Tour of USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)

Photos courtesy of USC ICT

Our Tour Host:

Albert "Skip" Rizzo

Associate Director – Medical Virtual Reality, ICT

Research Professor – Dept of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology, USC

On Friday evening, conference participants can enjoy a tour and reception at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. We depart the hotel at 5:30 PM and return to the hotel around 9:00 PM. Transportation is by chartered motor coach. This activity is optional and requires a separate registration fee. 

At ICT, leaders in artificial intelligence, graphics, virtual reality and narrative strive to advance low-cost immersive techniques and technologies to solve problems facing service members, students, and society.

Established in 1999, ICT is a DoD-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) working in collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. UARCs are aligned with prestigious institutions conducting research at the forefront of science and innovation.

ICT brings film and game industry artists together with computer and social scientists to study and develop immersive media for military training, healthcare, education and more.

Research projects explore and expand how people engage with computers through virtual characters, video games and simulated scenarios. ICT is a recognized leader in the development of virtual humans who look, think and behave like real people. ICT prototypes provide engaging experiences to improve skills in decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership, clinical skills and coping, to name a few. They allow veterans to go online and speak anonymously to an interactive virtual coach who can remotely recognize signs of depression, PTSD and suicide risk.

Informative videos about ICT's research are offered at the USC ICT YouTube channel

A brief introduction to ICT will be presented in the Theater. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of a number of ICT projects, including Bravemind (VR exposure therapy for PTSD), Jewel Mine (game-based rehabilitation), SimCoach (web-based virtual human designed to assist service members, veterans, and their families), STRIVE (VR-based stress resilience training), and Gunslinger (interactive entertainment using virtual humans, Hollywood storytelling, and set building), as well as other cutting-edge research projects.

A casual dinner reception will finish our visit to ICT. Advance registration is necessary.