From the Pentagon to Hollywood

Cathy Kominos has joined the Institute for Creative Technologies as director of administration.

In the newly created post, Kominos will represent the ICT when dealing with the Dept. of Defense and other government agencies. She’ll also oversee the functions of the business office and operations within the ICT.

Kominos will be based in Washington D.C. and report directly to the ICT’s managing director, David Wertheimer, based in Los Angeles.

For the past nine years, Kominos has served as deputy director of research for the Pentagon, where she reported to the Army’s chief scientist. During this time, she became instrumental in the establishment of the ICT as a university-affiliated research center.

Kominos also spent a year on Capitol Hill as the military legislative aid to Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) handling all legislative issues related to defense and national security.

“I look forward to fostering the dynamic partnership that exists between the U.S. military and the ICT,” Kominos said. “We will continue to accomplish great things in the world of technology and entertainment.”

In 1999, the U.S. Army awarded the U. of Southern California a five-year contract to create the ICT, with a mandate to enlist the resources and talents of the entertainment industry, videogame makers and computer scientists to advance the state of immersive, or virtual reality, training simulations for soldiers.

The ICT, for example, is developing next generation computer hardware and networks, as well as artificial intelligence, which enables digital characters to react to situations like real people. Tools developed by the ICT could eventually be used by the entertainment industry.

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