Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Associate Director, The Institute for Creative Technologies
Research Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and the School of Gerontology
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA., USA
Albert “Skip” Rizzo is a Clinical and Neuro- Psychologist, Associate Director of the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies and a Research Professor in Psychiatry and in Gerontology. Skip conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of VR systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. His cognitive work has addressed the use of VR applications to test and train attention, memory, visuospatial abilities and executive function. In the motor domain, he develops VR game-based applications to promote rehabilitation in persons with CNS dysfunction (e.g., stroke and TBI). And in the psychological domain, he has directed the development / implementation of the Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan VR exposure therapy system for combat-related PTSD and is involved in translating these simulation assets for PTSD assessment and prevention (stress resilience). He is also involved with ICT collaborators in the creation of artificially intelligent virtual human patients that clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging clinical interviews and diagnostic assessments (sexual assault, resistant patients, etc.) and for creating online virtual human healthcare guides for breaking down barriers to care in psychological health and TBI. In his spare time, Skip enjoys playing rugby, riding motorcycles, listening to music and dreaming about ways that VR will improve clinical care and research.