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Noted Sculptor and Mathematician Helaman Ferguson to Keynote SIGGRAPH 99
 
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27 April 1999
 
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Helaman Ferguson reports on his "neolithic" adventures: communicating the beauty and power of art and science by carving theorems in stone and bronze with computer graphics and interactive techniques at the SIGGRAPH 99 keynote address on Wednesday, 11 August in Los Angeles. SIGGRAPH 99 will be held 8-13 August 1999 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over 50,000 computer graphics professionals from six continents will gather to showcase the best of the international graphics community and to chart the future of the technology into the next century. A comprehensive technical program, three-day exhibition, and special activities focusing on research, art, animation, and interactive technologies are planned.
 
Helaman Ferguson received an A.B. in liberal arts from Hamilton College where he studied painting and mathematics. He took graduate courses in sculpture and has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Washington in Seattle. Ferguson was a full Professor of Mathematics at Brigham Young University for 17 years and has been with the Center for Computer Sciences in Bowie, Maryland from 1988-1999. His published mathematical work is primarily in applications of discrete matrix groups, design of algorithms for operating machinery, and scientific visualization.
 
As a young apprentice to a stone mason, Ferguson learned to work with stone. His sculpture studio is now in Maryland; his mathematical sculpture in stone and bronze is permanently located in institutions and collections worldwide.
 
Immediately preceding the keynote, SIGGRAPH will present two awards: the 1999 Computer Graphics Achievement Award and the Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics.
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