ICT 25 Years Logo

25th Anniversary of the
Institute for Creative Technologies

Where the Future Begins

Agenda

DAY 1: Monday August 19, 2024

2pm: Research Demonstrations
Kevin from Battle Buddy App

2nd Floor: Battle Buddy Demo

Battle Buddy is a virtual human-led mobile health application focused on veteran wellness and suicide prevention. Leveraging a digital safety plan and daily interventions designed to teach evidence-based coping skills, Battle Buddy is designed to help Veterans maintain optimal mental health and if needed, successfully navigate a suicidal crisis in real-time so that no Veteran will have to face these moments alone.

PAL3

2nd Floor: PAL 3 Demo

PAL3 is an embodied pedagogical AI framework for personalized adaptive learning on mobile devices, which provides on-the-job training, ongoing assessment and supports lifelong learning. It tracks where learners are (knowledge, past training and experience), where they want to go (career and learning goals), and uses that information to give personalized, adaptive coaching and resource recommendations to build a more resilient workforce.

Final 3D rendering

2nd Floor: 3D Terrain Demo

3D Geospatial Research provides a set of 3D global terrain capabilities and services that can replicate the coverage and complexities of the operational environment. Ultimately, the solutions created with the research effort will enable warfighters at different echelons with different requirements to experience a seamless, realistic geospatial foundation when executing their training, and at a level of interactive quality never seen before.

Pinchas from NDT (New Dimensions in Testimony)

2nd Floor: New Dimensions in Testimony Demo, Rainer Room

New Dimensions in Testimony (NDT) is a collaboration between the USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, with concepts by Conscience Display and allows people to converse with the “PersonAIge” of a Holocaust survivor, as if the survivor is there in the room with them. The “PersonAIge” uses AI and NLP software to understand spoken or typed questions and select from a large set of recorded responses from the survivor, and play the response in real time.

DIVIS

2nd Floor: MxR Lab Demos, Room 210

Digital Interactive Victim Intake Simulation (DIVIS), created in close cooperation with the United States Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Academy at Fort Leavenworth, is a standardized, simulated and interactive victim-intake interview practice experience. This interdisciplinary project leverages research from ICT’s Natural Language, Perception, Learning Sciences and Mixed-Reality teams. Each session is recorded, and a semi-autonomous After-Action Review provides logged playback of the student’s verbal and non-verbal actions for facilitator lead assessment.

Paul Debevec and ICT VGL crew 3D scanning President Obama at the White House

3rd Floor: Vision & Graphics Lab Demo

Vision and Graphics Lab (VGL) is a research lab that is dedicated to advancing production-quality digital human creation, developing AI solutions that enable rapid data capturing and processing, personalized avatar creation, and physically-based avatar rendering. The VGL Light Stage has been recognized with two Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures, and its technology has been used in more than 50 Hollywood movies and TV series.

Kevin

4th Floor: VITA Demo

The Virtual Interactive Training Agent (VITA) is an interview practice system using embodied conversational AI agents (virtual humans) to help people build competency in finding employment. The virtual human interviewers are tireless — and can run through the different styles of interviews, with specific questions, time and time again, until the candidate has a sense of ease and confidence in their ability to find work. The core technology is based on 15 years+ of research at ICT into anxiety and experiential learning.

BRAVEMIND

4th Floor: Bravemind Demo

BRAVEMIND is a virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy system that has been shown to produce a meaningful reduction in PTSD symptoms in multiple clinical trials across VA, DoD, and University-based clinical test sites. Exposure therapy, in which a patient – guided by a trained therapist – confronts and reprocesses their trauma memories through a retelling of the experience, has been endorsed as an “evidence-based” treatment for PTSD. Specially-trained clinicians control the stimulus presentation via a separate “Wizard of Oz” interface, and are in full audio contact with the patient at all times.

6:00pm: Theater opens for participants with wrist bands;
remaining guests will be able to watch the ceremony in the ICT Events room or Lounge.
6:30pm: ICT-25 celebration in ICT Theater
Randall W. Hill

Randall W. Hill

Executive Director

Randall W. Hill, Jr. became the Executive Director of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies in 2006. A leader in understanding how classic storytelling and high-tech tools can create meaningful learning experiences, Hill steers the institute’s exploration of how virtual humans, mixed reality worlds, advanced computer graphics, dramatic films, social simulations and educational video games can augment more traditional methods for imparting lessons.  In addition to being ICT’s Executive Director, Randall Hill is a Vice Dean in the Viterbi School of Engineering and serves at the Omar B. Milligan Professor in Computer Science (Games and Interactive Media).

Dr. Carol Folt

Dr. Carol Folt

President of USC

Dr. Carol Folt serves as the twelfth president of the University of Southern California and holds the Robert C. Packard President’s Chair.
Known for always placing students at the center, she is a collaborative academic leader and an internationally recognized life scientist with faculty appointments in biological sciences, civil and environmental engineering, and population and public health sciences.

Ms. Heidi Shyu

Ms. Heidi Shyu

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)

Ms. Heidi Shyu is the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). In this role, she serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Defense (DoD), mandated with ensuring the technological superiority of the U.S. military, and is responsible for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the DoD enterprise.

Mr. Douglas Tamilio

Mr. Douglas Tamilio

ICT Executive Agent

Mr. Douglas Tamilio serves as the ICT Executive Agent.  Furthermore, as the Director for the US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center, Mr. Tamilio is responsible for planning, programming, coordinating and executing the research, development and engineering program, which is dedicated to the sustainment and protection of the nation’s combat forces from the stresses of war through functionally suitable food, clothing, airborne and airdrop equipment, tactical shelters, and organizational personal equipment. Soldier Center delivers world-class research, development, systems engineering and services, with a unique “Soldier”-centric focus

Yannis C. Yortsos

Yannis C. Yortsos

Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Yannis C. Yortsos is the Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Zohrab Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering, a position he holds since 2005.  As dean of engineering, he articulated in 2008 the concept of Engineering+, positioning engineering as the enabling discipline of our times, and has been actively engaged in the effort to “change the conversation about engineering”. 

DAY 2: Tuesday August 20, 2024

8:30am – 9:00am Breakfast served in 2nd floor lounge
9:00am – 9:15am: Welcome remarks with MC Randall Hill, Jr. and USC Ishwar Puri
Randall W. Hill

Randall W. Hill

Executive Director

Randall W. Hill, Jr. became the Executive Director of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies in 2006. A leader in understanding how classic storytelling and high-tech tools can create meaningful learning experiences, Hill steers the institute’s exploration of how virtual humans, mixed reality worlds, advanced computer graphics, dramatic films, social simulations and educational video games can augment more traditional methods for imparting lessons.  In addition to being ICT’s Executive Director, Randall Hill is a Vice Dean in the Viterbi School of Engineering and serves at the Omar B. Milligan Professor in Computer Science (Games and Interactive Media).

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Senior Vice President

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri is senior vice president of research and innovation and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at University of Southern California with affiliate appointments as professor of chemical engineering and materials science and professor of biomedical engineering. As a leader of academic research and education, he oversees the USC Office of Research and Innovation that administers and guides the university’s research, commercialization and entreprenuership programs.

9:15am – 10am: The Origins of ICT
Louis Caldera

Louis Caldera

Former US Secretory of the Army

As the 17th United States Secretary of the Army, serving under President Bill Clinton, Louis Caldera performed the ribbon cutting that officially opened ICT 25 years ago. Caldera also served as the director of the White House Military Office from January to May 2009, and as a California State Assemblyman from January 1992 to January 1997.

Anita K. Jones

Anita K. Jones

Former Director of DoD Research and Engineering

The Honorable Anita K. Jones was sworn in as Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in June 1993. In that position she was responsible for the management of the DoD science and technology program. This included responsibility for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, oversight of the DoD laboratories, as well as being the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for defense-related scientific and technical matters. During her tenure, she sponsored the NAS study  that recommended the formation of a UARC that ultimately became ICT.

Dr. James Thomas Blake

Dr. James Thomas Blake

ICT’s inaugural Program Manager

Dr. James Thomas Blake, who served as ICT’s inaugural Program Manager,  has had a remarkable 50 year career as a military officer, academic researcher, government official, and industry leader. He is a noted expert in modeling, simulation, and training, as well as government acquisition.

10:00am – 11:00am: Unveiling Tomorrow: Charting the Next Frontiers of Technology

Panel Discussion including ICT Alumni

Paul Debevec

Paul Debevec

Director of Research

Paul Debevec is the Director of Research, Creative Algorithms and Technology at Netflix and Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, working within the Vision and Graphics Laboratory at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

Mark Bolas

Mark Bolas

Research Scientist, Artist, and Designer

Mark Bolas is a research scientist, artist, and designer exploring perception, agency, and intelligence. His work focuses on creating virtual environments and transducers that fully engage one’s perception and cognition, and create a visceral memory of the experience. Amongst his courses at the undergraduate and graduate level are the design for interactive media and the business of interactive media.

H. Chad Lane

H. Chad Lane

Associate Professor at the University of Illinois

H. Chad Lane’s lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign develops educational technologies that captivates learners, young and old, and helps cultivate attitudes towards learning and growth that are compatible with the demands of the modern world. In pursuit of these goals, Chad conducts research on the design, use, and impacts of intelligent technologies for learning and behavior change. This work involves blending techniques from the entertainment industry (that foster engagement) with those from artificial intelligence and intelligent tutoring systems (that promote learning), as well as running studies to better understand whether and how the resulting learning experiences impact learners.

Stacy Marsella

Stacy Marsella

Professor at Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University

Stacy Marsella’s multidisciplinary research at Northeastern University is grounded in the computational modeling of human cognition, emotion, and social behavior, as well as the evaluation of those models. Beyond its relevance to understanding human behavior, the work has seen numerous applications, including health interventions, social skills training, and planning operations. His applied work includes frameworks for large-scale social simulations of towns and a range of techniques and tools for creating virtual humans, facsimiles of people that can engage in face-to-face interactions.

11:00am – noon: Future Threats
Speakers TBD
Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Grit and Resiliency: Thriving Under Stress
General (ret) Robert Brown

General (ret) Robert Brown

General (ret) Robert Brown is an experienced commander who has led at every level, from platoon through Army Service Component Command.  Serving as Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, General Brown led the Army’s largest service component command responsible for 106,000 Soldiers across the Indo-Pacific Region before his September 2019 retirement.

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll

Former Head Coach

One of only three coaches to win a Super Bowl and a college football national championship, Pete Carroll spent 14 years as head coach and executive vice president of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. His brand of inclusive leadership, combined with his ability to create an “atmosphere of understanding” within teams, has made him one of the most recognizable and respected figures in modern sports and beyond. He empowers his players to be the best version of themselves, with the freedom to make mistakes, speak their minds, and be truly seen and heard for who they are.