The 38th International Conference And Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

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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 2011 attendees. They must be free of charge, related to computer graphics or interactive techniques, open to all SIGGRAPH 2011 attendees, and non-commercial in nature (topics specific to one commercial product or for-profit company are not allowed).

All Birds of a Feather requests are subject to a review and approval process. Please use this form to submit your request for a Birds of a Feather session.

If you would like to present on a specific product or service, please contact Exhibition Management to schedule an Exhibitor Tech Talk.

IVRC (International Collegiate Virtual Reality Contest)

Sunday, 7 August 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 116

10th anniversary of IVRC! The International Collegiate Virtual Reality Contest is organized through the Virtual Reality Society. IVRC2011, the 19th annual competition, is scheduled for this fall.

IVRC Executive Committee
shirai (at) mail.com

Blender Foundation: Community Meeting

Sunday, 7 August 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

Chairman Ton Roosendaal presents the results of the past year's work on the open-source 3D program Blender, summarizes plans for next year, and invites attendees to provide feedback.

Blender Foundation
ton (at) blender.org

SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community

Sunday, 7 August 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - International Center, Harbour Concourse (Southeast corner of West Building)

Join us to discuss the year round activities of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, including online curated exhibitions, our virtual community, and discussions. Bring announcements and ideas.

Cynthia Beth Rubin
rubin (at) siggraph.org

Blender Foundation: Artist showcase

Sunday, 7 August 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

Artists from past Blender Open Movie projects will give demos of work they did. This is an open-stage event for which everyone is invited to show work as well.

Blender Foundation
ton@blender.org

Taipei ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Reunion

Sunday, 7 August 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm | Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel - Hastings

This session is for attendees from Taiwan and everyone interested in graphics research or the computer graphics industry in Taiwan.

Bing-Yu Chen
robin (at) ntu.edu.tw

Cortex Open-Source Framework

Monday, 8 August 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 19

For current and prospective users of the Cortex open-source framework for visual effects software development.

John Haddon
john (at) image-engine.com

French Animation Showcase - Session 1

Monday, 8 August 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 18

Come and enjoy a selection of state-of-the art animation films from the best French schools and artists! A selection by Annie Dissaux - AFCA. Networking opportunities after the session.

French Consulate in Vancouver, Masters of Digital Media Program, Association française du cinéma d'animation, Rencontres Audiovisuelles de Lille
raynald.belay (at) consulfrance-vancouver.org

2020 3D Media Ongoing Research

Monday, 8 August 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

2020 3D Media is researching new ways of capturing, producing, and exhibiting S3D and immersive audiovisual content. This interdisciplinary meeting presents the approach and first results.

Santi Fort
santi.fort (at) barcelonamedia.org

ACCAD/Ohio State University Alumni Gathering

Monday, 8 August 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Fairmont Waterfront - Princess Louisa Room

This reception is for alumni of The Ohio State University who studied at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design (ACCAD), the Computer Graphics Research Group (CGRG) and/or worked at Cranston/Csuri Productions.

Elaine Smith
elaine (at) accad.osu.edu

Encontro dos Brasileiros 2011

Monday, 8 August 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 116

This session is for attendees interested in computer graphics in Brazil who want to exchange experiences and meet some friends!

Luiz Garrido
cad (at) luizgarrido.com

Linux and Graphics Pipeline Tools

Monday, 8 August 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Garibaldi Room

This session may be interesting to those who are building grapics pipelines on Linux and encountering difficulties associated with products, QT versions, python versions, gcc, etc.

Kevin Gambrel
kevin.p.gambrel (at) disney.com

The 24th Anniversary CG Show and SAKE Barrel Opening Party at SIGGRAPH 2011

Monday, 8 August 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel - Ballroom 1

For attendees interested in the CG Show of Yoichiro Kawaguchi, an established Japanese CG artist, and those who would like to reunite or socialize with other attendees.

Yoichiro Kawaguchi
k-yoshida (at) iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Studio Views of Student Demo Reels

Tuesday, 9 August 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

Industry professionals from various computer animation and visual effects facilities explain what they (and their studios) look for when reviewing demo reels and portfolios of students and recent graduates.

Marc J. Barr (SIGGRAPH Education Committee) and Craig Slagel
mjbarr (at) mtsu.edu

Collaborative Undergraduate Computing Studios Facilitating Decentralized Participation

Tuesday, 9 August 9:00 am - 10:30 am | Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel - Port of San Francisco

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

Margaret Lomas Carpenter
marge (at) viz.tamu.edu

ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum Asks: Vocation vs. Sandbox, Which Way Does Your Curriculum Lean?

Tuesday, 9 August 9:00 am - 10:30 am | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 116

This session is for attendees who are interested in animation and computer graphics education at all levels. It includes an open discussion led by educators and an opportunity to network.

Dori Littell-Herrick
dori.littell-herrick (at) woodbury.edu

ACM SIGGRAPH Carto BOF

Tuesday, 9 August 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

This ACM SIGGRAPH Cartographic Visualization (Carto) sessioin explores how viewpoints and techniques from the computer graphics community can be effectively applied to cartographic and spatial datasets.

Theresa-Marie Rhyne
theresamarierhyne (at) gmail.com

StudioSysAdmins

Tuesday, 9 August 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

This session encourages sharing of all non-proprietary information to maintain open discussions among studios, vendors and VARs to determine standards that will improve studio infrastructures.

John Hickson
john.hickson (at) studiosysadmins.com

3D Medical Visualization Using X3D

Tuesday, 9 August 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 101

Learn more about X3D Medical for 3D medical imaging in DIACOM and implementation of X3D Volume rendering.

Nicholas Polys
npolys (at) vt.edu

Web3D Consortium - Declarative 3D for the Web

Tuesday, 9 August 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 101

Declarative 3D for the Web is a W3C Community Group that explores and suggests options for integrating a declarative approach to interactive 3D graphics directly into HTML, which enables its use in any web page.

Johannes Behr Kristian Sons
Johannes.Behr (at) igd.fraunhofer.de kristian.sons (at) dfki.de

Multi-Projector Auto-Calibration Standards (MPACS)

Tuesday, 9 August 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Garibaldi Room

A opportunity to meet people in the field of projector auto-calibration. The session reviews the current market landscape and what's coming in the future.

Bei Yang
bei.yang (at) disney.com

Call for Contributions for the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications' New Education Department

Tuesday, 9 August 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 116

Want to contribute an article to this department? Want to give valuable input on what YOU think should be printed there? Meet with the co-editors in this Birds of a Feather session.

Gitta Domik and G. Scott Owen
domik (at) uni-paderborn.de

OpenColorIO Meetup

Tuesday, 9 August 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

OpenColorIO is an open-source color management framework for visual effects and animation, sponsored by Sony Pictures Imageworks. Meet the developers, ask questions, and learn about upcoming developments.

Jeremy Selan
jeremys (at) imageworks.com

JogAmp: 2D/3D & Multimedia Across Devices

Tuesday, 9 August 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 19

JogAmp provides JOGL (OpenGL) and JOCL (OpenCL) across devices on top of Java. This session showcases resolution-independent curve, font, and UI GPU rendering on desktop and mobile (Android, etc.) devices.

JogAmp Community
sgothel (at) jogamp.org

French Animation Showcase - Session 2

Tuesday, 9 August 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 18

Come and enjoy a selection of state-of-the art animation films from the best French schools and artists! A selection by Annie Dissaux - AFCA. Networking opportunities after the session.

French Consulate in Vancouver, Masters of Digital Media Program, Association française du cinéma d'animation, Rencontres Audiovisuelles de Lille
raynald.belay (at) consulfrance-vancouver.org

Motion Graphics

Tuesday, 9 August 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

This session is for attendees interested in motion graphics. Come and see cool projects, and exchange techniques and ideas!

Gil Irizarry
gil (at) conoa.com

In-Formation San Francisco ACM SIGGRAPH

Tuesday, 9 August 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Vancouver - Plaza A

This session is for attendees from San Francisco who are interested in the re-opening of the San Francisco ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter.

Tereza Flaxman
tflaxman (at) flaxanimation.com

Web3D Consortium Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, 9 August 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 101

This year has been particularly exciting, since a host of new technologies and initiatives are coming out of the Web3D Consortium. This session reviews the latest developments. Meet consortium members and learn more about our technology.

Anita Havele
anita.havele (at) web3d.org

OpenSG

Tuesday, 9 August 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 19

This session is for attendees interested in the OpenSG Open Source scenegraph system for interactive 3D and virtual reality applications.

Dirk Reiners
mail (at) dirkreiners.com

Global Pipelines v2

Tuesday, 9 August 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 18

Dynamic Simulation in Production

Tuesday, 9 August 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Saturna Island

This session is for attendees interested in hearing about and discussing the latest trends in dynamic simulation (rigid, cloth, hair, fluids, etc.) in production. Come. Connect. Collaborate. Experience. Enjoy. Eat.

Mark A. McLaughlin
mark.mclaughlin (at) disney.com

ACM SIGGRAPH Pioneer Reception

Tuesday, 9 August 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 302

Open to all Pioneers.

SIGGIG: Gays In Graphics

Tuesday, 9 August 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel - Beluga

SIGGIG: Gays In Graphics is a social event for attendees involved in, interested in, or supportive of the GLBT community.

Mark Lieberman
siggig.info (at) gmail.com

What Industry Needs Graduates and New Hires to Know

Wednesday, 10 August 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 116

Knowledge and skill requirements for graduates and new hires.

Marc J. Barr (SIGGRAPH Education Committee) and Ryan Kuba
mjbarr (at) mtsu.edu

WebGL

Wednesday, 10 August 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard based on OpenGL ES 2.0. It is shader-based, using GLSL, and it brings plugin-free 3D to the web, directly into the browser.

Khronos Group
marketing (at) goldstandardgroup.com

Practical integration of Alembic

Wednesday, 10 August 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Tweedsmuir

A dialogue with the Alembic development team focused on pipeline integration and optimization of the format. Topics include API usage, collaboration with studio partners, and standardization of the format.

Erik Strauss
estrauss (at) imageworks.com

OpenSceneGraph BOF

Wednesday, 10 August 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

This discussion of the OpenSceneGraph open-source system includes new developments, how to use the software, and how people are using it.

John Richardson
richards (at) spawar.navy.mil

Motion Capture Society

Wednesday, 10 August 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 19

This session is open to everyone who has an interest in motion capture. Topics and presentations include various hardware and software solutions, pipelines, and techniques for getting the best data.

Troy McFarland
troy.mcfarland (at) gmail.com

Leonardo Community Meeting

Wednesday, 10 August 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 101

Leonardo community members and all SIGGRAPH attendees are invited to hear presentations from selected Leonardo Affiliate Member organizations on cutting-edge research and educational programs in ArtScience around the world.

Pamela Grant-Ryan
pgr (at) leonardo.info

Starting a New, Remote Studio

Wednesday, 10 August 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 18

Studio heads from Pixar Canada, Digital Domain (Vancouver), and Sony Imageworks (Vancouver) host an interactive panel session on setting up new remote studios in Vancouver.

Sarah McNair
smcnair (at) pixarcanada.com

rest3d BOF

Wednesday, 10 August 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

This session is for attendees interested in creating a RESTful web service for 3D content. More information: rest3d.org

Remi Arnaud
remi (at) acm.org

The New Media and the Industry in China

Wednesday, 10 August 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - International Center, Harbour Concourse (Southeast corner of West Building)

Representatives from Chinese industry and universities discuss how their digital media programs are developing to meet the needs of their exploding economy.

SIGGRAPH Education Committee, Marc J. Barr
mjbarr (at) mtsu.edu

OpenCL

Wednesday, 10 August 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Pan Pacific Vancouver - Crystal Ballroom B & C

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

Khronos Group
marketing (at) goldstandardgroup.com

Games at SIGGRAPH Meetup

Wednesday, 10 August 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

The goal of this session is to encourage dialog about new technologies in game development and interactive graphics. Discussion topics include mobile and social games, research in games and interactive graphics, and effective collaboration.

David Milam
dma35 (at) sfu.ca

GPU Ray Tracing

Wednesday, 10 August 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Fairmont Waterfront - Waterfront Ballroom B

Join the third annual GPU Ray Tracing Birds of a Feather session. Show off your demos. Share your use cases, ideas, and gripes. High-performance CPU ray tracing is welcome, too.

NVIDIA Advanced Rendering Center
davemc (at) nvidia.com

Computer Graphics for Simulation

Wednesday, 10 August 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

This session reviews recent advances in simulation theory and computer graphics. Topics include specifications (Web3D,WebGL,DEVS), visualization requirements for simulation, graphical tools, and general CG simulation technologies.

John Richardson
richards (at) spawar.navy.mil

Using Processing and G-Speak as Tools Within a Foundations Program at a School of Art and Design

Wednesday, 10 August 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 18

Teaching design with Processing, drawing with G-Speak: how the Rhode Island School of Design's Division of Foundation Studies is expanding the envelope of introductory digital concepts for students of art and design.

Mark Milloff and Clement Valla
mmilloff (at) risd.edu

Managing Creative Projects

Wednesday, 10 August 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 116

This session is for attendees interested in discussing creative projects and how to manage them, with a particular emphasis on Agile methodologies.

Gil Irizarry
gil (at) conoa.com

X3D and HTML5/X3DOM

Wednesday, 10 August 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

Learn more about X3DOM, fully integrated X3D with HTML with no plug-ins. currently supported in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers.

Johannes Behr
Johannes.Behr (at) igd.fraunhofer.de

OpenGL

Wednesday, 10 August 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Pan Pacific Vancouver - Crystal Ballroom B & C

Learn more about OpenGL, the most widely adopted 2D/3D graphics API, from the ARB and leading OpenGL companies.

Khronos Group
marketing (at) goldstandardgroup.com

Educators Meet and Greet

Wednesday, 10 August 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - SIGGRAPH Village, West Building, Ballroom Foyer

An informal reception at the SIGGRAPH Village for all educators attending SIGGRAPH 2011.

Marc J. Barr (SIGGRAPH Education Committee)
mjbarr (at) mtsu.edu

Undergraduate Research Alliance

Wednesday, 10 August 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

The Undergraduate Research Alliance was created to foster and support computer graphics research by undergraduates. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

Undergraduate Research Alliance
joelw (at) wcsu.edu

Ringling College Alumni Reception

Wednesday, 10 August 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown - Ambleside

A gathering for alumni and friends of the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Lucy Foss
lfoss (at) ringling.edu

Purdue University Alumni Reception

Wednesday, 10 August 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Fairmont Waterfront - Terrace Room

Come Boiler Up with the Purdue crew! Purdue alumni, students, professors, and friendlies welcome.

Raymond P. Hassan
rhassan (at) purdue.edu

Blacks in Animation & VFX

Wednesday, 10 August 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Gabriola Island

Join us for our third annual networking event with students, artists, recruiters, educators, and executives of color in the animation, VFX, and gaming industries.

Krystal Cooper
blackanimation (at) gmail.com

The New Media and the Academy in China

Thursday, 11 August 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - International Center, Harbour Concourse (Southeast corner of West Building)

Representatives from Chinese academic digital media programs discuss how their programs are developing to meet the needs of their exploding economy.

SIGGRAPH Education Committee, Marc J. Barr
mjbarr (at) mtsu.edu

Mobile APIs

Thursday, 11 August 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

Get the inside track on OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenMAX, and all the new-media APIs being used to develop the billion-dollar, billion-user gaming and mobile multimedia markets!

Khronos Group
marketing (at) goldstandardgroup.com

Virtual Construction Toys

Thursday, 11 August 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 101

Using 3D graphics for LEGO, Zoob, an Erector set, etc. in a touch-based environment. What would apps do to enable virtual play? What kinds of interaction make sense?

Julian Gomez
jeg (at) polished-pixels.com

Augmented and Mixed Reality

Thursday, 11 August 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

Learn more on how to extend X3D capabilities to support augmented reality and mixed reality applications.

Johannes Behr
Johannes.Behr (at) igd.fraunhofer.de

Web3D Korea Chapter Meeting

Thursday, 11 August 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 102

Meet The Web3D Korea Chapter members and discuss their current initiatives on the X3D specification: augmented reality, E-learning, mobile function, and other X3D implementations.

Anita Havele
anita.havele (at) web3d.org

COLLADA

Thursday, 11 August 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Room 122

See cutting-edge DCC tools and applications for gaming, 3D web, and visualization, and artworks generated from COLLADA content-creation-supporting media.

Khronos Group
marketing (at) goldstandardgroup.com

Concept Artists: The Road to the Emmy Award

Thursday, 11 August 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 19

This session is for attendees interested in concept art. Christophe Vacher has 20 years of experience in the field, and he recently won an Emmy for individual achievement.

Mario Pochat Vancouver Animation School
info (at) vanas.ca

Vancouver Studios & Artists Panel

Thursday, 11 August 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Vancouver Convention Centre - East Building, Room 19

This session is for attendees who want to know more about Vancouver and its animation, film, VFX, and games industries. Come and join us!

Mario Pochat Vancouver Animation School
info (at) vanas.ca