Institute for Creative Technologies

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Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)
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Established 1999
Location Playa Vista, California, U.S.
Affiliated With The University of Southern California

The Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is a research institute of the University of Southern California located in Playa Vista, California. ICT was established in 1999 with funding from the US Army.[1] ICT was created to combine the assets of a major research university with the creative resources of Hollywood and the game industry to advance the state-of-the-art in training and simulation. The institute’s research has also led to applications for education, entertainment and rehabilitation, including virtual patients, virtual museum guides and Academy Award-winning visual effects technologies.[2] Core areas include virtual humans, graphics, mixed-reality, learning sciences, games, storytelling and medical virtual reality.

Current management team[edit]

Randall Hill, Jr., Executive Director

Cheryl Birch, Director of Finance, Administration, and Human Resources

Clarke Lethin, Managing Director

William Swartout, Director of Technology

Todd Richmond, Director, Advanced Prototypes and Transition

Associate directors[edit]

Mark Bolas, Associate Director for Mixed Reality R&D

Paul Debevec, Associate Director for Graphics Research

Jonathan Gratch, Associate Director for Virtual Humans Research

Stacy Marsella, Associate Director for Social Simulation

Albert "Skip" Rizzo, Associate Director for Medical Virtual Reality

Faculty and academics[edit]

About a dozen ICT researchers hold academic appointments at various schools and departments across USC. These include research professors, research associate professors and research assistant professors in Department of Computer Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Interactive Media Division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

ICT also has several post-docs and hosts university-level interns each summer.

Notable researchers include:

Selected honors and awards[edit]

  • Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO)/National Training Systems Association (NTSA) Outstanding Achievement in Modeling and Simulation Training Award given to the ICT (2000).
  • 2001, Paul Debevec receives the SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award
  • Army Modeling and Simulation Awards FY08. Distribution Management Cognitive Trainer(DMCT) and Bi-lateral Negotiation (BiLAT) Simulation.
  • 2008, Louis-Philippe Morency is named one of “AI’s 10 to Watch” by IEEE Intelligent Systems,.
  • The Interactive 360 degree Light Field Display (3D Display) was demonstrated at Siggraph 2007, and won the award for “Best Emerging Technology.
  • ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy treatment for PTSD was honored with the Best Medical Application award at the 10th Virtual Reality International Conference in Laval, France.
  • Bill Swartout - 2009 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Lecture Award for seminal contributions to knowledge-based systems and explanation, groundbreaking research on virtual human technologies and their applications, and outstanding service to the artificial intelligence community.”
  • Paul Debevec and collaborators Tim Hawkins, John Monos, and Mark Sagar - 2009 Scientific and Engineering Academy Award®, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts for the design and engineering of the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based facial rendering system developed for character relighting in motion pictures.
  • Jon Gratch and Stacy Marsella - 2010 Autonomous Agents Research Award, ACM/SIGART for significant and sustained contributions to autonomous agents and multiagent systems in the area of virtual agents, in particular in emotion modeling and social simulation.
  • Albert "Skip" Rizzo and collaborators Barbara Rothbaum, JoAnn Difede and Greg M.Reger - 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 56 for their contributions in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD.
  • Albert "Skip" Rizzo - 2012 17th annual Satava Award at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Next Med Conference (MMVR19).

Army affiliation[edit]

ICT is an Army University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The contract is managed by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Simulation Training Technology Center (RDECOM STTC).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Background". USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Miller-McCune". Miller-McCune. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 

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