ICT Virtual Humans Research in New Scientist Magazine

Published: November 10, 2010
Category: News

An article about ICT research creating believable virtual human characters for the military to use in cultural and negotiation training applications appears in New Scientist magazine and on their website. The story states that the success or failure of many Army missions hinges on soldiers engaging with people in unfamiliar cultural settings. And one way of getting that knowledge across is to use realistic, immersive virtual-reality programs in which the soldiers are trained by being presented with avatars that behave in a similar way to the people they will meet in the field.
The story features Randy HIll and ICT virtual humans research by Johnathan Gratch, Louis-Philippe Morency and colleagues and also discusses ICT’s role in creating digital faces for movies includingAvatar. According to the story, it is only a matter of time before we are all facing up to a new digital world of emotion in games and films.
Read the story here.