Press Releases

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

February 16, 2021 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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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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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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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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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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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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Emotion-reading algorithms cannot predict intentions via facial expressions

September 4, 2019

Though algorithms are increasingly being deployed in all facets of life, a new USC study has found that they fail basic tests as truth detectors. …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Celebrates 20 Years

August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 – LOS ANGELES – USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is celebrating its 20thanniversary this year. What began as a Department of …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Names New Mixed Reality Lab Director

June 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES (June 25, 2019) — The USC Institute for Creative Technologieshas appointed Jessica Brillhart, as the Mixed Reality Lab’s new director, effective September 16, 2019. Brillhart will …

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Programming Autonomous Machines Ahead of Time Promotes Selfless Decision Making

February 11, 2019

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Feb. 11, 2019) — A new study suggests the use of autonomous machines increases cooperation among individuals. Researchers from the U.S. …

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USC Research Fosters Communication Between Smart Buildings and People

January 8, 2019

USC researchers found people connect better with a computer-generated avatar that represents building management — and small talk helped, too When it comes to buildings …

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US Army-Funded Technology Wins Oscar

December 18, 2018

ADELPHI, MD. (December 17, 2018) – Creative geniuses behind digital humans and human-like characters in Hollywood blockbusters Avatar, Blade Runner 2049, Maleficent, Furious 7, The …

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Hate Negotiating? There’s a Virtual Human for That.

October 16, 2018

By Sara Preto Fall ’18 Emmanuel Johnson, a Fulbright Scholar and computer science Ph.D. working with USC Viterbi’s Jonathan Gratch, is collaborating with researchers from …

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USC ICT and The Dan Marino Foundation Partner with Magic Leap to Deliver Spatial Computing Experience for Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

October 10, 2018

Next-generation virtual human job interview practice system soon available on Magic Leap One. For more information, please contact Sara Preto, 310-301-5006, Studies show that …

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Natural History Museum Partners with USC for Augmented Reality Experiences at La Brea Tar Pits

September 11, 2018

Discoveries from the iconic excavation site will be the linchpin in an effort to understand how to most effectively use a technology growing in popularity. …

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Director for Cognitive Architecture Research at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies Honored for Contributions in the Artificial Intelligence Community

August 28, 2018

Paul S. Rosenbloom of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and Viterbi School of Engineering has won the 2018 Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in …

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Would Super Mario Bros. be better if you could play as yourself? Well, not exactly.

May 10, 2018

New research suggests that avatar appearance may not make a difference to players in certain game contexts. Contact: Sara Preto, (310) 301-5006 or The …

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Dell Technologies Invests in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

May 1, 2018

Dell Technologies Invests in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Announces $100,000 Grant to Advance Bravemind LAS VEGAS – Kicking off Dell Technologies World 2018, Chairman and …

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Army’s Institute for Creative Technologies Advances Research to Reality

March 23, 2018

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD — Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors have benefited from the research created by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its academic …

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Army Launches New SHARP Training Tools

March 5, 2018

By Joyce Conant and Sara Preto The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California recently launched …

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Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Prepare for New Jobs

September 25, 2017

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its partners recently developed a new way for veterans to seek employment. The Virtual …

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Augmented Reality May Revolutionize Army Training

August 8, 2017

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs and Sara Preto, ICT   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The development of advanced learning technologies for training …

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Your Smile Gives You Away

June 8, 2017

Smiling during victory could hurt future chances of cooperation, USC researchers find. By Ian Chaffee, USC News Smile and the whole world smiles with you? …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Welcomes 2017 Summer Interns

June 6, 2017

School is out for the summer, and that means a new crop of interns has entered the building. Students from over 40 schools including Penn …

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The USC Institute for Creative Technologies Joins Forces with Neospeech to Improve Military Education

April 4, 2017

For almost 20 years, the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) has been a leader in researching and developing immersive technologies that help solve …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies to Host Free Interactive Art Exhibit

November 7, 2016

USC Institute for Creative Technologies to Host Free Interactive Art Exhibit Media and general public are invited to attend; See below for more information. WHAT: …

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To Save Suicidal Teens, Listen to their Voice

April 27, 2016

Suicide rates among Americans are on the rise, underscoring the need for early intervention. USC researchers tested and found high-tech acoustic software can identify teens …

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Virtual interviews help people with autism land a job

April 14, 2016

USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Dan Marino Foundation partner on technology to improve social skills By Orli Belman Sergio Cano recently landed his first job — …

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These Machines Want to Make You a Deal

April 11, 2016

Future business leaders could learn how to negotiate from virtual humans. By Andrew Good At USC, researchers are studying how to train the next generation of …

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Army and USC to Cut Ribbon for Opening of ARL West

April 5, 2016

Media are invited to attend ceremony, tour facility and see cutting-edge tech demonstrations. See below for more information on what demos will be on display. …

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The Future of Gaming: Create your own Character in just Four Minutes

February 4, 2016

Researchers say a set of tools for creating digital avatars could encourage innovation in gaming, VR and online social interaction. By Andrew Good Want to see …

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The next level of on-demand expert medical care is here: USC Center for Body Computing announces its Virtual Care Clinic (VCC) in collaboration with ICT and strategic partners for an ‘anytime, anywhere’ disruptive health care model to deliver borderless health care

January 27, 2016

– Innovative digital health solution uses mobile apps, wearable sensors, virtual human health care providers, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), data collection, analytics and artificial …

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Alelo and USC Institute for Creative Technologies Announce Partnership to Co-develop Disruptive Learning Technologies

January 13, 2016

Collaboration will produce novel tools for creating complex virtual role-play learning simulations. Alelo Inc. and the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of …

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Army’s New Campus to House 70 Researchers at USC Institute for Creative Technologies

November 3, 2015

USC first West Coast University to attract Army Research Laboratory Contact: Orli Belman, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, 310 301-5006, Joyce Conant, Army Research …

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If the going gets tough, when should the tough give up?

October 9, 2015

Perseverance is essential for success, but researchers caution that “gritty” individuals need to know when to quit. Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or …

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USC News Features Evan Suma’s Redirected Walking Research

September 14, 2015

An article on USC News features Evan Suma and his researching aiming to create whole-body VR experiences. “There is a cognitive cost to using joysticks …

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Calling all coders: USC Center for Body Computing hosts ‘Hacking Virtual Medicine’ 2-day hackathon with ICT and IEEE Standards Association

August 27, 2015

October 3- 4 event to create a new medical experience evolution using Virtual Reality Information for potential participants can be found at the event website. …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Helped Create 3D Portraits of President Obama Now on Display at the Smithsonian

December 2, 2014

White House Releases New Behind-the-Scenes Video Detailing Process Used to Scan a Sitting President for the First Time The Smithsonian has put on view the …

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Visit The Epicenter of Virtual Reality in LA: USC Institute for Creative Technologies Mixed Reality Lab to Host VRLA Meet Up #2

June 12, 2014

Experience the latest in immersive media and virtual reality Meet the leaders of the SoCal-centered VR revolution ICT Media Contact: Orli Belman,, 310 301-5006 …

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Learning from Experience: Viterbi News Features Andrew Gordon’s Narrative Work

April 16, 2014

A story on the Viterbi website highlights Andrew Gordon’s narrative research. It also includes a video on his Heider-Simmel Interactive Theater project. Gordon’s goal is …

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ICT Virtual Human Health Prototype Named Top Ten Digital Innovation by NetExplo Forum

April 2, 2014

Awards presentation held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 26. The USC Institute for Creative Technologies’ SimSensei prototype was named one of the year’s …

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ICT’s Andrew Gordon Brings Seminal 1940’s Social Science Experiment Online

March 26, 2014

Andrew Gordon studies stories. He leads the Narrative Group at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies where his research is devoted to …

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ICT Executive Director Explains How To Create Simulators for Leadership Skills

March 24, 2014

Lessons form chapter of new book on using experience to develop talent At the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Executive Director Randall W. Hill, Jr. …

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Army.Mil Features ICT’s Research Inspired by Medal of Honor Recipient Ty Carter

January 7, 2014

A story on the Army.Mil website showcases ICT’s efforts to build a 3-D interactive digital version of Staff Sergeant Carter that can understand questions and …

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Film Screening and Q&A

November 6, 2013

WHAT: A screening and Q&A with the creators of Friends you Haven’t Met Yet, a documentary short film exploring issues of ethics and online privacy …

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Media Advisory: USC Showcases Breakthrough Technologies for Holographic Projections and Realistic Digital Doubles at Premier Computer Graphics and Animation conferences

July 16, 2013

Holographic heads, photo-real video game characters and virtual humans with realistic behaviors among the USC Institute for Creative Technologies-developed technologies to be demonstrated and discussed …

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ICT and Law School Develop Virtual Tool to Train Child Interviewers

April 24, 2013

Conducting interviews with children who have witnessed a crime or have been victims of abuse or neglect represents some of the most challenging and sensitive …

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USC Researcher Uses a Robot as a Real Roving Reporter

April 3, 2013

Telepresence experiment studies how interview subjects in Spain will respond to questions posed by a robot being operated in LA Who/What: Researcher Nonny de la …

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ICT’s MxR Lab creates immersive viewers using 3-D printers, low-cost lenses and display panels at the IEEE VR conference in Orlando, Florida

March 20, 2013

The do-it-yourself (DIY) demonstration was part of the MxR Lab’s push to disrupt the virtual reality marketplace by making low-cost, high quality virtual reality (VR) …

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Professor Offers Keen Observations on Computing

January 15, 2013

When Paul Rosenbloom became the director of New Directions at USC’s Information Sciences Institute 15 years ago, he helped apply timely computing to a diverse …

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USC Invites You to Mars: Traverse the Red Planet at Virtual Viewing Party Tonight at SIGGRAPH

August 5, 2012

Portable virtual reality device from the MxR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies brings 3-D Martian landscape to your iPhone or Android. Contact: …

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ICT Computer Scientist Uses YouTube as a Research Tool

July 18, 2012

ICT Researcher Giving YouTube Views a Whole New Meaning Computer scientist Louis-Philippe Morency is analyzing online videos to capture the nuances of how people communicate …

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ICT Developing Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence Tools for Mental Health

April 12, 2012

Effort is part of a new DoD initiative to use telemedicine and virtual humans to address barriers to care and to provide better care for …

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Debuts New Digital Double Pipeline Using ICT’s Light Stage

March 8, 2012

For the recent blockbuster Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the ICT Graphics Lab collaborated with Icon Imaging Studio, Lightstage LLC and House of Moves (HOM) …

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Out of the Box: USC Researchers Debut Smartphone 3-D Virtual Reality Viewer Made Out of Cardboard

March 5, 2012

Easy-to-assemble fold-out viewer transforms smartphones into portable immersive virtual reality systems. First 100 do-it-yourself VR viewers being distributed at IEEE Virtual Reality Conference in Orange County, March …

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Local Vets Needed for $11 Million DoD-Funded Study of ICT-Developed Virtual Reality Therapy for PTSD

December 12, 2011

$11 Million DOD Grant Funds Study of Virtual Reality and Other Therapies for PTSD Multi-Center Clinical Trial to Recruit Military and Civilian Personnel With PTSD …

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ICT Virtual Humans Change the Face of Training

November 4, 2011

At a Naval training facility in Newport, R.I., gunner’s mate Jacob Cabrillo, a new junior sailor, sits hunched in his chair, fully outfitted in his …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Receives $135 Million Contract Extension From U.S. Army

September 1, 2011

Award allows for continued university-based research and development of interactive media for military training, health therapies and more. Sept.1, 2011 – The Department of Defense …

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ICT and USC School of Social Work To Demo Virtual Reality Educational Technologies at CES

December 22, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dotty Diemer, DDK Communications 562.212.6014, Cindy Monticue, USC School of Social Work 213.740.2021, Orli Belman, USC Institute for Creative …

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Press Release for ICT’s Grand Opening and Ten Year Anniversary

October 1, 2010

Contact: Orli Belman USC Institute for Creative Technologies 310 301-5006, 310 709-4156 Bringing the Holodeck to Life – USC Institute for Creative Technologies Marks …

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MCIT Marks One Year and Over 15,000 Trained

July 12, 2010

Portable interactive system helps troops address improvised explosive devices – the most lethal element of combat today. Successful collaboration credited for rapid development and deployment …

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ICT Virtual Humans Ada and Grace Talk Science at AAAS in San Diego

February 26, 2010

NSF showcases science education collaboration with Museum of Science, Boston Ada and Grace, two bright and bubbly young women literally stopped visitors in their tracks …

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Academy Award® Honors Developers of USC ICT’s Light Stage Technologies

January 7, 2010

Used in films including Avatar , Benjamin Button and Spider-Man™ 2, award recognizes Institute for Creative Technologies’ visual effects systems that create believable digital actors …

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ICT Virtual Humans Debut at Museum of Science, Boston

December 10, 2009

On Tuesday, December 8, 2009, just in time for National Computer Science Education Week, the the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and the Museum of …

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ICT’s Bill Swartout Wins Major AI Award

July 13, 2009

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence recognizes achievements and service of William Swartout, a USC expert who has redefined personal computing William Swartout, director …

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