Institute for Creative Technologies

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.

Senior Management

Randall Hill, Jr., Executive Director

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

Clarke Lethin, Managing Director

William Swartout, Director of Technology


Andrew Gordon, Director of Interactive Narrative Research

Jonathan Gratch, Director of Virtual Humans Research

Hao Li, Director of Vision & Graphics Lab

Ryan McAlinden, Director of Modeling, Simulation and Training

Benjamin Nye, Director of Learning Science Research

David Pynadath, Director of Social Simulation Research

Todd Richmond, Director of Mixed Reality Lab/Studio + Advanced Prototypes

Albert "Skip" Rizzo, Director of Medical Virtual Reality

Paul Rosenbloom, Director of Cognitive Architecture Research

David Traum, Director of Natural Language Research

Faculty and Academics

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:

Sample Honors and Awards

Army Affiliation

Established in 1999, ICT is a DoD-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) working in collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to further advance our research and development efforts for societal benefit in areas including veterans issues, mental health support, rehabilitation and job training. UARCs are aligned with prestigious institutions conducting research at the forefront of science and innovation.

See also


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

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