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  1. Creating thematic collections in industries demands innovative designs and cohesive concepts. Designers may face challenges in maintaining thematic consistency when drawing inspiration from existing objects, landscapes, or artifacts. While AI-powered graphic design tools offer help, they often fail to generate cohesive sets based on specific thematic concepts. In response, we introduce iCONTRA, an interactive CONcept TRAnsfer system. With a user-friendly interface, iCONTRA enables both experienced designers and novices to effortlessly explore creative design concepts and efficiently generate thematic collections. We also propose a zero-shot image editing algorithm, eliminating the need for fine-tuning models, which gradually integrates information from initial objects, ensuring consistency in the generation process without influencing the background. A pilot study suggests iCONTRA’s potential to reduce designers’ efforts. Experimental results demonstrate its effectiveness in producing consistent and high-quality object concept transfers. iCONTRA stands as a promising tool for innovation and creative exploration in thematic collection design. 
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    Free, publicly-accessible full text available May 2, 2025
  2. Drawing is an art that enables people to express their imagination and emotions. However, individuals usually face challenges in drawing, especially when translating conceptual ideas into visually coherent representations and bridging the gap between mental visualization and practical execution. In response, we propose ARtVista - a novel system integrating AR and generative AI technologies. ARtVista not only recommends reference images aligned with users’ abstract ideas and generates sketches for users to draw but also goes beyond, crafting vibrant paintings in various painting styles. ARtVista also offers users an alternative approach to create striking paintings by simulating the paint-by-number concept on reference images, empowering users to create visually stunning artwork devoid of the necessity for advanced drawing skills. We perform a pilot study and reveal positive feedback on its usability, emphasizing its effectiveness in visualizing user ideas and aiding the painting process to achieve stunning pictures without requiring advanced drawing skills. 
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    Free, publicly-accessible full text available May 11, 2025
  3. Public speaking is one of the most important ways to share ideas with many people in different domains such as education, training, marketing, or healthcare. Being able to master this skill allows the speaker to clearly advocate for their subject and greatly influence others. However, most of the population reported having public speaking anxiety or glossophobia, which prevents them from effectively conveying their messages to others. One of the best solutions is to have a safe and private space to practice speaking in front of others. As a result, this research work is proposed with the overarching goal of providing people with virtual environments to practice in front of simulated audiences. In addition, the proposed work will aim to have live audience feedback and speech analysis details which could be useful for the users. The experiments via a user study provide insights into the proposed public speaking simulator. 
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