Army to recruit up to 70 researchers for California laboratory

As part of their research to improve human-computer interaction, ICT researchers and engineers experiment with delivering virtual humans over mobile phones. (U.S. Army photo by Stephanie Kleinman)

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs and Orli Belman, ICT

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 3, 2015) — As part of an initiative to spur scientific breakthroughs, the U.S. Army Research Laboratoryplans to recruit up to 70 researchers to be based at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista, California.

ARL West will be the laboratory’s largest outpost and the first one west of the Mississippi. It will leverage USC and regional expertise to broaden its abilities for the discovery, innovation and transition of science and technology. ARL, part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command based in Maryland, is the Army’s central laboratory for internal and external fundamental research.

“USC’s federally-funded computer science research and development has led to technological advances that improve lives for active service members and veterans,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “Today’s announcement serves as recognition that ICT has established itself at the national forefront of this important work, and that we have the opportunity to achieve even greater societal benefit through the establishment of this new model of government-university collaboration.” Continue reading