At the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR), avatars aren’t science fiction. These artificially intelligent virtual humans – now in development as part of a partnership with the USC Institute for Creative Technologies – simulate the experiences of veterans exposed to combat stress. The result is a realistic and more practical way of training students to develop their skills in treating the mental health needs of service members.

CIR is also producing technologies that have direct applications for service members and their families, such as telehealth care and online behavioral health intervention models.

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