SIGGRAPHITTI - July 2005

In This Issue:
Breaking SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition News
Conference News
Technical Content
Special SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibits
ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 Award News
SIGGRAPH 2005 Special Event Highlights
News, Notes, and Miscellaneous
Monthly Trivia Contest and Free Prizes

Breaking SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition News
SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition on Pace for Record High in Years

Attendees will be pleased to know that the SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition is gearing up to have the most number of companies showcasing computer graphics and interactive technology products and services since pre-11 September 2001.
 
"We see this trend as a strong indication of the power of our industry and the importance of the SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition," stated James L. Mohler, SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Chair from Purdue University.  "We welcome back our long-time exhibitors and have seen a growth in new exhibitors as well.  In fact, it is still not too late for companies to join this monumental event and exhibit at SIGGRAPH 2005."

Limited exhibit space still remains. For more details, contact Mike Weil at exhibits@siggraph.org.

Click here to review the growing list of SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibitors.

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Conference News

People's Choice Award @ SIGGRAPH 2005
Now is your chance to play Computer Animation Festival (CAF) juror! For the first time in SIGGRAPH history, attendees will vote for the SIGGRAPH CAF 2005 People's Choice Award.

After watching the CAF selections in the Electronic and Animation Theaters, attendees will be able to go online and vote for the films that they think deserve special recognition as the SIGGRAPH CAF 2005 People's Choice. The winners will be posted at the CAF office on Thursday 4 August at noon.

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Technical Content
Special Session Highlight:
Star Wars Retrospective: A Star Wars Retrospective From Industrial Light & Magic (ILM): Environments, Space Battles, and the Characters Who Fought Them From 1977 to 2005
In 1977, George Lucas' "Star Wars" opened our eyes and blasted our senses with brave new worlds, remarkable characters, and operatic battles. In the five films that followed, these images continued to make cinematic history, taking us to places we never thought possible and blazing the trail for the visual effects and animation industry.

"This is an awesome and rare opportunity to hear these legendary artists reveal rarely heard details behind creating this landmark epic," stated Jill Smolin, SIGGRAPH 2005 Special Sessions and Panels Chair from The Gnomon Workshop. "We want to bring the coolest possible content with the best speakers to SIGGRAPH attendees who join us for the 2005 Special Sessions line-up - which takes us from gaming to Disney to Mars."

In this specific presentation, ILM executives (Dennis Muren, John Knoll, Roger Guyett, and Rob Coleman) walk the audience through all six installments in the series, comparing the techniques that ILM employed over the years to bring these historical environments, characters, and space battles to the big screen.

For complete details, click here.

SIGGRAPH 2005 Sketches Program Includes Papers Content for First Time
The SIGGRAPH 2005 Sketches program is a premier forum for presenting the best new ideas, methodologies, and cutting-edge applications of computer graphics and interactive techniques.  Sketches cover a broad spectrum of topics in art, design, science, and engineering, and include academic research, industrial development, practical tools, and behind-the-scenes explanations of commercial and artistic works.

For the first time in SIGGRAPH history, Paper authors will be presenting Sketches on specific implementation details (10 total). Select Paper authors were invited to submit Sketches on the techniques they presented in the Papers program that otherwise may not have had a medium to be heard.

"Sketches demonstrate the latest ideas and thought-provoking work in computer graphics and interactive techniques," stated Juan J. Buhler, SIGGRAPH 2005 Sketches & Posters Chair. "Sketches content is extremely diverse, ranging from production to new implementation, including techniques presented in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Papers program.  Many times the ideas and concepts presented in the SIGGRAPH Sketches program end up being used in major production houses within that same year!"

Click here for complete details of all the Sketches.

Posters Content: From Biomedical Visualization to Geometric Modeling
Posters are intriguing displays of the very latest (at times in process) research in computer graphics and interactive techniques, including newly developing projects, speculative ideas, smaller works, incremental or partial results, and late-breaking research. Posters are displayed throughout the conference week. In scheduled sessions, Poster presenters discuss and demonstrate their work, and answer questions.

"We see Posters as another symbol of the knowledge sharing that goes on at SIGGRAPH," stated James L. Mohler, SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Chair from Purdue University. "Where else can you see such a dynamic range of research and projects in such a raw state. In fact, Poster presenters may even take some of the feedback from the attendees and use it to further the project or collaborate on a new one. Such knowledge sharing, innovation, and collaboration are truly the essence of SIGGRAPH."

Click here for complete details of all the Posters.

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Special SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibits
X-Wing Starfighter
South Lobby - 29 July - 4 August
In the Star Wars galaxy, T-65 X-wing starfighters are built by the Incom Corporation, and were one of the most advanced starfighters flying when Luke Skywalker battled the Imperials at the first Death Star during the events of "Star Wars: A New Hope." The ship takes its name from the pair of double-layered wings that deploy into the familiar X formation during combat.

The X-wing Starfighter on display at SIGGRAPH 2005 is of this galaxy, a replica owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. It is one of nine built in Frankfurt, Germany to celebrate the Star Wars Special Editions in 1997. X-wings, each weighing more than 5,000 pounds, traveled to Australia, Germany, France, Benelux, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This X-wing's permanent home is the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver, Colorado.

Mars Exploration Rover
West Lobby - 29 July - 4 August
A full-scale model of the Mars Exploration Rover is being exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2005 in conjunction with the "From the Earth to Infinity: Scientists From Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reveal Secrets of the Universe Through Remarkable Images of Mars, Saturn, Earth, and the Deepest Reaches of Space" Special Session. Click here for more information on this Special Session.

The actual Rovers are currently working on Mars; the Spirit Rover is currently exploring Husband Hill, and the Opportunity Rover is studying Pergutory Dune. More information about the Mars Exploration Rover Mission is available here.

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ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 Award News
Steven A. Coons Award Recipient Announced

Tomoyuki Nishita, a University of Tokyo professor, is the 2005 Steven A. Coons Award Recipient for his inspirational work in rendering of natural phenomena. He is responsible for setting high standards in the field for quality of images and the soundness of science used to generate them.  From images of simple rooms to those of the Earth seen from space, his work demonstrates how using advanced mathematical techniques and physical principles can produce such compelling images. In addition to this work in illumination and natural phenomena, Nishita has made contributions to a wide variety of other areas including geometric modeling, animation, non photorealistic rendering, and web graphics.

Stam Receives Computer Graphics Achievement Award
ACM SIGGRAPH recently recognized Jos Stam with the 2005 Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his pioneering work on subdivision surfaces and on fast algorithms for the simulation of natural phenomena, especially fire, fluids, and gases. Stam, who is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Alias, has contributed to establishing the theoretical foundations in computer graphics as well as producing practical methods used in commercial systems.  He is widely known for his paper on the exact evaluation of subdivision surfaces as well as his work on stable fluids.

Research Excellence Achieved in Advancing the Use of Fluid Dynamics in Computer Graphics
The 2005 Significant New Researcher Award recognizes Ron Fedkiw of the Stanford Computer Science Department for his significant contributions to the field of computational fluid dynamics, including his work on difficult challenges such as the simulation of mutimaterial and highly reactive flows.  In addition, Fedkiw has published 12 SIGGRAPH Papers in just five years and has consulted with ILM on many of their notable effects for movies.  In addition to graphics work, he continues to perform important research in computational dynamics.

Click here for complete Award details.

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SIGGRAPH 2005 Special Event Highlights
Fast-Forward Papers Preview
Snapshot overviews of the Paper sessions, in which authors give short summaries of their work. It's a fast, fun, and provocative preview of the latest and most significant findings in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

ACM Student Research Competition Presentation
Winners of the ACM Student Research Competition at SIGGRAPH 2005 present brief summaries of the work they are displaying in the Posters program.

SIGGRAPH 2005 Cyber Fashion Show: Far-Out Fashion Statements
The annual Cyber Fashion Show features a variety of wearable computers, head-mounted displays, smart clothes, luminous clothing and accessories, futuristic club wear, and CAD/CAM jewelry and bodywear. The wide-ranging selection of products, innovative prototypes, and unique creations projects us into future realms of body-technology assimilation.

Click here for complete details.

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News, Notes, & Miscellaneous
SIGGRAPH 2005: Unleash Your Inner Guerilla
The SIGGRAPH 2005 Guerilla Studio is where attendees come to release their creative side during SIGGRAPH 2005. The vast interactive area is designed to allow attendees to utilize the latest hardware, software, input, and output technologies and apply them to their own areas of computer graphics and interactive technologies.

Unlike other SIGGRAPH 2005 programs, all content will be created in Los Angeles! For more info, click here.

Let Pathfinders Help You Make the Most of Your SIGGRAPH Experience
Whether this is your first SIGGRAPH conference or your 30th, SIGGRAPH Pathfinders will help you make the most of your experience. Pathfinders is a group of experienced, volunteer attendees dedicated to helping you navigate the overwhelming choices in our education and networking-rich environment.

To give you a head start, here are a few ways to make the most of your SIGGRAPH 2005 Experience:

  • Allow yourself enough time in between sessions to find rooms and get a good seat.
  • Choose your seat carefully to ensure you have proper line-of-sight to screens and presenters.
  • Take a few minutes to prepare for sessions in advance; know what is covered in the documentation and abstracts so that you can focus on the salient parts of the presentation. Be prepared to take notes in a dark space without the use of a laptop or tables.
  • Take advantage of the many networking experiences that are available to you.  Carry business cards with you to facilitate exchange of contact information with fellow attendees and presenters with whom you will want to follow up.
  • Don't be timid. Talk to the person next to you. You never know when you will make a career-long professional contact.
  • Dedicate a few hours to touring the Exhibition. The very best companies in computer graphics are on hand with breaking product announcements, software tutorials, and industry news.
  • If English is not your native tongue, take full advantage of the International Center that provides translation services for international guests.
  • Dress comfortably and follow Mom's advice to "bring a sweater." The Los Angeles Convention Center is air conditioned and it will be functioning full-force in August.

    We know that the reasons for attending the SIGGRAPH conference are as varied as the creative personalities of our attendees. The opportunities for expanding your knowledge and creative awareness, seeking employment or technology solutions, or participating in one of the most culturally diverse global professional communities today are vast. Let us help you maximize your time to reap the greatest reward for you personally. Visit the Pathfinders booth in the South Lobby.  

    For more tips, information, and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

    Los Angeles Highlight - Angels Walk
    While in town for SIGGRAPH 2005, take advantage of the wonderful Los Angeles weather by participating in the Angels Walk - a comprehensive tour of the many popular attractions located throughout the Los Angeles center district. Set within two square miles, the tour is designed to be started at any designated landmark. 

    Some highlights along the way are the Ronald Reagan Building, Grand Central Market, Library Tower, Fine Arts Building, and a side stroll to Seventh Market Place.  For more details and the Angels Walk Map, click here.

    For more information on Los Angeles events during SIGGRAPH 2005, click here.

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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 11 July 2005 (5pm CST) will be entered into a pool and a winner will be selected at random. 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 creator(s) of the environment mapping method and the year of its creation.

    Answer: In 1976, Blinn and Newell spearheaded this new approach when they created the environment mapping method, which simulates specular reflections among objects without the need to compute them explicitly.  Conceptually, the scene surrounding a reflective object is painted onto the surface of a large sphere that surrounds the object.  Instead of computing a specular reflection directly from the scene's geometry, environment mapping finds the corresponding color on the surrounding sphere. (Source: Seminal Graphics: Pioneering Efforts That Shaped the Field).

    Congratulations to last month's winner Leo Liberty of San Francisco State University - who was one of eight correct entries (winner is randomly chosen from all winning entries).

    This Month's SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Challenge is:

    In 1987, name the individual who provided animators a new potential for creativity when he harnessed the dramatic impact found in the surging motion of a school of fish or a flock of birds and the significance of the innovation.

    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 11 July 2005 to be eligible for prize.

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