Rich DiNinni: “Future Learning Technologies”

August 2, 2012 | Orlando, FL

Speaker: Rich DiNinni
Host: Advanced Distributed Learning iFest 2012

Established in 1999 as a University Affiliated Research Center with a multi-year contract from the U.S. Army, the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) was given the mission to conduct basic and applied research and advanced technology development in immersive technologies to advance and maintain the state-of-the-art for human synthetic experiences that are so compelling the participants will react as if they are real. Based in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, ICT pursues that mission by bringing together the deep talents of those who understand what makes compelling content with those who understand how to develop realistic simulation technologies. These disparate groups of computer and social scientists, film producers, script writers, therapists, game designers and artists are pioneering new ways to teach, train, and heal. Research projects explore and expand how people engage with computers, through virtual characters, video games, and simulated scenarios, building on ICT’s recognized leadership in the development of virtual humans who look, think, and behave like real people. ICT prototype applications provide engaging experiences that help improve skills in decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership, and coping. This talk will describe and provide demonstrations of how ICT’s basic research efforts blend with prototype application development to build future learning technologies that can be used for military training, education, health therapies, and more.