Army and USC to Cut Ribbon for Opening of ARL West

Published: April 5, 2016
Category: Press Releases | News

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.

Contact: Joyce M. Conant at (301) 394-3590, cell: (443) 221-9801, email: .

Contact: Orli Belman at (310) 301-5006, cell: (310) 709-4156, .

WHAT: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Southern California will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of ARL West. Part of the open campus initiative, ARL West is an effort to co-locate Army research and development personnel on the West Coast in order to gain access to subject matter experts, technical centers and universities not well represented on the East Coast. The new facility, based at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, will house up to 70 researchers and is expected to be the laboratory’s largest university research outpost.

WHEN: 3:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 (tours and demos will run until 6:00 p.m.)

WHERE: 12015 Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista, California

WHO: Speakers include Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Dr. Thomas P. Russell, ARL Director, C.L. Max Nikias, USC President, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Assistant Director for Defense Programs, Dr. Chris Fall.

RSVP: All media planning to attend must RSVP by noon, Tuesday, April 12 to ensure access to the event. All media must also be credentialed and wear identification badges with their media affiliation.

RSVP here: Orli Belman at .

MORE: ARL Director Thomas P. Russell said, “ARL West is part of our hub and spoke approach to increasing the science and technology ecosystem the Army needs to maintain its technological edge in the future that will ensure continued dominance and overmatch for our Armed Forces in a complex and ever-evolving world.”

USC President C. L. Max Nikias said, “USC takes great pride in being selected by the Army Research Laboratory as the home of ARL West. This new partnership marks a key extension of our collaboration with the U.S. Army and enhances our capacity to deliver impactful results for those who serve our country, and ensure our security.”

Read the earlier ARL/USC press release announcing ARL West.

Demos: Technology demos will include the latest ICT research in virtual and augmented reality, the latest discoveries from the Army Research Lab and more.

SimSensei: A virtual human interviewer that can identify signals of depression and other mental health issues by providing real-time tracking and analysis of a person’s facial expressions, eye gaze, body posture and voice.
Digital Actors – See Academy Award-winning facial scanning technology used in Avatar, Spider-Man 2, Benjamin Button and more that transforms a real person into a convincing digital double.

Rapid Avatar Generator: A two minute-process that creates realistic video game-ready versions of people using commodity hardware and ICT software.
ELITE: A virtual human- based training system for teaching leadership and counseling skills.

3-D “Hologram-like” Projections: This demo requires no glasses and projects a perspective correct 3-D image of a real person.
New Dimensions in Testimony collaboration with USC’s Shoah Foundation, which aims to preserve the ability to ask questions of a Holocaust survivor long into the future.

Bravemind: An immersive virtual environment for use by trained therapists to help treat combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder.

Terrain: An effort to create the most realistic, accurate and informative 3-D representations of the physical and non-physical landscape for use in training and simulations.


About U.S. Army Research Laboratory:
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command is the Army’s corporate laboratory. For more information, visit There you can link to the ARL Facebook page, Twitter feed, and the ARL News Channel on YouTube.

About the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies:
Established in 1999, ICT is a DoD-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) working in collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. ICT brings film and game industry artists together with computer and social scientists to study and develop immersive media for military training, health therapies, education and more.