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Welcome to the ICT Virtual Human Toolkit Website.
The ICT Virtual Human Toolkit is a collection of modules, tools, and libraries designed to aid and support users and developers with the creation of virtual human conversational characters. The Toolkit is an on-going, ever-changing, innovative system fueled by basic research performed at the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and its partners.
Designed for easy mixing and matching with a research project’s proprietary or 3rd-party software, the Toolkit provides a widely accepted platform on which new technologies can be built. It is our hope that, together as a research community, we can further develop and explore virtual human technologies. The Virtual Human Toolkit can be licensed (License Agreement) without cost for academic research purposes. Please contact us if you are interested in a commercial license.
Click here to request the ICT Virtual Human Toolkit.
Once you've downloaded the toolkit, go to Getting Started for detailed directions.
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The goal of the Virtual Human Toolkit developed by the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is to make creating virtual humans easier and more accessible, and thus expand the realm of virtual human research and applications.
Our research has led to the creation of ground-breaking technologies which we have coupled with other software components to form a complete embodied conversational agent. All ICT virtual human software is built on top of a common, modular architecture which allows Toolkit users to do any of the following:
Our technology emphasizes natural language interaction, nonverbal behavior, and perception and is broken up into the following main modules:
The target platform for the overall toolkit is Microsoft Windows, although some components are multi-platform.
Our on-going, ever-evolving Toolkit is not comprised of finished, state-of-the-art technologies. Many of our components are prototypes. Our components section lists several potential alternatives, should you wish to use them instead.
The Toolkit does not contain all of the basic research technologies currently being developed and utilized at the ICT, such as the reasoning SASO agents. However, we continually evaluate our basic research findings for potential inclusion in future releases.
Currently, we are not at liberty to publicly distribute any project-specific data. However, we encourage all interested parties to contact us.
The Toolkit has two target audiences:
All Toolkit software may be used without cost for academic research and US Government purposes provided all associated licenses are honored. Please cite us appropriately, as per clause 3 of the license, when using the Toolkit or any of its components for published research. See the Papers section for more details.
The License Agreement states, but is not limited to:
The complete License Agreement and supporting documentation is found in the License section.
Please be aware that the Toolkit consists of research software for which documentation and support is limited. However, both the software as well as the accompanying documentation are actively being developed and updated.
There are many ICT projects that use a subset of the technology provided with the Toolkit:
This Confluence site contains the main documentation portion for the ICT Virtual Human Toolkit.
The main Toolkit site can be accessed here.