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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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USC Collaboration to Test VR for Stroke Treatment

November 14, 2017

The Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at USC is exploring the intersection of virtual reality and neuroscience with a new program that aims to help …

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VR, 360-degree video help journalism students tell stories at USC Annenberg

November 13, 2017

USC News explores how VR is making its way into journalism and USC’s role in the cutting-edge technology. Read the full story in USC News.

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Victor Luo is Making NASA Cool for Coders

November 13, 2017

In a piece for Bloomberg about coding with NASA, ICT’s Skip Rizzo gives his perspective on using AR and VR to design virtual space shuttles …

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This USC Lab is Pioneering the Next Big Thing in Experience Design

November 13, 2017

Todd Richmond and his team at USC Institute for Creative Technologies are exploring techniques and technologies to improve the fluency of human-computer interactions. Watch the …

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Are Humans Actually More ‘Human’ than Robots?

November 13, 2017

In a recent report, the Pew Research Center found that Americans are more worried than they are enthusiastic about automation technologies when it comes to …

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New Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments for Veterans Focus on Technology

November 11, 2017

It turns out that military veterans are willing to talk about stress. They just haven’t been getting access to the right confidantes and a comfortable …

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What Are Holographic Calls? Technology May Replace Voice Calling In The Future

November 11, 2017

Even though the technology seems to be pretty far-fetched right now, it has a possibility of becoming a consumer technology, according to Todd Richmond, IEEE …

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Army Veteran, a USC Adminitrator, Uses Storytelling to Support the Military

November 10, 2017

By Ron Mackovich, USC News Randall Hill ’78 was born on an Army base, and his life story revolves around the military. “My dad was …

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How Technology is Keeping Holocaust Testimony Alive

November 5, 2017

The life-size image of Pinchas Gutter on a video screen, fidgeting, blinking and tapping his foot, seemed present and alive in the way portraits do …

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The Ultimate Escapism

November 2, 2017

Is VR addiction really something we need to worry about now? Currently, eye strain, cybersickness, and a lack of sense of touch in VR make …

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Hologram Technology in Holocaust Museum Exhibit Immortalizes Survivors’ Stories

November 2, 2017

Illinois Holocaust Museum CEO Susan Abrams said the museum helped advance the project — New Dimensions in Testimony — a collaboration between the USC Shoah …

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UX and the Psychology of Storytelling

November 1, 2017

Stories are effective because they appeal to a hardwired way that the human mind works. It’s our natural impulse to impose order and attach meaning …

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Metafocus: Personalized Lifelong Learning

October 31, 2017

The University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies has developed “virtual humans” that look, move, and speak like real humans, albeit on large …

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U.S. Military Seeking Technology to Better Prepare for War

October 30, 2017

Voice of America’s Elizabeth Lee investigates cutting-edge technologies to better prepare military for war. By attending the USC Center for Body Computing’s annual Body Computing …

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Virtual Technology Allows SHARP Academy Students Opportunity to Interview Survivor

October 28, 2017

United States Army Spc. Jarett Wright was hazed and sexually assaulted while deployed to Iraq in 2010. Students from the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention …

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Found in Translation: USC Scientists Map Brain Responses to Stories in Three Different Languages

October 27, 2017

New brain research by USC scientists shows that reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each other, …

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U.S. Military Looks to Solve Old Problems with New Solutions

October 26, 2017

“When you combine performance capture that is autonomously driven with a lot of this biodata, it is going to change the way athletes train. It’s …

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VR Brings Dramatic Change to Mental Health Care

October 25, 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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All the Face-Tracking Tech Behind Apple’s Animoji

October 24, 2017

WIRED examines Apple’s iPhoneX, animojis and the researchers behind the new technology. Elizabeth Stinson talks with Hao Li for more, read the full article on …

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Interactive Holocaust Project Opens Thursday

October 22, 2017

The USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute for Creative Technologies will open the first permanent installation of their interactive Holocaust project on Thursday after over …

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SHARP Academy Tests Virtual Victim

October 19, 2017

Army Spc. Jarett Wright was hazed and sexually assaulted while deployed to Iraq in 2010. Students from the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy had …

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‘Raw Data’: An Oral History

October 19, 2017

The Rolling Stone covers Survios’ first game as a studio, interviewing its founding members and discussing their experience with ICT’s MxR Lab. Read the full …

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Experimental Virtual and Mixed Reality Technologies Can be Applied to Military of the Future

October 19, 2017

Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality projects are being developed that can have military applications. One mixed reality project at the University of Southern …

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How Technology is Keeping Holocaust Survivor Stories Alive Forever

October 18, 2017

Pinchas Gutter was the first Holocaust survivor to participate in the New Dimensions in Testimony project, a collaboration of the USC Shoah Foundation, the Institute …

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Virtual Therapists Help Veterans Open Up About PTSD

October 17, 2017

WHEN US TROOPS return home from a tour of duty, each person finds their own way to resume their daily lives. But they also, every …

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VR Could Trick Stroke Victims’ Brains Toward Recovery

October 15, 2017

Researchers at the University of Southern California are examining how virtual reality could promote brain plasticity and recovery. Read all about the research on CNET.com.

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Virtual Interviewers Prods Veterans to Reveal Post-Traumatic Stress

October 12, 2017

Talking – to a computer-generated interviewer named Ellie – appears to free soldiers and veterans who served in war zones to disclose symptoms of post-traumatic …

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PTSD Treatment: How AI Is Helping Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

October 12, 2017

The Institute for Creative Technologies at USC got lots of buzz for its original research, and introducing the world to Ellie, a digital diagnostic tool …

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Dr. Skip Rizzo and the Rise of Medical VR Therapy

October 10, 2017

Once thought to be a technology exclusively for entertainment, virtual reality applications pioneered by Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. have provided life-changing therapeutic results for clients …

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Our Search for Meaning Produces Universal Neural Signatures

October 8, 2017

In an era dominated by heartbreaking headlines and divisive political rhetoric, a pioneering state-of-the-art brain imaging study reminds us of our human commonality and the …

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Reading Stories Creates Universal Patterns in the Brain

October 7, 2017

New research shows that when we hear stories, brain patterns appear that transcend culture and language. There may be a universal code that underlies making …

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Scientists Find There is Something Universal About What Occurs in the Brain When It Processes Stories

October 7, 2017

New brain research by USC scientists shows that reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each other, …

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Reading Makes You Feel More Empathy for Others, Researchers Discover

October 5, 2017

This University of Southern California study using ICT software to measure brain activity found greater empathy for others through reading. Full article available on DailyMail.com.

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Academy’s Tech Council Adds 7 New Members

October 5, 2017

Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among …

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Virtual Reality Teaches Veterans to Develop Interview

October 5, 2017

IEEE JobSite features ICT’s VITA4VETS collaboration with ARL, Dan Marino Foundation, Google.org and U.S. Vets in a recent piece about the project aimed at helping …

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How to Improve Customer Experience with VR

October 5, 2017

Knowledge Center reports how VR can help the customer experience, speaking with ICT’s Skip Rizzo about using the technology already for mental health rehabilitation. Read …

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