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How video games are easing our phobias, one spider at a time

December 21, 2020

From the Abby’s acrophobia in The Last of Us Part II, to the claustrophobic feeling of cramming yourself into a locker during Alien: Isolation, games are great at …

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Study finds over 64% of people reported new health issues during ‘work from home’

December 3, 2020

What impact has working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic had on our health? In a new study, researchers from USC have …

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Virtual Reality Treatment Helps Veterans With PTSD

November 13, 2020

New research shows Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has increased since the pandemic. The ITeam found a virtual reality treatment that puts veterans in some of …

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How VR and 5G can help returning vets heal

November 10, 2020

There are approximately 20 million veterans in the United States. Over a third of them have reported at least one bout of post-traumatic stress disorder …

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Veteran suicide crisis demands our action: Skip Rizzo contributes to Tribune Publishing

November 9, 2020

As we honor those Americans who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country, we must do more to address a threat that …

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Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality

November 3, 2020

While most of us have yet to meet our digital avatar, the technology used to make a younger version of Robert De Niro for ‘The …

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How virtual reality can help robots change the face of the construction industry

October 29, 2020

The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the world economy, accounting for 13 percent of the world’s GDP. In the U.S. alone, …

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Expect More Virtual House Calls from Your Doctor Thanks to Telehealth Revolution

October 15, 2020

USC Trojan Family explores the world of Telehealth as COVID-19 continues to halt business as usual. In this piece, the SimSensei project is featured in …

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CNN’s ‘Tech for Good’ Highlights Bravemind

October 3, 2020

Watch the full segment, featuring Dr. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo and Iraq war veteran Chris Merkle. Tech for Good

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Health care is already benefiting from VR

October 3, 2020

The Economist explores the many ways in which VR is helpful in the health care industry, including Bravemind in their roundup of treatments. Read the …

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New research reveals conditions under which humans more likely to act deceptively through virtual intermediaries

September 23, 2020

Recently computer scientists at USC Institute of Technologies (ICT) set out to assess under what conditions humans would employ deceptive negotiating tactics. Through a series …

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When bots do the negotiating, humans more likely to engage in deceptive techniques

September 22, 2020

Series of studies reveal conditions under which humans more likely to have virtual intermediaries act deceptively Recently computer scientists at USC Institute of Technologies (ICT) …

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14th Annual USC Body Computing Conference Rallies Industry Leaders to Discuss the Impact of COVID-19 On Digital Health

September 9, 2020

Conference to showcase new research and analyze healthcare accessibility for all LOS ANGELES, Sep. 9, 2020 — On Friday, Oct. 2, the USC Center for Body Computing, part of …

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Next Steps Forward With Chris Meek Featuring Dr. Skip Rizzo and Chris Merkle

August 18, 2020

Host Chris Meek speaks with Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, about …

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The Army’s Next Robot Will Know When You’re Talking Trash to It – And Know When to Talk Back

August 5, 2020

The Army is developing a system to allow autonomous ground robots to communicate with soldiers through natural conversations — and, in time, learn to respond …

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U.S. Army Research Enables Conversational AI Between Soldiers, Robot

July 27, 2020

Dialogue is one of the most basic ways humans use language, and is a desirable capability for autonomous systems. Army researchers developed a novel dialogue …

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VR Tools Becoming More Common in Real-World Practice

July 25, 2020

At the 2020 virtual Psych Congress Elevate conference, Dr. Skip Rizzo, director of the medical virtual reality lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative …

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Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo on Virtual Reality

July 22, 2020

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD, describes virtual reality in this clip from his “Virtual Reality: The New Frontier in Mental Health” session, which will be presented …

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To Mitigate and Track Covid-19, Entrepreneurs Push to Develop Tools

July 15, 2020

The Wall Street Journal speaks with industry experts about specific tools in the developmental stage to help fight Covid-19. In this article, reporter David Ewalt …

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Army Looks to Better Attract Gaming Industry for Training Simulations

July 14, 2020

The Army’s STE information system, which is currently in development, will serve similar to an operating system on a smartphone. When the iPhone was first …

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Suicide Crisis – PTSD, Suicide and Bravemind

July 13, 2020

The Bravemind application has been implemented at Ozark Center, part of an initiative with the Veteran Integration Program in Missouri. Watch the full segment, via …

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AI Therapists Promise to Help You Cope with Coronavirus Isolation

July 8, 2020

Gale Lucas and her research are featured in this piece from OneZero about human-computer interaction in the time of COVID-19. Read the full article here.

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Do Humans Dream of Androids Dreaming?

July 7, 2020

ICT’s Jonathan Gratch provides insight on emotionally sophisticated personal assistants for USC Dornsife News. Read the full article here.

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Will COVID-19 Pave the Way for Home-Based Precision Medicine?

July 6, 2020

COVID-19 could fundamentally alter the way we deliver healthcare, abandoning the outdated 20th century brick and mortar fee-for-service model in favor of digital medicine. At-home …

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Marine Training May Take More Mental Than Physical Stamina

July 3, 2020

Continued coverage of recent CBC research, via PsychCentral.

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How the U.S. Marine Corps Remains the ‘Best of the Best’

July 2, 2020

The Marine Corps has a desire to maximize the number of Marines who pass selection, without compromising their fitness standards or making the course any …

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The Rise of Biometrics in Sports

June 29, 2020

“We’re not just trying to preserve an individual in the short term. We want methods that will preserve that individual into their postelite athlete life. …

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Psychological Factors Matter More than Physical Performance for Marine Training

June 26, 2020

Additional coverage of CBC’s recent published research, via News Medical Life Sciences.

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Healing the Invisible Wounds of War with Virtual Reality

June 25, 2020

Since 9/11, nearly three million service members have deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan—about half of them more than once. Now, an innovative, …

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Marine Training May Take More Mental Than Physical Grit

June 25, 2020

Keck Medicine of USC study identifies psychological measures that may predict who is more likely to complete – or quit – a demanding marine training …

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OVR Technology Delivers First-Of-Its-Kind Scent Experience Virtual Reality Experiences with Scents

June 19, 2020

Anyone can benefit from the immersive experiences of OVR Technology’s scent platform. However, it’s most advantageous to organizations looking for measurable VR outcomes. Take Bravemind for example. …

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OVR Technology Delivers First-Of-Its-Kind Scent Experience for VR

June 13, 2020

Skip Rizzo, Director for ICT’s Medical VR group, will use OVR Technology’s platform in the next iteration of Bravemind. Such therapies are crucial, as 20 percent of …

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Tracking Michigan Protesters Raises Privacy, COVID-19 Spread Questions

June 2, 2020

Collecting phone data for use in public health studies or operations has become a hot issue because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Dr. Mona Sobhani, …

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What It Takes to Become One of Marine Corps’ Elite

May 30, 2020

Leslie Saxon, Executive Director of the Center for Body Computing conducted a study to determine why so many Marine candidates were dropping out. Her study “sought to …

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Can Virtual Reality Help Sports Fans Experience Game Day In A Post COVID-19 World?

May 27, 2020

ICT’s MxR Lab Director Jessica Brillhart talks with CBS News about the use of VR during and after a global pandemic. Read the full story …

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How to Motivate Workers Who Are Managed By an Algorithm?

May 26, 2020

USC researchers investigate crowdwork — assigning mundane tasks via a website — and determine how to help these workers feel invested in their duties. By …

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USC Webinar Addresses Impact of COVID-19 on Telemedicine

May 19, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has led to an unprecedented increase in the use of telemedicine. To assess what that means for healthcare now and in the …

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TechNews World Speaks with David Krum

May 7, 2020

The next generation of Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets is in the works, but pandemic-related product development and supply chain problems may delay market arrival. Oculus, which …

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Expanding the Utility and Interoperability of Rapidly Generated Terrain Datasets

May 5, 2020

Reality modeling advancements now allow for the generation of high-resolution 3D models from a variety of sources to rapidly meet modeling and simulation needs. Continue …

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Can a Building Help Thwart the Next Active Shooter?

April 28, 2020

USC researchers imagine a future in which building security provides a dynamic response to active shooters. Continue reading in the Spring 2020 issue of USC …

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The Spoils of Playing War

April 27, 2020

To build even stronger partnerships with entertainment and academia, the army founded the Institute for Creative Technologies in 1999 at the University of Southern California. Into the …

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Study: VR Helps You Feel Calm and Connected During Coronavirus Quarantine

April 27, 2020

CNBC speaks with Dr. Skip Rizzo about the benefits VR can provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article here.

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Artificial intelligence is preserving our ability to converse with Holocaust survivors even after they die

April 6, 2020

60 Minutes features a segment on the New Dimensions in Testimony project in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and of …

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USC Consultants Discover New Applied Sciences to Fight COVID-19

March 30, 2020

From digital actuality and machine studying to smartphone apps and super computing energy, researchers are figuring out which applied sciences would be the most helpful …

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USC Experts Explore How New Technologies to Combat COVID-19

March 27, 2020

From virtual reality and machine learning to smartphone apps and supercomputing power, researchers are determining which technologies will be the most useful in the battle …

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A Modest iPad Update Holds the Key to Apple’s AR Future

March 20, 2020

THIS WEEK, APPLE debuted a  new iPad Pro. It has a little more power than the previous model, and a keyboard with a trackpad. Neat. But its …

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Get Faster, Stronger and Fitter Through the Power of Data

March 17, 2020

“The data game is about minimizing risk,” Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, told attendees at an MIT Sloan …

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Deepfakes: Battle of the Experts

March 15, 2020

In the last part of the deepfake series for Germany’s Shift series on Spektrum, computer scientist Hao Li explains why you should create deepfakes yourself. …

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Deepfakes: The Next Big Threat to American Democracy?

March 6, 2020

As anxieties about foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election grow, concerns about other vectors of misinformation are evident. Deepfakes, realistic video forgeries, have some …

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Virtual Reality Research Helps Veterans with PTSD

February 23, 2020

When Chris Merkle retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010, he struggled to overcome the lingering trauma of having served in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

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AI Therapists May Eventually Become Your Mental Health Care Professional

February 20, 2020

Psychological well being is a courageous new frontier for synthetic-intelligence and device-studying algorithms driven by “big information.” Just before extensive, if some ahead-wanting psychologists, medical …

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How Martin Luther King Jr. Was Recreated in Virtual Reality

February 20, 2020

See how TIME partnered with Digital Domain, using ICT’s Light Stage for the scanning process, in recreating the 1963 March on Washington.

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How AI ‘Therapists’ Could Shrink the Cost of Mental Health

February 18, 2020

Could machines that look, act and sound human replace psychologists and psychiatrists? Probably not — that possibility is limited so far by a lack of …

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Deepfake Showing Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. Shows How Seamless Tech Can Be

February 17, 2020

The clip, while fun to imagine the recasting, shows how good deepfake technology has become, leaving some concerned that what voters see this political season …

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Virtual Reality Applications That Can Help Save Lives

February 12, 2020

With more advancements in technology, we can expect to see more VR applications in the field of medicine, healthcare, crisis management, and other industries. Continue reading …

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NPC Newsmaker: Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to announce new initiatives

February 5, 2020

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday, February 5 announcing new initiatives designed to better serve America’s …

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VR Exposure Therapy Provides Treatment Option for PTSD

February 4, 2020

“More than just sights and sounds,” explains Dr. Rizzo, “Bravemind uses a virtual reality headmounted display, directional 3-D audio, vibrations, and smells to generate a …

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Mental Health Conditions

January 31, 2020

Two thirds of people with mental health disorders will never see a health-care professional. Here’s how VR can draw people to therapy. Watch the full …

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Arkansas Vets Suicide Program Gets D.C. Audience

January 29, 2020

A House Veterans Committee panel Tuesday reviewed programs from across the country, including one from the Natural State, that are helping to lower suicide rates …

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Virtual Reality System Helping North Texas Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress

January 29, 2020

Clinicians are training this week on the StrongMind system, donated by the charitable organization SoldierStrong. North Texas is one of 13 VA facilities across the …

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Home from War: Asheville VA Aims to Help Veterans with PTSD through Virtual Reality

January 27, 2020

“If done in the hands of a well-trained clinician, at a pace that the patient can handle, we can really help a patient to go …

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Army Modernization Translates into Accepting Risk and Learning Quickly

January 27, 2020

Two years ago, the Army recognized the need to rapidly and persistently modernize our force to stay ahead of technological change and national competitors. Continue …

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Army Targeting Goggles, VR Training May Use JEDI Cloud

January 24, 2020

The Army’s building a detailed VR map of the planet and the service’s CIO sees JEDI as the logical place to host such a massive …

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Deepfakes: A Threat to Democracy Or Just a Bit of Fun

January 23, 2020

Live from the World Economic Forum, BBC talks deepfakes with Hao Li.

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Deepfakes: Do Not Believe What You See

January 22, 2020

From the World Economic Forum in Davos, ICT’s Hao Li talking about deepfake technology , its potential implications on society, and how we need to …

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January 22, 2020

“We use AI to actually synthesize digital humans.” Developers of deepfakes are making huge advances, allowing people to digitally change faces in real time. Via …

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Pinscreen’s Real-Time Deepfake Demo

January 20, 2020

The video presents a state-of-the-art demo of a real-time DeepFake face-swapping technology. What we see is both amazing and terrifying.  The demo was set up …

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OVR Technology Is Creating Olfactory Virtual Reality for Health Care, Education and Training

January 15, 2020

A key collaborator who has helped guide development of the Architecture of Scent is Albert “Skip” Rizzo, a research professor at the University of Southern …

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Good Cop, Good Cop: Can VR Help to Make Policing Kinder?

January 9, 2020

As police forces in the US and elsewhere wrangle with accusations of bias and brutality, a quiet effort is underway using VR to boost empathy …

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Is Seeing Still Believing? The Deepfake Challenge to Truth in Politics

January 8, 2020

This report from The Brookings Institution’s Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology (AIET) Initiative is part of “AI Governance,” a series that identifies key governance and …

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Deepfakes: Informed Digital Citizens are the Best Defense Against Online Manipulation

January 7, 2020

Deepfakes, a specific form of disinformation that uses machine-learning algorithms to create audio and video of real people saying and doing things they never said or did, …

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