Symposium on Computer Animation in Fast Forward Panel
Much like Fast Forward Papers Preview scheduled earlier in the week,
organizers used this fast paced session format to review this year’s
papers from the ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA).
The symposium was held earlier in the week on July 21 and 22 at
the Marriott Riverwalk, a few blocks away from the conference convention
This was the first year of the symposium, which
was created to provide a larger forum of discussion and interaction
amongst researchers in the area of computer animation while at SIGGRAPH.
Paper deadlines for SCA came after that of SIGGRAPH allowing applicants
more time and a more specialized field.
Of the 53 papers submitted to SCA, 22 were selected
for presentation. This Fast Forward session allowed presenters a
three-minute interval to summarize and explain the issues in their
paper. Presentations were limited to only 5 PowerPoint slides in
addition to a title slide and speakers could place anything on these
slides in order to present the basic ideas of their papers.
However, organizers decided to make things a little
more exciting and/or difficult for presenters by disallowing any
video presentation during the presentations. This being a session
made up of papers exclusively on computer animation made image-only
presentation of ideas a definite challenge. Also PowerPoint slides
were set on auto-advance and could not be controlled by presenters.
Session organizer Michael Gleider most likely
decided on this format in order to keep the pace up and allow all
22 papers to be reviewed given the short 2 hour segment. Also present
on the panel were SCA chairs Michiel van de Panne and Nancy Pollard,
as well as program chairs Michael Cohen and Jessica Hodgins. Van
de Panne acted as the session gong man, although he was never needed.
The actually session went quite smoothly despite
the challenging circumstances. Paper presenters discussed a wide
variety of computer animation related topics including those covering
improved methods of motion capture, new non-photo realistic rendering
styles, techniques on model structuring, and a score of other subjects.
Some interesting highlights from the session include
impromptu reviews by van de Panne and Hodgins, who filled in for
missing presenters. Van de Panne had to do his on the fly for a
session no-show, and was able to explain the paper based only on
what he remembered from his earlier review of it.
Overall, this new Fast Forward format is a nice
way to briefly review selected papers to the conference for attendees.
However, in order to really appreciate these studies attendees should
take the time to read the actual submissions.