks With Studios for Film Use

January 18, 2018

A digital imaging startup is in talks with several Hollywood studios to offer a visual effects solution: faster 3D facial scans of actors. The Hollywood …

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Counseling with Artificial Intelligence

January 16, 2018

Counseling Today investigates how artificial intelligence will play a role in the future of counseling. Read the full article featuring ICT research here.

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A Blended Environment: The Future of AI and Education

January 15, 2018

Getting Smart explores the role AI will play in education and the five major shifts schools must make (with examples of how AI is already expediting …

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Activision’s Virtual Human ‘Emotion Challenge’

January 9, 2018

Detailed character animation and facial performance is increasingly becoming important for AAA Games. This is directed at both rendering realism and animation performance. Activision was founded …

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Seven Corporate Wellness Trends for 2018

January 9, 2018

The top corporate wellness trends are being driven by technology — some of which now sounds a bit futuristic. But experts say that in 2018 …

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Magic Leap’s Unveiling Spurred 2018 AR Race

January 4, 2018

ICT’s David Nelson pens an op-ed for Rolling Stone about why researching immersive human-computer interaction is critical. Read the full article here.

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A Nanjing Massacre Survivor’s Story Lives On Digitally

January 3, 2018

Engadget writes about how new technology will allow future generations to hear survivor stories in the future, featuring ICT’s collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation, …

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Is It Time for a Magic Leap Forward?

January 2, 2018

A few days before Christmas, closely watched and famously tight-lipped “mixed reality” company Magic Leap finally let us backstage a bit, announcing plans to ship …

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The Next Technology Shift: The Internet of Actions

December 29, 2017

GP-Bullhound released their 2018 technology predictions in early December 2017. At the top of that list was the changing relationship between technology and politics followed …

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We Visited Thomas Jefferson with VR!

December 27, 2017

Alyssa Smith of Cheddar was hanging out with Thomas Jefferson thanks to USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. You’ll never guess what his favorite hobby is, …

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How Mixed Reality Helps PTSD Patients

December 26, 2017

Todd Richmond, Director of Advanced Prototype Development for the USC Institute of Creative Technologies, speaks with Cheddar about how emulating the environment of trauma helps …

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Becoming an Avatar

December 26, 2017

Alyssa Julya Smith of Cheddar visited the USC Institute for Technologies in December where she learned about research being conducted in virtual reality from audio …

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How Mixed Reality Could “Profoundly” Change the World

December 26, 2017

Mixed reality is set to make a huge impact on people’s lives. IEEE Member and USC ICT’s Director of Advanced Prototype Development Todd Richmond explains …

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Can Magic Leap Deliver on Its Big Hardware Reveal?

December 21, 2017

Magic Leap announces their One system, a head-mounted display and wearable processing unit that connects to a handheld controller. With not much details available, WIRED …

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Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles

December 20, 2017

Magic Leap today revealed a mixed reality headset that it believes reinvents the way people will interact with computers and reality. Unlike the opaque diver’s …

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Learning a Language in VR is Less Embarassing than IRL

December 19, 2017

Will virtual reality help you learn a language more quickly? Or will it simply replace your memory? Quartz investigates and chats with ICT’s Jonathan Gratch …

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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to Enhance US Military Training

December 18, 2017

AR Post remembers important conversations about the use of mixed reality in the Army held during the 2017 Body Computing Conference. Read the full article …

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Oscars: How Top VFX Pros Brought Baby Groot, Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso to Life

December 15, 2017

Hollywood Reporter runs down the technology behind 2017 blockbusters. Read the full article to learn more about ICT’s involvement in films like Logan, Valerian and …

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Immerse Yourself in New Worlds With Augmented and Virtual Reality

December 14, 2017

IEEE features a piece on their IEEE Transmitter and how it can be used to explore outer space and to treat medical conditions. To get a …

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Interactive Exhibit Lets Visitors ‘Talk’ with Nanjing Massacre Survivor in Mandarin

December 13, 2017

The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in China today debuted its permanent exhibition of New Dimensions in Testimony — interactive survivor testimony technology developed by USC Shoah …

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First Mandarin-Language New Dimensions in Testimony Exhibit to Premiere at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

December 13, 2017

As part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, USCShoah Foundation will introduce its first Mandarin-language New Dimensions in Testimony interactive …

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Q&A with Skip Rizzo

December 12, 2017

Beyond Standards of the IEEE Association sits down with ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo to discuss everything from how mixed reality differs from virtual and augmented …

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A New Virtual PTSD Screening is Helping Veterans Disclose Symptoms

December 8, 2017

Medical Training Magazine features Ellie and how AI can be used as a tool to detect symptoms of PTS. Read the full article here.

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The Near Future of AI Media

December 7, 2017

CableLabs is developing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are helping pave the way to an emerging paradigm of media experiences. We’re identifying architecture and compute …

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Virtual Reality to Treat PTSD: Interview with Todd Richmond, Director of USC’s Mixed Reality Lab

December 4, 2017

While PTSD is a significant issue for many of those serving in the military and others who work in traumatic situations, it also affects huge …

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Liquid Science: Virtual Reality

November 30, 2017

Red Bull TV hosts a TV show featuring GZA “The Genius” of Wu Tang Clan as he travels to USC Institute for Creative Technologies to …

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This New Robotic Avatar Arm Uses Real Time Haptics

November 29, 2017

According to Todd Richmond, IEEE Member and Director of USC’s Mixed Reality Lab, Internet of Actions (IoA) is a vision of digital technology becoming a …

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Computing Clout Helps Hollywood Tap Potential of Immersive Content

November 29, 2017

In the worlds of AI, AR and VR, Dell delivers the power and reliability that can stitch complex data into a seamless experience. Hollywood also …

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Using VR-Based Psychotherapy for PTSD Helps Traditional Therapy Effects

November 24, 2017

The use of virtual reality technology is currently concentrated on gaming, but it has many other applications, including use in medical technology. VR may offer …

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Six USC Professors Named Fellows of Esteemed Scientific Society

November 20, 2017

FFive USC scientists and one Keck School of Medicine of USC physician have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, …

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Facing Down PTSD

November 20, 2017

“We tell patients it’s going to get harder before it gets easier. We’re not bullshitting anybody,” says Dr Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo on the phone from …

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Confessions of a Technology Evangelist

November 20, 2017

ICT’s Todd Richmond contributes a piece to EdTech Digest about how VR and AR will (really) transform education to create a meaningful future. Read the …

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VR Brings Dramatic Change to Mental Health Care

November 20, 2017

Skip Rizzo, associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, has been working with the U.S. Army on ways to …

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Building the World of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

November 19, 2017

Digital Media World covers the technology behind the blockbuster, including ICT’s Light Stage. Read the full article on Digitalmediaworld.tv.

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Siri is My Agony Aunt – but is Telling Big Tech My Innermost Feelings a Bad Idea?

November 16, 2017

In the same way we feel free to write what we really think in the pages of a book, when we discuss our innermost feelings …

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Dipping a Toe in the US Synthetic Training Environment

November 16, 2017

In the last few years training grounds have become increasingly virtual but it’s only the beginning. A new Synthetic Training Environment, built to fuse the …

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SIGGRAPH Asia Tech Papers Preview: 3D Avatars From a Single Photo

November 16, 2017

Ian Failes of VFX Blog interviews Hao Li in anticipation of SIGGRAPH Asia. Read the full article featuring what to expect from Hao Li and …

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3 Ways AR/VR Are Improving Autonomous Vehicles

November 15, 2017

By Todd Richmond, Director, USC Mixed Reality Lab November 15, 2017 Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VAMR) aren’t just for games and entertainment, despite what …

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