Patrick Kenny

Principal Investigator
USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)

Mr. Patrick Kenny ( has been working in the Artificial Intelligence field for the past fifteen years. He is currently the principal investigator creating virtual human patients for research in medical applications at The Institute for Creative Technologies, a world known research lab that is part of The University of Southern California. He previously was the virtual human group lead integrating the virtual human architecture with cognitive and simulation systems. Mr. Kenny formerly worked at The University of Michigan AI Lab researching and developing cognitive robotics for unmanned ground robotic vehicles. While in Michigan Mr. Kenny founded a spin-off company, Soar Technology, from the AI Lab to support and develop cognitive agents in simulation. His research interests are in creating realistic high fidelity virtual humans with personality, dramatic agents and cognitive architectures integrating neuroscience and AI. Mr. Kenny has a BS from The University of Minnesota and an MS from The University of Michigan. Mr. Kenny has organized workshops on believable characters and virtual human toolkits and is the author of over 30 conference publications on AI.