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Dr. Randall W. Hill, Jr.

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 videogames 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 interests 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 as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, with assignments in field artillery and military intelligence. He earned his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Southern California.  

He is a member of the National Academies Board on Army Science and Technology.


Presentation:  Virtual Reality and Leadership Development

Abstract:  Advances in simulation technologies now make it possible for leaders to acquire experience by practicing virtually before they meet reality.  This presentation will cover how virtual humans act as role players in real world scenarios where leaders practice their interpersonal skills through life-like conversations and interactions with them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Overview of the state-of-the-art capabilities of a virtual human as a role player
  2. An understanding that the design of a leadership development system with virtual human role players requires more than a standard approach to instructional design
  3. The reaction of participants and effectiveness of the system from early studies
  4. Lessons learned that every decision-maker should know about the use of this technology for leader development

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