2008 News

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ICT 3D Teleconferencing Mention in the Wall Street Journal

December 12, 2008

Sarah McBride of the Wall Street Journal talks about new media including ICT’s 3D teleconferencing technology that creates a hologram effect. Read the article.

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Training for Iraq, Virtually

November 28, 2008

A new game-based training application recently was adopted by the U.S. Army to enhance negotiation skills and cultural understanding of soldiers overseas with an instructional …

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Two ICT Projects Win Army Modeling and Simulation Awards for FY08

November 26, 2008

Under the theme “Pushing MS to the Tactical Edge,” James C. Cooke, Director, Army Modeling and Simulation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, announced …

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ICT Scientists Earn Appointments in USC’s Computer Science Department

November 19, 2008

Anton Leuski, an ICT research scientist working in the areas of interactive information retrieval, information organization and document visualization, and Pieter Peers, a senior computer …

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ICT Research Recognized at Two International Conferences

October 30, 2008

Two different ICT papers recently received awards for best paper. Work by ICT’s Louis-Philippe Morency was recognized at the International Conference for Multimodal Interfaces in …

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The LA Times: ICT Virtual Patients to Train USC Social Work Students in New Military Specialization

October 23, 2008

ICT will be collaborating with the USC School of Social Work in a first-of-its-kind master’s specialization program to help prepare social workers for caring for …

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ICT Researcher Wins Best Paper Award

October 15, 2008

ICT Research Scientist Louis-Philippe Morency received the best paper award at the 8th International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition. The research, co-authored by …

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PTSD Virtual Exposure Therapy Featured in German Science Magazine

October 6, 2008

ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy was the subject of a lenghty article in the October issue of German science magazine “Bild der Wissenschaft”. Reporter Desiree Karge visited …

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ICT to Create Virtual Human Guides with Museum of Science, Boston

September 22, 2008

The collaboration receives $2 million NSF grant to build life-like computer characters showcasing museum exhibits and the technologies enabling these digital docents to think, feel …

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Congresswoman Jane Harman Visits ICT

September 15, 2008

Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Calif) visited ICT to learn more about our work using interactive characters, virtual reality and immersive technologies for training, education and health. …

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San Diego Union Tribune Covers ICT’s Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Treating PTSD

September 9, 2008

Skip Rizzo was interviewed for this story which reports positive results for ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy for treating PTSD. The San Deigo Naval Medical Center and …

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Watch In-Depth Coverage of the ICT Graphics Lab on Mahalo Daily

September 8, 2008

The work of Paul Debevec and the ICT Graphics Lab was featured on Mahalo Daily, an online video program about all things new and exciting across the …

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ICT Research Leading to More Natural and Fluid Virtual Human Conversation Wins Award

September 5, 2008

ICT research scientist Louis-Philippe Morency won the best paper award at the highly selective Intelligent Virtual Agent’s Conference in Japan. In the paper, Morency and …

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Army Team Demos ICT’s Sgt. Star Installation in Army Interactive Van

August 27, 2008

Sgt. Star, the life-sized virtual Army guide created by the ICT mixed reality research and development group, paid a visit to ICT in the 18-wheel …

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Virtual Reality as a Rehabilitation Tool

August 25, 2008

ICT research was highlighted in this Philidelphia Inquirer story about the research and use of virtual reality systems for stroke victims. The piece mentions ICT’s …

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More Coverage for ICT’s Facial Animation Collaboration with Image Metrics

August 21, 2008

KCAL News featured a story about the Emily project which showcases ICT and Image Metrics’ advances in creating believable facial animation and tech writer David Pescovitz blogged …

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ICT Graphics Lab Collaboration Lauded for Advancing Realistic Facial Animation

August 13, 2008

A collaboration between Paul Debevec’s Graphics Lab and facial animation solutions provider Image Metrics has produced a computer-generated human character so convincing that it is easy to …

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ICT’s Intelligent Forces Project Featured in Popular Mechanics

July 2, 2008

A story in the May issue of Popular Mechanics titled, “10 Genius Inventions We’re Still Waiting For,” describes the goal of ICT’s Intelligent Forces project, which …

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ICT’s 3D Display Featured in ESPN The Magazine

June 23, 2008

A story exploring what the future of sports will look like calls the ICT Graphics Lab’s 3D Display, “something as fantastic and futuristic as anything …

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ICT’s Diane Piepol To Chair LA Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH

June 12, 2008

Diane Piepol, project director at ICT’s Flatworld was elected chair of the Los Angeles chapter of ACM Siggraph for the 2008-2009 year. As a professional chapter of …

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ICT’s Paul Debevec in VFX World Magazine

May 28, 2008

The work of Paul Debevec and the ICT Graphics Lab is featured in this visual effects, 3D animation and computer graphics magazine. Under the headline, “Captain of …

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ICT’s PTSD Virtual Therapy Featured on NPR Programs

May 28, 2008

Skip Rizzo was interviewed on “Talk of the Nation” about his research. Rizzo has led the development of Virtual Iraq, an immersion therapy video game for …

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ICT’s Virtual Humans and Real Researchers Featured on NBC News

May 14, 2008

Reporter Patrick Healy of Los Angeles NBC station KNBC reports on our virtual human work. The story features Sgt. Star, the SASO-EN negotiation scenario and our virtual patient. …

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ICT’s PTSD Treatment Featured in the New Yorker

May 12, 2008

This week’s New Yorker has a lengthy feature about ICT’s virtual reality PTSD treatment, with quotes and ancecdotes from ICT psychologist Skip Rizzo. The article also …

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ICT’s Jacquelyn Ford Morie to Chair ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community Committee

May 7, 2008

Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie was named Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community Committee. She will lead SIGGRAPH’s new efforts to address the creative …

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Researchers Nominated for Best Paper Award

May 1, 2008

The paper on ICT’s SmartBody research project is one of three papers nominated for best paper at the upcoming AAMAS conference (Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent …

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ICT Computer Scientist Honored for Bright Ideas

April 29, 2008

Abhijeet Ghosh, a computer scientist with the Graphics Lab at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, has been named the winner of the 2007 Alain Fournier Thesis Award. …

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Executive Director Randall W. Hill Jr. Talks about ICT on Radio Legend Michael Jackson’s Program

April 16, 2008

Randall W. Hill, Jr spoke about ICT’s work in virtual reality and PTSD exposure therapy on a radio talk show about some of the difficulties soldiers face …

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ICT’s PTSD Therapy Wins Major European Virtual Reality Award

April 14, 2008

ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy treatment for PTSD was honored with the Best Medical Application award at the 10th Virtual Reality International Conference in Laval, France. Visit …

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USC’s ICT and Cinematic Arts Photosharing Project in the New York Times

April 7, 2008

A recent story featured Viewfinder, a new photo-placing system developed by the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Interactive Media Division and the USC Institute for Creative …

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ICT and USC Keck School Collaborate on Virtual Patient Project

April 3, 2008

ICT and USC’s Keck School of Medicine teamed up to apply ICT’s virtual human technology, orginally developed for Army training, to develop a program to …

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ICT Featured in Law Enforcement Technology Magazine

March 31, 2008

A story about using games and simulations for supplementing real-life training featured ICT’s law enforcement incident command training program. ICT Project Director Todd Richmond was …

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Healing Psychological Trauma

March 28, 2008

Highlighted as the cover story in National Defense Magazine, soldiers relive sights and sounds of war in “Virtual Iraq” as a way to heal their …

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ICT’s PTSD Virtual Therapy Featured on NPR

March 24, 2008

ICT’s Skip Rizzo was interviewed on NPR’s “News & Notes” about developing and using virtual reality exposure therapy to treat PTSD.  “In order to treat PTSD …

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Interactive Ethics Course Gets High Marks

March 19, 2008

An ICT collaboration with the USC Marshall School of Business leveraged ICT’s AXL application to bring issues of leadership and ethics to life for MBA students. The …

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ICT Research Scientist Earns Prestigious Nod

March 3, 2008

Louis-Philippe Morency is named one of “AI’s 10 to Watch” by IEEE Intelligent Systems, a leading artificial intelligence journal. The honor recognizes Morency’s multi-disciplinary work …

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ICT’s PTSD Virtual Therapy in the Wall Street Journal

February 11, 2008

The Wall Street Journal’s online health blog features ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy. The treatment was created here at ICT and is being tested and used …

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ICT’s Virtual Patients in Psychology Today

February 5, 2008

The February 2008 issue of Psychology Today features ICT virtual characters Justin and Justina, two life-like patients being developed to help teach students at USC’s Keck School …

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Jacquelyn Ford Morie Adds to ICT Duties with Posts at UK Univeristy

February 1, 2008

Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie was named Adjunct Faculty and Post-Doc Research Fellow with the University of East London’s SMARTLab Research Centre, London, UK. Her SMARTLab …

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ICT Computer Graphics Featured in Nova Documentary

January 24, 2008

Photorealistic imagery of the Parthenon created by Paul Debevec and his team at the ICT Graphics Lab can be seen in an upcoming Nova documentary, “Secrets of the …

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Coverage of ICT Technology at Camp Pendleton

January 16, 2008

Various news outlets covered Camp Pendleton’s new Infantry Immersion Trainer, a high-tech training simulation that leveraged ICT’s expertise designing and developing immersive mixed-reality systems. The …

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Video games: A learning tool for modern warfare?

January 2, 2008

Michael Peck from Training and Simulation Journal examined the use of video games to prepare soldiers for war and their return to civilian life in an article …

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