September 2016

GamePipe Director Keynotes Silkroad Film Festival

20 September 2016, Xi'an, China
The Director of USC's GamePipe Laboratory, Michael Zyda, was the Keynote Speaker for the Virtual Reality Forum of the Silk Road International Film Festival held in Xi'an, China on the 20th of September 2016. His talk was entitled "Why the VR You see Now is Not the Real VR". His keynote was followed by a panel of distinguished speakers on the state-of-the-art of virtual reality. The Silk Road Film Festival concluded with a walk across the Red Carpet at the Da Ming Palace Site in Xi'an, with dignitaries ordered by prestige - Professor Zyda was followed onto the Red Carpet by Festival Host Jackie Chan.

In addition to speaking at the Silk Road Film Festival, Professor Zyda additionally was an invited speaker at the Augmented World Expo Asia 2016 Conference on the 24th of September in Xi'an and at the Shaanxi Cultural Group on the 21st of September. The Shaanxi Cultural Group (SCG) is an investment group that focuses on developing entertainment experiences for the historical museums and sites of Shaanxi Province. Professor Zyda is an advisor to the Shaanxi Cultural Group and is working with SCG on a project for the Terracotta Warriors Museum, the E-Pang Palace Site and the Zhaojin Red Army Base.

Press on Professor Zyda's speech at the Silk Road Film Festival is here.




USC GamePipe Laboratory Seminar Series

SILVIA - AI in a Game Development Pipeline
Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 10:00am
Speaker: Alex Mayberry & Leslie Spring, Cognitive Code
Location: USC GamePipe Laboratory, EGG-108
Cognitive Code will discuss and demonstrate the use of its portable SILVIA Platform AI system in the context of a game development pipeline, with a focus on Unity. This will include developing AI content in SILVIA Studio, creating voices for characters, export and integration with a Unity project and iterative development of conversational game experiences. We will also discuss and demonstrate various types of game experiences that can be developed and enhanced with conversational AI.
Alex Mayberry
Leslie Spring

Tutorial Videos
Here are links to some new video tutorials that Leslie put together on using the development tool.  Feel free to share these with students who might want to get some background before the Wednesday class.  We plan to talk more about the API this time around, and the kinds of things that can be done with SILVIA.  

Video 1 is here.
Video 2 is here.
Video 3 is here.
Video 4 is here.
Video 5 is here.
Video 6 is here.

The YouTube playlist is here.