Birds of a Feather

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Informal presentations, discussions, and demonstrations for people who share interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds. Birds of a Feather events are proposed by SIGGRAPH 2009 attendees. They must be free of charge, related to computer graphics or interactive techniques, open to all SIGGRAPH 2009 attendees, and non-commercial in nature (topics specific to one commercial product or for-profit company are not allowed). Please see Exhibitor Tech Talks if you would like to present on a specific product or service.

All requests for Birds of a Feather sessions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to make sure they conform to SIGGRAPH 2009 rules. Sessions are scheduled in rooms at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and at most SIGGRAPH 2009 hotels.

Complete information on scheduling a Birds of a Feathers session


Monday, 3 August

Animux: Free Software for Animators
Animux is an absolutely FREE animation toolset that is used to handle all the tasks of pre-production, production, and post-production stages of a high-quality animation project.

Monday, 11 am - 1 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Mark Puttnam
mark (at) animux.org

Using Computer Graphics in Performance
This session is for attendees who are interested in using computer graphics in a performance setting, including theater, dance, music, and/or art.

Monday, 12:30- 1:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Marla Schweppe
marla_schweppe (at) siggraph.org

Blender Foundation, Community Meeting
Ton Roosendaal presents results of the past year's activities and the Blender 2.5 release. Everyone interested in blender.org Open Source projects is welcome to attend and provide feedback.

Monday, 2- 4 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Ton Roosendaal
Ton (at) blender.org

Blender Foundation, Artist Showcase
Blender artists show realized projects and give short tutorials about techniques used to create 3D animation, visual effects, and games with open-source software.

Monday, 4 - 5:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Ton Roosendaal
Ton (at) blender.org

The 22nd Anniversary CG Show/SAKE Barrel Opening Party at SIGGRAPH 2009
For attendees interested in the CG Show of Yoichiro Kawaguchi, an established Japanese CG artist, and those who want to reunite or socialize with other attendees.

Monday, 8 - 9:30 pm
Sheraton New Orleans
Armstrong Ballroom
Rica Okabe
2009ficco (at) gmail.com

Taipei ACM SIGGRAPH Reunion
This session is for attendees from Taiwan and anyone interested in computer graphics in Taiwan.

Monday, 8:30 - 11 pm
New Orleans Marriott
St. Charles Room
Bing-Yu Chen
robin (at) ntu.edu.tw

Tuesday, 4 August

Women in Animation - Men are Welcome Too!
Open to everyone who is interested in networking and learning more about the professional organization, Women in Animation.

Tuesday, 8:30 - 10 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Pamela Thompson
pamrecruit (at) q.com

X3d, MIDI, and Sound
Interfacing X3D and MIDI for interchange of MIDI data between MIDI applications and X3D browsers, with lesser emphasis on traditional embedding of audio via the X3D Sound node.

Tuesday, 10:30 am - noon
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Anita Havele
Anita.havele (at) web3d.org

Sharing Ideas in Teaching 3D Animation
Fifth annual meeting of instructors and participants interested in sharing ideas in teaching 3D animation.

Tuesday, 10:30 am - noon
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Richard Lapidus
lapidus (at) morainevalley.edu

Renderfarming, Job Queueing, and Distributed Rendering Performance
An informal gathering to discuss trends and problems in renderfarm use, deployment, and administration, and to share thoughts on a renderfarming course proposal for SIGGRAPH 2010. Studio staff and vendors are welcome.

Tuesday, noon - 1 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
David Laur
dml (at) pixar.com

ACM SIGGRAPH Cartographic Visualization Project Birds of a Feather Meeting
The ACM SIGGRAPH Cartographic Visualization (Carto) BOF explores how viewpoints and techniques from the computer graphics community can be effectively applied to cartographic and spatial data sets.

Tuesday, 12:30 - 2 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Theresa Marie Rhyne
tmrhyne (at) nscu.edu

X3D Medical Working Group
Progress of X3D for 3D medical imaging in DIACOM. Improvements on MedX3D browser. Demonstration of multiple X3D Volume Rendering implementations.

Tuesday, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Anita Havele
Anita.havele (at) web3d.org

Shotgun Users Group
The Shotgun team presents new features, shows how clients are using Shotgun, discusses best practices, reviews our development roadmap, and answers questions.

Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center
Blaine Kern C
Kevin Porterfield
kp (at) shotgunsoftware.com

BRL-CAD: Open-Source Solid Modeling
BRL-CAD is a free-open source solid modeling system that has been under development for more than 25 years. This informal meeting summarizes recent activities and future goals. Developers welcome!

Tuesday, 2 - 3 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Christopher Sean Morrison
siggraph (at) brlcad.org

Teaching Computer Graphics in Context
This session shares previous work and welcomes anyone who uses or wants to use topics from outside computer graphics to teach graphics. Share your experience with the community.

Tuesday, 3 - 4 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Steve Cunningham
rsc (at) cs.csustan.edu

Motion Graphics BOF
A gathering of people interested in the tools and techniques that are used in design and creation of motion graphics, compositing, and titling.

Tuesday, 3 - 5 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Gil Irizarry
Gil (at) conoa.com

Web 3D User Interface Working Group
Content designers need standards to access and manage a wide range of input devices, and to describe novel interaction techniques. Come and help define the roadmap for X3D and Web3D UI.

Tuesday, 3:30 - 5 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Anita Havele
Anita.havele (at) web3d.org

ACCAD/OSU Alumni Gathering
This event is for attendees who are graduates of The Ohio State University and/or former students, faculty, or staff affiliated with ACCAD/CGRG.

Tuesday, 4 - 6 pm
New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center
Magnolia
Elaine Smith
Elaine (at) accad.ohio-state.edu

OpenCL BOF
Meet designers and implementers of this significant new standard for heterogeneous parallel programming on GPUs and CPUs, and learn how OpenCL inter-operates with OpenGL, enabling advanced, cross-platform, visual computing applications.

Tuesday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Neil Trevett
ntrevett (at) nvidia.com

Interactive Ray Tracing
A variety of academic and industry leaders provide presentations and demos, with questions and discussions encouraged.

Tuesday, 5 - 6 pm
Sheraton New Orleans
Waterbury Ballroom
Peter Shirley
pshirley (at) nvidia.com

OpenSG Birds of a Feather
The Open SG session is for everybody interested in the OpenSG Open Source scenegraph. The core developers present their latest developments.

Tuesday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Dirk Reiners
mail (at) dirkreiners.com

Computer Graphics Pioneers Reception
The ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Pioneers are passionate advocates of computer graphics and interactive techniques. We share our opinions with the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee and Conference Committees to help shape our future direction. At the reception, a special guest speaker will provide a retrospective on past graphics achievements followed by an update on ACM SIGGRAPH by its President. David Kasik will also review the Pioneers scholarship program. Open only to Pioneers members. Information on joining the Pioneers

Tuesday, 6 - 9 pm
Sheraton New Orleans
Lagniappe Room
Michael Macedonia MMacedonia (at) forterrainc.com

Tokyo ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Party
Free admission without registration.

Tuesday, 9 - 11 pm
Sheraton New Orleans
Grand Ballroom Section B
Yukio Ando
Yukio.andoh (at) gmail.com

UNC SIGGRAPH Alumni Reception
A reception for University of North Carolina Computer Science alumni and friends.

Tuesday, 8:30 - 11 pm
Sheraton New Orleans
Grand Chenier Room
Courtney Ferriter
ferriter (at) cs.unc.edu

Wednesday, 5 August

IVRC (International Collegiate Virtual Reality Contest)
IVRC2009, the 17th annual competition, is for attendees who are interested in interactive techniques especially for education and trials.

Wednesday, 9 - 10 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Akihiko Shirai
shirai (at) mail.com

Come Meet the SIGGRAPH Student Services (S3) Committee
S3, the Student Services Committee, is newly formed and rarin' to go! We'll talk about ways to help serve student members. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to this interactive session.

Wednesday, 8:15 - 9:45 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Lou Harrison
lou_harrison (at) siggraph.org

Teaching Math Through Game Development
This session is for those interested in using 3D graphics and video games to demonstrate applications of high school math. Attendees are encouraged to share experiences, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

Wednesday, 8:30 - 10 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Mitch Williams
Mitch.williams (at) 3d-online.com

DIVERSE - Flexible Open-Source VE API
DIVERSE is an open-source, device-independent virtual environment API emphasizing reuse and reconfiguration. It uses OpenGL or OpenSceneGraph, and runs on systems ranging from CAVEs to desktops.

Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
John Kelso
Kelso (at) nist.gov

Web3D CAD Working Group
Meeting of the Web3D consortium's CAD working group. The new BREP component will be presented, showing X3D implementations and a COLLADA -X3D content pipeline from CAD tools.

Wednesday, 10:30 am - noon
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Anita Havele
Anita.havele (at) web3d.org

Molecular Graphics
Mike Pique and Art Olsen started SIGGRAPH's longest-running Birds of a Feather session in 1982. Researchers, educators, and students interested in applying interactive graphics to problems in biology, chemistry, and bio-informatics are welcome.

Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Jeremy Swan
swanjere (at) mail.nih.gov

3D Printing for Art and Visualization
Since 2002, this Birds of a Feather session has met to discuss industrial prototyping for scientific, medical, and engineering visualization. Come learn about how to apply these processes to art and visualization.

Wednesday, noon - 1 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Jeremy Swan
swanjere (at) mail.nih.gov

Interdisciplinary Computer Graphics Education
Discussion of experiences, new ideas, and lessons learned in creating an interdisciplinary computer graphics educational program that, in addition to computer science, includes departments like performing and fine arts.

Wednesday, Noon - 1:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Jasminka Hasic
jhasic (at) gmail.com

Second Multi-User Virtual Environments Meeting (MUVEmoot)
The growth in virtual worlds heralds a change to a new global experience in entertainment, education, and commerce. Meeting theme: how virtual worlds are affecting hearts and minds.

Wednesday, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Chris Thorne
Dragonmagi (at) gmail.com

AnimationMentor.com Gathering
Join AnimationMentor.com students, alumni, and mentors for an animation gathering! The founders of Animation Mentor will introduce you to industry insiders eager to share tips and tricks of the trade.

Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Molly Wolfsehr
molly (at) animationmentor.com

Collaborative Undergraduate Computing Studios Facilitating Decentralized Participation
This session is for studio instructors and industry advisors associated with the NSF CreativeIT research project Collaborative Undergraduate Computing Studios Facilitating Decentralized Participation.

Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Sheraton New Orleans
Estherwood Room
Margaret Lomas Carpenter
marge (at) viz.tamu.edu

OpenSceneGraph BOF
Discussion of the cross-platform, open-source, OpenGL-based scene graph API: what it is, who's using it, and what are they rendering with it.

Wednesday, 2- 3 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Paul Martz
Pmartz (at) skew-matrix.com

Temerity Pipeline User Group
Meeting for current users, interested parties, and the software's developers to present and discuss production tools and techniques using Temerity Pipeline.

Wednesday, 2 - 4 pm
Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center
Fleur De Lis
Jim Callahan
jim (at) temerity.us

Computer Graphics for Simulation BOF
Discussion of computer graphics technologies to support general simulations. Technologies can include scengraphs, multi-user, lighting, modeling, Web3D, OpenGL, Collada, and game physics for simulation. Also, simulation topics like DEVS.

Wednesday, 3 - 4 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
John F. Richardson
Richards (at) spawar.navy.mil

Friends of the Art Institutes
A networking event for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers of the art institutes.

Wednesday, 3 - 4:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Jennifer Lasater
jlasater (at) edmc.edu

Programma 101 - Memory of the Future
Could a 1960s computer become a movie director? A documentary project and a retro-computing experiment about artificial intelligence, motion control, and computer vision around the Olivetti Programma 101.

4 - 4:30 pm
New Orleans Marriott
Studio 4
Matteo De Simone
Matteo.ds (at) gmail.com

OpenGL BOF
OpenGL is the most widely adopted 2D/3D graphics API. Learn more about OpenGL 3.0 and 3.1 from the ARB and leading OpenGL companies, and hear updates on OpenGL ES.

Wednesday, 4 - 6 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 264
Barthold Lichtenbelt
marketing (at) khronos.com

Beyond the Screens: How to Turn Everything Into Interactive Media
Explore the possibility of creating a successful interactive experience beyond computer screens. If you know what you are doing, a piece of paper can create an interactive experience.

Wednesday, 4:30 - 5 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Umyot Boonmarlart
umyotb (at) gmail.com

Reuniao dos Brasileiros - Brazilian BOF
This session is for those interested in computer graphics in Brazil and meeting other Portuguese-speaking attendees.

Wednesday, 5 -6 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
John Michael Peirobon
pierobon (at) siggraph.org

Dynamic Simulation Birds of a Feather
This session is for attendees interested in hearing about and discussing the latest trends in dynamic simulation (cloth, hair, fluids, etc.) Come. Connect. Collaborate. Experience. Eat. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Mark A. McLaughlin
mark.mclaughlin (at) disney.com

Purdue University Reunion
This event is for alumni, friends, associates, or anyone interested in Purdue University.

Wednesday, 6 - 7:30 pm
Marriott New Orleans at Convention Center
New Levee
James Sprinkles
jsprink (at) purdue.edu

COLLADA BOF
See cutting-edge DCC tools and applications for gaming, 3D web, and visualization, and works of art generated from COLLADA content-creation-supporting media. Also, find out the winners of the COLLADA contest!

Wednesday, 6 - 8 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Versailles Ballroom
Rita Turkowski
marketing (at) khronos.org

Blacks in Animation & VFX and Blacks in Gaming Meetup
Meet-up for black professionals and students involved in animation, visual FX, and gaming co-sponsored by Blacks in Animation & VFX (BAVFX) and Blacks in Gaming (BIG).

Wednesday, 6 - 7:30 pm
New Orleans Marriott
Studio 6
Krystal Cooper
blackanimation (at) gmail.com

SIGGIG: Gays in Graphics
SIGGIG is an informal LGBT and friendly group interested in socializing, renewing old contacts, and making new friends. We'll meet in the Omni Royal Orleans hotel, then move on to Napoleon's Itch Bar.

Wednesday, 8 - 9 pm
Napoleon's Itch
734 Bourbon Street
Jeffrey Weekley
jdweekle (at) nps.edu

Thursday, 6 August

Field3D: An Open Source Library for Storing Voxel Data
This presentation and round-table discussion is for attendees interested in fluid simulations and related data structures and storage formats.

Thursday, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Barbara Ford
bford (at) imageworks.com

SIGGRAPH Pin Collectors Showcase
How many SIGGRAPH conferences have you attended? Do you have all your pins? Come show off your collection! This is an informal gathering to see, share, and talk.

Thursday, 10:30 - 11 am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Christopher Sean Morrison
siggraph (at) brlcad.org

Simulating Humans and Animals
Inviting academics, industry people, and any attendees interested in the current state and future trends of physics-based character animation.

Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Philippe Beaudoin
beaudoin (at) cs.ubc.ca

Leonardo Town Hall Meeting
Town Hall meeting for SIGGRAPH 2009 attendees interested in Leonardo projects and collaborations. We welcome artists, scientists, technologists, educators, students, and others interested in work that integrates art, science, and technology.

Thursday, 1:30 - 3 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
Pam Grant-Ryan
pgr (at) leonardo.info

RIT Alumni Reception
To celebrate SIGGRAPH 2009, the RIT Alumni Association invites all RIT Alumni to come mix and mingle. Meet with the faculty and fellow alumni while enjoying some hors d'oeuvres and relaxation!

Thursday, 4:30 - 6 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 287
Ron Goldberg
rjgrar (at) rit.edu

Reunion de los Mexicanos - Mexican BOF
This session is for those interested in computer graphics in México and meeting other Spanish-speaking attendees.

Thursday, 5 - 6 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 263
John Michael Peirobon
pierobon (at) siggraph.org