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October 11, 2021

Thousands of languages are teetering on the edge of extinction. In fact, of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, nearly half are …

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Are Women Worse Than Men At Salary Negotiation?

October 6, 2021

team of USC researchers who have long employed virtual humans to understand social behavior set out to find whether women performed differently than men during …

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Can A.I. Help Low-Income Workers Get Jobs?

October 4, 2021

New partnership with the U.S. government brings artificial intelligence-based interview training to communities around the country. The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) has been working on …

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Jon Gratch Named Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing

October 1, 2021

Congratulations to ICT’s Director of Virtual Human Research, Jonathan Gratch, recently named fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing. His work illustrates …

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Empathy and AI: Benefitting Healthcare

September 21, 2021

As the exponentially increasing power of computer systems allows for countless innovations in diagnosis and treatments, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will continue to revolutionise healthcare. There …

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Education then and now: Rise of AI

September 15, 2021

In this article, learn about the role of AI in education and how it’s evolved to where it is today. Via Medium.

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For Veterans of Afghanistan War, Conflict Continues After US Withdrawl

September 9, 2021

As the nation approaches the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, America has also come full circle with regard to Afghanistan. After 20 years of …

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A Hero Behind the VR Headset

August 30, 2021

A look at VR and its many uses, featuring Dr. Skip Rizzo and his use of the technology in helping to treat PTSD. Read the …

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The Rise of Biometrics in the Sporting World

August 28, 2021

Leslie Saxon, executive director for the USC Center for Body Computing, studies human performance at its extremes, in elite athletes as well as military populations. …

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How This Gaming Tech Will Heal Your Mind

August 1, 2021

Bloomberg Quicktake sits down with ICT’s Director of MedVR, Skip Rizzo, to discuss virtual reality exposure therapy and its success in Bravemind. Watch the full …

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Army Award-Winning Research to Transform Soldier-Robot Communication

July 30, 2021

Army researchers developed ground-breaking technology that will enhance how Soldiers and robots communicate and carry out tasks in tactical environments. This research sets out to …

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Virtual Beings & Health Care

July 20, 2021

ICT’s Director of Technology, Bill Swartout, talks with The Chopra Foundation about the relationships between virtual human technology and health care. Watch here.

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AI and Marshmallows: Training human-AI collaboration

July 1, 2021

Using a simulated campfire scenario, researchers conclude cooperative strategies of negotiation to be more effective than selfish strategies and improve human/computer interaction for better negotiations …

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Exploring New Technology in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments

June 25, 2021

Dr. Skip Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies discusses PTSD, the technology behind “Prolonged Exposure Therapy” and the potential civilian applications of the …

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Improving Human-Computer Conversations From Camp Site Negotiations

June 24, 2021

Researchers from ICT and ISI devise CaSiNo, a scenario-based dataset for teaching negotiation. Keep reading, from USC Viterbi.

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Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It

June 3, 2021

An experimental treatment seems poised to address a dire mental health crisis. Keep reading in the New York Times.

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Army Catches RIDE to Extended Reality Future

June 1, 2021

Researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies built the Rapid Integration and Development Environment, a test bed for evaluating modeling and simulation technologies for internal …

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VR improving treatment options for those with PTSD

May 28, 2021

The Veterans Administration estimates 17 U.S. veterans die by suicide each day on average. Behind many of those deaths is PTSD. Now, there’s growing optimism …

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CaSiNo: A collection of campsite-based dialogs to develop automatic negotiation systems

May 12, 2021

Artificial agents that negotiate with humans could have a broad range of valuable applications, for instance, helping humans to improve their negotiation skills in a …

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The Connected and Empowered Patient

May 11, 2021

USC Center for Body Computing’s Dr. Leslie Saxon participated in The Wall Street Journal‘s Future of Everything Festival. On a panel with leaders in the …

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Hollywood Embraces New Era of Virtual Actors and Holodeck Shoots

May 6, 2021

After the beloved co-star of the Fast and the Furious films died in a car crash in 2013, Caleb and Cody Walker submitted to high-definition face scans …

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USC to Build New Computer Science Hub

May 3, 2021

USC officials will break ground May 6 on a new building that could become a key center for technological advancement in Los Angeles. Learn more …

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AirTags Are the Perfectly Boring, Functional Future of AR

April 21, 2021

MxR Director Jessica Brillhart weighs in on the new Apple AirTags. Read in WIRED.

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Army researchers create pioneering approach to real-time conversational AI

April 20, 2021

Spoken dialogue is the most natural way for people to interact with complex autonomous agents such as robots. Future Army operational environments will require technology …

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Military bots could become teammates with real-time conversational AI

April 19, 2021

Army Research Laboratory researchers have been working with colleagues from Devcom and the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies to develop an approach …

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SoldierStrong Receives Disabled Veterans National Foundation Grant

April 19, 2021

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) provides support to disabled and at-risk veterans who return home with physical and psychological wounds. The organization carries out …

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The Surprising Cure to Cybersickness – Using VR Underwater

April 5, 2021

Psychologist Skip Rizzo, from the Institute for Creative Technologies, did not work on recent research about this topic, but he says that it “helps us …

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ICT’s work in LED Lighting for Virtual Production is being honored at the Lumiere Entertainment Technology Awards

March 31, 2021

The Advanced Imaging Society has announced winners of the 11th Annual Entertainment Technology Lumiere Awards, recognizing technical achievements currently accelerating the entertainment industry. The organization recognizes …

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People affected by COVID-19 are being nicer to machines

March 22, 2021

People are not very nice to machines. The disdain goes beyond the slot machine that emptied your wallet, a dispenser that failed to deliver a …

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Forget What You Think Happiness Is

March 5, 2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic forces many to reconsider what makes them happy, researchers are embracing a more complex definition of the emotion that focuses less …

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Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Mental Health?

March 4, 2021

From chatbots bridging the gap that might exist in accessing therapy to helping students learn self-care skills, AI technology has the potential to support mental …

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What Might Sheep and Driverless Cars Have in Common? Following the Herd.

February 24, 2021

New research suggests that in high stakes life and death decisions, people often think differently than they actually do. Read more in USC Viterbi.

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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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USC and other leading universities launch joint technology licensing program

February 10, 2021

The program reflects USC’s efforts to foster innovation for the economy and public good via academic and industry collaborations. An example of industry engagement shaped …

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Dimensions in Testimony Exhibit Now Open Cincinnati Museum Center

January 21, 2021

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center has announced the Feb. 5 public opening of “Dimensions in Testimony,” a new, and permanent, exhibit …

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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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Phobias, paranoia and PTSD: Why virtual reality therapy is the frontier of mental health treatment

January 14, 2021

Virtual reality is being used to treat a wide range of mental health problems. Meet some of the scientists, including Dr. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo, who …

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VR In Therapy: VR’s Positive Impact On Mental Health

January 13, 2021

Virtual reality has already been assisting treatments for mental illnesses, such as phobias, anxiety, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Digital apps are already widely …

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How video games are easing our phobias, one spider at a time

December 21, 2020

From the Abby’s acrophobia in The Last of Us Part II, to the claustrophobic feeling of cramming yourself into a locker during Alien: Isolation, games are great at …

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Study finds over 64% of people reported new health issues during ‘work from home’

December 3, 2020

What impact has working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic had on our health? In a new study, researchers from USC have …

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Virtual Reality Treatment Helps Veterans With PTSD

November 13, 2020

New research shows Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has increased since the pandemic. The ITeam found a virtual reality treatment that puts veterans in some of …

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How VR and 5G can help returning vets heal

November 10, 2020

There are approximately 20 million veterans in the United States. Over a third of them have reported at least one bout of post-traumatic stress disorder …

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Veteran suicide crisis demands our action: Skip Rizzo contributes to Tribune Publishing

November 9, 2020

As we honor those Americans who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country, we must do more to address a threat that …

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Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality

November 3, 2020

While most of us have yet to meet our digital avatar, the technology used to make a younger version of Robert De Niro for ‘The …

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How virtual reality can help robots change the face of the construction industry

October 29, 2020

The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the world economy, accounting for 13 percent of the world’s GDP. In the U.S. alone, …

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Expect More Virtual House Calls from Your Doctor Thanks to Telehealth Revolution

October 15, 2020

USC Trojan Family explores the world of Telehealth as COVID-19 continues to halt business as usual. In this piece, the SimSensei project is featured in …

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CNN’s ‘Tech for Good’ Highlights Bravemind

October 3, 2020

Watch the full segment, featuring Dr. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo and Iraq war veteran Chris Merkle. Tech for Good

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Health care is already benefiting from VR

October 3, 2020

The Economist explores the many ways in which VR is helpful in the health care industry, including Bravemind in their roundup of treatments. Read the …

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New research reveals conditions under which humans more likely to act deceptively through virtual intermediaries

September 23, 2020

Recently computer scientists at USC Institute of Technologies (ICT) set out to assess under what conditions humans would employ deceptive negotiating tactics. Through a series …

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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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Next Steps Forward With Chris Meek Featuring Dr. Skip Rizzo and Chris Merkle

August 18, 2020

Host Chris Meek speaks with Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo, director of medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, about …

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The Army’s Next Robot Will Know When You’re Talking Trash to It – And Know When to Talk Back

August 5, 2020

The Army is developing a system to allow autonomous ground robots to communicate with soldiers through natural conversations — and, in time, learn to respond …

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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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VR Tools Becoming More Common in Real-World Practice

July 25, 2020

At the 2020 virtual Psych Congress Elevate conference, Dr. Skip Rizzo, director of the medical virtual reality lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative …

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Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo on Virtual Reality

July 22, 2020

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD, describes virtual reality in this clip from his “Virtual Reality: The New Frontier in Mental Health” session, which will be presented …

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To Mitigate and Track Covid-19, Entrepreneurs Push to Develop Tools

July 15, 2020

The Wall Street Journal speaks with industry experts about specific tools in the developmental stage to help fight Covid-19. In this article, reporter David Ewalt …

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Army Looks to Better Attract Gaming Industry for Training Simulations

July 14, 2020

The Army’s STE information system, which is currently in development, will serve similar to an operating system on a smartphone. When the iPhone was first …

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Suicide Crisis – PTSD, Suicide and Bravemind

July 13, 2020

The Bravemind application has been implemented at Ozark Center, part of an initiative with the Veteran Integration Program in Missouri. Watch the full segment, via …

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AI Therapists Promise to Help You Cope with Coronavirus Isolation

July 8, 2020

Gale Lucas and her research are featured in this piece from OneZero about human-computer interaction in the time of COVID-19. Read the full article here.

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Do Humans Dream of Androids Dreaming?

July 7, 2020

ICT’s Jonathan Gratch provides insight on emotionally sophisticated personal assistants for USC Dornsife News. Read the full article here.

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Will COVID-19 Pave the Way for Home-Based Precision Medicine?

July 6, 2020

COVID-19 could fundamentally alter the way we deliver healthcare, abandoning the outdated 20th century brick and mortar fee-for-service model in favor of digital medicine. At-home …

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Marine Training May Take More Mental Than Physical Stamina

July 3, 2020

Continued coverage of recent CBC research, via PsychCentral.

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How the U.S. Marine Corps Remains the ‘Best of the Best’

July 2, 2020

The Marine Corps has a desire to maximize the number of Marines who pass selection, without compromising their fitness standards or making the course any …

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The Rise of Biometrics in Sports

June 29, 2020

“We’re not just trying to preserve an individual in the short term. We want methods that will preserve that individual into their postelite athlete life. …

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Psychological Factors Matter More than Physical Performance for Marine Training

June 26, 2020

Additional coverage of CBC’s recent published research, via News Medical Life Sciences.

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Healing the Invisible Wounds of War with Virtual Reality

June 25, 2020

Since 9/11, nearly three million service members have deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan—about half of them more than once. Now, an innovative, …

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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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OVR Technology Delivers First-Of-Its-Kind Scent Experience Virtual Reality Experiences with Scents

June 19, 2020

Anyone can benefit from the immersive experiences of OVR Technology’s scent platform. However, it’s most advantageous to organizations looking for measurable VR outcomes. Take Bravemind for example. …

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OVR Technology Delivers First-Of-Its-Kind Scent Experience for VR

June 13, 2020

Skip Rizzo, Director for ICT’s Medical VR group, will use OVR Technology’s platform in the next iteration of Bravemind. Such therapies are crucial, as 20 percent of …

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Tracking Michigan Protesters Raises Privacy, COVID-19 Spread Questions

June 2, 2020

Collecting phone data for use in public health studies or operations has become a hot issue because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Dr. Mona Sobhani, …

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What It Takes to Become One of Marine Corps’ Elite

May 30, 2020

Leslie Saxon, Executive Director of the Center for Body Computing conducted a study to determine why so many Marine candidates were dropping out. Her study “sought to …

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Can Virtual Reality Help Sports Fans Experience Game Day In A Post COVID-19 World?

May 27, 2020

ICT’s MxR Lab Director Jessica Brillhart talks with CBS News about the use of VR during and after a global pandemic. Read the full story …

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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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USC Webinar Addresses Impact of COVID-19 on Telemedicine

May 19, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has led to an unprecedented increase in the use of telemedicine. To assess what that means for healthcare now and in the …

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TechNews World Speaks with David Krum

May 7, 2020

The next generation of Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets is in the works, but pandemic-related product development and supply chain problems may delay market arrival. Oculus, which …

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Expanding the Utility and Interoperability of Rapidly Generated Terrain Datasets

May 5, 2020

Reality modeling advancements now allow for the generation of high-resolution 3D models from a variety of sources to rapidly meet modeling and simulation needs. Continue …

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Can a Building Help Thwart the Next Active Shooter?

April 28, 2020

USC researchers imagine a future in which building security provides a dynamic response to active shooters. Continue reading in the Spring 2020 issue of USC …

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The Spoils of Playing War

April 27, 2020

To build even stronger partnerships with entertainment and academia, the army founded the Institute for Creative Technologies in 1999 at the University of Southern California. Into the …

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Study: VR Helps You Feel Calm and Connected During Coronavirus Quarantine

April 27, 2020

CNBC speaks with Dr. Skip Rizzo about the benefits VR can provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article here.

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Artificial intelligence is preserving our ability to converse with Holocaust survivors even after they die

April 6, 2020

60 Minutes features a segment on the New Dimensions in Testimony project in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and of …

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USC Consultants Discover New Applied Sciences to Fight COVID-19

March 30, 2020

From digital actuality and machine studying to smartphone apps and super computing energy, researchers are figuring out which applied sciences would be the most helpful …

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USC Experts Explore How New Technologies to Combat COVID-19

March 27, 2020

From virtual reality and machine learning to smartphone apps and supercomputing power, researchers are determining which technologies will be the most useful in the battle …

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A Modest iPad Update Holds the Key to Apple’s AR Future

March 20, 2020

THIS WEEK, APPLE debuted a  new iPad Pro. It has a little more power than the previous model, and a keyboard with a trackpad. Neat. But its …

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Get Faster, Stronger and Fitter Through the Power of Data

March 17, 2020

“The data game is about minimizing risk,” Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, told attendees at an MIT Sloan …

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Deepfakes: Battle of the Experts

March 15, 2020

In the last part of the deepfake series for Germany’s Shift series on Spektrum, computer scientist Hao Li explains why you should create deepfakes yourself. …

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Deepfakes: The Next Big Threat to American Democracy?

March 6, 2020

As anxieties about foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election grow, concerns about other vectors of misinformation are evident. Deepfakes, realistic video forgeries, have some …

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Virtual Reality Research Helps Veterans with PTSD

February 23, 2020

When Chris Merkle retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010, he struggled to overcome the lingering trauma of having served in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

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AI Therapists May Eventually Become Your Mental Health Care Professional

February 20, 2020

Psychological well being is a courageous new frontier for synthetic-intelligence and device-studying algorithms driven by “big information.” Just before extensive, if some ahead-wanting psychologists, medical …

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How Martin Luther King Jr. Was Recreated in Virtual Reality

February 20, 2020

See how TIME partnered with Digital Domain, using ICT’s Light Stage for the scanning process, in recreating the 1963 March on Washington.

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How AI ‘Therapists’ Could Shrink the Cost of Mental Health

February 18, 2020

Could machines that look, act and sound human replace psychologists and psychiatrists? Probably not — that possibility is limited so far by a lack of …

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Deepfake Showing Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. Shows How Seamless Tech Can Be

February 17, 2020

The clip, while fun to imagine the recasting, shows how good deepfake technology has become, leaving some concerned that what voters see this political season …

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Virtual Reality Applications That Can Help Save Lives

February 12, 2020

With more advancements in technology, we can expect to see more VR applications in the field of medicine, healthcare, crisis management, and other industries. Continue reading …

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NPC Newsmaker: Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to announce new initiatives

February 5, 2020

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday, February 5 announcing new initiatives designed to better serve America’s …

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VR Exposure Therapy Provides Treatment Option for PTSD

February 4, 2020

“More than just sights and sounds,” explains Dr. Rizzo, “Bravemind uses a virtual reality headmounted display, directional 3-D audio, vibrations, and smells to generate a …

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Mental Health Conditions

January 31, 2020

Two thirds of people with mental health disorders will never see a health-care professional. Here’s how VR can draw people to therapy. Watch the full …

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Arkansas Vets Suicide Program Gets D.C. Audience

January 29, 2020

A House Veterans Committee panel Tuesday reviewed programs from across the country, including one from the Natural State, that are helping to lower suicide rates …

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Virtual Reality System Helping North Texas Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress

January 29, 2020

Clinicians are training this week on the StrongMind system, donated by the charitable organization SoldierStrong. North Texas is one of 13 VA facilities across the …

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Home from War: Asheville VA Aims to Help Veterans with PTSD through Virtual Reality

January 27, 2020

“If done in the hands of a well-trained clinician, at a pace that the patient can handle, we can really help a patient to go …

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Army Modernization Translates into Accepting Risk and Learning Quickly

January 27, 2020

Two years ago, the Army recognized the need to rapidly and persistently modernize our force to stay ahead of technological change and national competitors. Continue …

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