Dr. Randall W. Hill, Jr.
USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies
Randall W. Hill, Jr. is the executive director of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Located in Los Angeles, ICT is a University Affiliated Research Center sponsored by the United States Army. The mission of the ICT is to perform research on immersive technologies and apply them to training, education and therapy. Hill steers the institute’s exploration of how virtual humans, mixed reality worlds, advanced computer graphics, dramatic films, social simulations and educational video games can augment more traditional methods for imparting lessons.
Hill is a full research professor in the Computer Science department at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He has over seventy publications in journals, conferences and books on topics related to his research in artificial intelligence, intelligent tutoring, and virtual humans.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served six years in the U.S. Army and subsequently joined the technical staff of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Southern California in 1993.
Randall’s talk, AI and the Creative Industries: New tools for new jobs, will cover:
- AI-based tools are opening the aperture on new types of Experience. Creative workers will need to have skills in computer science, engineering, design, art, and narrative.
- Machine Learning is revolutionizing visual effects: a single low-resolution photo of a person can be used to create a 3D photorealistic avatar.
- AI is empowering new forms of interactive digital media: virtual humans are changing the user experience in entertainment, museums, social work and collaboration with robots.
- USC is preparing the work force of the future through its interdisciplinary educational programs. Furthermore, it is a leading institution in developing a diverse work force through neighborhood outreach programs and actively accepting community college transfers.