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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 August 2001

For further information:
Sheila Hoffmeyer
+1.312.644.6610 x5811
+1.312.245.1083 fax
media-s2001@siggraph.org

MEDIA ALERT: 34,024 Attend SIGGRAPH 2001 in Los Angeles for the 28th Annual Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

(Los Angeles) - SIGGRAPH 2001 drew 34,024 professionals from 73 countries to its week long annual conference and exhibition in Los Angeles, 12-17 August 2001. This is the 28th year leading artists, interactive engineers, educators, researchers, animators, and companies have gathered for their annual exploration to experience interaction and digital images.
 
The SIGGRAPH 2001 exhibit floor showcased the latest hardware, software, and services from 303 companies in 126,400 net square feet of space.
 
Hillis Keynotes SIGGRAPH 2001
 
Danny Hillis, well-known inventor, scientist, and chairman and chief technology officer of Applied Minds, Inc., presented the SIGGRAPH 2001 keynote address. Hillis shared his views on the critical role that computer graphics is playing in our lives and why we are living in an amazing time of transition.
 
"More and more objects exist first in computer graphics and later in real form," Hillis stated. "Computer graphics is, in fact, a way of seeing and defining -- of creating the world. What you are constructing is our future reality."
 
ACM SIGGRAPH Announces Award Winners ACM SIGGRAPH presented three awards at the conference to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the computer graphics community. Lance Williams received the Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Graphics. Williams was recognized for his fundamental and far-reaching technical ideas, his pioneering artistic contributions to the field, and his generous and unflagging mentorship to many of the leading lights in computer graphics research today. Andrew Witkin was the Computer Graphics Achievement Award recipient, presented to Witkin for his pioneering work in bringing a physics-based approach to computer graphics. Paul Debevec received the first Significant New Researcher Award presented for his recent creative and innovative work in the field of image-based modeling and rendering.
 
SIGGRAPH 2001 Computer Animation Festival Awards
 
The Computer Animation Festival jury chose two excellent works from 678 submitted entries based on their extraordinary achievements in computer animation. "Values" by Van Phan, a graduate student at the University of Southern California, received the Best Animated Short. "Values" is a touching story of family values that tugs at the heart and the spirit. Using effortless animation techniques, Phan chose to let the uncomplicated characters tell the story completely through expression and in silence, except for the beautifully composed original background music. The Jury Honors Award went to "F8" by Jason Wen, Crystalline Lens. Created entirely by Wen over a two-year period, "F8" is an extraordinary piece of classic sci-fi filmmaking. With its stunning backgrounds and lighting, compelling character design, and brilliant camera work, this piece clearly demonstrates the future of independent filmmaking and storytelling.
 
San Antonio Welcomes SIGGRAPH 2002
 
SIGGRAPH 2002, the 29th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 21-26 July 2002 in San Antonio, Texas.
 
SIGGRAPH 2002 Call for Participation
 
For conference information, contact:
 
SIGGRAPH 2002 Conference Management
Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc.
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
+1.312.321.6830
+1.312.321.6876 fax
siggraph2002@siggraph.org
 
To purchase exhibition space, contact:
 
SIGGRAPH 2002 Exhibition Management
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
98 East Naperville Road
Westmont, Illinois 60559 USA
+1.630.434.7779
+1.630.434.1216 fax
halleric@siggraph.org
 

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ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques, sponsored SIGGRAPH 2001. Information on ACM SIGGRAPH membership and other conferences and activities can be found at www.siggraph.org.


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