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IN THIS ISSUE: April 2007

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Announces Featured Speaker

As part of SIGGRAPH 2007's new expanded speaker format, Glenn Entis, Chief Visual Officer of Electronic Arts (EA), will deliver a feature presentation on the computer-graphics industry in the future.

The former CEO of DreamWorks Interactive, Entis' responsibilities at EA include working with some of the world's finest gaming industry artists and designers on the pre-production and visual development of game software. During Entis' presentation, he will speak about recent accomplishments and upcoming challenges for interactive graphics in videogames.

"We are honored to have such a seasoned industry leader speak at SIGGRAPH 2007," stated Joe Marks, SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference Chair from Walt Disney Animation Studios. "Glenn is a leading member of the computer-graphics community, a compelling visionary, and a long-time SIGGRAPH attendee. We look forward to hearing his insights into the future direction of the industry."

For 2007, SIGGRAPH has expanded its speaker offerings. In an effort to enhance the SIGGRAPH attendee experience, there will be three Featured Speaker presentations, each representing different key areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques. The three featured presentations will be held on different days and will focus on industry/commerce, art, or research relating to the SIGGRAPH community.

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Registration & Housing Update

Register Today and Save!

Don't wait to register - save up to $275 by registering on or before 29 June to lock-in SIGGRAPH 2007 early-bird rates.

Register today.

Need to justify attending? We know that attendees often need support from their employers to attend. That is why we have developed SIGGRAPH 2007 value-based talking points. Use them to show your boss why SIGGRAPH offers you the best value and knowledge on computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Click here for the SIGGRAPH 2007 Talking Points.

In addition, conference housing is now open to all attendees. The most geographically preferred hotels fill up fast, so attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. Please note, attendees wanting to take advantage of the free shuttle bus service need to book rooms through the SIGGRAPH hotel reservation system.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program

Inspiring New Frontiers

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program will explore the interdisciplinary use of computer graphics across numerous content areas and in several different presentation formats including formal (Papers, Panels, Workshops, QuickTakes, and Forums) and informal opportunities to reinforce the teaching-learning community's inspiration and commitment.

"The SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program content details how to use cutting-edge computer graphics as a teaching tool in all levels of education," said Janese Swanson, SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Chair. "We have content that spans the world of education and offers attendees the opportunity to expand their personal and professional horizons with the use of computer graphics as an instruction device in their area of specialization."

From an interactive-multimedia program designed to teach oral language skills to a graduate-level course on real-time medical graphics designed to support better and faster work in hospitals, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program explores endless educational possibilities.

Explore the content that will be presented at the SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program.

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Discover the Technologies of the Future

Emerging Technologies Change the Way We Work, Live, and Play

From omni-directional walking to artificial intelligence, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Emerging Technologies exhibit will feature creative, innovative technologies, and applications in many fields. Attendees will experience the latest advancements in displays, robotics, input devices, interaction techniques, computer vision, sensors, audio, speech, biometrics, wearable computing, information, data and scientific visualization, biotechnology, graphics, collaborative environments, and much more.

"SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies is known internationally as one of the premier venues for showcasing innovative new technologies - and this year it will certainly live up to its' reputation," said Emerging Technologies Co-Chair John Sibert. "I am confident that some of the featured pieces will change the way we live and work within the next five to 10 years."

Discover Emerging Technologies.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition

More Than a Sales Floor

SIGGRAPH exhibitors are using the exhibition floor for more things than just selling their products - they are actively using it to recruit experienced talent.

"While there are venues to meet those entering the computer graphics marketplace right out of school, we have heard from exhibitors that the best opportunity to meet the more accomplished people in the field is on the Exhibition floor," stated Mike Weil, SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibits Manager. "We have noticed more and more exhibitors taking on greater booth space to not only allow their customers to feel at ease in examining their products, but also to provide a separate area for recruiting top talent."

In fact, current exhibitor participation is outpacing recent years. For more details on exhibiting or sponsoring, contact Mike Weil at exhibits@siggraph.org.

Access the current list of exhibitors.

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Co-Located Events

Register for a Co-Located Event Alongside SIGGRAPH 2007

Maximize your value and enhance your experience at SIGGRAPH 2007 - register for a co-located event. In addition to the strong programming you will receive at SIGGRAPH 2007, you have the chance to benefit from extraordinary education and networking opportunities before the conference even begins.

Presented in cooperation with ACM SIGGRAPH, the following workshops and events correlate with central themes of computer graphics and interactive techniques. You are invited to participate in these co-located events. Submissions are still welcome for several of them, deadlines are listed below.

Emerging Display Technologies
Saturday, 4 August, 9 am - 5 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 3
Papers deadline: 1 June 2007

Graphics Hardware 07
Saturday, 4 August and Sunday, 5 August, 9 am - 5 pm
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel
Papers deadline: 9 April 2007

NPAR 2007 - 5th International Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering
Saturday, 4 August and Sunday, 5 August, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 10
Papers abstract deadline: 6 April 2007
Papers submission deadline: 9 April 2007
Posters deadline: 28 May 2007

Sandbox: An ACM SIGGRAPH Videogame Symposium
Saturday, 4 August, 9 am - 8 pm
Sunday, 5 August, 9 am - 3 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Rooms 28E, 29A-D, 30AB
Submission deadline has lapsed.

Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA)
Friday, 3 August and Saturday, 4 August, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Wyndham San Diego
Papers deadline: 17 April 2007
Posters deadline: 30 May 2007

Learn more about Co-Located workshops and events.

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Attention Jobseekers and Employers

Make a SIGGRAPH Connection

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair will be held 7-9 August, 10 am - 4 pm.

Jobseekers - ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with CreativeHeads.net (an online job board specializing in the video game, animation and visual f/x, 3D technology, TV and Film, web/wireless, and software tools industries) to offer SIGGRAPH 2007 registered attendees exclusive access to a potent Job Fair. More than 80 companies will be actively recruiting at SIGGRAPH 2007 - providing attendees the opportunity to meet with a wide spectrum of employers.

Full Conference, Conference Select, One Day, and Exhibits Plus registered attendees are welcome to attend this event at no additional cost. Complete a FREE profile today, and let employers know you will be participating in the SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair.

Employers - The Job Fair is the place to be if you are interested in job recruitment. More than 4,000 creative professionals will visit this area over the course of three days. Plus the Job Fair Booth Package includes job postings on the ACM SIGGRAPH and CreativeHeads.net Job Board Network.

Space is limited, get complete details on the Job Fair Booth Package.

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SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia

Test Your SIGGRAPH IQ

Each issue of SIGGRAPHITTI features one SIGGRAPH-related trivia question that tests the extent of your SIGGRAPH knowledge. Get them right and earn the title SIGGRAPH Expert.

Congratulations to last month's winner, Aaron Hertzmann, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science, who was one of 9 correct entries (winner is randomly chosen from all correct entries).

The answer to March SIGGRAPHITTI's trivia question was: Every film on the list received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Three of them went on to win the Oscar: "For the Birds" (2001), "The ChubbChubbs!" (2002), and "Ryan" (2004).

All correct entries received by 16 April 2007 (5 pm CST) will be entered into a pool and a winner will be selected at random. The next SIGGRAPHITTI will feature the correct answer and that month's winner. Winners receive their choice of either the Conference Proceedings DVD or a SIGGRAPH 2007 Polo shirt (approx $50 value). Only contestants who attend SIGGRAPH 2007 are eligible. Prizes distributed at the conference and exhibition in San Diego.

The April SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Question is listed below. Good luck!

SIGGRAPH Emerging Technogies are a major part of the conference today, however this program has not been around forever. Name the year that the program we call Emerging Technogies today was introduced at SIGGRAPH. Also, list the titles that this program has been called in the past. The person that can correctly identify the initial year and list the most program titles will be this issue's SIGGRAPH expert.

Stake your claim as a SIGGRAPH Expert.

Please note: Entries must be received by 16 April 2007 to be eligible for prize and must include your full name and company/organization affiliation.

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Glenn Entis, Chief Visual Officer of Electronic Arts | San Diego Convention Center courtesy of Timothy Hursley | inter-glow © Takuji Narumi

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