SIGGRAPHITTI - May 2005

In This Issue:
Technical Content
Conference & Exhibition News
Conference Registration & Housing
News, Notes, and Miscellaneous
Monthly Trivia Contest and Free Prizes

Technical Content
Computer Animation Festival Hits High Notes

SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival (CAF) will feature 67 cutting-edge pieces selected from 560 submissions from 27 countries, covering six continents.

"Once again, student pieces make a strong presence, and this year's CAF also reflects a strong resurgence in scientific visualization," said Samuel Lord Black, a long-time SIGGRAPH volunteer and the 2005 Chair of the Computer Animation Festival. "International participation also is outstanding, as more than half of the show comes from outside the United States, with France (particularly French students) making an especially strong showing. This year's show is broad with a wonderful mix of science, humor, drama, excitement, and music.  Our dedicated jury put together a tremendous show."

Black continued, "In 2005, we made a special outreach to highlight the scientific visualization community. Our industry's roots are in this field, and I have long thought that there should be a stronger scientific representation in the Animation Festival. The outreach effort paid off in the form of excellent scientific submissions.  In fact, the scientific pieces had the highest acceptance rate of all categories."

Attendees will have a chance to meet the CAF award-winning artists and hear details about the creation of their special pieces.

Click here for Computer Animation Festival highlights.

Art Gallery: Threading Time - A Vibrant Mix of Creativity & Talent
The overall theme will showcase digital artwork that maps or traces threads through time and space. Six world-renowned artists were invited to exhibit their works in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery in addition to the featured juried works. A record number of 1,100 pieces were submitted with the following breakdown of accepted artwork:

  • 53 Artists
  • 11 Art animations
  • 6 Art Papers
  • 3 Art Symposia discussions
  • 6 Art Installations will be shown in the adjoining Emerging Technologies area 

    "The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery: Threading Time will show digital artwork from the cerebral to the visceral. The artists examine the passage of time and the marking of space in their work: some lingering, some looping, some humorous, some perennial, all of the work will engage the audience's perceptions of time and place," said Linda Lauro-Lazin, SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery Chair from the Pratt Institute in New York.

    "More work by fewer artists will give a greater depth to the exhibition. Each piece is inherently digital: it cannot exist without computer graphics. However, the exhibition will be arranged by curatorial theme and content. Here the technology will be in the service of the art - not the other way around."

    The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery is collaborating with the SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival, Emerging Technologies, Sketches, Access Grid, and Web Program to give artists a wider forum to speak and exhibit their work.

    Click here for specific Art Gallery highlights.

    SIGGRAPH 2005 Papers: Bringing Reality Into the Computer
    In SIGGRAPH 2005 Papers, internationally renowned researchers challenge conventional wisdom and establish new paradigms for future inquiry. Barriers are broken and new methodologies are born. No other conference presents the full range of the world's most significant achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

    "The SIGGRAPH Papers program constitutes the core of all SIGGRAPH programs," stated Markus Gross, SIGGRAPH 2005 Papers Chair from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. "It continues to define excellence in research in computer graphics and interactive techniques. It has long been the finest international forum for disseminating groundbreaking, provocative, and important new work - this year is no different. From increasingly sophisticated simulation of physics to advanced picture and video processing, this year's program provides a full spectrum topics and cutting-edge thinking."

    "After years of rapid growth in the number of submissions, we were happy to receive 461 submissions of the finest research from all over the world. This year, the committee accepted 98 papers for publication. The selection criteria follows highest standards, are very rigorous, and only allow for the acceptance of the outstanding innovations in our field. The acceptance number clearly demonstrates the large body of excellent research in computer graphics."

    Click here for latest access to SIGGRAPH 2005 Papers.

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    Conference & Exhibition News

    Cutting-Edge Products Mark This Year's Exhibition
    SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition will feature more than 225 exhibitors from the industry's leading companies, innovative start-ups, research labs, universities, and all the industries that explore the dynamics of CG technology and interaction.

    "The SIGGRAPH Exhibition continues to be the world's most important forum for launching new interactive and CG-related products and promoting new technologies," said James L. Mohler, SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Chair from Purdue University. "We recognize the exhibition continues to be one of the main reasons people attend SIGGRAPH. SIGGRAPH 2005 will again offer a unique opportunity for a broad range of attendees to review products that will help them succeed over the next year."

    Click here to review the current SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibitors.

    Click here to join the growing exhibitor list.

    SIGGRAPH 2005 Advance Program Available Online
    SIGGRAPH returns to Los Angeles - but with more eye-popping content than ever before. Take a trip through time in the Art Gallery or blow your mind in Emerging Technologies. Wherever you want to go, the journey starts here - SIGGRAPH 2005 Advance Program.

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    Conference Registration & Housing
    How to Get Approval to Attend SIGGRAPH 2005
    Want to attend SIGGRAPH 2005, but don't know how to get management approval? No problem - SIGGRAPH now offers an easy way to download value points that more than justify the investment in your week of training, networking, and education.  In fact, a recent informal survey of past SIGGRAPH attendees showed that those who rely on employers to fund their SIGGRAPH conference experience have the requirement of justifying travel costs and registration fees. Don't delay - the registration cut-off date is 18 June 2005. Click here for access to SIGGRAPH's travel/expense justification value points.

    Book Your Hotel Through SIGGRAPH & Save
    Attendees who use the SIGGRAPH 2005 hotel-reservation system receive hotel discounts and a very rewarding booklet of discount coupons for downtown LA including:

  • The best coffee outlets
  • Excellent restaurants and bars
  • Most museums and concert halls
  • The best business centers
  • Exceptional salons and shops

    During the conference, the housing desk at the LA Convention Center distributes the coupon booklet to attendees who book hotels through the system.  Click here for more details.

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    News, Notes, & Miscellaneous
    Production in Focus
    Big finishes tend to have noble beginnings. Many of those beginnings have started at a SIGGRAPH conference. In Millimeter's article "Blue Sky Bluescreen," learn how creator Kerry Conran's six-minute version of his concept ended as one of Paramount's major releases. Click here for full story.

    Los Angeles Highlight - Basquiat Exhibit at MOCA

    If you're looking to experience more of the Los Angeles art scene during SIGGRAPH 2005, step into one of the city's many museums. At the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which holds one of the United States' finest collections of art created since 1940, three pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat are on temporary display. Basquiat's work, which greatly impacted the art scene in the 1980s, is not to be missed.  In addition, permanent MOCA exhibits include the Panza, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Photography, Rita and Taft Schreiber, and Barry Lowen collections.

    Click here for more information on museums and events in Los Angeles during SIGGRAPH 2005. 

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    Monthly Trivia Contest & 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 features 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 13 May 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.

    Last Month's SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Challenge:

    Name the person that created the first computer animation of a human face and the year of its creation.

    Answer: In 1972, Parke created the first computer animation of a human face (Source: Seminal Graphics: Pioneering Efforts That Shaped the Field).

    Congratulations to last month's winner Fernando Montilla from Estudio Vortice - who was one of 26 correct entries (winner is randomly chosen from all winning entries).

    This Month's SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Challenge is:

    Identify the first Virtual Reality model created, the creator, and the year it was created.

    To make your stand as an Ultimate SIGGRAPH Expert, submit your answer to SIGGRAPH2005@smithbucklin.com with the subject line "Trivia Answer." Be sure to include your full name and company affiliation.

    Please note: Entries must be received by 13 May 2005 to be eligible for prize.

    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. Submit a trivia question to SIGGRAPH2005@smithbucklin.com with the subject line "Trivia Question."

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