How can or should SIGGRAPH foster a vigorous public policy agenda for computer graphics research, development, and applications? SIGGRAPH has the potential to affect all walks of life, industry, and academia by actively addressing certain public policy issues. The panel and the audience define and debate the potential agenda.
Nahum D. Gershon
The MITRE Corporation
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics
Alias | Wavefront
Donald P. Greenberg
Walt Disney Imagineering
Webbed Spaces, a roundtable panel discussion, brings together artists, curators, and theorists, each of them actively engaged with the Internet in their own practice. They discuss works that emphasize public installation and multi-user approaches, and use these works as points of departure to begin a critical discussion of the Internet and its implications for artmaking, representation, and interactivity.
University of California, Santa Barbara
School of Visual Arts
University of Pennsylvania
An advisory commission on advanced television service (ACATS), appointed by the FCC, is recommending deployment of a new television system that includes interlace, 59.94 and 60 Hz, and non-square pixel spacing. These parameters are fundamentally incompatible with modern computer graphics displays, which do not use interlace, and which operate at display rates exceeding 70 Hz. The panel discusses and debates these issues.
Alvy Ray Smith
Advanced Television Systems Committee
In 1964, Marshall McLuhan prophesied a collective consciousness made possible by electronic technology. Thirty years later, through the Internet, virtual reality, and mass digitization, McLuhan's vision is being realized beyond even his wildest dreams. This panel brings together a diverse array of individuals actively involved in creating work that explores the spiritual impact and meaning of life in the digisphere.
momentum media group
The next generation of networking combines the telecommunications and data communications industries. Experts discuss this phenomenon and other technologies and issues related to networking in the entertainment, graphics, and media fields. The discussion focuses on the technology behind integrated networking for film, video, and audio distribution, as well as generic computer networking.
FORE Systems, Inc.
A. Mark Valenti
James D. McCabe
Full Spectrum Communications, LLC
Graphics accelerators for personal computers are rapidly becoming cheaper and more powerful. The panelists consider whether this development spells the end of graphics workstations as we have known them.
Samuel P. Uselton
MRJ, Inc./NASA Ames Research Center
Sun Microsystems Computer Company
Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Panelists compare and contrast cognitive, perceptual, and experiential modes of learning as they relate to immersive, interactive, real-time simulations. They also formulate an approach for applying these modes to design of useful virtual environments. This panel intends to establish a precedent: panelists and the audience will launch an effort within the SIGGRAPH community to establish a much-needed stylistic guide to designing, building, and displaying virtual environments.
Silicon Graphics, Inc.