SIGGRAPH Asia’s 2020 Virtual Edition Launches
- Headlined by Glen Keane, the legendary creator of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Beast, Tarzan, and Rapunzel; and two-time Academy Award winner and leading visual effects designer Paul Franklin of Double Negative
The SIGGRAPH Asia Virtual Conference in 2020 kicks off with pre-recorded sessions on 4 December 2020 and extends through to the live and premiere sessions, which will take place between 10 and 13 December 2020. The SIGGRAPH Asia virtual edition offers insights to ground-breaking areas in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Glen Keane and Paul Franklin are SIGGRAPH Asia 2020’s Keynote Speakers.
Academy Award-winning animator Glen Keane, who is the Director of Over The Moon is one of the two keynote speakers at the Conference this year. Moderator Ian Failes, a well-known Australian VFX & Animation journalist and editor of befores & afters, will lead a conversation with Keane on the Continuous Evolution of Animation. The next keynote will be presented by Paul Franklin, VFX Supervisor & Creative Director from Double Negative. Paul is and one of the world’s leading visual effects designers with over 30 years of experience in filmmaking. He has won two Academy Awards and two BAFTAs. Paul will deliver the second keynote speech at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020.
Extended Reality (XR) Program
This year’s XR program at SIGGRAPH Asia follows the success of last year’s debut program and will showcase the latest research and development results in XR including state-of-the-art solutions for interactive technologies, immersive installations, storytelling, new approaches for creative expression, novel displays, and collaboration within VR, AR, and MR Environments. Some of the world-leading experts will lead live demonstrations and inspire audiences to create realities and experiences in ways that have not been possible until today. The featured XR speaker is Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, who heads a team at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP). ATAP focuses on designing for future digital lifestyles. Poupyrev’s recent projects include Jacquard (mass-producible clothes that can sense multi-touch) and Soli (a miniature radar for gesture sensing). He will help viewers explore what is possible with extended reality. Poupyrev’s session on ‘Technology Woven In’ will be live on 10 December, 1 – 2pm SGT/GMT+8.
All other XR presentations will be available on the virtual platform on-demand between 4-13 December 2020, and their live Q&A sessions on Cinematic VR, Art & Games, Telepresence, and Connecting the Real and the Virtual will take place between 10 – 13 December.
As games become more hyper realistic, several speakers who are at the forefront of game design will present at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 what they have learned and how they are building expertise at the cutting-edge of technical applications in game design for cinematics, machine learning, Big Data and VFX. Some of the sessions to note are The Last of Us Part II, which offers insights into the intricacies of post process effects; Ubisoft China’s novel strategy for generating synthetic training data for 2D and 3D pose estimation of animals by using an end-to-end machine learning pipeline called ZooBuilder, that takes input of a video of an animal in the wild and produces the corresponding 3D animation; and Brian J. Pohl, and Linda Sellheim from Epic Games will present the Unreal Fellowship, an intensive blended learning experience designed to help experienced industry professionals in film, animation, and VFX.
Fifteen specially selected VR Theater videos will also be available on SIGGRAPH Asia’s virtual events platform on-demand from 4 December onwards, so attendees can watch them from the comfort of your own homes, at your own pace.
A highlight of any SIGGRAPH Asia event, among the emerging technologies showcased this year include pandemic inspired wares, such as a wearable hand sanitizer; a wearable mask with LED display that is capable of sensing lip motion and speech; and ZoomTouch is a robot-human interaction system that allows an operator or a group of people to control a robotic arm via the video call application from anywhere in the world using DNN-based hand tracking.
The ever-popular Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH Asia has been organized this year by Art Center Nabi, the mainstream platform for creation of media art. Featured are a curated session and a submitted session, which has attracted more artists to participate in the event this year. Art Gallery serves as a place for artists to share and voice out their opinions, and there are even more than normal selected artworks compared to the previous editions, and the submitted session consists of three programs: Installation, Generative Art Printing, and Open Projection Mapping.
To learn more about SIGGRAPH Asia 2020, visit https://sa2020.siggraph.org.
About SIGGRAPH Asia 2020
SIGGRAPH Asia, the annual ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia, attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by computer graphics research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 will take place in a fully virtual format.
The virtual conference will include a diverse range of programs such as the ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Workshops, Art Gallery, Birds of a Feather, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Featured Sessions, Games, International Resources Committee / Diversity & Inclusion, Keynotes, Posters, Technical Communications, Technical Papers, VR Theater and XR. On-demand sessions will be accessible from 4 December, and live and premiere sessions will take place between 10 – 13 December 2020.
For more information, please visit sa2020.siggraph.org. Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia and #SIGGRAPHAsia2020.
About ACM SIGGRAPH
The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org.
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