SIGGRAPHITTI - March 2005

In This Issue:
Breaking Conference News
Conference News
Technical Content - Bring Your Brain to SIGGRAPH 2005
Exhibition News
Make Your Mark at SIGGRAPH 2005
Conference Registration
Monthly Trivia Contest and Free Prizes
News, Notes, and Miscellaneous


Breaking Conference News
George Lucas to Keynote SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference
World-renowned director, producer, and screenwriter George Lucas will present the SIGGRAPH 2005 keynote address, "George Lucas: A Keynote Q&A With the Father of Digital Cinema," on 1 August during the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, 31 July to 4 August 2005 in Los Angeles.

"Lucas' remarkable storytelling and cinematic technical achievements have awed and inspired the computer graphics community for more than 30 years," said James L. Mohler, SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Chair from Purdue University. "Drawing from his three decades of experience making movies, Lucas' insights promise to intrigue and engage conference attendees across all industries and interests."

For more details, click here.


Conference News
SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Entry Wins Oscar
ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to announce that "Ryan" (an animated short that received Jury Honors at the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival) won the 2005 Oscar Award in the Best Animated Short Film category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences considers the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival to be a "qualifying venue" for the Oscar. Thus, SIGGRAPH's Computer Animation Festival tends to be a stepping-stone to the Academy Awards for many films. "Birthday Boy," Best Animated Short at the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival, was also nominated for the award.

For more details on these two significant animations, click here.


Technical Content - Bring Your Brain to SIGGRAPH 2005
SIGGRAPH 2005 Unveils Courses
SIGGRAPH 2005 features 39 courses offering a wide array of educational options to master the latest digital theories and expert practices in the art and science of computer graphics and interactive techniques. In seven tutorials, 23 half-day sessions, and nine full-day courses, leading academic and industry specialists teach topics that deepen understanding, inspire exploration, and immediately enhance real-world skills. Additionally, a number of courses will enable and explore the innovation and practice of open-source computer graphics. This level of content is only available at SIGGRAPH 2005. 

"SIGGRAPH 2005 Courses are your future's DNA. The topics, presenters, and attendees that they attract will make a dramatic difference in how you see and solve future challenges," said John Fujii, SIGGRAPH 2005 Courses chair from Hewlett-Packard.
 
Select highlights are listed below:
 
Computational Photography  
Half-Day, Sunday, 31 July, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm 
Level: Intermediate
 
"Madagascar:" Bringing a New Visual Style to the Screen
Half-Day, Sunday, 31 July, 1:45 - 5:30 pm
Level: Beginning
 
Digital Face Cloning 
Full-Day, Sunday, 31 July, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Level: Intermediate 
 
Recent Advances in Haptic Rendering & Applications
Full-Day, Sunday, 31 July, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm 
Level: Intermediate
 
Visualizing Quaternions  
Tutorial, Monday, 1 August, 3:45 - 5:30 pm
Level: Advanced 
 
Layered Manufacturing as a Graphics Display Device  
Tutorial, Monday, 1 August, 3:45 - 5:30 pm
Level: Beginning 
 
Resumes and Demo Reels: If Yours Aren't Working, Neither Are You! 
Tutorial, Monday, 1 August, 3:45 - 5:30 pm 
Level: Beginning
 
Open Source 2005 and Beyond - Thriving Despite the DMCA and Patent Threats to Linux 
Tutorial, Monday, 1 August, 3:45 - 5:30 pm
Level: Beginning 
 
Spatial Augmented Reality: A Modern Approach to Augmented Reality
Half-Day, Tuesday, 2 August, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Level: Beginning
 
High-Dynamic-Range Imaging and Image-Based Lighting 
Half-Day, Tuesday, 2 August, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm 
Level: Intermediate
 
From Mocap to Movie: The Making of "The Polar Express"
Half-Day, Tuesday, 2 August, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Level: Beginning
 
Computer-Generated Medical, Technical, and Scientific Illustration
Half Day, Tuesday, 2 August, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm 
Level: Intermediate
 
Quantum Rendering: An Introduction to Quantum Computing and Quantum Algorithms and Their Applications to Computer Graphics 
Half-Day, Tuesday, 2 August, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Level: Intermediate
 
Hot Topics in 3D Medical Visualization 
Tutorial, Tuesday, 2 August, 1:45 - 3:30 pm
Level: Intermediate 
 
The Invisible Actor
Half-Day, Tuesday, 2 August, 1:45 - 5:30 pm
Level: Beginning
 
GPU Shading and Rendering 
Full-Day, Tuesday, 2 August, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Level: Intermediate  
 
GPGPU: General-Purpose Computation on Graphics Hardware
Full-Day, Wednesday, 3 August, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Level: Intermediate
 
Click here for a complete listing of topics, instructors and a full course schedule.


Exhibition News
New Exhibitors at SIGGRAPH 2005 Highlight Interactive Technologies
As SIGGRAPH returns to Los Angeles, a record number of first-time exhibitors are expected. 
 
"We have seen a dramatic increase in first-time exhibitors especially those showcasing interactive technologies which should create a real buzz in the Exhibition," says Mike Weil, SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition Management.
 
Two examples include Tobii Technology - a company that drives innovations in eye tracking, decode intention, and creates intuitive interfaces and Tekscan, Inc. - a company demonstrating dynamic imaging and tactile force and pressure measurement systems. 
 
See the complete list of SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibitors, click here
 
To add your company to the growing list of exhibitors, contact SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition Management at halleric@siggraph.org.


Make Your Mark at SIGGRAPH 2005
You often hear that the most difficult part of a journey is the first few steps. Now is the time to take those first few steps and be a part of the amazing world of SIGGRAPH. Participants are still needed for SIGGRAPH 2005 including speakers, technical support, and international diplomats. Submit your work to the following conference programs by the specified deadline or click on the link below for more information.

9 March: Web Program
11 March: Computer Animation Festival
13 April: Sketches
11 May: Posters

Click here to start on your journey.


Conference Registration
2005 Registration Opens
SIGGRAPH 2005 is now open! Registration is easy and only takes a few minutes. Don't delay.  Register now and receive maximum early-bird discounts on the SIGGRAPH 2005 experience. Click here to register.


Monthly Trivia Contest and Free Prizes
How to Prove Your SIGGRAPH Knowledge
Consider yourself a SIGGRAPH veteran? Think you know the industry better than anyone in your company? Now is your chance to put that knowledge to the test.  Each SIGGRAPHITTI will feature one industry-related trivia question that tests the depth of your knowledge pool. Get it right and increase your chances of staking your claim as an Ultimate SIGGRAPH Expert.

All correct entries received by 10 March 2005 (5 pm CST) will be entered into a pool and a winner will be selected at random. The next issue will feature the correct answer and that month's winner. Winners receive super-cool, official SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Polos (a $35 value). Only contestants who attend SIGGRAPH 2005 are eligible. Prizes will be distributed at the conference.

This Month's SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Question:

In what year was the "Be Vision" package written, who wrote it and what is its significance?

Submit your answer to SIGGRAPH2005@smithbucklin.com with the subject line, "Trivia Answer." 

Please note: Entries must be received by 10 March 2005 (5 pm CST) to be eligible for prize. Repeat winners are not allowed.

Have an interesting trivia question to be considered for next month? We won't give you a prize, but we will publish your name and business in lights if we use it. To submit a trivia question, e-mail SIGGRAPH2005@smithbucklin.com with the subject line, "Trivia Question."


News, Notes, and Miscellaneous
Job Fair 2005 - New Free Online Recruitment & Job Postings
In 2005, ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with Creative Heads.net (an online recruitment software company specializing in the video game, animation and visual f/x, 3D technology, and software tools industries) to offer all SIGGRAPH 2005 exhibitor and job fair companies* free online recruitment services and all job seekers free online job search services. Free services are available starting 31 March 2005. For more information, visit www.creativeheads.net.

The Art Institutes are returning to sponsor the ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 Job Fair for leading companies in all related ACM SIGGRAPH fields to discuss employment opportunities with thousands of SIGGRAPH 2005 attendees in a relaxed, informal setting.

The Job Fair is 10 am - 4 pm Tuesday, 2 August and Wednesday, 3 August 2005. Full Conference, Conference Select, One Day, and Exhibits Plus registered attendees are welcome to attend this event, at no additional cost.

For more details, click here.

*Recruiter companies excluded from becoming members of CreativeHeads.net or participating in ACM SIGGRAPH/CreativeHeads.net free online recruitment services program

SIGGRAPH 2004 Conference DVDs Now Available
Don't miss this opportunity to capture all the great content from SIGGRAPH 2004 on convenient and easy to use searchable DVDs that are now available for purchase.

ACM SIGGRAPH invites you to experience SIGGRAPH 2004 on your desktop or laptop via these six interactive DVD's with more than 400 internationally renowned speakers bringing you the latest research and advancements in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Recorded sessions include presentations from Papers, Sketches, Special Sessions, Panels, Courses, Web Graphics, the Keynote Session, and much more.

This stunning package includes a 24-page reference guide. The price is $269.95 for SIGGRAPH and ACM members. Quantities are limited.  Click here to purchase or for more details.


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