The invitation-only event will be held January 29 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
The University of Southern California (USC) will hold a special invite-only event called GLIMPSE, a digital technology showcase featuring cutting-edge research from across the university, much of it never presented to a general audience. This exclusive event will feature presentations and live demonstrations of new technology that is shaping the future, enhancing the present, and preserving the past.
"USC's strength in digital technology includes the collaboration between the arts and engineering, and technology and storytelling, that makes possible a conversation with the avatar of a real witness to history, the recreation of digital actors indistinguishable from their human counterparts, and the development of interactive adventures whose impact on behavior earns them the title of serious games," said Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research at USC.
Attendees will be able to interact with new developments from a number of USC schools and centers, including the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the USC Shoah Foundation, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Presentations will include:
Paul Debevec, winner of a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for his work in rendering digital faces, will present on ICT’s latest innovations, including the Light Stage system, which uses specialized algorithms to perfectly reproduce an actor's appearance and movements digitally. Debevec will also present his team’s work on holographic video conferencing.
Stephen Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation, will demonstrate New Dimensions in Testimony, a collaborative project with ICT to capture stories from Holocaust survivors by combining new interview content with advanced filming, voice-recognition processing, and display technologies that will allow students to engage in dialogue with virtual survivors for years to come.
Researchers from the School of Cinematic Arts will present work on serious games from the Game Innovation Lab, showing how such games are changing human behavior. The Game Innovation Lab is part of USC Games, ranked by the Princeton Review and GamePro Media as the number one game design program in North America in 2012.