Past Ahmanson Lab Projects

This interactive timeline featuring key developments in the history of robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous technologies, was created for the showcase portion of a Visions & Voices event, Emotionally Intelligent Robots: More Human than Human? All entries were researched and authored by Jordan Kessler and Serena Allen, with additional animations by Andrew Wood.

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Mirrors and Mass: Wayne Thom’s Southern California is an online exhibition created by students in the USC School of Architecture’s course The History of Modern Architecture in Southern California taught by Emily Bills (spring 2018). The exhibition was designed and implemented with support from the Ahmanson Lab using materials from the USC Digital Library's Wayne Thom Photography Collection.

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Ahmanson Lab 3D is a series of interactive three-dimensional models of the Ahmanson Lab space rendered to scale. Built in SketchUp, several models were used to design the Lab’s physical space. Other models are utilized to plan for events, physical and infrastructural upgrades, and future development. All models can also be output in virtual reality in the Lab’s VR room.

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USC Digital Voltaire is a multimodal critical edition of Voltaire's select correspondence held at USC Special Collections and available in the USC Digital Library. The digital edition was designed and implemented by USC library faculty and staff at the Ahmanson Lab. Read more about the project in “USC Digital Voltaire: Centering Digital Humanities in the Traditions of Library and Archival Science,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2019), pp. 7–17.

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Terraforming Mars Collaboratory

Terraforming Mars VR is a research-driven, annotated experience of the red planet, built in virtual reality for the Oculus Rift by Innovation Scholars and staff at the Ahmanson Lab. This project was designed and implemented as part of our 2018-2019 Terraforming Mars collaboratory, coordinated by Dana Milstein and Vahe Peroomian.

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Welcome to Venice West: Audio Recordings from the Lawrence Lipton Papers is a digital exhibit created in conjunction with USC Libraries’ Special Collections. This exhibit highlights portions of the 147 audio clips from the Lawrence Lipton Papers digitized under the Council on Library and Information Resources' (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant program.

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Camp Fire AR is an augmented realty app, built for iOS, that tells the story of the destructive California Camp Fire by utilizing data and media assets from the L.A. Times. This app was designed and coded by students as part of our 2018-2019 Mapping and App-ing Los Angeles Collaboratory in partnership with the Los Angeles Times.

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Terraforming Mars Collaboratory

The Futures of Democracy Game Kit is intended to facilitate community and individual engagement with present-day issues through acts of playful speculation. The kit contains games on democracy-related issues such as campaign finance, corruption, and political compromise. The kit was designed by students and professionally printed as part of our 2018-2019 Futures of Democracy Collaboratory.

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