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Empathy and AI: Benefitting Healthcare

September 21, 2021

As the exponentially increasing power of computer systems allows for countless innovations in diagnosis and treatments, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will continue to revolutionise healthcare. There …

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Education then and now: Rise of AI

September 15, 2021

In this article, learn about the role of AI in education and how it’s evolved to where it is today. Via Medium.

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For Veterans of Afghanistan War, Conflict Continues After US Withdrawl

September 9, 2021

As the nation approaches the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, America has also come full circle with regard to Afghanistan. After 20 years of …

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A Hero Behind the VR Headset

August 30, 2021

A look at VR and its many uses, featuring Dr. Skip Rizzo and his use of the technology in helping to treat PTSD. Read the …

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The Rise of Biometrics in the Sporting World

August 28, 2021

Leslie Saxon, executive director for the USC Center for Body Computing, studies human performance at its extremes, in elite athletes as well as military populations. …

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How This Gaming Tech Will Heal Your Mind

August 1, 2021

Bloomberg Quicktake sits down with ICT’s Director of MedVR, Skip Rizzo, to discuss virtual reality exposure therapy and its success in Bravemind. Watch the full …

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Army Award-Winning Research to Transform Soldier-Robot Communication

July 30, 2021

Army researchers developed ground-breaking technology that will enhance how Soldiers and robots communicate and carry out tasks in tactical environments. This research sets out to …

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Virtual Beings & Health Care

July 20, 2021

ICT’s Director of Technology, Bill Swartout, talks with The Chopra Foundation about the relationships between virtual human technology and health care. Watch here.

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AI and Marshmallows: Training human-AI collaboration

July 1, 2021

Using a simulated campfire scenario, researchers conclude cooperative strategies of negotiation to be more effective than selfish strategies and improve human/computer interaction for better negotiations …

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Exploring New Technology in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments

June 25, 2021

Dr. Skip Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies discusses PTSD, the technology behind “Prolonged Exposure Therapy” and the potential civilian applications of the …

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Improving Human-Computer Conversations From Camp Site Negotiations

June 24, 2021

Researchers from ICT and ISI devise CaSiNo, a scenario-based dataset for teaching negotiation. Keep reading, from USC Viterbi.

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Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It

June 3, 2021

An experimental treatment seems poised to address a dire mental health crisis. Keep reading in the New York Times.

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Army Catches RIDE to Extended Reality Future

June 1, 2021

Researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies built the Rapid Integration and Development Environment, a test bed for evaluating modeling and simulation technologies for internal …

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VR improving treatment options for those with PTSD

May 28, 2021

The Veterans Administration estimates 17 U.S. veterans die by suicide each day on average. Behind many of those deaths is PTSD. Now, there’s growing optimism …

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CaSiNo: A collection of campsite-based dialogs to develop automatic negotiation systems

May 12, 2021

Artificial agents that negotiate with humans could have a broad range of valuable applications, for instance, helping humans to improve their negotiation skills in a …

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The Connected and Empowered Patient

May 11, 2021

USC Center for Body Computing’s Dr. Leslie Saxon participated in The Wall Street Journal‘s Future of Everything Festival. On a panel with leaders in the …

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Hollywood Embraces New Era of Virtual Actors and Holodeck Shoots

May 6, 2021

After the beloved co-star of the Fast and the Furious films died in a car crash in 2013, Caleb and Cody Walker submitted to high-definition face scans …

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USC to Build New Computer Science Hub

May 3, 2021

USC officials will break ground May 6 on a new building that could become a key center for technological advancement in Los Angeles. Learn more …

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AirTags Are the Perfectly Boring, Functional Future of AR

April 21, 2021

MxR Director Jessica Brillhart weighs in on the new Apple AirTags. Read in WIRED.

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Army researchers create pioneering approach to real-time conversational AI

April 20, 2021

Spoken dialogue is the most natural way for people to interact with complex autonomous agents such as robots. Future Army operational environments will require technology …

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Military bots could become teammates with real-time conversational AI

April 19, 2021

Army Research Laboratory researchers have been working with colleagues from Devcom and the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies to develop an approach …

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SoldierStrong Receives Disabled Veterans National Foundation Grant

April 19, 2021

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) provides support to disabled and at-risk veterans who return home with physical and psychological wounds. The organization carries out …

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The Surprising Cure to Cybersickness – Using VR Underwater

April 5, 2021

Psychologist Skip Rizzo, from the Institute for Creative Technologies, did not work on recent research about this topic, but he says that it “helps us …

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ICT’s work in LED Lighting for Virtual Production is being honored at the Lumiere Entertainment Technology Awards

March 31, 2021

The Advanced Imaging Society has announced winners of the 11th Annual Entertainment Technology Lumiere Awards, recognizing technical achievements currently accelerating the entertainment industry. The organization recognizes …

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People affected by COVID-19 are being nicer to machines

March 22, 2021

People are not very nice to machines. The disdain goes beyond the slot machine that emptied your wallet, a dispenser that failed to deliver a …

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Forget What You Think Happiness Is

March 5, 2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic forces many to reconsider what makes them happy, researchers are embracing a more complex definition of the emotion that focuses less …

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Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Mental Health?

March 4, 2021

From chatbots bridging the gap that might exist in accessing therapy to helping students learn self-care skills, AI technology has the potential to support mental …

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What Might Sheep and Driverless Cars Have in Common? Following the Herd.

February 24, 2021

New research suggests that in high stakes life and death decisions, people often think differently than they actually do. Read more in USC Viterbi.

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Researchers to build mentoring platform leveraging AI to increase participation in STEM

February 16, 2021

CareerFair.ai will enable STEM experts to build their own virtual mentor online LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2021 — Projections indicate that between 400,000 and two …

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USC and other leading universities launch joint technology licensing program

February 10, 2021

The program reflects USC’s efforts to foster innovation for the economy and public good via academic and industry collaborations. An example of industry engagement shaped …

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Dimensions in Testimony Exhibit Now Open Cincinnati Museum Center

January 21, 2021

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center has announced the Feb. 5 public opening of “Dimensions in Testimony,” a new, and permanent, exhibit …

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Remembering Richard Lindheim, founder of USC ICT

January 21, 2021

Richard Lindheim, founder of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, passed away on Jan. 18. The institute’s Cheryl Birch and Dava Casoni wrote this tribute …

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Phobias, paranoia and PTSD: Why virtual reality therapy is the frontier of mental health treatment

January 14, 2021

Virtual reality is being used to treat a wide range of mental health problems. Meet some of the scientists, including Dr. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo, who …

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VR In Therapy: VR’s Positive Impact On Mental Health

January 13, 2021

Virtual reality has already been assisting treatments for mental illnesses, such as phobias, anxiety, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Digital apps are already widely …

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