SIGGRAPH Asia 2012: Bringing the World of Computer Graphics to Singapore
Singapore, 1 December 2012 – The Singapore EXPO MAX Atria played host to SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 for the last four days.
“Having closed its fifth edition today, SIGGRAPH Asia has reconfirmed itself as the leading computer graphics and interactive techniques conference and exhibition in Asia Pacific," said the Chair of the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference Advisory Group, Professor Lee Yong Tsui. “While we have seen an increase in participation over past years, we expected an overall decrease for this year’s edition in Singapore as compared to last year when SIGGRAPH Asia was held in Hong Kong. In terms of total numbers, North Asia, including the key markets like China and Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, draws a bigger pool of attendees for SIGGRAPH Asia but Singapore is unique because it allows us to reach out to new communities in South East Asia. This is an important segment for SIGGRAPH Asia for now and in the future. Most attendees tend to stay with us once they have experienced all the content, connections and vibes that SIGGRAPH Asia is about.”
Overall, 321 presentations, talks and panels took place across all programs. Vibrant and engaging discussions on the developments, innovations and future trends of computer graphics and interactive techniques were seen by attendees from all around the world.
“Together with the introduction of a new program called Technical Briefs, SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 provided attendees with a rich set of programs and inspiring sessions that provided an enriching and fulfilling experience for everyone,” said the SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 Conference Chair, Susanto Rahardja.
At the Art Gallery program, visitors were entertained by Coronado, a sound sculpture art work driven by three servo motors and a microcontroller that operates an ocean drum; The Gestus Project, a custom software presentation that searches for similar movements in video data sets; and the World Eco-tope, a project that enables the audience to feel distant country’s real time weather personally, by simulating earth, plants, lighting and water circulation systems.
The Emerging Technologies submissions were as ground-breaking as they were entertaining. The Emerging Technology Prizes, awarded to novel, innovative and highly-applicable solutions to day- to-day situations went to – Second Surface, a multi-user spatial collaboration system based on augmented reality; 2x3D, a real time shader for simultaneous 2D/3D hybrid theater; ASIBO, an expression device that shifts its behavior by switching frequencies; Transparent Electro-Tactile Display for Mobile Surfaces, which introduced anelectro-tactile displays for mobile devices; FluxSketch, a sketching system that makes use of a magnetic stylus; and Flying Head, a body- synchronized robot control device for flying telepresence.
The winner of the Computer Animation Festival Best in Show Award was The People Who Never Stop by Florian Piento from Autour de Minuit Production. The winning submission told a story about a group of people who never seemed to stop, be it for better or for worse. The 2012 Computer Animation Festival Jury Award went to Oh Sheep! by Gottfried Mentor and Leonid Godik from Filmakademie-Baden-Württemberg. Oh Sheep! is a tale about two flocks of sheep searching for companionship. Their shepherds being at odds with each other, do everything to keep them apart.
"This year, we have brought the Computer Animation Festival closer towards an art festival where the technology is not really apparent," explained the Computer Animation Festival Chair, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann. "What counts is the story, the message that is brought to the attendee. Oh Sheep! is a fantastic film rendered in a simple way but the message is very strong. The jury awarded this film the Jury Award for the message it brings to our young generation and for its simple but artistic graphics line."
Apart from the various juried conference programs, SIGGRAPH Asia also invited two featured speakers who provided their overview and insights into the trends within their field. They were the co-founder of PDI/DreamWorks Richard Chuang, and the ‘Father of the MP3’ Karlheinz Brandenburg.
"The market for content is shifting towards the growing opportunities in Asia. The creators here have to accelerate their ability to reach out to the large community of distributed talents and develop the skills to manage, nurture and build the creative and innovative teams to compete with the creative industry from the rest of the world. The key is to value the culture and vision of each Asian culture while succeeding in entertaining the world."
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