For Immediate Release
28 July 2000
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MEDIA ALERT: SIGGRAPH 2000 Brings 25,986 to the Crescent City for the 27th
Annual Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
(New Orleans) -- SIGGRAPH 2000 drew 25,986 professionals to its week long
conference and exhibition in New Orleans, 23-28 July 2000. This is the 27th
year leading artists, educators, researchers, animators, and companies have
gathered for their annual exploration to share their latest discoveries in
computer graphics and interactive techniques. Professionals from 74
countries packed standing-room only sessions to hear noted inventor and
author Ray Kurzweil's keynote and to learn insights into such topics as
physiquing a digital human for "The Hollow Man."
The SIGGRAPH 2000 exhibition took center stage for the 316 companies
launching new products and showing off their latest applications and
services to attendees in 142,625 net square feet of space.
Kurzweil Captivates SIGGRAPH 2000 Attendees
Kurzweil, author of "The Age of Spiritual Machines," shared his predictions
for the human-machine merger and why we will spend most of our time in
virtual reality in the 21st century to 2,600 attending the Keynote/Award
Session on Wednesday morning.
Kurzweil stated that in the near future we will enter a shared virtual
visual and auditory environment where we are always plugged in and
connected. Web sites will become fully immersive experiences, and the
virtual reality worlds he envisions will enable real-time experiences such
as education, work - not just play. In Kurzweil's wireless world of the
next decade he sees seamless, invisible computing with images projected
directly onto the retina with fully immersive VR glasses or contact lens.
"We will totally get rid of the wires," he promised.
SIGGRAPH 2000 Computer Animation Festival Awards
The Computer Animation Festival jury chose two excellent works from more
than 650 submitted entries based on their extraordinary achievements in
computer animation. "Onimusha: Opening Movie of PS2" by Links DigiWorks
Inc. received Best of Show. This animation was produced for the PlayStation 2 game "Onimusha" to be released by CAPCOM and represents
significant advancements in the areas of motion capture and photorealistic
"Stationen," a student work produced by German animator Christian
Sawade-Meyer, received the Jury Honors. This work exhibits exceptional
storytelling, high-quality animation and rendering, and a quality unseen in
the animation software menu - compassion.
SIGGRAPH 2001 Returns to Los Angeles
SIGGRAPH 2001, the 28th International Conference on Computer Graphics and
Interactive Techniques, will be held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles
Convention Center, 12 - 17 August.
The SIGGRAPH 2001 Call for Participation
For conference information, contact:
SIGGRAPH 2001 Conference Management
Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc.
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
To purchase exhibition space, contact:
SIGGRAPH 2001 Exhibition Management
98 East Naperville Road
Westmont, Illinois 60559 USA
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