SIGGRAPH 2006 Keynote Announced
Joe Rohde, Executive Designer and Vice President, Creative for Walt Disney Imagineering, will present the SIGGRAPH 2006 keynote address "From Myth to Mountain: Insights Into Virtual Placemaking" on 31 July during the 33rd International SIGGRAPH Conference.
Rohde is the lead designer of Disney's Animal Kingdom and is responsible for driving the vision for the theme park. He was the principal creative force behind the just-opened Expedition Everest attraction - which made its debut this year.
"It is an honor to have such a dynamic and creative leader as our keynote speaker in Boston," stated John C. Finnegan, SIGGRAPH 2006 Conference Chair from Purdue University. "It is also fitting to add such a distinguished and cutting-edge professional to our long legacy of dynamic and fascinating SIGGRAPH keynote speakers."
SIGGRAPH 2006 Exhibition Experiencing Rapid Growth
The SIGGRAPH 2006 Exhibition has continued to experience rapid growth in booth sales that puts it on pace to exceed the number of 2005 exhibitors. In fact, more than 25 companies have signed up in the last few weeks alone.
Recent additions to the exhibition floor include:
“The focused attention from so many global companies reinforces the fact that the SIGGRAPH community is clearly being recognized as the premier forum for computer graphics and interactive techniques,” stated John C. Finnegan, SIGGRAPH 2006 Chair from Purdue University. “Nowhere else in the world can you find such an eclectic mix of artists, researchers, designers, animators, executives, and educators under one roof collaborating in such a dynamic atmosphere.”
SIGGRAPH 2006 Sketches Program Achieves Record Submissions
The SIGGRAPH 2006 Sketches program received a record-breaking number of submissions and becomes the second 2006 conference program to set a record (the SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival set a similar record). In all, the jury reviewed 580 submissions representing a 37 percent increase over 2005.
A Sketch is a 20-minute presentation on new and thought-provoking ideas, techniques, and application in computer graphics and interactive techniques that covers a broad spectrum of topics in art, design, science, and engineering. Topics cover provocative speculation, academic research, industrial development, practical tools, and behind-the-scenes explanations of commercial and artistic works.
”The very fact that we had record-breaking submissions pushes the quality of the content to an entirely new level,” stated Hanspeter Pfister, SIGGRAPH 2006 Sketches Chair from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories. “Nowhere else in the world can you find such creativity and innovation that will define the future of our discipline.”
Guerilla Studio Adds New Dimension
Guerilla Studio participants will have the opportunity to interact and work with innovators and experts in a variety of creative and technological areas this year. There will also be strong education and collaboration components as well as a new focus on technologies that have never been used in the Guerilla Studio.
“We are excited by the community’s incredible response and diverse, exciting content,” stated Kimberly Voight, SIGGRAPH 2006 Guerilla Studio Chair from the Temple University, Tyler School of Art. “Other specific highlights include five collaborative artist projects that will facilitate creative approaches to attendee interactions within real-time project productions.”
Computer Animation Festival
Record-Breaking Etch A Sketch® Makes Debut at SIGGRAPH 2006
The world’s largest Etch A Sketch® will make its debut at the SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival pre-show. Officially endorsed by The Ohio Art Company, the installation will allow audience members to control (in real-time) the two famous Etch A Sketch® drawing knobs and use them interactively on the main projection screen. Functionality will also include the audience’s ability to “shake” the screen clean and start over. The functionality will be provided through Cinematrix.
“We will test the true interactive skills of a SIGGRAPH attendee,” joked Terrence Mason the SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair from Digital Fauxtography Inc. (who developed the idea). “The ability to work as a group will also be tested as the screen challenges the audience to work together to accomplish different designs.”
The Etch A Sketch® product name and the configuration of the Etch A Sketch® product are registered trademarks owned by the The Ohio Art Company.
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News, Notes, & Miscellaneous
Call for Volunteers & Leadership:Participate in SIGGRAPH!
Consider offering your talents, creativity, and skills to help push the boundaries of the computer graphic industry, showcase new technologies, and awaken new opportunities. Be at the center of activity and help lead the way into the next generation of computer graphics by volunteering to be on a SIGGRAPH 2007 sub-committee or be in on the ground-floor planning for SIGGRAPH 2008.
SIGGRAPH volunteers receive numerous perks including incredible career growth opportunities and networking. In addition, as a conference committee volunteer, you will:
Seeking 2010 Conference Chair
SIGGRAPH is seeking nominations for the SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair position.
“Serving as the SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Chair will always be one of the highlights of my professional career,” stated James L. Mohler of Purdue University. “I gained greater exposure for my employer, enhanced my personal knowledge, and built relationships that will last a lifetime.”
The 2010 Conference Chair will work closely with the SIGGRAPH Chief Staff Executive, the Conference Advisory Group, the professional service contractors, and the volunteer program chairs over approximately a four-year period from early 2007 through 2011. In addition to overseeing the conference, the 2010 Conference Chair will also serve in an advisory capacity to the SIGGRAPH organization.
Free Wireless in Boston
Free wireless access will be available for all SIGGRAPH 2006 attendees and guests throughout the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) during the entire conference and exhibition.
Please note: on-site public workstations with Internet access will be limited to the FedEx Kinkos located in the BCEC. Attendees are encouraged to plan accordingly to avoid any inconvenience.
Technology Focus: Realtime Previz
The SIGGRAPH exhibit floor is a premier showcase of new technology for the CG industry. Millimeter's "Beta Sight" column provides an insider's look on using these technologies, like Crack Creative's usage of Nvidia Quadro.
Attention Jobseekers & Casual Networkers
Whether you are actively looking for a job or casually networking, the SIGGRAPH Job Fair is the perfect fit for you. Best of all, it is free, easy, and confidential. To participate, simply complete a confidential online profile that will be viewed by companies actively recruiting at SIGGRAPH 2006. Advantages are many, including:
IMPORTANT! Companies will begin searching for attendees that have created a SIGGRAPH 2006 profile by 1 July 2006. Make certain your profile is completed and visible before that date!
New Career Symposium Added
Running in conjunction with the Job Fair is the SIGGRAPH 2006 Career Symposium that will offer presentations by academics and industry professionals on hot topics related to career growth and job satisfaction. From resume and reel reviews to insights into process and production, this series of lectures is designed for everyone from students to industry veterans.
SIGGRAPH Trivia 2006
Trivia, Teapots & Free Prizes
SIGGRAPH 2006 is presenting an exhibition of real and virtual teapots to showcase the long association of the teapot with the worlds of computer graphics, art, and our host city of Boston. The exhibit will contain juried and curated work.
Each SIGGRAPHITTI features one industry-related Teapot trivia question that tests the depth of your knowledge pool. Get it right and increase your chances of staking your claim as a SIGGRAPH Teapot Expert.
Name the first European country to import teapots.
Answer: Denmark in the 1600’s
Congratulations to last month's winner – Ramin Zahed of Animation Magazine - who was one of 32 correct entries (winner is randomly chosen from all winning entries).
This Month’s SIGGRAPHITTI Teapot Trivia:
Please note: Entries must be received by 22 June 2006 to be eligible for prize and must include full name/company affiliation.
Image Credits: Rogue IV © 2004 Eric Heller | Tentacle Tower © 2005 Yoichiro Kawaguch | Transparent Blue © 2004 Kumiko Kushiyama | Love Letters © 2005 Jeffrey Paul